Good Morning! In biblestudy last night, we heard a testimony and learned the importance of yielding to the spirit and knowing when to hold your tongue:
Ecclesiastes 3:7 (NIV)
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
Proverbs 17:27-28 (ESV)
27 Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
28 Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
There is a difference between being timid and being bold in the word of God. Calling on our Father to know WHEN to open our mouths and speak is an exercise in obedience, humility and restraint. There may be things that we WANT to say but in that moment are not being called to speak them.
Even Paul had this struggle when the people thought he was bold in his letters but timid in person and he had to rebuke the people and set them straight.
2 Corinthians 10 (NIV)
10 By the humility and gentleness of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul, who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” toward you when away! 2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
So let us remember;
For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. Matthew 10:20 KJV