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Daily Devotional 09/12/2021

Life Principles to Live By

”Responding To Emotionally Charged Issues”

This is part of Charles Stanley’s devotional, “Life Principles to Live By” posted on the YouVersion Bible app, adapted from his book, 30 Life Principles

Questions to consider:

  1. How do you respond whenyou are accused of something?

  2. What can we learn from Scripture to help us respond during emotionally charged issues?

Today’s reference: 2 Samuel 15:31

And it was told David, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” And David said, “O LORD, please turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.

Psalm 3 - Save Me, O My God

A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

    [1] O LORD, how many are my foes!

        Many are rising against me; 

    [2] many are saying of my soul,

        “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah

    [3] But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,

        my glory, and the lifter of my head. 

    [4] I cried aloud to the LORD,

        and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah

    [5] I lay down and slept;

        I woke again, for the LORD sustained me. 

    [6] I will not be afraid of many thousands of people

        who have set themselves against me all around.

    [7] Arise, O LORD!

        Save me, O my God!

    For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;

        you break the teeth of the wicked.

    [8] Salvation belongs to the LORD;

        your blessing be on your people! Selah

Comments by Charles Stanley:

Life Principle 8 (continued): Fight all your battles on your knees and you win every time.

Have you ever been wrongly accused by someone you know? Have you ever endured the wrath and rejection of a co-worker or loved one? 

Perhaps some of the most hurtful situations that you’ve experienced came through the condemnation of a person that you cared about. Whether or not you merited their criticism, the pain which they inflicted was no doubt devastating and probably took a long time to overcome.

What can you do when you’re betrayed and your heart is broken by another? How do you protect yourself from their ongoing attacks? As a child of God, you have a responsibility to respond in a godly manner when someone challenges you to combat, and Life Principle 8 holds the key to turning your circumstances around: Fight all your battles on your knees and you win every time.

Can you imagine how devastating it was for King David to be betrayed by his son? In every way, this was a lose-lose situation. David could not regain his kingdom without hurting his son and many of his countrymen, and he couldn’t restore his relationship with his son while the kingdom hung in the balance. No slingshot or sword would solve his problem—but God could.

Read Psalm 3. When have you felt as David did in verses 1–2?

David wrote Psalm 3 while he was fleeing from Absalom.

Why was it important for David to know that the Lord was his shield during this time (3)?

What would you say David’s mood was in the midst of this terrible trial (6–7)?

How do you feel, knowing that your vindication comes from God? Does this encourage you, or do you feel cheated that you cannot take revenge?

God eventually delivered the kingdom of Israel back into David’s hands, and although David did everything he could to protect him—Absalom still lost his life (see 2 Sam. 18). That is what always happens when a person harbors unforgiveness and revenge in his heart—he hurts the people around him unnecessarily and eventually destroys himself. That is why, whenever people attack you, you can’t just react to them out of your fear and rage. You must be like David and have a battle plan. Your combat strategy must begin and end with getting on your knees and realizing that God is in control of your situation. He will handle everything for you if you will humble yourself and obey Him. 

However, you must stop being distracted by your own feelings and the details of your circumstances, and put your focus on Him and what He can teach you. Whenever you surrender yourself completely to God and trust Him with your struggles, you’ll find that He is faithful to lead you to victory.

 

How are you living out Life Principle 8 this week? Are you facing a battle that seems like a lose-lose situation? Are you heartbroken by someone’s accusations? Discuss your battle plan for taking your trouble to God and surrendering yourself to Him. Then spend time in prayer, asking God to draw you into intimate communion with Himself and to transform your life so that you can affect the world for the sake of His kingdom.

Quote:  "Repentance is not seen in tears; it is not seen in words; it is not seen in emotion. Repentance is long, slow, consistent change over an extended period of time because it is from the heart outward. Heart change is supernatural work.” - Diane Langberg

You can invite others to join and read the Bible Plan, “Life Principles To Live By” at https://bible.com/p/45266486/cfc98f9a7b942d983c764129de25e124


Disclaimer: The purpose of this devotional is to engage the reader with Scripture and promote the many devotionals published by the YouVersion Bible app. This devotional is not intended to promote any one person’s perspective other than the Supremacy of Christ in all things. 

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