By Evangelist Linda J Sept 27 2018
Two days ago and again…. I was being attacked and undermined in a situation. I saw how God used his grace on my life to keep me calm and my spirit man refused to rise to the occasion and the temptation of a counter attack.
The person did it publicly and a lot of people listening. But because of my response, they saw her for who she is and me for what I am and what I say I stand for.
The last two weeks , Father has been bringing two lessons to me and how to live out the meaning of his word in my life.
The first is
Philippians 4 :8
whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Every time a thought comes into my head to respond, or think in a certain way about a situation, about an event, about a person , I ‘wash it’ with the word. I shared it with my daughter.
People will be what they want to be and to you. You cant change them, but you can change You.
What are we about as Christians? Is it not to become more and more like him?.
The second word He gave me which is linked with this, is this :
He says Linda, when we respond like this the fruit of the spirit : joy, peace, long suffering, patience, kindness, faithfulness, love, gentleness, self control, matures.
It is in you …and to overcome.
And so a prayer comes
Father, I thank you because your banner over me is love. Because of this, I can respond in love. I know no weapon formed against me will prosper. Because of this, I know no tongue that rises up against me in judgement, will prevail.
Lord, it is your gentleness which has made me great. You have taught me all those years ago (when i was being squeezed..) that in quietness and in rest, my strength will come. It has come.
I ask you that you continue to transform my mind with the power of your love. I don’t want to stay stuck in the same old same old responses to this or to that … – the ever listening to your Word, but never coming up to maturity. I want to continue to grow up like a mature christian – full of good fruits.
Father, increase your wonder working wisdom in me , in us, so that we can see every situation for what it is and who it is.
We are not fighting against flesh and blood ie – that woman or that man . You will deal with them in your own good time…. But we are fighting against spiritual wickedness in high places – the host of Satan trying to wound us and pull us down. We are more than conquerors in your Name and we live to fight this fight of faith another day.
Father, today and every day, as we go about our business, let us all, say and think on things which are honest, just, pure, lovely and of a good report.
Thank you for your beautiful word.
Your daughter Linda J