(A Fictional Tale of Two Sisters and the Attacks of the Enemy)
Revelation 12:9-10 (KJV) “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”
“Once upon a time” . . . in the land of Battles Past, there lived a woman of God named Corazon. For years, Corazon had endeavored to have a loving relationship with her sister, Divisiva to no avail. Even though Divisiva professed to be a Christian, she was not interested in having a loving relationship with Corazon. Divisiva believed only she was “good enough” for God to love and accept (i.e., Divisiva was also demonized by a religious spirit).
One day, Corazon discovered that Divisiva had gone to their parents (behind her back) with self-imposed accusations against Corazon to sow discord and damage Corazon’s standing with their parents.
Corazon was wounded and in disbelief. She immediately went to talk with Divisiva, inquiring why this happened and hoping to ultimately mend their relationship. Divisiva refused to discuss the matter and ordered Corazon to leave.
In desperation, Corazon counseled with her pastor, Pastor Ascertato, who explained that even though Divisiva was her sister, Divisiva was clearly not interested in having a relationship and that she most certainly was not her friend. Corazon could not understand how her sister could act like this, as she professed to be a Christian, yet was not convicted of her attitude/actions. Pastor Ascertato compared Divisiva to the Accuser of the Brethren (quoting Revelation 12:10) and explained how Divisiva was accusing her just as Satan does us continually before Jesus in Heaven. Pastor Ascertato advised Corazon pray for Divisiva but to sever all communication and contact with her. It was painful and difficult for Corazon to accept this, but she did just as Pastor Ascertato advised. Twenty years later, the status of Corazon and Divisiva’s relationship remains severed.
The moral of the story: it takes TWO people to have and maintain a good relationship—sometimes the only thing you can do is walk away. Any Christian brother or sister who accuses another Believer without FIRST seeking clarification (the TRUTH) is IN SIN. Divisiva was deceived by the Enemy by believing that only she was good enough to be loved by God; unaware that she was guilty of 4 of the 7 Abominations of the Lord listed in Proverbs 6:16-19!
Proverbs 6:16-19 KJV "These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren."
Satan is the accuser of ALL Believers. We are not to “accuse” each other however. We can judge whether someone is following God’s Word or not, but we are not equipped and/or able to discern intentions, etc. God is the only one that knows the intent of the heart. Sometimes the Enemy works through our friends, family and even brothers and sisters in Christ to accuse us . . . to work iniquity . . . to cause discord and all kinds of nasty relationship issues. Sometimes the best and only thing we can do is walk away. If we don’t, the Enemy continues his attacks through this person.
This is what Believers' relationships should look like:
Philippians 2:2 KJV "Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind."
2 Corinthians 13:11 KJV "Finally, brethren, ... Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you."
1 Corinthians 1:10 KJV "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."
Titus 3:10-11 tells us that we should “REJECT a divisive person (Divisiva) after the first and second admonition, having proof that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.”
Titus 3:10-11 KJV "A man that is an heretic [one who causes divisions/ factions] after the first and second admonition reject; 11 knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself."
If you’re guilty of mishandling relationships, follow these steps for restoration:
1) Recognize (admit) the sin;
2) Take responsibility and Repent for the action (to God and others);
3) Renounce the sin as dead works;
4) Remove the stronghold/evil spirit by commanding it leave in Jesus’ Name, shut
the spiritual door that was opened, sealing with the Blood of Jesus; and
5) Resist (DON'T DO IT AGAIN) so the door is not opened again!
Rejoice in your freedom and, from what you have learned, restore others to wholeness. Amen!!
Following the Love of our Captain,