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victim1Have you ever been bold enough to verbalize by way of forcing air out of your lungs and over your vocal chords and forming your mouth just the right way to declare the word “HATE” at another human being?  I am guilty as charged.  That harsh word was spoken over me recently and I instantly wanted to crawl back into my victim suit which had been hanging in the back of my skeleton closet for moments just like that.  I pulled it out, adorned it with the broach of self-pity, the choker necklace of paranoia, the belt of doubt, the earrings of insecurity, and hung it outside my closet to be put on the next day because THAT night I was too tired and overwhelmed to even pull out the iron and get out the wrinkles.  So I slept, and not peacefully.  I tossed and turned, constantly waking up to look at my not so beautiful suit hanging there…mocking me.

As the glorious sun rose in the sky on a new day, I took a journey down a road never before traveled, still decked out in my PJ’s and barefoot, the victim suit hanging in its proper place.  Here is what was revealed to me as I traveled alone with God in quiet seclusion.

Isaiah 35:3-10 – Strengthen the feeble hands,
steady the knees that give way;
4 say to those with fearful hearts,
“Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
he will come to save you.”

5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
6 Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert.
7 The burning sand will become a pool,
the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay,
grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

8 And a highway will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness;
it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
wicked fools will not go about on it.
9 No lion will be there,
nor any ravenous beast;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
10     and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

victim3Christian love is not a feeling but a choice.  It’s our OWN attitude that causes us to ignore or despise others, to treat them as competitors and enemies and out comes the infamous blame-thrower meant solely for aiding in deflection.  Since when did taking personal responsibility become such a chore?

Susan Brogan always says, “When you have hate in your heart, everything that is beautiful is now ugly, and everything ugly is seen as beautiful.”  “How backwards is that, God?” was the question posed as I strolled in the Spirit with the Lord that early morning.  Of course, more questions came, “Is it me?  What else should I have done?”  Then the anger followed suit, “How DARE that person say that about me!  Talk about ungrateful!!”  All of the questions and comments to Gad had my mind wandering back to the suit that had now been meticulously draped ever so carefully across my bed and took me further away from the quiet white peace I walked in.

victim2We MUST be willing to accept discipline and correction and learn from the wisdom of others that God has strategically placed in our lives so we don’t hate the helping hand reaching out for us.  Take the Highway of Holiness and BURN the victim suit once and for all!

You can read Isaiah 32-35 about Isaiah’s prophecies at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Isaiah

To further your reading, consider this from:

1 John 2:9-11 (NIV) – Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

Which journey are you on? Which road do you frequent? Are you REALLY walking the path of the redeemed, protected from wicked travelers? God is preparing a way for His people (the ones who walk in His ways) and He walks with us! Live in the light and take the new journey away from discord, distrust, and hate! Walk in FREEDOM!

Related Scriptures: Proverbs 12:1; Proverbs 6:16-19; Psalm 97:10