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.

Contentment in Ministry comes from Making Disciples

A true disciple maker is not worried about numbers and fame, because he has more rewards and fruit in other people’s ministries than his own.
2 John 1:4 I rejoiced GREATLY that I found of thy children walking in TRUTH, as we have received a COMMANDMENT from the FATHER.

Let’s Get Our Brains Back

Media and Entertainment has severely impacted our logical thinking capabilities and provided an easy replacement for real relationships. We want shortcuts to everything.

We barely think for ourselves, and biblical concepts are foreign to us. We only repeat, or fight against, what we see in movies, tv shows, videos, or news brainwashings.

Why teach the bible patiently, or do life-on-life discipleship when we can shock people with images, and then brand our ministries on their foreheads?

Believers we can’t “take over” mountains that have taken us over.

How about let’s get our own brains back, our own focus on the Bible back, and our own families back?

Wisdom is Justified by her children, and Error is Magnified

Just like wisdom is justified by her children, error is often magnified by its children. Your fruit will often amplify your wisdom as well as your error, and take the good AND the bad – that you have shown them – to the next practical level.

The Blood of Jesus, Confession, and MUCH PRAYER is needed so that God can multiply your good seed and root out your bad seed.

Apple stuck to their Principles and Ended up on Top

I love the Spirit of wisdom on this guy Todd Shannon!

He analyzes the principles that Apple used to dominate the market and applies them to ministry to show that over time, If you stick to the principles of technical wisdom, spiritual sanctification, kingdom business standards, and artistic creativity –
You can prosper more than if you compromise and selling yourself by any means necessary.
#BSAC

Marketing and Ministry? The Word is the Product, NOT You!

Jesus did not say: “When the talented celebrity Christian’s brand is lifted up, their marketing skills will draw all men unto me.”

Jesus said, When I am lifted up, I will draw all men unto me!” Yes, he was talking about the cross, but he was also giving a prophetic statement on how his disciples were to do evangelism.

Marketing and branding of talent doesn’t win the lost. Taken out of balance it is often used to turn ministry into a great acting job, aka “hypocrisy.”

That’s why Jesus said “The Pharisees do their works to be seen by men.” The Pharisees were hypocrites and their “converts” ended up twice as hell bound as they were. See Matthew 23.

2 Corinthians says “We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves as your servants for His sake.”

The rules of engagement for marketing a car or a natural product or service are different from the biblical requirements for conducting a ministry. If you try to mix the two worlds without a good biblical foundation… the results can be dangerous.

To put it simply: in the kingdom of God, the message is the product. If you aren’t marketing the message you are creating an idol.

There is a difference between marketing the message, and marketing “self” and hoping the message somehow sticks later.

If you are a minister of Christ part of your responsibility is to focus on Christ Himself. If you start to focus on lifting up yourself or your brand/talent, you end up really not leading anyone to Christ, but to your own error. As a minister, marketing should be for communication purposes only, not as an end in itself. The message should be the product, not the brand.

What if Chryslers commercial with eminem just showed eminem, instead of the car? Maybe people would just find out later more about the 300… That’s what most gospel music marketing has turned into. They put the product (the Word of God) last and market their brand instead. Don’t market yourself market the Word of God. Your talent should be used only to display the product (the Word of God).

Most ministries start marketing themselves when they either don’t have a word anymore or they don’t want to really obey it. Then they become the message – because they don’t have a message anymore.

Pure ministries do not have to bait & switch because the Word is the Bait and the Word is the only Switch they want. Ministries that put branding and people pleasing first are a source of corruption, and they just do it for the money.

Paul and the Lambs Wife

Paul taught that men should work a job, not only to eat, but to support their wife and family. Paul did not have a wife, but he still worked a job in ministry.

However, even though he wasnt supposed to, Paul additionally worked a natural-based job to help maintain the purity of the Lambs Wife (the Church), instead of joining in or competing with the wolves who saw it as their job to eat off the Lambs wife by corrupting the church instead of building her up.

Isn’t it interesting that a lot of the prophets, apostles and teachers in the Bible who called the Church, or God’s people, back to purity were either working natural jobs or fresh off of regular jobs? Jesus was a carpenter, Paul was a tent maker, Daniel was an administrative official, Nehemiah was a cupbearer, Amos was a farmer.

It’s not a sin to be in full time ministry – but sometimes, when there are too many ministers that see it as their job to eat the flock instead of feed the flock – God sends in fresh workers who don’t have pressure to eat off their ministry, but will instead work to restore purity.