When God sends us into legacy projects to govern, He also sends anointed friends to help. It’s important to discern which people are true facilitators, aligned with His purposes, and which are not.
In this new phase of building outward legacy, God desires that we lead strong in His anointing (powerful Presence) and include those who willingly facilitate His plan. Like Nehemiah, He desires that we not include those who work against it. After all, tolerating sin can bring His judgment.
Proverbs 18:24 TPT reminds us that “Some friendships don’t last for long, but there is one loving friend who is joined to your heart closer than any other!” The TPT study note for this verse warns us that “A man with too many friends may be broken to pieces.”
Therefore, remaining on the path of intimate, Godly wisdom is critically important right now. As we put God first, hear from Him and trust Him above our own understanding He’ll make known to us which anointed friends fit into our divine assignments.
Weeks ago, I understood that, especially for those who are about to relocate, God was beginning to highlight these kinds of boundaries, because relationships can affect what He desires to do through us.
God will even go so far as to direct His anointed ones to dis-integrate those who are not aligned with His purpose for these new assignments. This would include believers whom He directs to build other projects or those who do not have a heart for us or our assignments or those who deliberately come against us.
Very recently, Holy Spirit highlighted two specific dis-integrations to me as an answer to prayer:
1. Angry People
Proverbs 22:24-25 TPT instruct us to “Walk away from an angry man or you’ll embrace a snare in your soul by becoming bad-tempered just like him.”
2. Gossips & Condemners:
Proverbs 17:9 TPT says, “Love overlooks the mistakes of others, but dwelling on the failures of others devastates friendships.”
So, we are not to include those who are easily angered nor those who separate friends through gossiping about offenses.
This said, I’d like to share one more dis-integration.
Many years ago, Holy Spirit warned me about greedy, envious slanderers. These are people who don’t want you to have what they want for themselves and are often actively working their own scheme against you to get it. It goes beyond jealousy and is a demonic spirit of murder. It can work through insiders, such as how Saul behaved toward David.
The key scripture God highlighted to me at the time was:
1 Corinthians 5:11 NASB, which says, “But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is a sexually immoral person, or a greedy person, or an idolater, or is verbally abusive, or habitually drunk, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a person” (emphasis mine).
I have adhered to this precept for many years in regards to not even having a meal with those whom God reveals to me behave in slanderous ways. And you know what? I feel so much better. And you will, too, even as you continue to pray for their deliverance.
Not everyone will understand when you don’t show up at their gatherings and that’s okay. What matters most is our obedience to God, who sees every heart and hears every conversation.
The enemy’s job is to try to get you off track from Godly wisdom. So, pay attention to what you sense about anything or anyone that seems off, even among believers. It’s important to remember that belief in Christ is relative in the souls of His people in that we all have varying levels of belief for each area of life, as God continues to perfect us all. None of us are fully there yet, since we remain to be His work in progress.
So, to be clear, people who are unwilling to align with God’s best and attack His will and ways in you and His plan for you are the ones you do not need to include. This may seem obvious right now, but it can get confusing when these are people we know well.
Although we may love them, and may even feel obligated to bring them along, they are not in places within their souls where they are able to comply with God in our specific assignments. And if we were to let them in, they would only prove to work against us and cause trouble to thwart God’s purposes. The best illustration of this is Joshua and Caleb being separated out, by God, from the unbelieving community-at-large.
We can save so much time, energy and effort when we do what our Lord inclines us to do from the outset. We don’t have to tolerate manipulation. And we can always consult God, stay on His course of wisdom, and lend our ears and eyes to Him as our most prominent voice. He will show us the right way to go every time. And it will be the way that leads us closer to Him without compromise.
To God be all glory, honor and praise.
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