I pray the grace and favour of the Lord be your portion and that wisdom and understanding be your companions in all that you have to deal with or confront in this week.
Have you ever noticed that once someone has struck you on the cheek they disappear to wherever they come from, but you are left with an entire inner world that has been disrupted? Your heart, your mind and your emotions go into a freefall. All sorts of thoughts and arguments start racing through your mind, anger, rage, tears and other emotions go into “action” and before long you feel like you’re being consumed. AND you can’t wait to tell someone else about it! Beware, beware, for sin is crouching at the door!
Unfortunately, many times we don’t recognise that the real opponents – demons –have just entered the arena. Neither are they the only ones that are present in all that’s going on within you. Jesus said the kingdom of heaven and of God is inside you. In short, the spirit realm is inside you. God – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit – are inside you. So are angels. You are not alone. This is the arena of your inward life where you really live and not the natural one you see and experience with your physical sense. Unless you recognise who and what is going on inside you and deal with these things through submitting yourself to God and His Word, that those little demons of strife begin building a stronghold (a place to hide) inside you. These strongholds will drive you nuts and cause behaviour patterns that desire to push you towards ungodliness. And then there is the VOICE of the Spirit encouraging you to turn the other cheek, to love, not to get mad, etc.
Recognise that the world of conflict and peace, love and hate, is real and it is within you. Once you know it is real you can begin to deal with it and the first rule of warfare is ALWAYS to come into the presence of the Lord in worship. It all begins with bowing down to His Lordship and His will over your life. When you are in His presence He will guide you and instruct you in how to deal with the conflict. In His presence He trains you in the Master Art of Love. The more skilled you are in the arena of love the more the victory of Christ and the kingdom of God sits over your life.
In His presence He restores you to righteousness. In His presence you will find forgiveness for your sin. In His presence you will find peace and rest for your heart and mind. The first and highest spiritual discipline you need to learn is how to sit at the Master’s feet and learn His ways. It is not to deal with the devil, nor the other person, nor other things in your life, but just to sit at His feet and LEARN to bring your heart and your mind and your emotions under His control. This requires time and practice and you may have to do it many times before you master this discipline, but I encourage you to take the time to learn as the rewards are OUT of this world.
Have a blessed week 😊
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