Detox: Week 2 - Guilt - Day 2

Opening Prayer:

Lord, help me evaluate my life as I read through this Scripture.

Read: Isaiah 6:5-8 (NIV)

 “Woe to me!” I cried. ‘I am ruined! 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.’ Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, ‘See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.’

 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’”

 

 Reflect:

As Isaiah stood before the throne of God, he did not feel worthy.  In fact, he felt very unclean.  God cleansed him and he was made clean with his sins forgiven. So, Isaiah felt like he could serve God and carry out His mission.

Several years ago, when we lived in a different community, our church brought in an individual to help us improve how we lived out our Christian lives.  He was most effective in his presentation, but at one point in our workshop he dropped a bombshell on us to illustrate what he was trying to teach us. He said several years earlier he was having a successful college ministry.  During this period, he had a moral failure which was devastating to his ministry and family. 

When he realized what he was doing to his relationship with God, family and ministry, he immediately broke off the affair.  He went to God, his wife, his ministry board, and confessed what he had done and asked for forgiveness.  He felt his ministry was dead in the water, but God was not done with him yet.  Through a very strong support system of an understanding/forgiving wife, compassionate minister and understanding board of directors, he was brought back to strong spiritual health.  God made him free of his guilt and sin.

Today he has a very effective ministry coaching people in how they can successfully minister for God.  No matter what happens in your life, you can be made clean so God can send you forth to serve.  Repent and turn your life back to Jesus.

 

 Apply:

Do you feel like there are things in your life that make you so unclean that you can’t serve God in any way?  Remember, God can make you clean as he did Isaiah.  God has a long history of using individuals who were unclean because of what they had done in their lives (for example Samson, David, Jonah, Peter, and Paul were very flawed men).  David is a model of how to become clean and Psalm 32 and 51 show David’s true repentance.   Meditate on these Psalms and go to God and ask his forgiveness.  Though God already knows your sin, be specific in your confession.

Closing Prayer:

Lord Jesus, help me to look at my life and see where I am unclean.  Show me where I have proudly overlooked my sin and have grieved your Holy Spirit.  Guide me to bring these specific sins to you and ask for your forgiveness.  In your name, amen.

Terry Schneider