“Speak for Yourself”

Thought for Today: Speak for Yourself

The one thing that sets apart believers in the Lord Jesus Christ from any other faith is this; it’s personal. Most religions will tell you what you should think and feel about God; everybody has to think, talk, and act the same. It’s as if God took a cookie cutter and just stamped out everybody to be the same.

When you encounter Jesus for yourself, when you hear the voice of the Holy Spirit of God for yourself, when you feel Him wrap His arms around you and let you know that everything is going to be okay, nobody will be able to speak for you when it comes down to your personal relationship with the Lord. 

The pastor or the preacher is not preaching to you to know Jesus like they know Jesus. They are preaching Jesus to point you into the right direction of getting to know Jesus for yourself. Some say He is a way maker; some say He is a miracle worker; some say He is their provider; some say He is their protector, some say He is Alpha; some say He is Omega. Jesus is many things to many people. 

Out of all that He is to everybody else, I want to bring up the question that Jesus asked the disciples in Matthew 16:15. “He saith unto them, BUT WHOM SAY YE THAT I AM?” You may not think it’s a big thing, but you cannot let anyone speak for you when it comes to your relationship with God the Father, through God the Son, by God the Holy Spirit.

The Word of God says in John 20:19, “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews.” 

But then, when we look at Acts 5:27-29, the Word of God says, “And when they had brought them (the same disciples who were once hiding out of fear because of their relationship with Jesus) before the council (the very same people they knew who wanted to kill them because of their personal relationship with Jesus) and the high priest asked them saying, did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name (tell them about Jesus) and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with  your doctrine and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. (Look at this) Then Peter and the other apostles (the same men who were hiding because of their personal relationship with Jesus) answered (for themselves) and said, WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN.” 

What made these men, who were scared at one point, all of a sudden speak with such passion and boldness for Christ’s sake? The answer is found in the last part of John 20:19 which says, “…came Jesus and stood in the midst and saith unto them, peace be unto you.” After they experienced the resurrected Savior for themselves, that experience changed their lives forever. They did not allow anyone to speak for them, they spoke for themselves about the power of being one with the Lord God almighty, through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

You may think nothing of it, but you cannot allow anybody to speak on your behalf about your relationship with God. Even though some may mean well when they talk about your personal relationship with God, they can only speak in part. 

They were not there when Jesus picked you up, nor were they there when He reached into the darkness of your life and pulled you into the light. And they were not there when He made a way out of no way for you. The enemy of your soul would rather somebody else speak about your relationship with God, simply because when you speak from your personal experience, the power of experience will lead others to want that same experience with God for themselves. 

It is written, “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, John his brother and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart. And was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun and his raiment was white as the light. And behold there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter and said unto Jesus Lord it is good for US (speaking for the other two disciples) if thou wilt let US (again speaking for the other two disciples) make here three tabernacles one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake behold a bright overshadowed them and behold a voice out of the cloud which said, this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased hear ye him” (Matthew 17:1-5).

Peter stood up and spoke for James and John, wanting to put Moses and Elias on the same level of who Jesus was, but the Father cut him off. Nobody can speak for you about who Jesus is in your life better than you can.  Let your life with Jesus SPEAK FOR ITSELF and watch the power of your experience with Jesus change, not only your life, but it will change the lives of those around you, as well.

Be Blessed
Erick Young