by Steve Dines
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Nitpicking can be thought of as looking for small or unimportant errors or faults for the sole purpose of being able to criticize unnecessarily. It’s something we see very often on Facebook, blog posts and the like. It is something that I believe the Lord has warned me about, because the root of it lies in the spirit realm. I am confident that nitpicking has demonic origins.
Nitpickers almost always have a lot say about very little. They pick up on some minor word or phrase that is of no real consequence and then go on and on about it, repeating themselves over and over like a scratched record or cd.
The purpose of this kind of activity is twofold. Firstly to try and wear people down to a point of submission and secondly to hear the sound of their own voice.
Although they might sometimes come across as all sweetness and light, at heart, nitpickers are proud people who want to dominate their listeners. It is out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
Here is something I am totally convinced the Lord has impressed upon me more than once over the last few weeks. “Do not allow nitpickers to take your eyes off the big picture”.
So what is the big picture and why is it so important that we keep our eyes fixed on it?
For me personally, the big picture is made up of two key elements. Restoration of the ekklesia and judgement. Both are inextricably linked together. Judgement of the wicked is going to mean salvation for the righteous, like the Israelites coming out of Egypt or Lot coming out of Sodom.
The big picture I see is the Lord bringing His people out of the religious system we know as “church”; also I see the Lord bringing the hearts and minds (and bank balances) of His people out of the political and the economic systems.
It is in this big picture that I am grateful for the apostolic and prophetic ministry the Lord has provided in North America. These ministers, that is, servants, have done a great work over the last few years of exposing the idolatry and corruption that exists in our religious, political and economic systems. These ministers have helped bring great clarity to the big picture that the Lord was showing me.
In the big picture we need to know where we are coming from, where we are going to and how we are going to get there. On this journey, which is a matter of life or death, we have no time and no need for nitpicking. The wisdom of the nitpicker is not heavenly but earthly, it is of the human soul and demonically inspired. The wisdom of the nitpicker is founded upon jealousy and selfish-ambition.
Nitpicking is dangerous because it is a spiritual force that desires to bring chaos at least and spiritual murder, that is, character assassination at worst. Nitpickers truly believe they are serving the Lord when in fact the exact opposite is true. They are more than hindering, they are trying to bring the Lord’s work to nothing by discrediting His servants.
I’m afraid that nitpickers not only fail to see the big picture the Lord is revealing to His people today, they deliberately turn a blind eye and a deaf ear. Rather, being full of their own importance and their own understanding they are in great danger of being given over to delusion.
Nitpickers are in great danger of believing there is no need for a paradigm shift in their thinking concerning matters such as the rapture, the restoration of natural Israel, the destruction of spiritual Babylon and the judgement of the harlot.
Nitpickers are in great danger of not seeing good when it comes in the form of a messenger sent from the Lord to bring His word and make it known in the earth. Instead of listening to the message and acting upon it, nitpickers prefer to strain out gnats and swallow camels.
Here’s a final anecdote on the matter.
Not long after coming to Canada I built and published a website where I set out my thoughts and ideas about, “a new and living way”. The content was an effort to get the big picture out there for others to see. Soon after, I happened upon a website that seemed to be saying the same kind of things, so I sent them a link to my site and asked for feedback.
Well, well, well. What a mistake I had made. Of all the content there was no mention, but because my website was named “Dineism” (a play on my surname) it was like all hell broke loose on me, a tirade of criticism and insults of which there seemed to be no end.
After searching this nitpickers name I found a number of blog posts where he was engaged in his nitpicking activities. One blog, written by a politician, referred to this nitpicker as a “warlock” which I found very interesting. It turned out the “warlock” in the Old English language literally means, “truth twister”.
We must keep our eyes on the big picture by listening to the Lord. He confirms His word through His servants, this is how the ekklesia functions, the Lord speaking directly and also through His people, dare I say, His apostolic and prophetic ministers.
It is the Lord’s purpose that we escape judgement by being found in Him. To be “outside” of Christ when His wrath is revealed can only mean death.
This is why we must beware nitpickers, nitpicking and the “warlock” type spirit that lies behind them.
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