Here’s your sign!
Don’t you wish people would just wear a sign that stated what their real needs were? That way you could take care of it quick or avoid them completely, what ever the case may be. How do you know what really is wrong with someone who is lashing out or crying. Like my son who is creeping up on two years of age. He’s been moody, clingy, and unsatisfied by most of my efforts to appease him. I’m at my wit’s end sometimes with the crying and whining. Finally, in exasperation, I stop and ask God what the heck is wrong with him!? The quiet reply is….growth spurt. Growth spurt! All this for a growth spurt?!” I think in frustration. Well… I guess that does explain it. The poor guy hasn’t felt his best. And sure enough two days later his footsie pajamas don’t fit and he’s eating like a miniature goat with two stomachs!
Today is the last day of the five-day posting series on becoming a spiritual warrior.
#5 is Speak the Word
God’s Word is his will. But what I see many, many, many times in Christian circles is the careless disregard of God’s manners. He is not a respecter of persons, but he does respect conditions. Conditions of the heart, and mind. If you do “A”, God does “B”. This is also true with how he handles the heart issues in life. He loves you, more than anyone ever could. He is good always. This truth means that he doesn’t go around beating people up with his own words. That is called condemnation. Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which walk in Christ…. this is a promise.
When God looks into the life and heart of a believer he looks for places to bless and protect them. He knows what to say, when to say it and how to say it. God is the ultimate at getting it right. One of the Greek words used to translate the Word in the Bible is Rhema. It means the right word at the right time. God is the author of getting the rhema just right. Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things which is the head even Christ. You speak, you grow.
Romans 1:15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. Be ready to speak when ever you get the opportunity.
II Corinthians 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken: we also believe, and therefore speak. Believe then speak.
Colossians 1:27 & 28 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you the hope of glory: 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect (or mature) in Christ Jesus. We do this so we can help people grow up in the word and mature.
The very best way to speak the Word is…
with love and boldness, in the attitude of rhema. Then just tell people what you’ve seen and heard. That’s how the apostles did it in Acts. Acts 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
Practice, practice, practice.
Practice by asking God, “God if you were me what would you say?” You won’t hit it perfectly every time but after a while you’ll be amazed at the results. God knows what people really need. If you let him direct you in what to say to them you will essentially be reading the sign on their forehead stating what they need.