Put Away Evil Speaking
- Date: April 13, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesian 4:31-32)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
Father, we come, we stand before You, and we stand in awe, for You are an awesome God! And You are holy. And Father, as we come before You, we are in awe of You, and we just thank You for Your great love and tender mercies for us. Father, we come, and we ask that You would remove that coal from the altar and put it upon our lips. O, Lord, we're a people of unclean lips. We so need the sanctifying of our hearts and our mouths, that we could see the Lord high and lifted up, that You would come into this place and shake us, Lord. Be glorified in this place, and let each and every one of us, as lively stones, lift our voices in praise and adoration. And realizing that which comes forth from our mouths, that worship, that praise, that living water, would originate in You and be only for You, that no other source, no longer any brackish water from these lips but life, edification, encouragement, truth, Lord, that we would glorify You in word and in deed, and we'll give You all the praise for that, Father, in Jesus' name, amen.
Ephesians says - and it's an interesting passage we're all very familiar with - in Chapter 4, verse 25-29, "Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. [Verse 29] Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."
That twenty-ninth verse is quite a statement, isn't it? It's quite a requirement that's placed upon us as the church. It has every bit as much as weight as the Great Commission. It has every bit of weight as the Ten Commandments. This Word is truth and every revelation that comes from it. And as it pertains to our lips and to our responsibility in how we relate to one another, we need to take this twenty-ninth verse of Ephesians and write it upon the doorposts of our houses. And let it be frontlets to our eyes and let it begin to be a truth of emphasis over these next weeks and months that are before us, so that Satan can't gain any advantage over us, because in the context of this statement, look what the next verse says: "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God" (verse 30). And grieve not the holy Spirit of God. We're praying, we're fasting, we're believing, we're declaring that the Holy Spirit would come into our midst and make Jesus big that we would be able to experience the presence of God in such a tangible way that this place might even be shaken, that we would even experience something similar to the rushing mighty wind. Wouldn't you love that kind of a visitation of the Holy Spirit? And they were in the upper room, and they were all in one accord. (Acts 1:13-14, 2:1) The Holy Spirit was not grieved as those hundred and twenty were seeking the mind of God and the will of God. The Holy Spirit was not grieved because there were an obedient people that came: "Go and tarry and wait for the promise on high."
We have a lot of Bible knowledge. We've believed God for a lot of great biblical things that we should have answers to and the answers have not yet come. And one of the great reasons is because I believe the Holy Spirit has been grieved in our midst. And we can do something about it. That's the exciting thing; we don't have to remain the way we are. It's not going to be business as usual! I want you to understand what the Holy Spirit is saying to us here and what He's calling us to as we come into this unity of the faith, as we allow ourselves to fulfill these great promises, verse 31-32, "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all [maliciousness]: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."