PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 1:57-66
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“To everyone’s astonishment he wrote, ‘His name is John.'” (Luke 1:63)
Zechariah was speechless because he had doubted God (Luke 1:19-20).
By choosing the name ‘John’, he was showing he finally believed God.
Zechariah chooses to name his blessing, to believe and accept God’s promise.
There is something powerful in naming our experiences by faith.
A crisis can be named a God-opportunity and a coincidence named a God-incident!
My life is God’s gift, my experience is God’s design, my purpose is God’s purpose.
But we will not see it, or experience it, unless we name it.
Doubt holds us back, it keeps us from seeing and makes us speechless for God.
Faith helps us see God’s hand in our lives, and opens our mouths to tell others.
How we think may direct how we speak, but our mouths also shape our minds.
Negative, doubtful or discouraging words will reinforce that spirit in our lives.
They become true because we name them true, they become self-fulfilling prophecies.
Take time today to name where you see the Lord at work in your life, and praise him for it.
Our mouths will shape our minds, and our minds will release our mouths – to praise God!
Lord, release me from doubt and discouragement. Open my eyes to see you in everything, and open my mouth to name you through everything.