Day 9 – Spoken For

Don’t worry about how or what you should speak. For you will be given what to say at that hour, because you are not speaking, but the Spirit of your Father is speaking through you.

—Matthew 10:19–20

Who is the Holy Spirit, really? The short answer is: the indwelling presence of God. This is a phrase I don’t connect with immediately; I am one who needs detail. Thankfully, the Lord made a way in His Word for people like me; He gets very specific and descriptive. This is one of those verses that give me a little jolt in my gut. Not only are we sons and daughters, heirs, and coheirs with Christ, but we are armed with the Word.

When it comes to knowing what to say, we don’t have to sweat it. The Spirit of our true Father will make sure we have the words, or He will stand between us to make our faltering words hit their mark.

There is an inborn authority with the word father. As a mother, I have my own authority, but there are situations where my girls just aren’t listening. When I ask my husband to step in, there is a remarkable shift. When he speaks in that dad voice, suddenly the message I’ve been trying to repeatedly communicate sinks in.

Jesus knew we need not only power but also wisdom. We need help knowing what the Father is doing and how to communicate it. It was the fulfillment of Jesus’ words when Peter stood up and delivered one of the most thorough and compelling sermons of all time in the temple courts. That only happened through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit after Jesus finished His work, went to glory, and the tongue of fire rested on Peter’s shoulder.

The reality Jesus speaks into being here is the removal of our own understanding or need to worry about what to say, how to say it, or what we sound like. He put Himself in us; He will be in us and give us what we need in the moment! I take this for granted and tend to sweat over what I am going to say and how it sounds after the fact. Many of us are deathly afraid of public speaking. We don’t tap into this gift nearly as often, if ever, as we should.

Yet the promise is right here! We don’t have to worry about what others say or what we might have to say back’the Father will speak back through us! We have access, through the Spirit of our Father, to all the knowledge and mystery’the deep things He wants to reveal to us and through us. The real kicker is that the thoughts and words we have access to will only make this world a better place!

The Holy Spirit can pull grace from His heart and put it into our mouths. We don’t have to have anxiety, but we do have to ask Him for help. The more we practice this surrender, the more we learn about Him and how faithful, kind, gentle, and merciful He is. Even when we speak incorrectly, He can turn that into an opportunity to connect to another’s heart. He makes all things work out for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes, even when the words don’t come out right.

I challenge you to practice accessing the heart of the Father for yourself and others today. Before you speak, to converse or respond, just pause. Whisper in your heart, My Father, My Papa, My Abba-Daddy, what would you have me say here?

Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit. I ask You to put Your words in my mouth today. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight and bless others through Your power. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought

With Jesus’ promise in your heart and trust in the power of the Holy Spirit, what can you speak out that you might be holding in or hesitating to believe He will make come out right?

Band Discussion

  • Attentive listening is paying more attention to what the other person is saying than preparing your own response. How might employing attentive listening give the Holy Spirit room to give you the right words to say at the right time?
  • Have you been the right person, speaking the right word, at the right time? What kind of impact did that have on the hearer? What kind of impact did it have on you?
  • Does this verse give you any confidence, or does fear or hesitation still give you pause at the thought of speaking truth to power?