The Betrayal of Innocent Blood
But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. -- Colossians 3: 25
You had better remember this Scripture because it's subject matter is going to come up time and time again during this teaching along with others on the very same subject. Although you may think this teaching is about Jesus Christ and Judas, it actually is not about that particular situation. The overall subject matter is very similar and you should remember what Judas did after he betrayed Jesus Christ.
The above Scripture states clearly that no matter what wrong that we do in this life, we will pay for that wrong. God, who is all light, does not bring negative situations upon us. But you should know this by now, that He is so just that He is just to the devil himself. The devil goes to God and he says, “Hey look, your precious believer has just done a very wrong thing to someone else. I inspired your believer to hurt someone who never did anything to justify that hurt. This means that he is open grounds to me and that I can afflict him in whatever way I see fit.” I know this is hard to understand, but God says, “Go ahead”. If God did not say this He would not be just to the enemy and He would be a respecter of persons which the Scriptures says that He is not.
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: -- Acts 10: 34
I'd like to stress that point in the above Scripture that God is not a respecter of persons, but of conditions only. If you are a King or a Queen, it does not matter to God. You are still going to receive back for the wrong which you have done. Here is another Scripture that talks about the same subject.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. -- Galatians 6: 7
You simply cannot fool God and you cannot mock Him because He laid down principles that are set in spiritual concrete. He again is saying that whatsoever you give out in this life, you are going to receive back the same thing, many times, 10 times more. I know, I've been there. You can hurt a person so badly that you will hide it somewhere in your mind and not even realize it. This is the real devilish part of this type of sin. It took me 30 years to realize what was bothering me deep down inside. I had no idea whatsoever what was going on and I kept thinking that other things that I did were the real reason for this deep felt hurt that wouldn't seem to really go away. I'll tell you more about that as we continue to lay our foundation for this teaching. And there are other true stories that will make you stop and think about your own life and how to get delivered from any hurt or from anyone that you hurt in your life. This can be a great deliverance for you but it is a very emotional teaching. If you have an innocent heart, you will react to this teaching in a positive manner. If you are heady and high minded, you will scoff at this teaching and you will laugh at it -- but I guarantee you, you will continue to suffer deep down inside your heart for the rest of your days.
Let me say that if you are not applying the following Scripture, you will more than likely get nothing from this teaching. But even God will surely have some mercy and may help you regardless.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. -- Matthew 6: 33
Almost every student of the Bible knows this Scripture, but the difference between knowing something and applying something are two different things completely. If you want to get delivered quickly and you want to feel the difference in your life and your heart, then you will be keeping God first. You will wake up and start to pray. You will study the Scriptures first thing in the morning. You will pray in the spirit most of the day. You will learn Scriptures by heart and you will say them to yourself as the day progresses. But there's one thing that you will not do and that is to betray innocent blood.
What exactly do I mean? Let's say you have some evil in your heart and you get some kind of a sick pleasure by hurting others -- especially others who have done nothing wrong to you. When you hurt others who have done nothing but try to help you, that's when you're in big trouble, my friend.
I believe we laid a decent foundation and I want to get into actual real-life occurrences because I was taught the Word this way and this is always how teachings have had their greatest and longest lasting impact upon my life. So to this day, I imitate the greatest woman who ever taught me God's Word.
When I was very young, I did a terrible thing to someone and I thought nothing of it. I broke someone's heart and for no apparent reason. This person began living a wild life after that and her girlfriend would come to me on occasion to try and patch things up. You see, what happened to me, was I got on a heady and high minded trip pertaining to hanging out with a different group of people in a different area. These people had a lot of money and were more or less like 90210, if you know what I mean. I never changed my mind about getting back with this girl, then the most unusual things began to happen to me. I wound up having problems with every girlfriend I had since that time. They would give me the elevator -- the shaft time and time again. I had some good times but they were far and few in between.
One situation was extremely memorable. I had a lovely, intelligent and sophisticated girlfriend who was from a college near Erie Pennsylvania. Out of nowhere (we know where, don’t we?) I began to experience signs of depression. She tried to help me but could not and eventually wound up with a different guy who she actually married. The hurt was overwhelming. I wound up quitting college. The devil was taking everything he could from me little by little. The only good thing that came out of this is that I started to search for truth for about five years and I found it. I want to now get to the point of this example regarding the girl I hurt.
For over 30 years, I did not think about my first girlfriend whose life I almost devastated. One day when I was sitting in this exact room and playing my guitar, it hit me like a ton of bricks right in the face and I realized what I had done. I ran out and sent a card to this person. I tried to see this person on more than one occasion. I do not blame her for not seeing me or never speaking to me and to this day, that has not happened. You have got to look behind the scenes of this true story. There is so much more to it, but I gave you the most important points. If you have done something like this to a believer or to an unbeliever, you must approach that person and you must apologize to them for what you did. That is, if that person will let you do this. If you do your very best and you still can't talk to this person, you will feel much better because you have tried to make up for the wrong which you have done. We do not realize how much we hurt people until it comes back at us, just like the Scriptures say it will. God wanted an apology for the person I hurt and the following Scripture would not wipe it away!
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. – Philippians 3: 13
The above Scripture I ran through my mind countless times trying to forget those things which are behind, the past, and to reach forth unto those things which were before me. But as I said, God had something for me to do and that was to try to reach out to this person. Again, the most devilish thing about this whole situation is how the adversary hides this in your mind so that you don't even realize what you did or what's bothering you. If it weren't for my stand on God's Word, I don't think I would ever know. But at least now, after I did everything I could to make amends, I can at least pray for this woman and so often I do. This gives me some form of satisfaction and relief. How the enemy could keep this from me for so many years is hard for me to believe. Do not forget that even though the Christ in us is greater, the devil is second in power to God. If you ever get a chance to say you're sorry to someone that you hurt even 30 or 40 years ago, you should be thankful that you had that opportunity and you will feel a great deliverance in your life.
Let me say something here that you should never forget: Hurt it is always from the devil. Whether you hurt someone or they hurt you, the source is always Satan. Hurt does not only come in the form of actions, but most of the time, hurt comes in the form of words. Whether you know it or not, devil spirits can travel on sound waves. That's why a person can say something to you and it hurts. Now that's advanced material -- believe it or not, it's up to you. It's your free will.
Let me turn this situation around and tell you what once happened to me. To this day I admire this believer for doing what she did and it took her many years to have the opportunity to do so. To make a long story short, I had a classic motorcycle stored in a friend's garage. For reasons still unknown to me, this person's wife did not like the idea and that made no sense to me whatsoever. I was walking toward her house and she saw me on the street. Now get this. She stopped the car and she said where are you going. I said I'm going to get my motorcycle. She went into some type of a rage and grabbed my arm and almost ripped my shirt. She said to me that you're not going to touch that motorcycle. This classic motorcycle was owned by me as legally as you can get. I pulled my arm away from her as I thought I was getting in her car and she speeded down the street. I got hold of her husband on the telephone and told him what happened and he was somewhat amazed. He told me he would take care of it right then and he did. Soon after that, I had my motorcycle and I never went back to that house again and I never saw those people again as long as I lived, so I thought. You see, this believer's wife did a terrible unexplainable thing and for no reason, to me, who you can say or refer to as innocent blood. I didn't do anything.
Well, believe it or not, at a large Christian get-together many years later, apparently this woman had something bothering her terrifically and it was my situation. She went out of her way in a crowd of people to come up to me and to make sure that she had my attention and she said to me “Ralph, I am very sorry for what I did to you regarding your motorcycle. I do not know what got into me, but please forgive me.” And I did and I made it as easy for her as I could.
Now the point of this teaching is that I ask you to just imagine how much this situation was bothering this person and for how long. But she did the right thing. She did what God Almighty told her to do. And of course, I felt better also since I never knew what I did wrong and to this day I still don't know. But I did become less and less trustworthy of people ever since that day and most of my time, I spend alone. I realize that the adversary’s principal tool against me is in the form of people. I love to talk to people and I care about people, but yet God says keep your distance. And I listen.
The next Scripture is so important and pertinent to this teaching that I am going to highlight it so that you will never forget it and I am going to give you a literal translation of the first part of the verse.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. – John 14: 1
The first part tells the whole story in regards to the overall topic and solution of this teaching. Now here is a literal translation of John 14: 1a. Pay attention especially if you have the opportunity to rectify a wrong you did to someone, especially something recent. God speaks for your benefit.
Literal translation according to usage:
Let not your heart be troubled. Deal with it so you don’t stay agitated. – John 14: 1a
Could it be any simpler? Could it make anymore sense? Deal with it and deal with it quickly if you can. Why? So you don’t stay agitated. You see, God would do the same thing for us and we are to imitate God. Here is the complete verse:
Let not your heart be troubled: [deal with it so you don’t stay agitated] ye believe in God, believe also in me. – John 14: 1
God repeats Himself here as He does so often. He says ye believe in Me as you so say, then ACT like you do. I cannot begin to stress here how important this verse is and its relevance to the overall subject of this teaching. Think. Why would God say to deal with a negative subject quickly if it were not bothering you? God wants us to be at peace inside and you can’t be at peace if something is agitating and bothering you.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. – Colossians 3: 15
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14: 27
I can quote you about 10 or 20 similar Scriptures. But let’s go back to some true stories which will weld these principles to your heart. I, of course, will not use actual names, but the actual circumstances have not changed.
Since I know this person very well, I will tell you a true incident of a woman who had many chances to apologize to a person to whom they did a very dangerous act to AND FOR NO REASON AT ALL. This may shock you – that’s why I tell you to be sharp as a whip when it comes to Satan and his devices. Remember!
A woman seemed to be making subtle passes at this person, but he ignored them. To make this short, a policeman knocked at this guy’s door one night and said this woman said he was HARASSING her. He never met her in person and DIDN’T EVEN KNOW HER NAME. It can happen to you. The man had to get an attorney – an expensive one – who finally got the case put into mediation. During that meeting, the lady told this completely innocent man that he threatened her life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She was the devil incarnate! And she was in for a few surprises. In the initial court case, the magistrate threw the case out in about 6 seconds, so it went to mediation.
An agreement in mediation was finally reached and the accused never went remotely near this evil woman again. She did call the police on him for trivial matters and the police finally realized SHE WAS THE GUILY PARTY. To make our point quickly, she took a debilitating stroke a few months later. She would not apologize to this man for the anguish she put him through, for the financial costs of an attorney and the time she stole from his life. Now she pays for the rest of her life! Did God bring about the stroke? NO. Her God did because she left herself wide open.
You see how serious these matters can get, don’t you? I don’t mean to scare anybody, but sometimes true stories like this one get the point across and they are not forgotten.
In conclusion, if you have the opportunity, always make up for the wrong that you have done – don’t pass up the opportunity and you’ll get super-blessed and so will the person that you hurt. They may forgive you completely and even admire you for your integrity and perseverance. You’ll feel peace inside like you never did before and a much greater sense of confidence.
In other words, you’ll be healed.
You’re the best.