The majority of time, people, especially believers, don’t have any idea how the enemy is able to use us all at times.
That is why we must keep our confidence and trust in God at all times. Never put complete confidence in man.
Jesus gave us a perfect example about this when he had to rebuke Peter. Peter was being used by Satan and Peter had no clue.
Jesus rebuked the spirit that was behind the matter and spoke his words to Peters face.
Did the Lord disown or throw Peter away because his words were used by the enemy at that point?
Peter had no idea he was deceived when he spoke those words. Jesus knew who was speaking and the origin of Peters words.
Jesus recognized the devil in Peters words and rebuked the enemy. That spirit had no choice in the matter, for that spirit had to depart.
I imagine Peter, after that rebuke, became a bit bewildered in finding out the truth.
Beloved we are all are capable of listening to the wrong spirit. We must always remember that our battle does not originate from man. Our battles are not with flesh and blood but against the enemy of our souls.
“But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men,” Mark 8:33 KJV.
We don’t write off a person because they fail or say the wrong thing. We are to love and discern and pray for all of us.
Often, I see in my own life that when I make a mistake and repent, many who said they would forgive me walked away.
We are supposed to be a family beloved and we ALL make mistakes. Please don’t count us off when we miss the mark.
Perfection is not possible in the flesh and we deal with real life issues and problems. The Lord wants us to resolve relationships so that we will not hold a grudge because we or others miss the mark.
No person is perfect and we never will be. Keep our focus on God and as we stay close to Him, we will know where each word originates.
Don’t cut off a beloved sister or brother and disassociate from them for human or spiritual error.
We must learn to function as one body and when one misses it we all do. We need to have grace and mercy towards others like our heavenly father has towards us.
Many times, people have no idea why we leave and they detach from us because of failure and the sin that so easily besets us.
I have found on-line that it is easier to detach and remove ourselves from people and go into isolation; but it renders us divided.
We are to measure ourselves against the Word of God not each other. When we measure ourselves against ourselves we are unwise.
Oh, how I would love to have so many relationships restored especially those that in some way I caused an offense. I am so sorry and have great hope for restoration!
We can forgive and forget so easily when we don’t have to see the person. However, there are so many that have not been able to totally forgive. When these move away from you and there is no closure.
People usually remain isolated due to the fear of rejection. Usually if we can just block, we do so as an act of self-preservation.
We never really learn to have relationships if we fail to conquer rejection. We can try to deny that there is an issue, but God knows our heart and knows what we need.
None of us have it all together, and God expects us to learn to love one another even in all of our failures and mistakes.
Beloved we are flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone in Christ and we are His beloved Bride. We must mediate on these things and if we have any relationships that need mending, we need to make the first step.
The great NET-Work needs all of us for the last end time harvest. Beloved love one another and forgive one another even as Christ has forgiven you!
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey