It makes sense, and I believe God has encouraged this, to read out loud to help with restoration of conversational speech patterns. Danny has recovered completely but there are times when he gets frustrated with getting those thoughts out in words. We laugh a lot about it.
Anyway, not to say that he hasn’t been reading the Bible – of course he has. But the combination of reading out loud plus reading the Word just seemed to me like a double shot of healing. “He sends His Word and heals them…”
So he opened his Bible the first day and it opened to Matthew 5. Here are the words He read, out loud. Matthew 5:3-12 –
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4 God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth.
6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they will be satisfied.
7 God blesses those who are merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
for they will see God.
9 God blesses those who work for peace,
for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs
11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.
Then he reiterated the blessings that come to those who belong to Christ, no matter what their situation is. God spoke clearly to Danny and me. And He spoke clearly over us as well.
This morning he opened his Bible to I Peter 5, specifically verses 6 – 10
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are. In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power to him forever! Amen.
Again, restoration spoken to Danny through the Word and spoken over Danny by God. And spoken into the atmosphere of our home!
Oh beloved, restore is one of God’s favorite words. He did this at the cross through Christ, He continues in our lives through Holy Spirit and He will keep on. Read that Word aloud, into the atmosphere of your home and watch as God changes everything for your good and His Glory!
I Peter 5: 12 …My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace.
Deuteronomy 11:19 …Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.