Allowing God to defend you

I was facing a situation a few weeks ago where I felt under attack. It was one of those things where in the grand scheme of things, it shouldn't matter, but I have a heightened sense of justice (and injustice!) and I felt unjustly accused. I felt a victim of the wider system, I felt out of control and I felt a sense of shame that I was in that position (although I'm pretty convinced that whatever my actions, it would have happened anyway).

Once it's resolved (which it should be soon), I'll tell you all about it, but for now I'll leave it at that (I'm sure I've made it sound more dramatic than it is so please don't worry. We're fine!).

What do you do during these times? In those situations where you have no control, your destiny is unfairly at the mercy of others, you just have to allow the system to run its course - what do you do?

Well, I'll tell you what I did... First I froze, then I cried, then I retreated and wanted to bury my head in the sand, then for a week or so I lived with an intense sense of anxiety. For a couple of weeks I had trouble sleeping - lying awake drafting emails in my head, formulating arguments and defences. Yeah, it's not been a fun month.

A wise person once said:
Worry is when you say to yourself what you should be saying to God.
Ok, so scratch all that. I'll tell you what I SHOULD have done.

First, pray.

Second, put on the armour of God.


Third, declare the Word.


Fourth, trust that God is working on your behalf.


That's right, this is not your time to defend yourself, this is not your time to take matters into your own hands, this is not your time to wallow in self-pity or hopelessness! This is your time to a) do all that you can do, and b) let God do all that He can do.

I'm an idiot.

BUT! You can learn from my mistakes so here's eight scriptures to declare when you're caught up in a similar situation!

"The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." Psalm 18:2
"My shield is God Most High, who saves the upright in heart." Psalm 7:10
"But the Lord has become my fortress, and my God the rock in whom I take refuge." Psalm 94:22
"The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1
"So we say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?'" Hebrews 13:6
"For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” Deuteronomy 20:4
"What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us,who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:31-32
"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57

A song for all occasions... 





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