Spiritual Maturity and jealousy cannot mix!
Up and coming leaders, listen! The Fruit of The Spirit is not an option. Having a godly character is the witness of The Spirit of an individual.
Having to stand strong on a point when everyone calls you goody two shoes or false, takes clear resolve. But these who lack maturity don’t understand at all.
It is the mature whom God draws the reins back that remain separate and not become one of the boys or the popular groups that want you to agree with everything they say. “Come aside and be ye separate,” says The LORD.
King Jehoshaphat although he was a good King, got into trouble by making Alliances with wicked Kings. But God in His mercy kept him safe, but his alignment to other wicked kings made him guilty as they were and cost him consequences to his decisions, (2 Chronicles 18).
King Jehoshaphat was trying to be good, accepting and he assumed, causing to lose ground, costly events, and lost lives. It is very important who we ally with and what we stay clear of.
Although King Jehoshaphat was personally loyal to his faith and purity of life and motive, his greatest failures lay in the precise areas of his greatest success; International relations and religious reformations.
He could not root out the unlawful. His diplomacy by alliance into intermarriage with the house of Ahab and Jezebel brought all his gains to ruin within a few years of his death.
The poisonous effect of that union became an arrangement that was very expensive to Judah; the king supported with treasure and manpower to fund Ahab’s wars.
The king assisted in at least two fruitless campaigns with the kings of Israel. He suffered personal physical peril and spiritual loss to himself and his kingdom.
“Hear the word of The LORD! Corrupt alliances by deceit come to prostitute and ride on your anointing.
To prostitute your oil and wine they gain victory and prestige. Their numbers are great, they love a crowd. They corrupt your goodness by flattery. They take advantage of their own personal gain.
As I live,” says God, “I tell you the truth, I wouldn’t even look the way of these corrupt flatterers, but because I honor your life, I will speak and warn you!”
We are known by the company we keep. Birds of a feather DO flock together. What we come under can be a big problem, but thank God in his mercy he leads us.
Get a grip! Most will judge you for standing back and waiting on clarity.
God must pull back prophets to back up prophets.
These prophets speak the mind of God to make decisions between God and the people. These cannot be conformed or led away from The LORD’s heart. They were sent in by God to announce God’s will and to confront evil.
Those who intimidate you will continue to provoke you to do it their way. I t takes a solid person to remain on task in not becoming one of the popular people as we all like to be accepted but we cannot go after that or we will face some very hard consequences.
Spirits of religion, controlling, manipulation, jealousy, strife, contention breed every evil work!
Pride will cause people to provoke you to lead you off the right path with God. Their motives are veiled, not clear as many are not operating in the right Spirit.
Jealousy is usually the open door, and jealousy is as cruel as the grave! Their veiled motives are to win you over to their side, but The LORD will separate those of His that search him out.
Like John the Baptist, Elijah, Micaiah, and other prophets did in the Bible, God will back up his prophets.
In many instances the church is not ready for these types of prophets that are coming on the scene, but ready or not they are coming!
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey