“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.” (Matt. 10:19)
This is how, as best as I know how to say it, that I write these letters to you, I take no thought as to what is going to be placed in them. I am, in a sense, controlled, not as the wicked would perceive that word, for they nearly always envision this, what they would call “automatic writing,” as from an evil source, comparing it in their mind to a Ouija board. Some might say it arrives from a friendly spirit, one from beyond, but the Holy Spirit would not enter their thoughts in this regard.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (John 16:13)
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Prov. 3:6)
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2nd Tim. 2:15)
I prepare my heart, I ask that the Lord our God would be glorified, open my notebook, pick up my pen, and I begin to write.
When I have the rare opportunity to speak to someone in person, if I put a comment on a social media site I do the same thing in that regard, I ask the Lord if there is something He wants to say to that person, if there is something He wants them to hear.
All who have been born-again are chosen vessels of the Almighty, empty when He first calls us to Himself, but we are not to remain that way. Much of Christianity has devolved into a self-centered, self-caring act of selfishness in these last of days, far too many are overly concerned with remaining, as it were, in the good graces of the Lord, with their own walk, and have neglected two of the main reasons they are here, to reach out to the lost with the good news of the grace of God of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, and to encourage the brethren, to forsake themselves for His glory.
Only the vessels that can hold what is to be placed in them are used by the Living God.
He gives a mouth to speak to others to those who are not concerned with themselves, who have and continue to each day study to show themselves approved, who have died to self, and seek to do His will for His glory in every aspect of their lives.
“Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.” (Prov. 8:34)
We prepare daily to be used for His glory, we study daily, we contemplate nearly every moment His Word, we seek His face, we prepare our hearts, all for His glory.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Phil. 4:6)
Should we pray that he would keep us on that narrow path? Yes, of course, always, but far too many have decided to place blinders on themselves, not looking to the left or right to seek out those in need, but instead have become concerned only with themselves.
The one who stood beside the man who said, “God be merciful to me a sinner,” (Luke 18:13) did not go over and console him.
Two walked past the man lying in the road injured.
Some rebuked the one crying out, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” (Luke 18:38)
Some even told the little children to leave Christ alone.
I pray you do not see yourself as righteous, yet one of those.
I give little thought to tomorrow, I give little thought to what is going to be the subject matter of the next letter to you, but I prepare nearly constantly to prepare to be used by Him, and always for His glory.
Patient anticipation is the life of those who have been born-again, vessels ready to be filled.