|James 3 |
1 My brothers, not many of you should be teachers, knowing that we who teach will be judged by a stricter judgment;
2 For we all err in many things; and if any man does not err in his words, he is a perfect man, and able also to control his whole body.1
3 Indeed, we put bits in the horses' mouths so they will obey us, and [by the bit] we can turn their whole body around.
4 Look at ships, which though they are so great and are driven of fierce winds, yet are turned about with a very small helm, wherever the pilot wants to go.
5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it can boast of great things. Consider how great a forest a little fire kindles!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. It is set among our members, defiling the whole body, and setting on fire the course of our life; and it is set on fire by hell. [Those who love to talk will never see salvation; the fruit of a tongue that roams is death: "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it shall eat its fruit." Pro 18:21. "But let your 'yes' be 'yes,' and your 'no,' 'no;' for whatever is more than these comes from the evil one." Mat 5:37. Until cleansed and purified, the Spirit of Satan is in every man's heart generating the words that men speak.]
7 For every kind of beast, and of bird, and of serpent, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed by mankind.
8 But no man can tame the tongue, it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. [Only the grace of God can tame a man's tongue.]
9 With which we bless God the Father, and by which we curse men, who are created in God's likeness.
10 Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
11 Does a spring send forth sweet and bitter water from the same opening?
12 Can the fig tree, my brothers, bear olives? Or can the grapevine bear figs? So no spring can yield both salt water and fresh.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show by good conduct his works with the humility of wisdom.
14 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, do not glory about it and be false to the truth.
15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, and devilish.
16 For where envying and strife exist, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, fair, gentle, easily accepted, full of mercy and good fruits, immediately understood, and sincere.2
18 The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
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1 My brothers, not many of you should be teachers, knowing that we who teach will be judged by a stricter judgment; or we all err in many things, and if any man does not err in his words, he is a perfect man, and able also to control his whole body. James is saying, until you are perfected, you should not be teaching because your words will have errors in them; and when you teach errors, you will incur condemnation. Jesus said the same: The disciple is not above his master, but everyone who is perfect will be like his master. Luke 6:40
Your errors can result in the blood of your listeners being chargeable to you. Until you have been specifically authorized by the Lord to be a teacher, until you have been specifically been given the gift of teaching by the Holy Spirit, DON'T TEACH. Until you speak words supplied by the Holy Spirit, your words come from your carnal mind, which is enmity against God and from the nature of death. Until you can speak the words supplied by the Holy Spirit, your words have no life. Only words from the Spirit can impart life. To feed the sheep is to speak words and teachings heard from the Spirit of God. The Spirit gives life, so words supplied by the Spirit of God to a true teacher or preacher, increase the life of God in their listeners. Reading from the dead letter of the Bible, does not give life to the listeners. The letter kills, but the spirit gives life. 2 Cor 2:6; The words that I speak to you are spirit, and the are life-giving. John 6:63. As Paul said: Which things we speak, not in the words, which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit instructs; explaining spiritual truths with spiritual words. 1 Cor 2:13. As Peter said: If any man speaks, let him speak with God's words [oracles]. 1 Pet 4:11
Even Jesus did not judge, speak, or act without the Spirit's specific prompting. Jesus said:
Jesus said that a man who preaches from his own mind seeks his own glory. He seeks your money, your admiration, and your subjection to his authority. The preachers of Christendom stand condemned for seeking their own glory and then accepting pay for their worthless words; when to even charge for true words of life like Balaam, spoken from the spirit of God, is expressly forbidden by Peter and Jesus. Seeking their own glory, the preachers of Christendom speak from their carnal minds, the nature of death, and preach their opinions from the vain imaginations of their evil hearts.
Of my own self, I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, John 5:30
For I do not speak from myself [not my own words], but the Father, who sent me, himself commands me what I should say and what I should speak.
And I know that [to obey] his command is life everlasting. Therefore, whatever I speak is just as the Father tells me to speak. John 12:49-50
The Son is can do nothing of Himself [by his own will],
but only does what he sees the Father do. John 5:19
He who speaks from himself [speaking his own words] seeks his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of the One who sent him, that man is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him. John 7:18
So, don't witness until you are specifically authorized by the Voice of the Lord. He did not want man to bear witness about him, because he knew what was in their hearts. John 2:25. Don't teach until you are specifically authorized by the Voice of the Lord. Truly, truly, I say to you: We speak what we know, and testify what we have seen. John 3:11. Don't blog about your beliefs until you are specifically authorized by the Voice of the Lord. Don't write a book until you are specifically authorized by the Voice of the Lord. Don't put up a web site until you are specifically authorized by the Voice of the Lord. AND DON'T PREACH until you are specifically authorized by the Voice of the Lord.
He who does not gather with me scatters. Luk 11:23, Mat 12:30 (To gather with him, is by his direction).
When you witness, teach, or preach for him, not with him, you are scattering the sheep.
To gather with him, is to gather with his specific promptings, and words supplied at that moment.
If you lead someone to the Lord without his specific instructions, your convert is twice as much a child of hell as yourself.
Don't do anything for God, until you are told exactly what to do, and told precisely when to do it.
If so ordered, do only that, nothing more, nothing less; and return to your home, to silent waiting on the Lord.
Look at ships, which though they are so great and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, wherever the pilot wants to go.
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but can boast of great things. Consider how great a forest a little fire kindles!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. It is set among our members, defiling the whole body, and setting on fire the course of our life; and it is set on fire by hell.
For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and has been tamed by mankind.
But no man can tame the tongue, it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. James 3:4-8. [Only the grace of God can tame a man's tongue.]
2 the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, fair, gentle, easily accepted, full of mercy and good fruits, immediately understood, and sincere. The Lords' voice is kind, gentle, pure, easily understood, easily accepted, peaceable, complete, morally correct, encouraging — never with even a hint of sarcasm, bitterness, or condemnation — never upbraiding — never incomplete, leaving you guessing what he wants; instead His words are full of love itself — his spirit of Love — for he is Love. He will tell you things about Himself. He will encourage you. He is kindness. He will tell or show you things about yourself; some will be things that are ugly. But since he is your friend, you know that he is showing them to you for your own good. So you listen and watch. And you don't run; you stand before the Son of Man; and you repent of what he shows you. And sometimes he gives you commands. You are hearing the Word of God, the living Word. And hopefully you will obey his commands and show him you love him by being obedient.
From the Word of the Lord within: "The Lord is gentle and kind to those whom He corrects, and even more than usual to those in suffering circumstances."
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