Take Care Lest Your Words Cause Division
- Date: August 23, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” (Proverbs 10:19)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
In this powerful passage in Ephesians, the Holy Spirit is speaking by the apostle. I love these words. In Ephesians, Chapter 4, verse 29, he says, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good…." Now, we said one of the ways that we can start off on the right foot is just speak fewer words. The Bible says, "…be swift to hear…." "In the [abundance] of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise" (Proverbs 10:19). Help yourself out; talk less. Talk less. For some of us that's quite a job. We need to examine our own hearts and ask what Father is wanting to do in our lives. How many of you caught yourself this past week speaking something that was not edifying, and you caught yourself and stopped? How many of you were stopped by somebody else? Two. Those things ought not so to be. We need more than that. We need more help than that. There cannot be the entertaining of anything in our midst that is other than edifying, that is other than communicating good. Jesus said it very clearly. Our problem, beloved, is not from without. We've talked about that. Our problem is not the outward persecutions that are coming upon the church and that are going to come in a greater manner.
Let me tell you what we need to be aware of. There's a strong move of fundamentalism that's supported the course that we went. This was a supernatural thing that took place. But the church needs to be very aware of two possible things that we could be facing. One would be the attitude of Constantine, and the other one is the lack of awareness that when there becomes a national perception of Christendom, the true church is always persecuted more greatly. We need to be very conscious of the hour that we are living in. Jesus is coming back soon and 1 John 3:3 says every man that believes that "And every man that hath this hope in Him, purifieth himself, even as he is pure." We're to be speaking words of edification and purification to one another. We'll talk about that a little bit more later. But some of you were very quick, and it's great to see that you were able to catch yourself. You're starting to hear these things that before were just in the natural. It's an acceptable environment, and we said that the greatest cause here in this fellowship is because of the unity and the love that we do have one for another. But, tragically, how often that can create a commonness, a lack of understanding that not one of us in here belongs to himself. We've all been bought by the blood of Jesus Christ. We are all members in particular of that body. We have all been placed in the body as it pleases Him.
Tragically, sometimes a lot of the criticism and gossip and busybody-ness is about who is doing what, and who might be shown favoritism. "I don't like that decision; why did they do it that way?" Let me remind you that in whatever position anybody is functioning in the body of Christ, Jesus put them there, and He doesn't need your input. It's very, very important for us to understand; Jesus told us this. Beloved, listen to me. Here is the most dangerous thing you will face as the church: a house divided against itself cannot stand. The thing that brought the power to the church as it was being birthed on that day of Pentecost was the fact that they were all together in one accord and none of them said, Acts goes on to say, that anything that they possessed was their own. Think about that. What a spirit of unity and harmony! We're going to talk about that in one of the upcoming sessions, about what we can do when we are truly in one accord. There can be nothing that is impossible.