HOW TO RESPOND TO MISTREATMENT

My fellow Christian bloggers and visitors, I hope the following teaching is a blessing to you. Fear is never of God, and if you are walking in fear, you will not experience THE BLESSING of God in its fullness. Today is the perfect day to begin experiencing THE BLESSING of God. Put the following principles into practice and never look back. There is a more fulfilling Christian life waiting for you!

If you’re being mistreated in your marriage, God wants you to know, he has called us to peace:

“But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.” I Corinthians 7:15 (KJV)

I know many of you are hurting inside because you’ve been mistreated. Don’t become resentful, don’t let bitterness consume you, forgive whoever it is, or was that has caused you so much pain, and move on. God will heal your heart!

If you’re in the midst of a storm right now, write down three virtues that you have and repeat them daily. I did this, just a few minutes ago and then, I said to myself, “Susan, I love you!”

God has healed my heart, and blessed me.

  • I am married to a wonderful man, now. My birthday was yesterday, and he surprised me with what I thought was the best Birthday Card, I have ever received;
  • My son, Jeremy and my two grandchildren, with another on the way;
  • My family;
  • My Lab, Taylor – she’s like my child;
  • The Scleroderma patients, God has entrusted me with;
  • My Facebook family;
  • My friend, Deb;
  • The two men, who have run taylor, every week day, in their cart for about four years, more or less;
  • My website, and those who have encouraged me through their support;
  • My two Facebook Pages: Help End Scleroderma † and Support Scleroderma Awareness: WE NEED A CURE.

God wants to bless you, too!

In † Christian Love, Susan Osten

HOW TO RESPOND TO MISTREATMENT By Debbie Przybylski

” You are not your own… For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” – (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Whether we like it or not, there are times when we experience mistreatment by others. It can be a family member who says something against us, or a co-worker who tries to ruin our reputation in some way and blocks our goals to advancement in our workplace. Or it can be a multitude of other situations. In this imperfect world with broken people, we will all face mistreatment. And this often happens with those we are the closest to—husbands, wives, children, neighbors, and co-workers. We live in a world filled with misunderstanding and injustice. There are so many situations where our heart can cry out, “This is not fair!”

As ones who want to grow in prayer, what do we do when we experience mistreatment? What does God want us to do when we feel injustice in a very personal way? How can we have a godly attitude when unfairly treated? How can we keep from bitterness and from hindering our prayer life because of an angry or bitter heart? Keep in mind that bitterness starts as a tiny root that grows up to cause trouble and defiles many (Hebrews 12:5). Let’s look at the biblical example of David because he was able to keep his heart pure in the hardest of circumstances.

The Example of King David

“Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth. My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me” – (Psalm 31:5, 15).

David, the man after God’s heart, is one of the greatest examples of how to respond rightly to God when mistreated. David was one who trusted in God to intervene because when he was mistreated by Saul, He did not retaliate. Can you imagine the fear of being sought after and threatened by Saul and his 3000 soldiers? Running for his life as a hunted fugitive, David’s heart must have been pounding in his chest as Saul came into the very cave where he and his men were hiding. Yet David did not kill Saul at this opportune time, but instead he committed his cause totally into God’s hands. He passed one of his hardest tests when his very life was at stake in this dark, dungy cave. See 1 Samuel 24:2-15.

At, yet, another time David had the opportunity to kill his enemy. Saul and his men were sleeping within the camp with his spear stuck in the ground close to his head. Again David refused to harm him. See 1 Samuel 26:2-24 for the full story. He committed his cause into God’s hand. He let God be his deliverer. He said to Saul in verse 23-24:

“May the Lord repay every man… for the LORD delivered you into my hand today, but I would not stretch out my hand against the LORD’s anointed… let my life be valued much in the eyes of the LORD, and let Him deliver me out of all tribulations.”

Have you or I had to trust God with our enemies to the degree that David did—with our very life?

When you entrust yourself into God’s hands, you make a transaction with God of a very deep nature. You trust in His will for your life in His way and with His timing to intervene. You are transferring your personal rights into His hands and into His responsibility. You are letting God be God in your life to the very core of your being. You are acknowledging His ownership of you. God is always working deeply in our hearts and is developing our inner character. By refusing to retaliate like David did with Saul, you are letting God remove the “Saul” in your own heart.

You are trusting in God’s leadership in your life. You are refusing to retaliate and are bringing God and His activity into your situation. You are bringing God into the conflict and are engaging in spiritual warfare. You are making room for His righteous judgment. You are being tested in your faith deeply as you trust that He vindicates us in His time and ways.

Trusting in God’s Leadership at Sea

“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer” – (1 Peter 3:10-12).

I remember several years ago while living on a mission’s ship going in and out of nations with the gospel message, an international crew, and the largest floating book exhibition in the world. We had just left Romania and were sailing towards our next nation, Bulgaria. Right before entering that nation we were falsely accused of being a cult, and suddenly we were told that we couldn’t enter Bulgarian waters. The door was shut completely. With over 300 people on board from over 40 nations, and with numerous programs and plans for the next port, we were stopped in our tracks and had nowhere to go. We were stuck at sea and had to go somewhere, but where?

In that situation we had nowhere to turn but to God in prayer. As a ship’s crew and staff, we had to trust in His leadership. We had to bring Him and His activity into our situation in a deeper and more desperate way. It tested our faith. Our plans up to that point had to drop by the wayside. It would be useless to try to defend ourselves. God had to be our vindicator, our answer, and our solution to this problem.

In a remarkable and amazing way, God opened the door to a nearby Muslim nation. Our ship got unusual publicity. God opened the way into a central port in the city, and we had a wonderful program. We saw God’s fantastic leadership and plan. Our faith grew as a ship’s company and we saw the works of the Lord in a needy land. If we had retaliated and fought to get into Bulgaria, we would have missed the magnificent plan of God. We would have missed His best. His leadership is perfect and surpasses all of our plans. We were able to overcome evil with good when we did not avenge ourselves and pursued peace. God was attentive to our prayers, and we experienced the blessing of God in an unexpected land.

“Do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to God’s wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord… if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink… Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” – (Romans 12:19-21).

When you bless and pray for your enemies and the very ones who mistreat you, your attitude towards them changes. You heart becomes free. You begin to love your enemies and care about their welfare. Even if you don’t see God’s vindication immediately or even in this life, you will see it one day when God makes everything right.

Is there some situation today where you have the opportunity to overcome evil with good? Is there one or two people who you feel have mistreated you? If you give yourself a few moments of silence, God will often bring someone to mind. We all have situations. Can you entrust yourself to God and bless your enemy? Can you entrust your reputation, future, plans and well-being to God and to His leadership? Let’s learn to commit our spirit into God’s hands. Let’s overcome evil with good. Let’s remember David’s example.

Always remember that you were bought for an incredible price. You can trust in God’s perfect and loving leadership over your life.

“When David ‘committed his spirit’ into God’s hands, he was committing to God everything that deeply touched his spirit such as his reputation, money, possessions, positions, and impact. He was entrusting the outcome of the most important issues in his life to God’s leadership.” – Mike Bickle

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God: my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. -Psalm 62:5-6 (NIV)

A Powerful Prayer to Reduce Your Fear

Dear Lord,

You know that we live in a crazy and chaotic world. You also know my struggles in my daily life. When life gets to be too much, please help me come to you. Calm my thoughts and emotions and open my heart to your peace, comfort, and wisdom. Help me not to live in fear. Please reduce the feelings of fear and anxiety that plague me. Help me rest in You and trust You as I navigate through this broken world.

In Your name I pray, Jesus. Amen.

Do not allow yourself to listen to the lies of the enemy (Satan), for he is the prince of lies. Do not allow yourself to be shaken by your troubles. To be shaken is to be discombobulated; to be disconcerted – in other words, mixed up and confused. In Christ we have the assurance that He is with us, and He will show us the way. His word is a lamp unto our feet and a light for our path (see Psalm 119:105 KJV). So do not dismay, for we serve a majestic and powerful God. He has everything under His control. Stand firm on the rock, Jesus. Keep your eyes focused on Him alone and say with all certainty, “I will not be shaken; I will find rest for my soul in You alone, my Lord and Savior.”

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“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 (NIV)

Sources:

Together in the Harvest, Debbie Przybylski

Devotional by Bayside Christian Church, entitled, “I Will Not Be Shaken.”

crosswalk.com, A Powerful Prayer to Reduce Fear By Carrie Lowrance

God’s Power is Made Perfect in Weakness

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

There is no safer place than the palm of God’s hand; with peace as our shelter, we rest in His plan. Though trials may try us we’ve learned what is true – with wisdom and grace He will carry us through. – Author Unknown

The difficulties that I faced before and after I became a Christian, always caused growth in my life. Some examples are: 1) My sins affected the quality of my life: therefore, I repented and turned away from them; 2) Adversities strengthened me; 3) My illnesses taught me compassion; 4) Abandonment, due to my faith, softened my heart; 5) Being saved (by God’s grace) from impending death, taught me humility and the fear of God.

In church, years ago, a visiting minister was preaching. When he finished his sermon, he looked out into the audience and his eyes fell upon me. He asked me to stand up. When I stood up, he said to me, “God has made you strong for a reason, He has speared your life for His purpose, He is going to guide you in a most unusual way, and God is going to bless you, abundantly.”

God speared my life, when unknown to me, I had a tubal pregnancy. When I went to the emergency room (only because my neighbor insisted) The emergency room doctor did some tests and I went right into surgery. When I saw the doctor, the next morning, He told me, “If you had not come to the Emergency Room last night, you would have been dead this morning.”

THANKSGIVING TO GOD FOR HIS ENDURING MERCY

Psalm 136:1-3 (NKJV)

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever:”
Several days before I went to the Emergency Room, I went to see a doctor, because I was in pain. I told him I was pregnant. All he did for me was write a prescription for pain pills. A few days later, my neighbor, Carol, came over to check on me. I wasn’t in any pain because of the pain pills. She said, “Go to the hospital”. I didn’t want to, because at that time in my life, I didn’t have health insurance, and I didn’t want to drive from Houston to Galveston to go John Sealy Hospital, for free medical treatment. Carol eventually, talked me into it. Thank goodness!!

How to Avoid Discouragement

– Always pray, believe God’s Word, and Obey God’s Word –

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)

The strength God blessed me with, my prayers and the prayers of others for me, along with the peace I had in believing that no matter what circumstances I encountered, God is faithful, God is good, God will keep me, *God will provide for me, and God will bless me. I looked past the circumstances to God, and I believed He works all things for my good and for His glory. Now, I must tell you this. *The Holy Spirit told me three years ago, that the one of the worst mistakes I have made since becoming a Christian was not allowing God to meet my financial needs. Instead, I took things into my own hands, and in doing so, I suffered financial loss. I now wait for God, to show me how to handle things and to meet my needs, and sometimes, it’s hard to believe my eyes.

In Hopeless Situations

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NIV)

In seemingly hopeless situations, where we can’t see any way out, and in those times when we come to the end of ourselves, where we know we can’t depend on our own abilities, on anything we have, or anyone we know, but instead are reminded that we are totally and completely reliant on God, it is then His power has the opportunity to shine the greatest.

When Does God Display His Power?

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

When we are weak, God shows Himself strong in our lives.

God displays His power when He alone gets the glory.

Asking God to keep you in His care,

In † Christian Love, Susan Osten

Resources: Excerpts from “What Does it Mean that God’s Power is” Made Perfect in Our Weaknesses” by Kia Stephens