So many instructions have been coming our way through our parents in the Lord concerning the issue of offence at this time; we must take these instructions to heart if we must prosper in the divine light that is being shed on us.
The Lord is warning us through our parents because He sees ahead of us; therefore, we must not take these instructions lightly.
We have been taught about having a clean slate but we will not profit with these teachings if we don't know how to express them in our daily lives.
Below are practical ways to ensure we have a clean slate:
A trap we can fall into when we are hearing the word of righteousness is presumptuousness. Because there is a deluge of revelation, we can assume we have what it takes to overcome the enemy, and then not have any regard for our brethren or even our parents/teachers.
But we must know that revelation is not tantamount to nature or stature. Because we have the revelation of a life does not mean we have been built against the warfare of that life.
We must be patient and wait for the Lord to build us on our insides, and this will happen only through the overcoming of the trials that come for the word's sake (James 1:2-4). One way that we know we have been built to a measure is humility -- counting ourselves to know nothing and not assuming we are 'there' yet.
Pastor Emeka Egwuchukwu said in NLWC on Sunday, 7th of November, that he believes he is just entering the Outer Court! That is a heart that has been worked on to be humble. Pastor Tope Falaye also recently admonished us that when we think we are at a particular level in our journey, we should count twenty steps backwards -- that's most likely where we are.
The enemy will make us begin to see the faults of our brethren or parents in the Lord when we feel we have 'known'. But we haven't yet known as we ought to when we understand how far the journey still is. Hence, our myopic judgment will hinder us from continuing, if we allow it.
2. Have Fervent Love for the Brethren
(1 Peter 4:8) And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Fervent charity will generate in us a Christ-like compassion that will help us cover the many weaknesses of our brethren. We must be careful to provoke one another, not unto jealousy but to love in this season.
Remember -- obeying the truth unto the unfeigned love of the brethren is the key to being born of the incorruptible seed. (1Pet 1: 22-23). A code of the divine life is that we cannot survive on our own -- we need our brethren to ascend with.
We must be sensitive to brethren around us because many are still weak and don't have enough understanding to combat offence. We must not assume that we are all on the same level. God has that soul in mind and we must not by our carelessness or negligence cause that soul to stumble (Romans 14:21).
We must also be able to bear their infirmities, knowing that the great Shepherd is watching over their souls and working in them to become like Him.
3. Have a 'Do or Die' Attitude towards your Inheritance
Any thought of independence that comes to us in this season is dangerous; it only wants to estrange us from the place of safety and inheritance.
When we leave the household of God because we are offended by a brother, sister or a pastor, it means our claim on Eternal Life is weak. We would only do that because we don't yet know what we own and would rather drop our birthright for something someone said or did.
"Family is family", Daddy Oyegoke told us during the 2021 Single Summit Grand Finale. "No one gets offended at a member of his family and leaves his home; rather, he stands to fight for what is his until he gets it." We must have a 'do or die' attitude towards our birthright so that NOTHING or NO ONE can make us despise it.
4. Close the Gap
Mummy Helen Oyegoke, in one of her teachings on cleaning our slate, said that Satan specialises in interpreting the words of our brethren (sister, brother, wife or husband) to us in ways that make them unlovable to us. He will do all he can to create a gap between you and your brethren.
Satan will not stop accusing our brethren before us as he accuses us before God. It is his speciality. To fight his thoughts of accusation, let us advocate for our brethren and make excuses for them. Let us be like our High Priest who is forever an advocate for us.
Let us get in the habit of praying for our brethren, especially those that Satan is accusing before us. Let us do things we wouldn't ordinarily do for that brother or sister if we were to walk in the flesh.
Let us be deliberate in our love walk towards our brethren. By doing so, we will close those gaps Satan has created and in no time, we will begin to have access to thoughts of the morning where God dwells.