Day 23 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltiness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.” – Matthew 5:13 Additional reading: Galatians...
“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain”
– Psalms 3:3-4
When I came across this verse in my devotion time, I could not shake the images of God being a shield around me and lifting up my head. It seemed like a simple enough passage, but the words hit home with me because I needed to hear them. Working in the world is similar to going to school in the world: you have to deal with worldly people. This can be an absolute struggle and a challenge.
I have a boss who used to rely on me and loved my work ethic, until one day my direct manager got promoted to a role above my other boss and jealousy kicked in. My original boss did not like my working relationship with the new head of our region and he began to treat me quite terribly. He would try to undermine every career move that my direct manager attempted for me. This started to become very discouraging, but Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” So I began to stand on that and realize it did not matter what my boss did or did not do for me. God would have the last say!
Quite honestly, you begin to realize that people are not responding to you as a person, but they are responding to your anointing and your spirit-man.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
– Ephesians 6:12 (AMPC)
This seems a little overwhelming, but Isaiah 40:31 says that when you wait on the Lord, He will renew your strength. We have been given the power and strength to overcome these obstacles. Psalm 3 reminds us that God is a shield around us and is the lifter of our head, so just wait on God and He will have His way in the situation!
Is there a situation or a person that tries to tear you down or discourage you? Write down this person’s name or the situation and begin to pray specifically about it, declaring that God is a shield around you and will lift your head up in the face of your enemies!
Believing with you,