There is a big difference between telling others what you know and speaking what you have learned from God and practiced through personal application. When Paul was dealing with some very tough issues in the Corinthian church, he said, ““knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up.” (1 Corinthians 8:1). In contrast to the pride of those in Corinth, Paul said of the Thessalonians that they “became an example to all the believers” (1 Thessalonians 1:7).
How does this work? God told the prophet Ezekiel that because the house of Israel was rebellious, God told him to “open your mouth and eat what I give you. And when I looked…and behold a scroll of a book…then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey” (Ezekiel 2:8-9; 3:3).
If we only speak what we know as “head knowledge,” we will communicate mere information. If we speak to others what we have taken from the Word of God and put into practice, they will carry with it spiritual authenticity. Put another way, God is wanting our words to be genuine because the have taken His Word into our hearts and worked them out through our lives. Eat His Words!
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