From my reading in Luke 21:1-19 in the One Year New Testament.
Jesus is in the middle of warning his disciples of the signs of the end times and he shares that they are going to be dragged in front of kings and governors to stand trial because they are his followers. Here’s what he says to do.
“But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me. So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you!” Luke 21:13–15
This is a specific promise to the 12 disciples and I don’t think it applies to everyone all the time.
But I personally believe that the Holy Spirit can give us the words to say when we are telling someone about Jesus, and I have experienced this in my life.
Don’t Worry, Just Open Your Mouth
Personally I have experienced times where someone asked me a question and I felt God gave me the words to say in the moment.
It is almost always something I had already known or read recently but I was able to remember and seemed to be given something that fit the moment exactly.
When I sit across someone at Starbucks or McDonalds to invest in someone many times I don’t have a set “plan.” But as the conversation progresses I can sense the Holy Spirit is guiding our conversation. Sometimes I will think of a specific verse or truth to share.
I believe that having an attitude of dependence upon the Holy Spirit as we meet with people, preach and share the good news is vital to matching the truth of God’s word to people situations.
We won’t be able to do this perfectly, but if this becomes a habit then I believe we will see people growing and taking steps forward in much greater ways.
Next time you encounter a situation where you don’t know what to say…
Ask God to give you the words to say…
Open your mouth…
See what happens!
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