And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of
clay, purified seven times”. Psalm 12:6Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.” Proverbs 30: 5
There are some things in life that are true, and there are quite a few that are not; but the Word of the Lord is always true.
This world is so confusing. There are mixed messages upon polluted philosophies, heaped with syrupy (or bitter, take your pick) mantras and man-made justifications just scrambling everything up and making a mess out of everything; our rules, laws, regulations, guidelines, values, minds, bodies, hearts, souls, and more.
No wonder people are so angry, frustrated, and bummed out so often!
To even gain a glimpse of just a semblance of truth in the stuff of this world, one must peel back an gitantic onion that is so filled with fumes, it not only stings the eyes, but practically glues them shut forever. By the time we reach the core, if we even do at all, we are then hard pressed to be able to see anything in order to objectively evaluate it.
This often results in a “throwing up of the hands”, if you will, and an acceptance of what lies on the surface because it is just too much work and far too painful to venture into the heart of the onion.
The Lord and what He has to share with us in His word is the only truth that we can always count upon. Sometimes it stings too, but it never tries to blind or poison us and never coaxes us, tricks us, or deceitfully tempts us to stop digging. Even when does sting a little, all we really need to do is to rub it in and allow it to seep below the surface, adopt it as part of who we really are,and then it becomes spiritual salve. No fumes here!
I find that with most everything, when I am down and out, confused, or just not feeling certain, I have to really take a good look at just who dominating the conversation inside my little head or attempting to pollute my thought life. This especially holds true if someone has hurt me. Then, it’s time to get out the magnifying glass.
I find sometimes that I go right back, even if only momentarily, into those old destructive thought patterns if I am not careful to keep God’s Word in the forefront and at the ready at all times. After all, it is not only our truth, but also our armor.
So please indulge me – allow me to let you in on the little games that my head likes to play on me from time to time, and then the grace and mercy that the Lord provides to me through His powerful word.
This one is on anger, bitterness, or resentment:
1- Enemy Telling Lies:
“Why did she just say that to you that way? Who does she think she is? She is truly just so brazen – she has no social graces or filter whatsoever! She really is quite self-absorbed, when you think about it. If I were you, I would seriously question her motives. Do you think it’s possible she is saying that to take your eye off the ball from what she is really doing – I mean behind your back and all? You had better really watch out for her…she is just pure evil. Better yet: You had better beat her to the punch. Trash her reputation before she trashes yours! Save yourself!
2 – World Talking Jive“You know, you really don’t have to take that from her or anybody else in this world, for that matter. You really should stand up for yourself. You can’t just be a doormat all the time. At the very least, you shouldn’t empower her actions that way by allowing her to get by with stuff like that. It’s irresponsible. I mean, you have to think about yourself too, you know. You need to set her straight and call her right out on this before she gets the idea she can just continue doing this to you. Tap into your power, girl! What goes around comes around, but not all by itself.”
3 – Annie Self Talk (process of assimilation, then filtration, preparing for radicalization – is that a word? – ha ha!!!!)
“I am so confused. I guess she was pretty rude to me and it was uncalled for. I mean, she is definitely in the wrong here. How rude! But is it possible it’s just bothering me when it really shouldn’t? You know, that is between her and God, not me – it’s really not up to me to say anything – I mean, she’s not a believer, so I can’t expect her to abide by the same commandments to love others as we love ourselves, now can I? I need to just rise above that and not absorb what I know is not right. OK…Either try to be really kind to her and ask God to make you sincerely forgive her so you can mean it, or just stay away from her and avoid any more trouble. But you definitely can’t snap back….then you would just be sinking to the same level and being a poor example. Turn the other cheek, right? Maybe she has problems that are causing her to be this way. I wish it didn’t bother me or make me feel angry or bitter though…I should be able to love her with grace in spite of it all, but if I am honest, I just don’t. Ug…I am so sensitive…this shouldn’t matter to me!”
4 – God’s Truth (Complete toss out of all previously considered information-He rules and reigns, and through Him, we overcome!)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:43-48
Oh yah….He will take care of it. This isn’t about karma.
He also tells me that it would be a good idea for me to do this:
“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the
two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.” Matthew 18:15
That doesn’t really sting too badly, does it?
Only God and His Word can truly protect us from the ugly sin and thoughts and actions that attack us; attempting to get us to lash back, wallow in self pity, or rely upon things other than our Lord to make us feel whole. He is truth. But we must remember to ask Him to work within us rather than relying upon our own strength to implement His word, because humans like us? Well, we tend to fail when we try to do it on our own – at least I sure do!
By the way – Satan enjoys using others to do his dirty work for him – even you and me. Sometimes we don’t even realize we are being used as pawns in an ugly little game. So, we must speak the truth in love if we do speak. And whether we talk or stay silent, we have to arm ourselves. The Lord will give us what we need at exactly the moment that we need it. But just like most everything else available to us when it comes to Jesus – we must seek it.
And who better to trust? After all……………………….
He’s the defender of the weak. Psalm 68:5 And HIS strength is made perfect in our weakness. 2 Cor 12:9
So how do ya like them onions?
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11