FIVE THINGS FOR TUESDAY
1. It's only betrayal if you didn't expect it.
2. The betrayal of secret enemies helps you to identify your real friends. God is positioning you to fulfill your purpose.
3. Betrayal hurts because you invested in someone who proved to be an enemy. You're not weak because you hurt. You're human!
4. When you're betrayed don't attack your betrayer. Just control your emotions & pray for them. Betrayal ultimately judges itself.
5. During a betrayal, God exposes the hearts of those who were around you but not with you. It hurts, but it's necessary!
Jesus admonishes us to be wise, and then He starts listing BETRAYALS & all the people who are going to come against us, because we’ll need to discern who are our friends & who are wolves. (Matthew 10)
Most of the time, to really hurt you an enemy has to get close to you. This is important to recognize, because many times an enemy may disguise himself as a friend. Jesus referred to this as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This is when someone has an agenda, but presents himself in a different way to get ACCESS to your world & your decisions.
The book of James says, “Where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion & every evil thing are there” (3:16). Self-seeking—that’s what “wolves” are all about. If someone has an ambition for an outcome that benefits him regardless of the impact on you, others & God, that’s self-seeking. He has a desire & he’s determined to find a way to satisfy it.
The Bible says that wherever that attitude exists, so will every kind of evil, sin, lie & carnality. Because when selfish ambition takes over, all bets are off. So the wolf says, “I’ve come to aid the flock.” But inside, the wolf is thinking, As soon as I get in the flock, I’m going to take advantage of it & use it to serve my selfish ambitions. The advantage you have is that the GOOD SHEPHERD knows how to take care of His sheep.
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