Overcome the Power of Your Enemy – Proverbs 25:21-22

Overcome the Power of Your Enemy – Proverbs 25:21-22

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
For in doing so, you will heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord will reward you.

“He called.” I had crumbled to the floor and was still holding the phone in my hand. My husband stood there with concern all over his face. “Why?”

I had dated the guy before my husband and started dating, but he never accepted that I had moved on. He called. He wrote. And in a small town, I found that he was everywhere I needed to be. It was after my husband and I were married that I discovered it was intentional. “He’s following you.” A former friend of his told us one day.

That one phone call led to a full year of rehashing and reliving the troubles. It made me sick each time I had to go through the details. It made me angry that he was causing issues in my life – in my new life with my husband.

I read the Proverbs about heaping coals on his head – and I it made me smile. I read the information about “coal on his head” and how it is a good thing, and my smile faded. I did not want to give him bread or give him water. I wanted to run him over with a truck – and yes, I know that is not good, positive or uplifting.

I prayed about the issue, but worry refused to let me rest in that pray.

I prayed about the worry, but fear of retribution held the prayer back.

It took years of prayer war to get there, but I got there (on most days). I woke up one morning and determined to let it go. “Lord, I know that the world can make things happen. I know that the world can cause trouble. But I know that you have overcome the world and I am choosing to believe in you.” I released the stuff that had piled up because of that one moment on a phone so many years before.

I have never given him anything to eat. I have never given him anything to drink. I still avoid direct contact with him. But I have released it to God – in my heart and in my mind.

For me, the Proverbs is not just about physical actions, but about a heart-felt change. I turn my focus from the actions of others to the One that matters – and in doing so I release the others to Him as well.

Be blessed,

Kathryn Lang

#Hope builder. #Dream inspirer. Master of “it’s all about #relationships.” Aficionado of inappropriate laughter, Kathryn Lang believe we can all fly and works to help others find the time to make their dreams come true. She shares with people that are trying to walk the tightrope of family, work, and faith – and keep them all in the right balance. Contact Kathryn today to speak or teach at your next event.

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