“Favoritism,” an excerpt from The Holy Spirit and Christian Testimonies, by C. Marie, www.theholyspiritacts.com
God notices favoritism
A lady walks into the bible study hour at a church for the first time. Right after she found a place to sit, the speaker bluntly announced to the congregation that the spirit of Jezebel just came to join them, and how she, the speaker, would rather go further into what she was talking out, in regards to Jezebel’s spirit, during the next meeting.
James 3:14-17, “…But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy…”
The speaker made the type of eye movements and head nods that were to signal to the others that they needed to notice the particular lady in the midst of them. After that, while the speaker tried to read the notes that she previously written for that day’s meeting, she kept pausing in order to glance at the lady, which was a hint to the others that they needed to sneak glances at the lady to.
At one point, the speaker placed her notes aside and announced that they were irrelevant to that day’s meeting.
1 Peter 1:17, “And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:”
The time came for when the congregation had to stand in a circle and hold hands for a dismissal prayer. As the lady participated too, the speaker stood directly across from her in the circle. A woman closed her eyes and silently prayed to herself, while she held one of the lady’s hands. The lady closed her part of the circle by reaching out her other hand to another woman who was nearby.
As the speaker led the prayer, the woman who the lady closed her part of the circle with, made sounds while she jerked her own body around, and shook the same arm that had the hand which the lady held, as if she was trying to keep from being demonically possessed by that lady.
As that went on, the lady silently prayed to God about how she was trying her best to keep from being annoyed and insulted by that particular woman and the speaker, because she came to the church for a prayer and to hear whatever scriptures were to be discussed. Some brief moments later, the lady opened her eyes to look at the dramatic woman besides her, because the dramatic woman’s shakes and body jerks continued to move the lady’s arms, as they still held each other’s hands. Then the lady noticed that most of the congregation, if not all of them, had their eyes opened while they stared at her, as if they were curious of the situation. At the same time, the lady saw that the speaker’s look was an unfriendly one at her.
St. Luke 18:9-14, “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing
afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
While the dramatic woman acted as if she was in the middle of a Holy Ghost reaction, as if He was protecting her from whatever evil forces were trying to attack her, as the dramatic woman was still in physical contact with the lady’s hand, the dramatic woman screamed out her praises to Him too. She also carried herself as if she needed to fall down and collapse on the ground, due to a supposedly strong reaction and protection from the Holy Ghost. In the lady’s recollection, she believed that the dramatic woman cried tears during that incident.
Nobody came to hold the dramatic woman for support, and after she eventually stood upright on her own, while the lady still held her hand, she announced that she felt a need to sing a song. Sometime in the middle of the song that she vocally sung, she screamed out loud and had her body respond as if she experienced another strong reaction from the Holy Ghost. After she calmed down, the speaker claimed that she needed to sing a song too. Then she reacted similar to the dramatic woman, as both of the different songs from them had lyrics that involved sinners, repentance, and salvation.
Romans 14:10-13, “But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.”
Then the speaker publically directed a question to the lady, as it was either an “Is there something that brought you here to visit us?” or “How may we help you?”
After the question, while everybody was still in the circle, the other woman whose hand that the lady also held, who did not participate in the spectacle but rather stayed silent, respectable, and prayerful to God, publically claimed that while she held the lady’s hand, she felt the lady’s spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:10-16, “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”
As the prayerful woman continued to speak to the congregation, she basically announced that she was able to tell from the Holy Spirit that the lady was a righteous woman of God.
St. John 8:7, “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”
By the time the prayerful woman finished her speeches, the speaker and the dramatic woman were speechless, while they watched the rest of the congregation approach the lady and
James 4:12, “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?”
James 2:8-9, “If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors…”
It is for us to identify people by their individual hearts and characters, not by conditioned prejudgments and unprovoked discomforts in our hearts, from what we assume others are like, based upon outward appearances.