As a mother in the faith, serving in my own little lentil patch, I am sharing this with those who would like a bit of perspective.
I urge and implore with a suggestion for great caution, those prophetic bloggers and forums and current “voices” that have marketing or ministry blog outputs, to humbly understand that there are protocols, responsibilities and inner warnings from The Spirit of God that need to be and must be heeded!
I share this in light of much sorrow and exposure that is being allowed to take place, and I will not directly address any person involved, since I am not in direct relationship with them.
I WILL thank those who are working hard to be wise and humble in parsing all the trauma and sorrow out.
I do not wish any harm to come to them, but I know that there are a million arm chair quarterbacks out there ready to vocalize their thoughts.
When these things happen and when there is an immature and “fleshly excited” knee jerk response, many have rushed with glee to blogging sites to release an impression or insight for the up and coming year, or to bang a drum of opinion, perhaps with the hope to be the “first one out of the chute”, but most likely without considering the lives of those they are about to blast out words to and about over the Internet.
If you rush with words and hurry to be “hip” by trending with current events without first discerning the timing and the effect it will have on others, there will be a great disservice done to the body of Christ with your haste.
A person with the spirit of temperance/ self control in their life maintains it. (That means to live a disciplined life of moderation and control.)
The word “temperance” comes from the Greek words “en” and “kratos”. The word en means IN, and the word kratos is the Greek word for POWER.
When joined into one word, these two Greek words form the word “enkrateia”, which means “in control” and brings out the meaning of power over one’s self.
It’s often translated as the word “self-control.” It’s describing the control or restraint of one’s passions, appetites, OPINIONS and desires.
A person with temperance or self control has power over their appetites, physical urges, passions, and impulsive desires.
Because the Holy Spirit has produced temperance in his or her life, they are able to say no to overeating, no to overindulging in fleshly activities, no to any excesses in the physical realm.
This also must strongly be exercised and applied when prophetic people are stirred by the events occurring around them or when they see and hear of them.
They must not “impulsively speak” or rush to “get a fresh word out” in a hurry, when actually, it’s not really for them to speak about occurring events at all!
Yes, they may “see and hear” but too often they speak too quickly or prematurely about events that they have no real business addressing publicly.
Young prophets and old! Be quick to hear but SLOW to speak. And yes…. to be judged by other prophets is proper and scriptural.
“Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few,” Ecclesiastes 5:2.
When my dear brother and friend John Paul Jackson passed into the arms of Jesus, there were nearly instant blasts and tooting trumpets of “spiritualizing” and supposed words from the “Lord” (?) circulating every blog and website with a high profile, before John’s body was even cooled and his family was yet in shock.
Did any of these “prophets” or bloggers think to use a godly protocol of temperance and perhaps contact his family or a staff member close to JP (and with respect), first …
➡️ Before posting… share those impressions or words with them?
➡️ Did they consider the effects of their inconsiderate timing while the family was grieving and staff members were deeply saddened?
➡️ What about the children and grandchildren who would see these postings so speedily published on the Internet, discussing their father, their grandfather as some abstract person?
Let the prophetic bloggers and forums and current “voices” understand that there are protocols, responsibilities and inner warnings from the Spirit
The word enkrateia — “temperance” — could be translated as restraint, moderation, discipline, balance, temperance, or self-control.
You can see how the opposite of temperance feeds works of the flesh. If the flesh is allowed to have its way, it will over-worry, overwork, overeat, overindulge, overreact, over-share and literally run itself to death.
But when a person is controlled by the Holy Spirit, God’s Spirit produces in them a discipline over the physical realm that helps them sustain their physical condition, remain free from sin, discern God’s timing in sensitive situations and settings, and live a life that is humble, considerate and balanced.
Prophetic people! We must do “maintenance” on our soul with self-control. Just like you do an automobile, you check for leaks and cracks. You are required to keep yourself in order and maintain humility of heart when operating in the gifts.
“Remember that people who prophesy are in control of their spirit and can take turns,” 1 Corinthians 14:32.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the U.S.A and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.