Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Refuse to be Killed

These words are the antidote for when people don't affirm you as a person or the things you make or do. They come from a book by T.D. Jakes called Woman, Thou Art Loosed. I found the whole book very helpful in combatting my insecurity and seeing my worth through Christ.

Here are some excerpts from the chapter entitled Refuse to be Killed---It's time we say to those in our family-both our natural family and our spiritual family-"I love you, I'm related to you, I care about you...but I won't let you kill me."

You had better adopt that attitude toward every person in your life, including your husband, your children, your friends, your boss, the people you work with, the members of your church. You need to say to them, "Jesus died for me. That's all the dying that needs to be done. I'm not going to let you kill me. I'm going to hide myself in Him. I won't let you kill me."

I'm not talking about the body. I'm talking about your resisting those who will attempt to kill something in your spirit and soul. I'm talking about people who will come at you to try to kill something in your emotions, your attitude, your inner life.

Others might say to you, "Nothing is going to get better. You might as well give up and sit down in your ashes, because nothing is ever going to change and nothing is ever going to be right in your life."

You need to say back to them, "No! I refuse to let you kill in me what God has birthed in me!" Get your praise out. Start praising God for what He has done for you. Celebrate the life He has given you. Declare to God and to every person who talks death to you--"My life isn't over. There's still more that God has for me to do and to say and to be. I'm choosing life. I refuse to go back down the road of death."

I hope that the next time I encounter a negative person that I'll remember what to do and what to think. I can't afford to waste any more time being depressed because I let someone bring me down. If I'm a child of the king, and I am, then I need to start acting like a princess.


M.K. said...

Such an important concept. I don't know why some people have to be negative, have to look for a tragedy. It's like they think they're actually being helpful!
Recently, I heard Susan Hunt speak, and she stressed the importance of Christan women being "life-givers" -- that that's our assigned role from God. Not just to have babies, but in all we do: in affirming and encouraging others, in keeping a comfortable, inviting home, in showing kindness, in fostering spiritual life and building the spirit -- all this is part of being "life-givers." I appreciated this new idea.

debbie bailey said...

I like the idea of being a 'life giver', too. I do grow weary in well doing though. We also need to make sure we're giving life to ourselves. Thanks for the comment M.K.