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On The Spur Of The Occasion
"I and My Word will be with the speech of your mouth."- Adam Clarke
"Many feel most strongly their spiritual power when the hour comes to impart it to others." - Vincent's Word Studies
Are you afraid to speak for the Lord? Suppose He would call on you to say something on His behalf at the most unlikely time and place? What would you do? Would you be ready?
There are so many Scriptures in the Bible that assure you that you need not fear being used of the Lord in this capacity. God has given you a mouth, and He desires to use it for His glory.
Luke 21:15 says - "For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist." In other words, He promises to give you an abundance of wisdom to know what to say. He also promises to give you an irresistible eloquence - a freedom of expression - to speak properly, pertinently, and freely to the point. You will be able to say it as it should be said. The result? Your enemies will not be able to speak against or reply to your words.
In Exodus 4:12, it is implied that God promises His Presence and Instruction to you whenever you speak for Him - "Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say." What a great promise this is! God will cause you to speak readily and powerfully.
In Jeremiah 1:9, we find a picture of God touching the Prophet's mouth with His hand - "Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put My words in thy mouth." This was symbolic of the Lord granting Jeremiah divine grace and help. All lack of eloquence was removed, and freedom and boldness was imparted. He will do the same for you so that you can fulfill His will.
The Word declares that it is God that gives "utterance." In Ephesians 6:19, the Apostle Paul prayed - "And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel." We see that God removes every inward and outward hindrance so that you may be able to speak freely and aptly.
In Colossians 4:3, Paul referred to "a door of utterance." He was using the word - "door" - metaphorically for an entrance to any business, occasion, or opportunity for doing anything. In this case, he was referring to a door of opportunity to open his mouth boldly to preach the Gospel. As He did for Paul, God will give you a "door" for the Word. He will give you an opportunity of speaking that none will be able to hinder.
Again, in Colossians 4:4, Paul continues onward in saying - "That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak." It was his desire to deliver the Word with clearness and evidence - with constancy, boldness, and freedom of mind. He wanted to make it plain to the understanding of his hearers. The Lord will enable you to do the same - to be able to speak - "as you ought to speak" - so that all will understands your words.
One thing that is very difficult for most is to stick to God's words and not add their own. When God gives you a word, He desires that you deliver it just as you received it - not adding to it or taking away from it. He told the Prophet Ezekiel - "And He said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with My words unto them"(Ezekiel 3:4). In other words, Ezekiel, do not use your own words...do not use another man's words...do not try to impress others with the enticing words of men's wisdom...but speak what God spoke to you.
In order to have an open mouth, you have to have an open mind and heart. God promises exactly that in Luke 24:45 when it says of the disciples - "Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures." Jesus took the veil from their hearts, adjusted their spiritual vision, rectified their discernment, and overcame all prejudices. This enabled them to understand His Word so that they could speak it clearly. He will do the same for you.
Oftentimes, in order to overcome all fears in speaking, some will even try to "premeditate" what to say before the occasion arises. The Scriptures forbid that as a sign of distrust and fear.
Luke 21:14 strongly admonishes you to - "Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer." In other words, Jesus was saying to His disciples that they should fix it firmly in their minds so as to become a settled principle...resolve it in their minds... or let it become a rule never to be departed from - not to study a form of words and scheme of things on how to reply. They were not to "take... thought beforehand what they should speak"(Mark 13:11) or "how or what they should speak"(Matthew 10:19). They were not to be apprehensive, solicitous, or anxious beforehand as to the matter or manner of what they should say. They were simply to trust the Lord that He would give them exactly what to say "in that hour" - "But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost"(Mark 13:11). In Matthew 10:19, God specifically promises to give you - on any sudden call - exactly what to say and how to say it - "But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak."
Allow the words of Adam Clarke, the renowned Bible Commentator, to be a prophetic word from the Lord to you this day -
"I and My Word will be with the speech of your mouth."
Don't be afraid to speak for the Lord. When the time comes, the Holy Ghost will give you what to say and then speak through you.
May God Bless His Word.