Have you ever been terrorized? Has your house or car ever been vandalized?
I'm sure that at some point in time you have been terrorized in one way or another - I'll proof it to you. But how have you dealt with such experience?
Just before going on our vacation (more like staycation) I had an experience I’ll never forget. Our house is in a nice area where neighbors got along great. One block over, however, the neighborhood began to get rough some time back. One day I decided to park my car out in the street until I finished mowing the lawn.
I finished my mowing and went back in the house to have dinner. I proceeded to get my car that was parked on the other side of a 6ft fence and park it back in my driveway when all of a sudden I noticed that something had happened. My car had been robbed, messed up and totally vandalized.
The trunk was torn to pieces; the back side of the front seats was ripped out and the items in the glove compartment were everywhere.
The back seat had been pulled out too - the car was a mess. Funny thing was - nothing was missing.
From what I could tell, the thief was looking for drugs, money or something he’d been missing-like costly jewelry.
I was furious – I felt terrorized and taken advantage of! I looked around to see if I could see who did that cause I was ready to jump on somebody's neck.
I was so mad.
The worse thoughts came to mind - the worse feelings terrorized my heart shooting through my body like an electrical shock. (have you had that much anger and weird feelings?)
Meanwhile, as I was tried to put the car back together but couldn’t due to many of the parts being broken when the thought hit me – “just call the insurance. They'll have it fixed!”
As I walked back into the house to call the police and my insurance agent - I immediately woke up. Thank God that was only a dream.
The crazy thing about it is - we've all been terrorized and vandalized in a similar way, except in a more serious way. Do you remember the times when your life was terrorized? I mean, all sorts of things happening experiencing all kinds of feelings and experiences.
Did you feel like your life was falling apart? Your kids were acting weird. Everything you thought you taught them had been overlooked, blown off and was of no use.
Everyone around you seems to be acting crazy, illogical, unreasonable, and idiotic.
How about the feeling of failure and defeat?
You wake up one day and noticed that life is not the same, your bills are piling up and you can't seem to land the right job, business idea, or anything. Not enough cash in the bank.
Anyone you talk to think they have the best advice for you - so you decide to talk to no one. You want to run and start over! You’re angry and don't know why.
Your family thinks you're the one acting weird, grumpy, illogical, and strange. They even ask you questions they've never asked you before. Like - how was your coffee today?
Well it was fine - I made it myself like I always have for the last 200 years!! Geeezzzz!!
Your mind doesn't seem to stop the thoughts of defeat and the reasoning of fixing situations in ways you never thought you would. Small things make you snap. Little situations make you fly off the handle. Everyone, including yourself, wonder why you had to react so abruptly to everything.
Are you just sick?
Is it MAC? (Middle Age Crisis).
Or could it be that the robber of your blessings have attacked your household, your life, your mind and your blessings?
Satan looks for opportunities to rob you and terrorize you in such a way that makes you feel like you're the one at fault. He's a sneaky snake.
The problem is not you; the problem is that you may have parked your car in the wrong place at the wrong time – sort-to-speak, while doing the right thing.
In other words, you may have let yourself spiritually "rest" during a good time (dinner), while the enemy worked consistently in your ‘car.’ The good news is - you can call the “police” and the “insurance man.”
John 10:10 says: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
I’m glad that abundant living has been promised to you and I by Christ himself.
Let me give you two simple ways to deal with such vandalism - 2 Simple Steps To Take When (Spiritually) Bullied or Terrorized
As obvious and simple as they are - yet they are most powerful:
1. Pray - not just saying a prayer. Pray!
Be honest with God and tell him how you feel. Tell him about those feelings of anger, defeat, frustration and such. Tell him that you want to honor him but you seem to continue to fail. Ask him to give you the grace and the power to overcome such detriment.
2. Get in the Word.
I have learned that King David's battles were not as simple as they sound from one verse to another.
I know, for example, that Othniel (in Judges 3) didn't just ruled successfully without challenges for 40 years.
I know for sure that Moses’ leadership though the wilderness was no cakewalk.
The reality is that God gave each and many other men and women in the Bible, the power to overcome. And they got their victory!
I told you it was radically simple - but effective. With the power of prayer and the Word of God you will always get your victory. Truth is, the thief that has been vandalizing your “vehicle of success” has been defeated. All you need is a reminder and the action behind your equipping.
These steps are so easy and simple that you may feel that there's no use cause after all, you have prayed before and nothing has happened. Let me challenge you - your prayers have been heard! And in God's mind and heart they have been answered - they are waiting for the right moment of delivery and manifestation. They are also waiting for you to agree with God without doubting for one second.
Trust God! Come to Him! Spend time with Him! He will get your life, your thoughts, and your life's purpose shinning again! Let his brand be revealed in you. It’s his plan – his will – and his desire.
I wonder: Do you recall a time when the enemy came to terrorize your life?
Feel free to share below how you got your victory and help another person with their spiritual and mental vandalism.
About the Author
Alex Colón, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Teacher, Pastor, Blogger and best of all, Husband and Father of 4. Living the re-Branded life