I will not allow you to control my life!

If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. (Romans 8:31-34)

Many of us need a reality check from time to time. The moment we begin to give into the accusations of others, finding fault with everything that happens in our lives, or rising up in some form of indignation about something they don't understand that has occurred with us, we need that check. Why? No man, woman, or child can ever accuse us. They may 'judge', but that is their issue. We cannot control how they think or act - we are only responsible to live and act as God directs us to.

To accuse is to find fault with something or someone. Not every accusation is based in fact, though. There are times when others accuse us of things we didn't control, or things they have no real inside information into, but they find fault anyway. To condemn is to indicate they don't approve of what we have done, or what has come into our lives as a blessing. Either way, God reminds us that the only basis for accusation or judgment is when he makes it!

Keep your heart right with him and stop listening to the voices around you that accuse or condemn. God looks at our heart - sees our intentions, knows our thoughts, understands our emotions. He knows when we 'do well' or 'not so well', but others may not possess the same insight. Why do we listen to their accusations or condemning words? Perhaps those hurling those accusations are really just a bit too 'bullying' in their behavior!

Words hurt more than we want them to, don't they? They get inside our brains, we muddle over them for a while, then before long, they have taken root in our heart. Remember, the bully wants to control you. God tells us the only 'control' over our lives should be that of his Spirit. Stop muddling over what you hear and start replacing those hurtful words with the Word of God. No one can condemn those redeemed by the Blood of Jesus. No one! Just sayin!

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