To Speak or Not To Speak?

Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: for I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. 

And he continued there a year and six months teaching the word of God among them. Acts 18:9-11

I believe that speech is important. God spake the world into existence. Jesus said many things that changed the course of many lives. Moses spoke to the Pharaoh of Egypt to insist that He let God’s people go. With a shout, the Israelites helped to bring the walls of Jericho down with God’s help.

On the other hand, the serpent spoke to the woman, Eve, and convinced her to disobey God, while in the beautiful garden of Eden.

There is a song as a child that I sang, and some of the lyrics were, ‘Oh be careful little mouth what you say,… for your Father up above is looking down with love, ..Oh be careful little mouth what you say…’

God gave us our mouths, and if we are willing to let Him, He will direct us in what to say. Exodus 4:11-12:

11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

Matthew 13:11 is a reminder that when the situation calls for us to speak out when we are in trouble, the Holy Spirit will give us the right words to say:

Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

Just a reminder that words are important. We need to be careful about what we hear and say. Let God’s Spirit guide you.

Dear Lord, I am horrible at speaking, but it is You that gave me a mouth and my speech. I pray You would use my words for Your good and glory! Forgive me for saying things I shouldn’t, and help me to use wisdom and Your guidance in what I do say. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.



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