In an article for Preaching Today, Dallas Willard writes: “Preachers who are not finding satisfaction in Christ are likely to demonstrate that with overexertion and overpreparation for speaking, and with no peace about what they do after they do it. If we have not come to the place of resting in God, we will go back and think, ‘Oh, if I’d done this,’ or ‘Oh, I hadn’t done that.’

“When you come to the place where you are drinking deeply from God and trusting Him to act with you, there is peace about what you have communicated.

“One of my great joys came when I got up from a chair to walk to the podium and the Lord said to me, “Now remember, it’s what I do with the Word between your lips and their hearts that matters.” That is a tremendous lesson. If you do not trust God to do that, then He will let you do what you’re going to do, and it’s not going to come to much. Once you turn it loose and recognize we are always inadequate, but our inadequacy is not the issue, you are able to lay that burden down. Then the satisfaction you have in Christ spills over into everything you do.

“The preacher who does not minister in that satisfaction is on dangerous ground. Those who experience moral failure are those who failed to live a deeply satisfied life in Christ, almost without exception. I know my temptations come out of situations in which I am dissatisfied, not content. I am worried about something or not feeling the sufficiency I know is there. If I have a strong temptation, it will be out of my dissatisfaction.” (Click here to read the full article.)

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