Learning from Hannah’s Painful Transition Process Part 4

There is no way around this one; this one is an essential part in the process of growing up. Beloved, we must learn to deal with our leaders in the Lord. By now, you probably have already experienced the painful blow of being misunderstood by a person in position of authority. I learned many years ago that after your marriage, perhaps there is no other relationship that the enemy will come against with greater force than our relationship with our spiritual leaders.


“Falsely Accused by the One Who Should Know Better”

 

So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacleof the Lord. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli watched her mouth. Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk.So Eli said to her, “How long will you be drunk? Put your wine away from you!” (1 Samuel 1:9-14)

 

There is no way around this one; this one is an essential part in the process of growing up. Beloved, we must learn to deal with our leaders in the Lord. By now, you probably have already experienced the painful blow of being misunderstood by a person in position of authority. I learned many years ago that after your marriage, perhaps there is no other relationship that the enemy will come against with greater force than our relationship with our spiritual leaders.

 

Here we see Hannah pouring out her heart in overwhelming bitterness of soul and a leader, who should know better, accused her of being a drunk. We must understand that everybody, including us, can be used by Satan to do and say the wrong thing at one point or another. We see in Matthew sixteen how Peter declared that Jesus is the Lord one minute and the other, he tries to discouraged HIM from dying on the cross; Jesus answered to Peter by saying:  “Get behind Me, Satan!”

 

Today’s days, because of the deep crisis of spiritual fathers in the Body of Christ, the number of people wounded and even killed by friendly fire is astonishing. The Church is filled with hurting people, as is also filled with many leaders that are moving in the jealous spirit of soul; others are filled with the spirit of control or witchcraft, while yet others, are totally unconcerned for the people. Their focus is on their careers, the size of the building, the number of members, going on TV, traveling the world, speaking engagements, writing books, making big money, etc. They are in the business of making a name for themselves.

 

However, I must point out, that if we want to move up in our transition process we must learn to properly deal with the ugly humanity of our leaders. We must learn that even as they carry a greater responsibility, at the end of the day, they are just humans like the rest of us. On the next part of this series we will learn how to properly respond the false accusation coming from a leader.

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

 

 

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

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