Swift to Hear

In James chapter 1 THE SPIRIT instructs us:

19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 

20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

What does being quick to hear mean to you?  When we are being tried and tested, we need to be intent on hearing what FATHER is instructing us to say and do rather than responding in a knee-jerk reaction and express words out of a fleshly or soulish manner.  Since FATHER is well aware of the ramifications of what will happen given the circumstances, HE will provide the proper course and intent of your verbal response in your time of need.

When we are slow to speak, we are able to hear FATHER as HE prepares our words appropriate to the situation we find ourselves in.  With that said we will no longer be moved to wrath for we know HE has placed us in the situation for instruction or resolution and thus there is no need for frustration to arise from the soul.  We then have fully acknowledge that our steps are order by HIM.  Psalm 119:133 expresses it well:

“Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.”

The heritage of the Righteous is encouraged in Psalm 37:


Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.


He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.


Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,


Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.


Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.

It is easy to get frustrated with people whom you thought would embrace what FATHER is doing yet it seems like they suddenly become hard of hearing and then turmoil surrounds them causing further confusion.  We must understand that there will be many who approach the door but fail to enter in.  Weep not but know that you will be a reconciling force that will ultimately include them at some point.  In the meantime, simply continue walking out your instructions according to what FATHER has directed.   After all, HE really does have it all under HIS control.  Listen and respond for it is truly that simple.

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