Today, everyone is under intense pressure in and out of the church. Yet, we must understand that simply being in a bad situation or feeling, the presence of a situation that we don’t understand is no excuse for being disobedient. In fact, how we act while under pressure will determine how quickly our victory will come.
By James Holland Sr.
As a leader you are one of God’s main instruments to deliver the spiritual prisoner. You must be equipped with the keys to Kingdom of God to open the doors of people in bondage through the power of the Holy Spirit. Part of being able to minister to people is being able to discern why people are in spiritual, mental or emotional prisons. The questions that must be asked, and answered, by you the leader are “Where are the people at? What is their problem?” You must be sensitive to the Spirit of God and have a love and concern for people in order for this to happen.
God may be trying to deal with the person in bondage and trying to change some area of his life. Is the person in prison because he has disobeyed what he was instructed to do? We must be able to discern why they are where they are and why they are in the situation they are in.
Once we understand this, we will know how to properly minister to them and help set them free! Make no mistake about it; people need to be set free. They don’t just need a spiritual bondage put on their situation; they need deliverance. If they cannot find the deliverance in the church, then where will they find it?
Let’s look briefly at a couple of examples that will help us understand this principle.
The first example is Joseph. Joseph was in prison as a part of the training, mentoring, molding and shaping that God had to do in his life to make him the man that God knew he could be. Joseph had done nothing wrong, yet, he was in a situation that was actually totally beyond his control. So, if we are going to minister to “Joseph,” we certainly can’t take the approach, “Man, you better repent and get your life in right standing with God immediately.”
So then, how do we minister to the “Josephs” that come to us? By understanding why, they are going through what they are going through!
Joseph’s faith was being perfected so he simply needed to understand a couple of God’s principles. First of all, he believed that even in adverse circumstances that the hand of God was still upon him. Here is the principle: God’s purposes are higher than mine. Joseph evidently also understood that God is never silent. Also, God works in all circumstances.
Joseph had every reason to be bitter and discouraged. He could have been angry and no one would have wondered why. Yet, Joseph never adopted the “victim mentality” that is so prevalent today. We are too quick to look for someone else or something else other than ourselves to blame for our current situations.