“Many in My church are blinded by their woundedness. They cannot see through the unforgiveness and go on to a fruitful life. In many cases, the history of past hurts, real or manufactured, allows them to excuse themselves from stepping out again. It is a wall that they hide behind. They think that they are fooling Me. I cannot move through those who will not receive My healing and choose to stay in a place of self-pity. If they only knew how much they hinder the work that I have planned for them. If they only knew that I am about to bypass them and give their portion to someone I can trust.
"The time for playing church is over. I am pouring out My Spirit to heal, rebuild, and equip those who desire to walk with Me during these closing moments of time. Anyone who does not choose to accept My healing provision will see My plans unfold from the sidelines. Turn now from your selfish pride. Forgive everyone who has hurt you or wrongfully used you. Forgive as you have been forgiven, and bless those who curse you, or you will miss what I have planned for you.”
Amos 5:14 NIV
Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.
Matt. 5:11-12 NIV
11) “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
12) Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
To a Lord Who suffered horribly and died an incredibly painful death so that we could be forgiven, some of our excuses for not serving Him with all of our hearts must seem awfully foolish to Him, or more than likely, painful. We hold unforgiveness in our hearts for years over an unconscious word said by a former friend. We will throw away years of walking with someone because of something he or she may have done to hurt us. We will separate from others who are designated to walk with us, rather than work out our relationship so that it again glorifies God. If we are misused, we choose to continually lick our wounds, pointing to them for others to see as if in some sort of pity parade, which makes us ineffective in fulfilling our part in God’s plan.
We set limits on how far we will go to help someone in need. Stewardship has become a word that allows us to consume what is God’s upon our rotting flesh. We shoot our wounded, cast aside those who don’t see as we do, and violate the trust of a loved one at almost every opportunity. We judge others by their actions and judge ourselves by our intent. Then we ask God to bless us. Pretty scary, huh?
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, Lord,