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The Word: Episode 1381 Psalm 82:1-4

“Wholesome. Edifying. Grace. Words.”

August 14, 2020

“Wholesome. Edifying. Grace. Words.”

Blessings folk!

The Spirit, through Paul, continues to exhort.

This one is tough.
This one is hard.
Just when you think you have it conquered…

Eph 4:29
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth,
but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment,
so that it will give grace to those who hear.

Here are the basics.

We are to only speak “wholesome” words.
We are to only speak words that edify (build up, encourage) the need of the moment.
We are to speak words the give grace to the hearers.

Wholesome.
Edifying.
Grace.

Every word.
Every breath.

Sadly we do not.

Even the sanitized outbursts that we speak need to be put aside…
“Dadgum” (just a transliteration of G*dD**n)
“Dang it” ( “d**n it&rdquoWinking
Etc. etc

The really question that arises is this…”why the need to verbalize some response?”

Some are understandable, still why the need?

Why a verbal response when you hit your thumb with a 12 oz hammer?

I wonder if Jesus ever did that? Hit His thumb.
Carpenters do.,

Wonder how He responded?

We have already seen that we can be angry and yet not sin.

How are we to “be responsive” and yet not sin with our mouths.

Just think’n…

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The Word: Episode 1380 Psalm 82:1-2

“Steal No Longer”

August 13, 2020

“Steal No Longer”

Blessings folk!

The Spirit, through Paul, continues to fire off instruction to the Body at Ephesus.

Here is the next…

Eph 4:28
He who steals must steal no longer;
but rather he must labor,
performing with his own hands what is good,
so that he will have something to share with one who has need.

Many times these instructions are interesting, especially from our viewpoint.

We assume that folk will “automatically” start “doing what is right”.

Not so.

We all need to be told.
We need to know.

So, if someone was a thief…a vocation world-wide…we just give them fancier names which I will resist listing…then when they believe unto salvation they should stop stealing.

Not only should they stop, they should labor with their own hands…doing what is good.

This actually strikes at several things in our culture.

Too many do not work with their own hands.
They sit at home and await “assistance”.
This is detrimental to the human soul, especially men.

But note one more point.

We are to work.
To provide for ourselves/families?
Yes!
But the reason mentioned here is so that we can have something to share with those in need.
Think on that.

We work to provide and attain so that we can help one another.

That is not the mind-set of the Body of Christ in the western world.

Is should be.

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The Word: Episode 1379 Psalm 82:1

“Do Not…”

August 12, 2020

“Do Not…”

Blessings folk!

The enemy and his minions will seek every opportunity.
Especially opportunities that we grant them.

We saw yesterday that anger can give that opening to the enemy.

Most of us probably think wrong about anger.

We live on the extremes of the anger pendulum swing…
  • Anger is good and I have the “right” to be angry
  • Anger is bad and I should never be angry

The Word says otherwise.

It is stated simply…

Eph 4:26-27

BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN;
do not let the sun go down on your anger,

and do not give the devil an opportunity.


There are times when anger is the proper response.
Yet, anger without sin.
“But”, you say, “I can not do that.”
And therein lies the point.

In the flesh we can not.
Anger in the flesh will consume us.
Anger allowed to fester breeds bitterness.

In the Spirit we can.
In the Spirit we lay aside the anger at the end of the day.
In the Spirit we do not give the enemy an opportunity.

Do not sin…
Do not let the sun go down…
Do not give the devil an opportunity.

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The Word: Episode 1378 Psalm 79:1-9

“Be Angry. Do Not Sin”

August 11, 2020

“Be Angry. Do Not Sin”

Blessings folk!

In light of who we are in the Lord, Ephesians 1-3…
In light of being equipped, Ephesians 4…
Paul fires off a series of instructions, commandments, etc.


Eph 4:25-27

Therefore,
laying aside falsehood,
SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR,
for we are members of one another.

BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN;
do not let the sun go down on your anger,

and do not give the devil an opportunity.


We are to:
Lay aside falsehood.
Speak Truth to OneAnother.
Be angry, yet not with sin.
Not allow the sun to go down on our anger.
Not give the devil an opportunity.

Oh yeah, we like that “angry” thing.
Too often we treat it as permission to be mad/angry/etc.
Nope.

Listen to what else the Word says…

Psa 4:4
Tremble (with anger or fear), and do not sin;
Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still.
Selah.

Psa 37:8
Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.

Pro 14:29
He who is slow to anger has great understanding,
But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.

 Pro 19:11
A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger,
And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.

Ecc 7:9
Do not be eager in your heart to be angry,
For anger resides in the bosom of fools.

Mat 5:22
“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

Mar 3:5
After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

Jhn 2:15
And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables;

There is much more.

Jesus experienced anger, yet He did not sin.

We can experience anger, yet not sin.
Do not let the sun go down on your anger…do not “play” with it in your thoughts.

Why?

Because such behavior opens the door for the enemy…

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The Word: Episode 1377 Psalm 72:11-20