Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD’S house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD’S house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word:
Are you ready for God to use you?
When the Lord gives you something to say to His people; it is natural to process it through how you see yourself (personality, style etc.), your strengths, your weaknesses and your own idiosyncrasies. How you respond is your worship. Though you are natural, you serve God in the spirit.
John 4:24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (New King James Version NKJV)
The important thing is, once you have spent your time with the Lord, He has prepared your heart to say what He told you to say. The reason the Lord told Jeremiah not to diminish any part of what He said is because He knew Jeremiah. And he knows you. You can’t water it down because you think you might hurt someone’s feelings. You can’t leave off parts because you think they won’t believe you.
Deuteronomy 4:2 You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, so that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I am commanding you. (Amplified Bible AMP)
You can’t walk in fear. Only God can determine if you have the authority or the wisdom to speak. He has. How do you know? He commanded you to speak.
Jeremiah 1:7-8 But the Lord said to me, Say not, I am only a youth; for you shall go to all to whom I shall send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. 8 Be not afraid of them [their faces], for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
You have to always remember it’s not you. You are speaking what you believe God Almighty instructed you to speak.
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” (The Message MSG)
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I have often stood to speak to Your people full of anxiety. Not because I didn’t think You directed me to speak; I was focusing on the outcome. I was my major concern. I repent and I so sorry for allowing my emotions and insecurities to rule me. My major concerns should have been, will the people hear You speaking in the word I give; will they understand what You are requiring them to do; and will the word bless and honor You? Thank You for correcting me and adjusting my focus. I will keep in mind, the answers to those questions are not my responsibility. Your word will not return unto You void. It will accomplish what You sent it out to do. My responsibility is to make sure before I open my mouth; I’ve done my homework, spent the time You require me to spend with You, heard You clearly; and submitted myself to You. Them I am ready. When I open my mouth; You speak through me; my confidence is in You; and my trust is in You. You can use me whenever, wherever, and however You see fit. Every day, the time I will spend with You makes my relationship with You and my faith in You stronger than the day before. When I hear You call, my answer will be, “Yes, I am ready. Here am I Lord, send me”…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.