Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Competitive Gifting vs. Authority & Accountability!

Competitive Gifting vs. Authority & Accountability!

Has the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses?
Has He not spoken also by us? (Numbers 12: 2)

Being gifted does not make anyone “autonomous” (self-sufficient, self-governing, or independent). In fact our “gift” only operates and functions in its fullest glory when it’s submitted to the correct authorities. There is some confusion at large in the Body of Christ today, over this very issue, because immaturity and misunderstanding says that because a person operates in a genuine “gifting” this automatically gives them authority. Absolutely Not!

It’s a grave mistake when we confuse “Gifting” with “Office.” A “Gift” is not an authority whereas an “Office” is. The Holy Spirit is the giver of the gifts but Jesus Himself is the one who commissions those governing authorities called ‘offices’. An ordinary believer’s authority is one thing – we gain that overnight! But to be a “Governing Authority” in the Body of Christ is something else altogether. Genuine gifts have been lost and spoiled forever because of the lack of adequate understanding in this very area.

If a person begins to operate in a legitimate “gift,” yet after some time refuses to yield that gift or themselves to an established authority structure, their “gifting” becomes distorted and perverted. Warped and void of purity because of its false agenda.

It’s far too easy for a person to become disillusioned when they have no real accountability. Distortion develops with misuse, and lack of submission to God’s governing authorities.

The same person, who is gifted NOW, is not automatically ready to handle authority NOW! “Gifting” never gave any man or woman governing authority. This comes only by divine appointment and divine preparation; being made ready through testing and faithful service!

Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses, whether they did so openly or privately is not made clear but nonetheless God heard their conversation and was not too happy about it. We must consider the fact that although both Aaron and Miriam were genuinely gifted and positioned, it was Moses who was God’s “governing authority.” Their supernatural “gifting” albeit legitimate did not afford them any room to usurp his “governmental office.” So serious in fact was this offence before God that Miriam became leprous because of it. However both were forgiven and restored, yet it reveals the dangers of usurping God given and appointed authority and illustrates perfectly the difference between gifting and authority.

False prophets don’t always set out that way – rather they “become” erroneous; as would Miriam and Aaron have become if they had continued trying to use their “gifting” to rank themselves above their elder brother [Moses]. No man can assume the kind of authority that Moses had – certainly not on the grounds of gifting – it is God alone who appoints one to such a position and see how God defends it!

We must never forget that none of us can successfully operate outside of God’s authority structure and remain “correct.” To remain true rather than false in our gift capacity, we must continually stay submitted to God-given authority.

Finally with Miriam, Aaron and Moses as our main example in this matter, let us remember them well. The Holy Spirit laid this event out for all to see, forever in Scripture to be remembered and to adequately warn all of us “how-to” and “how- not-to” function with or around authority. Gifting was never meant to “compete” with authority.

As believers authority is something we all have, but not all of us will ever “govern” with it and we must respect those who are genuinely called of God to do so. Without godly government there is chaos. We must protect with prayer and cherish those whom God has given to be in that kind of position. Not wear them down!

Similar to Miriam, those who resist, appose or stand hostile towards God-given authority end up invariably “tormented” - one way or another (sadly I have witnessed this in the lives of others so many times; where simple trust and submission could have avoided so much heartache and needless suffering!) However in contrast, those who treat authority as God intended, benefit from the “quiet and peaceful life” as mentioned in the book of Timothy! “First of all, I encourage you to make petitions, prayers, intercessions, and prayers of thanks for all people, for rulers, and for everyone who has authority over us. Pray for these people so that we can have a quiet and peaceful life always lived in a godly and reverent way. This is good and pleases God our Savior. He wants all people to be saved and to learn the truth” (1 Tim 2:1-4 GW).

Lord I want to operate in a right spirit at all times. I want to function under the unction and guidance of the Holy Spirit. I don’t want to grieve Him by violating your Authority in others. Help me to recognise true Authority and operate towards it as you would desire. I seek not to be self appointed, help me be willing to submit to Your true Authority in others – help me to humble myself as Miriam and Aaron should have done. Let me be someone who is willing to be subject to a higher authority than my own, respecting the position that you have given to others. Amen.

Today I affirm that I will walk without error and I will recognise God given authority. I will submit to God in others and will not think more highly of myself than I ought. I will not cause an offence before God by resisting true authority. Thank you that the gifts in my life are designed to function at their best and fullest capacity when in submission to the correct authorities. Today I will submit myself to God’s plan for my life.


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