The verse in Proverbs that I shared yesterday was still on my heart the next day (still is even now). Here it is again: “The earth trembles under three things; it cannot bear up under four: a servant when he becomes king, a fool when he is stuffed with food, an unloved woman when she marries, and a servant girl when she ousts her queen.” (Proverbs 30:21-23 HCSB)
I’ll be asking God what the middle two things mean at some point, but it was the first and last that caught my attention. Here are some of my own musings:
“Lord, I’m amazed by what You told me yesterday. Other things seem to be out of order here, too. Like the pastor running the church instead of You. I always wondered about those verses in Proverbs because it seems to me that a servant may well be equally or more qualified to rule a kingdom as many kings and queens. But of course, I was missing the whole point . . .
- The mind, operating by means of the brain, should be the servant of the heart (the real person), which is animated spiritually by the human spirit, which is the contact point with the Holy Spirit.
- The church should be ruled by the Holy Spirit, who gives gifts as He chooses, including pastors and teachers. Instead, the gifts have usurped the rule of Christ.
And here is what I believe I heard from God:
Those gifts that tend toward usurpation (pastor, teacher, apostle, prophet, evangelist) do it in the strength of the intellect and/or emotions. The Holy Spirit working through the human spirit, with Christ as the source of all, must be the driving force of the church. These others, along with all the gifts, are vital, but are not to be the source, the guidance, nor the sole channel for guidance of the church.
My church — each and every lamb of the flock, must look to Me and only Me for guidance and protection. I tell you this is the time for righting all that has stood reversed down through the centuries since I established My church. The time has come for the church to remember whose bride she is. Helpers are given, but these servants have become above themselves in thinking My church — My bride — is there to glorify and to expand THEIR vision.
I have come and I will take back My bride from these usurpers. And I, and only I, will teach her. . She will hear My voice and not the voices of pompous men who presume to stand in for Me.
I gave these servants (and there still exist true stewards; I do not speak of them) to serve and edify My bride, but they have raped and misled and consumed her instead. How do you think I will deal with such when I return? I will cut them in pieces and I will give their places to others; humble and faithful servants who will keep their first positions and not attempt to make themselves kings.
Yes, Ouch! I kept asking God if I couldn’t leave some of this out or soften it up a bit, but I don’t think He liked the idea. So here it is, full-strength.