Monday, 17 August 2009
What do you do when a family member is in crisis; someone you've been praying for a long time?
In situations like this, I always believe that the hand of God is involved. Consider how you would deal with a situation where a loved one makes wrong lifestyle decisions. Your first reaction is very important. When I was in this situation, I found for me that I was helping God out and had to be shown very clearly to let go of this person and allow God to work.
I let go and allowed God to move. Believe it or not, letting go of a loved one releases power. You're now trusting God to take care of this person. Now this person is at a crossroads. What should you do if this happens to someone you love and have been praying for? I had to consider these scriptures: 1 Peter 5:7: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Psalm 37:3: Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Psalm 37:5: Commit your way to the LORD,Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.
Whenever we want to do something to help someone in crisis we MUST be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Scripture promises to all believers that He will guide us. John 16:13: However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
Don't over react. You can't take back a harsh word. You can either speak in love or speak in anger. Often we say the wrong thing in anger.
James understands the tongue quite well: James 3:8: But no man can tame the
tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. So I recommend that you pray. Give it to the Lord. He has called you to be Jesus in this situation and wants to use you to minister life.
This scripture sums it all up: Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; prayer is powerful. The Message version of James 5:16 says: The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. It sure is! Be blessed today. How do you minister to a family member in crisis or a loved one who makes wrong lifestyle decisions?
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