Father in Heaven, I pray You surround each word and each sentence and display them how You would like them to be seen and heard. In Jesus name, Amen.
Pull up your chair to the table friends, and let’s dig in!
Let me start by asking you a question… have you ever felt like “someone” or “something” just had it in for you?
Maybe it’s a co-worker, maybe it’s a neighbor, maybe it’s even a family member or what you thought was a friend. It can feel so heavy to learn that what was once viewed as a good friend has turned out to be the one who has wounded you the most. It also feels that way if it’s a family member.
I remember co-hosting a baby shower years ago with a friend. She had asked me to please “help” her put together a shower for our mutual friend at our churches fellowship hall. I happily agreed.
We went over a menu in which she completely left up to me to decide the food and make all the phone calls to ask certain ladies to make these dishes.
We went over the decorations in which she said what ever I wanted to do was fine with her. She gave me money from the funds and told me to go and purchase what I needed.
We briefly discussed the door prizes and games to play in which she told me… yeah, you get the idea.
Along comes the day of the shower and everything went well. After I covered all the tables and set out the decorations and food, the guests arrived and we ate, played games, and the guest of honor opened her gifts. All the ladies Awed and squealed and all the adorable outfits and toys she received. I had over-heard some ladies talking about how delicious the food was and how cute all the decor was and such. Feeling happy with how everything turned out, I was fine with having done most of the work myself. But then it happened…
A group of ladies approached my friend who was supposed to be partnering with me on this, and me, and said “Oh Katelyn, (not her real name) you did such a beautiful job putting this shower together!”
My “friend” looked them squarely in the eyes and replied with “Oh thank you so much!” and left it at that.
Now I didn’t do the shower for my friend with the baby to get a pat on the back, but I didn’t expect another friend to stab me in it either. When it came time to plan another shower for someone, the ladies of the church went to her because “she did such a beautiful job on the last one”.
I have had many many experiences like this with “friends” over the years and it doesn’t hurt any less when you have poured yourself into something and someone else tries to grab all the credit. Or when you may have an opportunity to advance at work or ministry but another person steps right in front of you. These can feel like knives cutting pretty deep.
Often times we don’t know who has been apposing us but we feel the effects. It can feel a bit like the game of Clue trying to figure out who has been sabotaging our plans or opportunities. Who did it in what room with what weapon?
I can tell you that it is one enemy using a multitude of weapons to thwart our plans. The devil does not want to see people of God succeed. He will use what ever methods he can to keep us discouraged. Even using family, friends, co-workers, whoever he can. This doesn’t mean, of course, that we leave ourselves open to being stepped on by certain people just because we know it’s the true enemy behind the actions. We must protect ourselves by keeping certain people at arm’s length and loving them from a distance.
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But I have recently discovered a very personal application to this verse:
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgement, this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from Me declares the Lord.”
If God has said that the weapons people are using against us will not succeed, then no amount of negative talk, credit stealing, spotlight hogging, opportunity swiping weapon will prevail! It may seem as though they are, but God is the General of His army. There may be many battles in which lots of weapons are used, but Gods soldiers will win the war.
Put on the armor of God every single day and place His weapon called “The Sword of Truth” in your heart and mind and let Him fight your battles.
Always hold onto the promise that NO weapon that has been designed to be used against you will succeed! Keep on moving forward in Gods plans for you and don’t let the actions of others cause you to put down your own sword and surrender. You can read more about the armor of God in Ephesians chapter six. Remember who the General of the army is, trust His leading. No need to try and figure out the Clue game.