What to say and how to say it…
(John 12:49b NIV)
I had to learn an important lesson in the first few years of being with Shulamite Ministries. I learned that I had to be out of any spiritual words I gave. It’s so easy to deliver a word in logic or through reason, believing it be the Lord. But worse than that is to inject yourself into an actual word He gives you to deliver to another. It contaminates it and transforms it into death from life. I really had to learn this the hard way.
The New Word not Me
At the time, I heard the Lord ask me to give a person a specific word. When I delivered it, I interjected my commentary, enhancing it with myself. The result was that I killed what was the Lord, with what was John. The entire message was destroyed and voided because I was in it. And the person for whom God intended the word rejected it, because they saw it as not being from Him. And it wasn’t! When I amplified the word, I killed it in total. What a lesson!
I did this with the best intentions. I didn’t have malice or ill intent; I actually thought I was helping to explain it. But what actually happened was that I destroyed what God wished to say and gave the hearer no grace to accept the word as from the Lord. Logically, if you heard the words I added, you would say, “But that is ‘right.’” But God’s words need no embellishing from man. On the contrary, if I am the intended conduit to speak His thoughts, I better be zip-a-dee-doo-dah clean of self.
A Vessel Only of a New Word
Man can be a vessel to carry God’s words, but never are we the source of spiritual accuracy. My logical application of principles and precepts are simply my opinions, whereas God-directed and inspired wisdom is holy and filled with His Life and power to perform.
My, oh my, what a wonderful day! That day I was liberated from the misconception that I had anything to add to God’s words of wisdom or knowledge. My past wisdom or knowledge is never applicable to any current situation, no matter how similar they may be. It can literally be the exact same circumstance occurring, but unless it’s His new word for this new day, you will have old wineskins for new wine. This is a pattern for an absolute mess! Every new happening needs a new perspective and a new word from our Shepherd.
Oh Lord, what a lesson: new word for the new day, always! When I applied my wisdom to this person’s circumstance, I gave them death and actually prevented them from hearing the valid word that the Lord had for them. I was the offending party, and a stumbling block to their obedience.
Jesus is so present in our moments and involved in their uniqueness. As I have said in other posts, His goal is relationship. He wants to be intimately involved in my life and doings. Actually, He wants to be the Life of my life and doings. And to be such, I need a moment-by-moment hearing of His voice in my now.
New Word, New Day
What was good for my yesterday might not be good for my today. Additionally, what was good for my yesterday could even be the same for today, but it has to have a new directive and the fresh anointing of His voice. This is the interpersonal interaction He enjoys and requires of us to follow Him as Shepherd. If I could apply my old words to new life, I wouldn’t need Him or His voice. This isn’t how Jesus lived His Life, nor is it how I can live mine, not now not ever.
“For I have not spoken from Myself, but The Father who sent Me, He gave me commandments, what I will say and what I will utter.”
John 12:49 Aramaic Bible in Plain English