[WordPOWER!] Romans 12: Repay No One Evil for Evil — Don't Curse — Give Place to God's Wrath

We need to fully trust that God will deal with people totally fairly at the appropriate time.
It’s serious sin for us to step into His vengeance shoes that only fit Him, being all knowing and totally just!
It’s not our job to withhold forgiveness or to wish evil on anyone!

Romans 12:

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless, and don’t curse.

15 Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Don’t set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Don’t be wise in your own conceits.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all men.

19 Don’t seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God’s wrath. For it is written, “Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.”

20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

21 Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

May the Lord Strengthen Your HEART—Behold the BEAUTY of the Lord

I had a heavy dream this morning in which certain people were actively trying to take me out.
Normally, I try to wake myself up enough in order to write down all dreams that I think are probably from the Lord. It’s so easy to talk myself out of doing this to go back to sleep, even though I make sure my laptop is by my side.
This time, this was obviously a warning dream from the Holy Spirit, but I reasoned in my sleepiness that all I needed to remember is that these people were serious in their evil activity against me. But in hindsight, I probably would have learned significant things from the details of the dream, which I don’t remember.
Afterward, I heard very clearly: “Psalm 27.” I thought, “Great! God is giving me the solution!” I really was going to read it, but then went back to sleep and forgot about it until now—when thankfully, probably by the grace of God, I remembered.
What a beautiful answer to this yukky dream!
The New King James version showcases the heart as the focal point (v. 13, 14):

I would have lost heart,
unless I had believed that I would see
the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And he shall strengthen your heart;

Wait, I say, on the Lord!


<< Psalm 27 >>
World English Bible

1 Yahweh is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? Yahweh is the strength of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When evildoers came at me to eat up my flesh, even my adversaries and my foes, they stumbled and fell.

3 Though an army should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear. Though war should rise against me, even then I will be confident.

4 One thing I have asked of Yahweh, that I will seek after, that I may dwell in the house of Yahweh all the days of my life, to see Yahweh’s beauty, and to inquire in his temple.

5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me secretly in his pavilion. In the covert of his tabernacle he will hide me. He will lift me up on a rock.

6 Now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me. I will offer sacrifices of joy in his tent. I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to Yahweh.

7 Hear, Yahweh, when I cry with my voice. Have mercy also on me, and answer me.

8 When you said, “Seek my face,” my heart said to you, “I will seek your face, Yahweh.”

9 Don’t hide your face from me. Don’t put your servant away in anger. You have been my help. Don’t abandon me, neither forsake me, God of my salvation.

10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then Yahweh will take me up [“then the Lord will take care of me” – NKJV].

11 Teach me your way, Yahweh. Lead me in a straight path, because of my enemies.

12 Don’t deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen up against me, such as breathe out cruelty.

13 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of Yahweh in the land of the living.

14 Wait for Yahweh. Be strong, and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for Yahweh. By David.

Praise be to Jesus!!!
– jeff fenske : )

Carlos Santana: “If you fight with joy, you’re the solution”

Transcribed by Jeff Fenske from: Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, The Movie Channel, 2006

“This is the thing, man. We don’t have to worry about anybody else’s doing. All you need to do is that:
Everyday it’s a battlefield. But if you fight with anger, you’re the problem. If you fight with joy, you’re the solution.”

Conviction is from your soul. You have to go out there with conviction and say, ‘you can’t stop me. You cannot break my spirit.’ Before I go [strongly exhales] and I’m done with this body there will be some hearts that will be touched by my spirit.”

– Carlos Santana