Living in the last of the last days is a guarantee that you will meet people with serious needs.
These end times you live in are going to become increasingly filled with hurt and pain — with people who are crying out for the answers you carry because you have the Holy Spirit residing within. At any time, you can tap into His divine power to help family members, friends, and individuals you encounter who are under assault. There are people all around you who need God’s healing touch, and you can give it to them.
If you’ll act on the following seven simple steps and make them a consistent part of your life, they will help you become more spiritually sensitive to recognize those whom God has put in your path to help. Practicing these steps as a way of life will help you get your mind off yourself and become more focused on the needs of others. All of these steps are a vital part of your becoming a vessel of deliverance, healing, and power whom God is well able to use to help struggling people become strong and get on their feet again.
These points are simple, but if you will practice them, you will position yourself for God’s power to flow through you to others. There are so many needy people in our time, and God wants your voice to become His voice to those who are crying out for answers. Your hands can become His hands to bring deliverance and healing to those who need a divine touch. Your feet can become His feet to bring answers to those in darkness whom Satan has tried to keep blinded to the truth.
For you to become a highly effective instrument in God’s hands to bring His love to hurting humanity, I suggest the following simple, life-transforming action steps.
1) Get Your Eyes Off Yourself.
You will become a person God can use to help people in need only when you get your eyes off yourself and start focusing on those around you. Philippians 2:4 says, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
Perhaps you are dealing with certain issues that seem like mountains in your life — but always remember, there are people around you who are facing much more difficult challenges than you are right now. A trick of the devil is to get you so self-focused that you are swallowed up in your own needs and fail to see the needs of those around you. God wants you to shift your focus to others so you can enter the territory that the devil has gained in people’s lives to set them free and help them take back what he has stolen.
As you surrender to the Holy Spirit, He will empower you to bring help to those around you, and He will also meet seu needs. Galatians 6:7 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
Never forget that the law of sowing and reaping is true. It will go into effect for you when you begin to focus your attention on others. As you meet their needs, God will see to it that your own needs are met as well. So I encourage you to ask yourself these questions:
Who are the people in my life who need my voice to bring an encouraging word to them?
Who are those individuals who need my hands to impart a healing touch to them?
Who are the ones who need my feet to bring them strength and support?
In these last of the last days, you are going to meet many people who need answers and help that only God can give, and He most often uses His people who have become yielded instruments in His hand. You are called to be one of those instruments. However, to be effective in that divine role, you must shift your focus off yourself, open your eyes, and allow the Holy Spirit to show you the needs of others whom He will send across your path.
2) Evaluate The Spiritual Environment Around You.
You must learn to evaluate the needs of others — their spiritual needs and their level of spiritual receptivity — if God is going to use you to help people. Jesus referred to this type of sensitivity with a very unusual example in Matthew 10:16. He said, “…Be ye therefore wise as serpents.…”
The word “wise” in this verse is from a Greek word that means to be prudent, careful, cunning, discerning, thoughtful, intelligent, or sensible. It is a perfect word for Jesus’ illustration of snakes that He used to instruct us on how to be His representative on this earth, for snakes are careful, discerning, intelligente prudent in how they act.
For example, when a snake moves into new territory, it lies low, stays quiet, blends into the environment, and evaluates the situation to see opportunities in the area. That is a wise strategy to adopt when God is asking you to touch someone’s life who is new to you. Move carefully as you begin to step out to obey the Lord.
Lay low, stay quiet, blend into the environment for a while, and evaluate that person’s spiritual needs and spiritual condition before you act.
Allow the Holy Spirit to give you insight and wisdom on what He is asking you to do to help that person. Then when you sense a green light from Him and you have a sense of what your part is in reaching out to that person, seize the opportunity to reach out.
Don’t ignore the Holy Spirit’s prompting when it é time to act. Become the source of help that individual needs at that moment. If you wait too long, the opportunity may pass because you didn’t act in God’s timing.
In the closing days of this age, you’ll find yourself in all kinds of spiritual environments and will meet people with all different types of spiritual needs. So apply yourself to learning to discern the Holy Spirit’s leading in your spirit. Allow Him to develop spiritual discernment in you so you’ll know when and how to administer help at the right time and in the right way.
3) Get Rid Of Judgmental Attitudes Toward People.
You must free your heart of judgmental attitudes if you are to be a person God can use to help people who are in need. Having sound and reasonable judgment is not the same as being judgmental. Having sound judgment refers to being able to comprehend a situation clearly so you can arrive at an accurate conclusion about that situation. On the other hand, being judgmental refers to maintaining a negative, nitpicking, disapproving, condemning, and hypercritical attitude regarding a situation or a person in need.
If you are going to be a person God uses to help others, you must be able to judge a situation without being judgmental about it. In John 8:3-11, we read where Jesus was confronted with a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery and was being condemned by religious leaders. When Jesus saw the judgmental attitude of those religious leaders, He intervened in the situation to save her life. It’s important to note that Jesus never condoned her behavior; He acknowledged it was wrong. But then He spoke words of liberation as He told her to go and sin no more. Jesus judged her situation but was not judgmental of her, as were the religious leaders.
Frequently Christians get confused about the difference between making a sound judgment e being judgmental. You must be able to come to a reasonable judgment about a person’s situation in order to help that person. But if you are judgmental toward the one who needs your help, it will hinder the love of God from flowing through you to that person.
Especially in these last days when people’s morals have become confused, it is important for you to be able to judge situations without being judgmental. So be diligent to rid yourself of judgmental attitudes so you can remain a clear channel that God is able to continually work through to bring help and deliverance to others.
Take Jesus as your Example. Do what He did when He was confronted with that woman caught in the act of adultery. Evaluate each person and situation; see that person’s situation in light of God’s Word; and then come to a conclusion sem falling into the trap of being judgmental in your attitude. This will keep your heart free to be a channel through which the love of God flows, and you’ll become a ready help to those in need.