Competition, Anger, Guilt & Shame
By Mary Lindow
There are individuals
in this fast paced “spinning” world who will forever be looking for an edge to get ahead, to win the prize, to be “king or queen of the hill”, and on and on it goes.
There are times when you are unable to untangle
or “figure out things” that others may accuse you of or presume to know about you.
In those moments when competition, opinions and assumptions aim at your character and attempt to either break you or push you out of the picture,
✅ God sees,
✅ God hears,
✅ God is faithful.
Whenever there is a question about your heart or your words or motives, learn to take the high ground.
Jesus did! He was
maligned, accused of twisting the holy “Torah” and called a false prophet. Yet, he went about doing good.
What is high ground?
The choice to not accuse, the choice to remain steady under fire and,
the choice to not seek revenge or retribution. Life is filled with misunderstandings, finger pointing, and tests.
The Danger of Jealousy:
At first look, jealousy may not seem like a major sin in our daily lives.
We may get a little jealous of people from time to time, but that’s not necessarily dangerous, right?
Saul shows us, in 1 Samuel 18:1-16, that jealousy is actually one step short of murder!
Saul reacted with extreme jealousy against David.
David was so successful in any mission Saul sent him on that the people started singing: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands!” Saul was King,
yet his people were praising David instead of him!
Saul’s jealousy stemmed from fear and insecurity. Saul was worried David would take over as king of the Israelites.
Saul fed his own insecurities and let
his jealousy fester and grow, and in doing that he gave Satan a bitter and competitive foothold in his life.
Saul’s jealousy grew so deep that he actually attempted to kill David on more than one occasion, (1 Samuel 18:10-11).
We will all experience jealousy. However, as we see with Saul, it is extremely dangerous to let jealousy fester and grow in our lives.
When we are confident in who God made us to be, we stop comparing ourselves to
other people and focus on what God is doing in our own lives.
Instead of letting Satan use jealousy against us the way Saul did, let’s submit our anger, desire for revenge and envy to the LORD and watch Him take the burden from us.
At the end of the day, those who know you and your character will be able to clearly discern truth, error, and simple trip ups of the enemy that work to divide and separate families, friends, and kingdoms.
Let the LORD
Let him search the hearts of your accusers or those who trample your honor without knowing clear facts. He has walked it out in his own earthly experience and knows all too well the weak places in the hearts and minds
“When the leading priests and the elders made their accusations against him… …Jesus remained silent.” Matthew 27:12.
It’s not about being “right”.
It’s about being confident and secure in the safety of God’s mighty Fatherhood. He will be sure to shield and shelter us from the accuser of the brethren.
Friends, Who shall separate us from the love
of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? (Romans 8:35).
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
” THE MESSENGER ” ~ Mary Lindow