When the Apostle Paul was establishing churches, he had to deal with a lot of “religion” and human error. Evidently he had a lot on his plate because he was beginning to grow frustrated with the conduct of the new converts. At the church in Corinth a man was having an affair with his father’s wife. He rebuked the church and the leaders because they chose to “look the other way”. Paul was more angry at the church than he was the man and the woman. After Paul rebuked them, he began to regret how hard he was on that church because the devil could take advantage.
2Corinthians 2:10 To whom you forgive anything I forgive also. Lest satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Forgiveness is instant, it is the beginning of redemption, it starts the process of restoration. Forgiveness is instant, but restoration takes time. Many issues need to be dealt with. We don’t just forget and move on, right thinking must be imparted and the damages must be addressed.
Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted.
We are all capable of sharing the same temptation. We don’t want to think we are stronger than everyone else. This is what makes us “spiritual” and enables us to help those who have been overtaken by the wiles of the devil. Restoration can take some time depending on how willing the perpetrator is to be accountable. If they have a myriad of excuses, restoration can be delayed and perhaps never achieved. Some folks are sorry because they got caught not because they did something wrong. A person who is spiritual is one who will not compromise. They have an obligation to help the compromiser. Not all people in error want help. Either they don’t believe they did anything wrong or they enjoy what they’re doing.
Galatians 4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth.
It is always risky business trying to help a brother in error because if they don’t want your help you become their enemy. I can almost promise you what they will say. They will accuse you of judging them and you will be the bad guy. Such as these can have no restoration no matter how much you want to help them.
2Timothy 2:25 With all humility instruct those that oppose themselves; perhaps God will grant them forgiveness when they acknowledge the truth. And then they can recover themselves out of the snare of the devil who he takes at will.
Many Christians can’t comprehend how serious their error can become. The magnitude of our relationship with God depends on our willingness to obey Him. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. Witchcraft is based on a willing human to have an intimate relationship with the devil. The devil leads them to believe that it is an expression of freedom, all the while he stands to manipulate them. If the devil has a stronghold in your life you will find yourself resisting God even in the smallest things. Pursue freedom and restore the fallen.
The best gift I can give to a brother is to forgive them.
If I sow forgiveness,
I will reap mercy.
I have power to get wealth
and It’s all in my willingness to give.
My giving is my seed
and my reaping is my prosperity.
YEAR OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
PRAYERS FOR OUR NATION
Protection for: People who are innocently being lured to America with false promises from our leadership. Lord, protect those people especially the children. Protect them and our nation from the flood of drugs, cartels, terrorists, traffickers and all the diseases that now have access to our cities and citizens. Post angels along our southern border. Expose the evil. Praying for our law officials and National Guard on the front lines. Give them protection and wisdom.
We pray in agreement with your Word: Luke 8:17 “Nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light”. Truth cannot be hidden. The truth sets us free. Jesus is the Way, Truth and Light! Give the Righteous leaders boldness, wisdom and strength as they fight on the front lines. Give them every tool they need to carry out your will Father. Every person who is in a place of authority that does not have a legal “God right” to be there will be transformed or removed.
ALL LEGAL MATTERS: We pray for those legally gathering up and exposing the enemy’s lies. Protection for them and their families. All cover-ups and deeds done in darkness against the United States of America will have complete exposure. God’s plans and purpose for America will prevail.