Evil Enemies The Lord Will Crush

April 11, 2013

Friend,
It sounds like you really should change attorneys if at all possible. You’re right. Many people do not understand abuse. They cannot fathom that a sweet-talker can also be a complete villain, a skilled liar, and have it in him to be so cruel and uncaring as to be eager to leave destitute and anguished the wife he once made vows to –to protect and cherish. A parent harboring such a calloused heart, twisted mind, and vile spirit should absolutely not have custody of the children, for such men actually do rationalize their right to abuse when no one but their family is witnessing it. In public they put on a very different demeanor, not only because they know they’d be jailed otherwise, but because they instinctively know that what they’re doing is appalling and should never be tolerated by anyone. But, alas, whenever their lust for power and control, and/or their need to release their frustration and anger, rise up within them, they decide that, for them, it is okay. For THEY are the exceptions, according to their self-centered minds. And of course –it’s because they had “such a hard childhood.” –The typical “poor me” and “I’m a victim” song and dance.

Yes, I will continue to pray for you. And yes, that the Lord will be your Mighty Protector, Precious Comforter, and Powerful Deliverer. For we know He is all these and more, and so we pray and praise ourselves and each other into victory. All who cry out to God, all who believe in His deliverance, all who trust and rely on His Word and ability to do the impossible for His righteous people, will be rescued out of the raging waters. We may go down to the depths for a while, but it is a test. He is testing us. He is refining us. And if we hold on, if we wait His timing, if we keep calling out to Him for mercy, our tender-loving Father will definitely take pity and lift us up in His arms. He will bathe our wounds, He will hold us close, and He will turn and dash our enemies to the ground for all their cruelty toward us. For our God who is always faithful does work righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. (Ps. 57:2,3 & 103:6)

“How,” you might ask, “do we hang on when we’re slipping?” We praise. To praise God when we’re afraid is the height of faith, and God, without question, honors (and loves to honor) those who act in faith. To praise is the opposite of complaining and the opposite of doubt. If you can’t praise on your own, then open the Word and force yourself to read praise psalms, and do this even if you’re crying and even if you don’t feel the faith in you. Do it anyway. That alone will prove you have some faith, and the faith will grow, and even if you don’t feel any faith growing, keep on and God who sees your faith will send commands to the earth on your behalf. Believe this. Believe what I’m saying here, because I am telling you what the Word of God most definitely says.

Here are some of those Scriptures:

“He sent from above; He took hold of me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support. He also brought me forth into a large place; He delivered me, because He delighted in me. The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands He has awarded me… It is God who girds me with strength and makes my way perfect… He teaches my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken in my arms. You give me Your shield of victory… It is God who avenges me… who saves me from my enemies… from violent men You rescued me. Therefore I will praise You…” (Ps. 18:16-50)

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, dismayed, or unnerved because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God, to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words…” (2 Ch. 32:7,8)

“When you go out to battle against your enemies, and you see horses and chariots, and a people stronger than you, be not afraid of them, for the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt [bondage], is with you… Do not faint or be fearful, do not tremble or be terrified of them. For the LORD your God is the One who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to save you.” (Dt. 20:1-4)

“The LORD tests the righteous, but His soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.” (Ps. 11:5)

The Lord doesn’t hate anyone the way men hate, as with vindictiveness; but God does abhor, resist, and bring His wrath down in punishment upon those who go on in their sins, upon those who malign others, upon those who oppress, cheat, or lie to others, and upon all who are sexually immoral, who are idolators, and who refuse to abide by His holy laws. As Ex. 15:6,7 says, “Your right hand, O LORD, has become glorious in power. Your right hand, O LORD, has shattered the enemy. In the greatness of Your excellency, You have overthrown those who rose up against You. You sent forth Your burning anger, which consumed them as stubble.”

Nahum 1:7-13 is another passage which compares God’s treatment of the righteous and the wicked. To those who trust in Him He extends loving care, providing for them His very self as their refuge, while putting an end to their troubles. But to the wicked, those whom He considers His enemies, God will cause them to be cut down and consumed like dry stubble, their yokes broken from the neck of His people.

But though wicked people have chosen to abuse and hate us, we do nevertheless want them eternally saved, as well as to walk out their earthly lives in freedom from the devil who they’ve been allowing to control them. (2 Tim. 2:26) This being the case, our best defense is to continue to exalt God for His justice, for the fact that He knows what is going on, that He is a righteous and fair Judge, and that He delivers the weak from the mouths of lions. If we keep praising the Lord, we can take confidence in the fact that He will do what is best for everyone, He will fight the battle Himself, and He will disarm the wicked and honor the righteous. By constantly praising God, we keep the situation completely in His hands, and anything that transpires will then be, we’ll know, only of Him. Events will be His doing and for His glory. This is rest! This is confidence and peace for those who truly rely on their God! For “The LORD gives strength to His people; the LORD blesses His people with peace.” (Ps. 29:11) Is there not a multitude of promises He’s given to us –to His trusting ones?

Therefore, may you not only take hope in these promises, but also rise up in joy, strength, and courage, and with a huge increase in faith. And may you, through these, hide in the One who is already the Conqueror over all evil, and there find blessed rest, comfort, and healing for your weary, torn-up soul.

My love and prayers
are with you,
Rachel

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