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July 15, 2008

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Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. -- Danny Kaye

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.-- Abraham Lincoln

de

This is tough stuff.
I’ve kept my mouth closed for years out of fear of ‘getting it wrong’
If I feel God may be asking me to open my mouth, my head immediately runs through a minefield of questions and ‘answers’ as to the state of my heart.
What’s my motive?
Am I really hearing God or do I just want to be prophetic?
Why am I stressed about getting it wrong? Is it because I don’t want to look foolish? Or do I really care about this person and want them to receive from God? Who am I to say they can receive from God through me?
It can be a trap.
I think I’ve let God use my mouth 3 times in 16 years. On purpose that is.
This can’t be good.
So, I decided to work on Love instead.
If I know what His love is like, and desire to Love with His love…
My motives will follow. What I say and how I say it, I pray, will become more and more like Jesus.
This is my prayer.

Hywel

Setting humility as a benchmark for life is guaranteed to lead to tortuous language as we seek to speak of a subject dear to our hearts without getting puffed up. How can I say I've tried to live the humble life?
However in so doing here are a few thoughts:
-An introvert may seek to hide behind humility. Desiring not to be noticed because of insecurity is not humility.
-In a similar way, we can mistake an attitude of apologising for our existence for humility. A kind of pre-emptive 'you don't have to receive this from me' that is self-fulfilling. Personally I have found this a problem in that it leads to sounding an uncertain note.
-Strange as it appears humility must find its source in a confidence that flows from ... well there's another posting waiting to happen! Take my yoke upon you and learn of me.

Deb

I appreciate the wisdom and direction given.

Last year at a Women's Retreat we were all given a scripture bookmark with our names and a prayerful scripture laminated on it. I couldn't wait to receive mine ... until I read the scripture. "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Yikes, I groaned inwardley saying; "Oh God!" ... since then He has taken me aside to sit awhile with Him, to watch, to listen, to cry, to laugh, to appreciate others more than I appreciate me. And He gives me more grace, funny thing is I find grace has Jesus' eyes!
Still learnin,
Deb

Eric H Janzen

Excellent points Brad.

I would offer another suggestion for people on the receiving end of a prophetic message. It is what I do personally and I have found it very effective and it very easy to do. When someone begins to give me a prophetic message I enter a meeting place with Jesus that we use specifically for these moments. By doing this I invite Jesus to be a part of the prophecy from the very first moment and who is more discerning than Him? We don't talk we just listen together. When the message has been given I can talk to him about it right away. This can be a brief conversation when the message is one that was from him in the first place, but it can also be interesting if there is something amiss that he wants to address. I have experienced both and been thankful for his presence. Having his presence with me also prevents my ego from standing up and trying to sully the prophetic message with pride and all that soul stuff...

What was important was having this pre-arranged meeting place that I could quickly get to because sometimes people pop out of nowhere and start to prophecy.

cheers,
eric

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