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You’re signing up for a character change when you say “I will go!”

The Israelites were a people professedly serving the Lord but they had pursued their own course in which they manifested rebellious behaviour and they did not acknowledge God’s ownership over them. They were indeed walking forbidden paths. Their judgement was perverted to a point where they called evil good, and good evil “Isaiah 5:20”. The prophet Isaiah was living in these times of Israel’s decline and he warned the people of Judah that their sin would cause God’s judgement upon them. For the most part of chapter 5, Isaiah was denouncing other people’s sins however, in chapter 6, we see something different.

Isaiah 6:1-7, details Isaiah’s encounter with God. God revealed Himself to Isaiah and the first thing Isaiah experienced was his unworthiness and the greatness of his sin. “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!“- Isaiah 6:5. Personally what I found powerful in that passage was that Isaiah makes such a genuine confession. And lo and behold, one of the angels flew to him with a burning coal in his hand and touched Isaiah’s lips and he said, “ your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” 

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We know that our lips are a medium of communication and in Matthew 12:34 we read, “ Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Now sometimes we like to say servile phrases to God in the hearing of others so that we may receive praise or admiration from other people but let us not be fooled because we cannot mock God. He knows and sees our hearts and therefore we need to really search our hearts and know why we are saying certain things. 

Isaiah possibly had his own understanding of God. He probably thought of  himself as a righteous man but on analysing his response to the vision, we notice from his confession, he did not boast of his righteousness but rather saw his weakness and in acknowledging it, he received divine forgiveness. He experienced God’s love and grace and so his thoughts, feelings and behaviour all changed. When the Lord said “ Whom shall I send, and who will go?” Isaiah replied “Here I am! send me.” – Isaiah 6:8.  

Recently, I talked to a friend who told me that he used to wonder how some people served the Lord with all their hearts. How was it possible for people to express so much love for God and willingness to serve Him. Later, down the road, when the Lord rescued him from a deep pit of an addiction he now understood. He experienced so much love and kindness from God and it was impossible for him to stay quiet. He was given courage to start sharing God’s love with others. Isaiah saw God with his eyes and he was changed. What about you?

The BIBLE testifies of the glory of God. In it, we learn about God’s character. We study His dealings with all humanity and knowing that God doesn’t change, He’s the same yesterday, today and forever, we can trust that we are certain to experience His glory if we study scripture. And so, here’s the thing, I believe we have all been called to serve the Lord but we must be willing to say “I will go”. We must humble ourselves because for sure God is not looking for mighty men and women but those with willing hearts. And when we say “I will go”, we must allow God to do His work through us. The good news is that we do not have to change our character by ourselves but we must allow God to do that change. Like Isaiah, the angle of the Lord will put on our lips a burning coal and no impure word will fall from our lips. We must pray earnestly so that our works are wrought in God and that we may have an abundant entrance into the kingdom of our Lord Jesus, Christ. 

Remember, when you have an encounter with God, when you say, “I will go!”, You are  signing up for a character change and there’s nothing to be ashamed of, because God will give you the strength and courage to do what He asks you to do. Stay blessed. 🙂 

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Joan Gift Mugwanya

July 15, 2022

Very true
We are signing up for life of total surrender it’s no longer us living but Christ living in us

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Lauretta

July 15, 2022

Well said!!! Thanks for your time Gift 💖

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Aturinde Joanitah

July 16, 2022

You have delivered my assignment ma’am! May we always learn to surrender to Jesus.
Thank you lauretta.

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Lauretta

July 16, 2022

Amen!!! Thanks for your time Joanitah! 💖

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