How many times have we, the people of God, given up on others? We get offended by the least little thing. Instead of praying about it and trying to work it out between the person and our self, we choose to abandon it.
I believe the true heart of an intercessor is the quality of never giving up. I also believe especially in the heart of a true pastor has this quality. They never give up on the sheep.
There have been few people in my life where God told me to stop praying and move on. It wasn’t because I “doomed” them to hell, and God told me He was done with them. I must say that is a prideful nasty attitude. I know I am not God! I don’t have all the information on people as He does, so who am I to judge them as “finished?”
The majority of the reasons why I had to move on, was because they could no longer receive from me. I don’t know what is best for people, only God does and HE reveals to us only what we need to know. I have learned that God will often move people out of my life so we both can learn new things. God does not waste any of our experiences and everyone involved is included in this.
This happened to me. I believe I heard the LORD speak to me about two people. I loved them greatly and know them, but I heard something that sent me reeling. I heard this.“Let the dead bury the dead”.
What that meant to me was, walk away from the two. Well, that was a hard word to hear and I sure didn’t want to know it. Instead of reacting to that word in a quick fashion, I felt different and chose to stand in the gap and intercede anyway. I stood in the gap asking GOD for MERCY and God heard my prayer.
God wants intercessor’s who will reason with HIM. Abraham interceded and reasoned with God concerning the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. God listened.
Sometimes God will tests us with the word to see what we will do. I weighed on my mind how that word I received seemed to go against God’s nature and character. I knew God is loving and merciful and long suffering, wanting to forgive and wants the best for HIS children. How we perceive what God is like, is how we reflect that image to others.
Look how the religious in Jesus’ day reflected GOD. The scribes and pharisees did not recognize the very Messiah that came to bring life. The harshest words Jesus used were against the religious and self righteous. It is the religious and legalists who are still at work today among the saints to bring those who listen to them, into bondage. As a mirror, we reflect what we believe and who we are.
“For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass; for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed,” James 1:23-25.
In my case I did not let them go. I knew God was merciful and He wanted to forgive and was eager to show mercy, because It is about HIS nature and character.
Beloved, do you realize when someone attacks you, verbally, emotionally or physically, they attack God? This will be ongoing, until we go to be with the LORD, if HE tarries.
Saints, the way we learn to love is through hate. First, whose love are we learning to flow in? We cannot love God’s way, until he allows the opposite of love to come attack us over and over again. If we are sincere with the LORD, wanting to become like Him, we will learn to yield to God’s love.
God knows how long it will take to teach us to surrender to his love and release all unclean thoughts from our mind, you will then have victory over hatred. This is God’s plan.
God wants intercessor’s who will reason with HIM!
How many of us have been accused, abused, discarded, lied about, rejected, conspired against, aimlessly walked in circles, wandering and wondering if I ever will ever see the vision ahead?
It is easy for others to accuse and say, “Have you suffered enough or gone through enough to shed blood like Jesus?” when they haven’t done that either.
A hypocrite is one who says they did something, but have NEVER experienced it. They say it, but do not do it. However, they want to require it of YOU! Yet in our self righteousness and pride we best be mindful to God and ask him to keep us humble.
To be Jesus in this world is to show his nature and character which is found in the fruits of the Spirit and the life he led as he walked this earth.
I think we all tend to inflate like a balloon with hot air and fly away if we don’t keep pride in check. I think more practically and in line with scriptures, we should never give up on anyone unless God makes that clearly known. We have Abraham’s and Moses’ intercession for a rebellious nation as an example of intercession for all our brothers and sisters. Not just the ones we like, even those that get on our nerves too!
I know this is true in various stages of growth. How many of us wish God would smite certain individuals? Be honest with yourself. Dig deep. I just wonder how many of us would be honest.
I saw this in vision form in prayer. I saw a tomato pincushion and I saw my name on it. As I saw it getting more pins, it looked filled with pins, so much it looked like a porcupine.
Sometimes God makes people like a pincushion in their testing and trials, and you just keep being stuck all the time. If it were known, many of our comrades are bleeding by the side of the road and they are so wounded needing care. Do we care? Therefore, instead of standing there and looking at them, do we walk away, avoid, point a finger, announce it to the whole world that they are so messed up?
When a fellow soldier of the cross is down what do we do? I believe God frowns at a lot of our actions. We must learn to cover our beloved brother or sister. When there are wounds and you see, them, be an intercessor and cover them with prayer. Keep them covered and don’t go talking about them to others.
Keeping a brother or sister’s privacy is so important. Cover them and protect them. How would you like to be in their place? Believe me, your day will come.
As Abraham and Moses interceded. As Noah’s nakedness was covered, let us make a shield of covering for our own wounded and care for them and not stop until God relives you of that duty.
There are immature people and devils laughing at our brothers and sisters who are wounded. Instead of covering you, they stand and announce to the whole world you are defected and down for the final call. Only God has that final say. How dare we say such a thing.
Become a solution as the good Samartian did. Let your silence be known in prayer. Let your works and labor be for no man to see or boast. Labor for that wounded one humbly, knowing very well it could be you laying in that ditch one day. AMEN? AMEN!
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith,” Galatians 6:7-10.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey