Empowered to Speak by Henri Nouwen

The Spirit that Jesus gives us empowers us to speak.  Often when we are expected to speak in front of people who intimidate us, we are nervous and self-conscious.  But if we live in the Spirit, we don’t have to worry about what to say.  We will find ourselves ready to speak when the need is there.   “When they take you before … authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say, because when the time comes, the Holy Spirit will teach you what you should say”  (Luke 12:11-12).

We waste much of our time in anxious preparation.  Let’s claim the truth that the Spirit that Jesus gave us will speak in us and speak convincingly.

For further reflection …

Moses said to the Lord, “Oh Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant.  I am slow of speech and tongue.”  The Lord said to him, “Who gave a person their mouth? …Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” – Exodus 4: 10-12 (NIV)