ARE WE COMMUNICATING OUT OF BALANCE
AN UNHEALTHY SWING OF THE PENDULUM?
I am noticing a phenomenon lately amongst some in the body of Christ that forms how we communicate with each other. What I mean essentially here is that some are communicating on the far left side of the pendulum, and some are communicating on the far right swing of this machine.
We all have different viewpoints and ways of looking at the world around us. Otherwise, it would be a very boring world where everyone looked the same, acted the same, and spoke the same. But there is effective communication, and there is also ineffective communication, and even when imparting spiritual truths, we need to have clarity in how we share with each other, or else our words become vague and fall to the ground.
We know that we need to be grounded and have a good understanding of the word, in order to know the principles that are found there, so that we may become a good student of what it represents.
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” 2 Timothy 4:2.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” 2 Timothy 2:15.
But at the same time, one who merely reads the logos word and doesn’t have a spiritual understanding of it, or more importantly, doesn’t have the revelation knowledge behind it, is one who is just reading without understanding or “knowing” the person that the book represents.
“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life” 2 Corinthians 3:6.
We need both; otherwise, we are out of balance, and when we are out of balance, our communication with each other, is also out of balance. Our relationship with the Holy Spirit and what and how He communicates with us, can and oftentimes is, a mysterious thing.
But even with its mystery, the words and visions that are sometimes shared with us, need to be understood on a spiritual level so that what has been imparted to us, can then be shared and communicated to others effectively. It’s kind of like the scripture that speaks of how we hear the trumpet’s message and yet if it’s notes and sound is muffled and vague, then how can anyone know how to prepare for battle? How can anyone view that sound and then know what it actually is saying?
“Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” 1 Corinthians 14:6-8.
St. John of the Cross in his classic book, “Dark Night of the Soul,” was given many spiritual truths that were imparted to him in a mystical manner. But even through the mystical manner in which these truths were imparted, they must be communicated to others in an understandable fashion, otherwise, those words and truths would have fallen to the ground, and would have been indistinguishable.
The apostle John who received his revelations on the island of Patmos, was given many strange and incredible visions from the Lord of what was to come. And we know that most of them were embedded in word pictures and metaphors. But if he had not communicated these visions and words effectively to us through the Holy Spirit, then we would have been at a great loss of how to interpret them and apply them to the church, our own lives, and what is to come. And yet, while it is true that a good amount of this section of the Bible has been misunderstood by many, there are spiritual truths and nuggets that all of us can all grasp.
Many years ago the Lord gave me a very simple message about how the logos word and the rhema word are both needed. This message was conveyed through a very simple word picture of a tent and its stakes.
“Learn to balance the word of the Spirit with the written word. For when you can do this you are on your way to maturity, for both are needed.
The revealed word that is spoken, is said out of an understanding of my written word. As a tent has stakes in it which represents My written word; it anchors the tent and holds it in place. But what would the tent be holding up? It takes on the shape and contour that I would embody unto it. So, in the same way, the voice of the spirit is represented in this way. Let the tent rise to its full potential in Me. Let its pitch and its sides fall where I want it to. And know that you are all tents of mine”, would say the Lord. “You are all being perfectly joined together in me. For the ministry of teaching my word, and the spoken word, are both needed. And so, this tent is the tent that must be strong. Its stakes must go down into the very ground on the foundation of My written word.
But let the breeze blow, and let it blow through the fabric of this tent. Let it seep in through every crevice and stitching of the fabric of my Holy Spirit. For it is woven by My hands; I AM the master craftsman; I hold the tent by My Son, Jesus Christ. He holds the very fabric together, and by His stripes, nothing will cause this tent to fall.”
Thus would say the spirit of the Lord, “The one who has made every tent for its purpose.”
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?