Saturday, December 03, 2011

Hurt Feelings Can Breed Blasphemy

Micah 3:5 (NLT)

This is what the LORD says:
“You false prophets are leading my people astray!
You promise peace for those who give you food,
But you declare war on those who refuse to feed you.”

Since early this morning, God has been telling me to declare these words to His people.  He began reminding me of how easy it is for us to tie our emotions into ministry, rather than hearing and speaking by the Holy Ghost.

I began to think of all the times I’ve seen prophets prophesy according to their hearts.  Just as it was in the days of Micah, so it is today in the church.  We’ve all seen the faithful church members who were blessed while they served, and cursed as soon as they went away.  For some reason, we have felt justified in blessing and cursing based on our own personal feelings about a person or a situation.  God refers to those who do this as FALSE prophets and teachers.

The LORD is reminding us today of what a TRUE enemy is.  An enemy is more than just someone who doesn’t agree with us.  A true enemy is more than just someone who has made us angry or disappointed. A true enemy extends far beyond the mere realm of disagreement. Even more, just because someone is an enemy to us doesn’t necessarily mean he or she is an enemy to God. 

Enemy = One who feels hatred toward, intends injury to, or opposes the interests of another; a foe; A person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.

One who makes us angry is no more an enemy than one who makes us smile is a best friend.  Anger does not give us the right to pass judgment.  Neither does contentment or satisfaction give us the right to exalt.  We must know one another by the spirit, not after the flesh!  We must then act after the spirit, and speak as led of the Holy Ghost.

Many of us who claim the name of Christ have made a habit of rejoicing at the thought or idea that our enemies will be defeated.  In our minds, that tends to mean God will set a table of blessings in the midst of those who disagree with us… God will make a footstool of those who don’t support my ministry… All who didn’t recognize my anointing will be cursed… No weapon, or rebuke – even when justified, formed against us will prosper…  What do these things REALLY mean?  It’s about more than just our preferences.  Just because we don’t like a thing doesn’t mean it’s a weapon that won’t prosper.

My point is this.  Many are allowing emotions to make their ministry FALSE.  The integrity of many will be compromised due to emotional instability.  High emotion is not the same as high anointing!  That applies in praise, worship and every other facet of ministry, including our WORDS!  Emotions are separating us from God when we speak things we feel, rather than what God said.  Walking by the spirit requires that we be led by the Spirit, not our feelings.  Selah.

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