Counterfeit Compassion

Compassion is a deep feeling of empathy (based upon a set of personal values) for another’s suffering or plight, followed by a desire to help alleviate their suffering. When Jesus would see someone suffering pain or loss, the scriptures describe Him as having compassion for them followed by His intervention with healing, provision, or even resurrection of a recently deceased family member.

All compassion is not equal. There is real compassion that is of God, and then there is the enemy’s version of counterfeit compassion.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

~ 2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:3-4‬

God is the “Father of compassion,” He is the source of real, genuine compassion that is based upon His holiness (the set of values). When we have His set of values established in our hearts, it will be His real compassion that will arise within us and by which we will act to relieve the suffering of others.

The Devil is a counterfeiter of all things, including having a twisted form of compassion which is based upon a twisted set of values. Those who buy into his set of twisted values produce and act upon his counterfeit compassion. For example, they will have “compassion” for a woman who has an “unplanned” pregnancy, and based upon their shared set of twisted values with the devil they will actually feel very deep empathy for her and even passionately provide abortion services.

Counterfeit compassion does not lack passionate feelings. In fact, for those who have counterfeit compassion (based on a twisted set of values) their passions are often unmatched and the resulting adrenalin is a powerful driving force for them. That is how some people can say they are willing to die in order to save a tree from logging or an animal from hunting.

For those who share in the values of God, our compassion is genuine, our emotions are real, our empathy is clear, and our strength and willingness to serve the suffering is fueled by the Holy Spirit, and not by the adrenalin of the counterfeit compassion.

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Anointed Musicians & Inspired Music

While still a young lad, the shepherd boy David was anointed with oil by the prophet Samuel and was concurrently anointed with power by the Holy Spirit. His future coronation as King was prophetically established, though he certainly had quite a few adventures to go through before he would reach that day.

“So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him… and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David…”

‭‭( 1 Samuel‬ ‭16:13 )‬

David also became known as a great musician who was called into the service of King Saul. The Spirit of God had departed King Saul because of his unfaithfulness to God, and in that vacancy an evil spirit took up residence to torment Saul. It was thought that music would help sooth the king, and that is where David was recruited into the king’s service.

“Whenever the evil spirit… came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.”

( 1 Samuel‬ ‭16:23‬ )

This is an interesting view into the spirit realm. David, a young man anointed by the power of the Holy Spirit, played music that was likely inspired by the Holy Spirit, and the result was the evil spirit that was demonizing and tormenting King Saul would be driven away. The passage implies that when David was no longer ministering in music, the evil spirit would later return to Saul to start tormenting him again.

Holy Spirit anointed musicians playing Holy Spirit inspired music are powerful weapons for clearing out the spirit realm of a room and for establishing deliverance for the demonized and the tormented. No wonder we experience so much of God’s presence and power in a genuine worship service.

The church does not need any more generic song leaders that lead everyone in a sing-along of “If you are happy and you know it…”. We need men and women, youth and adults, who have been selected by God, anointed with power by the Holy Spirit, and inspired by the Holy Spirit in creating music for worship that will fill the atmosphere with anointed and Christ-authoritative music. This is the kind of church service where God is exalted not only in words, but in deeds: the evil spirits are driven away and the Holy Spirit is fully embraced.

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Skydiving Without A Parachute?

Sometimes God leads us to take a leap of faith that has us feeling like we and our family have gone skydiving… without a parachute. Perhaps you are a missionary who recently moved from your home country and are now setting up a new life in a foreign land, surrounded by an unfamiliar culture and an unknown language — you may know exactly how it feels to leap out of a perfectly good airplane at 10,000 feet… without a parachute!

Wherever God has led you to go, whatever He has led you to do, your leap of faith is not a strange thing. God has been leading people to take extraordinary steps (leaps!) for several millennia that, in the natural without a miracle, would have been their last leap. However, when God leads His people to take extraordinary steps, He provides matching extraordinary miracles.

“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.”

‭‭~ Hebrews‬ ‭11:8-9‬

As Abraham believed God and took steps consistent with God’s leading over the span of many years, God provided divine guidance and miracles of provision and healing for him and his family as they took each step of their journey in faithful obedience.

Peter is another example of leaping as directed by Jesus. Before Peter jumped out of the boat and walked on water, he asked Jesus if he should come toward Him on the water. Jesus directed him to, so he did! We all know that after several steps Peter’s faith waned as he considered the storm and the fact that he was walking on water, but Jesus reached out to him. They both then continued to walk on the water hand-in-hand back to the boat.

If you are following the Lord’s lead, even in those moments when your faith wanes, He is just one frantic call away! You will be back on track in a split-second, I know because I’ve been there too.

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