Hubby and I headed to dinner with our good friends, chatting about life.
helicopters and police cars all around our neighborhood” they said.
“Police stood outside with bullhorns ordering to stay indoors.”
“Oh my, what or who
were they looking for?” I wanted to know.
A bull? Although we
do not live in the wild, Wild West, one had gotten loose from a nearby
“I was tempted to put on my robe and head
outside to check things out,” my friend said.
“Not a good idea,”
my hubby said, “especially if the robe was red—a sure target for the
We all laughed. But that night, that scenario
played in my mind.
I had been that
target years ago, wearing the red robe of self-pity. And Satan, the bull
loose in the world, was roaming around looking for his prey.
I was the perfect target with my poor-me
thinking and my self-imposed ideas that my life was done just because I
lost my sight. No doubt I made it easy for the enemy to charge
But since then, something changed. Jesus
changed me. And, rather than be a target, I chose to be triumphant
Do you know anyone like that? If so, here are
three things that we must never do when self-pity roams around in the
neighborhood of our heart.
1. Never give in to
the notion that life is too hard. Never lose your focus. Instead,
“Be well balanced (temperate, sober of
mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy the devil
roams around like a lion (in fierce hunger) seeking someone to seize
upon and devour.” (1 Peter 5:8
2. Never rely on your own power or abilities.
Rather, “be strong in the Lord and
in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take
your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
3. Never believe the
lie that God’s help is only momentary. For your soul declares:
“teach me your paths; guide me in your
truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all
day long.” (Psalm 24:4)
you that with you, the victory over the enemy is possible. When moments
of discouragement invade my heart, self-pity will not consume me as I
know you are my guide all day long and you are mighty to defend me
during the night. In Jesus’s name I pray, amen.
threatens your peace these days?
• How do you fight
• Have you declared your triumph over
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