For BALANCE Sake: Encouragement, Warnings, Wisdom

For Balance Sake lets say there are 3 types of messages in the Scriptures:

Encouragement
Warnings
Wisdom

Encouragement is fun to hear, it makes you feel good. It’s good news. Its positive and uplifting and gives you the hope that you need to keep going.

Warnings are not fun to hear. They make you feel restricted. However warnings protect you from the error and lies that could kill you.

Wisdom is 50/50 to the hearer. It depends on your current goals & mindset whether you are open to wisdom and instruction or not. Wisdom, Knowledge and Instruction will help you attain your goals and complete your purpose, but if you aren’t focused on being effective in your purpose, you won’t care as much.

One thing that doesn’t fit with the Scriptures: ERROR & LIES.

How do People Respond to Each Message?

Encouragement: Everyone loves it. Its positive and uplifting.

Warnings get the most opposition: “that’s judgemental” “that’s bad news” “you’re so negative” “nobody wants to hear that” “you must be a hypocrite, because its impossible to obey that Scripture”

Wisdom: 50/50. “That’s not essential to the gospel, I just want good news” “That’s too deep, too boring” “I’m not ready for that” OR “Yes that’s what I’m looking for” “That makes sense” “That’s what I need right now”

We all should be balanced ministers of the Word.

However let’s be honest:

Some of us are more gifted at Encouragement.

Some of us have been created to give more Warnings.

Some of us are designed for more Wisdom & Instruction.

Mature ministers of the Word will give and support (via teamwork) a timing-appropriate balance of all 3 Messages, regardless of their particular specialty.

Why? Because in order for a soul to be mature in the Gospel: they will need a balance of ALL THREE: Encouragement, Warnings, AND Wisdom.

The Immature and the Hypocrital will despise and be suspicious of the gift they don’t specialize in – instead of realizing that we all need each other to defeat ERROR and LIES, glorify GOD, and bear GOOD FRUIT THAT REMAINS.

Why? Because if you were a true preacher and disciple maker, you would know that a full complete message of Encouragement, Warnings, and Wisdom is needed to bring anyone into maturity and enduring salvation.

dark skinned vs light skinned… good hair vs bad hair????

I absolutely HATE WITH A PASSION the dark vs light and good hair vs bad hair culture. I believe in pursuing God’s creativity and beauty with what He gave you. Its all about confidence, not looking to emulate what the media shows you.

Iniquity is in the Heart of Men

The root of it is really just the sinful human nature that uses any chance it can get to spread pride, superiority, and self-seeking merchandising strategies.

Its not limited to just African American racism or Eurocentric culture either. Believe it or not in India there are caramel colored women that think they are ugly because they are not beige. They even have skin cream lighteners sold on nationally televised commercials where a lightskinned Indian woman gets paler and paler, and all the sudden her dream man wants her.

Proverbs 16
6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

Men everywhere in every culture have to purify their iniquities with Mercy and Truth, and build their faith in God and His Creative Glory…

Gods Creativity and Your Confidence

Man looks on outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. Everyone has a purpose and if you connect to God’s Creativity your beauty will eventually shine.

The more you allow yourself to receive communication or marketing from the workers of iniquity, the more you will hate yourself and give them the advantage over you, because that’s Satan’s goal. Dark skin is just as beautiful as light skin but if the dark skin has no confidence and doesn’t smile, how can it be beautiful? (SoS 1:5 I am dark and lovely, black and comely…)

Discipline and Order

One of my sons has soft hair, one has harder hair. They both are appealing to me, but in culture coarser hair is considered lesser.

Why… because the human eye is drawn to order… that’s just a natural fact. Order is beauty because it makes you wonder about the person who ordered it. The human eye is also drawn to symmetry and balance.

It takes more work to bring order to harder hair than softer hair. Soft hair doesnt go wild until 2 or 3 inches, and can be ordered with a swipe of a comb. Coarse hair needs to be trained from the beginning. That’s why discipline is key.

A wild bush looks less appealing than a pine tree that grows straight up with straight needles. But when that bush is trimmed it is just as beautiful. Both the bush and the pine tree were created by God and have the same potential for beauty. One just needs more input and discipline.

As a matter of fact you can do more with the bush than you can do with the pine tree. The harder hair needs more discipline but it looks just as good and even better when it is disciplined.

I believe if you pursue God’s creativity with discipline you can be just as powerful and beautiful as someone who came out with an easier appealing look in the eyes of man.

Creativity, Confidence, Discipline, and Balance = Opportunity

That’s the value of using what God has given you even if it seems at first to be less in the eyes of man. Your confidence and discipline in God’s creativity can create something the world has never seen… Which can ultimately bring glory to God.