There are two thoughts I want to present to your mind. First, I want you to realize that you need the Holy Spirit to give you divine inspiration every day for every conversation and event you are involved with. Secondly, I want you to believe that God wants to give you His Holy Spirit to give you divine inspiration every day for every conversation and event you are involved with.
But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
I know that it was the young and arrogant Elihu the Buzite who spoke these words; however, I believe that this part of what he said is true. I do believe that “there is a spirit in man.” And, I also believe that it is “the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.” When the Holy Spirit moves upon your thoughts to guide them in a certain direction: that is inspiration. It is divine inspiration. You and I need this divine inspiration every day for every conversation and event we are involved with. AMEN!
16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy , and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy :
This scripture is undoubtedly referring to the gift of God which enables a person to preach the gospel in the sense of ministering, preaching and teaching. But let every one of us also consider that we are preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ by the way that we live. If you claim to be a born-again, spirit filled, child of God; then, you are prophesying to your children, family, friends and every one you meet. I want you to realize that you need God to divinely inspire the words which you speak. If you do not realize this, you will not pray for it. You need to ask God for divine inspiration.
1 Corinthians 14:29-32
29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
When you stand up and testify or sing and speak in the congregation of the righteous, you are prophesying, or you should be prophesying. Don’t you believe that we ought to have God’s permission, approval and assistance to stand up and speak in the worship service of the saints of God?
17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak : for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak .
20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.
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.
When you are being persecuted, you need divine inspiration to help you respond. When you talk to your enemies, you need divine inspiration to speak with wisdom and grace. When you are in a difficult situation, you need the Holy Ghost to impress upon your mind the appropriate words which you should speak.
29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,
30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
We read that the saints prayed that they would be blessed with divine inspiration. Their desire was “that with all boldness they may speak THY word.” Not their words, but the words of God’s choosing.
1 Corinthians 2:12-14
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
13 Which things also we speak , not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
As we “receive” the right words from God, that is the “which things also we speak.”
1 Peter 4:7-11
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God.”
The oracles of God are those which speak the truth about the one true living God.
They speak for God. They speak for His glory. They speak His truth and His doctrines.
If we would discipline ourselves to speak only as would be appropriate for the Ambassadors of Christ, then we would no doubt speak as Christ would speak.
This should be our burden, our goal and a point of earnest prayer.
8 Go not forth hastily to strive, lest thou know not what to do in the end thereof, when thy neighbour hath put thee to shame.
9 Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another:
10 Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away.
11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
14 Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
15 By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.
The Holy Spirit has spoken to the wise King Solomon and Solomon wrote these words for our instruction. Let us consider what he has said:
V8: Many problems have been caused by people who did not seek the inspiration of God before they went forth to strive with another person.
V9: Too often a person will complain and gossip to the wrong person instead of going to his neighbor with whom he disagrees. If you have something negative to say about a matter, go to the one who has the responsibility to make the correction or amendment.
V10: If you talk to the wrong person, it will result in your shame.
V11: The Holy Spirit can give you the right words to say in every situation and your words will have great value if they come from God.
V12: Gold is a precious metal and very useful; so are the words of the person who can give a wise reproof.
V13: In ancient Israel, they packed snow in a cave during winter so that they could have a cold drink in the time of harvest.
V14: To boast of a gift you do not have is as empty of refreshment as a summer cloud.
V15: A soft tongue breaketh the bone. How powerful are words fitly spoken. How needful are words which are divinely inspired. We need Spirit filled preachers and teachers. We need Spirit filled parents and rulers.
King David said in Psalms 85:8, “I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints:”
Jesus said in John 8:25-26
25 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning.
26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.
If Jesus spoke only those things which He had heard of His Father, how much more do we need to be careful to speak only those things which we hear of the Holy Spirit.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes:
O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
We need the divine inspiration of God. We can not glorify Jesus Christ unless we speak wholesome words.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
When you stand before the Great Judgment Throne of God, what will your record say about the words you have spoken? Will you be justified by your words; or, will you be condemned by your own words?