Curtail The Tongue

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James 3

Controlling the Tongue
Not many should become teachers, my brothers, knowing that we will receive a stricter judgment, 

2 for we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man who is also able to control his whole body.

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3 Now when we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we also guide the whole animal.

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4 And consider ships: Though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

5 So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites.

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6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among the parts of our bodies. It pollutes the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell.

7 Every sea creature, reptile, bird, or animal is tamed and has been tamed by man,

8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9 We praise our Lord and Father with it, and we curse men who are made in God’s likeness with it.

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10 Praising and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers, these things should not be this way.

11 Does a spring pour out sweet and bitter water from the same opening?

12 Can a fig tree produce olives, my brothers, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a saltwater spring yield fresh water.

 

The Wisdom from Above
13 Who is wise and has understanding among you? He should show his works by good conduct with wisdom’s gentleness.

14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t brag and deny the truth.

15 Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

16 For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.

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17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy.

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18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace.


 

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  1. Daily Devotional — 10/13/16

    I AM VALUABLE
    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

    She hadn’t laughed for nearly two years, ever since her father’s tragic death in August, 2009. Even though she still liked sports and talking with her friends, Ruth’s eyes didn’t shine anymore, like other teenagers. And she never returned their laughter. Never again, Ruth thought, would she feel the joy she once had, before her father was killed. A fourteen-year-old girl at the time, she still believed two years later that she was to blame for the murder of her father, a well-known church leader in eastern Colombia.

    The day the guerrillas shot him, he was waiting for her in an isolated place. Her parents had given Ruth permission to go play soccer. But she was late coming back, so her father had gone looking for her. Bitterness started to fill her heart, as she became angry with herself, convinced she had caused her father’s death. At her fifteenth birthday party, she couldn’t stop her tears from falling. “I don’t want to live anymore!” she sobbed. Suicidal thoughts became part of her daily life, as she kept fighting with her sisters and wrestling with an unhappiness about everything that made her life unbearable.

    Her widowed mother, who was receiving regular emotional and material support through Open Doors’ program for martyrs’ families, admitted that although all four of her children were struggling with problems over their father’s death, Ruth’s condition was the worst.

    But God turned things around for Ruth in July, when she was one of thirty widows’ children invited to an “orphan encounter” camp sponsored by Open Doors for children and teenagers from six different regions of Colombia. For three days, God used counselors to confront Ruth with the reality of her pain and start her on the path of healing.

    At one point, she was asked to write down on some papers all the things that she wanted to fill her heart. “I want to fill my heart with forgiveness for myself, and for those who killed my father,” Ruth wrote. Then she went on to tell the others what she had written, something that she had not had the courage to talk about publicly before. Together the children and teens sometimes smiled over what they’d shared, along with tears as they released their need to cry out their pain. As they faced the words of Scripture taught to them and prayed together, the walls that Ruth had built up in her heart started to fall down.

    Overjoyed, Ruth said, “It is so hard to find people who really take care of me. I thought there weren’t any! But now I realize that there are some, and even that I’m valuable for those who I don’t even know! I would like to be a good Christian and serve the Lord with all my heart.”

    RESPONSE: Today I will recognize that I am also valuable to God who loves me.

    PRAYER: Pray for the many children in the persecuted church who need emotional healing.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  2. Some of the Scripture Referenced in the 10/14/16 Daily Devotional (Luke 6:20-23)
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    20 Then looking up at His disciples, He said:
    You who are poor are blessed, because the kingdom of God is yours.
    21 You who are now hungry are blessed, because you will be filled.
    You who now weep are blessed, because you will laugh.
    22 You are blessed when people hate you, when they exclude you, insult you,
    and slander your name as evil because of the Son of Man.
    23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! Take note—your reward is great in heaven, for this is the way their ancestors used to treat the prophets.

    Matthew 5:3-12
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    3 “The poor in spirit are blessed, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
    4 Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted.
    5 The gentle are blessed, for they will inherit the earth.
    6 Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed,
    for they will be filled.
    7 The merciful are blessed, for they will be shown mercy.
    8 The pure in heart are blessed, for they will see God.
    9 The peacemakers are blessed, for they will be called sons of God.
    10 Those who are persecuted for righteousness are blessed,
    for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
    11 “You are blessed when they insult and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me.
    12 Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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    Daily Devotional — 10/14/16

    REJOICING IN PERSECUTION
    “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.” Luke 6:23

    This scripture verse follows Jesus’ statement about the blessings of persecution: hatred, exclusion, insult and rejection in Luke 6:22. This description is of persecution that is like Indian curry. It can be mild, medium or hot! And this verse parallels Jesus teaching in Matthew (5:12) about how we should respond when persecution comes our way.

    Jesus does not just say accept it or receive it gracefully. He seems to almost go overboard in indicating that we should be glad and rejoice by leaping for joy when we receive this kind of treatment. Some would say Jesus goes over the top here.

    The reason for rejoicing is because the persecuted disciple of Jesus is going to receive a great reward in heaven and is in the company of the prophets of old who also received this kind of treatment.

    Can we realistically “jump for joy” in the face of persecution?

    Pastor Richard Wurmbrandt was languishing in a Romanian prison cell after months of torture and now isolation. He was meditating on this scripture and decided to make a literal application. So Richard danced —as much as anyone could dance in a cell three paces square— leaping about the room like a madman. The first time he did it, the guard really did think he had gone mad. It was one of the guard’s duties to watch for signs that a prisoner’s mind was beginning to crack under the strain of imprisonment, for if he went to pieces a prisoner would be of no more use for questioning. So the guard rushed off to his canteen and came back with a hunk of bread and some cheese and sugar, and broke the rule of silence as he tried to soothe this strange, laughing, capering figure. Richard ate the food gratefully. It was a very large hunk of bread, far more than he usually had in a whole week!

    In his book, In God’s Underground, Richard Wurmbrandt shares how encouraged he was at responding literally to Jesus’ direction to react to persecution with great joy and rejoicing! He had received a reward on earth as well as in heaven.

    RESPONSE: Today I will respond to even mild persecution because of Jesus with great rejoicing realizing I will receive a wonderful reward in heaven.

    PRAYER: Thank you Lord that You expect me to take Your word literally. Help me to be joyful in the face of any persecution for You.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  3. Daily Devotional — “Men Of The Bible Series”

    Matthew
    His name means: “Gift of Yahweh”

    His work: Matthew was a tax collector who was awarded by Herod Antipas a contract to extract tariffs from his own people.
    His character: A successful businessman whose encounter with Jesus profoundly changed his life and vocation forever.
    His sorrow: Alienation, first from his own people because of his profession and then from religious leaders because of his vocation.
    His triumph: A carefully organized, accurate, and convincing apologetic for the veracity of Jesus Christ as the Messiah.
    Key Scriptures: Matthew 9

    A Look at the Man
    Matthew was good at making money. But there was a downside to getting rich as a tax collector in Palestine: People hated you for it. It made it hard to have any friends besides tax collectors or other ne’er-do-wells. He had learned to ignore the looks, to pretend he didn’t hear the epithets—to conclude that these were the necessary costs of doing business.

    Tax collectors were answerable to no one. There were no regulations to guide their procedures. Whatever they could extract from the people—over and above what the authorities required—was theirs to keep. It wasn’t that Matthew didn’t care about people, it was just that he cared more about his own prosperity. No wonder he was hated.

    Matthew knew this when he chose his profession. In fact, in his writing, Matthew grouped tax collectors with prostitutes in social rank. But he was willing to pay this price for financial success.

    But in spite of his choice of occupation and his pleasure with its material benefits, everything changed the day Jesus invited Matthew to be one of his disciples. And the wisdom of following the Master was confirmed in Matthew’s heart the night Jesus won the affection of his friends.

    Matthew knew that his decision was one he could never withdraw. He had set his life on a new course that could not be changed. Unlike the other disciples who had temporarily left their fishing nets—and could return to them at a later time—he knew it would be difficult for him to go back to his tax collecting. But Matthew was not halfhearted about his decisions. He had paid a heavy price among his countrymen when he chose tax collecting; now he would be asked to do the same in following Jesus.

    Imagine how Matthew’s transformation became a confirmation of the power and the authenticity of the Messiah’s message. “Have you seen Matthew recently?” Jews would say to each other in the marketplace. “Something has happened to him.”

    Matthew was swept away with Jesus the man, the messenger, the Messiah. His gospel includes more references to Old Testament prophecy than any other. This truly was the one the prophets had foretold. And his thorough coverage of Jesus’ most important sermon reminds us that Matthew was awed by the power of the Savior’s words.

    Very little is recorded in the Gospels as to Matthew’s specific activities. Except for his invitation for Jesus to join him and his friends for dinner, we read of no conversation or dialogue. But this does not diminish Matthew’s prominence during the days of Jesus’ ministry on earth. For nothing speaks more profoundly than the testimony of a changed life—especially one that makes waves in the marketplace.

    Reflect On: Matthew 9:9–13
    Praise God: For his transforming power.
    Offer Thanks: For the impact that the message of Jesus Christ has on those who are willing to believe and follow the Messiah.
    Confess: An unwillingness to turn from our drive for economic success and to submit to the Spirit’s direction—to resist being inconvenienced by the call of the Savior.
    Ask God: To come to your workplace—your tax-collector’s booth. Ask him to repeat the same words he spoke to Matthew, and ask him to give you the courage to respond as Matthew did.
    Today’s reading is a brief excerpt from Men of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Men in Scripture by Ann Spangler and Robert Wolgemuth (Zondervan). © 2010 by Ann Spangler. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Enjoy the complete book by purchasing your own copy at the Bible Gateway Store. The book’s title must be included when sharing the above content on social media.

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  4. Daily Devotional — 10/16/16

    LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
    You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14

    The scriptures teach that God is committed to one major objective in the lives of all His people; conforming us to the image of His Son. What is the “image of His Son?” It is found in the words of Jesus, Himself, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

    It makes sense then to say that God desires the same for us. After bringing us into His family through faith in His Son, the Lord sets His sights on building into us the same qualities that made Jesus distinct—a servant’s heart and a giving spirit. It’s so easy to lose sight of our primary calling as Christians. Even those who lead must do so with an attitude of genuine humility and an authentic desire to help others.

    The best-known symbols of Christianity are the cross, the ichthus (fish symbol), and the dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit. Probably the least known—yet most appropriate for the Christian—is the symbol of the towel and basin. The towel Jesus used when in humility and service, he washed and wiped his disciples dirty feet. Jesus instructed his disciples after washing their feet that they were to wash one another’s feet.

    J. Dudley Woodbury tells a poignant true story that occurred in the dismal refugee camps of Peshawar, Pakistan. The fighting between the Majahideen in post-Soviet Afghanistan and the rise of the Taliban resulted in thousands of refugees flooding into the camps near the border. Most of the children in the camps ran around barefoot in both the intense heat and intense cold.

    A Christian organization brought in hundreds of sandals for the children but decided not to just distribute them but care for the children’s feet as well. So they utilized as many Christian volunteers as possible who washed the children’s filthy feet, put medication on their sores and prayed for them silently as they gave out the sandals.

    As he tells the story, some months later a Muslim primary school teacher in the camp asked her students who the best Muslims were. One little girl raised her hand and responded, “The kafirs.” (unbelievers).

    After the teacher recovered from cardiac arrest, she asked, “Why?” The little girl said, “The Mujahedeen killed my father, but the kafirs washed my feet!”

    Missions to the Muslims, he concludes, will be affected less by the flames of 9/11, or even the flames that started the Arab Spring, than by the inner flames that are ignited if we so follow our Lord.[1]

    RESPONSE: Today I will look for ways to serve others in genuine humility as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

    PRAYER: Lord, help me love as You did, serve others as You did and give of myself as You did!

    1. J. Dudley Woodberry, “Muslim Missions: Then & Now,” Christianity Today (September 2011), p. 36.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  5. Come on Asgardia a nation in space??? This got James Bond in a moment. But IT was to be expected, the elite want to live in safety while the others are suffering for what they wrought!

    This has nazi Stampen all over IT!

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      1. I removed one of my links about Nazi Space Program, as the author’s home page had much “New Age” thinking on it. So many people are in the false delusion of “Getting In Touch With Their Inner Self” and so much more. Let’s keep them in prayer, so they may break free from these demonic teachings.

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  6. 1 John 2:18-22

    The Last Hour
    18 Children, it is the last hour. And as you have heard, “Antichrist is coming,” even now many antichrists have come. We know from this that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. However, they went out so that it might be made clear that none of them belongs to us.

    20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. 21 I have not written to you because you don’t know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar, if not the one who denies that Jesus is the Messiah? This one is the antichrist: the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son can have the Father; he who confesses the Son has the Father as well.

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  7. Note** Remember that we all need balance in our faith. We need to be awake & aware of what is going on, but not so focused on End Times that we stay in a state of panic. All will be done in the Lord’s timing and in his perfect will.

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  8. Noted Changes Yet Again in the Kings James Version of the Bible. I already shared those changes someone made relative to the Lord’s prayer (they changed “On Earth” to “In Earth” and they also changed “Trespasses to Debtors”)!!!

    Here’s a bizarre one I found — They have inserted “Matrix” into the King James Bible. Are you serious???

    Exodus 13:12 That thou shalt set apart unto the Lord all that openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the Lord’s.

    Exodus 13:15 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the Lord slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem.

    Exodus 34:19 All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.

    Numbers 3:12 And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;

    Numbers 18:15 Every thing that openeth the matrix in all flesh, which they bring unto the Lord, whether it be of men or beasts, shall be thine: nevertheless the firstborn of man shalt thou surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts shalt thou redeem.

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  9. I would not say they inserted it. It has always been there but the usage in the Kjv was situational and influenced by Latin! Latin was a strong language still in the times of the Kjv 1611!

    Examples

    http://biblehub.com/hebrew/7358.htm

    From a discussion forum

    Re: the word “matrix” in the bible (KJV)

    In every case, matrix is used as another translation of “womb”

    Opening the matrix means being born into this universe, or reality.

    that seems very strange why would they translate the word womb to the word matrix?

    because matrix is Latin for womb

    matrix Origin:

    late Middle English (in the sense ‘womb’): from Latin, ‘breeding female’, later ‘womb’, from mater, matr- ‘mother’

    Hope this clarifies, the Kjv is often assaulted as being archaic but i find that the more you study it the more one comes to see certain advancment within word usage to be confusing or outright wrong, even dangerous sometimes! Niv comes to mind!

    Older words being closer to source languages are oftenly more correct, sometimes just the interpretation or cultural usage and context has been lost to us.

    Douglas Stauffer in his One Book One Authority does a good job explaining many things!

    We have similar issues in Finland with bible translations that nobody seems to have a view which one is correct!
    I said that older is better and the fruits they produced is the best evidence! Septuaginta and Kjv are unmatched in this regard! And Ot Torah and such of course!

    Not contradicting you Jc here i just find the Kjv to be such a blessing unchanging truth in these times of change.

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    1. Thanks for sharing those thoughts Stig. I use multiple versions to help bring understanding. I don’t study the Orignal King James Bible, due to the Elizabethan Form of English that is very difficult to understand.

      There are some out there that are studying a manipulation tool known as the Mandella Effect. They are claiming the Original King James and other versions have been impacted by this greatly. I don’t put any time to looking at “The Mandella Effect”.

      I had opened my New King James Study Bible to Isaiah 49:1 the other day. The first word that Bolded was “Matrix” — and I knew something was not right there. Same thing when I read the Lord’s prayer before, — it was altered and now has a whole new meaning. (“On Earth” — changed to “In Earth” — not the same meaning).

      I am not a Bible Scholar, but I do have a sense that something isn’t right — some call that a gift of Wisdom?? I give God all the glory for Wisdom, as I’ve only been back with him for about 1 1/2 years now.

      We need guidance from the Holy Spirit in all areas, including the written word. If something found seems not right, ask the Lord to help. There are multiple versions available side-by-side online for now — it’s important we have the word written in our hearts.

      More word examples of changes noted:

      “Stuff” — Really? (Was a strange change from “Goods”) — was not changed globally.
      Exodus 22:7 If a man shall deliver unto his neighbor money or stuff to keep,
      and it be stolen out of the man’s house; if the thief be found, let him pay double.

      “Matrix”?? — This specific form of the term has only been around since 1850.
      http://www.ualr.edu/lasmoller/matrices.html

      “Bottled Milk” — Really? Bottled Milk has only been around since about 1860.
      Judges 4:19 And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him.

      What I share here is not to get into debates — it’s only to show the importance of asking the Lord for more Clarity, Discernment and Wisdom. The Lord Is Good All The Time and he knows our hearts.

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  10. Daily Devotional — 10/17/16

    VALUE DOUBTS AND MYSTERY
    No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

    This is a scripture passage that many use in discipling new believers. The New International Version of the Bible footnotes this verse with the reminder that in the Greek language the word “temptation” or “tempted” can also mean “trial” or “testing.” It is a characteristic of the human condition that we often have doubts about God and we feel badly about them. But the story of Job in the Old Testament reveals that we should value our doubts because they bring God close.

    Co-worker Ron Boyd-MacMillan tells the story of a missionary to Tibet at the time of the Communist takeover in China. He was imprisoned on the charge of being a counter-revolutionary. Every day for three years he thought he was going to be executed—a strain that ultimately broke him.

    Daily he was taken outside and made to kneel down. They put a hood over his head and stated they were going to execute him. Then when he thought he was a goner, they pulled off the hood and laughed at his fear.

    He was deprived of sleep and light; often placed in cells with hundreds of screaming people; demanded to renounce his Christian faith—all tactics of psychological torture. He said, “All I had were doubts: whether God was with me; whether God still loved me; even if was truly a Christian since I was so broken…I was raised never to question God and that doubt was a sin.”

    One day wanting to die, he finally prayed and said, “Lord, I have to talk about my doubts to you. I’m sorry it’s all I have to talk about. But I just want to be in touch with you again.”

    That night he felt a warm breath in the dungeon, a comforting sweet breath. And he said, “I learned that nothing must keep me from talking to God. I knew from that breath that He even wants to know about my doubts.

    Then he was taken to another cell which had a window and he saw the beauty of a colorful sunset. He wept. It was a picture God had drawn in majestic colors with the black ring of mountains in the distance looking like a crown of thorns. He commented, “The colorful sunset told me Jesus is still in charge…The world may be full of human suffering but it is more full of God’s beauty and grace. That got me through. I took my doubts to God and realized His beauty. The next time they took me to a mock execution I knelt and thanked God for the sunset I had seen. My sunset from my God! And when they took off the hood they saw no more fear—only a man at peace ready to die and meet his God.

    RESPONSE: Today I will talk to God even about my doubts, trusting Him to help me sense His loving presence.

    PRAYER: Thank You God that we can value doubt and we can value mystery assured that You still love us and care for us.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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