“Must I not speak what the Lord puts in my mouth?” Numbers 24:12
Taking my young disciple *Ziad Srouji to hear me speak to a church youth group outside of Houston Texas in the late 1970s, the Spirit of the Living God clearly told me to share insights from Ezekiel 38 and 39.
I wasn’t happy about that assignment.
In fact, when The Holy Spirit first told me to read Ezekiel 38 & 39 in preparation for that event and even before I read it, I told him I thought that maybe that was a passage about the end times and that I was not trained at Fuller Seminary to speak on such matters. I reminded the Sovereign God that people from Dallas Theological Seminary were far better versed in the subject matter.
So I went before the Lord a second time to ask Him on what subject should I meditate & pray for this youth retreat. Again the Spirit clearly said Ezekiel 38-39.
So I read it. And sure enough, it was about the end times. And sure enough, I again complain to the Lord, “Why me. I’m not skilled in the complexities of these matters. I don’t know what Ezekiel is talking about. It seems to be about this crazy end times stuff.”
God to Bob: “Read it, memorize it and share my Word with these people.” End of discussion.
So on that morning as Ziad & I arrived, the youth pastor politely asked me the theme my two messages. Even though I had not brought it up, he strongly intimated and intimidated me by saying that he did not want to hear anything about the end timesI
So I told him the first talk would be about a sermon from Acts & second would provide additional Old Testament insights.
He and his youth group seem generally open and excited about my first message.
It will be up to you to read Ezekiel 38 and 39 to find out what that’s all about.
The point of this story is, are you willing to believe and share The Truth about God’s Word?
“Must I not speak what the Lord puts in my mouth?” Numbers 23:12
*Ziad is pastor of Gateway International Church in San Mateo CA https://www.gateinternational.org/#/home/services
But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
2 Corinthians 3:12
Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.
(Christ) in whom we have boldness and access (in prayer to God) with confidence through our faith in him.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.
Paul began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.