As you drive in the rural areas of UK the road signs are some times different to urban driving. You come across signs that tell you to pay attention of, “Beware of…”. Generally they are small signs, not mass-produced or government signs but little hand-made, painted on cardboard to wooden board and some times even marked stones.
Signs of “beware lambing season”, “beware heavy plant in road”, “beware ducks crossing”, they communicate one thing in all their ways BEWARE, pay attention, take a second look, make sure you’re paying attention, avoid an accident or an incident. All these tells us we don’t want you to harm yourself or any one else.
While recently writing blogs on the prophetic a few have come to mind, things written on hearts, hands, eyes, life really. I would like to knock a few hand-made posts in regarding the prophetic, to hold up some beware’s for us all. All prophetic ministry, using it in a broad sense if you prophecy or are in ministry call, even if you are an elder, pastor, vicar or teacher you should have a prophetic fervour in you.
All prophetic ministry should Beware of Weariness. When the scriptures says don’t grow weary, weariness. Think of the prophets that got tired. Elijah running from Jezebel, oh the grace of God that he didn’t just wake him up and give him a meal but sent him back to sleep. Let’s get rid of the weariness.
Beware of a weariness that is deeper than just physical. beware of the weariness that insidiously creeps into your soul, the tiredness of not wanting to get up and do it again. Or so much flack that you don’t want to get up and say it again. weariness. beware of that weariness.
When Jesus pressed himself on in the garden of Gethsemane and had come back and asked them to wait the hour and watch the hour in pray with him, he says “…can’t you even watch the one hour?” Their weariness. But he couldn’t afford to let that weariness press his soul. For if he had allowed that weariness to engulf he soul the cup would never had been drunk and you and I would not have been here.
Beware flattery. All the apt on the back to the prophet. Beware those who come flattering you on your delivery, your content. your powerful word and yet don’t change by it. Flattery comes from the heart that is committed to no change. It just wants you to feel good about accepting them in their unchanged state. Beware flattery.
Beware compromise that when you have the word of God, when you have the vision of God, then you don’t indulge in well may be, well perhaps you are right, maybe I will have to tone it down a wee bit and yes perhaps I am asking too much too soon, and by the time they will have finished helping you adjust your vision will be so small you will need a microscope to find it. Don’t compromise.
Beware of ridding your gift. Most prophets, not all but most, are articulate. But when in the unction of the Holy Spirit they bring the word of God it is powerful and articulate, even when they are preaching the prophetic word, it can be very easy to lose your dependence on God and ride your gift.
Beware hypocrisy. It’s interesting that Jesus didn’t shout out to the crowds there beware of hypocrisy, he accepted the fact that the Pharisees had hypocrisy, but he said to his own, beware of the leaven. Hypocrisy of demanding in your words what you are not willing to walk and are not walking in, of calling on people to walk by principles that your are not a model for living in.
I have found myself being in situations where people are generous they give, share of their life and give as well as tithe while some men and women live on this generosity yet did not personally tithe, the church required the people to be generous in this manner other wise it would not meet its responsibilities. I could not believe it, what right did they have to expect what they did not do. What right do we have to know the depth of their actions and not walk ourselves in it? Beware hypocrisy.
Beware the influence of wrong companions to you as God servant. Imagine how many people in the hour of crises or time to strain forward to stand for what is to come from God found themselves in companionship that keep undercutting, undermining, with nice words and suggestions.
Beware trying to prove your ministry. if you are a prophet you don’t need to prove your ministry. there is nothing for you to prove. Listen to what its says in 1 Samuel 3:19-20 ‘Samuel grew and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fail. And all Israel from Dan even to Beer-Sheba knew that Samuel was confirmed as a prophet. Who confined him? God, by not letting his words fail. By brining it about. You have nothing to prove. You are either bringing the word, if you are bridging the word, let God do the proving. It will happen. You don’t fight anything.
Just be who you are meant to be, enjoy the adventure as you expand and follow Godlikeness, as those who are part of a prophetic movement, a church called to be the voice of God, to enable, to inspire all to hear God, to enable people to hear the Father where ever they find themselves to be far from God or where God has made us near.