by Paul Benson
Have Faith in God pt. IV
A Word In Due Season
The anointing of God’s Spirit can put more life into a single short sentence than a month full of sermons scrounged up in a halfhearted fashion. The anointing can cause us to use words we don’t even realize are just the right ones needed to touch a heart or to make a life changing impact. Let me give you one example:
As believers we all want to see the grace of God go forth blessing hearts and changing lives. But we have been somewhat programmed into thinking the anointing of the Spirit is only for somebody speaking up on a stage or in front of a large group of people. This mentality robs us of the drive to seek God for the moving of His Spirit upon our own activities away from the meeting hall. Seeking God earnestly can put a supernatural quality to even the simplest of actions.
One time, when I was still in the business of building log homes, I was driving up in the woods with a couple of brothers looking at some timber to buy. In the course of our journey we came across an isolated cabin where some Christian brothers were hold-up. They were fasting and praying to hear from God about His work and His will for their lives. In the natural it seemed like just a chance encounter but soon we were sure it was not.
We decided to stay awhile and spend some time with them. It was a blessed time in the presence of the Lord. As we fellow-shipped with these brethren the Spirit of God came upon us in a powerful way. Suddenly one of our group, out of the blue and having nothing to do with anything we were discussing, loudly blurted out an obscure segment of Scripture. It seemed totally out of place, and caused a minute of awkwardness.
A Word Well Received
Then the brothers who were staying in the cabin began to shout and praise God. One of them was even dancing around like he had just won the lottery. The Lord had spoken that very segment of Scripture to that brother earlier and they had been discussing it among themselves as to what it meant as far as God’s leading. Initially somewhat skeptical, I was quite convinced when the brother opened up his Bible and showed me where a few hours earlier he had written notes in the margin so he would remember later what God had spoken to his heart. I suspect he has never forgotten!
What seemed to us as just another good meeting and some decent fellowship was to these men a divine experience where God heard their prayers and sent someone up to that out of the way cabin to speak a word of confirmation to what they had heard. That brother from our group had also been fasting and praying to see God work through him; and had the privilege of seeing just a few select words with the anointing of God’s Spirit upon them impact some brothers in a life changing manner.
A Word Fitly Spoken
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Proverbs 25:11
God can use just a few choice words in even the most ordinary of circumstances to accomplish great things. This will only come through a sensitivity to his Spirit. And this we learn through having a heart to earnestly seek him in his Word and in prayer.
All things are possible. Have faith in God!