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What do you do when you’ve been broken? When people you thought you could trust in fact betray you and take a knife to who you are at your core – whether it’s true or not?

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

Being kicked around is something I’ve experienced a lot in my life, but not usually by people that I allowed into my “trust circle”; You know, the people who are supposed to protect your heart rather than destroy it. And yet, it happens – doesn’t it?

When does the enemy attack? And who does he use? The answer is, all the time and whoever is willing to come into agreement with him in their brokenness. It could be a friend, sister, boyfriend, wife, neighbor, even a pastor. If we as Christ’s elect are not vigilant, the enemy can use our weakness to bring down a brother or sister in the Lord.

What do we do when the wound is so deep that we’re not even sure it will ever heal?

Recognize where it came from. We don’t battle flesh and blood – we battle a spiritual enemy who rather we would not fight him but fight our human counterparts. When in reality, our fight should be taken to his doorstep. The only way the enemy can harm you, child of God, is in your mind.

He might try to convince you that your very character is not only contrary to who you thought you were, but contrary to the Word of God itself. All the while, you’re scratching your head asking how you could be any of the things you’re being accused of – liar, manipulator, grudge holder, gossiper – when in fact you are none of those things and take great care not to be.

Don’t let it get into your heart. Ask yourself “who does God say I am?”

That’s how we fight back. First, we know the character of our God and second, we know who He says we are because we know what He says in His book. So you can take that thought or accusation captive and either execute it or let it live. I prefer to execute the bad thoughts and accusations.

Are you in a difficult place right now? Have you been kicked and beaten down by people you love or who tried to convince you they were a safe place only to rip the rug out from under you? Remember who you’re really fighting, and to whom you belong.

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Jesus has already won our battle, friend, and even though someone has hurt you by coming into agreement with the enemy in a moment of weakness, you will be lifted up by the grace and mercy of our Lord.

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

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