“Speak for…”

Thought for Today: Speak for Yourself

There are some things in your life that God is working on. On the one hand you are so glad that God is cleaning these things up in your life, slowly but surely. On the other hand, you are not proud of what He has to clean up.  

And so, you keep these things to yourself because it’s been impressed in your heart that nobody needs to know your business. But the reason the world, your flesh, and the devil don’t want you to tell anybody what God is doing, or what God has done in your life, is simply because, if they hear what God has done for you, it will give others hope that God will work on their situation, as well.

The enemy will whisper in your ear “You don’t have to tell anybody that God has taken cursing out of your mouth. Let somebody else tell what God did for you,” and “You don’t have to tell anybody that God has lifted you out of the hole of depression, let somebody else tell your story.” 

The enemy has made you believe a lie that if you told someone what God has done for your life all you are doing is bragging.

However, when you begin to share to those around you what God has done in your life, you are not bragging about yourself; you are bragging about God.  

The reason why the enemy would love for someone else to tell others about what God has done in your life is because there is a difference between when you speak of the things that you have heard, and when you speak of the things that you have experienced.  

When the angel told Mary Magdalene to go tell the disciples that Jesus had risen in Mark 16:9-11, they did not believe her. But, in verse 14 of that same chapter, the word of God said that Jesus appeared unto the eleven disciples and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 

Those eleven men went from hiding for fear of the Jews because of their relationship with Jesus in John 20:19, to speaking boldly in the name of Jesus in public in Act 5:29. Then, Peter and the other apostles answered and said, we ought to obey God rather than man. 

The reason why the enemy wants you to keep what God has done for you to yourself, or he would rather have someone else speak for you, is simply because there is power when you speak for yourself about what God has done for you.  

You are not speaking from what you heard, you are not speaking from what you read, you are not speaking from what you felt, but you are speaking from what you experienced with God for yourself.  

There is power when you say “God changed the way I talk, God changed the way I think, God gave me the strength to endure, God gave me hope, God gave me wisdom, God held my hand through the storm.”  When you speak for yourself about what God has done for you, it’s not bragging on you, it’s bragging on God.  

Here is the real reason the enemy does not want you to tell anybody what God has done for you. It’s found in Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb, and BY THE WORD OF THEIR TESTIMONY; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”  

The devil does not want you to speak for yourself the things that God has done simply because, not only does it strengthen your faith in God, but it will also give those around you hope that God will help them, as well.  

Nobody can tell your story about what God has done for your life the way that you can. There is a big difference between speaking from what you hear and speaking from what you experience. Your experience with God can help change the lives of others when you tell them about the things that God has done for you.  

For it is written, “But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them saying, ‘Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? How then doth he now see?’ His parents answered them and said, ‘We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes we know not; he is of age, ask him, HE SHALL SPEAK FOR HIMSELF.’” 

People may feel good when they hear your story about what God has done in your life through others. But, when YOU SPEAK FOR YOURSELF about the things that God has done for you, it will empower others to seek God to overcome the works of the devil in their lives. 

Brag on God today and Be Blessed
 
By Erick Young