Monday, April 4, 2011

I am Undone! By Karen Schatzline

By Karen Schatzline 

Dear Friends and Leaders, I am so excited about all that God is doing. He has been blowing our minds as we travels the world touching lives. The ministry is just exploding and we are so honored to touch and minister to lives for Jesus! Last weekend was out annual Forerunner Campus Days. It was called “Undone.” We had an amazing outpouring from God. I wanted to use the months newsletter to let you experience a little bit of our campus days. Below is an unbelievable message from Karen that she shared last Sunday while I was ministering in Indiana. This message rocked lives to the core, and I believe Karen has tapped into the heart of God for people’s lives. This message can also be heard on our podcast. Check it out! It is fire! Please check out our upcoming schedule.

Sincerely, Pat Schatzline 

I am Undone! For so long my heart has been this one cry- “God make me what you want me to be, and don’t let there be anything of me left when you’re done with me!” I understand that for God to truly change and use someone they must first have an encounter with the Savior! A one on one with God! Where you finally say-WOE IS ME! Where you realize that outside of God, There is nothing good in me. I am talking about a Face to face encounter! Look at 2 Corinthians 3:18, “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” I want my selfish flesh to die so that God Sprit can take over and live in me. Here is Isaiah having a supernatural encounter. Isaiah 6:5 "Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined (UNDONE)! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty." “Ruined- Undone”- in the Hebrew- damah (daw-mam'); to be dumb or silent; hence, to fail or perish; trans. to destroy: cease, be cut down (off), destroy, be brought to silence, be undone from past, utterly reduced. I am convinced today more than anything else we do not need just a nice visitation of the Holy Spirit, but we must have a habitation. We all want to experience the Fire of God – but we don’t need in our churches just a “comforting, feel good fire” but rather an “All consuming Fire”. We’ve made church so comforting that people are falling asleep in God’s presence and there is no change. My focus is not on the angels crying holy, it is not on the glory of the throne room. It’s not even on the shaking of the threshold, but my focus today is on Isaiah. He was out of place! Have you ever felt out of place? So often I feel out of place! This message is for everyone that could hear the shouts of the worshipers, feel the beating of the bass drum, watched the twirling of the banners, experienced the jumping of the crowd in the service…But you felt that if you could just stop everything- listen- and wait- you knew that God would speak to you!! Don’t get me wrong – I love the excitement and the energy and passion of Praise & worship. God loves it! But SOMETIMES, I just want to hear the Father’s Voice. God is calling his church back to secret encounters and passionate glances with the father. That is where Pat and I have been lately. We are done with the normal. Tired of not seeing more of the supernatural- Not for the sake of seeing miracles, but so that this generation will take Jesus of the cross on their little necklaces and place Him back on the throne of their life! Lately we have seen supernatural healings. Look at this amazing promise! 1 Cor. 2:9-(message bible) No one's ever seen or heard anything like this, Never so much as imagined anything quite like it — What God has arranged for those who love him. God has already won the victory! 2 Corinthians 2:14, (message) And I got it, thank God! In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade. Through us, he brings knowledge of Christ. Today I want to take you on a journey to encounter God! I believe that Isaiah had to go on a journey to being undone! Let me show you five steps I believe we must take. The five steps to becoming “undone!”

#1. The place of frustration! Isaiah was frustrated and desperate. He had nowhere to turn! His mentor, friend, and king had died. Worst than that the king had died due to his pride! Pride kills – Marriages, relationships with kids, and influence with people. Isaiah had served a King. For years he had simply reiterated what the King had for him to say. He repeated what the king had seen. He was a scribe. He was the king’s personal secretary. But the King had died! Now he is frustrated! - Now he must find God on his own – not second hand information – It had to become personal now. I have learned that God will allow you to get frustrated! It’s time for CHANGE! I’m usually frustrated with Winter by the time Spring comes, but season’s always change. Now King Uzziah (his cousin Uzziah, has just died). Look at I Chronicles 26:16, “But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense.” Now we go to Isaiah 6:1, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.” Isaiah was frustrated: Have you ever needed an encounter before, not just information? It’s usually in my lowest points in life, when I have done everything I CAN DO and finally relinquish it all to God, that I can hear HIS voice. Look at Romans 8:19-21, “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.” Your frustration is a sign that God has something huge waiting on you. Sometimes God will allow you to become frustrated to open your eyes to truth and your need for Him. Frustration leads to desperation!

#2. The place of desperation! Isaiah had declared Woe is me! Look at what the Psalmist declared in Psalms 34:6-7, (Message bible) “When I was desperate, I called out, and God got me out of a tight spot. 7 God's angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray.” Desperation leads to revelation! Have you ever been desperate? We are living in desperate times. Times when nations are rising against nations. Days when earthquakes and tsunamis are ravaging the earth. Times when divorce and suicide are at an all time high. This is the hour when the voices of confusion and humanism are infiltrating a generation at every level. People are searching for answers but we never keep quiet long enough to hear God speak. God loves desperate people! Psalms 31:14, (Message) “Desperate, I throw myself on you: you are my God! My desperation has left me speechless many times which opened the door for God to speak.” We must let our faith rise up again! Your faith will be on display. Look at 1 Peter 1:7, (message) “Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it's your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.” God is looking for people that simply desire him above everything else. No matter what state you’re in, He can reach in and pull you out. Look at Ephesians 5:14-17, (message bible) “Wake up from your sleep, Climb out of your coffins; Christ will show you the light! 15 So watch your step. Use your head. 16 Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! 17 Don't live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.” From frustration, to desperation, and now confrontation

#3. The moment of confrontation! Here is Isaiah! He was all alone! No one was there to see him get to enter the throne room. It was a perfect recipe for a supernatural encounter! Isaiah 6:5, "Woe to me!" I cried. "I am ruined (UNDONE)! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty." He said WOE IS ME! Not EVERYONE else, but ME! I have no mask or fa├žade to hide behind – I am exposed in all my unclean ways! His presence reveals TRUTH! “Don’t complain about what you are not willing to confront!” There is a moment that has to arise where you’re willing to confront what has held you back!” When Isaiah declared woe is me he was confronting his past! We must learn to confront! Jeremiah 31:19, “After those years of running loose, I repented. After you trained me to obedience, I was ashamed of my past, my wild, unruly past. Humiliated, I beat on my chest. Will I ever live this down?” Some of you can’t let go of the past in order to see your future. You past has become your crutch to remain a victim. You can’t get UNDONE without confronting where you have come from! 1 Corinthians 11:32, (message) “Better to be confronted by the Master now than to face a fiery confrontation later.” I tell my kids that it is better to hear the truth from them to find out later from someone else. Woe to me! He was saying “I have to stop right here! He began to recognize how dirty he was! What are you refusing to confront in your life! You are missing your moment! Look at what Jesus said about confronting: Luke 12:51, (message), “Do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so. I've come to disrupt and confront!” God never called us to be comfortable. He even allows the seasons to change. From frustration, to desperation, confrontation and now revelation!

#4- The moment of revelation! There is a moment in every person’s life where you have to become the one who experiences the encounter with God. You see, Isaiah was no longer writing down what someone else had seen- second hand revelation had died- You can’t live off of everyone else’s revelation! The place where you know that you know God is big! God is real! God is the healer! God is the author! God is your friend! HE was NO longer looking and talking the part, but now he was experiencing God! “WOW – I want to live the God experience, not just talk about it!” The place where you suddenly have an encounter is the place where you receive his revelation and his love! Look what Paul told us: Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” I share constantly across the nation that what every girl needs is a personal glimpse from their father! The place where their daddy looks their way! It is that moment when they know they have his full intention! His full Affection – When you see the Fathers glace – You will be changed forever! You see, the fathers love is calling to you! 1 John 3:1, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”Today, it is time to catch the glimpse of the father. I am convinced if you get a hold of this message- it will set you free. You will finally know who you are! This is the way the woman at the well must have felt. This is the way the small children Jesus called to himself must have felt. This is the way Mary must have felt when Jesus looked at her from the cross. This is the way Lazarus must have felt when he exited his tomb. This is the way Peter must have felt when he felt the hand of God as he sank in the water. I am talking about a personal encounter with God! We tend to see the face of the father as maybe how some see their earthly father: angry, condemning, arrogant, unimpressed, or even disappointed. I am here to say, “Take another look.” See the Father’s loving eyes as He looks at You! Isaiah somehow ended up UNDONE? How? It wasn’t the angels, it wasn’t the thunder of the moment, it wasn’t even seeing the train of His robe that filled the temple proving everything must bow to God. What was it? It was an encounter with his father! From frustration, to desperation, confrontation, revelation, and now transformation!

#5. The place of transformation! God has been waiting for this to happen to you! Isaiah didn’t fit in with the room! I love that! God doesn’t use the ones everyone else would pick! He chose the strange wild hair prophet in the room! Romans 12:2, (message) “Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” My favorite part of this scripture is that Isaiah didn’t respond to the room! He didn’t even respond to how the angels were worshipping. He responded to the Lord! He was frozen in the midst of Gods very presence! His response was to acknowledge God and surrender to Him. Isaiah 6:5b, “….my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty." My deepest desire it to just see Him and experience His awesome presence and be changed in that moment. Can I tell you passion is awesome. Celebration is incredible. But I loved that Isaiah simply reacted to the very presence of God! He was UNDONE! He was at the end of himself. That is what God is looking for in His people. You see, It is Gods awesome presence that changes a person for good! We must have His presence! God is calling you to an encounter! If you’re frustrated! If You’re desperate! If you’re ready to confront! If you’re ready for a revelation of the fathers love! If you don’t fit in! This is the moment! He is ready to transform you! Isaiah was having a salvation experience! Today God is ready to wrap his arms around! Today begins a new season! God Bless you! Karen Schatzline