|John 2:25 |
25 And he did not need any testimony from man, for he knew what was in man, [the evil in their hearts].2 [Until the Lord has trained a disciple, taught a disciple, chastised a disciple, cleansed a disciple, and purified the hearts of disciples, a man is unfit to be talking of the things of God. After being taught and cleansed, a man can speak words supplied by the Spirit of God immediately before speaking.
2 he did not need any testimony from man, for he knew what was in man, [the evil in their hearts]. Why? As He said, "because he knew what was in man;" the hearts of men are full of evil. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?...the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth...those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies. Mark 7:21-23, Mat 15:18-19, Jer 17:9,7:24, Jer 11:8, Gen 8:21.
Until you possess Christ in sufficient measure to supply your words to speak, you should not be talking about God or Jesus. Why? Because what you say will not be words from the Spirit that reach the heart of your listener; instead your words come from your carnal mind, which words are still mixed with error and which come from an evil heart and mind in enmity with God; such words scatter instead of gathering.
Until the Lord has trained a disciple, taught a disciple, chastised a disciple, cleansed a disciple, and purified the hearts of disciples, a man is unfit to be talking of the things of God. After being taught and cleansed, they spoke words supplied by the Spirit of God, resident in their pure hearts. The Apostle Paul said: we speak, not in the words, which man's wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit instructs. 1 Cor 2:13. As Peter said: If any man speaks, let him speak with God's words [oracles]. 1 Pet 4:11. He who does not gather with me scatters. Luke 11:23, Mat 12:30.
When the Lord sends you to speak to a person or people, you must only speak words from Him, not a sentence from Him and then adding your own words. From the Word of the Lord within:
Even Jesus only spoke words from the Spirit of the Father:
Of my own self, I can do nothing. I judge only as I hear, [the Father's words of judgment]. John 5:30
Whatever I speak is just as the Father has told me to speak. John 12:49-50
The Son can do nothing of Himself [by his own will],
but only does what he sees the Father do. John 5:19
And Jesus said that anyone speaking on their own was seeking their own glory. He who speaks from himself 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. If are not specifically sent, and if you are deciding what to say, you are speaking from yourself and seeking your own glory. To be seeking God's glory and not your own, you must first be sent and then only speak words heard from the Spirit immediately before speaking.
From George Fox's Letter 316: (written in 1600's)
Such as talk of Christ, and do not walk in him,
such as profess him, and do not possess him,
such as live not in the religion that was set up above sixteen hundred years since,
such as profess Christ the way, and walk not in the way, the truth, and the life;
all such talkers, and not walkers, are dishonorers of God,
and cause his holy name to be blasphemed among such as make no profession.