I have been on a life changing journey over the last several weeks. My Mother has dementia, and I am now responsible for her. In that there have been trials and false accusations made against me from her boyfriend. If it were not for my faith in God, and leaning into that immense love that God covers us in I would not be walking in peace during this time. In fact my walk with Christ has grown even stronger and I have learned so much as I read in Samuel about the journey that David endured.
I have come to realize that anyone can face the same issues that David had to deal with thousands of years ago, but there is so much that can be learned. I have come to realize how someone can have strong faith in God, yet that they can still be crying out because of what is happening around them trying to destroy their faith. I can tell you that when you lean into Father God rather than trying to do everything on your own, God’s glory will shine even in the darkest moments that you are facing. When you are going to Gods word and calling out to God in your struggles, you will find a strength that can only come from Christ in you.
David had false accusations made about him when King Saul was pursuing him. Think of the pain and agony that David felt when someone he held great respect for was accusing him of wanting to kill him. Yet David showed great control when twice King Saul was in his grasp and David could have killed him, but no he just let him know that his life had been sparred, and he showed a great love for King Saul in those moments. Many of us can at times in our lives become falsely accused of things. We know the truth, but the accuser does not and will not listen to reason. Just as David did you may have to stop trying to confront your accuser and instead pray for your accuser, show love and respect to the person, even though you may be having a struggle deep inside.
I have learned so much from reading about what David did as well as Jesus. When they faced trials and false accusations they did not confront the accuser. No they turned to God and they poured out everything that they were feeling and the truth of what they knew of Father God. As I have applied this to my own life, I have seen a deeper spiritual growth and I have learned so much more about the love of Father God.
Many times I have found myself deep in my bible. God has shown me and reminded me of the things that I already knew but in my moments of weakness I was drawn into the Psalms, Samuel and even Proverbs. I have seen an inner strength that I never realized I had, and I account this to Christ in me. Just as Philippians says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Before the last 6 weeks I thought I understood this, but I have come to realize it is something beyond anything I ever thought. As I felt I would break emotionally, I continually found myself seeking God. Over and over I have seen God make a way for things that were seeming impossible because of what was being said or done by others.
When I felt completely defeated and ready to thrown in the towel, I have been refreshed by the living water that Jesus provides. I can attribute it to nothing else, for there is no human explanation for how I was transformed. We have a wonderful and powerful God, and he covers us in a shield of love that protects us from the fiery darts that can come flying at us. It empowers us to not take offense at things that are said or done against us.
I have been reminded time and again what it says in Ephesians 6, For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. That is right even when it seems our battle is the person or persons in front of us, it is really not. We are to love our enemies, and that can be hard, but when I have shown love to my enemy and I prayed blessings over them, I have seen God do amazing things that go against what the person was saying they would do.
So my fellow Christians you need to put on your armor everyday, seek the Lord in all things great or small, easy or difficult. Then take your battle to the heavenlies and call on the Great I AM to come and fight with you. We do not win battles we face with words, no we win the battles by taking it to God, calling on God to fight for you because of his great love for you. In Ephesians 4:2-4 we are reminded to always be humble and gentle. To be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.
This is how I have learned to walk out each day and I have seen a change in the environment. When I turned away from confronting my accuser, and praying for him to be released from any evil spirits there was a shift in the atmosphere. I can only give the credit to God the Father. Father God loves me and he loves you. Papa wants to bless us with what we want. Remember God knows what we are feeling and our heart, just as well as he knows the heart of the others you know. Seek God first and trust God with the outcome even if it seems different from what you wanted or imagined.
For I can say that God’s way is so much better than my way. It may seem strange and confusing at times, but God will never abandon you, not even in your darkest moments. No instead God will cover you in love, you will find the peace that only Jesus can bring in the middle of a storm. For the storm may be all around you, but where the boat is sitting the storm is calmed. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want, he leads me beside still waters and lays me down in green pastures. This is a Father that protects you, brings calmness to you, and covers you in abundant love.
In Ephesians 3 Paul talks of the unlimited resources that we will be empowered with. That is inner strength through his spirit. Christ will make a home in your heart and your roots will grow down deep into God’s love and this is what keeps you strong. You gain insight , understanding and knowledge as you grow closer to Father God and you discover a love that is greater than you can imagine.