God Did It - No More Strings!
By: Rick L. King
July 12, 2011
Have you ever been in a situation where you knew that there was a problem and that if you said something you knew that it would cause hurt to someone that you deeply cared about?
Just recently I was having a struggle in how to deal with a situation. I live by faith and live on whatever the Lord does provide. My income has been very minimal but God has always taken care of my needs, maybe not my wants at times, but always my needs. I have been considered to be a pastor to this person, as they are elderly and unable to really get to church any longer. Daily telephone conversations were the norm. This person had been told by the Holy Spirit to give to me their tithe, as they knew the Holy Spirit consistently was using me to speak to them the words that I was given.
This person was very manipulative in so many ways yet I knew I was to help them not only spiritually but also I would go and spend days at their house and do things in the natural that they could not do. For the last two months I had felt a real manipulation and control through them. I have always trusted the Lord as my source and I knew that them helping me financially was right. I then was faced with a decision. I sensed the bondage that they were putting me in over the money, They started having expectations that I could not fulfill. Physical problems that I am in the midst of prevented me from physical labor to help. Yet they expectation seemed to remain from this person. I was expected all the sudden to provide things for them in payment to them for giving me the tithe. I knew that this was not of the Lord. It seemed my freedom of choice was being attacked. I did not want to hurt this person so I pulled back for a few days. I kept crying out to the Lord and praying for them and for wisdom for me in what I was to do. I had come to the decision that even if I had to go without money totally, I would rather do that than live in bondage. Jesus came to set at liberty them that were bound; not cause them to get bound.
I had resigned myself to not call until I heard from the Lord. Godís Word says:
Ps 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
Well after two days of not calling this person, they started calling me. I was in no hurry to talk to them, as I still had not gotten any direction as to how to deal with the situation. I finally called them, as I didnít want them to feel abandoned by me. To my surprise I was told this.
After you had not called I started crying and seeking the Lord as to why. The Holy Spirit told me what I was doing wrong and that I was putting you into bondage. I am sorry, please forgive me. I was told that I was to give you the tithe as God said that it was to be your money. I will give this to you without any more strings. I release you from all bondage.
This I know was only a portion of what was said to me. They had written a letter and had included every concern that I had. God had shown them every thing that I was sensing bondage over. I did not have to open my mouth at all. God delivered them and in the process kept me from getting bound. The person was crying as they shared the letter with me as was I listening in amazement of how the Lord intervened in every area of my concern. This was a miracle to me, as this person has been known to be that way for some time. I had been told by many that they were very manipulative and had a way of getting what they wanted. They had been trusting in their ability out of fear to get the things that they wanted. God delivered them. God changed them! Praise God!!!!!
Often we get into situations that we say things that we should never say. We may be right in our words but really harm a person by saying them. We cannot play God over people. Jesus is the deliverer, not us. Even though we know the truth at times it is our job to only pray and trust, not speak until the Holy Spirit empowers us to do so. Once again I think a four lines of a poem the Holy Spirit gave to me years ago. It applies once again.
The words may be right
Yet the spirit or motive is wrong
The timing may be off
As we want to sing our own song.
Poem verse from "Words" copyrighted by Rick L. King Ministry in Poem "with a message for you". Please do not reuse this outside of this article.
Oh for wisdom to speak as the Holy Spirit wants to speak. God knows the personís heart and when they are able to hear the truth. Beating one over the head with truth does not work. God goes before and prepares the way. The personís heart must be softened that they not only want to hear truth, but are in a place that they can handle it. Remember that we are told that God never gives to us more than we can bear. Sometimes we must just give grace to the person until they are able to handle the truth. God gives to each of us much grace. We all sin and come short of the Glory of God. God does not come down on us with a rod and beat us over our fault. He comes as a gentle lamb mostly when we have open ears to hear his correction in love. Sometimes we forget that we need to treat others as Jesus treats us. Give to them grace till they are able to receive.
I thank God for His delivering power and delivering this person that I cared for as well as me out of this distress. By waiting on Him and not taking matters into my own hands, I got to see Him do a miracle for both of us. I got to keep them as a true friend and no walls came up between us. He is faithful to deliver us out of all of our distresses, if we will stand back and allow Him to do it His way.
In closing I remember a story by Pat Robertson of the 700 Club. Hopefully I remember this correctly. Pat was just starting out and needed money for the television station. Someone offered him 1 million dollars. The Holy Spirit told him that he was not to take it. The reason that the Holy Spirit gave was that if he was to take it, then this person would have control over his ministry. Pat would have been bound.
I feel in some ways that this was a test for me. Would I go into bondage over money or the lack of it? What was more important, money or liberty in the Spirit? I chose liberty.
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Hi Rick -
Glory to GOD. Thank you so much for sharing this. It is such a rich meaningful message. Precisely what I needed to have at this season in my life.
I love how you shared this message, your testimony. It was with grace and love that you expressed your situation.
Your love, trust and devotion to our Lord shone through!
I, too, have limited funds. Our Lord has called me to full time ministry to write. Presently, my home based business generates very little income.
I have searched to be
re-employed after having worked for more than five years in the D.C. government. No one returns my calls or responds to my resume submissions. This despite the fact that, when I was employed in city government, the Mayor of Washington, D.C. presented me with a "Customer Service Excellence Award."
My life now:
I live in government subsidized housing with a utility allowance provided by them. Food stamps are how I eat.I get $50.00 per month from a relative and $48.00 per month from my case manager.
I have no shame, as I KNOW that I am where our Lord desires me. He assured me that the government is on His shoulder - Isaiah 9:6.
Prayers in abundance have went forth to our Lord for more clients for my home based writing/editing business...not happening...yet.
In the meantime, I love, trust and obey our Lord the best that I know how. Recently, He told someone to tell me to write a fiction book based on my life. That word bore witness with my spirit; I obeyed. The fiction book is what I'm presently doing. I finished the prologue about a week ago and the first chapter yesterday.
As for the finances to pay for publication. GOD knows...
Your testimony has bolstered my faith. We must trust our Lord and occupy for Him until....