Sermon 1 – “One question”
By G-d’s servant, M-S E.S.
It is amazing how many lessons we can learn from the phrase “one thing”.
“One thing” occurs 12 times in the King James Version of the New Testament.
Let us look at one such text.
And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you ONE THING, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. (Matthew 21:24)
JESUS asked those who questioned his authority “ONE THING”! He could have reeled off a list of accusations to the leaders, but he decided to only ask one question.
JESUS gave as the response to questions about his deeds a question. That one question silenced his opposition.
How do we in the face of false accusations, attempt to defend ourselves? Are our words few and our doings many? Is the evidence of what we do so great that we have very little to say? When people come to us with railing accusations, can we just answer them with one sentence that silences them.
One sentence is all that is needed to silence evil. Only one sentence is needed to confound those who oppose the gospel and the work that you do. Sometimes, that one thing or sentence is a question. When people question your motives or your actions, or even your mission, today, respond with one question.
Jesus’ one question challenged the opposition to examine their fears and loyalties. So too, let your response be one that challenge people to examine who they serve.
Today, let your response be one sentence that causes others to think about their soul’s condition and where they will stand on the brink of eternity.
It is important that you being spiritual control your tongue and work on your speech.
“ If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.”
“ Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:6
Remember that speech that is excellent is absent from a fool.
“Excellent speech becometh not a fool: much less do lying lips a prince.”(Proverbs 17:7)
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
“ Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath”
Today, listen to what someone who accuses you is saying, and then reply with one question that requests the accuser to examine the motive of their accusation.
Remember that the Holy Spirit is on earth, working to persuade mankind.
John 16:8 : “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”
The Holy Spirit will help you.
Proverbs 16:1: The PREPARATIONS OF THE HEART in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
The Holy Spirit will help you to know what to say. He will also work on your adversaries heart through you and your words.
So get your accuser to think about the objectives of their accusations or speech by asking them a question. A question that will force them to re-examine their motives for their speech.
If you are a leader, when your employees or followers criticize your action or express a criticism, get them to think about why they are being critical. Some times
a question is your most powerful tool to effect change and get the desired results that you seek.
It is the heart that teaches the mouth. Attitudes always affect speech. That is why Jesus said in Matthew 12:34:
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART the mouth speaketh.