Last night was my turn to teach Bible study and my topic was about when friends, family and co-workers dismiss, disrespect and disregard you because of your relationship with Jesus. The study was great, it validated women, it brought truth to expose the lies we’ve all heard and believed. It set us free to be who we are as children of the King. It brought freedom and a confident launch into destiny.
Sometimes people say ugly things simply because they don’t understand or they are convicted by our new way. They are still judging us as we used to be. As Christians we are conveyed out of darkness and into light. Jesus set us free from all iniquity, paid the price of atonement for us, and brought us up high to sit in heavenly places with Him, and to have a heavenly perspective over things. We are different, we love and we have patience. He tells us to rejoice when we are treated badly, because that in itself serves a mighty purpose. The nasty words fall flat, they have no meaning and take no root in our spirits. The enemy can’t use those words to nag at us and destroy us, because instead we choose to rejoice and count it all joy when we fall into various trials. He is defeated again. We have been watered and transformed by the word. We believe Jesus because His word is true. There’s no more need to be convinced, the evidence is there. Now look, words do hurt, they do create bondage and hold people hostage, but Jesus has given us a way out of the pain. He never asked us to do anything alone and unequipped. He never asked us to be prisoners of hateful words.
Jesus said in Matthew 28: 18-20, “18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” NIV
Surely I am with you always. Surely, positively, absolutely, without question, set in cement. In the King James version it says, I am with you alway. I thought for a second, hey, what does that really mean. The Strongs concordance indicates that the word alway, means figuratively, a period, an age, forever, day by day. Now if that isn’t enough to get you fired up, it literally means, the whole thing, all, any, all manner or, all means, always, thoroughly, daily. The whole 24 hours. Whoa, the whole 24 hours. Do you see it? He is with you, right beside you, before you and behind you, the whole 24 hours, every day, every night, every year. And not only that, He gave us all that He had, including the authority of His name and power in the Holy Spirit. Equipment.
So, when someone says hurtful words to you, realize that they are saying it in front of Jesus because He is with you always. Your very Savior and Father hears them disrespect His own child. How do you think that makes Him feel? I think it breaks His heart because He loves that person as much as He loves us. It breaks my heart for them because they walk alone.
So speak life. Love. Be free. For freedom He has set us free. We are no longer held captive to mean words, they don’t define us, they don’t affect us any longer because we know what we know, and we know we are covered and protected, the whole 24 hours. Peace.