A lot of the conversations these days has been about our personal responsibility and the functions that reflect it. Gatekeepers, watchmen, fatherhood, motherhood, church, platform, raising your children, words that come up when the church is shifting from a ‘platform performance’ into the maturing/edifying Body of Christ. No longer the ‘one-man show’ but taking back the responsibility that comes with the function!
Those surprisingly moments when you sit with your doctor and share Kingdom perspective and fatherhood responsibility and… pray together! It happens because we sense an open atmosphere, a hunger, and even a boldness just to connect and speak. Specifically in my hometown, the place where for many years there was a revival of significance, the prayers has been to see it happen again and somehow the spiritual environment is changing and the people are longing for the Light and willing to listen.
The following article is about the responsibility of discernment. I sense the importance to add insight so you can move with wisdom and grow in being a relevant part of the Body of Christ! There are many gates to keep, many entrances to guard where the enemy is eager to enter your environment!
Therefor, PAY ATTENTION!
Gatekeepers pay attention!
By David Adeola
Amos 3:7 “For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.”
The Lord is always speaking. As the scriptures above tell us, God does nothing without first revealing it to His servants the prophets. He does what He has purposed in His heart, and it is up to us to spiritually discern it.
Discernment is needed for what we hear. We must exercise caution on what and who we listen to, especially what we often refer to as prophetic utterances/word of knowledge. The Bible declares that we see in part and prophesy in part so no one knows it fully.
Sometimes His word comes to us in parables. Do we understand the parables that He is speaking to us?
Matthew 13:10-14 “Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: “You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
Many have become too lazy to take time out and hear God for themselves. The more time we spent purposefully listening to him the more we will hear His heart.
A few helpful keys
Faith – we need the faith of God to understand, discern and distil by the Holy Spirit what the Lord is saying to the church- Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
Obedience – Speak only what you have rightly heard from the Holy Spirit and which He has permitted you to reveal
Wisdom – Get wisdom and get understanding in the word you have heard- Proverbs 4:7 “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.”
Wait – Wait on the Lord and never be hasty with the word of God. Hence why we have two ears and one mouth.
Counsel – Take counsel together. Sometimes the best way to get the heart of a particular issue is when we seek His counsel together as the body of Christ without one superstar making a claim to having the heart of God on all matters. Proverbs 11:14 “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counsellors there is safety. Proverbs 24:6 “for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counsellors there is victory”
God has the Last word
Remember God has the final say, hence why you must exercise wisdom in your utterances especially to the body of Christ. He does so, so that no one will get His glory!
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
Be attentive, listen in and be discerning.
Matthew 13:16-17 “But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”