What is Your Voice
Your voice is the expression of your heart.
I said, “Oh, no! I will be destroyed. I am not pure, and I live among people who are not pure, but I have seen the King, the Lord All-Powerful.”
Isaiah let his own sin and the sin of those around him define what God was able to do. The way Isaiah spoke to people reflected his heart condition. He had a heart controlled by unbelief.
Do you have a hard time believing that God can use you because of your sin?
Although seeing our sin can be intimidating, God still has a plan for our lives and wants to use us to change the lives of those around us. The only way God can do this is if he changes our voice.
God Changes Your Voice
God changes your desires and motivations to change your voice
One of the heavenly creatures used a pair of tongs to take a hot coal from the altar. Then he flew to me with the hot coal in his hand. The creature touched my mouth with the hot coal and said, “Look, your guilt is taken away, because this hot coal has touched your lips. Your sin is taken away.” Then I heard the Lord’s voice, saying, “Whom can I send? Who will go for us?”
God used the seraphim to burn Isaiah’s lips and thus removed Isaiah’s guilty conscience. God can’t change our motives and desires unless we deal with guilt.
What things are you feeling guilty about that you need to get off your chest?
By being open about what you feel most guilty about, it frees you up to be you and you can get the help you need to change so that God can use your voice.
God Uses Your Voice
When you have a soft heart God uses your voice to change others. When you have a hard heart, he can’t.
Your God says, “Comfort, comfort my people. Speak kindly to the people of Jerusalem and tell them that their time of service is finished, that they have paid for their sins, that the Lord has punished Jerusalem twice for every sin they did.”
Isaiah realized that God’s love for Jerusalem wouldn’t end because of sin. Isaiah was able to show compassion and tenderness to the people of Jerusalem because God had showed him the same.
How has God forgiven you? How can that gratitude spur you to love those around you?
It can be tempting to hold onto bitterness toward those who’m you feel have treated you badly. But by being grateful for our own forgiveness, we can understand the sins of others and make a decision to love and help them through it rather than becoming bitter.
Who can you make a decision to love today?