The weakness the devil loves in a person is to over-think… The habit of thinking too much leads to loss of confidence, and even Faith on what you were going to do or say. And in the Faith, there are a few small things that are worth considering otherwise you will find yourself lacking courage and stability everywhere and failing to serve God. The Holy Spirit works in silence.
The Lord Jesus spoke these words to the disciples…
Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. therefore be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
17 Beware of men; for they will deliver you up to councils, and in their synagogues they will beat you; 18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. for what you are to speak will be given you in that hour ”.
Then the Lord spoke in a place of suspension in front of the accusers… that we should not be afraid and start thinking about how to defend ourselves or how to respond… instead be SILENCE !! May the Holy Spirit do His work… for at the same time He will give us a mouth of wisdom that will unravel all their snares… the same is true when preaching.
When you are sent by the Holy Spirit to stand up and preach… it is not the time to start thinking about what you are going to say, how I will preach all that time, how I will plan the words, how I will pray, how I will begin to explain this verse and that. once you start allowing those thoughts then the sun is very easy to prevent the Spirit from flowing properly in you…
What you should do after preparing the lesson, that there is a revelation the Holy Spirit has given you, through your own spirit or through His servant… and so you feel led to share it with others… directly prepare a few verses that support your lesson..after that time keep praying for other things… and wait for the time to come… and when you arrive start talking… as you speak the Holy Spirit will join you and you will find yourself flowing in a way that even you yourself will be amazed. but if you start to get scared..and think… the pastor knows better than me, what if I preach in front of him, someone knows the bible better than me… what if I make a mistake, if I run out of words in the middle… will I be able to finish the whole hour preaching? .. and this voice of mine stuttering how will it be? .. which line should I start with and which line should end?
Don’t think of all that… and don’t let those questions go around your head… The Holy Spirit will give you a mouth of wisdom at the same time you are preaching. and just after preaching you’ll find yourself back to your normal routine…
And wondering how you got through the hour so fast, how you managed to organize the words and not your routine, you’ll be amazed at the Word changing people, and others opening and healing… if you see that the sun is the Holy Spirit at work… you it was used only as a tool.
Now that power of the Holy Spirit fills and diminishes in a person… but does not leave the person when a person is in a state of normal activity or asleep it becomes diminished… but only if something happens! it often descends into a person for example when a person stands up to preach, it descends into it… that is when a person finds himself gaining extra confidence, the things he could not say or do he finds a certain instinct to enter him… or a man of God standing before him sued in court or elsewhere and does not know what to say… suddenly he wonders if he has found the wisdom to answer etc.
That is why the Lord said “do not think” means that there is a time when you will find yourself unable or unwilling to do something, it is a time to feel weak… then it is not a time to be depressed, because there is a Holy Spirit who will come down to strengthen you ..as the Apostle Paul said by the power of the Spirit somewhere…
2 Corinthians 12: 9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. for MY POWER IS FULFILLED IN WEAKNESS. So I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. ”
If you are a bible reader you will know about Samson… This man was not always strong.. and neither does the bible say that he was the greatest man of all, or if Goliath… was just a normal man… probably even had the muscles of only average, like that of other men is what it means it was difficult for people to know the nature of his power? .. because he looked just like the others .now what was happening to Samson was that when something happened then the powers came to him… Not always he had sometimes he was like ordinary people with moderate powers…
But when something happens either the enemies around him then the power of the Holy Spirit they descend upon him and give him incredible power to destroy them… and after that the forces diminish and return to being a normal person… Until another time of the event .. (read Samson’s story carefully and you will discover it), not only him… even some kings and Judges in the bible… For example King Saul, when there was a war in Israel and the people lacked the courage to go to war… then the Spirit of God came upon him with power and gave him incredible courage to go to war… which surprised many .
So from today don’t think about the time to go do God’s work if you had that attitude.. and not just God’s work but even any work..as long as you have given Christ your life and dedicated your ways to Him ..because wherever you go he will be with you, give you a mouth, give you wisdom, give you understanding, give you understanding, give you power, fight for you, guide you… and you will see God’s hand… and you will know that God exists and without Him you cannot do anything… So move forward and do not look left or right.
Exodus 14:14 “The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward ”
The Lord bless us