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, 


but...


"He is that Friend 


who sticks closer than a brother."


Proverbs 18:24

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.


Jesus says, 


“Have no fear of them, 


for nothing is covered 


that will not be revealed, 


or hidden that will not be known” 


(Matthew 10:26). 


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...


come-from-behind 


victories!



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 


for them. 


Jesus said,



"Love your enemies.



Bless those who curse you.



Do good to those who hate


you.



Pray for those who



despitefully use you and



persecute you."



Such a response reflects the heart 


of God.


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 


difference.



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 


best addressed... 


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.