Teaching Sunday August, 2016
As no time before in these turbulent and uncertain times has there ever been such an urgent need for productive and Godly communication…that discourse which builds bridges of courage (to weather the impending global events and prophecies) and hope, (that those who put all their trust in Jehovah and Yashuah Jesus. shall abide in safety and provision).
Communication blares everywhere, like a neon light in the night, begging to be noticed. New reporters and journalists vie for our attention and we are bombarded with reports via internet broadcasting, newspapers and word of mouth. The Bible says that knowledge will increase and indeed, information on just about everything can be taken from GOOGLE. Dan 12:4 4″But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.”
One thing is sadly true, though, despite all the massive amount of information, mankind has not became smarter, but more hard-heated and arrogant.
The Bible has much to say about our words, (and even the intents of what we would say, but don’t). Jesus was not gentle when he confronted the hypocritical Pharisees. He blasted them and rightly so. Here is a case where He was angry, but He sinned not. Matthew 12:34N 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. By the way there is a right time and righteous reason to be angry as long as you do not condemn or intend harm.
Those who are most fruitful in his/her Love walk and who greatly builds up the kingdom of God are those who are patient listeners, not just with their ears…but with their hearts. And they are longing for reconciliation
Ja. 1:19 19My beloved brothers, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger, 20for man’s anger does not bring about the righteousness that God desires.…
If Jehovah, the Creator of the Universe can beckon Isaiah to come and talk with him, why should not every one of us eagerly seek to talk, reason and be reconciled in peace with our brother or sister. There is a deep anchor of pride within us that craves the possibility that our option or perspective is more valuable than our brethren s. This is called being arrogant or puffed up in our own wisdom. I’ve seen discord, misunderstanding and severed friendships so often and by all kinds of people. Some beautiful and long-time friendships ended because of pride and the refusal to listen with an open heart.
Can we just find a nice cafe or order a pizza and sit down at the table with the desire to be reconciled again? Well, it’s not going to happen if one or both of us refuse to be humble, listen and discuss issues of difference. Stories abound where congregations divided because of sharp disagreement with their pastors. Very sad and how Father yearns that His children live together in peace. Peace and reconciliation are the things most needed in Father’s house.
As a communicator, I am passionate to see marriages, families, neighborhood, cities and nations resolve their differences thru telling the truth in love. This seems to be an impossibility in light of the nature of people caught up in their own small whirlwind world. We can visit YouTube any day and see countless examples of angry, seething crowds and groups at enmity with each other. Even brother and sisters in Christ disagree about Donald Trump and the candidates. And debates prevail regarding everything from the refugees, our borders, Christian genocide and Transgenderism.
How do we navigate the vicious maze of heated debate in a matter which would be gracious and illuminating? We American Christian are indeed facing the most challenging time in history and the lack of truth, righteous conversation, strategy and prayer are the missing ingredients to tackling the job at hand..making sense of. life and our nation’s future. The good new is…With God all things are possible, even the healing of our nation.
I’ve heard two prominent pastors confirm the need for wise strategy, and and intercessory prayer in the context of a reasonable round-table discussion. The barriers to solutions of our great problems are differences in perspective, religious backgrounds and ethnicity. .
In studying more in depth Spiritual warfare, I learned that lack of truthful communication lends itself to resistant strongholds of the mind.
One of the most spiritually reputable Pastors whom I highly respect, the late Pastor Derrik Prince, discussed in detail three areas where there was a barrier to godly communication. In chapter thirteen of his book Pulling Down Strongholds, Pastor Derrick discusses areas which block freedom of righteous thinking. These three areas he calls modern high places, are
- The basis of nationality
Yashuah Jesus there is no nationality or gender. There is no Greek or Jew, Master nor slave, Male nor female. We are all equal, yet there are still denominations or sects which believe females are not allowed to preach or teach or have any area of leadership.
2. The Basis of a particular Doctrine
Many people who are devout Catholic refuse to even consider the concept of being born-again or the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and idolize Mary and the saints. Some Christian sect want nothing to do with anything related to prophecy or even the existence of demons.
3. The Basis of Loyalty to a specific Leader
Some people will listen only to pastors or teachers whose doctrine they follow. Their minds are completely abhorrent to even listen to others anointed teachers who preach the correct doctrine.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. We must continue to declare with our mouths, God’s word and truth when we hear it preached.not just our hearts God’s truth
King David lived by his Psalm 19:14
4 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
May we be like David who pleaded with God May my prayer be counted as incense before You; The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering. 3Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. 4Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice deeds of wickedness With men who do iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies.…
Oh, my we be ever careful that our words do not decree a curse or block a blessings from anyone. And may our goal be to refine the way we respond to someone who hasa differing opinion. We would be very wise to watch the company we keep, because God has called us tp peace and harmony. The NIV version of proverbs 22:24 says,
..Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered,