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by Eunice Stuhlhofer
07/29/08
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In one of my articles I shared with you about my new fulltime job that has been overwhelming leaving me exhausted and with little or no time to do other things. I have had to adjust in many ways especially in my relationships but not without prayer and God's help. But the other day I was home a bit early. My sons were doing dinner while my husband was away on night duty. It was such a pleasant surprise for me. I had some time to be in the presence of God.

As I prayed I heard the Holy Spirit tell me to seek peace and not to defend myself. He also told me I cannot justify to the enemy why I love the Lord. I have been reading John Bevere's book THE BAIT OF SATAN in which he writes about offense being among one of the most deceptive snares of Satan against believers. Since then I have been conscious of the numerous ways that offense is around the corner ready to take charge over me. Sometimes it is little subtle things and other times offense has come like a raging bull to attack. In my natural self , I have struggled to deal with offense in my flesh.

I was facing a situation where I thought that I had to defend myself on certain accusations. I wanted to clear issues or set the record straight obviously because I felt I was right. But that was not how God wanted it. As I listened to the Holy Spirit a certain scripture came to mind.

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans12 :18

I got a revelation that I have a responsiblilty to pursue, seek and maintain peace. This put an urgency in my heart to pursue peace instead of trying to justify myself against any accusations which might cause more misunderstanding. I realised that when the enemy wants to trap us with offense, no amount of explanation and justification will cause our accusers to see us the right way. The truth is that we cannot justify to the enemy of our souls why we love the Lord. That is why he is forever the enemy. We might as well allow God to set the record straight for us and we will save ourselves time and emotional stress.

Earlier that very day at work I had tried so hard to explain my position in a certain situation with deep honesty but the more I tried the more I was misunderstood. I found myself in a situation which was getting ripe for an argument. When the Spirit asked me to quit defending myself and seek peace, I perceived that defense was not the way God wanted me to handle things. Pride was driving me to defend myself and when I knew that I had to seek peace I was humbled. It takes humility for others to make observations and give their opinion about us while we sit and just listen. And that is what I finally allowed to happen the following day. I sat there and listened as my colleague brought up the whole issue again and I did not say a thing. I did as the Holy Spirit had directed me. It is our love of God that will cause us to seek peace with others without defending ourselves because our motive will be love towards them and not ourselves. One thing to remember is that seldom will anyone argue when we remain silent. When we quit defending ourselves God takes over.

Because we are christians we are supposed to emulate Jesus Christ who humbled himself even unto death when they falsely accused him. I am not talking about allowing ourselves to be trodden down but I am suggesting a way where we could allow God to put up a fight for us when we are accused or misunderstood because no other advocate is better than him.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
"Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers,who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. Revelation 12:10

Dear Lord help me to allow you to be my defender in every situation that I face. In Jesus name. Amen

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Connie Allen 29 Jul 2008
Great article. It reminds me of the scripture that tells us not to 'take' offense. We have to take it in order for it to affect us. Hard to do sometimes, but necessarily doable. GOD BLESS YOU




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