Have you ever had that one person on your job that no matter what you do, they seem to always find way to get on your nerves? Have you ever just prayed for peace in the workplace, only to have it for a few weeks and then the turmoil returns? Well that’s what I’ve been dealing with for the past four years, but it is even more prevalent now because God has placed me in position of authority over this person. In the past I would just blow them off and remind myself I only had to deal with them for a few hours. Now, however, I can’t just blow them off. I have to face the issue.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I do not like confrontation. It causes me to shutdown. I will do whatever is necessary to keep the peace. Unfortunately, it is often at the detriment of my own emotional stability. So yesterday as I was reflecting on the events of the day, trying to figure out why I was in this volatile relationship with my team member, the Lord said “you are being bullied”. Interestingly enough, I was bullied from elementary to high school, so now it made sense to me why I was so caught up emotionally in what was happening at work. Grateful for understanding the spirit behind what was going on, I still had to face the issue. That’s when I heard “cast your cares upon me”. Although I was praying about the situation, I had not totally released it to God. I was still trying to fix it in my own strength, and as a result I was emotionally drained. I visited my friend’s church on Sunday, Heart of God International Church, and his message came from Philippians 4:13, which says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. He stated that the reason we get tired while doing what we are called to do (in my case, walk in love) is because we are doing it in our own strength and not relying on the strength of Jesus. Selah. Are you tired? You may want to check where you’re relying on your strength.
Know that there is a spiritual training that must take place in order to deal with spiritual bullies. There must be a ramping up in our devotional time. No more reading a few scriptures, writing a few lines in our journal and moving on with our day. We have to diligently seek God in prayer and wait to hear his response. We have to acknowledge our fears and then activate our faith in the word that says God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind ( 2 Timothy 1:7). We have to deny the flesh the temporary gratification of speaking our mind in order to receive the eternal grace that comes with obedience to the word. Yes, it would be much easier if we didn’t have to deal with spiritual bullies, but Jesus said in John 16:33 “in this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world”. So the next time that spiritual bully rises against you take joy in knowing that you are an overcomer. Activate your faith and you will overcome (1 John 5:4), and cast your cares on the heavy load carrier, Jesus Christ.
Be blessed, but first comes obedience!