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Today’s Truth

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come”

2 Corinthians 1:21-22

Friend to Friend

Being from North Carolina, I love the old black-and-white episodes of The Andy Griffith Show. (And no, we don’t all talk like that.) In one episode, the neighborhood bully is picking on Andy’s boy, Opie. This blond-headed newcomer taunts and makes fun of Opie until he feels like a total loser. He’s ashamed of his own cowardice and embarrassed in front of his friends. After Andy, the wise father, figures out what is disturbing his moping son, he gives him a little lesson in standing up to bullies. The next day, when the bully threatens Opie, the little freckle-faced boy looks his opponent in the eye and refuses to crumble under his threats.

“Do you want to fight?” the bully taunts.

Opie doesn’t say a word. He just puts up his fists.

“Oh yeah? Well, knock this rock off my shoulder and I’ll—”

Opie knocks the rock off his shoulder before the bully has time to finish his sentence.

“Oh yeah? Well, step into this circle,” the bully continues as he draws a circle around himself in the dirt.

Opie steps into the circle.

Suddenly, the bully grows nervous. “You better be glad I’ve got on my good pants,” the bully says as he backs away.

Opie never had to throw the first punch. All he did was stand his ground and the bully backed away. Bullies don’t like it when we stand our ground. Never have. Never will.

Notice how many times Paul admonishes us to stand in Ephesians 6:13-14. “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then…” No one can stand for us. We must stand on our own two feet and stand up against the Enemy—and we stand on the Word of Truth to do it.

In his book The Reason for God, Timothy Keller said this:

“If anything threatens your identity, you will not just be anxious but paralyzed with fear. If you lose your identity through the failings of someone else, you will not just be resentful but locked into bitterness. If you lose it through your own failings, you will hate or despise yourself as a failure as long as you live. Only if your identity is built on God and his love…can you have a self that can endure anything, face anything.”

We need to take our stand when the big bad bully tells us that we are no good losers who can’t do anything right, who will never change, who will always struggle with doubt, or who will never be free. He’s just messing with you. Don’t let him.

Paul said, “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).

Maybe you’ve been running from the bully for way too long. Go ahead and take your stand. He’ll probably slink away because he has his good pants on.

Want to see the video clip of Opie and the bully? Click over to my Facebook page and look for today’s devotion.

Let’s Pray

Lord, sometimes I feel intimidated by the enemy’s lies. I know I shouldn’t buy what he’s selling, but I find myself believing him anyway. Help me to stand up to the enemy, stand firm on the truth, and stand strong in the power of the Holy Spirit working in me and through me.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Look up the following verses and note what you learn about standing firm.

Exodus 14:13

Joshua 1:5

Joshua 7:10

Acts 6:10

1 Corinthians 15:1

What are some practical ways you can take a firm stand for the truth today?

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5 Responses to “When the Big Bad Bully Messes With You”

  1. Hi Sharon, I love Andy Griffith! There’s always a great lesson in each episode. Praying that we will each stand firm in the faith and stand up to the biggest bully on the playground. God bless you!

  2. Angela says:

    Hi Sharon,
    What a coincidence that this devotional was on facing our bully. Before I read this,the enemy was taunting me about how I just got done ordering groceries, thoughtI’d gotten everything, and then I had forgotten the milk. He reminded me how I always seem to forget something, and how I still need to make that list of needs my husband mentioned.So you can see how I desperately needed to read this devotion. Thank you so much. And I love the Andy Griffith Show. I’m definitely the old-fashioned kind of woman. 😄 God bless you and yours. I am blessed by all of you ladies! Much Love, Angie

  3. Angela says:

    Dear Sharon, just one more thing I had to share. I just got some mercy texted to me by my husband. I told him I had forgotten the milk, and he said that with all that I have going on around me, it’s hard for one to keep their head together. I feel so sorry for him sometimes, yet he has granted me mercy once again. I’m so thankful for him and wanted to commend him. ☺

  4. Pat Burkey says:

    I have just joined “girlfriends” as a result of my daughter telling me. She really enjoys your daily messages. I am looking forward to reading them daily as well.
    I am going through a depression as a result of weaning off taking Xanax for many years.
    I have a medicine (not a drug) that the doctor prescribed to help me through this. But it is so hard. I am going to see a Christian therapist next week. Please pray for me.

    Thank you,
    Pat Burkey

  5. Abby says:

    Pat. I just prayed for you. Depression is a terrible thing. Don’t let the enemy win.

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