“From the beginning of man’s existence, he has tried to justify his actions when accused whether falsely or in truth.
It is part of fallen nature to give in to shame and degradation. There is only one way to be free of that process of trying to justify yourself, and that is to DIE TO SELF.
Dying to self means to leave the self behind, and to embrace oneness with Me.
To embrace TRUTH, and integrity, and to not try to cover over the sins you have done.
I don’t require you to parade them about. I only ask that you bring them to Me and I will wash you clean. He who is already clean, has only to wash his feet daily!
It is ENOUGH to confess to Me. I don’t uncover the skirts of those who are Mine unless they are UNWILLING to confess.
THEN you may have to confess all that is in your heart to Me and to those you have hurt or misguided.
The truly humble heart will admit that there is nothing good that lies within them save for what I have put there.
None is good except ONE. In order to RESTORE, you need to make restitution to at least that one that you have hurt.
The goal is to bring restoration to all involved. If you don’t apologize and ask forgiveness, then you are not walking in true humility.
If you are unwilling to say, I made a mistake, I will try to correct it the best I can, then you are walking in pride and arrogance.
I have called you to be REAL. REAL means you apologize. You say, “I’m sorry!” If you can’t even do that, then you are not worthy to call yourself a son or daughter of God.
Then there is no humility in you. The truly humble will even go further in trying to RESTORE peace by taking the responsibility even when they know that it wasn’t their fault.
But that is not the same as false humility. It is done in response to My proddings to humble the other person and show them what true humility is.
There is occasion for this, though some would not admit it.
- Pride never admits it is wrong.
- Pride never apologizes for wrongs or slights.
- Pride doesn’t want to give in to MY WILL.
- Pride wants what IT WANTS.
I AM coming to HUMBLE those who are unwilling to give up their pride. I will have MY WAY.
You will go My way, or you will not walk in My ways if you choose to defend your sins.
I can be your covering, or YOU can be your covering. If you are your covering, then you are walking in hypocrisy and hiding your sins as if you are trying to look better than you really are.
One who LOVES MY TRUTH will not cover their faults but admit them. It’s not that you have to go around defining it all the time, but that you YIELD to show that when you know Me, it has caused a change in your heart from the way the world reacts.
You are supposed to be a living testimony! You are not to love your life even unto death.
That means you don’t defend yourself. If you defend yourself, then you are giving in to pride.
The pride of man has risen high in the Church and outside the Church. It has become a bastion to all unwilling to humble themselves before Me.
You cannot walk in that pride and also walk in obedience to Me. Pride does not yield to MY WILL.
Pride only yields to it’s SELF.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace,” James 3:17-18 NKJV.
The goal in broken relationships is to try to establish peace and restoration of hearts.
If one party will forgive but the other won’t, then the other person is released from responsibility.
But ideally you want restoration with the offender, because the humble heart will be concerned for the salvation of that other soul!
You won’t want anything to stand between them and heaven. Bitterness grows when you don’t humble yourself and ask for forgiveness from Me.
It comes from hiding sin, and relentless desire for vengeance for wrongs done, instead of forgiveness.
I am calling you to lay down all your justifications and to come to Me.
LAY THEM AT THE CROSS. I died so that you would not have to carry around the weight of sin, or the curse of sin.
MY GRACE is sufficient for you. So Lay down all that has so easily beset you and walk into FREEDOM!
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls,” Hebrews 12:1-3 KJV.
My heart is to see freedom for everyone made in Our image and likeness.
How will you teach others the way to freedom, if you don’t come yourself to the cross and lay down all your weights?
Don’t hold on to anything any longer that has hurt you. Just bring it to Me.
Lay it at the cross and get FREE from all the pain and emotions, from all the anger and hurt.
I AM a loving FATHER, and I know the pain that is still there, even when you pretend it isn’t.
Forgiveness involves all the areas of your soul, not just your mind, not just your will, but also your EMOTIONS.
You will not cleanse your emotions unless you get out all the muck you have taken in.
LOOSE all that you have felt to Me. I’m able to handle it. I know it’s there anyhow!
I know what you are hiding! I see all , and I know all. So come, and lay down those burdens at MY feet.
LET Me HEAL YOUR PAIN. I LOVE YOU and I will heal your heart, and help you to clean and set your HOUSE IN ORDER.
That house I’m speaking of is the ONE THAT HOLDS YOUR SOUL!”
~ Priscilla Van Sutphin
PRISCILLA VAN SUTPHIN is the founder of Upstream Ministries, California, online at www.upstreamca.org and blogtalkradio.com/ Upstream. Donate to Upstream: via secure Paypal by sending as gift to email@example.com or send to: Upstream, PMB 545, 14311 Newport Blvd, Suite G, Tustin, CA 9278, USA.