LET THE LORD FIGHT YOUR BATTLES!

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I pray you are walking in God’s unmerited favor like never before and seeing God’s blessings manifest in your life. Today I want to challenge you to trust God to be your defense.  Psalm 5:11 says, “Let all those who put their trust in you rejoice. Let them ever shout for joy because you defend them.” God is saying if you trust Him to defend you He will. The converse of that is if you don’t, He won’t.

Most of the time, when the enemy attacks us through people, our first knee-jerk response is to defend ourselves. We have to give that person a piece of our mind. Or we have to make sure they know they are wrong about us. We have to fire back with something! We can’t let them get away with it, right? If they hurt us, we’ve got to do unto others as they have done unto us! We rationalize in our mind, “God’s not going to do anything anyway. I’ve got to take matters into my own hands.” And if you are going to defend yourself, God will NOT defend you. Again He says all those who put their trust in Him can rejoice and shout for joy. If you wanna defend you, God will sit back and let you do it. God will fight for you, but He’ll only fight with you if He has given you instructions to do so.

You might ask how does God fight for me?  How will God defend me? I can’t even see Him! Here are some ways God wields His power on our behalf:

  1. He allows people to reap what they sow (Galatians 6:7). In Genesis 27 Jacob tricked Esau, but in Genesis 30-31 was tricked himself by Laban.
  2. The Holy Spirit convicts the person of sin (John 16:7-8). In 2 Samuel 12, David was confronted by Nathan the Prophet.
  3. He orchestrates and allows difficult circumstances in the life of your antagonist (Isaiah 49:25). In Exodus 7-12, He sent ten plagues upon the Egyptians.
  4. He exalts you right in front of their eyes (Psalm 23:5). In Esther 6, Mordecai was paraded through the streets by Haman, his enemy, as ordered by the king.
  5. He makes your enemy your footstool (Psalm 110:1). In Genesis 37 and 39-45, Joseph was in a position of power and his brothers ended up having to come to him for help.
  6. He divinely gives you words of wisdom that do not tear them down or damage the relationship but makes them think about what they are doing (Proverb 25:15). In I Samuel 24, David relayed to Saul how he refrained from killing him, and the king was convicted of his wrongdoing.
  7. He allows your enemy to be caught in the trap of their own making (Psalm 57:6). In Daniel 3:22, the soldiers who threw the Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace got burned up themselves.

Granted, you may not always see God fight for you, but know that He will if you will trust Him. His Word will not return to Him void. So the next time the enemy shows out and you get the urge to defend yourself, abandon self-sufficiency and let God defend you. Recognize that “hurt people hurt people,” as the old saying goes. Know that who you are in Christ, your worth, value, and status, cannot be altered regardless of what they do or say. Instead of defending yourself, pray for the individual the enemy is working through, ask God for instructions, and purpose in your heart to let God be your defense.

Have you ever had an experience where you saw God fight for you? Please leave a comment below.

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DON’T FALL INTO THE DEVIL’S COMPARISON TRAP

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Recently, I received a strong rebuke from the Lord about comparing myself to others. I was watching a television program on TBN one day, and I saw a spoken word poet I had never seen before. I looked her up on YouTube and saw how amazing she was. I began to compare my poems to hers. Of course, I judged my poems as less powerful than hers, and needless to say, discouragement began to set in. I’m just being transparent.

The Holy Spirit stepped in and intervened, thank God. He asked me, “Who gave her those words?” I replied, You.” He went on, “Who gave you the words to the poems you write?” I replied, “You.” He then with a quickness said, “How dare you disparage My work, the words I have given you! Do not EVER compare the gifts and talents I have given you to those I have given to others! I am the author of those words, not you. Don’t ever forget that.”

Whew! I had to repent. I had fallen into the devil’s comparison trap. I am sharing this with you because perhaps you have compared your gifts to those of others as well. An example of this can be seen in John 21:18-22 where after hearing a negative prophecy about his own future, Peter attempted to compare himself to John by asking Jesus what would happen in John’s future. Jesus said to him, “What is that to you? You follow me.” Therefore, I feel that it’s important for us to understand how God views the comparison of our spiritual gifts and talents that have been distributed amongst His children. These are some other truths God shared with me that day:

  • Comparison creates disunity. “When you compare yourself to your brothers and sisters, you are competing and therefore creating disunity in the body of Christ. When there is disunity versus unity, I cannot command a blessing upon My people (Psalm 133:1-3). Your competitive spirit impedes My flow.”
  • Comparison is a distraction. “I am the giver of gifts. Whatever gifts others may have, I gave them to those individuals. I also gave you your gifts. Their gifts are not better than yours. They are just different. I need all of you to operate in your gifts that I have given in order to accomplish My will on earth. If I choose to flow them in a different manner (not better, just different), what is that to you? You must keep your eyes on Me. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted.”
  • Comparison is an insult. “When you compare your gifts and talents to others and judge them as inferior, I am insulted. Do not fall prey to the devil’s temptation to compare your gifts and talents to those I have bestowed upon others. Never belittle what I have given you.”

Saints, if by chance you have been comparing yourself to others, please stop it. Paul said that when we compare ourselves with others we are not being wise (2 Corinthians 10:12). The reason comparison is not wise is because there are only two outcomes: Pride or discouragement. Therefore, why even go there in the first place? If you want to compare yourself to someone, make Jesus your standard. We should be striving to be better than we were yesterday, not comparing ourselves and competing against one another. If you want to compete against someone, compete against yourself. Stop comparing yourself to others, and follow Christ. Remember, if we want to succeed in this life, then we must keep a laser-like focus on Jesus all the way to glory.

How has the “comparison trap” affected your life? Please leave a comment below. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Book Writer’s Symposium – Workshop Facilitator 
Chesapeake Christian Center
Saturday, October 12, 2019, Time: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
300 Liberty Street
Chesapeake, Virginia 23324
Please register by sending an email with your name and phone number to chesapeakechristiancenter@gmail.com.

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Women’s Prayer Breakfast – Guest Speaker
Immanuel Worship and Deliverance Ministries International
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:30 AM
9200 Tidewater Drive,
Norfolk, Virginia 23503
This is a free event! Continental Breakfast will be served.
To register and obtain more information, please call 1-888-490-4410.
Women's Prayer Breakfast October 19

 

 

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