God Takes Away To Establish

By on July 1, 2011

By Byron Wicker –

Dear People Who Keep Company with God:

In these changing times we may lose some stuff and more importantly, some relationships. Losing stuff, like a job, a position, having to cutback, or downsizing our standard of living is really hard to deal with, but as I look back on my life the more difficult thing for me is realizing that I may lose some relationships.

There are a lot of reasons relationships come to an end. For some it is just a slow drifting apart, for others it is because we live in such a mobile society. Our life circumstances such as age, socio-economic status, employment, callings, anointing and spirituality change, which may cause shifts in interests and priorities. Sometimes we just change and the relationship no longer works. And there are times when relationships may need to be ended, especially if they’re dysfunctional or unhealthy.

There is a way to part in a healthy manner. One example of this is when Naomi and Ruth parted with Orpah (Ruth 1:8-14). It was emotional and hard, but it was done with dignity and honor. There will be times when the parting may become contentious. In those times, if possible, it is best to agree to disagree and move on (Acts 15:36-40). Parting healthy is important so you will not hinder God’s plans to bless you.

I have learned the same winds that blew stuff and relationships out of my life will blow new stuff and relationships into my life. This is a
Biblical principle that will only benefit you if you allow it. It took me a long time to catch this because I was so influenced by a spirit of poverty that letting go in a healthy manner was almost impossible.

I did not know that when God allows anything or anyone to be taken away it is for the purpose of establishing something far more valuable
(Heb.10: 9). One day Peter complained to Jesus about the loss of stuff and relationship because of following Him. Jesus told him if he lost
those things because of following Him then he would receive a hundred fold more in this life (Mark 10:28-30)!

That sounds too good to be true, in fact, it is so good Jesus said we would be persecuted for it. The old religious spirit hates it when the
generous heart of God is poured out on us. The enemy’s plan is to keep us bound with the lie that God is an aloof, hard, taskmaster who is
holding back good from us. That was the original lie the devil told about God and is still telling, but Jesus came to give life and give
it abundantly (John 10:10). What you believe will rule you. Believe Jesus desires to bless you with abundance in this life and part of the
abundance is some near and dear relationships.

One last thing about relationship, some loss of relationship is only temporary in order to develop the relationship into something much
greater (Philemon 15-16). So if you are experiencing a loss that should not be, take heart because God’s heart is restoration, meaning
better than it was originally.

Many Blessings, BW

Byron Wicker was saved in the mid 1970’s after having an encounter with the supernatural power of God. His Christian life and ministry is marked by dreams, visions, revelations of the Lord and heavenly encounters. He has been deeply involved in and impacted by various renewal outpourings since the 1970’s. After a successful engineering career he felt called to enter the pastoral ministry in the early 1990’s and is currently the lead pastor of RiverLife Fellowship Church in Mooresville, NC. He has been involved in starting a ministry training school, a K-12 Christian Academy, healing rooms, a wellness center and church planting. He can be reached at: [email protected]

About Byron Wicker

Byron Wicker was saved in the mid 1970’s after having an encounter with the supernatural power of God. His Christian life and ministry is marked by dreams, visions, revelations of the Lord and heavenly encounters. He has been deeply involved in and impacted by various renewal outpourings since the 1970’s. After a successful engineering career he felt called to enter the pastoral ministry in the early 1990’s and is currently the lead pastor of RiverLife Fellowship Church in Mooresville, NC. He has been involved in starting a ministry training school, a K-12 Christian Academy, healing rooms, a wellness center and church planting. He can be reached at: [email protected]

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God Takes Away To Establish