Accountability

SamaritanSome of the prophetic folks not only don’t have relationship, they can also be just plain weird and unfriendly!

The major character trait of the prophetic person is not their ability to hear or discern what God is saying or doing, but in their capacity to serve.

Sometimes that involves laying down all of your plans and interests.

Painful indeed.

Sometimes when Churches are going through difficult times it is important that in the midst of all of upheaval and discouragement that we continue to develop friendship and relationship with our leadership. They know that we are here for the long haul.

If we don’t get our way we won’t be leaving. While accountability groups and structures are to be positively encouraged, only accountability to God can protect you.

Ask your leadership to help you with accountability.  It’s about grace not legalism, we want to do what God has called us to do, together.

It should be noted, the Scriptures never give to any Christian unquestionable authority, no matter what their ministry.

No leader, in the Old or New Testaments or even today, is endowed with such an exclusive calling as to not be examined in their faith and practice or even chastised when found derelict.

The command that is sometimes used to defend ministries of “touching not the Lord’s anointed” is clearly an injunction against soliciting or initiating physical harm against God’s people. Context bears this out.

In the Old
Consider, for example, the very persons — David and Saul — who are the chief participants involved in this “touch not” command (1 Samuel 24:6, 26:9). Both of these men, while kings, suffered rebuke in their lives. Saul by the reproof of both David (1 Samuel 24:10-15) and Samuel (1 Samuel 13:13-14), and David himself by the powerful admonition of Nathan the prophet (2 Samuel 12:7-12).

In the New
In the New Testament, we find Apollos (“a learned man with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures”) being corrected and instructed by Priscilla and Aquila in Acts 18:26 and the Apostle Peter being confronted “to his face” by Paul inGalatians 2:11-21. These men did not act in defiance to these rebukes, but accepted them.

They did not set themselves upon a pedestal of distinction so as not to be challenged or questioned. They did not curse those who corrected them or wish harm on their children. The clear injunction of the New Testament for leaders and teachers was demonstrably at work here: James 3:1 — a more strict judgment, not a circumventing of scriptural accountability as well as Galatians 6:1.

Christians are instructed to judge doctrine and actions, to test the spirits, and to expose the fruitless works (Matthew 7:15; Romans 16:17-18; 2 Corinthians 2:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1 John 4:1; Ephesians 5:11). We are not, however, permitted to judge motives or salvation — those are judgments which belong solely to our Lord (1 Corinthians 4:5).

IT IS EVIDENT THAT SCRIPTURE LAYS GREAT VALUE ON OUR ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOD, AND ONE ANOTHER

We are all held accountable in one way or another.
For example, there are laws to obey and if we fail to be obedient, we may have to suffer the consequences set by the officials who hold us accountable. Accountability is simply being responsible for one’s actions.

There are two essential elements to accountability: trust and the ability to relate.

Trust
In order to establish Christian accountability, there needs to be trust. Developing trust is a slow process and it takes time to develop and grow. As people meet together to share, they begin to establish a rapport with one another. How is this accomplished? Active listening is essential to developing trust. James 1:19 says, “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

Let’s face stark reality – at times your leadership may have no idea about your calling, about the prophetic ministry and how it functions and you will find no opportunity to do what you feel called to do. It may take years, but that is in God’s hand, not ours. When the time is right you will have favour…

A non-judgmental attitude when sharing our heart with one another is another essential element. Remember, we can be accepting of an individual while being discerning of the situation. Matthew 7:1-2 says, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Caring for each other is also essential.
1 John 4:21 says, “And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” Accountability involves a willingness to open yourself up and share sensitive or personal information. This is why trust is so imperative. If you sense trust, you are more open to share your innermost thoughts without concern of betrayal.

Relating
Relating is an important factor in Christian accountability. It is helpful when the group shares a common bond or has been through similar experiences. People who relate to one another can empathize and share with an understanding heart. People can feel comfortable in sharing their circumstances, and can be totally accepted without fear of rejection.

Accountable to God and to each other
The Bible says that God holds us accountable. Romans 14:12 says, “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.” Christians are also accountable to one another. In 1 Corinthians chapter 12, we read that Christians are all part of the same body – the body of Christ – and each member needs or belongs to the other. This Scripture suggests the importance of strong accountability between Believers. It is important for every Believer to have at least one other person in which to confide, pray with, listen to, and encourage.

Galatians 6:1-2 gives a helpful principle, “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” If your accountability friend has done something contrary to the Bible, you are called to confront him gently, forgive him, and comfort him. It also admonishes you to consider yourself because no one is above temptation.

Another aspect of Christian accountability is encouraging each other to grow in their spiritual maturity. Hebrews 10:24says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says to, “…encourage one another and build each other up…”

Are you accountable? Do you have a friend to whom you can go? Will that person hold you accountable in your spiritual walk and in regard to the prophetic ? Are you the type of person that people can come to when they need accountability?
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up…” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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