Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: ‘Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.’” vs9
Not only does the Lord call us, but He gives us ability to perform. He stands with us, putting His word into our mouths, and He supports us in keeping His commands. We have to obey, and we have no choice, but He gives the obedience, the power, and the protection; He saves us so we can live saved lives, and we must never look to humans, when resource comes from God.
I made the mistake of leaning upon man instead of my Beloved, and it cost me dearly because the Lord departs and leaves you in bondage. Leviticus 26:17, says, “I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you.” This fearful terror comes upon us for not trusting Christ, not looking to Him for all acceptance, and judging ourselves by the approval of men; it is bondage instead of liberty, the flesh and not the Spirit, and it is where you don’t want to be, groveling before men when God is your Savior. However, He lets us do it our own way, so we can taste the bitterness, despise ourselves, and sin no more. Job 34:32, said, “Teach me what I do not see; If I have done iniquity, I will do no more”. This is the soul under chastisement, awakened to the Lord, utterly resistant to continuing in sin. Jeremiah was called by God, and he must look to Him for help. He said, “Do not say, ‘I am a child,’ for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.”
Man is an evil lord, a taskmaster, but God is gracious to us. Man exacts from you and then judges you; God bore your judgment and gives graciously to sinners. Man is impressed with the show, but God looks upon the heart, lifting up the needy. God and man are so different that we must be foolish, blind, and deceived to choose the approval of men, which makes God hide Himself.
Do not look to any man – not yourself or others – and look to God who called you to meet every need. Hudson Taylor, as he spoke to groups in London about the missionary work in China, said, “I thought the tendency of a collection was to leave the impression that the all-important thing was money, whereas no amount of money could convert a single soul; that what was needed was that men and women filled with the Holy Ghost should give themselves to the work”. God doesn’t need you, and He’s not impressed with what you have, but He will use your wholehearted service to accomplish His purpose to which you have been called. Don’t look to “who” with a small “w”. Look to “Who”, your singular God who will provide your need according to His riches in Christ. Paul confirmed, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19).”
Look to God for what to say and power to say it. Look to Him for money to minister and for success in soul-saving… for confidence, boldness, and assurance. Look to Him who has power, and do not get caught up in success, but stay focused on God. Jesus said, “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven (Luke 10).” Power over Satan is SWEET, but it’s from power with God in prayer and beholding Him in the covenant of grace favorably reconciled unto you through Christ; it is from knowing that you’re in the Lamb’s Book of Life and shall never perish because He chose, redeemed, and called you, and He will be your strength continually.
Preachers MUST SAY what God says. Praise the Lord, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom 10:17). Therefore, we preach to people who have no faith and love sin, and then God gives them faith by the word. We preach to people who know everything but don’t want to be saved, so we bring out the holy law and describe their despicable condition. He says, “Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit’; ‘The poison of asps is under their lips” (Rom 3). They think that they have more time and smile at their indifference, but we proclaim them horribly wicked, hateful of their fellow man, living a lie, a tool of Satan, and we make them uncomfortable in their sin.
God uses such words to deliver people, or we’d have no hope and just weep and weep. However, we do have hope, no matter who we talk to, because He can put inside of them what is not there. He can save the sinner by the word of the gospel, and He’s given us HIS WORDS, not our words, as the weapon. Paul says, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph 6). Some we save with fear, pulling them out of the fire with exceedingly dreadful warnings, and others with compassion, preaching promises and comforts for their sins. Judge 1:22-23, says, “And on some have compassion making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them mouth of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.”
Whatever the case, God’s word, not a shrunk down version, is the hope of the godly. We are not impotent against Satan; we have the battering-ram of the gospel that wins His elect and reserves the unjust for the Day of Judgment to be punished. Do not fear preaching it; it is the ONLY HOPE man has.