Unknown Disempowering Acts
“Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.” Psalm 19:12
Secret faults are ‘blind spots’. We all have them and we are committed to them, not realizing they are disempowering. Blind spots are idolatry; anything we give power to other than the one true God. Other gods (idols) distract us and keep us from a deeper relationship with God. Idolatry’s attractiveness comes from the idol’s assumed ability to give us what we want; power, pleasure, control, escape, riches, gratification or popularity.
Even though we have all the benefits in Christ, we discover things that hinder the Holy Spirit. Without praying for revelation about hindrances, they can strengthen, control and dictate our lives. When we focus on a hindrance, we stop believing in God’s goodness, deny His power and keep the old way alive. Focus on the provisions of Jesus Christ and be alive!
Many blind spots are not recognized as disempowering acts and hinder us of a joyful life.
Some examples are:
Judging the faults of others, yourself, life or events. Judgmental thoughts and spoken words are hidden destroyers. When we focus our thoughts and conversations on the shortcomings of others, we are being deceived about our own conduct (Romans 2:1). Most people believe we have a right to judge, complain, be hurt, be offended or think our opinion is right. These attitudes are not scriptural. A critical judgment offends, creates negative seed of return, blocks future provision, robs, steals, destroys and keeps us from victory. If we don’t challenge our attitudes about others, ourselves, life or events, we could be sowing in the flesh; responding to things with lack or fear. Judgment is disobedience to the Lord and disobedience is the seed that results in the loss of personal power.
Anger hinders the Holy Spirit. It does not work the righteousness of God (James 1:20). Anger wants to control, speak out, lash out, put down and shut down emotions. Anger does not care what God says. When we practice anger, we distort our perception and the thought process.
In whatever way anger is expressed (or not expressed), it is sowing in the flesh (Galatians 6:8). The real hindrance to the Spirit is not so much the anger itself, but in trying to get over it without repentance. Without repentance, the sowing and reaping law will silently destroy the future and health.
People may not think anger is a sin, but it is. It is not a sin to experience anger, but it is how we express anger that can be a sin; perfectionism, control, retaliation, shame, self-infliction. Constantly giving into anger allows a demonic stronghold.
Pride. Pride attempts to improve ourselves, protect or fix ourselves or others. Pride makes us think we know everything and feel right about it. The need to be right is an open door to the graveyard, the old is dead. Be aware of self-pity when you do not get your way. By the revelation of the Holy Spirit as our excellency, we can say no to the urge to always be right.
Grudges are disobedience to God’s Word. The holding power of a grudge is a deep need for revenge. It delights in causing others to suffer or in seeing them suffer. Repent for revenge and verbalize forgiveness. Keep saying ‘I forgive’ until you can say the offense no longer matters. Bless and not curse.
Unbelief based on past disappointments creates an evil heart of unbelief. It seeks to cause us to depart from the living God (Hebrews 3:12). Unbelief is an uncertain feeling with negative thoughts, suggesting we are alone and God won’t do anything. We allow negative thoughts because we lack revelation of having power over disappointments and discouragement. For every no there is a bigger yes. When prayers are delayed, a better answer is on the way. Treat unbelief as sin and repent for it (John 16:9). Release the Holy Spirit to transform your beliefs into what God says in His Word.
God is our source. He anointed Jesus to preach deliverance to the captives and bring good tidings to the poor and brokenhearted (Luke 4:18). It is the transforming power of the Holy Spirit at work in us, giving us courage, energy, strength and the ability to obey God’s Word. Learn to respond to all things with grace, faith and thanksgiving; the open door for God’s good to come forth.