Monday, 25 April 2016

Has your problem moved into your neighbourhood?

So you think you have overcome a "thing"?  You feel free and joyful about it all and looking forward to new things and not looking back on unpleasant "things".  And then your problem moves into your neighbourhood!

And BOOM!
You THOUGHT you had dealt with all that!
You THOUGHT those "things" were things of the past!
You THOUGHT you had overcome!

Well, in some ways this may be true.  There is probably stuff you have dealt with, stuff you have overcome.  But maybe, just maybe, there are residual issues just under the surface.  Our God wants you to have complete victory over those "things" and the only way to do that is to have them move into your neighbourhood.  Forcing you to confront what needs to be confronted.  Be it a fear, a person, unforgiveness, hurt... Whatever it is, if it moves into your neighbourhood and FREAKS YOU OUT, it is NOT dealt with.

I found this out at the end of last year.  I thought I had dealt with stuff, come to a place of contentment in it and then all that stuff blew up into a myriad of emotions that just came out of no where!!!?  But it did force me to confront those emotions.  It did force me to come to terms with my half-hearted forgiveness and it did help me come to that point of contentment in Christ that no matter what was done, no matter how I had been hurt, I could leave all that to Him and let Him deal with it.  I DID NOT have to solve any issues, I just had to lay down what I was harbouring and holding onto, at His feet!  At the foot of the cross.

Now I was not able to do any of this without much reading of the Word.  I can't say that any great solutions sprang up from the pages of the Word, but just the act of obedience of going to the word in the first place, God honoured that by dealing with my heart.  I do not know the hearts of those who have hurt me, but the personal pressure I placed on myself to resolve and restore things was removed from me.  All that was left was to leave them to God.  Let Him deal with whatever it is that is in their hearts.  I also came to that place of rest, knowing that even if I were to never receive the vindication my heart so longs for, its okay, because I have Christ.  He is my strength, my rock, my fortress, my DEFENSE, and my vindication.


Because I started letting go of all of these unresolved issues, I have been able to hear the Lord a little more clearly I like to think.  For example, I was having a quiet time the other morning when I read the following:  (now keep in mind I have been trusting and desiring and wanting and seeking for vindication, an apology, an acknowledgement of wrong doing - I know, I know, I expect a lot!!)
Isaiah 54 v 17:  But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgement you shall show to be in the wrong.  This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced];  this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord. 

Did you see that??!!!  

When I read this I nearly fell off my chair!  Based on the scripture above we ALREADY have received our vindication.  Why?  Our enemy tried to form weapons of lies and deceit and false claims against us, and they did not prosper in that.  They took us to court and the court found them to be WRONG.  We retained our peace and our security as children of God and because we are God's children our heritage is this vindication that we will not be dragged through the mud wrongfully.

I had such a moment of release in the realization that the vindication I have sought, I have already received.  So my problem moving into the neighbourhood lost its power to concern me or hurt me anymore.  God is in control and they are His problem, not mine!

He is faithful and just to do as He says He will do.

I hope the above has given you the encouragement to know to lean into God as much as possible and when your problem moves into your neighbourhood, He will deal with it, and He will remove its power to hurt you!  It is your heritage as children of God, in Christ!

God bless
Tracy

18 comments:

  1. Tracy, Thank you for sharing such an insightful post!

    I had never saw that before in the verses you shared. I love when new things pop out of God's Word always confirming that it is alive and active.

    I especially found encouragement when you stated, "I had such a moment of release in the realization that the vindication I have sought, I have already received. So my problem moving into the neighbourhood lost its power to concern me or hurt me anymore. God is in control and they are His problem, not mine!"

    This was a wonderfully edifying post!

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    1. Hi Karen, thank you for your comment. Yes, it was definitely a light bulb moment and very freeing. :)
      God bless

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  2. Yep, the enemy will try to deceive us.... while God has already done everything for us! Amen. Good post.

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    1. Hi Marja, yes it is so important to remember God has already dealt with all the devil tries to deceive us with!
      God bless

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  3. 'the vindication I have sought, I have already received." There is so much we have already received but fail to claim it. Freeing post.

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    1. Hi Betty, I know right?! And once the penny drops it never seems to be an issue again. Isn't that amazing?
      God bless

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  4. Those memories of past do crop up, but thank God He vindicates us and we win. I love the way you put this into perspective and forgiveness does not always mean we forget - - but then God reminds us that he forgets. Thank you Tracy, for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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    1. Hi Hazel, I love that, we might not forget, but He reminds us that He has let it go!
      God bless

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  5. Love this Tracy! So much Wisdom for my leaving the "buttons" at The Cross. He has so much more in life for us than reacting to the arrows from satan.

    "Now I was not able to do any of this without much reading of the Word. I can't say that any great solutions sprang up from the pages of the Word, but just the act of obedience of going to the word in the first place, God honored that by dealing with my heart. I do not know the hearts of those who have hurt me, but the personal pressure I placed on myself to resolve and restore things was removed from me. All that was left was to leave them to God. Let Him deal with whatever it is that is in their hearts. I also came to that place of rest, knowing that even if I were to never receive the vindication my heart so longs for, its okay, because I have Christ. He is my strength, my rock, my fortress, my DEFENSE, and my vindication." Heartsmile!

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    1. Hi Deby, yes He does have more for us than constantly defending, He has life and life abundant for us, and victory! :)
      God bless

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  6. Since 1988 I have been trying to restore the love and friendship between my sister and me. Nothing has worked. The contents and message of your writing has once again shown me that I need to - LET GO LET GOD.

    Thank you my friend for this wake up call.

    Anita

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    1. Hi Anita, I know what you mean, for years I tried too and really, the only way is to let go and let God, and it is hard because we as Christians want restoration, but the ones with whom we want restoration are not always at the same place as us.
      God bless

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  7. Oh, I SO appreciated this post! I could relate to it on so many levels. Thank you for this sweet encouragement. God bless you for your faithfulness to Him...and to all of us readers!

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    1. Hi Cheryl, we all need encouragement to let God do what He does better than we could any day :)
      God bless

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  8. Tracy, this is such an encouragement. We've been dealing with something and I was fine with it for a little while and then it hit me again yesterday. I believe the Lord will handle this situation and He will get the glory. Thank you! Thanks for linking up with Thankful Thursdays.

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    1. Hi Lori, it is tough when we think we have dealt with something, but if we haven't God kinda brings it to the fore until we are able to handle things His way.
      God bless

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