Your voice… Where is it coming from? What is it for?
Your voice is the expression of what you believe. Every conversation you have, you are expressing yourself. You are expressing your heart. Oftentimes we say things we don’t mean because they’re rooted in anger or hurt. Yet, these are words and expressions that others are hearing.
When a person comes to realize that the voice they have and the words they speak are expressions of the heart and are a work of art in their life and the lives of others, they realize how important their voice is. When your voice is backed with the actions of love, humility, justice, faith, listening, and expression, people hear the heart. They see humanity, and the expression of creativity, insight, and hope. Your voice is meant to bring change and blessing to the lives of others and importantly, your heart is where your voice is expressed.
Mark 1:3 says the same as Isaiah 40:3 which declares that there is,
‘The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
The word here for voice, tells this is a sound of proclamation. It says this voice sends out thunderings, and that it is sparking sound, fame, and cracking through, as the Light has pierced through darkness. Thunder is the sound of lightning and our voices are to be the sound of Light, that is brilliant and bold. This sound prepares, or rather, clears the way as our voices are in unison with the word. Our voice turns people towards Light.
His voice has accomplished this. As it says, His voice and our voices in covenant with Him, ‘make straight’. This word in Hebrew means to be just. To level things up, to be lawful in His way of doing things; making things smooth, agreeable, upright, approving, esteeming, and making the way pleasant and prosperous; simply bringing about good. It says in verses 4-5,
“Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.”
He has accomplished all things good. His voice accomplished it and your voice matters. He backs up what you say as it embraces His Truth.
John 1 talks about a voice that paved the way of the Lord. These voices are still meant to be proclaiming His ways and His word. We can be a voice that matters, and the Lord will partnership with our voice.
This chapter also tells us that the Word was with God and the Word was God and that He made His word come to us to experience the promises of it. This is a voice in covenant with the living God, making a difference. 1 John 1:1-3 says it this way, as John the disciple is speaking about his experience and what he has witnessed. These verses say,
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship.”
Our voices can be heard. Our voices make a difference. Our voices in partnership with God changes lives. Our voices speaking truth and agreeing with God changes things. It is your proclamation. Use your voice to proclaim.
Our voices bear witness of truth and impact the lives of others. Just as it says in John 1:14-15, our voices bear witness and our voices, connected to our actions, connected to our choices, impact the world. These verses say,
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, Thus was He of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.”
In Mark 1:3, it says there was a voice that was speaking, calling out, proclaiming, and crying in the wilderness. This wilderness represents people who are deprived, hurting, challenged, suffering, and in tough situations. These were responded to with a voice. Behind that voice was action, power, and life-changing love. It says that it was,
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”
This voice was declaring, there is a way, there is a change, there is a path that is becoming straight. This voice was speaking, proclaiming, and declaring the blessing is here. Joy has come. Peace is yours and we will be a part of making straight paths. Our voices have power to bring change, and John went before Jesus, proclaiming the absolute change. Before the power of change manifested, there was a voice. It says in John 1:6-9,
“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”
Our voices light up the world. Our voices bring light in darkness. Our voices bring justice against injustice. Our voices express love and touch hearts. Our voices speak His truth and lives are set free. Our voices agree with God’s word and speak and His creative power partners with us. They are His words; things He has spoken and what He has created.
In Romans 10:9-10, He told us to confess with our mouths and believe in our heart that Jesus is Lord, and our voice activated the blessing covenant. This is just as He said in Psalm 3:4,
“I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.”
He hears us and not only that, He partners with our voices. The word of God tells us that life and death are in the power of the tongue. We can speak life and have a voice of life to others. We can speak justice and bring change to governments. We can speak wholeness and bring inspiration to faith. Our voices are a powerful instrument. His word speaks to us every day. In Psalm 19:2-4 it tells us that even creation has a unified voice with the Creator; His words that had creative power and created. His words still speak through creation. It says,
“Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun…”
Every word of God is a word that can inspire our voice. Your voice is filled with the actions of your life. These actions reveal what you believe and your voice directs and thunders life or death. Back up your voice with your actions. What are these actions?
Put the do’s and don’ts to the side, because these are not the actions the word is talking about. These works are the proclamation of the words, the justice, the Truth of God. When you truly embrace the Truth, you will live it and love it, and speak it. This is the action of your faith. Voicing His Truth, proclaiming it, and boldly embracing it is action. Speaking it, speaking love, speaking justice, and doing what you have been given the opportunity to do through what you have embraced and believe by His word, is the action of your voice. This is faith in action. This is the work of living faith.
The voices we carry are power filled.
Psalm 119:46, says,
“I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.”
We don’t have to be ashamed of our position. We don’t have to be ashamed of speaking His truth and staying fully with the uncompromised word. It is the testimony of the Lord and it is our testimony.
The word for testimony is ‘edah’. This word means witness. His word is our witness, He is our witness. We witness His word in our lives, and we are His witness. We are the voice of His Word, His truth, His love, and the witness of what He has designed and created us to be.
Psalm 119:43-50 defines and reveals to us some specific things. It says, that we are not to take the word of truth out of our mouth. It reveals that we can hope in His justice which is His judgments of truth. We can keep His word, uphold His word, seek His word and ways, and be a voice of His truth. By verse 45, it reveals to us, because we have kept His word in our mouth, in our hearts, and embraced it in our actions, then by our faith, we walk in liberty.
This word ‘walk’, means to live, proceed, and have this manner of life. This means, we can live in liberty, proceed forward in liberty, and make liberty and His way our manner of life.
These verses also say, we can delight ourselves in His word; meditate it, remember it, and love it; declaring in these verses, that we are to lift it up and be a voice.
By verse 50, we find being a voice is our comfort, because the word of God has quickened us. In Ephesians 2, we are told that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead has quickened us in our mortal bodies. In Psalm 119:50, the word quicken in Hebrew speaks to us the same thing.
This word ‘chayah’, declares to us that the voice of Him, the voice of His word, and the voice of His Spirit, causes us to live, to have life, to remain alive, and to be sustained with life. It also is defined, to live prosperously; to be restored to life or health, and to revive. This word also means He gives life and preserves us with His life. It also declares that He restores life and revives us, saves us, keeps us, and makes us whole. All this is done through the power of His life, His words, and His voice that thunders.
“God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.” Job 37:5
As we partner with Him and express His truth, His life, His love, His word, our voices prepare His way for Him to do great things which we cannot comprehend. Our voices with His, can be as thunder, just as His is. Our voices can and do make a difference.
Not only is your voice heard, Your voice can be seen by the choices you make and the things you do. How are you speaking and what are you revealing? What are you standing for and how is your voice being heard? Your vote, the letters you write, the conversations you have, your prayers, and your proclamations, are your voice. Speaking love, speaking life, speaking justice, speaking His Gospel, upholding His truth, and His way of doing things, is a voice that is needed today.
It’s not a time for those who know Him to be dishonorable to those He has designed in His image. It is our responsibility to be a voice of His word, to be a voice of His witness, to be a voice of Him. Your voice is an expression of what you believe. Your voice can be an expression of His love; which is an expression of Him. Your voice is your instrument of faith. Your voice is your action. Use it.
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