There are times when I am certain the Holy Spirit is urging me to say something, but I know I’m not a gifted speaker. I stumble over my words and say inappropriate things, but when I know I have to say something I know now that God will give me the words that I need.
A couple of weeks ago I was particularly nervous about talking to some ladies about all that I’ve been experiencing lately and I had been praying all day for confidence. Right before I went to my car my phone alerted me that I needed to read that day’s devotional in my bible app. I usually swipe it away and forget to do it (I’m already reading another devotional each morning anyway, but this was one of those time the Holy Spirit pushed me to do it.) This is what it said…
“Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the Lord.”
Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me,
“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.” Jeremiah 1:6-9
First, let’s be clear, I know I’m not a youth, Ha! Second, I have zero doubt in my mind that He sent me that message for me that day. And as if to put a stamp out any doubt I might have still had lingering, as I was marveling over a God that cares for my silly nerves, He had a dear friend I hadn’t talked to in a while send me a text right then that said she was thinking and praying for me.
Y’all. Many of you have been with me a long time on this journey of life, but I’m not sure you knew the cynicism and doubt that was prevalent in my life. It brings me to tears as I type this realizing how many times God tried to speak to me through all sorts of manner over the years and I would brush it off quickly telling myself I’m making a connection that isn’t really there (“It’s just a coincidence”) or thinking the whisper I heard over my spirit was coming from me out of desperation and not from the mighty Father wanting to get my attention. I am so done with that crap. I am a new creation, again. He makes things new every. single. day. The trials my dear friends and I have been through over the last couple of months have been ones of utter despair and the greatest joys we’ve ever experienced. And you know what? He knew us so well that He knew we’d need to experience it together. Telling us the same exact words while we are apart so he could knock our socks off when we shared with each other that we heard the same things.
I will get into some specifics of this amazingness over the next couple of weeks. For now, let’s just be quiet for a minute, tell God you are ready to hear Him, even if you’ve been a Christian for 30 years it may be time to hear Him in a NEW way, get it? Then sit back and be ready for what He tells you. It will knock your socks off, too. Try it. Right now. What have you got to lose? And when you do hear from Him, thank Him instead of brushing it off with "What a coincidence!"
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 ESV
“God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.” Hebrews 4:12 MSG