As I sit here this morning pondering over this past weekend and some major changes that are being made to my life, I heard the Spirit of the LORD say, “Tell the to leaders, don’t allow the burden of the people to cause them to be pulled into a SPIRITUAL CRISIS!”
Sometimes in leadership, we become over tasked with the problems of the people, because we take on more of a responsibility for their problems then we should.
Often the people put the load of their spiritual and personal problems into our hands and try to make us accountable for them. Rather than them getting free, they stay bound while they continue to engage in those things that they have now also burdened us with.
They want you to seek God, to fast and to pray, while they sit back and do nothing for their own deliverance or change! Then when they don’t get their relief, they blame the leader for their lack of freedom and victory from their problems, issues and habitual sins.
I’m observing persons who are bound and continuing in their behavior of ungodliness, actually get upset and accuse leaders of not loving them or caring about them, because they are not spending all their time catering to them in their sinful ways.
I have had some persons approach me to try and make me responsible for their attacks from Satan, or their misery, because they want me to do all their spiritual work for their deliverance, while they yet continue to operate in sin and iniquity.
Leaders, don’t allow the people to hand you their problems when they don’t help to get to deliverance, healing and wholeness.
People will try to consume all your time and energy. You can give them advice, instructions and wisdom and pray for them, and they will reject your deliverance and instructions and then accuse you of not having the power to help them.
So many leaders have voiced to me that they are weary of those who have come saying they need help, but they are not trying to come out of what they say they are bound with.
Then the leader is burdened, trying to figure out why they can’t help the person, when in reality, the person has a pretense of wanting deliverance, but they really don’t want to be free!
Know your boundaries also, when it comes to a person’s deliverance. Even though God uses us to help people, we have to know when we have come to the end of the season of continuing to reach for them.
When you have fully given your time, energy and wisdom in the situation, and the person still doesn’t follow any instructions still won’t listen to anything you have said and still turns a deaf ear to your voice of maturity, then you have to step back and allow them to experience a different process of deliverance, which includes the chastisement, discipline and rebuke of God.
This is when you have to move out the way and let them be dealt directly with by God.
Often as leaders, we wear ourselves out and beat ourselves down, because we want to help. But when our help is rejected, we have to sit back and watch a person suffer, because they were hard headed, stiff necked and rebellious against the process that is necessary to gain their victory!
We have to be able leaders. At certain times we must move our compassion out the way and let God break their stubborn will to get them to a place were they will cry out, ABBA, I BELONG TO YOU and allow the deliverance to come and set them free!
Get out of the way. Let God have His way and stop interfering with God’s process that is necessary to bring them out!
When God starts dealing with them, they are going to run to you. But you are going to have to turn them back to God, and let His work be completed!
~ Apostle Barbara R. Thomas
Apostle Barbara R. Thomas is founder of I Come to Heal Ministries, A Woman’s touch Ministry, The Next Dimension Global Outreach Ministries and Spoken Word School of Ministry and is on a mission, travelling the world, proclaiming the Gospel, for souls to be won to the Kingdom of God. She has life mandate to help bring others to their divine purpose.