In the day that thy walls shall be built unto thee, in that day shall the decree of thy slavery be far removed. Micah 7:11
You can’t fight for them;
but you can “stand in the gap”.
Ever heard of building walls around a nation for protection? Donald Trump is not the first person to come up with such a thing, Germany had a wall to keep Austria out, Israel has a wall to keep Palestinians out, and North Korea and China both have walls to keep their enemies out. A fear years ago, God told me to build a wall and I knew immediately He was referring to my heart. I have blogged about this before, except that now I actually believe God is calling me to stand in the gap for ministerial reasons. It is not easy to rebuild the walls of your heart, if you have open doors, giving the enemy a place to enter. So what happens when there is a gap in the wall? The enemy will come in and destroy you!
One thing is guaranteed in this life, we have to guard our hearts. Things always can and will go wrong, at any given point in the spectrum of relationships as a whole (friendships, marital or business relationships). God tells us to guard our hearts because the enemy knows how to work his magic against us. We must not be ignorant of his schemes. Satan is wise, and he is the greatest troublemaker and mischievous liar the world will ever know. But many do not know that they give him entrance into their lives through a gap on the walls of their hearts called un-forgiveness. Yes, people hurt us intentionally and unintentionally- I can testify to both! But God knows you did your part when you choose to let it go, when you choose to forgive and He will bring healing, restoration and vindication to your life. We choose to forgive:
- when we receive an apology and when we do not.
- when we are wrong, and when we are right!
I am a very empathetic person- the enemy tries to use it as my weakness, but I know that in the hands of God it is a weapon!! I feel people’s pains, in ways I myself cannot explain: it’s hard to see someone you care about struggling, and even more when it has to do with lack of forgiveness. It is a terrible feeling when you feel that you cannot help them, either with words of support or of rebuke, or with actions of love. Sometimes, the situations get so misunderstood, or are in themselves complicated where they will not understand or receive the ‘help’. The bible says a lot about the topic of forgiveness, and the lack of it too. In marriage the bible says that staying angry at your spouse is a block to prayer. It also says to not give the enemy a foothold into your life, by staying mad at something. Holding someone guilty for something, or being mad at them for whatever reason (even if they did do something wrong) truly causes A LOT of damage!
When we see someone battling with these things, let’s be quick to action. I don’t mean speak to them or give them a bible verse (do so, if the opportunity is there), but rather go into prayer for them. I am reminded of Paul, who forgave a brother who had not done anything to him personally. Yet he found it necessary to forgive him, for ministerial reasons. As ministers of God, we give to others spiritual things, through physical channels, like singing, laying hands, teaching, dancing, preaching, etc. So we are are interrelated, and God makes us responsible for the health of the entire church. As ministers of God, we can only impart, what we actually possess. We can sing the prettiest, preach the strongest and have the greatest of spiritual gifts in the entire church, yet be ministering spirits of unbelief or of anger to the people. We have to be careful to clean our hearts of any and every contaminating spirit: lust, sexual lust, depression, shame, resentment, grief, bitterness, un-forgiveness, and so many more. The truth behind un- forgiveness is that there are other familiar spirits that come along with it, they come one after another and then come in bunches (imagine the attacks):
- fear of rejection
- self sabotage
The spirits of discouragement and despair prevent us from becoming the people God wants us to be. Distraction keeps us from God’s will, His vision for our lives. And the family of spirits dealing with un-forgiveness, keep us STUCK. Pray for your family and friends.
Thank you lord for freeing us from this captivity, and for advising when the enemy is plotting against us. I thank you that you are always one step ahead of him. Today I ask you to continue guarding our hearts, fill us deeply with your grace to forgive, to forget and to keep our hearts clean. I pray for increased wisdom and discernment, and I also pray against any condemning tongues that may be headed our way. I pray for those people who do not know that they are sabotaging their own future by holding on to past hurts, and those who misunderstand situations- I pray for rebuke to come from your throne and revelation to repent as well. I thank you in advance for the victory. In Jesus name, Amen.