— “He that SPEAKETH truth sheweth forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.” Proverbs 12:17
In order for people to hear God’s Word, it must be spoken to them, and only Christ’s “ambassadors” can do such (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Yet, before one can speak God’s Word, that person must first eat and be filled with God’s Word.
Psalms 119:103 says: “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
As we eat His Word we grow and more and more of Christ’s Word will flow from our lives and mouths.
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” 1 Peter 2:2
The world has never more needed men who will be full of God’s Word, feasting daily in it, and speaking it.
“Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.
18 For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips.
19 That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.
20 Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer (speak) the words of truth to them that send unto thee?” Proverbs 22:17-21
Ezekiel was told by our LORD to “eat … and go speak” the contents of the “roll” or scroll (Scripture Roll = scroll) … God’s Word! In fact, the LORD told His servant Ezekiel to “fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee.” (v3) See below.
Watch this commission from the unchanging LORD that we serve …
“Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.
2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.
4 And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.
5 For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;
6 Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.
7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.
8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.
9 As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.
11 And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.
12 Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place.”
When the believer devours God’s Word daily, he will be greatly invigorated spiritually and ready to speak divine truth.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” 1 Peter 3:15
Jeremiah the prophet was so full of God’s Word that he said he could not hold it in!
“But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” Jeremiah 20:9
Are you diligently devouring God’s Word daily?
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“I’m beginning to wonder about short term missions. What do they really accomplish? Are they a waste of time and resources? What if the persons we preach to don’t have members of the body of Christ to reach out to and be discipled by when we leave?
Phillip was on a “short term mission” from Jesus!!!! Does God’s Word ever return void and NOT accomplish what He ordains it to accomplish? (Isaiah 55:11) No. It was the divine Person of the Holy Spirit who led Phillip to lead the Ethiopian eunuch to Christ, knowing Phillip would never see that blessed man again till Heaven. What do we read in Proverbs 3:5-6 saints?
“Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. …” Acts 8:29 ….
Begin reading in Acts 8:29 – Phillip led the Ethiopian eunuch to Jesus then immediately Jesus flew him 40 miles away…. And the now saved eunuch went back to his country. God is able to keep those He saves, Philippians 1:6…. God bless.
Actually, this writer, a student of Christ, was led to Jesus by one group of saints/ministry and discipled by other believers. God is able to keep and continue His work in the lives of those HE saves. He saves them and to doubt that they will be fed and nurtured and drawn by Jesus who saved them is perhaps an indictment we don’t wish to level. Yes, let’s prayerfully do all we can do to feed His sheep and yet, many times, as in the the case of the Ethiopian eunuch, the person Christ uses to lead someone to Him will have little or nothing to do with that new convert’s spiritual growth.
Also, are we not taking a bit too much credit for the work of God in the hearts of men? Consider that “the seed is the word of God” and it’s the “incorruptible seed of the word of God” and will certainly forever be with the persons into whose hearts we sow it! (Luke 8:11; 1 Peter 1:23) Thank God that long after they’ve forgotten us, the eternal Word of God will be in them – now and forever!
Personally, I begin graciously communicating foundational truths to the believers Jesus uses me to lead to Him. See more in the book Revolutionary Evangelism.