I forgot to post this on time. So I guess as the saying goes, “better late than never”.
Thank You Father for another day. A day I did not earn. A day that I could not buy. A day given to me as Your gift. Thank You.
Father You know my fears and insecurities. You know my weaknesses and vulnerabilities. You know the attacks initiated by the enemy, and those pointed at me by those influenced by the enemy. Father touch my heart so that it is never hardened, not even towards those who are attacking me. Let me never sink to their level. Keep me from the grip of the enemy, because You know it has evil plans for me. Fill me Lord with Your loving Light. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
It’s easy to attack when you’re being attacked. God tells us to wait for Him. Patience is not a strength for many of us. But it is one we will need to strengthen if we want to fully be transformed and blessed by our Heavenly Father. God doesn’t move on our time. He moves on His. We need to be patient and let Him handle our enemies.
Even when God commanded His children on when and how to defeat their attackers, it was always based on His timing and strategy, not that of His children.
Read the Bible and the numerous times when God first touched the heart of the enemy, before instructing His children on what to do next. Never did He provide the full strategy, because God knows that His children will always be impatient and rush past steps, and try to rush past Him.
It may feel natural to lash out at your attacker, to be as vindictive and cold as they are, but God commands us to be loving and to let Him deal with His unruly child. Let’s try it family. I know it’s hard.
I don’t like bullies, and when they attack me I’m quick to jump up and defend myself. It becomes chaotic. God doesn’t do chaos. He does peace and calm. You’re less likely to tune into His voice in the midst of chaos. But in the time of calm, You can hear and be receptive to that still, small voice.
Let’s all consider peace over chaos. Love over hate. Courage over fear.
I love all of you!!!
Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?
3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?
4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?
5. Who would you like to pray for today?
6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.
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