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Week of August 15, 2010
“He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God his Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face, O God of Jacob.” ~ Psalm 24:4-6
Have you ever experienced injustice in the workplace? Perhaps politics played a role. Maybe you were betrayed in some way, condemned by those with whom you shared confidences. Did others gossip about you? How did you respond?
Did you keep walking in upright obedience to God? Or did you fall for the bait and react in carnal ways? Perhaps you’ve done both intermittently.
Although we may feel like we’re stumbling through daily circumstances, groping at God to relieve the pain, there is a greater hope. If we choose honest repentance, there will come a time when God will set things right. When we have been tested sufficiently, fired for purity’s sake, and God has allowed the flames to have their complete work in us, He will move on our behalf. Isaiah 49:8 says, “In the time of My favor I will answer you . . .”
Repentance leads to redemption. And although we may feel we’ve been wronged and it’s the other person’s fault, it’s important to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us what part, if any, we had in the issue.
I know of a married couple who discipline their children by having them sit on a “repentance bench” until they repent for their part in disputes. As they sit side by side, they are not allowed to blame each other. When they repent, they are relieved to resume their day.
How often do we assume the victim role and blame others? God may be using unpleasant circumstances or behavior of others as a vice-like instrument to force issues within us to the surface so that we can overcome them. He may be preparing us for promotion by cleaning us out. When things don’t bother us anymore, they can’t bind us, and we are free to move on.
No circumstance or person is too relentless for God’s intervention. If people do not hearken to God’s directives, He has been known to release His judgment upon them. But we must be in right standing. Our freewill choice will determine a lot.
In God’s time, He will deliver us from gossip to greatness, from misery to majesty, from devour to divine, from persecution to peace, from invasion to intimacy, from division to revision, from feuding to favor, from condemnation to compassion, from crushed to comforted, from fear to faith, from holes to wholeness, from blockage to boldness, from hatred to harmony, from sin to sweetness, from false accusations to freedom, from strongholds to life, from strangleholds to open doors of opportunity. The chains come off, and we are restored and vindicated.
Our decision to humble ourselves and honestly repent of our part in the journey will break the division and strangleholds in our work lives and beyond. Though we cannot control another person, God will fight our battle on our behalf, and we will come through victorious. We will be honored, even publicly. What has been out of priority will be put into place. Our garden of safety and security will be restored. And we will finish the race well.
Are you ready to be vindicated? Spend some intimate time with the Lord and honestly repent each time He reveals your part in a situation. In the time of God’s favor, you will see the fruit of blessing in your life. And you will walk in the freedom of victory again.
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