The Christian Experience

The Christian Experience

The Christian experience is vocal and articulate.
Repentance is vocal: “Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips” (Hos. 14:2).
Faith is vocal: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom. 10:9, 10).
Praise is vocal: “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Heb. 13:15).
Testimony is vocal: “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…” (Ps. 107:2). If we have been saying what we should not say or have not been saying what we should say, we have voice trouble; back of voice trouble is heart trouble, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
After Isaiah’s cleansing came the call, a double-barreled call of divine sovereignty and human responsibility: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
Then came consent, “Here am I, send me.”
And finally the commission: “Go…” ( See Isa. 6:8, 9.)
The call and the commission did not come until after the confession and cleansing. The go followed the woe! And it began with the crisis, the death of King Uzziah; that brought the confrontation, “I saw also the Lord.” There is crisis aplenty today, but we are not confronting the Lord.
-Havner-

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