God's Love At Work is a marketplace outreach purposed to share the love of Jesus Christ. We are dedicated to instilling God's Greatest Commandments (Matt. 22:37-39) and His Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20) in the hearts and minds of women, and championing Godly women and their Kingdom influence and outreach in the marketplace.
Week of June 17
by Margaret D. Mitchell
"We use God's mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments." -2 Corinthians 10:4
“You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.” -Romans 2:1
“As you have done, it wlll be done to you; your deeds will be returned upon your own head.”- Obadiah 1:15b
Recently, a family friend asked for help in combating horrendous enemy attacks. He had been embroiled in battles of persecution and was in a condition of great despair and loss. It had been ongoing for several years, and, still, no relief. In fact, it seemed circumstances had worsened with time. This friend is a Christian, doing the best he knew, and he had reached the end of his line. He felt powerless and very much a victim in every area of his life.
People in this condition require much ministry. And a particular area that was quickly identified, as my husband and I listened to our friend share his story, was judgment as it relates to unforgiveness. This is not a pretty topic, but it is an important one to God, and one for us to understand so that we can avoid some unnecessary consequences in our journey.
If you find yourself bound in cyclical issues (going around the mountain, like the Israelites), where there seems to be no relief, it may be due to judgment as it pertains to unforgiveness.
The best way out of this doubly binding situation is to consistently process through it God’s way. His truth will set us free. Ephesians 6:12 says, "For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places." So armor up (Ephesians 6:13-18), and prepare for battle.
The enemy sometimes attacks us through others who sin against God and us. And sometimes, those people are closest to us. I believe God allows these afflictions, sometimes, for the purpose of showing us our own sin so that we will repent of them, lest the enemy locks us in accusation.
What stops the sin cycle of false accusation, condemnation, etc., and resets the pattern of blessing, is repentance and forgiveness in this order. Confessing other’s sins as our own also humbles us.
Here’s how to fight this battle God’s way:
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.