Speaking In The Lords Name

by | Mar 16, 2024 | Articles, Spiritual Reflections

For the first twenty or thirty years of my walk with the Lord He was teaching me a lot about my learning to speak words from Him to others. It always starts speaking to individuals and small groups of people and stumbling across anointing (God speaking through you) and learning from it.

We can so easily feel extremely sure of what the Lord wants us to say to someone and be completely wrong. Frustration in us, recent revelation with its emotional high, excitement over a truth we have recently ‘seen’ etc can give us energy in our souls to preach believing we are presenting what God wants us to say to a person or group of people.

Through this early time we will experience what Samson experienced. “The Lord began to move him at times”. This occasional moving also can throw us back to immature soul energising delusion that ‘now’ we are anointed all the time. This is very dangerous. Once going down that track too far it is hard to get back to humility.

So here are many things the Lord has taught me over the years and some of the secrets of being able to consistently bring forth the Word of God to others.

SO HERE WE GO.

1) Prov 10:11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked. This verse covers a huge issue. It really means,’the mouth of one who is in relationship with God (righteous) speaks the Life of God into their hearers.

One infallible way we can know if we are speaking the words that God would speak to people is by their response to them. If they receive a greater ‘sight’ of God; if they love and worship God because of the words we have spoken; if they leave with an awe and wonder of the beauty of the Lord we can be fairly satisfied that they have received the Life of God into their hearts through our words.
Of course there is always the proviso that they are followers of God to some degree. If not they may have a rejecting reaction. However no matter how small a revelation and understanding of God a young Christian may have it needs to be fanned with the breeze of the Life of God and that can come from the wildest storm of revelation the speaker musters. But it must be Life!

We need to be very sensitive to ‘see’ if they didn’t receive Life and if we perceive that they didn’t receive Life we need to learn from that realising we missed it that time.

2) 1 Cor 1:24. Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

When ever we speak aiming to speak for the Lord – meaning whether to a great crowd or just one or two people – we must have a heart to bless that person with some Life that maybe they don’t have yet. We want to impart some spiritual gift to them (Rom1:11). We are to be ‘helpers of their joy’.

I remember saying something in a small group once and a close friend suddenly let out, “James, that’s bloody marvellous”. What I had said had bought him instant joy beyond his ability to control his language. Be careful of laying out paths ahead of people or explaining scriptures to them that if they, follow will bring them joy later. That is not Life. Life hits ‘NOW”! From the Life of God imparted to them in the NOW their future path will be affected for sure of course.

Many who speak of the things of the Lord are more focussed on what is wrong in others spiritual lives whether individuals or congregations. So their speech is around talking about the thing that is wrong and correcting them on it and encouraging them to follow what we say. This comes from a yet immature prophetic calling that needs the lessons of humility added. Any one with an ounce of prophetic gifting can see problems. But it is the prophetic ability to see what ‘Word from God’ will fix that problem NOW; not sometime in the future but in the NOW, that proves a mature prophetic gift is operating. Only God can show you this and it takes a dying to our understandings, thoughts, experiences and even past times we were in, what to us was a similar situation, that God told us what to say. The Word of God in the past is of no use. Old manna! Only humility and leaning not on my own understanding opens my ears to what to say NOW.

3) Rom 8:28-29
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Eph 4:11 – 13
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, TO THE MEASURE OF THE STATURE OF THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST;
In these verses we see that the purpose of God is that we as humans walking in this life of redemption on earth will be transformed into the likeness of Christ both individually and corporately. Both as people and as a people!

Before we can endeavour to step out in ministry to people we need to know what the purpose of God is through our ministries. In one way we could say it is to be a part of God’s work to redeem all that was lost in the Garden of Eden: to return mankind to what it would have been had Adam and Eve never eaten of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. But in fact there is more to it than that. God’s seeking and saving us down through the Millenia has an aspect to it that we can’t see in the Garden of Eden. His purpose there was more than keeping us from the evil one but was to finally conform us to the likeness of Jesus.

So the next question is what is Jesus like?

Well without going into this too much here Jesus is the image of the Father. (Heb 1:1-3. Col 1:15. 2 Cor 4:6.) So for us to be like Christ is that through our being baptised into the name of Jesus; into His crucifixion and resurrection; becoming one with Him in whom the Father dwells, speaks and works, we have become one with the Father too. So now to understand what it means too to be Christlike is that the Father will be seen in us as He was/is in Jesus the man of Nazareth and finally the King of Heaven!

So as ministers of the Word of God this is our goal. The real problem is that we don’t know how to do that! How do I minister to people that ends in their becoming Christlike and the Father being seen in them! Well first we need to know that that is the goal and the only goal. Then we can launch ourselves in the right direction.

We are filled with the Holy Spirit who does know how to do this work. It is the reason that God has filled us with the Holy Spirit – if you are filled with the Holy Spirit!

Our part in ministry is to do all we can to make sure we only minister in the Holy Spirit and according to His working power and ways. We can’t make Him work through us but one thing we can do is to make sure we are not working in our own ideas, wisdoms, thoughts, ways and powers. This is the consecration of our own ministries where, after we know we are called to ministry, we die to the human desires of how to minister! Here we will find true weakness where we fear and tremble before the possibility that people might not be changed, or worse, would be changed but not by the power of God; just by our human ability to convince! Then their faith would be in us and not in the power and reality of God’s working and a mere human good behaviour would result not the righteousness of God in the person’s heart and being.

(This is what Paul was talking about here in 1 Cor 2:3-5
I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.)

So here are some basic scriptures that I have based my life and speaking on that underlines our attitude to all ministry to the church and people. It is that God alone has the ability to build people into what He wants them to be and we need to be very careful of putting any of our efforts or energies into it. It has to come from an easy and relaxed person submitted to the mood of God. Then the Life of the Holy Spirit will give a flow of the Holy Spirit through us.

2 Corinthians 3:18
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Here it says one thing very clearly. All of us only change into what the Lord is making us into when we see something of the reality of God! That alone changes us into His image. Correct knowledge and theology cannot do it.

Matthew 16:18
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. The above is again iterated here. Jesus builds His church alone. It is His effort alone howbeit through us but not of our energies. Also the reality is that all attempts we make to use our energies will build with wood, hay and stubble and catastrophically the gates of hell WILL prevail against THAT. These two verses below are ones the Lord gave me fifty years ago and have become my overall lifetime verses concerning speaking and ministry.

Col 1:28 29
‘Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.’

Here we see Paul’s intense heart to minister to people and see the Kingdom of God come on earth. He is very intense about it in His person. I think we all should be that. It is a magnificent thing. All of the hardships that Paul endured he got up from again and again and again and carried on to fulfil the calling on His life. He never gave up. He never wavered. He took it all and carried on whatever the cost. The greatest example for us.

But as I read this verse I sense he puts a great qualification in here to his personal striving and laborious intent. He strives but only in harmony, submission and sensitivity to the power of the Lord working through him. He adds nothing of his personal energy, knowledge or enthusiasm.

He strives to be in the right place that God wants him to be but then on arrival he breathes, relaxes, surrenders and in perfect peace delivers a flow of the Holy Spirit’s words flowing out of the Father’s Spirit and nature of kindness, gentleness, patience etc etc etc. He enters the Father’s mood; the Father’s volume and speed of His words; the attitude He has towards the hearers, His facial expression and eyes particularly to be not of himself but of the indwelling Spirit of the Father.

The closer we can get to this the more the glory of God will be seen in us as it was fully in Jesus Christ. (Note what they said about Stephen’s preaching in Acts 6:9-10)

SO IN CONCLUSION.

Say what you think the Lord wants you to say; say it ONCE. If the person has an open heart at that time to hear what you are saying then that ‘once’ will be enough. Saying it a second time a bit more strongly won’t help. Saying it a different way won’t help either. If their heart isn’t ready there’s no way you can force them to see or hear. If their heart is ready they will hear it quickly, easily and with joy. This is the path of speaking into the Body of Christ. We slowly learn what is the Word of God when it comes from our mouths, by the way it is received. When we get it right and the very Word that God wants said reaches the heart of the listener they are changed and we learn. This is what it means where it says, ‘the anointing will teach you’.

Maybe they won’t hear you that day but in a week or so’s time they will hear it. Maybe they will hear it from another source. Maybe God has another way for them that we don’t know. But if we keep trying to get them to see what we are saying then we will be entering into the vain arguments that Paul warns Timothy of. (1 Tim 6:3-5) It will always be fruitless.

This is our peace. Trying to change people using any of our own efforts will always result in tensions in our relationships and within ourselves. We want to see people change and the Kingdom of God come on earth but we must be at peace in ourselves as we are involved in it. We cannot bring peace when we are in tension. The trick is we aren’t the ones who accomplish the work. We aren’t the ones who do it. We are in the hands of the One who does it and we can be carefree while carrying this great gifting and anointing.

Always be open to the fact that what you think is the Word of God for people may not be. In fact when we start off we’re mostly wrong. But look for the times it really was God and learn from that. It starts in conversation and can end in significant crowds to significant people.

So ………. As Forrest Gump says, “That’s all I have to say about that.

Much love to you all
M. James Jordan

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