31 Jan Combating Insults
I carry in my heart the insults of so many people. Psalm 89:50b, NLT
Consider, Lord, how your servants are disgraced! Psalm 89:50a, NLT
How can we not carry the insults from others in our heart? How can we hear them but not be moved or affected by them? Is it really possible?
As pastors and Christian leaders, we can identify with the words in Psalm 89. We can preach a great sermon and experience the powerful presence of God in a worship service, but allow one insult to ruin our Sunday and sometimes our week.
Here are four suggestions from God’s word in how to battle the enemy when he attempts to use the insults of people to discourage and even paralyze us.
First, CONSIDER THE SOURCE
With which Your enemies have reproached, O LORD, Psalm 89:51b, NKJV
Consider, that the insults from our enemies are God’s enemies first and foremost. Those who insult and disgrace us are the enemies of Almighty God. It will not end well for them if they choose not to repent. The battle is the Lord’s, not ours.
Jesus taught us, …love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you. Matthew 5:44
I have always found that when I love and pray for those that insult me, it makes the cut heal faster.
Secondly, RECALL THE LORD’S POWER AND STRENGTH
Psalm 89:13 reads, Powerful is your arm! Strong is your hand! Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength.
Ps. 60:12 reads, With God’s help we will do mighty things, for HE will trample down our enemies.
In spite of what others say or do, we respond in the power and strength of our God – not by our own strength.
Refuse to let the insults and the attacks of others keep you from dreaming great dreams and doing mighty things.
…if God be for us, who can be against us, Romans 8:31.
Thirdly, REMEMBER GOD’S CHARACTER
Ask God to help you to consistently see yourself in the light of who He is, not what others say or think about you.
Read and meditate on the scripture passage below noting how the characteristics of who God is benefits you and I as worshippers.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne.
Unfailing love and truth walk before you as attendants. Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, LORD. They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation. They exult in your righteousness. You are their glorious strength. It pleases you to make us strong. Yes, our protection comes from the LORD… Psalm 89: 14-18, NLT
Finally, REMIND YOURSELF OF GOD’S FAVOR
Psalm 30:6 says, his favor lasts a lifetime.
Your favor has made me as secure as a mountain, Psalm 30:7
Note the advantages of God’s favor throughout Psalm 30.
v. 1 you refused to let my enemies triumph over me
v. 2 I cried to you for help, and you restored my health
v. 3 you brought me out of the grave, O Lord, you kept me from falling into the pit of death
v. 11 you have turned my mourning into joyful dancing
v. 12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent
Oh Lord, my God, I will give you thanks forever!
My prayer for you and I today is from Psalm 90:17, May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us, establish the work of our hands for us, yes, establish the work of our hands. (NLT reads “make us successful)
Thanks for taking the time to read the blog. I hope it blessed you!