Why do we warn others is the most important question and place to start when we see impending danger. Warning someone of something you see that could potentially bring about harmful situations or have negative results isn't as easy as it may seem to many people, but is one of the greatest forms of love and protection.
To warn: inform someone in advance of an impending or possible danger, problem or other unpleasant situation; giving someone cautionary advice about their actions or conduct.
Is it God divinely warning you in a dream about someone?
or Is it something you can easily identity as something that needs correction and sense you are to plant a seed of wisdom?
Whatever the reason for giving the warning it must come from a place of compassion, love or protection for the person(s). All that we do as disciples of Jesus must be in the spirit of love and humility.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:7-12
NOT COMFORTABLE DOING THIS?
Giving cautionary advice may be easy for some personality types but for many others, sharing such insight may cause panic, fear or anxiety to arise in their hearts, feelings or emotions- not feelings of peace, love or protection. So we must remember that love is a person, and if we sense we are to warn someone then we know we will be empowered by Holy Spirit to do it through the heart, character and nature of Jesus. He will help you do it.
Many people as a whole are not always ready to receive such counsel in the form of a warning, but it shouldn't deter us from sharing it, if we believe God is the one giving us the instruction to warn.
When we truly know God loves us, as he beloved children, then we should have no problem receiving or giving his warnings of love or correction.
IS IT YOUR SOUL SPEAKING OR GOD?
Did the warning come to you in a dream? We must remember that not every dream is from God, so we must first discern if it is God speaking to us. Take time to search this out with Holy Spirit for the truth in the matter, to make sure it is your spirit receiving the information not your soul. Unhealed places in your heart and soul can speak very loudly to you in your dreams, so you must discern which it is. Could you possible have an offense towards the person? Or some other type of unforgiveness?
Once you determine it is God speaking, then you must make sure that anything conveyed is coming from a place of love and concern for the person. I can't say that enough. No I told you so's or I knew this was going to happen, because this is an irresponsible way of handling someones heart and doesn't reveal the kindness or the goodness of God.
ARE YOU THE ONE BEING WARNED?
There are certain domineering personality types that prey on people, inviting themselves into the lives of everyone they meet with unwanted counsel and advice, and these are the types we must guard against at all cost. We must really know those who give us warnings and not allow everyone space to have such influence. Those forceful personality types make it hard on those who feel they are actually being led by Holy Spirit to give such a warning.
It's okay to tell such invasive and controlling people -thank you but no thank you- when their unsolicited advice comes. The bible says:
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
YOUNG IN THE PROPHETIC?
Are you knew to this and are afraid of messing up? Or is someone delivering it to you that is new to the prophetic? I'm not taking about people who know the Lord but are young in their prophetic gifts or offices. Be patient with them if this is the case. I'm talking about those who demand you listen to their warnings and operate in pride with no room for humility. These type of prophets or rude controlling personalities, usually have no lasting relationships because they are not rooted in the fear of the Lord or in the love of God, and most certainly have not been sent by God.
WARNINGS IN DREAMS & THOSE WE TRUST
We both had dreams, they answered, but there is no one to interpret them.Then Joseph said to them, Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams. Genesis 40:8
We know from scripture that God warns us in dreams personally and through others he raises up. God may warn you personally with insight and foresight in a dream, or he may give a dream to someone else for you. Because dreams are very symbolic it is important to ask for clarity on what it may mean. I believe in presenting the dream to a person you may trust or if you are in a prophetic company of people, give it to them for interpretation.
Listen to my words: When there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams. Numbers 12:6
God gives us prophets and others to help us understand what he is saying, so make sure to engage with them in your process, when you know God is warning you.
For God does speak—now one way, now another—though no one perceives it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds, he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings,to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride, to preserve them from the pit, their lives from perishing by the sword. Job 33:14-18
Maybe you have a dream about someone where you are warning them in the dream and you awake with such concern, not knowing if you should share it with them or not. What if it is someone you aren't even in relationship with anymore because of some sort of fall out? How do you handle that? Will they even listen to me is the first question we all have, or am I to just pray for them? We must get clarity on what steps to take when faced with such information, and processing it with trusted leaders is a good place to start.
To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. Daniel 1:17
ASK FOR HELP & WISDOM
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7
Whether God is warning you in a dream or through someone he sends to you, remember that he loves you and desires to keep you from harm. I asked my dear sister and apostle in the faith to share some insight with us in this matter and she shares this:
"Warnings make us offensive towards the enemy and gives us a realistic revelation of where we are with God and what we may need to change to draw closer to him and be more like him. So warnings shouldn't be viewed as something that is wrong with us or as punishment, but more for the purpose of being more like God and coming into his image. Just like with Jonah, the correction was to keep them from destruction, for he wanted to bring Nineveh into safety and out of danger, and closer to himself. We must also remember not to focus on who is delivering the message but from where the message originates-and that is God himself. What more does he even desire to reveal as you continue to search it out further with him in relationship and trust." -Apostle Taquetta Baker, Kingdom Shifters Ministries