Today I was asked; “What gives one the
authority and the confidence to preach?” The answer is that you just have to have to step out in faith. I always feel doubt about what I am doing before a service, and I believe that the doubt is really helpful in that it keeps me from getting puffed up in my own conceit. It is really easy to start thinking; “I did that very well”, after preaching and it is good to be reminded that it is God doing it, not me.
- Confirmation Comes Later.
The confirmation that God is with you comes after the sermon when you realise that He was giving you the points to put across. I am surprised sometimes to hear myself saying things I didn’t think I even knew, and that goes to show that it was God leading me, and not me being smart or clever. You know He was guiding you when it ‘all comes together’. Thank you, Lord, for guiding me.
- Wait For Confirmation.
I have learned to wait for confirmation BEFORE doing anything of a spiritual nature. If God wants something to happen it is easy for Him to show you that. I can think of 6 different things to do before breakfast on any day of the week, but I have learned not to do any of them unless I get some confirmation that He wants it to happen. We think we know what to do in any situation, but often there are hidden facts that would affect the result, and I have learned the hard way that I need to NOT act on my own, but to wait to be shown what to do.
- The Authority to Preach
The authority to preach comes in the certainty that what you are bringing from the Holy Spirit is true. When the Holy Spirit of God convicts you of something, you share it with complete confidence, because then you KNOW inside yourself that it is true. It is much easier to step out in faith and share that. Not only is there inner conviction, there is total belief because you will have had the experience yourself to back up that conviction. This is the difference between testimony and preaching. Sadly, ‘preaching’ is often just the re-telling of second-hand knowledge.