Tuesday, June 10, 2014

DAY 749 - Need to Know Who The Bad Guy Is (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

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     The author tells us that those who cannot control their tongues to set fire on everything are being sent from hell in yesterday's passage. Today he wants to tell us how can we have the discernment of who is from hell and who is from heaven. If you do not know how to discern, you are going to make a big mess yourself and to your church sooner of later.  

Let's take a look at what Bishop N.T. Wright says (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._T._Wright ) :
      What James is talking about is 'bitter jealousy and contention's, a spirit which is always carping and criticizing, which cannot let a nice word go by without adding a nasty one, to take the taste away. And when someone with that kind of spirit claims to be healthy - claims, for instance, to be a practising Christian - James has a sharp response.  Such a person, he says, is boasting.  They are telling lies against the truth (verse 14).
     The diagnosis goes deeper still.  He has already said that the tongue is a fire set aflame by hell; now (verse 15) he says that a mindset like that comes from the world of demons…

N.T. Wright. The Early Christian Letters for Everyone. Louisville,KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, p.23.

      Do you have such kind of people around you? Are you one of those people? How can you acquire a better way of discernment so that you won't be deceived by those people?  

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time up to Jesus as you listen to him, while listening to "Gabriel's Oboe":  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmax47l2hLU

Spiritual Journal

    The title I heard from Jesus today is: Need to know who the bad guy is

    The message I got from Jesus today is a warning to us that we need to know who the bad guy is according to today's passage.

    Actually it is not difficult, but we as human beings are so easy to be deceived. 

    Now, let us read verse 16:
    "For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice."

     Those are the bad guys. But wait, those bad guys would say something to you that they are not that kind of persons but they frame the good guys to be those kind of persons and some people would believe. How sad!

     Now, let us read verse 17:
     "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere."

     Do you think someone can pretend that they belongs to those as describe in verse 17? Bishop N.T. Wright says it is not easy. He says:

     They are hard to acquire and hard to maintain.  They can only be sustained at great personal cost.  They only appear where there has been a steady habit of prayer and self-discipline;  even then they may take a while to show themselves.  It would be worth spending the time to work through the words in this list one by one.  Do it slowly.  Review your life in the light of them.  You might want to make a note of the times, the places, and particularly the people, that make it hard for you to live in this way - and then to pray for strength, and for this wisdom from above, to hold firm when the challenge comes round once more.

    That's from Bishop Wright and I totally agree with him.

    You really need to acquire that discernment from Jesus to know who are those belong to verse 16. And, you need to become those who belong to verse 17. If not, sooner of later, you are going to make a big, big mess! 

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to have the gift of discernment from you to know who are the bad guys so that we won't make a big mess destroying our own church. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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