After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”
Jesus was never blind to what was going on around him. God kept him spiritually connected to His Mind and wisdom, to see and feel when things were not right. And to discern good from bad, friend from foe, follower from betrayer.
Imagine knowing in advance that one of the people closest to you is about to betray you. Imagine how Jesus felt knowing that the time, attention and care that he invested in this disciple, would soon be leveraged against him for monetary gain and to avoid persecution.
A friend never kicks you when you’re down. Instead they help to pick you up and brush you off. They never remind you of what you promised, what you haven’t done, or what you still need to do. For a friend understands that we all have rough times, and if you were honorable before those hard times you will be honorable to the end.
Now, if you’re reading this and thinking of moments when you were selfish and weren’t being a friend, then own up to your mess. Pray to God for realignment.
If you’re the person that I’m telling folks to pray for, look inside of yourself and ask God to show you where you’re most vulnerable to attack by the enemy. If you haven’t been behaving like a genuine friend, that’s because you have been entertaining the enemy’s foolishness.
If you have been backstabbing, shortchanging, conspiring against family or friends, then you’re the betraying disciple. If you’re scheming to get your hands on an inheritance once someone passes away, then you’re no better than the betraying disciple. If you’re plotting and planning on how to spend someone’s life insurance payout, then guess what? Yep! Look in the mirror.
Some of you may not realize that you’re the betraying disciple. You may not realize that you’re the hater in the group. You may not notice that you’re quick to shut down people’s ideas, say something is impossible, or gossip about others. You may not notice the amount and frequency of the negative words that you speak daily. You may not realize how envious you are about others. The enemy loves to feed off of envy, pride, arrogance, and greed.
Walking in God’s Light requires the truth. You have to peel back those layers of lies that you’ve been telling yourself and others. You have to admit you’re wrong. You have to admit you have wronged others. You have to check yourself!
You haven’t been walking in God’s light. The enemy mounted a strobe light. All you see is a light. Your discernment is skewed. You have been stomping around in your self-righteousness thinking that you’re walking in God’s light. Look again. Wrong light. Your compass has been hacked. Contact tech support immediately! You need to be realigned, redirected, and pointed to the correct path.
I don’t always notice, in the midst of my foolishness, that I’ve been entertaining the enemy. Oftentimes, it’s after the chaos has erupted that I say, “Oops”. We have to work at being better aligned with God, thinking less of self and more of Him. When we’re filled with Him then there’s no room for the enemy. There’s no weakness in God. When we’re in service for God’s glory, there’s no room for the enemy to feed off of our self-serving desires. There’s no ego to be tampered with.
When it’s about God, then you don’t have a need to be the center of attention. When it’s about God, then you give without hesitation. You’re not giving and then asking God when you’re gonna get yours. You’re not envying what someone else has, comparing what they have to what you have. You’re not operating out of lack.
Your faith is built upon the confidence that God always provides. He always answers. He’s always here.
Tell the enemy to go kick a rock into a pit. When you hear negative thoughts, say, “I’m not playing with you satan. Leave me alone!” When you say harmful words, apologize with a sense of urgency. Don’t let the wound worsen. Pray for healing, forgiveness, and restoration.
Let’s focus on being selfless and God-filled!
Father, thank You for wisdom and discernment. And an ability to forgive those who betray me and cause me harm. Thank You for forgiving me when I cause harm. Father keep my heart warm, never allowing it to grow cold and hard. Keep me focused on living more like Jesus, realizing and accepting my journey’s purpose. And not being overly focused on the human elements that distract me. I want to be selfless and God-filled. I want to be strengthened in You. I want to dismiss the enemy like a speck of dust.
I want to be focused on glorifying You, not comparing my gifts to others.
Father, help me to always walk away from unhealthy situations with my dignity in tact, and with a level of grace that shows that I’m above the foolishness. I’m a survivor and never a victim.
In honor of all You have ever done and will do, in Your son’s name I pray to you. Amen.
Have an amazing Monday family!