Whenever God gives you a word or a promise, always remember not all you hear from God is for everyone. Many times as believers, when the Lord has confirmed a word to us, we tend to be joyous and willing to share the testimony with everyone. To many people, such sharing becomes the genesis of new problems and hindrances to that which God had set for us. With this I don’t mean God lies, nor should we not share what God has done for us, with those around us. All that matters is the wisdom to notice who to share with the good news, and who to avoid telling anything concerning what God has promised you as his son or daughter. Infact, Joseph’s problems in scripture emanated from his sharing with his brothers who never loved him. He could go and seat down to tell them heavenly dreams, when in reality, they were carnal minded and with ill motives towards him. He could hear the Lord speak to him about his future life, but instead of sharing his dreams with the dad who loved him, his mouth was not circumcised, in regard to sharing the same, with his brothers who hated him. All the brothers could say was,” the dreamer comes…as we walk with Christ, be careful of what you share with the people around you. Many times, when you share something with a believer, then you hear the same information doing the rounds in a negative way, it’s wisdom to stop, re-evaluate the friendship and zip your mouth. We fall into troubles when we open up so much, only to be hurt by the same.
It’s amazing that the bible has a lot of lessons on this to warn us. Apart from the common Joseph story. When reading through the scriptures, we find another man of God in scripture, who had an-untamed mouth. He actually was a prophet.
Jeroboam the King had set up an altar for worship and it displeased the Lord. He sent him to prophesy against it and when you read it, you get excited at the miracles that happened. According to 1st Kings 1-6, God indeed worked miraculously and confirmed his word through him. His mission was a success but there was a secret deal tied to that promise, as instructed by the Lord himself-not to eat in that city nor go back the same way he came! Was that information rely for the public? No.
The bible says “The king said to the man of God, “Come home with me for a meal, and I will give you a gift.” But the man of God answered the king “i was commanded by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.’” So he took another road and did not return by the way he had come to Bethel. (1st Kings 13:7-10)
Unfortunately, word went around and the message was already out. An old prophet, jealous of what he had heard followed the new route he had taken, after the sons told him everything he had done and lied to him the Lord wanted him back, and he needed rest in his house. Like you and me, it’s easy to believe a brother or sister when he says something, so he turned, went and ate and later, the Lord judged him for disobedience to his word. He was killed by a lion on the way back home but the genesis of the matter was, he had an untamed mouth. If he had kept quiet, probably none-even the king-and all who devised a plan to make him return, would not have had that chance.
The same was not so when God appeared to Mary the mother of Jesus. When the Shepherds came with the news about the birth of Jesus, the bible says ,”they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.-BUT MARY kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19-20. Mary as a wise woman knew when to talk and when to think through what God had told her. She never rushed out to share with all and sundry. Infact, Mary had only one godly confidant-Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist.
Saint of God, evaluate the brothers and sisters you have in fellowship and know how far you should go with them. If you have a secret to share, or a message from the Lord, then later you realize it’s doing the rounds in a negative way, stop and rebuke the person but still stop trusting them with such sensitive information
Again, not everyone has the best interest of you. They may be saved “or so they say “but look at it, evaluate and don’t just share anything again with them. Above all, trust and pray to God that he may bring trusted friends your way and not false pretenders shouting the name of Jesus for gain. He is able. Always be vigilant and careful of what you share. God bless you
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