The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Notice that it is the commencement and not wisdom in its entirety.
I remarked to my wife as we strolled past the Blackwood trees in the reserve that there is no substitute for ability. Most of the Bible writers were people of considerable intelligence and intellectual power. I’m not about to argue that God cannot use all people but I do believe that He uses them in their domain of authority and not the domain of others. The Spirit of Christ is fruitful when His anointing fills our metron. Sift every word of prophecy made in your favour. There are those that come from the Spirit of God and those that come from the soul. I’ve not forgotten something I read years ago in a book on the prophetic. ‘Some prophecy’ the author wrote, ‘is no more than the product of a loose tongue and a weak mind.’ Living soulishly we will lack discernment. When Christ is our life we will see clearly.
'So ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch' Matt 15.14 NIV.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Notice that it is the commencement and not wisdom in its entirety. Leadership is based on the ability to lead. The ability to lead depends on supporting factors like intelligence, the power to comprehend what is taking place around us and discernment. By discernment I mean the ability to disentangle the heart of God from what is merely religious or thought to be a good idea at the time. Genuine leadership exists in a context. In the early churches there were those who led as teachers of the Word and those who led in the practical ministries. Both did a powerful work for God. There are various spheres in which to lead and to serve today, all of which are opportunities to release the life of Jesus in abundance. Fruitful leadership occurs when we are operating with the parameters of our calling, rather than in something that hubris, over confidence or pressure from others might lead us into.
There's a difference between being a fool for God and being a fool.
There’s a difference between coming into our authority to do what God has made us to do, and seizing what we think is ours and allowing our mediocrity to suffocate leadership in others. When we are ego led rather than Spirit-led our soul will emit our unsanctified ambitions. There are prophetic people who can pick up on this. There are ‘soulish’ believers who attempt to gather credibility by giving prophetic words to soulish people by telling them what they want to hear. But the word will not necessarily be fulfilled.
Such ‘words’ can only come to pass if the person prophesied to is functioning in their calling and has the ability, skill, intelligence and vocational capacity to bring it to pass. Genuine words of God come from God and not the soul. They are based on what is real, what is accurate and what is a possible from a correct assessment that comes from God rather than from wishful thinking. God is a God of truth and not of fantasy.
Jesus cautioned us not to call people fools. Yet the Bible urges us to seek wisdom and avoid foolishness. Foolishness is mostly a choice. We do not have to be foolish. While we need not condemn someone as a fool, we do not have to participate in their pretensions. People can define themselves as foolish when vanity causes them to overreach themselves; when they step into positions to which they have not been appointed by nature or by God. We do well to avoid fools who attempt to reign over princes (Prov 19.10) and not place ourselves under their influence. Vanity is associated with foolishness and sets us up for public humiliation. The beauty of the new creation is that we move from a self defined by the Father of lies to the self we are according to our Father who is in heaven.
I heard this saying while listening to the radio last year and wrote it down. They spoke of one "Whose ambition exceeded their ability. One who was unintelligent together with an inability to perceive himself as he was." Such people are not always to blame for being cast in a role for which they are incapable. There are instances when they have been placed there by ineffectual manages to ensure the continuance of the status quo. I am speaking of the hireling who has not entered the kingdom and whose influence ensures that worthy people for whom Christ died remain impotent and confused.
'Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them' Acts 6.3 NIV.
A necessity for leadership is ability. God gives us ability in particular areas.
If in a certain area of endeavor the other knives in our drawer are all sharper than we are, we need to consider that maybe we are not the leader here and that some one else is. This is why it is wise for others in the Body to invite us to lead rather than going ahead and appointing ourselves. Should our pretentions be more fantastical than accurate we will multiply weakness and frustration. Imagined leadership makes us blind to our deficiencies and unable to see the abilities of others. When ability is combined with wisdom and the indwelling Spirit of Christ we have legitimate spiritual leadership and are well on our way to building the Kingdom of God.
‘This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead’ Gal 1.1 NLT.
KRISTON COUCHEY - THE TURNING POINT
The sons of God live by the Spirit of God and the Spirit of God’s Son lives in their spirit. It is this new covenant union with God and the expression of His Son through apostolic leadership that models the authority of Sonship to those in which the Spirit of Christ is multiplied.