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.

God’s laws are descriptive not just prescriptive

Many of God’s laws and wise instructions are not only prescriptive but descriptive. It’s not just trying to tell you what to do, it’s God describing to you how his creation is designed to work.

You can shout Grace Grace all day, but if you jump off that cliff the law of gravity is going to mess your life up. Many of God’s laws of wisdom work exactly the same way. You cannot disrespect the instructions of your Creator and expect not to have any consequences. Obedience maximizes your potential.

The Good news is that the mercy of God can save us, and the grace of God makes us eager to learn His ways. It doesn’t give us confidence to ignore His ways.

Read Psalms 19

God is Calling Prophetic Voices to Graduate into Wisdom

1 Corinthians 10:12
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

Let he that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall… God will test your pride and sense of self-importance.

When God calls us to graduate into a higher level of maturity and obedience, and we resist Him and hold onto our pride, we will soon be left behind His perfect will.

In this season God is calling many prophetic voices into higher levels of maturity, accountability, responsibility, wisdom and fruitfulness. I don’t claim to be a prophet, but we all are called to speak for God (1 Peter 4). God has been instructing me on stepping up my levels of discipline, discretion, and wisdom. We have been teaching along these lines in our ministry, and I have noticed a lot of shifting in the past couple of months in the Body of Christ.

If we keep following our emotions, what will happen when God no longer inspires our emotions? What if He starts requiring us to just obey His wisdom with no feelings, no goosebumps? Will we try to manufacture our own convictions? Or will we graduate and seek His wisdom?

Prophetic people need to realize that God also requires wisdom at a certain point. We can be the greatest teachers in the world, or the most accurate prophets in the world, but 1 Corinthians 13 says that we know partially and we prophesy partially.

No one is complete by themselves in terms of the Body of Christ. Sometimes, God will give the revelation to one person, the interpretation to a completely different person, and then He’ll give the application to a another different person! Our Father in heaven will ensure that His children work together and walk in humility.

When we have LOVE, we can walk in HUMILITY and actually DO God’s will with others. Rejecting the wisdom of God will cause us great loss.

Jeremiah 15:19
Therefore thus saith the Lord, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.

Boundaries Create Freedom

Wise boundaries, limits and discretion don’t restrict your freedom, they actually create and empower your freedom aka free-dominion.

Because if you can do anything, you can’t get anything done.

Proverbs 2

10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;

11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:

12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;

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

Wisdom is Justified and Error is Magnified by our Children

People that defend false teachers and false prophets often don’t even realize that their very life is what proves that what they believe is false.

John 7:17
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

Our inability to mature in the Holy Spirit and fully obey God is often the evidence that the error we are defending, is in fact, error. Proof shows up in pudding, and Wisdom is justified by its children. It takes time… but the fruit and results of our beliefs always show up eventually, even if it’s in our children.

We want to bear fruit for Christ… Fruit that REMAINS. Let’s purify our hearts and obey God to the max… If not for us, for our children’s sake.

Luke 7
35 But wisdom is justified of all her children.