Earlier this year, I warned someone against a choice they were making and encouraged them to study the scripture themselves to verify. They ignored me and proceeded. Shortly after, a new acquaintance of theirs confirmed exactly what I said. However, that acquaintance is now missing the mark right alongside them, and they‘ve become accomplices in each other’s self-destruction, because the two remained in relationship beyond the purpose God intended. Five Lessons:
1. God will use ANYONE to warn you of your own pending downfall, even the person, who will actually HELP YOU FALL. You must be humble enough to accept the truth from ANY vessel God uses. “Even a broken clock tells the right time, twice a day.” (Example: even though my mother was my first abuser, she also warned me several times not to marry my ex-husband. In hindsight, her main reasons were righteous according to scripture and wise, based on what she knew of his family; but I figured an abusive, hypocritical single mom would lack any insight on dating/marriage. God used the very woman, who caused most of my wounds to warn me that I was headed down a path to MORE wounds in that marriage! #SelfRighteousness #IssaTrap)
*Put any rebuke/warning - or even any positive words - spoken to you up against the TRUTH, and examine your own heart, before tossing them out.
2. Ask God to reveal the purpose of each relationship you enter. Knowing the purpose upfront will help you discern and accept the expiration date. Staying in anything past its season will DERAIL and DELAY your life from #GodsPlan
and lead into bondage. Some mistakes really are irreversible and have lasting, limiting #NaturalConsequences.
(Example: I have a blemish on my criminal record that can NEVER be expunged, which prohibits me from working in places, where God REALLY could’ve used me. Moses was not allowed to cross over to the promised land, because of his disobedience either.)
*Numbers 3-5 below*👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾