Jer 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you…
Jer 1:9 The Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth..”
Jer 1:19 They will fight against you, but they will not prevail, for I am with you, declares the Lord
Is 55:10-11 For as the rain and snow come down from heaven and do not return but water the earth… so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish that which I purpose and shall succeed in the things for which I sent it.
Acts 18:9-10 the Lord said to Paul, “Do no be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attach you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people”
Acts 18:26 Apollos.. spoke boldly in the synagogue, but Priscilla and Aquila took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately
God assured Jeremiah that the words He spoke would be God’s very own words (Jer 1:9). Jesus said this of himself that he can do nothing of himself (John 5:19) and that his word were not his own, but it was the Father in Him speaking and doing the work (John 14:10).
In John 14:16 Jesus promised His Spirit would be with them forever. But more than that, he promised this comforter would be IN us (John 14:17). And furthermore Jesus said, just as the Father is in Him, He would be in us (John 14:20). Jesus promised he would, himself be that comforter living and abiding in us. So, if we let him use our mouth to speak, the words that will come out will be His words!
Before we were ever formed He knew us. and before we were born, he already had in mind how he would use our lives! (Jer 1:5) God assured Jeremiah that He would be with Him and not to worry about those who oppose him (Jer 1:19). God said the same thing to Paul in Acts 18:19-20. God told Jeremiah to trust God to speak through him, and with Paul, God told him also to keep on speaking and not be silent because He was with Him.
Then, in Acts 18:24-28 we read the account of Apollos. It says, “He was eloquent, competent in the Scriptures and fervent in spirit…” A guy like that seems like it would have been pretty intimidating to speak into his life. I’m sure there would have been lots of reasons for Priscilla and Aquila not to speak into his life. But they didn’t. “When they heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately” (Since he knew only the baptism of John.)
This encourages me today as I think about this ministry God has given us of speaking into the lives of these new missionaries. It’s not my words, but God’s. It’s not my job to change hearts, but God’s. Keep speaking truth. And, by the power of the Spirit, be willing to take people aside and explain the way of God more accurately to them! Keep trusting God to speak through me. And know that God promises that His Word will ALWAYS bear fruit, it will always accomplish what God intends for it to do.
- I pray you will grow in your understanding of what it means for God Himself to be in you. That you will become increasingly available to Him, because He wants to speak through you.
- I pray for you that you will not be afraid, but will stand on the truth that God has put His words in your mouth
- I pray you will believe His words WILL produce fruit
- I pray that you will speak the truth.. even if it’s uncomfortable… both the life giving words of the gospel, and the way of God more clearly to believers who have maybe lost their way.