Get on the Bus and take notes!



THREE times this morning God brought the following message to me to write down.  Two times is serious, but THREE times is COMMANDMENT.  I also woke with this message:

Get on the bus and take notes!
some time ago, God gave me a dream where I was on this large bus, that had a unseen driver, taking me where I did not know where.  This turned out to be a prophetic course in my life (with God as the driver)which I call today my wilderness walk with God.  It was a time of great anguish  but even greater closeness and learning from God. Now again, God is showing me a journey, if you read you must take to heart what God lays upon you to understand:

James 3

The Untamable Tongue
                                          (original artwork by Tirzah.bauer all rights reserved)
 1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3Indeed,[a] we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.
See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of 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. 9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.[b]


Note from NKJV study bible:  A uncontrolled tongue defiles the whole person.  "course of nature verse 6" means "wheel of life" or course of life.  3:13 The solution for the problem for controlling our tongue is to seek divine wisdom.  The person who possesses godly wisdom will meekly show it with works, not just words. 3:17 The main characteristic of godly wisdom is that it is PURE meaning, "free from defilement" bitterness, envy, and selfish behavior thoroughly corrupt a person.  Godly wisdom is  peaceable, describing a spirit of tranquillity and calmness, . It does not suggest compromising truth just for the sake of peace which would promote falsehood.  In addition godly wisdom is undivided without favoritism  unwavering and consistent without hypocrisy.



James 3:13-15

New King James Version (NKJV)

Heavenly Versus Demonic Wisdom
  
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.
 16For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.





James 4:Do Not Judge a Brother
  
11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver,[d] who is able to save and to destroy. Who[e] are you to judge another?
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Notes from study bible:
The conflict within us is between our sinful desires for pleasures and the desire for God's will, an attitude the Holy Spirit has placed within us. There is one lawgiver, the NT teaches us not to judge others, yet the scripture also also exhorts the church (called out children of God, believers) to exercise judgment over its members. (cor 6:2-5)  This type of judgment is corporate discipline exercised in accordance with Biblical truths and the pattern in Matt 18:15-20.

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