Continuing the discussion on Kingdom skills: inner healing.
We had known Faith and her family for many years. Faith had a wonderful husband and two
delightful kids. Yet one day she
told us that she had problems with uncontrollable anger. For no apparent reason, she would lose
her temper with the family, shouting and yelling at them. She had repented many times, and
frequently asked the Lord to help her, but the situation recurred over and over
We knew something of the family situation, and that her
grandfather had had similar problems when he was alive. When he lost his
temper, he was renowned for throwing plates across the dinner table. The family connection was obvious.
We see this kind of inheritance in other situations. The child of an alcoholic is likely to
have problems with addictions.
Those who’ve been abused may end up abusing their own kids. “The sins of the fathers are visited on
the children.” (This is a
statement of fact, rather than God punishing children for their fathers’ sins.)
What is the spiritual component in this? There are two different
words used for sin—transgression and iniquity. Transgression is the kind of sin that we commit, as in the
last post, but the word “iniquity” has the added meaning of a twisting or a
perversion. It’s as though sin in
one generation leads to a tendency to sin in the next generation. We see it in Nehemiah 9:2 where the
children of Israel are told to repent for their own sin and to confess the iniquities
of their fathers. The fact that
one has inherited a tendency to sin does not negate the need to accept responsibility for one’s own part—Faith needed to deal
with her own sin of anger—but the inherited part needed to be dealt with too.
When Faith confessed the iniquities of her grandfather as
well as repenting for her sin, and when the power of the enemy in using this in
her life was broken, Faith was completely set free from her problem.
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Admitting that the enemy has done a work in our family, and its connection to our own life, brings light to darkness. The work of darkness is exposed, and brought to the light, which then overcomes it.
God deals with us in such simplicity. Bring in the light, and let the love of God set us free. It was for this freedom that Christ died and was raised again. Thank you for the simple stories that show this truth.
CRYING WOLF BY STEVE FINNELL
Is God just “crying wolf” when He warns Christians of falling away or mentions those who have departed from the faith?
The doctrine “Perseverance of the Saints” states that God grants eternal security for all those He has unconditionally selected and saved. IS THAT FACT OR FICTION?
Acts 20:28-30 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29 I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
Was God using the apostle Paul to “cry wolf” even though there was no danger to the church?
Galatians 5:4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.
Was the declaration by Paul, to those Christians who were trying to be justified by the law, just another example of God “crying wolf” through the apostle Paul?
1 Corinthians 9:27 but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
If “once saved always saved” is God’s doctrine; then how could Paul be disqualified? Was Paul just “crying wolf” as some might proclaim?
Hebrews 6:4-6 For in the case of those who have once been enlighten and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the power of the age to come, 6 and when then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.
Why would God warn of the possibility of apostasy if all Christians were guaranteed eternal security? Was God just “crying wolf” one more time?
Revelation 3:1-5 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write……4 But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life….
Jesus sent this message to the church. Note: Jesus said only a few had not soiled their garments. Jesus makes it clear that church members can have their names erased from the book of life. Was Jesus just “crying wolf?”
GOD CANNOT LIE!
Titus 1:2 in the hope of eternal life , which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,
God promised eternal life, He did not promise Christians; that they could never fall from grace.
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