A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, December 12, 2012
“And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.” –Acts 14:12
The Greek word for “chief” is hegeomai (pr. hayg-eh-om-ahee) which means “to carry, induce,” and the Greek word for “speaker” is logos (pr. log-os) meaning “something said, the Divine Expression” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). As people of God, we are charged with the Great Commission “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Jesus charges us, His people, with going out and telling others of the Good News! And He has given us His assurance that He is with us, in the form of God’s Holy Spirit, to assist us. Are you thinking right now “I can’t do this! I am not a speaker. I don’t speak well at all and lack confidence in what to say.” Then you are in good company, my brother and sister. There was someone else who felt the same way— his name was Moses. Moses had a stuttering problem. “Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue” (Exodus 4:10). This is just the type of person God longs to use! Someone who doesn’t rely on their own abilities, but allows the Creator of the Universe to work through them. This combination: a frail human and an infallible God, is a winning team every time! This same winning combination defeated Pharaoh and freed a nation of Israelites.
The key words in the phrase “chief speaker” are “carry, induce, and something said.” You see, as with Moses, Mary, Martha, Barnabas, Paul, Esther, and so many other great speakers (past and present), they are such great speakers not because of who they are, but because of who God is through these men and women. When one allows themselves to be used as a willing vessel by God and for His Glory, then it is God who: induces these individuals with His Word, which they carry; and then releases or speaks in Divine Expression, meaning God Himself is expressed through the individual.
God declares in His Word “I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it” (Psalm 81:10). Imagine that! You don’t even have to know what to say, you just need to open your mouth and ask God to fill it with His Words and He will! God even reminded us that He is the God who brought his people out of Egypt. And by the way, He did it though a stuttering sheep-herder!
If the Creator of the Universe could part the red sea and cause manna to fall from heaven, He certainly can fill our mouths with what He wants us to say to others. And God warned, if you don’t, He will get a rock to do it in your place! (Luke 19:40). If God can make a rock talk, or even a donkey (Numbers 22:28), He can certainly use you and me to do his bidding, because this is what He created us to do. And by the way, I am not giving up my privilege to be used by God in this way, to a rock!
Witnessing for God doesn’t have to be behind a pulpit. It starts with your daily actions and conduct that others see and then ask you why it is you do what you do, or say what you say. How is it that you can be so calm despite the storm you are in? It starts on that bus ride or train ride into work, or that cashier you show kindness to. It is that person whose order you pay for. I love to go into Starbucks, and when I get to the counter, pay for mine and then say “I am also paying for the person right here.” You don’t even have to say anything more than that because God will do the rest! (Although my son did get a little carried away one day and paid for half of the people in line with my Starbuck’s card. That hurt my wallet a bit, but I am proud of him for having such a heart for God!).
My brother and sister, as you allow God to direct your steps, He will fill your mouth and direct your conversation. Make it a practice every day to open your mouth and ask God to fill it. You will be amazed at what He has to say through you.
Father, thank You that You order our steps and make our crooked paths straight (Isaiah 42:16). Thank You that You created us to bring You glory. Father, right now, we call in divine assignments and divine appointments. We thank You that we are obedient and willing vessels for Your service, and we do not concern ourselves on what we must say; we simply open our mouths and trust You to fill them. Right now, in the Mighty Name of Jesus, we rebuke, we bind, and we nullify any attempts of the enemy to silence us concerning You and Your word. We thank you that You have not given us a spirit of fear, but instead You have put within us a spirit of boldness! (2 Timothy 1:7). In Jesus Name, we praise You, we thank You, and we open our mouths. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to allow the Word of God to fill your spirit and pour out of your mouth. Choose to ask God daily to fill your mouth when you open it. Ask God, and believe Him to amaze you, to blow your mind with how He will use you for His Glory and for His Story. And continue to fight the good fight of being your Father’s chief speaker; for God, your Still Small Voice, has already given you the victory!
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With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2012, unless otherwise noted.