Jul 7, 2009
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HEALING OF RELATIONSHIPS
As in football, basketball, baseball, rugby, or any sport ... our best defense is a good offense! Build relationships with other people ... don't burn them! Rabbi Shaul (the Apostle Paul) was constantly building good, permanent relationships by leading people to Messiah and by training them to be consistent followers of the Lord.
We need to build relationships by telling people what G-d has done for us. I know some rabbis and ministers who go a whole day never telling anyone about Messiah ... and then use the excuse that their job is only to equip their followers.
QUESTION: How can you equip the people in your synagogue or church without telling them HOW to share their faith. Some would answer: “My faith is a private matter.” That is foolishness (unless you're ashamed of your faith). Yeshua taught:
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” (Brit Chadashah: Mattiyahu 10:32-33)
“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (Brit Chadashah: Mattiyahu 8:38)
Think of it this way: If something GREAT happens to you, do you keep it private? No! You tell people about it; especially if they are your friends, or someone you like. The real JOY of life is helping people find eternal life through Yeshua and then helping them to grow and be productive leaders.
In a previous teaching, Keys To Foundational Relationships, we discussed that sometimes it is God's will for us to break off relationships, but that is surely NOT the case all the time! If you have a problem constantly breaking off relationships with people, then ask God for healing.
Usually such problems arise out of insecurity or out of fear of failure to handle situations. Insecurity that is usually embedded from childhood; fear of failure resulting from repeated past negative performance. Also, the problems may occur sometimes because of a bad spirit (a demon) and must be dealt with by prayer, confession of the Word of God, and sometimes counseling accompanied by exorcism.
Remember, with Messiah Yeshua you have a new start every day. Learn to cultivate good friendships with people. Show them - and yourself - that the Holy Spirit lives in you.
King Saul was a classic case of a bridge burner. King David was a classic case of a bridge builder. [1 Samuel Chapters 10 through 31] Bridge burning usually results from insecurity, fear, or jealousy ... or a combination of them; and often manifests with the OLD order trying to spear the NEW order to the wall. King Saul was jealous of the anointing from God upon David. He was mad at David and afraid of him because God was with him. (1 Samuel 18:5-12)
Be aware of something: The new order does not necessarily mean young in age or seniority ... or inexperienced. The new order can be older people ... seasoned, experienced people ... breaking away from established form: form that was once fresh with the Spirit.
If we find ourselves in the old order, we need to build bridges with the new order to establish UNITY for the Lord's sake. This will accomplish two things:
1. It will assure that we are open to what the Spirit is doing; and,
2. It will place us in a position of blessing to receive a new anointing, and to receive God's best as a peace-maker for unity's sake [Matthew 5:9]). This way we maintain a position in an OPEN SYSTEM.
Maybe you have had a problem with this in the past ... or maybe you are having a problem with this NOW. Your situation may be one where a person is angry with you ... maybe rightfully so, or maybe wrongfully. Well ... I've got good news for you. It's turn around time. Here is a promise you can claim:
"Surely the wrath of man shall praise you [God]: and the remainder of wrath you shall restrain." (Psalm 76:10)
Pray and ask God to turn the situation around and make the past anger, or wrath, turn into praise to God. Let the situation PRAISE HIM! And then, ask God to RESTRAIN the remainder of the wrath so there will be no more anger. It works; I've used that promise many times.
Two other things that are very important in building bridges, and of which we should be cognizant, are as follows:
1. To ACKNOWLEDGE the help and work of those with whom we are associated.
2. To develop the ability to graciously RECEIVE.
I trust this teaching has helped you.
Baruch haba b'Shem Adonai.
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