But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. Matthew 10:19-20

I work with high school students as a teacher; currently, I am teaching oral communications or speech class. A few weeks ago, the students gave their first formal speech, and everyone was extremely nervous. It was a short speech and everyone did a good job; the relief they felt after the presentations were over was tangible. It baffles me though: those same students arrive in my room before class and talk the ENTIRE five minutes before the bell rings and sometimes at volumes appropriate for a speech. They don’t seem to have a problem speaking then. It’s the same for us, too. We talk about our faith, struggles, prayer requests, questions, and fears only with those close to us – maybe a spouse, or close friend, or family member. However, when asked to lead a Bible study, share our testimony, or even just witness to a co-worker, we clam up and feel like a high school student before a speech. Suddenly we feel inadequate and worried about what to say. Like my speech students, we need a pep-talk. Before they gave their speeches, we did a warm up activity, and I assured them that it would be okay; no one in the class had tomatoes to launch at them. In Matthew 10:19-20, Jesus is found giving his disciples a pep-talk. He had been warning them that they would face persecution. He told them that when arrested, they shouldn’t worry about what to say because the Holy Spirit would provide the words and speak through them. We see a similar situation in Exodus 4: God was preparing Moses to face the King of Egypt and demand that his people be released. Moses focused on his inadequacy and told the Lord that he was not eloquent enough to do the job. God replied to him in verse 12, “Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” The Lord gives us the same promise as God gave Moses, and Jesus gave his disciples. When we choose to be bold for him, He will fill us with His Spirit and provide the words, as I feel He is doing right now. Because God knows all and sees all, He knows the exact moment we need Him and delivers a dose of His Spirit at just the right time. We may still feel the nervous butterflies of stage fright as we prepare to share what the Lord has done in our lives, but we can be assured that the Spirit is floating inside with those butterflies giving us the words to speak to glorify our Lord.

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