I don’t know why I keep wondering how God will show up for me in my posts. God said, “before the next week comes, I would give you something to tell you and my people”. (Yes these messages are not just for you alone. SAGAA!! Lol) I learn from them myself, I even revisit some of them and learn some more! Aha, so God gave me His word that if I kept my heart with all diligence and keep it tender enough for the Holy Ghost, He would release His seeds of wisdom on me even when my heart isn’t in good condition, He’d send someone else to bless me with a post! He has never failed me, yet I question Him each week and wonder where my next post will come from… shame on you, Jewie!!
God brought my attention to something that happened last week and I knew God wanted me to write on it but it was in bits and my thoughts were all over the place, the weekend was drawing nigh and like every other week, I was foolishly worried.
I got to church and the moment the preacher introduced his topic, this post came alive and unfolded to me as he spoke and I bowed my head in shame because once again God showed up.
I have a very good friend who was going to annoy me last week. He was in a funk of some sort and being very uninterested in everything around him and usually the fighter in me (devil-energized ego) would have woken up. “I mean why drag you into his funk and pass on his negative energy to you” the voice of the accuser said, “tell him your mind, show him that he can’t be doing these things with you… this boy paaa he must not know who you are, show him!” The devil erh, he’s what we’d call busy body! He has so much free time, he’s just waiting for a spark so he can fan that fire until it burns and consumes you. In my head, I was being energized and getting ready to attack then I heard gently in my spirit “RESPOND!!”
“Ah? God? But….”
” Yes Jewie don’t REACT…RESPOND!”
Before you think God was telling me exactly what the devil was, let me explain. When a situation like that happens, the world in us wants to REACT! It wants us to give the person what he/she ‘deserves’, teach him/her a lesson, let them know that you can also play that game or do it better, put them in their place, give them what they are giving you if not more, do anything but just don’t walk away without a fight. You would hear loudly in your head, “They will think they’ve won”, “they will think you are stupid or weak”, “they would think they can walk all over you!”
LISTENNN!!! Whenever you feel like what I just described, whenever you hear it inside your head and the urge to react boils inside of you, know that the devil is setting you up, He’s working you up to pay evil for evil. Knowing well that when we repay evil with evil we send our selves to a dark place and send the person into an even darker place. We set ourselves up for further manipulation
When you choose to RESPOND, you are choosing to treat the person as Christ would have, you are choosing to overcome evil with good. You are choosing to see the need behind the act, connect to the person beyond what you see on the surface. When you respond, you are pulling the person out of that dark place instead of dragging yourself and the person further down. However, when you choose to respond you are saying no to the manipulation of the devil, you are choosing to reveal the Christ in us to the person, you are choosing to show love though the person might not ‘deserve’ it because that’s exactly what Christ did for us on that cross and continues to do for us. When we choose to respond, we are slowly shutting out the devil’s voice in our minds and influence over our lives.
“Behind every FAULT there is a NEED. If you decide to be superficial and pay attention only to the fault you would only judge and condemn the person, but if you search deeper and realize the need behind the fault you tend to give a helping hand! God sees the need behind our fault, that’s why He seeks to save and forgives us instead of condemn us!” – Rev. Benjie Djin
Trust me it’s easier to react, it comes more naturally to us but that is not Gods way! That is not what God expects from us. Reacting to the fault or act is the easiest thing to do but God calls us to respond to their need. Back to the story with my friend, I was a little unwilling to listen to the Holy Spirit but I chose to trust Him on this one so I would go and force start a conversation with him even though he didn’t seem interested. I’d retreat because he was being difficult but God will say go and try again and I would and I did it for about 3 days, it got easier by each passing day. Let me tell you, it was an amazing feeling knowing I chose to respond, I saw him get lighter as the days went by, I felt lighter knowing I had shut out and shut down the voice of the devil. I imagined afterwards what it would have been like if I paid heed to the devil, it would have been nasty and ugly. It would have dragged on for another week or more because knowing the devil he would have found ways to fuel it. It would have affected my relationships with other people. It makes me laugh and sometimes roll my eyes how people really believe they can fake or hide it when have bottled up anger or hurt, let me tell you, it shows in one way or another. My dad would say you can’t be orange to some people and lime to another. You can’t have sweet and bitter water from the same fountain. When you choose to allow the bitter water spring forth, it gushes out unto everyone else but in different doses.
Trust me I know the extent to which some people can annoy, irritate or anger you, I do! I know someone whom a couple of years ago used to make me literally want to throw my phone or any object I have in my hand across the room. I told myself the person was a demon because no human being can be this devilish. I know there are people who avail themselves for the devil to use to tempt you. There are also people who are just going through a lot and don’t know how to handle it so they come across as rude, annoying or ooze negativity. If you encounter either of the two kinds of people, choose God! Choose to respond like Christ would, choose to be the very representation that we are called to be. Choose to see the need behind the fault or act, choose to give a hand to draw the person out instead of have the person draw you in, choose to overcome evil with good.
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good
– Romans 12:19-21
For the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. – James 1:20