I was thinking about a word today, the word inspiration. I watch for it. I wait for it. I expect it. I don’t write just to write, I wait for that inspiration to write. And then it comes. A scripture, a word, a song and the floodgates are opened.
Today I was thinking about the inspiration to write. I was watching for it and 2 Timothy 3:16 came to mind.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God… (2 Timothy 3:16, KJV)
Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration)… (2 Timothy 3:16, Amplified)
I decided to look up the word inspiration in my Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. This is one of the definitions that I found.
The infusion of ideas into the mind by the Holy Spirit… (American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster 1828)
Wow! To be inspired by God!
Jesus told His disciples of the things that were to come, including their own arrests and He said to them,
But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. (Mark 13:11, KJV)
He told them that the Holy Spirit would inspire them in what to speak. Jesus Himself watched for the inspiration to speak.
…I have never spoken on My own authority or of My own accord or as self-appointed, but the Father Who sent Me has Himself given Me orders [concerning] what to say and what to tell… So whatever I speak, I am saying [exactly] what My Father has told Me to say and in accordance with His instructions. (John 12:49, 50; Amplified)
When I stand before a group of people to teach from God’s Word, I watch for His words in my heart. When I sit down to write, I wait for His words to come. As I minister on healing and pray for the sick I watch for the words He would have me speak and pray. In a difficult situation, a take a moment to hear from Him before I speak. Jesus did the same and so much more. He watched for every word He spoke to be inspired by God.
God gave us some advice through James when he said, “…let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 1:19, KJV).
Yes, I believe that we should be slow to speak and quick to hear what others are saying. But more importantly, we should be slow to speak, as we watch for that inspiration from the Holy Spirit. Then we will speak a word in due season. We will speak words of wisdom, knowledge and prophecy inspired by the Holy Spirit. We will speak the Truth that sets the captives free.
Watch, listen, wait and then speak. Let Him be your inspiration!
I will… stand upon my post of observation and station myself on the tower… and will watch and see what He will say within me and what answer I will make [as His mouthpiece]… (Habakkuk 2:1, Amplified)