I claim the promises. I claim the promises of God as I walk in His victory in this season.
This season, I have had to set boundaries with people and break away from ministries, that I thought were good for me, when in reality, they were not good for me. This process has not been easy, but God has given me wisdom and discernment to know what boundaries to set and how to set them in a way that does not harm others and myself.
~”And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.”~Acts 17:26, ESV~
There was a time of my life, where I was affiliated with two ministries that were not of God. While I choose to not go into the details of what types of ministries that these ministries were, I have made the choice to disband from these ministries so as to not harm or come in between my relationship with God.
These two ministries put themselves on a pedestal and above the Lord, and affected how I saw myself and how I saw God. I did not notice this until I listened to a sermon from my home church yesterday.
The pastor of my home church called out the sins of, “churches,” who put themselves first and not God first and in the center of their ministries. One of the things that he said, that I will never forget for this Independence Day message 2020 of my home church was that a pastor, preacher, teacher, or person with a calling from God on their lives cannot call things into existence because that is as if the person is taking the place of God and commanding Him to do things that are not for the best interest of humankind or that God sees as not sinful. This is because not everything is good for humans and what humans want sometimes is sinful, even when they do not see that what they want God to do for them is selfish and sinful.
~”I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive.”~1 Corinthians 10:23, NIV~
The Holy Spirit of God spoke to me after hearing this heartfelt and convicting message yesterday, and I made the decision to disband from these two ministries because they did not put God first and in the center of the ministry. I went into my prayer closet this morning and prayed to God to forgive me for allowing these two ministries to deceive me so that I could walk in freedom.
As I prayed, I could feel the grace of God extending His forgiveness towards me and freeing me. I thanked the Lord for freeing me from these two ministries that blocked me from truly seeing who God is after I heard this message from my home church pastor, which was meant for me from the Lord: gracious, merciful, compassionate, and forgiving me of my mistakes.
I am now free indeed, in the name of Jesus, from the approval of these two ministries. I am hopeful that over time, that my friends from my home church will see and witness the change that Jesus is doing in me and acknowledge it.
I normally don’t say this, but thank you for taking the time to read this blog post, from the beginning to the end. May the good Lord bless you and keep you as you let the Holy Spirit of God heal you from past ministry church hurt and walk forgiven and free. God bless you!