Sun, 3 June 2012
A ROOF OF SILENCE
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A ROOF OF SILENCE
As a young minister preaching in the open air in large metropolitan cities in different countries, I would sometimes cross paths with people bound by Satan who were involved in the dangerous cult of Scientology. They would have their disciples go out into public places and do and say foolish things to “purge” or “clear” them of inner regressions.
One day I went – at the request of friends – to visit a Scientology Volunteer Minister, a relative of theirs about whom they were concerned. I told him that he was a “minister of Satan” and that I was a minister of Christ and had the POWER to cast the demons out of him. A voice speaking from him immediately said, “We will not come out. This is our house.” NOTICE: The use by the demon(s) speaking using the words “We” and “our” and “house.” (There were many demons in him.) The Scientology Minister did NOT want help and refused my offer to pray for his deliverance. Two weeks later he was admitted to an insane asylum and I think later committed suicide.
If we have something “inside us” that we should share with someone privately, we should make every effort - in love - to disclose that. However, there are times when it is better, as my mother used to say, to “let sleeping dogs lie.” I say it this way, “Be quiet and pray in tongues (the language of the Holy Spirit). Then, do what God tells you to do.”
The Holy Bible tells us that “Love bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (Brit Chadashah: 1 Corinthians 13:7) The Greek word for “bears” here used is the word “stego” and means “to roof over;” that is, “to cover with silence.” It also has the thought of “enduring patiently.” Love covers and conceals the faults of another person. The scripture admonishes us to “be earnest in your love among yourselves, for LOVE covers a multitude of sins.” (Brit Chadashah: 1 Peter 4:8)
We need to “roof over” the sins, faults, and imperfections of others. So many of God's People are sick, incapacitated, or at the least physically not at their best, because they dig into the lives of others. They forget that God does NOT even do this, nor does He allow Satan to do this. Especially when one gossips – or talks in a demeaning manner – about the past of a believer in Messiah Jesus, they are going beyond the BLOOD of Christ. In this way they are violating the Law of the New Creation, and setting themselves up as little gods, declaring the BLOOD of Messiah as impotent, and NOT efficacious. “Therefore if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.” (Brit Chadashah: 2 Corinthians 5:17)
Such people receive bad reports from another, and do not even pay the person against whom the report was made the courtesy of asking them “Is this true” or asking “What is your side of the story?” I usually tell people, “I wasn't there, I didn't see it … so don't tell me about it.” A person who is empowered by God's love never makes the sins or failures of another person the subject of either censure or conversation.”
Isn't it really much easier … and better … to bring up the GOOD things about a person – past or present – than the bad? It is actually a litmus test of WHAT is inside YOU. Look for and proclaim the GOOD … “roof over” and cover the bad. Only when current error or danger proceeding from a person's life needs to be exposed should we consider taking the roof off of the matter. And remember, “Judge fruit … NOT motives.” When you judge others, you are really taking the cover off of yourself and showing what is inside YOU. Your are effectively saying, “If I were in their shoes, I would be doing that.”
“Judge not, that you be not judged.” (Brit Chadashah: Mattiyahu / Matthew 7:1)
Love covers and conceals – it “roofs over” – everything as far as it can. If a person empowered by God's love is the only one who has knowledge of the situation, he keeps it in his own heart: he “roofs over” the incident.
I trust this teaching has helped you, my friend, and will help you to be more empowered by God's love.
Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai.
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