STATE OF MIND
Lord God we thank you for today.
We pray that today you will be with us oh God.
Allow us to recognize you.
Today let our minds be able to know that with you all things are possible.
We ask that we will have unlimited faith oh God.
That we won't doubt you or ourselves, that we will know that you are right by our side to protect us, provide for us.
We pray Lord that we will have strong belief in you.
Let us not worry or fear but put our trust in you.
Let us have faith that you will come through in any situation in our life.
We praise you even now for what is to come in the future.
In your sons Jesus name that we pray.
I declare that I don't have to fight with others when I am wronged. I have faith that God will fight for me!
Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord.
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It’s Payback Time
Bible Reading: Romans 12:17-21 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Romans 12:17
EVER HAD ANY of the following-or something like them-happen to you? Check either yes or no for each statement:
_____ _____ A careless brother or sister destroys something of yours.
_____ _____ A “friend” spreads a nasty rumor about you.
_____ _____ Somebody gets perturbed with you and pushes you around.
_____ _____ You are not invited to the biggest party of the year.
_____ _____ A sibling treats you like you’re a nuisance.
Okay-somewhere, sometime, somehow you’ve probably been wronged. Check any of the following you wanted to do in response-or actually did.
_____ _____ Do unto him what he did unto you–only twice as bad.
_____ _____ Pound his head in.
_____ _____ Send her a note with “Dear Ex-Friend” as its opening line.
_____ _____ Hack into the school computer and change all his grades.
Perhaps your brain seems to have come equipped with a sinister little “payback chip.” Whenever you’re wronged, something inside you kicks into action and strongly prompts you to do unto others just as they have done unto you. Since we’re all tempted this way at times, how should we respond?
Once again your sacrificing Savior shows you the way to go. If anybody deserved to lash back at unfair treatment, it was God’s sinless Son. Yet, “He did not retaliate when he was insulted. When he suffered, he did not threaten to get even. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly” (1 Peter 2:23). Jesus’ Father knew the treatment his Son received was rotten beyond belief. And he knew exactly what kind of payback it required. God is your Father too, and he will justly avenge-in his own way and time-any wrongs done to you.
REFLECT: When you are wronged, what’s your usual reaction?
PRAY: Ask Jesus today to begin reprogramming that payback chip inside you to help you put down your weapons of retaliation and slowly back away.
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