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Ignoring those Hurting next to us
One of the saddest days of a person’s life is when they realize that nobody sees their pain, when their tears and hurt is most visible!
We lose people to depression and suicide, and many backslide from Christ because when they cry the loudest, we ignore them.
People have become so insensitive to the feelings of others, especially in the church, until we don’t even recognize when someone is no longer involved in the church, unless they are a big giver.
We miss those sitting in the pews who are experiencing some kind of distress in their lives, because our hearts are hard toward each other.
My heart aches this morning for the forgotten soldiers who sit among us, and we are to blind with ambition and status, to hear the cry of their spirit that says, “I’m here, I’m hurting, and I want help, but who can I reach out to who will help me?”
I applaud those in the Body of Christ who have a heart and compassion for the people as a whole. Those that even though God is using them greatly they have not forgotten others and yet have a spirit that is sensitive to the spirit of the people. Our soldiers are bleeding from their wounds and moaning in their spirit, and we are not listening with our spiritual ear to hear what their hearts are saying.
Miscommunication and Misunderstandings
Miscommunication and misunderstandings are two things the enemy uses in the body of Christ to keep confusion chaos and separation among the believers.
Many times are imagination overrules our common sense. I have found that there are so many persons dealing with the spirits of rejection and offense and these two spirits cause people to stir up war with others.
When a person walks in offense they will image attacks that are not true they will hear words that were never spoken and they will judge actions of others wrong. Being hurt in the Body of Christ and not learning how to forgive and let go of the pains of these hurts has cause so much trouble among believers.
People offended in the Body of Christ tend to hold grudges longer and with more bitterness connected to them. Somehow, when we become born again, believers we think that means we won’t be hurt in Christ, and then when we are, we hold on to the injustice and make everyone we encounter pay for what someone else done.
I have never seen the magnitude of leaders who walk in offense, as I see in this hour.
Trust me, all in Christ will experience a betrayal, a hurt, a pain, but we are not to let these things cause us to have a root of bitterness within us, to the point it effects every relationship we encountered.
We have to learn how to truly walk in love realizing that people are not God and will error or make mistakes but we also have to know the originator of every attack that is afflicted on us through anybody is Satan. What Satan does is connect to those things in us that we have not allow God’s Spirit to control and uses those things to inflict harm on someone else.
What we need to do is fast and pray renew our minds and allow the word of God to take root in us so that we can be delivered from the toxic emotions that are controlling our behavior toward others. Learning how to see things through the eyes of love and to react with the heart of God will cut down a lot of the misunderstandings in the body of Christ.
Learning how to listen and effectively communicate our feelings to each other when we feel offended or hurt is something that the Body of Christ truly needs to seek God about so that we can walk in love with each other.
God is dealing with Hearts!
God is absolutely, without a doubt, dealing with our hearts, and He is positively, dealing with mine!
Since last week, people have been brutality attacking me, as well as others in ministry, about our personal life. When I get a certain amount of inquiries about something, I will ask The Lord, can I address it? Some came at me about my earlier Facebook post concerning asking for offerings at a certain time of month, and then begin to attack the preachers whom God had blessed.
I asked God, can I speak for those who truly do have other sources of income and not defendant upon the people? And He said, yes. I can speak because I once felt that way myself, until I really got the full understanding of the cost of ministry, after God commanded me off a job, and put me into full-time ministry.
Do I have other sources? Yes I do. Do I believe that there are those whom He command to work for Him and nothing else? Yes I do.
I don’t argue about money, and I don’t try to burden a church. I’m concerned about the games that are played on people in ministry, but I also know like I told the ones who came at me, that there are good people who truly are living like God said live.
One thing we as a people need to learn, is how to balance our words. I address both sides of the issues, the good, and the bad, to let people that may think it’s all good, or those that may think it’s all bad, know that it isn’t like that.
People are expecting the overflow increase and harvest of God, in a place that is out of the will of God.
I have always noticed in the word of God, that God gave specific instructions on where and when He would move for His people. He would speak to them exactly what He was going to do, tell them often what city they were to go, to in order for them to receive the thing that was promised.
He specifically said where He would bless the children of Israel. He told Abraham what land his blessing would be in. He let the prophet know where his provisional source was. He even directed Isaac to where His wife could be found. He told Jacob what to do concerning the livestock to be blessed.
God always gave specific direct and clear instructed to direct the lives of His people from being blessed to how to fight and defeat their enemies. If we would actually take the time to get in the presence of The Lord, He will speak today and give us instructions and directions for every area of our life.
When you depend on man to direct you in life, you will experience failure at sometime in your walk with God. Even though He may use Prophets, or a person to give a word to us, we are not to replace them with seeking God for ourselves!
Because man is human, he is capable of flaws and errors, therefore he can give you false information, or the wrong instructions. But when you have a relationship with God, you will know His voice and will seek Him for the answers you needs, because we know He is incapable of lying or deceiving.
Throughout my life as I listened and obeyed The Lord, I would escape dangers, I would see blessings come forth. He would speak to me about different situations in my life and stop me from making the wrong decisions and moves.
I often tell people that when bad things happen in my life, either I didn’t seek God first, or I didn’t take heed to His instructions, or I heard Him, but I just disobeyed.
Those times when I just allowed my flesh to control the situation, I experience hurt, failure, frustration, and unnecessary trials and test.
The word of God tells us to, Trust in The Lord with all our heart and lean not to our own understanding in all our ways to acknowledge Him and He will direct our path. When we truly apply these scriptures to our lives we will see great change taking place.
Let God control it !
~ 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 she is on a mission travelling the world proclaiming the Gospel for soul to be won to the Kingdom of God. She has a mandate on her life to help brings others to their divine purpose.|