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By Angeline M Duran Santiago
Be on the outside long enough and you will encounter someone or a few people that will start complaining, talking about other people, gossiping and stirring up the waters around you. They keep going to see if you join them, agree with them, seem interested, allow their words to effect you so you act upon them, or give them an audience with you head nodding or responding.
It is what it is.
I've learned~ or am still learning~ that some people love drama and will look for any given moment to get you to participate enough so you end up in the muddy waters of their story. A story that many times, I've learned, this person has created all by themselves and the other persons being mentioned don't even know they've been lined up in the battle.
There are persons in our lives that live to create a stressful scenario where we think they're believable, because after all, they're your friend, right? So, we listen, we ponder, and sometimes get all angry and offended with their story. Next, we get angry at the person who may not even know this story is being written against them and against you. We end up angry, discouraged, feeling down and beaten. We walk away from our dreams, our calling, ministry in the service of the Lord, and we even walk away from a job we really love.
The enemy may show up like a lion, trying to intimidate and confuse but know that, (like my mom would say) he is just a lion without a bite, just a purr, just the "look" of the real Lion of Judah.
I write this because I know that lately there have been false friends that have surrounded me with their tales, their seeds of discord, and their broken stories to try and get me to join in their deceit. Too many have attempted to sway me on to their side, even saying, "Thus saith the Lord." But, the Lord has not spoken.
To you that not only come near me to speak negatively, share lies, and look for a way to hurt my testimony, please move on. If you need me to be a friend, I am here, but no lies, no gossip and let's not pretend God is sending you to sow division and discord because God is for peace, for unity, for a sound mind, and for His will to be done. God is interested in using us to show His love, His redemptive plan, and how living for the Lord is worth it all. To you that pretend to be on my side, I have been alive long enough, and I've had enough experiences with the fake stuff in people to know you do not come with God's heart and purpose, but you, like the devil, come seeking whom you may devour and destroy. Please step aside. I don't have time for your venting in my personal space.
My eyes are on the Lord. My ears are attentive to His Voice. Please step to the side, because when the Mighty Lion of Judah roars to claim me as his child, you just may get blown away. So, either get your life right with the Lord, or please, please walk away.
Is this just for me? No. This message is for any child of God going through some hard times because others, especially either a friend or a supposedly Christian is all up in their face doing the work of darkness and not shining God's light. They are dealing with people who act like they love them and want to see them prosper, but deal with their actions that make them look incompetent and just want to see them fail. Some do it out of jealousy, spite or just a heart that has not yet completely surrendered to Almighty Yahweh.
People, the days are short. So, can we please get it together? It's time to seek the face of the Lord and not how to destroy and fight one another. It's time to pray and get our hearts right with God, not hurt people and make them end up depressed, hurt, or go crazy. This is not, definitely not, the work of God. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. God is love, not hate.
Join me. Pray for those so called friends. I am doing this daily. Pray for those people in your job or school or church that are coming against you. God can and will change the situation around. Pray for those who have been offended or do not speak to you because someone else made it their business to share lies and plant the enemy's seeds in their life as if you had said them, but you didn't. Put every care and every worry in God's hands. Trust Him. Believe me when I tell you, trust in the Lord because when God shows up, the walls will tremble with His Mighty Roar!!!
God will do great things in our midst. Keep praying and trusting.