Pray that the saints would learn to closely follow the Spirit to speak only concerning God’s economy—Christ and the church—to care for the atmosphere and flow of the meeting, and to maintain the sweet and pleasant feeling in the meeting (1 Tim. 1:3-4; 1 Cor. 14:29-33a, 3, 26).

1 Tim. 1:3-4—Even as I exhorted you, when I was going into Macedonia, to remain in Ephesus in order that you might charge certain ones not to teach different things nor to give heed to myths and unending genealogies, which produce questionings rather than God’s economy, which is in faith.

1 Cor. 14:29-33a—And as to prophets, two or three should speak, and the others discern. But if something is revealed to another sitting by, the first should be silent. For you can all prophesy one by one that all may learn and all may be encouraged. And the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets; for God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

1 Cor. 14:3—But he who prophesies speaks building up and encouragement and consolation to men.

1 Cor. 14:26—What then, brothers? Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.

MINISTRY PORTION:

[I]n 1 Timothy 1 Paul told Timothy, “I exhorted you…to remain in Ephesus,” and asked Timothy to especially pay attention to one thing: to “charge certain ones not to teach different things” (v. 3). In Paul’s time the “different things” referred first to the law, which was of and according to the Old Testament. Second, they referred to the genealogies, especially the research of the Old Testament genealogies. All these are according to the Old Testament, but they are things that are different from the New Testament economy…

Whether we are older or younger, in the future we all may become teachers of the truth. May none of us try to speak “new things” by ourselves. What we speak must be concerning the economy of God—Christ and the church. Anything we speak apart from this economy is a different teaching and will result in much damage to the Lord’s recovery. We must pay close attention to this matter…

[W]e must avoid not caring for the atmosphere and flow of the meeting. The Christian meeting has a flow, an atmosphere…

We have said already that the Christian meeting may be likened to a basketball game. Each team has five players, so there are ten people playing in the game, but they have only one ball and can use only that ball. This is the rule. However, one of the players may simply ignore this rule, so while the game is going on, he is playing with another ball by himself on the side and is even enjoying it. The same situation is frequently seen in the meeting. A certain brother may stand up and speak something of his own and may go on speaking until it is impossible for the meeting to proceed, yet he continues to enjoy his own speaking, caring neither for the atmosphere nor the flow of the meeting. We must not do this. We all love the Lord, the church, and the meetings. Yet when we come to the meeting, we must care for the atmosphere and the flow of the meeting. We must not put on a one-man show, not caring for others’ feelings; this will easily bring in death…

[W]e have to care for the pleasant feeling which the meeting imparts to people. A meeting must give people a kind of pleasant feeling, causing people to feel that this meeting is sweet. If in our meeting we act in a rough manner, we will lose the sense of sweetness. In the meeting we have to do everything in good order and in an orderly manner so that we may manifest the sweet and pleasant feeling of God’s people meeting together with God in His presence. We need to maintain such a pleasant feeling in our meetings…

[W]e should avoid doing and speaking anything habitually without caring about whether or not others are edified…

[I]n the matter of speaking for God, we must closely follow the Spirit. If we closely follow the Spirit, then the various problems mentioned above will be readily solved. (CWWL, 1985, vol. 5, “Speaking for God,” ch. 6, pp. 257, 261, 266-268)

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