How To Find The Right Words
Do you ever struggle to find the right words? Find out how to get help from the Author of Life.
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes
And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.
Luke 11-12 ESV
I fell asleep mad, but said nothing in hopes I’d sleep it off by morning. My reflexes betrayed me when I flinched at my husband’s first touch. He rolled over and sighed, “We just woke up! Why are you cranky at me already?”
Instead of launching all the verbal artillery I’d assembled the night before, I prayed, “Jesus, please give me words…”
When You Can’t Find The Right Words
The Author of all life created the entire world with His words. And as His children, every word we speak has the potential to build up or tear down. To teach or to deceive, to save the day or destroy a nation.
Usually life is not so dramatic, but when the pressure is on, how do you find the right words?
Moses had the same question. When God assigned Moses to confront a cruel king, his life depended on finding the right words at the right time. When Moses pleaded with God to send someone else, God promised to give Moses the right words when the time came.
In fact, the Bible is full of regular people (and even a donkey) who relied on God to speak life, including Jeremiah, Isaiah, Peter, and Paul. Jesus promised to do the same for us during His sermon recorded in Luke 11.
So how do you get plugged in to such divine communication?
One thing I love about the Bible is that God doesn’t just tell us what to do; He always tells us how.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;
bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
From these scriptures and many others like it, we learn we can speak His mind when His words are in our heart. The prophets and teachers of the Bible lived lives of prayer and devotion to scripture. By being familiar with God’s word, they knew how to hear Him.
So how did it go that tenuous morning with my husband? I’m glad to report that I remained calm long enough to hear Jesus, and we had a good day.
We tell our children to think before they speak, but I’ve learned that it’s not always wise to speak my mind. I’m learning to instead call upon the mind of Christ within me. God used to a donkey to speak sense to a wayward prophet, so I believe there’s hope for us too!
What is the next piece of written or spoken communication you need to deliver? I invite you to pray over the words before the delivery, and after. Ask Jesus to give you the right words for the message He wants you to deliver and that your audience will receive it as He intended.
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Valerie is a wife, mother, blogger, breast cancer survivor, and virtual assistant. After suffering years of debilitating anxiety, she learned that victory over anxiety comes only through surrender to Jesus. Valerie writes to point women to the Jesus as co-director of Candidly Christian, and as a freelance writer and editor. You can learn more about Valerie at ValerieRiese.com
He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
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