I often hear people say, “My SPOUSE attacked me. My COWORKER belittled me. My FRIEND insulted me!” The truth is it is the FATHER-OF-LIES who assaulted you. During someone’s offense, the father-of-lies will accuse you of being powerless, helpless, and hopeless, and this is what is really hurting your heart. If someone verbally or emotionally attacks you, it is their problem—their sinful reaction to the pain in their own heart—but if you feel attacked by them, chances are good that you have accepted an oppressing belief from the father-of-lies.
HE GIVES POWER TO THE WEAK AND STRENGTH TO THE POWERLESS
Do not be dismayed about the powerlessness you have been experiencing during verbal and emotional attacks. Do not be distraught that you have been unable to help yourself feel safe. Do not be distressed that you feel defenseless…unarmed…open to attack.
BUT HE SAID TO ME, ‘MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU, FOR MY POWER IS MADE PERFECT IN WEAKNESS’
(2 Corinthians 12:9).
Instead, be encouraged that it is when you are weak that you might give God’s Power the opportunity to strengthen you. Realize that God’s Power is the only Power that can stand up against the father-of-lies’ verbal and emotional attacks.
AND IF THE SPIRIT OF HIM WHO RAISED JESUS FROM THE DEAD IS LIVING IN YOU, HE WHO RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD WILL ALSO GIVE LIFE TO YOUR MORTAL BODIES THROUGH HIS SPIRIT, WHO LIVES IN YOU
When you receive the Lord Jesus as your Savior, the same Power that raised Jesus from the dead is living in you to give you victory over your beliefs of powerlessness, helplessness, and hopelessness, when you ask for it.
How do you deal with your emotions and their underlying beliefs from the father-of-lies when you feel attacked by someone?
What will it take for you to surrender your feelings and beliefs of powerlessness, helplessness, and hopelessness to GOD’S POWER, during an attack from the father-of-lies…and receive victory?
PRAYER: Lord God, please remind me, when I am under verbal and emotional attack, that the attack that hurts the most is that from the father-of-lies. Always remind me not to focus on the PERSON who is doing the attacking, but to focus on my own heart…and on YOUR POWER. Remind me to submit the beliefs of helplessness, powerlessness, and hopelessness to You, so I may live in the strength of Your Power.
Maintain an Awareness
Often times, we use the same defense mechanisms we saw our parents or other authority figures use, during our childhood lives. If they hid behind a smile to pretend that everything was OK, we learned to do the same.