I saw an article about bullying that said since the anti-bullying campaign started, bullying has surprisingly gone up. Schools, online chat rooms, social media and all the usual places have reported a worse problem than we’ve ever had with it. And now through social media the bullied become bullies bringing with them a taste for revenge.
What could God do in situations like this?
I remember being bullied in middle school. Yes. Me. There was a girl who was just mean. She knew how to say the meanest things. It was torture just to walk in to class everyday where I saw her. She was bigger, prettier and more popular than I was. I was easy pickings as a scrawny new girl with too many freckles.
So here are two tips from a veteran of the bullying combat.
1. Don’t become a victim. If you can avoid being in a situation, do so by asking God. He has super spy BULLY GPS. He knows how to avoid the unneeded battles. Ask these kinds of questions. “God if you were me, which way would you walk to class? What seat would you sit in? What time would you get there? Should I invite them as a Facebook friend? Etc.” This will change the percentage of you being in proximity of a bully from 80% down to less than 2%. They can’t touch you if they don’t even see you. This is the biggest part of lesson. God knows EVERY heart you will ever talk to or be near in your life. He wants you blessed and protected at ALL times. Being a victim is not on God’s program for your life.
“Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him…Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,” John 10: 31 & 39
“And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul’s presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.” 1 Samuel 19:10
2. Take Control Spiritually. The 2% of your time that you unavoidably spend in the presence of a bully can become like spending time with a limp fish. They smell, but they can’t hurt you. Most bullying is directed and prompted by history’s all time worst bully, the devil.
“And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.” Luke 4:1-3
Look at that. “IF thou be the son of God” The devil taunts Jesus with his greatest need. If that doesn’t sound like a high-school bully, nothing does. The devil is second to none when it comes to bullying and most of the bullying in this world is prompted by him or works of his. That means you and your children, as believers, are entitled to God’s protection. All you need to do is claim it and take control spiritually of you surroundings.
Here is a great example. Let’s say you walk into English, and there sits the worst bully in school right across from the last seat left. You are forced to sit there. (Remember light dispels darkness, so immediately things will be uncomfortable…for them) First thing to do is, pray (in your mind). Say something like, “God in the Name of Jesus Christ, I command this room be spiritually clean.” At that point any evil spirit must leave. They legally have to obey that name. You can put what is like a restraining order out there. If they come back, they get put in prison, or banished or cast back out again. You are the Sheriff, God is the Judge, Jesus Christ is your Power of Attorney. If the bully stays seated, now it’s your turn to go to God and ask what to say or do to bless that person. Remember, without an evil spirit’s influence the mind gets more clear, more able to receive from God. This is your chance to change things for that person, but only if you get the guidance. The devil is stealing, killing and destroying you where he can but he is also doing it to this person as well. The devil doesn’t care who it is. He is a kamikaze pilot willing to take anyone with him as he goes down. We don’t have to let that happen.
Notice I haven’t said, “Be afraid of the bully.” Fear is not faith. We walk by faith not by sight. This is your chance to turn the tables on that bully. The girl who bullied me in middle school changed. It turned out her dad had died the year before. She was lashing out at anything good because she was hurting like crazy. Later we became friends, but during that time she was awful. You never know the things the devil has done in people’s lives to hurt them. Most humans react to pain with fight or flight. Our motto should be to help God get the hurt and dirt out of people’s lives with His love.
I’m going to change the subject on you. I will be teaching class November 2nd to all those interested. I will be covering this topic and more. I’m so looking forward to seeing you there. You should be receiving your email today with an invite to join us.
God bless you today!