Updated from a few years ago
(April 11, 2018 & April 10, 2014)
I often wonder when we see so many prophecies given and seen on the internet, that perhaps we treat them as something like a piece of candy instead of viewing them in the context of examining them in the balance of the many other gifts that have been given to us in the body of Christ.
Do we read word after word intently reading and wondering what new developments in the Spirit that God is bringing forth?
Do we ignore all else just to read that new prophetic word to catch yet another tidbit of what the Spirit is saying through His prophets or that prophetic person?
I am among the many that send out words from the Father, but I also know that some “only” read words of prophecy day in and day out, viewing their entire spiritual life through a type of tunnel vision.
Instead of viewing the spiritual life through a narrow vision, one would be wise to expand their viewpoint to encompass the entire forest.
Our eyes can become so focused upon just those trees that are within our field of vision that we “can’t see the forest through the trees.”
God has given the prophetic gift to the church so that we would be built-up and encouraged and exhorted.
He also has given the prophetic office as a message of warning, illumination, and correction to help bring us unto maturity.
“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ,” Ephesians 4:12-15.
But if all we are doing is reading countless prophecies to the neglect of reading and studying His word then we are off-balance.
God has given us two eyes to see with. When we use just one of them our vision is limited to seeing just a certain area.
However, when we use both of our eyes then our field of vision is expanded and we can then view the world around us on either side and in front of us fully.
The same is true when all we do is focus on the prophetic word.
We are then just looking out of one eye. But when we study the word and couple this with the prophetic, then our view into the Spirit becomes much more balanced.
We are then grounded in the logos word as well as being lifted unto new heights in the Spirit.
BALANCE June 29, 2009.
A Time for Everything
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace,” Ecclesiastes 31-8.
The need for balance in one’s life is something that we all need to pursue and to find in our lives.
We need to be able to balance our spiritual life with our need to be with our families.
We need to balance our work and what we do for a living with our spiritual life as well.
Below is a short word that speaks about the need for balance and also for having our feet firmly planted on the ground.
We’ve perhaps heard the old saying that says, “He’s no earthly good because he’s so heavenly minded.”
Now, to be heavenly minded is a good thing, but when our heads are in the clouds and we can’t perform our duties at home and at work, then we’re lacking something.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-9 says that there is a time for everything.
“Keep your head involved in spiritual things but keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, for this is the problem with many Christians.
They may have their ear tuned to the spirit, but then they may have no earthly good.
For what good is it if your thoughts and your actions have no practical use for today?
For there is a need for balance.
There needs to be a balance between the Holy Spirit and reading my written word.
There are some that ignore the voice of the spirit, and they think that all they need is my written word.
But then there are others that know my voice and they can discern it, and they spend all their time doing this.
I tell you that they are off-balance as well.”
The Spirit of the LORD showed me a balancing beam. On one side there was a bible that was set upon it.
On the other side was a dove which would symbolize the Holy Spirit, but now it was a flame like there were flames of fire coming up from the dove.
The balancing beam would go from side to side and then the weight was evenly distributed between the two sides as each of these things were held in the balance.
Below is prophetic message from 1993 which speaks about the need for balance.
This word concerns balancing the logos word with the rhema word, because we need both.
It’s easy to focus just upon reading the Bible and not listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He speaks to us.
On the other hand, one can get off-balance by just focusing on the Holy Spirit and not reading the written word.
“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?