When People Become A Burden
by Candace House
Not For Sale
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Not For Sale
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I was so MAD yesterday I couldn’t think straight. A friend of mine called me concerning a young woman that is battling anorexia in her church. She has been battling this disease for close to 4 yrs. While going through this process she has been an active member in this particular church which calls itself a healing and deliverance ministry.
People come from all over to be in these healing services. This Pastor teaches the Word concerning healing first. He then ask those who are in need to come and get prayed for.
There are miraculous testimonies that come in concerning people’s healing. Doctor reports are authenticated to give credence to these events. There is no doubt that some of the people are healed there.
There is a problem here. After a certain period of time, people who haven’t been healed, are asked to sign a waiver concerning the church’s liability in their healing process.
The pastor refuses to speak words of healing concerning them. And would rather they leave the church because the people become too much of a burden on them.
He will preach from the pulpit concerning healing, but not speak healing scriptures over an individual person. I understand in a lawsuit happy society that people are more conscious about what they say. However, when it spills over into the church and preachers are afraid of getting sued because they speak the Word of God, Words that bring Life, then we have a problem.
The tragedy is no one has ever threatened a lawsuit, he is making sure to prevent one. When do we as Saints of God and Ministers of the Gospel, walk around in fear of saying what “Thus Saith the Lord?”
The thought of people not feeling welcome in a church because they are not measuring up to an image, is despicable to me. This young woman is crying out for help!!! She has eating disorder counselors that she is working with as well. But she still needs the church!!
The minister that called me concerning the young woman, was in tears. She had been told by the senior intercessor, the pastor’s mother, that they were tired of dealing with this girls issues and they wished she left. She had become too much of a burden for them. This young girl was made aware of how the church felt about her. They felt she should have been over her issues by now.
Did not the Bible teach us to “Go and make disciples of men?” Not just witness to them.
A disciple is one that is mentored. Mentoring is a long process. It involves coaching, guiding, advising, training, tutoring, counseling, sharing confidences with another.
This young woman is not only battling this disease, she has been raped by uncles and her father’s friends for years. Her Grandmother, who is a witch, wants her to be her successor. This young girl has been marked as one for the enemy. But God is saying , “NOT SO!!
The Scripture says “ The thief cometh not but for to steal, kill and destroy. I Am come that they may have Life and have it more abundantly!” ( John 10:10)
“The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity], To proclaim the accepted and acceptable year of the Lord [the day [a]when salvation and the free favors of God profusely abound.(A) ( Luke 4:18-19 )Amp.
The I AM has come and made His abode in us as believers. He is saying,“I AM what ever you need me to be in your life.” If we need strength, then I Am is Jehovah Tsur. If we need healing, then I Am is Johovah Raphe. If we are in need of provisions, then I Am is Jehovah Jireh. If we are in need of peace, then I Am is Jehovah Shalom. If we are in need of victory , then I Am is Jehovah Nissi. If we are in need of a Shepherd then I AM is Jehovah Rohi. If we are in need of sanctification, then the I Am is Jehovah M’Kaddesh.
It is only when we lean to our own understanding that we get weary. If we allow I AM to work through us we can do so much more in the Lord and people wouldn’t fall to the wayside.
Jesus implored us, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will [a]ease and relieve and [b]refresh [c]your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ([d]relief and ease and refreshment and [e]recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.(A) For My yoke is wholesome (useful, [f]good--not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne. (Matt 11:28-30) Amp.
There is a prophet in every Spirit -filled Christian. Not all are called to the Office of a Prophet, but there is an prophetic anointing in the hearts of God’s people. A prophet is God’s mouthpiece, one who speaks for another. There is an anointing, an ability within you to declare God unto men.
There is also a priest in every Spirit-filled Believer. A priest is one who brings men unto God. There is a priestly anointing, an ability within you to release the mercy and compassion of the Lord, to love people and to bring them unto Jesus.
There is also a king in every Spirit-filled Christian. A king is one who rules in the Name of the Lord. Where the word of a king is, there is power. There is a kingly anointing , an ability within you to rise up and take authority over your circumstances and your surroundings in the Name of Jesus!
God has poured the Spirit of His Son into our hearts that we might become containers and then dispensers of the life of God.
[It is He] Who has qualified us [making us to be fit and worthy and sufficient] as ministers and dispensers of a new covenant [of salvation through Christ], not [ministers] of the letter (of legally written code) but of the Spirit; for the code [of the Law] kills, but the [Holy] Spirit makes alive.(A)( 2 Cor 3:6 ) Amp
Are rivers of Living Waters coming out of our bellies? Or are we producing bitter springs of death? When the Holy Spirit comes in, out of man’s belly would flow Devine rhetoric, Faith filled words! “He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.”(John 7:38) Amp.
The Ministry of the Son of God is ministry without condemnation. He has come to release all of the ; Beggars(the poor), Brokenhearted, Bound(captives), Blind and the Bruised.
This is the call. This is the invitation. There is enough of the nature of God to swallow up all of that death! And all with out fear of contamination. Oh Lord God give us Your grace!
© 2007 Candace House.
Her message to the Body of Christ is to “Inhale what God is Exhaling!” for “The Spirit of God has made me and the Breath of the Almighty gives me Life” (Job 33:4 ). She is a Christian TV talk show and radio host, as well as a contributing columnist for several Christian publications.
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