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Don’t Get Caught Up

Have you ever had awareness that someone was attempting to set you up to fall—or shall I say to fail?  How do you handle those situations?  Is your response the same as it was five years ago?

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They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.  But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.  When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”  Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.  At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.  —John 8:6-9

This passage, I ponder.  Typically, I have heard it tackle the notion(s) of judgment and/or sin.  Haven’t you heard the maxim, Let he who is without sin cast the first stone?  You may have even said it yourself and watched how quickly it stopped direct, verbal allegations while saving you from considering revisiting your before I was saved days.

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This passage serves as a timely mental note for me, as I am reminded of how much I have grown and how I need to continue to consciously grow.  There was a time when I would become insulted by people who would enter my space to set traps.  As a result, my response would be driven by a negative, emotional root.  (What a waste of energy!)  Fortunately, I have gained a deeper understanding of spiritual warfare.  In turn, I have learned how to quiet my emotions and at times limit my speech.  (See:  Silent, Yes Truth )  The blessing is in the knowing.

You know, it is okay to give those desiring to entrap you a chance to back away from their original plan.  This may, at times, mean positioning yourself in a non-threatening way.  Warning:  Discipline and discernment are required!

Girl with Arms Crossed

For those who persist however, do not be afraid to straighten up and SPEAK CONCISE TRUTH, not for the sake of conversation, then continue to do what you were doing.  Trust that Truth will be heard.  Remember, you are your Father’s child.

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Don’t get caught up.  The soul saved may just be your own.

The Silent Response

Have you ever been accused of something that you did not do?  Has there ever been a time in your life when it seemed like the masses perceived you in a way that was so far removed from your truth?  How do you handle such situations?  How have you handled them in the past?

So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer?  See how many things they are accusing you of.”  But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed—Mark 15:4-5

Women Sitting Across From Each OtherAs I type this, a memory comes to mind.  I was sitting in a restaurant with someone who presented herself to be a friend.  There I sat listening to her description of me.  I listened in silence with interest, wondering who was this person she was describing with my name.  To prove her point, she noted a text conversation she said we had.  I had no memory of our conversation happening the way she described, so as she pulled out her phone I retrieved mine.  We read through the conversation—she did so aloud, me silently.  At the end, she looked at me.  Like I said, her memory of my words simply did not happen.

In truth, I was disappointed.  There we sat across from each other with me realizing the symbolism of our antipodean seating.  I can only imagine her surprise that I sat through her accusations in silence, but when you know your Truth you understand that it is its own defense.  Needless to say, a few minutes later I was in my car driving home.

That night I realized that people will boldly try to project their insecurities and weaknesses unto you and how such distortions have the potential of destroying that very thing sent to bless them.  Have you ever wondered how many misunderstandings happen because of this?

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