HE HEALS WITH TRUTH AND LOVE
For thus saith the Lord, “Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous.”
Truth and love are always paired in the context of the Gospel. We are asked to speak to others in this way because God speaks that way. The only cure for the deep pain of others’ words, words that came with no grace, is to allow God to speak the truth – and in the context of love and tenderness. I must be willing to disown the hurtful words and no longer have them define me in any way. These injurious words should be dealt with severely at the cross, in prayer.
What do I do with the hurtful attitude of the one who originally spoke it? I ask God to remove the injury of their heart’s intent. If their comment came with anger or revenge, Jesus will deal with the spirit that came with the words and cleanse me from all their effects.
“Lord, nullify the effects of these comments under the power of Your shed blood. Take these words from my mind and my heart. Remove the arrows that wounded my soul so deeply. Make it as though the words were been spoken. I forgive the person who spoke them and give up my right to take revenge. I put this person in Your hands for You to rule righteously. Arise on my behalf. Hear my prayer. Hold me, breathe over me, kiss my heart with Your living Word and may I live in abundant life. I stand today on Your promise. “The Sun of righteousness will arise with healing in his wings.” Malachi 4:2 Amen
PRAYER FOR REJOICING IN A TRIAL
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials. I Peter 1:6
Oh Jesus, you know the story of my life. I have so often misunderstood your words. I thought you were cruel. “Rejoice in the midst of trials? Really?” Then, I turned my anger against myself and thought I just couldn’t do anything right. Thank you for showing me that I had a ‘form of religion without the substance.’ I just needed to connect with your heart, to run to you when the fires were hot. To experience You as my refuge is to find joy that someone like You is there for me!
You are more than words on a page. You were literally waiting for me to experience that. I’m so glad I did. I love you so much.
Today, you see the struggles so many are facing. I pray they wrap their arms around you. You don’t turn them away. Your face is bent down toward them, you lift their heads, look in their eyes Continue reading
A PROPHET AND GOD’S REVELATION
Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully… I Peter 1:10
I have often assumed that a prophet, who was given God’s specific WORD for His people, understood the message he delivered. With the message came full revelation of its meaning. Peter makes it clear that this was not the case. A prophet was often given a WORD, then had to study the scriptures to more fully understand the mystery of what God had given him. He was like Noah, given a word to build an ark, yet not having any understanding about rain and water tables. Every piece of wood he cut was an act of faith.
This is quite comforting to me. I recall, just over the past year, how many times I have been given a WORD from scripture, a picture, a dream, even an impression in prayer that God chose to reveal to me. Some, I understood more than others. Continue reading
WHEN THE CALL MAKES ME STUMBLE
So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” I Peter 2:7-8
Jesus can be One who causes me to stumble. When my preconceived notions of Him are shattered and He fails to appear as I feel He ought, my ability to believe is challenged to the core. I can be very opinionated about matters which concern Him; that He should deliver when He chooses to allow pain, comfort when He chooses to convict, and intervene when He chooses to restrain Himself.
He can also offend me. His teachings run contrary to my nature and my default ways of thinking. When I believe I should take a certain course of action that it is right and sensible, He instructs me to go in a seemingly opposite direction. When I feel that I’ve arrived at some plateau, Jesus can strike a blow with His words that lets me know that I’ve barely started on the journey.
It is easy to believe Him when my heart feels safe with Him, when His teachings make sense to me. But what about the many days when He asks me to do a difficult thing, when following His lead feels unsafe and far from prudent? What then? Will I stumble and be offended or work through my mountain of distrust to obey?
Stumbling is certainly a dynamic as I sort out Jesus’ chosen path for me. While I don’t yet know all it entails, I am asking for the grace to hear, and then obey. Whether His call on my life makes sense or not is irrelevant. Whether I am initially offended by what He suggests is also irrelevant. When all is said and done, when the wrestling period is behind me, I am determined to follow His voice even into the face of a storm.
Unbelief is still a temptation. Don’t let me stumble over You, but stand in You. Plant my feet on every Word of Your mouth. Amen
SOUL TIES ~ IN MINISTRY
If another ~ who is as your own soul entices you secretly, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods’, which neither you nor your fathers have known, you shall not yield to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him, nor shall you conceal him. Deut. 13:6
I love Jesus and because I love Him, I want to reach out to those who need Him. When I do, I pray they will see Jesus’ Spirit in me and long for more of Him. These are good desires and goals. But the spiritual mechanics of making it all work in the context of ministry and people’s sinfulness, including my own, make it very complicated.
Do you have someone in your life that is drowning you? You just can’t give enough. You poured yourself out yesterday but today you’ll have to do it all over again. Your love and affirmation just doesn’t ‘stick’. Their needs are too profound. You know it. But you feel that if you pull away to save yourself from burning out, you will damage their view of God. Continue reading
SOUL TIE – PARENT/CHILD
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thess. 5:23
A soul tie is an unholy connection between people. The basis of the connection is meeting each other’s needs in a way that enables the other person to circumvent the sufficiency of Christ. One person feels that the other should give them what they need, and vice versa, and the soul tie is formed. Entitlement is at the root.
The problem is ~ God is to be ‘the cake’ and people are to be ‘the icing.’ I am to look to God first for what I need and people around me are to be supplemental resources. But when I make people ‘the cake’ and God ‘the icing’, idolatry is set up to run its course. It ends bitterly as each person in the relationship comes up against the other one’s sinfulness and physical limits.
Parents and children can easily develop soul ties. Continue reading
Prayer For Cutting Idolatrous Ties To People
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers. Psalm 1:1
Walks ~ travel with, behave like, follow.
You’ve shown me that idols are not only things, but people. Thank you for revealing that to me. It was such a painful lesson but years down the road, I’m so glad You were hard on me. You were jealous for my affection; jealous to lead me by the hand, jealous to pour out Your provision so that I would know what it’s like to live as a much-loved child. My attachment to others had prevented me from turning to You and experiencing all of those wonderful realities.
Thank you for leading me to repent of my idolatry. How well I remember the moment I decided that I was terribly deficient and they were incredibly rich in what I thought I needed to feel safe and whole. I turned to them, created a bad soul tie, and the demonically fed attachment wreaked its havoc for years. Continue reading