By the grace of God rather than becoming enraged,
as probably expected by them,
God had me to remain still and silent.
He reminded me that this battle was not mine.
Jesus also knows the feeling of support falling away.
He is all too acquainted with having the very ones
who should stand up for Him…
to shrink back and turn against Him.
Jesus knows exactly how it feels to be betrayed.
Not only is He touched by our feelings of betrayal,
"He is that Friend
who sticks closer than a brother."
It is easy for my siblings and others to sit and look in
from the outside and criticize, disparage,
or otherwise cast aspersion on me,
but God knows...
He has witnessed it all.
God is our Perfect Judge,
and we can trust God, implicitly.
I am reminded of a quote of Albert Einstein, he tells us,
“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil,
but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
I am now seeing how... even the people who betray us
are part of God’s Master Plan.
The pain God allows is not meant
to make us weaker or break us down.
It is sent to raise us up and make us stronger.
Jesus could not have gone to the cross
without Judas and his betrayal.
True, they were attempting to hurt me,
but obviously, what they have not come to realize is
how they are betraying the God part of themselves.
Their participation with Satan and all of the noise,
confusion, and chaos that comes along with him,
is silencing and keeping them from hearing the directives
of the still small voice of God inside of them.
I am sure if they knew better...
they would begin to do better by resisting Satan...
and not falling for his evil schemes.
“Have no fear of them,
for nothing is covered
that will not be revealed,
or hidden that will not be known”
The truth will win in the end.
I am trusting time will reveal the truth.
God is able to see behind enemy lines.
God knows exactly the strategies
that will be used against us.
With God as our witness,
we will not be outwitted by Satan.
By the grace of God,
the truth is relentless, unyielding,
inevitable, and invincible.
It’s the king of...
I love Spurgeon's metaphor:
“A great lie, if unnoticed, is like a big fish
out of the water—
it dashes and plunges and beats itself to death
in a short time.”
When we find ourselves as the target for baseless,
hurtful, abrasive, and negative adrenaline pumping
and we are uncertain about the emotional accelerants…
we can neutralize the energy vampires in our lives
by letting God abide.
If we allow our egos and/or brains to kick in with
knee jerk urges, actions, impulses, sharp words, and
thoughts... our stress level, good behavior, and overall
well-being can be sabotaged.
Emotions can often set off alarms and override
logic causing one to make quick and thoughtless remarks
rooted in all kinds of emotion. Where and how we focus
our attention determines our emotional state. When
we immediately react to the problems we are facing...
we can create and prolong negative emotions and stress.
If we react to a person who offends us we may find
ourselves over-reacting with emotions out of proportion to
the situation, or we can act out in ways we may regret.
We may wind up undermining all communications and
cause a negative chain reaction that can filter,
like wildfire, into other areas of our lives.
Bitterness and vindictiveness can actually put us in an
emotional prison... which is never good. In most
instances, the brain is ill-prepared to handle
surges of this nature.
Bitterness and vindictiveness controls our thought life,
our time, our health, our emotional and Spiritual
freedom... and none of these can be segregated
from our overall well being. We can achieve better
balance by responding rather than reacting.
It serves us well to know when to pause, when to
breathe, and make sure we are plugged in to our real
Power Source. In doing so, we come to realize that we
don't have to react and be baited by our accuser.
Another heart-centered response is.. rising above the
nonsense and respectfully walking away. Otherwise, we
can find ourselves unproductively doing evil for evil...
which gets us nowhere fast.
God blesses those who reward evil with good.
Rather than retaliate with insults when people insult us,
instead, let us be careful to do what is right and not
conform to the pattern of this world by doing evil for evil,
but do and be as Romans 12:17 reminds us,
"Respect what is right in the sight of all men."
Jesus gave His disciples a clear set of instructions about
responding to those who tried to make life miserable
"Love your enemies.
Bless those who curse you.
Do good to those who hate
Pray for those who
despitefully use you and
Such a response reflects the heart
We can overcome evil with good.
We will have bumps, bruises, and setbacks,
and will certainly be tested as we journey through life.
It is important for us to keep God first,
and do whatever we can... to avoid situations the
adversary uses in an effort to deplete and distract us.
Let us avoid unproductive conflicts, clashes,
and/or arguments. Let us also make smart decisions,
and keep our attitudes in check.
We cannot control the events in our lives.
We cannot control the actions or what triggers the actions
of others, but we can make a conscious choice of how
we will control our positive energy and our positive
reactions. Our graceful response can make all the
We can counter negativity by refusing to participate
in negativity. Rather than react in the heat of the
moment… it is best to step back,
remain respectful, and not feed into the anger,
but go quietly on our way, if possible.
No one is suggesting that we bury our heads in the sand;
however, true strength is being wise and courageous
enough to walk away from nonsense.
When we shift our focus toward actions that can improve
our circumstances... we create a sense of self-efficacy
that yields positive emotions and reduces stress.
Sometimes, timing is crucial when dealing with strong
emotions or power imbalances. Some situations are
once the dust settles.
In the face of negativity or ill treatment, let us carefully
and prayerfully consider taking the high road...
even if it's not popular or easy. Life has a habit of
greatly rewarding those who learn to turn the other cheek.
The moral high ground is always
the best place to operate from. The high road will always
be our most noble, righteous, and less congested
course of action.
Trials, tribulations, and pain can come upon us
suddenly and leave us overwhelmed, weary, and
confused. The key is to utilize our trials and
tribulations as a catalyst for positive change.