Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Do not cast your pearls

There is no neutral ground in your walk with God. If you are not actively involved in intercession, you will definitely be involved in accusation. Once accusations start building up in your spirit towards other members of the Body of Christ, it will totally destroy your spiritual life. It will snuff out every chance of survival in the spirit realm. According to The Scriptures, ‘We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death….. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.’ (1Jn 3:14 16). The phrase ‘laying down your life’ in this verse means that we have chosen to make intercession for the sins of our brethren. The love of God in our hearts covers up a multitude of our brethren’s sins.

This does not mean that you cannot discern. It simply means that you have chosen to respond in a spiritual way to the sins that you have discerned. However, while you are careful not to criticise or condemn your brethren, you must also take care to… ‘Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you’ (Matt 7:6). This verse of Scripture refers to your relationship with men. In essence, it says if you have a critical and judgmental person in your environment, you ought to take yourself away from such an influence.

The term ‘influence’ was used in the latter statement because critics seek to control the subconscious decision-making process of their victims. Unfortunately, when conflicts arise, many of these victims keep on attending reconciliation meetings where they continue to cast their precious pearls before these critical people this is usually done in a bid to win approval. The reason why people esteem such approval ratings is because they have not made God their absolute source. For example, if a lady (who has a critical boyfriend) sees God as her Source of total supply, she will find it easier to take herself out from under such an influence.

Medically, there are two things that have been discovered which cause ailments in the human body, namely, wrong diet and stress. It has been discovered that stress is mostly caused by people who extract life out of you through the channel of the relationships you have with them. You have to cut yourself off from such relationships. When faced with a similar situation, Jesus was quick to strongly reprimand those who were trying to exert such an influence on Him (i.e. the Pharisees). He did not lose sight of the fact that all He needed was to receive ministration from heaven, and not from His environment. While on earth, He kept focusing on His heavenly Father as His Source. Consequently, He was able to fulfil His purpose on earth. Likewise, if you will not compromise your reliance on and obedience to God for the approval of men, you will fulfil your destiny.

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