It is with a heavy heart that I write this passage. Initially when this word came to me it brought me to tears. I was sitting in a class learning more about the way of the spirit, and our teacher was talking about this scripture.
10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In this scripture we put close attention to the words once for all, and our teacher was explaining how we often times try to crucify Jesus again and again by beating ourselves up and slipping into self-condemnation. It was in that moment that I received a word from the Lord.
“We sacrifice our friends and family, our loved ones. We sacrifice them in the name of discernment. We not only try to crucify the Christ over and over, but we also crusify each other.”
it was in that moment where I felt sorrow briefly because I could recall a time where I not only saw these things transpire but also partook in them as well. There was also a time where I was on the receiving end of this statement too.
but the sorrow only lingered for a moment, because the spirit reminded me not only am I not in that place anymore but also of something that he had spoken into me earlier in the week.
I was complaining about how I was being used “GASP!” I know right?
but in all seriousness, I was saying how difficult it was to pass warnings to people.
It was then the Lord said to me saying,
“Joshua, I don’t HAVE to give people warnings, warnings are one of the many ways my grace can manifest, and you are the messenger of those warnings.”
I realized right then when GOD asks us to tell someone something, no matter how difficult or strange or hard it may seem we are the harbingers of the grace of GOD.
Which brings us here. We need to quit assaulting one another form places of anger and offence whilst wearing a guise of forgiveness. We need to forgive. We need to forgive without an agenda. We need to forgive and mean it, not go immediately behind said forgiven persons back and slander them.
You might be saying to me at this point, “But Joshua you don’t know what so and so did!”
to which I not only state you don’t know who I’ve forgiven, the hardest person being myself, but also i will take it back to the direct link to Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
and I know if discernment has been a gift bestowed upon you just remember we are to use that gift to edify and build one another up and support the body with the gifts we’ve been given. remembering its the discernment of spirits and that it does not just stop there once you have seen discerned something you then have to handle the situation through communication not only with the individual but through prayer and fasting as well.
okay as always guys thank you for reading this and reminding me continually It is all for the glory of GOD
I love you all, stay tuned because some really cool things are happening across the entire body.