A Daily Word from the Word for Wednesday, April 16, 2014
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” – Colossians 3:12-14
There is an old and wise saying in ministry: “Different levels, different devils.” I do not know who the originator of this tenet is; but I can attest, as a living and breathing person, that this sentiment is indeed true. I have had my share of difficult people entertained by some nasty devils. Okay, “difficult” could be the understatement of the century :-).
Recently, I encountered a new devil, um err, I mean person. This individual was certainly a new breed of something! It’s almost like she was waiting for me, so she could come and harass me. I tried everything: prayer, warfare, confronting, ignoring, responding, and even running the other way; I mean, I was like “Okay God, what is really going on here?”
I love how faithful our loving and tender Father is when we cry out to Him! As He always does, He answered. One night last week, God gave me a dream. And in this dream, I was taking another individual, who was a mentee of mine, to my house. In my dream, my house was not the same house where I actually reside.
As we walked in, I noticed that my front door was not in good condition at all. In fact, it was cracked in the middle; and it was rather flimsy for an outside front door. When I woke up, I knew this was an answer. As I researched the meanings of “door” in my various dream books, nothing was resonating in my spirit, until I came across one very pointed rebuke, which hit me right between my spiritual eyes: the word was “imposition” ( © 2011, Thompson and Beale, The Divinity Code).
Webster’s Dictionary defines “imposition” as “an excessive or uncalled-for requirement or burden.” Wow. I needed to do some repenting for my wrong heart toward this wayward soul. Our attitude flows from our heart, and when our heart is not right, then our attitude is wrong.
It doesn’t matter what people do or say to us; but what matters is how we respond, and that we respond from a righteous heart. It matters not if we are right, but it greatly matters that we remain righteous. And I was not standing in a position of righteousness, because in my heart, I viewed this individual, who Jesus also died for, as an imposition.
I thank God that He does not view me as an imposition! And He sure had every right to; but again, our Holy Father holds righteousness above rightness. Our amazing Creator even said that He has exalted and magnified His Word above His Name (Psalm 138:2). And God’s gracious Word is His Son, Who became the embodiment, the manifestation of His Righteousness (John 1:1-14).
Romans 5:8 testifies from the Highest Court in Heaven that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” And 2 Corinthians 5:21 records the verdict, as it testifies “For God has made Him [Jesus], Who knew no sin, to be sin for us; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.”
The Greek word for “bearing,” as used in our study verse, is anecho (pr. a-ne-kho), which means “to sustain, bear, endure” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Galatian’s positions us properly as it proclaims “Bear you one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” And Hebrews 12:2 sets us straight as we fix our focus to “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Are we supposed to let people abuse us, walk all over us, and treat us any way they want? Absolutely not! God forbid! But we are required by the One Who viewed us from His great Love, rather than our ugly attitudes, to speak to the heart of the matter from the position of the Cross; where Jesus broke His truly amazing and perfect heart for us, so that we once again could be made whole in Him.
Father, we repent for having the wrong heart toward people. Forgive us for viewing people as impositions. We thank You that You do not treat us according to our sins nor reward us according to our iniquities; but rather, You treat us according to Your great love for us (Psalm 103:10-11). Create in us a clean heart, Oh Lord, and renew a right spirit within us (Psalm 51:10). In Jesus Name, we thank You that we love You because You first loved us (1 John 4:19). Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to forsake being right for being righteous. Determine in your heart that you will take the position of the Cross when dealing with people. Choose to allow God’s Holy Spirit to do a heart-check on you morning, noon, and night, and be open to any correction from Him. And continue to fight the good fight of positioning yourself in Christ; for God, your Mercy Seat, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.