So blessed to have our dear friend, Crystal Storms guest-posting with us today for Part 3 of the “But God” Series. I trust her words will bless.
Whenever they bring you before synagogues and rulers and authorities, don’t worry about how you should defend yourselves or what you should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what must be said. (Luke 12:11-12 HCSB)
Do your words surprise you? Struggle to believe you said that ?
While I certainly have experience speaking words I regret. Words that cause me to hang my head in shame. I’m talking about words of encouragement or wisdom that seem to come from nowhere.
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I knew his hope was misplaced. Circumstances aren’t enough to hold onto.
He needed to know things wouldn’t always be this hard. That there was an end in sight. Something worth working toward.
I’d encouraged him before. I’d reminded him I stood beside him. That we’d get through this, too. But that day I felt my own discouragement and didn’t have much to offer.
On my own, I might’ve reminded him of God’s grace. Or spoken words that brought a smile to his face.
God knew he needed more than what I could offer.
And the words I spoke changed his countenance. He stood taller as the weight he carried lifted. His burden lightened. His hope anchored in Jesus.
I’m an encourager by nature. But the words and the timing pointed to something greater within me. Someone greater.
Jesus is the one speaking in our key verse. And it is He who promises the Holy Spirit will teach us what to say when we don’t know what to say. Tweet This
His words change lives. His timing makes all the difference.
Jesus was speaking to His disciples at the time. He warned them of the opposition they would face as they carried His message to the nations.
The disciples had spent three years listening to Christ’s words. They left the things of this world to follow Him. They quieted their world and heard His word.
But now it was time to go out. Time to shine Jesus’ light into the darkness.
Time in the Living Word plants seeds that will produce the fruit of His Spirit in our lives.
Word in, Word out.
God can bless others through our words when we fill our hearts with His Word.
When we least expect it.
When we have nothing left to give.
Words that have the power to change.
Words that bring life.
Words that shine His light.
Crystal Storms is a writer and heart encourager who loves Jesus and seeks to glorify God in all she does.
Married to her best friend for over 22 years, Tim and Crystal live in Florida with their sweet dog Minnie.
You can connect with Crystal at CrystalStorms.me where you’ll find encouragement for your heart as we seek God’s heart.
Week 3 Giveaway!
As a thank you for joining us today for week 3 of the “But God” series, we’re gifting this sweet Jenny M. verse card set. All who participate this week will be entered to win. Yay!
And, Congratulations to Dawn for being our week 2 winner!! Yay! Hope you enjoy, Dawn.
Be sure to join us next Thursday for Part 4 of the “But God” series featuring Betsy De Cruz. Betsy is a writer who encourages women to fill-up daily on the word of God, so our faith grows and spills into our everyday lives. Betsy’s heart for the Word is authentic, contagious and such an inspiration to me.
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