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Thursday, 07 May 2015 15:26

Let Him Speak

Written by  Kim Hendrix
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Ephesians 4:29: “Don’t use foul or abusive language.  Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.”

 

What do people hear when you speak?  I often pray on my way to work, “Dear Lord…May my words be encouraging; make me an encourager. May people feel better--lifted up from my words, my presence. May they hear and feel You.”

When we have an important meeting or perhaps a speech, we often pray for the right words.  But what about everyday conversation--do you give that much thought?

 

For the past several years I’ve had a quote taped to my computer screen, that’s taken from something written by British playwright Tom Stoppard in the play “The Real Thing”.  It reads like this:

 

 

Words are Sacred.  They deserve respect.  If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.

 

 

Can you imagine nudging the world?  Jesus changed life after life during his years of ministry on earth with simple words like “follow me” and “yes, come” and “get up and walk”!  He continues to change lives today with the living word.

 

 

Hebrews 4:12: “For the word of God is living and active.”

 

 

A coworker of mine shared a story with me recently about the power of not only words, but the Word of God.  He said he stopped by a fast food restaurant to grab some lunch, and took his Bible inside, knowing he’d have about an hour to read.  While sitting with his food and Bible, two women sitting nearby asked him what he was reading.  He told them the book of Matthew, on the cost of surrendering your life to God.  They visited for a few short minutes, before it was time for my coworker, John, to return to work.  As he was getting in his car he heard a man’s voice say, “Excuse me?”  John turned to find a man who had been in the restaurant standing by his car.  This man told John, “You may not believe this, but I was going to rob those two women you were talking to, but when I saw you reading the Bible, I changed my mind.”  He told John he was saved, but was desperate for money.  This led to an extended conversation of John sharing his love for Christ and extending some financial help to this man.  John told him that he didn’t know if what the man was telling him was true but that wasn’t for him to know or judge; he just wanted the man to know Jesus.   The Bible spoke first…simply the sight of God’s word nudged a man who was on the verge of making a terrible decision.  Then God spoke through John, planting seeds that could lead to one man’s eternal life.  As John told me this story, it was difficult for him to hold back emotions which caught him off guard.  I told him God had worked through him and that’s an overwhelmingly amazing feeling… humbling and empowering all at once.  John said he prayed for the words to come as he stood in that fast food parking lot sharing the love of God. 

 

A Messianic Jew who works as a missionary in Israel visited our Sunday school class and shared how he prays to God, “Please give me Hebrew!”  He preaches in Hebrew so he can minister to the people of Israel, but he says Hebrew is a very difficult language to master.  Even if you get the words right you may not achieve the idea or tone, so he puts about 30 hours into every sermon--writing, researching, translating and rehearsing… all so the people of Israel will listen and allow God to move. 

 

We can attempt to put words in the right order everyday in our own strength and possibly get it close to right every now and then.  Imagine the strength of God’s words flowing through you!  Always in the right order, nudging, empowering, and changing lives for Him.  Let’s let Him speak!

 

 

 

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