- Jim Corbett
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“If you were not allowed to speak at all, would everyone around you know that you have given your life to Jesus by the way that you lived? Would your works of service and your countenance testify of a love within you that defies the circumstances around you? It must, you know! You must display the character of Jesus by presenting His life to those hungry for life. You must be so bold in your presentation of My truth that people need to make choices about their lives when you are in their presence.
"It is your privilege to love deeper and give greater gifts to the world, because the One who is greater than anyone or anything that the world has to offer dwells within you. You can be full and overflowing if you would only sell out fully to My Holy Spirit. Stop limiting what I can do through you. Begin today to speak out loud to everyone of My love, and if need be add some words to your sermon. Sit with Me first; I’ll show you how to do it.”
Rom. 12:1 AMP
I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.
Eph. 5:10-11 AMP
10) And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him].
11) Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them.
1 John 4:4 AMP
Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.
I’m convinced that if Jesus never said one word during His life among the people, His message would still have been presented. It would have occurred for one simple reason. His priority was to spend time with His Father.
Most of us who call ourselves Christians scurry here and there trying to convince the world that we are who we say we are. Very much like the Pharisees, we herald our sermons from the lofty places with flourish, expounding our wisdom to those “poor and unfortunate” people who are dying in their sin. Most of those around us wonder what the silly noise is all about. If everything we do would be done only after we have spent enough time with our Father to know what He would have us do, we would leave His lap full of His presence. Our world and the world would never be the same.
Close my mouth and open my heart, Lord,