"How The Enemy Wanted To Isolate Me"
I was having a bad day at work the day of the Freedom Workshop. Work was stressful and people were getting on my nerves. By the end of the day I was coming up with all kinds of reasons in my mind why I didn't need to go, but to stay home and have some quiet time with myself. One reason I heard was; what difference would it make just once if I wasn't there. They'll get along without me. I suddenly realized that I was hearing the voice of the enemy and not the Lord's voice. I asked Jesus to help me redirect my focus. I was reminded of how important fellowship is with other believers, and they did need me and I needed them. So, I went to the workshop. By the end of the meeting I was so energized from being in the word of God, and getting out of myself by praying for and ministering to others in my group. They did need me, and I definitely needed them! Obviously, "We're Better Together".
"How The Enemy Wanted To Steal My Joy"
One day at work the enemy was REALLY after me trying to steal my joy. I'm sure it was due to the fact that I had had an owesome time at the workshop the night before. A particular co-worker when ever possible likes to make negative comments about Christianity and always directs them towards me. In the past I've always ignored them, but this day it really bothered me. I found myself hearing all kinds of remarks I could throw back at him in defense of myself. I even wanted to take off any bible verses I had on my desk or anything else that represented my Christianity. Even my cross necklace. I was so upset I had to fight back the tears. However, I didn't engage in any of my thoughts. I took an early lunch and went out to my car to redirect my focus to Jesus. When crying to God how I was feeling about this person and for direction I was reminded of 1 Peter 2:21-23: This suffering is all part of what God has called you to. Christ, who suffered for you, is your example. Follow in His steps. He never sinned, and He never deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when He was insulted. When He suffered, He did not threaten to get even. He left His case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. I felt such relief after being reminded that this battle was not mine, but God's and He would deal with this person in His own way. It was my job to pray for him to come out of the darkness and into the light.