WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR PAST TRIES TO ATTACK YOUR PRESENT
You think you’ve been delivered until you get tested. No, just me? Well, I thought I had been delivered from my past hurt, until I was faced with the same hurt by the same individual. I believed that I had made it clear that I no longer wanted to have any more to do with my past. I was direct and asserted myself just like I had been advised to do. Months went by without a call, text, or any other distraction. That was until one day this person dropped in my DM (Direct Message). For some, that’s where it goes down, but as for me I felt that my request for the past to remain the past had been disregarded. Not sure if the idea that I could potentially change my mind was the intention behind it, but I had not. As a survivor of domestic violence, BOUNDARIES are very important to me. They are necessary. When I say no, that’s what I mean. That goes for anyone. If you have put boundaries in place to protect your peace, space, and or privacy, don’t be persuaded to bend on this.
This particular individual had shown their abusive tendencies in very subtle ways. I recognized the signs immediately because it was a familiar spirit that I had wrestled with before. Name calling, trying to monopolize my time, then apologizing just to do it again. This DM started off with a simple hello, but instantly progressed to negativity. So, what do you do when your past tries to attack your present? Remember these four principles:
1. Resist the devil and he shall flee. Don’t argue with them. The spirit operating behind them will have to flee if you simply resist their attempts to deter or distract you. No need to go back and forth or to indulge in the negativity. See James 4:7
2. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. I personalized this by adding me and I urge you to as well. Personalizing God’s Word in our own situations helps you to remember that the same God who did it in biblical times is still able to do it in your life too. See Isaiah 54:17
3. Vengeance is mine says the Lord. Forget trying to get even. Moment of transparency: I have failed in this area at times. No one can teach a better lesson than God. Cast your cares on Him and watch Him work on your behalf. See Romans 12:19
4. God will make your enemies your footstool. Anyone who puts their mouth on you brings more attention to you. God sees and will bless you in the presence of your enemies. Don’t miss out on your blessings trying to prove your point. See Hebrews 1:13
I love the message Bible and found this scripture to be very encouraging: Don’t become partners with those who reject God. How can you make a partnership out of right and wrong? That’s not partnership; that’s war. Is light best friends with dark? Does Christ go strolling with the Devil? Do trust and mistrust hold hands? Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God’s holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way: “I’ll live in them, move into them; I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people. So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good,” says God. “Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself. I’ll be a Father to you; you’ll be sons and daughters to me.” The Word of the Master, God.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 MSG
Have nothing to do with anything the Lord has delivered you from.