‘And as He said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke Him to speak of many things:’ Luke 11:53 KJV
But have you ever been so ‘urged’ that you felt a sense of ‘urgency’ to respond? I mean if you don’t hurry up and verbally assault this person right dead in their throat you are going to…Well that’s exactly what Jesus was experiencing. Anytime you think you have to hurry up and respond, hurry up and be ugly, hurry up and go ham - then in that moment know you have to BE QUIET! Any other option is going to lead you somewhere you don’t want to go. Oh your flesh will feel real good, your pride will be all swelled up, and you may even experience a sense of victory; but know you are the biggest loser. Why?
James 1:19 says, ‘let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;’ You have to be swift to hear the Holy Spirit in the event He instructs you to speak. When you don’t slow down enough to listen to the Holy Spirit and you swiftly go ham, Satan, the accuser, has the ability to accuse you; and remember, accuse means ‘to hold down’. Thus, when you make the decision to become a verbal assassin, you relinquish not only your emotions and control of the situation, but you give him the right to immediately hold you down – in your health, relationships, financially and in your soul.
Slow down and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying. I know the devil may be all up in your face, but be sure that the Holy Spirit is all up in your ears!
Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, I really want to let them have it but I want You more. Lord, in those moments when its heated and folk are poppin' off at 95 mph, please remind me to slow down, be quiet, and wait on You. I know I might not get it right at first; but with Your grace, I'll keep practicing. In Jesus' name.
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