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1 Peter 1:22
Since by your obedience to the truth through the [holy] spirit you have purified your hearts for the sincere affection of the brethren, [see that you] love one another fervently from a pure heart.
According to all the above, are we walking in this love? Love has no room for backbiting, gossip, or carrying tales, even in the guise of prayer requests.
1 Peter 4:8
Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].
We are told to take no offense at all! Hmm I suppose that means those things done to our seed as well? If we are to love as commanded by God, then we need to get less self-involved and more God centered. So why are we so quick to condemn another person?
Are we so perfect that we can condemn another? So many times someone will share how they were ill treated; but of course they still love this person. If we really love, then why are we sharing that which puts another in bad?
We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God
We need to overlook the offenses of others and let it go.
If a person were insensitive and critical of one of my children, would I give them the authority to correct and guide my babies? NO WAY! Why do we think God would give us the authority to use His power with His children, if we can't be trusted to keep our mouths closed, and our attitudes in line with Him?
When we allow ourselves to speak or even think unloving thoughts about another, the door opens wide for the enemy of our soul to come in. Lack of love is the foundation for bitterness and strife. We need to totally forgive and give up any thought of who did what to whom.
Do we really embrace the stranger that comes into our church? Do we shake hands saying "welcome" then forget about them? Do we ask them out to lunch or over for dessert? When was the last time we invited a new family over for dinner? It's really lonely being the new one on the block. We all want to be accepted.
We need to pray about being more loving. It's not being hospitable to just invite friends and family over to our homes. There is no room in the kingdom of God for cliques; this isn't love it's old-fashioned snobbery!
We have the power to love another through Christ working in us. As we love the unsaved, they see the Gospel of Jesus Christ laid out before them.
With love comes the other fruit of the spirit... joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance [Ga 5:22-23].
We won't show or even feel disgust toward another, as we try to reach them with the Gospel. We hate sin, but we will truly realize this person is precious. We’ll see the person God wants them to be. We will see the pain behind the foul words, and nasty attitudes, and we’ll embrace this person with love, just as the Lord Jesus Christ embraces us.
LAYING ON OF HANDS
Throughout the scriptures we are told Jesus laid hands on people, and they were delivered, healed or both.
Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.
Divers = many different kinds
And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils [demons]; they shall speak with new tongues [languages]. They shall take up serpents; and [even] if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
This is what walking in the power of the Holy Ghost will do! We all have the promise of this power, it's ours to use if we will line up with God, and tell self to settle down and be still. Of course this power only is manifested as the Lord directs.
In verse 18, the serpents are the demons and the poison is the evil use of tongues speaking against us. This assures us we as children of God, walking according to His Spirit are in no danger from the enemy of our soul. Danger arrives when we refuse to line up and when we take it upon ourselves to go into warfare unprepared!
Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In [the use of] the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk
When we lay hands upon another person, the Holy Ghost moves through our hands to touch and heal. Peter said, "that which I have, I give to you". He had the Spirit of God within him, and that power [anointing] rose up and passed through his hands to heal this man. Peter himself did not heal this person, nor can we. Only the power of the Holy Ghost within us can heal and deliver.
Many times it's wiser to wait until the person [spouse or child] is asleep before laying hands on them. We don't need to yell and carry on loudly, a soft whisper will do. Many a wife/husband has gently laid their hand upon the sleeping spouse, ordering the offending spirit to leave them alone in Jesus name. I've seen many homes put together again through this type of warfare, it really works!
A WORD OF CAUTION
This lesson is not about demon possession! For deliverance of that nature, God has given to the church certain gifts. Those having the gift of Discerning of Spirits, as well as Word of Knowledge with the anointing, for this type of ministry is placed within the body of Christ.
It's wise not to lay hands upon the person, which has severe emotional problems, since this may be demonic. Unless God instructs you to lay hands on them don't! You could set off a chain reaction making matters worse.
We must be teachable. Inexperienced Christians often want so badly to be used, this in itself is great, but in demonic area's caution is wise.
If you suspect someone is possessed or seriously oppressed, pray for God to send you someone able to help; this may or may not be a Pastor or church Elder. Ask for wisdom, the Lord will give it to you [James 1:5].
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 2 Cor 10:3-4
Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
Strong man/hold in the Greek: Those things in which a mere human confidence is imposed. Having faith in, leaning on.
Who is this strong man? Many times it's the spirit of rebellion. It could be lust, adultery, rage, depression, fear, and any number of things. It’s the primary [main] emotion driving a person.
Example: a teenager won't follow house rules. He smokes, drinks, curses and hangs out with the wrong kids. This looks like rebellion, right? Well, perhaps it's a spirit of fear of rejection. Or it could be a spirit of lust working on him. This is why the gifts from the Holy Spirit are needed when dealing with this. Even though this young man described here is totally out of control, this doesn’t mean he is demon possessed; it could be a case of oppression, meaning the demonic spirits are leaning on him but not in total control...yet!
Do not lay hands on him at this time, if you don't know what you are dealing with. But pray for him and fight this out in prayer, by all means.
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