The Lord showed me while I was visiting family out of town, that I was out of my comfort zone (a comfort zone is nice, but nothing grows there). I was in an ‘opportunity for growth’ zone. As I see and experience things uncomfortable, I am not to judge the people who are not walking in kingdom principles, but to judge in righteousness, the darkness around them. Intercede for the people, shift atmospheres, speak life, pray that God would open their eyes and ears and give them a heart to know Him.
Don’t allow offense to enter into your heart through someone else or judge them by what they say and do. When that happens, you lose power and effectiveness in your prayers for them. You can’t be offended and effective for God at the same time. Walking in offense literally builds a fence between you and the Holy Spirit cannot flow through you. Walk in love and forgiveness toward them, remembering that you were once walking in blindness and separated from God’s Kingdom at one time. Call them into the Kingdom by praying and proclaiming God’s Word and words of affirmations and declarations over them (in the spirit—not to their face).
The spiritual realm is affected greatly by your words as well as your thoughts and the intents of your heart behind your words. The Father is after purity of heart in our lives—purity of our thoughts, our intentions, and our words. This is called the sanctification of our souls—a setting apart to holiness. It’s coming into unity with God’s Divine Nature and saying NO to our flesh, which is the fallen human nature imprinted by the enemy’s sin nature.
“Be holy, for I am holy.” —1 Peter 1:16
…that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love —Eph. 1:4