Something I think many people at times fail to realize is that the physical world we live in is controlled and manipulated by the spiritual realm that we do not see. This truth has essentially two sides to it: good and evil, or light and dark.
On the one side, Ephesians 6:12 tells us that we don’t fight against people themselves, but the spiritual forces controlling them. As an example, if I hit you with a baseball bat, you wouldn’t be mad at the bat, you would be mad at me for hitting you with it, correct? This illustration seems very obvious but there is freedom to be found if you use it to understand that Satan and his demons most often work through people to harm us, tempt us, or derail us from God’s ordained purpose for our lives. It can liberate us to love people despite how they are acting, or if they mistreat us, because it can help us see they are just the bat being wielded by the enemy to attempt to steal our joy and create chaos in our lives.
The other side of this truth is that God works through people as well. God can use believers in the body of Christ as well as unbelievers to bring us messages, confirmations, chastening or corrections and of course blessings and answers to prayers. Human beings are essentially the gloves which the forces of light and the forces of darkness can slip their hands into and use for their purposes.
My prayer is that everyone contemplating this can have a perspective change on the way they view people who show up in their life in a negative way. Then, hopefully they can freely respond to the Holy Spirit’s promptings by considering that God might be trying to use them to answer prayers or be a miracle for another.
Have you ever heard that still small voice inside you urging you to bless someone with the gifts of your time or money in some way? Have you ever considered that it was God Himself urging you to do so? I LOVE this scripture:
“Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” – Hebrews 13:12
It really makes you think about this differently doesn’t it? We can all too easily pass by someone in need asking for a handout; we can all be too quick to judge without looking at them through God’s eyes instead of our own. When we ignore promptings we can stop God from being able to work through us to be an answered prayer or miracle in someone’s life. There are so many scriptures about helping those in need, but here are a couple just as true today as they were thousands of years ago:
“For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ ” – Deuteronomy 15:11
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:4
God’s word makes is crystal clear that we should share God’s heart toward the less fortunate, and as I mentioned in my last article, any abundance and prosperity we are blessed with should be used to help those in need.
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” – 1 John 3:17
How can you use the realities presented here to change your approach towards dealing with opposition or negativity you receive from people? How can you use it to change your attitude and response toward the promptings you might have to reach out to someone in need and do so without fear?