Do We Even Notice Our Corrupt Communication?
- Date: April 24, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.” (James 1:26)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
Our comments about others can go from everything. Like what people do with their own time and their own money. And, as the grapevine goes around and around, it comes back also, you know. I hear the comments about myself and about Greer about how we live and what we do and where we go. And what you think about it. Nothing stays where you spoke it. And as these things continue, you know, and you hear this and you hear that. There are always judgments and questions. And as you look and you hear and you watch, there's no question that some of you who have said the worst things about us, I believe you really love us. I believe that you pray for us, I believe that you're thankful for some of the things that God's done in your life. And, I know what's in man, I know how we've all have sinned with our lips; I know how we've all been critical; I understand all of that. The point we're making is this: Do you see it? Or are you deceived? Can you own up to it? And go, "You know what? That's true. And in fact, I do that way too much. And I've not realized, until we start looking here at the Scriptures, the magnitude of what it causes. When you put the biblical terms on it, it's murder, it's seditious." These things that begin to cause strife and divisions and suspicions-this is all darkness; this is Satan's domain, isn't it? So we realize that as we're looking for God to come into our midst and set us free. We've got to be careful when we bite and devour that we are not consumed one of another.
So, James 1 (verse 26), as he's speaking to us, the first thing we need to ask is this: Am I deceived or am I seeing myself for what I really am? Is my conversation one that brings edification? When people leave my presence, have they been edified and has grace been ministered to everyone around me? "Everyone that I have talked about, everyone that I have discussed, I have contributed grace onto the lives of those people.
Malachi 3:16, "Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name." Psalms 145:11 says, "They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom and talk of thy power." If we're going to talk, this is stuff to talk about. You want something to talk about when we get together? There's a real good thing; let's talk about the glory of His kingdom and of His power. When we're together, let's discuss the goodness of the Lord and the power of God and the desire for Him to come in and sanctify us; let's spend time reminding one another of the mercy of God and that we're forgiven of our sins and that God has adopted us as sons and daughters, and old things that passed away; let's boast on what God's done instead of criticizing one another.
We act like there's almost nothing else to talk about unless it's football or politics or the job or the big sale online or whatever it is that's going on, the newest gadgets. The Scripture gives us plenty of things to talk about when we come together. So, what's dominating our lives, what flows out of us so easily? I can't help but speak the things that I've seen and heard; out of the abundance of the heart, what's in there in fullness comes out of our mouths. Is it complaining? Complaining about where you are, your lifestyle, the house, the car, complaining about your husband, he doesn't make enough money, complaining about why everyone else gets the breaks in life and you don't. "How come this person's getting recognized and used over here and I'm not?" We could go on and on and on. We all know what's in there is what comes out with conviction. We need to guard our hearts and make sure, according to that passage in James 1, that we're not deceived.