I have put My words in thy mouth

Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth (Jeremiah 1:9 KJV)

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God gave Jeremiah a prophetic vision for his ordination or calling. Jeremiah saw the LORD putting forth His hands and touching his mouth and then saying to him, “I have put my words in thy mouth.” The LORD put His words into Jeremiah’s mouth by touching His mouth. What does it to have the words of our God put in our mouths?

God called Jeremiah to be a prophet, and so a spokesperson for Him. After this divine ordination ceremony, Jeremiah would later hear or see what God is saying and then say it to the people. However, the LORD did not put His words into Jeremiah’s mouth during this touch by speaking words to Him or whispering everything Jeremiah was going to prophesy. It was a spiritual touch!

The putting of the words in Jeremiah’s mouth was imparting the divine ability to declare God’s words. Prophecy is more than merely reciting words that you have heard from God. Not everyone can speak God’s words even if they know it! It takes the Holy Spirit to declare God’s words.  His Spirit is the power that utters His words. God gives His words to us when He gives us His Spirit.  The Holy  Spirit was the single characteristic of Old Testament prophets. 

As a believer, you are filled with the Holy Spirit. The very fact that you have the Spirit of God makes you prophetic, meaning you carry the ability to utter God’s words.


What is the result of God putting His words in Jeremiah’s mouth? See the next verse, Jeremiah 1:10.


Speaking God’s words is not only a commandment but a divine calling. When your own mouth speaks out God’s words, it becomes a sword, hammer, a fire that the Spirit uses to destroy things that are not of God in your life and to build whatever is of God. Speak His words!


Ask the Lord to make you proficient in the speaking of His words. 

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