“And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.” Luke 12:11-12
There is such a thing as the faculty for ready speech, irrespective of where you are and the situation that presents itself. The ability to say the right words to your hearers is one element that can define how much progress you’ll have on the field of reconciliation.
Yes, God’s ability and provision to save man is deposited in the gospel, however it’s worthy of note that the approach in transmitting the message lies on us.
This is why we must allow the Spirit of God gain the ascendancy over our words and actions, even in the place of preaching and teaching.
Sometimes, the words that your intellect propels you to say in defence of the Gospel are not necessarily the words that your hearers need. There are some things that may seem inconsequential to you, but are the words for the moment.
For instance, Apostle Paul by the Spirit, spoke of his identification with Pharisees; and his belief in the resurrection of the dead. This seemingly inconsequential detail of his life proved to be ‘contentious’ yet life-saving.
“But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question. And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.”
Apostle Paul by the wisdom of the Spirit threw in an information that caused the multitude to be divided, dumbfounded and speechless. Let’s look at another scripture.
“And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.”
Jesus operated with this kind of Wisdom. By asking one simple question, He left the chief priests and elders in a very awkward position.
The same Spirit that was at work in Jesus and Paul functions in us today. He lives in us!
Go out today, conscious of the wisdom at work in you by the Holy Ghost; the wisdom that propels you to say the right things and act the right way.
Say This: I have the faculty for ready speech! I am not helpless in any situation. I know what to do always.