Tuesday, April 19, 2011
...and do my prophets no harm (1 Chronicles 16:22 KJV). I have thought about this at length when I look at the path my life has taken. If we were truly being honest with ourselves, we could see that the things we said were the catalyst that led us to where we are now. The thing is not so much what we said, though it has an importance as to what we have, but also who we said it to.
We know that in ministry these are God's messengers. They spend an inordinate amount of time with God to get what they must do for His people. They have a predestined road map in their minds as to what to say and do in the ministry and must keep this lifestyle to keep their credibility. There will be some things said that more then likely won't be pleasant to hear but those that hear will still have peace because it comes from Love (right there is one of the mysteries in knowing who is truly a minister of the Lord's). In so doing, there are some ministers that miss it, whether its because of maturity or something they did in their own lives that gave place to error, it nevertheless does not make them less of a minister because of a mistake (1 John 4:6-7 KJV). Therefore, for any of us to say something to a man or woman of God with malice or in anger and still think that God should still give you the blessings you have been praying for, is foolishness (James 1:20 AMP). God is good and has given us so much more then we deserve; however, when we know to do better, its best to do better.
The above mentioned should be pretty obvious to most of us. What we have failed to see is the way God sees those we take for granted. He has blessed them as well and has anointed them for greatness. We know this. We have said the blessing over them, but for the same reasons as listed above including a lack of maturity in ministry as well as chronological age, being familiar with them because of family or personal friendships, or just not believing that God has this huge vision for that person. Whatever the reason, your words should always be of encouragement in the most positive way you can think of (Philippians 4:8 KJV).
Lets put this in perspective of Jesus and how He was perceived once He came into ministry. People came from all over to hear the words He spoke. He did all sorts of miracles and the news traveled fast. With all that He had done, when He went back to His home town, He couldn't do hardly anything. The reaction of the people were (paraphrasing), "isn't this Joesph's and Mary's son? Isn't He the carpenter we knew all of those years and now He's here to do what (Matthew 13:54-56 KJV)?" They couldn't get past Him being just like them in the same neighborhood but now they have to believe that what, He is the Messiah? Whether they believed it or not, it didn't take away who He is. What was taken from them was the blessings He had for them. If they couldn't believe, they couldn't receive (Matthew 13:57-58 KJV).
Just like the path chosen for your children, spouse, and yourself. If you speak words of ill-gotten gain over your children, its not their life and what they will or won't do that should be your concern, it is the judgement that will come upon your life because you touched God's anointed with your words. When your spouse has done something that just wasn't what you expected, though your first reaction could be to say something insulting, those words will ricochet right back in your life and you will not like where it will land. And there is you. For whatever the reason, we can be hard on ourselves. Instead of saying those positive things in the mirror, I have heard people say some pretty stupid stuff even in song. How do you think you are going to fare with God seeing you are His anointed as well? When you really think about the scripture, which is the title of this post, you can see why certain things have happened in your life (Galatians 6:6-8 KJV). You are being chastised for touching God's anointed and doing His prophet harm. Huh... that would be you. Ask forgiveness in prayer so you can get back on the right path again.