Dec 11, 2008
HEALING FROM ALIENATION
MUSIC / INTRO
We receive interesting prayer and email requests from different countries. One of the most common areas of prayer needs among Christians is in the area of “alienation.”
To "alienate" means "to cause to feel isolated." It also means to lose the support or sympathy of a person or people. It can be both proactive and subjective. A person can cause another person or people to feel isolated . . . or . . . they can cause themselves to lose the support or sympathy of others by their own actions.
The origin of the of the word “alienate” is from the Latin “alienare” meaning “estrange” and the Latin “alius” meaning “other.” In other words, a person is caused to feel less close or friendly.
We should never cause anyone to feel isolated. There is one guideline in Scripture covering a valid reason for separating from another believer (a person who claims to be a Christian), and that is found in 1 Corinthians 5:9-13. The Holy Bible says you should not associate with immoral people. This does NOT mean UNbelievers - to avoid them you would have to get out of the world completely.
This passage is talking about a person who says they are a brother or sister in the Lord (saved) but who is sexually immoral or greedy, or worships idols, or is a slanderer (gossip) or a drunkard, or lawbreaker. The Apostle Paul says, “To put away from yourselves the evil person.”
The purpose of this podcast / teaching is not to discuss that kind of alienation. I am talking about the alienation caused by a Christian that is very grievous to the Holy Spirit: purposely causing another person - Christian or non Christian - to feel isolated, or to cause them to feel they do not have your support or sympathy.
Follow the example modeled by Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). He made people feel accepted. His major confrontations were with the religious crowd, but only because of their religious and hypocritical viewpoints and actions. He spoke truth to them, because He loved them, but never shut them out as individuals.
As a young man, when Mahatma Ghandi first came to the United States he visited a church; however they made him sit in the back, evidently because of the color of his skin. Think what a great spiritual force he could have been in the world if he had become a Christian! He admired the teachings of Jesus, but was not himself a Christian.
Che Guevara, the Argentine Marxist activist and revolutionary, as a young boy had a bad experience with a Christian missionary. Think what a great spiritual force he could have been in the world if he had become a Christian!
Both of these men were alienated by Christians. But ... we can turn the tide. You and I can believe God to use us to minister a spirit of acceptance under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Pray daily for this.
If physical evil (suffering and death) entered the world through sin (moral evil), then it stands to reason that physical evil can be cured (healed) through righteousness (the opposite of sin). Whenever you feel the urge to alienate a person, stop . . . back up one step . . . and ask the Holy Spirit to come in and anoint you with a spirit of acceptance.
We will never be at one with ourselves if we are knowingly alienating others! God has made provision for our restoration with Him, with others, and with ourselves!
Alienation from nature is a
result of the Fall (of Adam). Alienation from others, also from
self and from God, is also a result of the Fall. Messiah Yeshua
(Jesus) has purchased our acceptance with His own Blood on the
cross-stake. How could we, as His children and representatives,
shut out or alienate others! Since God has made it possible for us
to be “at one” with Him, we can . . . if we will to . . . be at one
with others and with ourselves.
Also, if someone has alienated you simply forgive them. God accepts you … you are His child. You will reap HEALING from alienation by sowing FORGIVENESS.
Baruch haba b’Shem
Podcast time: 4 minutes, 57 seconds (with music)
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