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Words I Speak

Words I Speak

12 August 2010

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 10-12; John 14

Scripture:

Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act. (John 14:10 MSG)

Jesus didn’t just “play it by ear,” reacting to whatever came up, “talking off the top of his head.” Neither did Jesus speak out of a “What’s best for me” or a “Here’s what I think about that!” attitude. Jesus was committed to hearing his Father’s words and speaking out the Father’s heart in the world.

In these final few hours before his false arrest, mockery of a trial, and murderous execution, Jesus again promised his followers that the same Spirit that made it possible for him to hear and say the Father’s words would be in them as well.

16 I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. 17 This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you! 26 The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. (John 14:16-17, 26 MSG)

The same Spirit that guided and empowered Jesus is in every true Christ-follower. His Spirit is in me. When my heart is right and my motives pure, I can feel the Father’s heart and hear the Father’s words – and speak them to others. I don’t mean this in some spooky, hyper-spiritual way. It’s just that if I’m acting out of the same kinds of motives of really caring about others, thoughts come into my mind from God’s Spirit and when I speak them they really make a difference. The words I speak can impart Spirit-life to others. Fact of faith.

Prayer:

Father, I’ve felt the joy of hearing your words spoken from my lips. I want to experience that more. Not just for the experience of it, but for the effect of it. I want my words and actions to be prompted by your Spirit. Please help me to do better at making myself available to you. Please. Amen.

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