Everybody knows you can’t get rid of dandelions just by chopping off their yellow obnoxious heads; they’ll be right back with a vengeance. The only way you can fight this menace is to attack it at the root.
What works with plants—works with people. Hmmm!
There are people whose essence is drenched in negativity; everywhere they go they drag a vile stench of discord and hate. We know everybody isn’t going to be warm and fuzzy, and everybody isn’t obligated to like us; after all everybody didn’t like Jesus—still don’t. But the problem comes when these people occupy our space: supervisors, co-workers, family members, churchgoers, or a kid bullying children at school; the list can go on-and-on.
Don’t fan the flames!
What can be done when the situation becomes overwhelmingly problematic? I’ve learned not to fan the flames by snapping off at the mouth; that’s like snapping off the heads of dandelions. Also, I’ve learned tit-for-tat doesn’t work either; they’re resilient; they will be right back just like those dandelions.
Get to the root of the matter!
You have to deal with the underlying cause of the problem. And to do that, you need faith that God, through His Holy Spirit, will guide you and strengthen you. He will let you know the hate is stemming from the root—the devil. If your main focus is on what people are doing to you, then you have done nothing but cut off a few flower heads. Be opened to hear what the Spirit has to say about you; He’ll let you know if the enemy is using you to contribute to the dispute in any kind of way. You want to make sure you attack the entire root; no matter where pieces might be hiding.
Spirit vs. spirit!
This is a spiritual war that must be fought using spiritual means. It says in Ephesians 6:12 that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities in high places. The battle will take place in the root. Therefore, don’t be so concerned with what you see, the action is taking place where you can’t see.
When you are fed up, I mean—really fed up, you’ll stop cutting off the flowers and attack the root—the evil spirit inside that person. The enemy is counting on you to be too afraid to confront these spirits. Don’t be afraid, if you are a born-again Christian, the devil is more afraid of you than you are of Him. When you have a revelation of who you are in Christ, the Holy Spirit will fight for you; all you have to do is be obedient to His instructions.
How to remove unwanted roots:
- Get to know God intimately; develop an ongoing personal loving relationship with Him. Spend quality (daily) time in His presence by reading His Word, praying, and listening to His instructions.
- Not only listen to His instructions, but obey them! God speaks His instructions in many different ways including but not limited to: His Word, peace, an inner gut feeling/an inner knowing, other people, wisdom, and visions. If you’re having problems discerning His voice, ask for the Holy Spirit’s help.
- If God so instructs, get a prayer group and form a spiritual invisible chain (see Matthew 18:18-20).
- Submit your flesh under the obedience of the Holy Spirit; react and respond to this person the way the Spirit wants you to. The Fruit of the Spirit is a perfect guardrail. (See Galatians 5:22.)
- Overcome evil with good (see Romans 12:21). Personally, I find this to be a whole lot of fun. The enemy doesn’t know how to respond to love; it makes him as helpless as a fish out of water.
- DON’T LET UP!!!!
- If the Lord so instructs, fast (see Matthew 17:14-21; Mark 9:16-29).
Since you turned the battle over to God, the next time you see this person smile and think:
You have no idea!
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.