I think mosquitoes are really around to teach us very important lessons about life. Many would say they wish Moses would have just swatted those two mosquitoes but I think they are still plaguing us for several reasons. First, they are a great equalizer. Of course, they have their favorites (me) but they can pretty much get everyone to run for the inside at dusk and spray things and hurl curses at them from our mouths pretty equally. Along those lines, we are kept humble as well for similar reasons. No one proudly struts around when they decide to attack. They duck and run for cover. They also teach us something about distraction. No matter how deep and important the conversation and thought being shared is, the conversation is over when these little evil distractions invade our space. And no matter how strong we are in our faith, if we are attacked by many distractions we can get off course and not finish the sentence, so to speak. I have had many attempts at distraction in the past, have some now and most assuredly will later, but it is my choice how I handle them. It is always our choice to allow the distraction to change us or cause us to side step when we are to go straight. Our job is to read God’s Word to know God’s will and pray for His strength and renewed protection from distraction every day or moment. If we make it a priority to prioritize, we run the very real chance of being unmoved by distractions and creation a barrier of protection around ourselves. Just a thought.

When People Attack

People attack us for a variety of reasons. It is always best to not assume a reason but ask it. If the person is unreasonable, guilty, doesn’t even know the reason or is self-deceived they won’t answer unless in further attack or passive aggressive behavior. Often, the asking should not be attempted until the other person is calm. Now, reasons can vary incredibly: the person is deflecting their own faults, they had a bad day and have anger issues, they are hormonal, they hate the color of your shirt, they are evil, they are jealous or insecure, they are proud or narcissistic, they are in pain, etc. Their attack is in no way a reflection of you because you have no idea what the real cause is. Nine times out of ten, the attacker doesn’t really understand that they are being dupes of the enemy trying to defeat and kill your soul and Spirit. Our fight is not really against flesh and blood at all but the spirits of the enemy sent to test and try to destroy us. Does that excuse the attacker of the attack? Nope, but it reminds you of the big picture. We are all responsible for our actions, either now (which is better) or in the future (which is eternal). However, when we are attacked we are also responsible for our own behavior in response to the attack. How are we supposed to respond to hurtful attacks? We are, ready for this?, to forgive. What? Yes, it goes against our natural and learned automatic man response to being hurt. However, God tells us that we are forgiven to the extent that we forgive. Should we run from and avoid the attacker? Well only an idiot would neglect putting up some serious boundaries so they have a layer of protection, but fear can become a stronghold and foothold for Satan, as can distrust in God and in forgiveness and dwelling on the hurt and worry. All these things can become ways for evil to squeeze into your life and cause you to stumble or hinder your communication with God. So, we are to forgive and speak with love to these people, stand for truth but not in pride but in righteousness. What does that look like practically? If I am called a name by an acquaintance behind my back, I go to that person and ask them if they said that. If yes, you can tell them that it was untrue for these reasons and hurtful for these reasons and that you hope they will go to God for forgiveness but you offer them your own forgiveness. That response can heal both parties because truth always sets free and forgiveness, no matter how they respond back, always helps you and frees you of the insult. Fear of doing this because of what they may think of you or how they may respond is directly from the evil one who we ts to steal your joy and diminish your faith. Fear causes further hurt and loss and tells God you don’t think He is strong or interested enough to help you when you need Him. By all means and definitely pray first and keep reading your Bible and God will show you whether their is any truth to the accusation that you need to deal with and discern the right words at the right time when speaking to the attacker. Try to keep your emotions out of the conversation to the best of your ability and in prayer because they cloud your judgment and will steer you off course and make it worse. Wait for a bit until God and you can calm you down enough to be effective in a discussion.

Renewed Minds

Gone are the days are out of sight, out of mind. Why? Because the enemy is so bold and brazen right now that the filth is put before our eyes everywhere. It is in our work places, in our cars on the radio, on billboards, on the computers, on tv, etc. Since our enemy attacks us actively on all fronts (his last ditch effort to take as many souls to hell with him as possible), our renewing of our minds must be very active as well. Meaning that us going to church 2-4 times a month for spiritual renewal will no longer cut it. I’m sure it never really did anyway, truth be told. No, we need to be proactive in our purity. We must put on our full armor every day before we brace ourselves against the attacks of our enemy so we can stand strong. And that protection is comprised of Bible reading and study, fellowship with other true Christ followers and constant prayer. How on earth can you constantly be in prayer? Isn’t that a little fanatical or taking things a bit too far? Absolutely not, that is lukewarm thinking. Does God really command us to pray constantly? Yep. What does that look like? It doesn’t look like a huge event, it is a running dialogue. And if people think you’re talking to yourself or little voices in your heads, don’t be discouraged or embarrassed because it is an opportunity to witness to them. And your soul is at stake if you don’t do your best to try to pray constantly. Praying does several things: it helps you behave better because it brings you into God’s presence so you are much more aware He sees you so you are more accountable, it keeps you focused on what is really important and it gives you a closer relationship to your Creator who has all the right answers. Think about it. Renewed mind’s do not ever happen passively. We have an active attacker so we must have an active defense. Be strong and courageous!