Do Not Be Your Own Weapon
Christians love to say that no weapon formed against them shall prosper.
That Bible verse is one of the most profound verses in the entire Bible because it gives Christians confidence in knowing that no other person can stop God’s blessings.
If God is for you, who can be against you, right?
But Christians have to realize that often the adversity that they face is not an outside weapon forming against them that is trying to stop their blessings.
Sometimes, Christians can create their own weapons and inadvertently use that weapon to slice and stab at God’s plans for their life and then blame other people.
While no outside weapons formed against Christians shall prosper, we have to make sure we do not give our adversaries a weapon to use against us.
Christians cannot get mad when our enemies use our own errors and faults against us.
We have to make sure we do everything correctly and as God instructed us before we complain about how people treat us.
Many Christians struggle with being self-aware.
Sin is someone else’s problem.
Anxiety is someone else’s problem.
Depression is someone else’s problem.
Doubt is something real Christians do not deal with.
Disobedience is something real Christians do not deal with.
Temptation is something real Christians do not deal with.
And fault is a word that is totally foreign to us.
Yes, there are a lot of evil and vindictive people in the world who hate to see us blessed.
But are we as Christians blameless when it comes to the weapons that have formed against us?
Or did our own actions cause the weapon to be sharpened in the first place?
As Christians, we should always turn the other cheek and let God fight our battles for us.
But some battles and some wounds are self-inflicted and not the devil tempting us or God testing us.
Not performing on the job is not a weapon formed against you.
Being disrespectful to others is not a weapon formed against you.
Not paying your bills on time and having possessions repossessed or foreclosed is not a weapon formed against you if you have the financial means to pay your bills.
And your significant other leaving you because of infidelity is not a weapon formed against you.
As human beings we all make mistakes.
We do not always handle our business as we should.
We do not always treat and talk to others as we should.
And as a result, we can rub another person the wrong way, which could lead to some problems down the way.
When something truly turns into a weapon formed against us is when someone takes normal disappointment and anger towards us and turns it into animosity towards us.
Someone showing animosity and vindictiveness towards us when they should have forgiven us is a weapon formed against us.
A person that wants to see us fail because of our human imperfections is a weapon formed against us.
And while some people will become our enemies for no rhyme or reason, Christians cannot give people a reason to be our enemy and then claim that we are the victims.
However, when Christians have enemies there is no need to worry about who will win the game and how the winner will succeed.
The end result was already decided over 2,000 years ago.
No Christian should worry about their job.
No Christian should worry about whether or not their enemies are slandering their name.
No Christian should even worry about their future because their future is in God’s hand.
And God’s hands are strong, secure and immovable.
Luke 12:29-34 states, “And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.
“But seek the kingdom of God and all of these things shall be added to you. Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.”
Your enemies might try to hurt you physically.
Your enemies might try to hurt you financially.
And your enemies might try to hurt your reputation.
But nobody, but you, can hurt your relationship with God or stop your blessings.
As a matter of fact, your enemy will do more to harm himself or herself by trying to attack you.
God has a way putting your enemies in their place without you saying or word or lifting a finger.
Furthermore, God has a way of using their anger to promote you into a new blessing.
Your enemies might have meant it for bad, but God meant it for good.
God will prepare a table for you in front of your enemies, which means that God will bless you abundantly in full view of the people that tried to bring you down.
As Psalm 23 states, “The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want; He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”
The key phrase in Psalm 23:3 is, “He leads me in the path of righteousness.”
Christians have to remain righteous when dealing with their enemies.
Because if they do not, they are not really dealing with their enemies.
If Christians are unrighteous, they might just be dealing with the consequences of their own actions.