Several years ago I joined a discipleship group. On the first day we met, I opened up to the group and told them my desire to share about Christ without stumbling over my words, and to see another person come to know Him as a result (something I had never done). We studied some of the names of God as tools of praise that morning. One name in particular stood out to me, and I wrote the date next to it.
God is “The Opener of My Mouth”
The following prayer formed in my mind: “Oh Lord, would you please be the opener of my mouth? I feel like a fool when I speak, and I don’t even know what to say.”
In Deuteronomy 6, the Lord told the Israelites the commandments He had given them were to be on their hearts.
“Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up,” Deuteronomy 6:7.
I wanted this to be real for me. I wanted to be a godly encourager to my children and other women.
A Shift in my Heart
A strong desire began to grow within me to be able to do this with confidence. I also wanted to read the Bible in its entirety to fully grasp the big picture of God’s story! A saying that several wise women have shared with me is, “You cannot pass on what you do not possess.” In order to share the amazing story of redemption we have in Christ as it is seen throughout each page of Scripture, I realized I needed to know it for myself! That’s what I set out to do several years ago. I am still a work in progress, but I’d love to encourage you to take those first steps now if you haven’t for yourself.
Practical Steps to Take
To get started, I recommend at least three key elements:
- Bible Intake
Begin by praying to your Father and asking Him to help you on this journey, because He wants to come alongside you and instruct you!
Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things which you do not know.”
Ladies, He has already told us He has much in store for those who call on Him. Don’t you desire to hear what your King is saying?
Second, we must discipline ourselves to spend time with our Father in reading His word. The One Year Chronological Bible‘s approach works wonderfully for me. This Bible places the scriptures in order of when the events actually occurred. It is divided into daily sections, and you can read it in its entirety in one year. You may opt for another Bible reading plan, but the point is, you must invest in your own biblical literacy.
The Bible tells us, “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another,” Proverbs 27:17. If you haven’t been “discipled,” or don’t know what that even means, I simply encourage you to find a woman ahead of you in her walk with the Lord and ask her to help instruct and sharpen you in your faith, knowledge, and application of God’s word. The accountability and encouragement is priceless!
Prepare for Resistance!
Be prepared. You will meet resistance as you strive to discipline yourself! The enemy would love to keep you in a stagnant relationship with the Lord. But press on, dear sister! Establish a place and time to study, and have your Bible and notes ready! My “spot” has become a sacred place to me. My yellow chair and ottoman (with my fuzzy green blanket, of course!) is my favorite place in the house. It is the first place I go in the morning – starting the day with our Creator!
Some of you are rubbing your foreheads because you have babies or small children. I remember those days! Sleep schedules can be unpredictable and you don’t have a consistent time you wake up each day. In those situations, I encourage you to offer the Lord the “first fruits” of your free time. That may mean the first bit of their nap time. Or it may mean you keep your Bible open on the kitchen counter all day and grabs snippets of His word as you pass by. We all know we spend half of our day in the kitchen when we have kids, right!? The Lord is faithful. Line your desires up with His desires and His ways.
Watch God Work
I was able to lead my first person to Christ in the belly of a prison (a place I never thought I’d go) less than two months after petitioning the Lord for this privilege. He opened my mouth! Several weeks later I had the glorious blessing of praying with our oldest daughter to receive Christ. He opened my mouth! I grew in my relationship with Jesus and was excited to begin leading other women in a discipleship group. He opened my mouth! Stretching me way beyond my comfort zone, He led me toward my first mission trip last year and had me speak in front of a group of women from another country. Again, He opened my mouth! But this time, I came to a new realization…
From the time I had written the date next to the powerful description of that glorious name, I asked Him TO BE the Opener of my Mouth. And as I flew out of the country I had ministered in and reflected on His goodness, I felt Him tenderly whisper into my ear and into my spirit, “I AM the Opener of your Mouth.” In other words, I didn’t have to ask Him to be that for me because He already IS! And, He is for you too dear friend. He is who he says He is and He does what He says He can do.
He is the Opener of Your Mouth, ready to speak through you if you are a willing vessel. Your children need to hear what God has to say through you. Draw near to God and watch how He will empower you to faithfully pass on His truth to the little ears listening to you!
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