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Wednesday, December 26th, '18

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KNOWING WHEN TO ZIP IT UP

"Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time" (Amos 5:13)

 

"Prudent" means cautious, circumspect, discreet, capable of conducting oneself with wisdom. Better to keep silent and leave others questioning your wisdom than to put your foot in your mouth and remove all doubt. Remember, Jesus washed Peter's feet in John 13. That act was an object lesson on humility but it was also a favor for Peter because he was always sticking his foot in his mouth! One wit said, silence is golden, but when it comes to witnessing, silence is just plain yellow. True, there is "a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:7). But today's concentration is on silence, knowing when to zip it up.

 

Zechariah was struck mute because he asked too many questions - "you shall be dumb, and not able to speak...because you believed not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season" (Luke 1:20). His negative talk threatened to negate the good things that were in process. Most of our failings come from our feelings. "I don't feel good so I'm going to tell someone". No, just hold your peace. "But she did wrong and I'm going to let her know it". No, just zip it up. There is no loss in practicing long-suffering.

 

Often, men's speech gets in the way of God's purposes. The Living Bible translates our text, "Those that are wise will not try to interfere with the Lord..." We are to keep silence because "it is an evil time". God's judgments are at work in such times. Where sin abounds grace does much more abound. That means that He is working even when we can't see it, so we can rest back in peace knowing that everything is under control. If we zip up we can zip ahead; no distractions. "Lord, I am not haughty...neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or things too high for me" (Psalm 131:1). Rest comes when there is no meddling in others' affairs. Revelation comes when we quiet our hearts (Psalm 46:10).

 

 "A fool utters all his mind, but a wise man keeps it in until afterwards" (Proverbs 29:11). "Keeps it in", that's the test. When you feel you "have to" say something it is wise to discern what spirit is prompting the compulsion. "But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatever is more cometh of evil", or literally, "comes from the evil one" (Matthew 5:37). A simple yes or no is usually sufficient. Endless talk brings endless trouble. Wisdom has an open mind but a closed mouth. Murdock notes that "the average person speaks 10,000 words a day but doesn't read a single book a year". The disparity between our output and input is simply amazing. The last man to speak at the board meeting usually has the best grasp on the issue at hand. Hold it in "until afterwards". The lawyer who speaks last in the case has the better chance of persuading the jury. Communication is kind of like deep-pit barbecuing a hog, the longer it bakes the richer the flavor. Wait for the right timing before opening the lid on the barbecue and the taste and aromas will amaze. In the same way, remain silent until the right moment and the audience may think you a genius. Anyway, the best policy on open mouths, like open flies is, zip it up.

 


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