WILL YOU ALLOW GOD TO USE YOUR MOUTH?
Moses replied, "I have never been a good speaker. I wasn't one before you spoke to me, and I'm not one now. I am slow at speaking, and I can never think of what to say." (Exodus 4:10 - CEV)
But Moses said, "No, LORD, don't send me. I have never been a good speaker, and I haven't become one since you began to speak to me. I am a poor speaker, slow and hesitant." Exodus 4:10 - GNB)
Moses said to the LORD, "Please, Lord, I'm not a good speaker. I've never been a good speaker, and I'm not now, even though you've spoken to me. I speak slowly, and I become tongue-tied easily." Exodus 4:10 - GW)
And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I [am] not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I [am] slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. Exo 4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Exo 4:12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. Exo 4:13 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand [of him whom] thou wilt send. (Exodus 4:10-13 - KJV)
And Moses said unto Jehovah, Oh, Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant; for I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And Jehovah said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? Or who maketh a man dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, Jehovah? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt speak. And he said, Oh, Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. (Exodus 4: 10-13 - ASV)
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye may be filled unto all the fulness of God. (Eph. 3: 14-19 - ASV)
As I thought about the title of this sermon, I was reminded of how much all of us allowed the enemy to use our mouths, and some of us still do. I can certainly remember when I was in the world and I used my mouth for Satan. Ask yourself – now that you are saved, will you allow God to use your mouth? I realize that from time to time we all can get angry and say things out of our mouths that are displeasing to the Lord and to whoever we are making the comment to. As we grow in Christ, our way of thinking, acting and speaking changes, or so it should. In the scripture, we see that Moses was afraid to speak for God because he had a speech impediment and because of that, he felt that he was not qualified to speak on behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ. But how many of us realize that despite what we think our inadequacies are, we are only vessels, supposedly empty ones that are willing to be used by God to do whatever He wants us to do.
When God formed and shaped us in our mother’s womb, He put into us many gifts and talents for His purpose. He knew exactly what He wanted us to do with every talent and gift that is stored within us. Our problem is, we don’t think that we have any special gifts or talents, or we feel inadequate in trying to use them, or ashamed, or embarrassed, or we covenant another person’s gifts and talents instead of asking the father to help us use and enhance the ones we have. We simply need to look deeper on the inside of ourselves during our time of praying and quite times with the Lord, ask him God what would you have me to do with the gifts and talents that you have given me? God did not give us His gifts to waste, they were given to us for a divine purpose to be used here on earth to help bring the Kingdom to God’s people.
I believe that God will show each of us just how much talent and ability we have to do that which has been assigned to us. If we will just allow Him to; instead of putting God in a box and depending on our own intellect, allow God to use us anyway He chooses. Moses felt inadequate, and as a result of that, he asked God to allow Aaron to speak for him. God’s question to Moses was who made the mouth, or who made the dumb, or death? In other words, God was saying that he knew exactly what was wrong with Moses, nevertheless, He still choose him and wanted to use him in the capacity that he was chosen for. Please understand that God is not stupid or forgetful, or anything carnal as we are. He already knows our limitations, He created us.
You may not be able to speak as eloquent as the next person, you may not be able to pronounce each word correctly, (I know I can’t) but that does not mean that God does not want to use your mouth. If we could only realize that our greatest ministry and sermon to someone else is to tell them our testimony. The only way to do that is to talk. Ask your neighbor – will you allow god to use your mouth? As I stated earlier, we had no problem in allowing the enemy to use our mouths or anything else that we had when we were in the world. Sometimes, even now if we are not careful, we can easily revert right back into the same old habits. God does not want us to rely on our own abilities, but to trust and have faith in Him. He is the only one who can empower us to do the work and fulfill the purpose that was ordained from the foundation of the earth. Don’t put your confidence in your own self – put it in God – we are subject to fail even our own selves. But how many of you know – that in Christ there is no failure. I believe that many of us like to have pity parties. We love to feel sorry for ourselves and want somebody else to feel sorry for us as well. That is exactly what Moses wanted, he expected God to feel sorry for him and tell him no that’s okay you don’t have to go and lead my people.
However, that did not happen.
He did not do it for Moses, and He will not do it for you or I. We are without excuse, God sent the Holy Spirit so we could have a constant helper available at less than a second’s notice. If He did it for Moses, He will do it for you, He’s the same God, will you allow Him to use your mouth? Or will you shy away because you think you are not good enough, capable, learned, or prepared. Allow God to show you just how big He is by welcoming any and every opportunity that He gives you to speak for Him. Everybody cannot witness to everybody, because all of us have not experienced the same things in life. I could not be an effective witness to a prostitute – because thank God I have never been one – but I could be an effective witness to a thief because I use to be one. I received an e-mail and it asked the question " can god use you?" It stated that Noah was a drunk, Abraham was too old, Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly, Rahab, was a prostitute, Isaiah preached naked, David had an affair and was a murderer and there were a lot more who committed sin against the Father, my point is that God did not choose any perfect people to use. All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but that does not mean that God will not use us to fulfill our purposes here on earth. That e-mail also said that faith is the ability not to panic. So in the event that you make a mistake while using your mouth for God, don’t panic, you are human and we are allowed to make mistakes. So, the next time that the opportunity comes, and it will - please open your mouth for the Savior!
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