Walking with Christ closely will often cause us to walk alone and many will not understand us as there will be some offended by our silence and these shall pressure us in their attempt to lead us to abide with them.
It isn’t easy when you love people and have a lot of compassion. There is a balance we must have by keeping God first, including keeping Him first before people in need.
There are many needs and the poor will always be among us but that relationship you develop and have with The LORD is of utmost importance before anything; no matter how important the need may be.
Be NOT hasty and miss the way. Our God is a jealous God and continually seeks to draw His beloved closer to him in intimacy, reminding us that we cannot just ally ourselves with anyone.
As we grow in grace and maturity in Christ, who we use to hang out with or attend, may not affect us with good anymore. Jealousy is as cruel as the grave!
There will be those we know that will try to sabotage our efforts for good in our lives. There will come a day and time when HE will not allow us to live on others’ words or experiences.
He wants us to learn to keep Him first and foremost so to be influenced by Him.
Being committed and influenced by The LORD and not man will cause people to falsely think and accuse you of being prideful and aloof, or in their insecurity, they will think you believe you are better than they are.
When you commit totally to Christ and determine to mature in the faith, there will be those who once hung on and hung out with you; these will turn on you.
You would have never fathomed they would turn on you becoming an enemy of the cross you carry and becoming your worse critic.
The majority of times, it is because of jealousy. They don’t want to see you progressing and advancing without them but yet they fail to see the cost of the cross that they must walk in and it is not elementary and not everybody can walk where you walk.
They don’t see the cost and price tag! They see the blessings and benefits and think they are entitled to your blessings and your presence. Watch your purse, wallet, and billfold! T here are no short cuts or an easier way.
Remember what Joseph went through before he became second in leadership only to Pharaoh in all of Egypt.
Joseph went through the revelations, then the process to prepare him to lead . Joseph ended up in a pit by his own brothers, Potiphar’s house, prison, and the Palace.
It took him years and he suffered much. Joseph could not have learned the way of the leader until he was humbled, broken, and in prison for something he never did.
And even in the darkest times, he was being prepared. We are prepared through trial and don’t let anyone tell you aren’t. There are many false doctrines that press the issue that we won’t suffer. Don’t buy into it!
There are always struggles in growth! There is a struggle for growth even in dark places that we fail to realize. We start growing once we are conceived until our dying day!
When God promotes and advances, everyone around our lives will know it. However, we must understand that no matter how long these trials continue to come, we still have a destiny!
God is at work through it all and knows us better than ourselves, yet it still causes bad repercussions among those who are insecure and jealous.
Progress and advancement come from The LORD. Not everyone will be happy with your promotion to transformation, courage, with boldness.
Anytime a leader is born through much travail and prepared very well through years of being tried, tested, and seasoned, yet many who thought they knew you don’t see you for who you are!
They have no idea as to what process you went through to get you to where you are today. We are ALL in a process, all on various levels and time does tell all things.
Leaders in the body must face this fact that people will not be happy with them. Stop chasing foxes that spoil the vine and not the furry kind!
Let the people think what they will! Quit trying with much effort in attempting to put out demonic fires motivated by jealousy!
You will lose so much time! You are bigger than that! Move forward and forget those things which are behind! You have nothing to prove to anyone!
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 3:7-14 KJV.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey