I hate extremism, including religious extremism, but I love balance. I hate extremism because I see what can come out of it by looking at the Catholic Crusades which occurred between the 11th and 17th century, Hitler who killed millions of innocent people and did evil to many more, Islamic extremism which has brought terrorism across the world and more. I love balance because there is balance in the laws of God. There is life in the laws of God.
That I why whenever one teaches or preaches, it is good to present both sides of the argument and for the hearer to then be led by the Holy Spirit to live out the Word of God.
In Ecclesiastes 3 verse 7, His Word says that there is a time to SPEAK and a time to be SILENT. It is not always that one is to speak. It is not always that one is to be silent. The Holy Spirit will tell you if you ask Him. That is why He is here. To teach us the will of the Father for our lives. He is the one who has that unwavering authority.
In Proverbs 26 verse 4, His Word says that we are not to reply a fool lest we be like that fool. Yet, in verse 5 it says to reply a fool lest that fool believes his or her self to be wise.
In Isaiah 53 verse 7, Isaiah prophesies about how Jesus would accept His fate with silence. We see this manifest in Matthew 27 verse 14, in which it says that Jesus had no reply against any of the accusations that the governor brought before Him.
Yet, Luke 12 verses 11 to 12, Jesus Himself tells His disciples that when people bring them before synagogues, rulers and authorities, the Holy Spirit will teach them what to say.
In Exodus 14:14, in a time of great need, Moses said to the people of Israel that the Lord would fight for them and that all they needed to do is be silent.
Yet, in Mark 10:48, in a time of great need, a need for the presence of Christ, Bartimaues, cried out to Jesus. Many told him to be quiet, but he only called out louder. "Have mercy on me!" And the Lord healed him.
In Psalm 38, we see David lament and speak that he shall be silent before those who speak evil against him. In verse 14, he says that he will act like he does not have ears to hear or a mouth to speak.
Yet, in Psalm 56:9, we also see him speak that when he cries out to the Lord, his enemies back away from him.
I am sure that there are many more examples in the Bible. I encourage you to find more.
There is a time to be silent. There is a time to speak. Let God be your God to tell you what to do, when to do it and how to do it and submit to His authority for HE is a HOLY GOD.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Jésus répondit: Il est écrit: L'homme ne vivra pas de pain seulement, mais de toute parole qui sort de la bouche de Dieu