By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal
1 Corinthians 14:8
“For if the trumpet
givean uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?”
The Devil feeds on uncertainty. He loves it when a leader doesn’t give a confident sound because uncertainty always causes instability. God hates uncertainty because it creates instability and He is a God of certainty. God gave the believer a sure foundation and salvation. The reason God loves certainty is because He is truth, and truth never changes. When you cause uncertainty in the believer, you feed instability in their faith and Christian walk.
The verse above says, “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” The man who blew the trumpet was to sound it with certainty. If the person blowing the trumpet gave an uncertain sound, the people would not know when the enemy was coming; thus, it would cause them not to gather for the impending war. It is vital that there be certainty in what the preacher preaches, what the teacher teaches, and how the believer lives their life. If the believer’s life doesn’t give certainty in their lifestyle, it creates instability in their life and uncertainty in the lives of those watching. Five things are caused by uncertainty.
First, uncertainty creates confusion. If the trumpeter doesn’t give a clear sound, those listening will not know what to do. Your life will be filled with confusion when you don’t live according to God’s Word, which results in confusion to those following you.
Second, uncertainty causes the believer not to be prepared for the spiritual battle. You are in a spiritual battle, and living a life that does not clearly portray the Christian walk will always cause you not to be prepared for the battle. The preacher and spiritual leader must be clear in what they say to do so that the believer will be prepared to fight the spiritual warfare.
Third, uncertainty causes many to sit when they should be active. One of the greatest reasons people don’t get involved is because the leader doesn’t give clarity in what the believer is supposed to do. What do you expect from those who are serving? For what are you striving to do? If you want to motivate people to do something, you must give clarity to what actions you expect and how to do those actions.
Fourth, uncertainty creates frustration. Verse 33 says, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” Leaders who constantly change are leaders who create frustrated followers. The greatest way to feed certainty is to be the same day in and day out. Leaders who are given to change always create frustrated followers who don’t know what to do. If you want to keep your followers from being frustrated with you, it would be wise to be certain in what you expect them to do.
Fifth, uncertainty creates instability in the believer. Uncertain directives from leaders cause confusion and instability in followers. The best way to make stable followers is to determine what you are trying to do, deliver it clearly to those you lead, and never change to something new just because you don’t see immediate results. A leader who constantly changes their program always creates unstable followers. My friend, if you want those following you to be stable believers, stop trying to find something new and just keep doing what you have been taught; this creates stability.
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