Free from the Stronghold of Suspicion
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
It’s hard to avoid being suspicious because of all the variations of right and wrong today. Suspicion creates a looming darkness and expectation of evil where we would prefer goodness. It seems the world is no longer in the hands of the righteous, but in the hands of the latest whim of political correctness.
Protecting the innocent is good. But who are the innocent today? Protecting the innocent and convicting criminals used to be the focus of every aspect of the law because every aspect of the law was conformed to God’s law and the ten commandments. To love, honor and respect God and parents, to love our neighbor, to not steal, commit adultery, murder, lie or falsely accuse, and to aid the helpless was a natural bi-product of following the commandments. Anyone performing outside these boundaries was rightly suspect.
Today we must know and follow what we believe and believe what we know written in the confines of Biblical teaching. Otherwise confusion sets in and without warrant, the innocent are suspect and the guilty are protected.
Suspicion becomes a stronghold in our lives when we refuse to put God first, give our lives to Him, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, and God to protect us. When suspicion becomes a stronghold it can debilitate us and prevent us from seeing the good, the light, the blessings, and the potential.
There’s only one way to avoid being suspicious today and still be safe. Love. Love covers a multitude of sin. When we walk in love, we are above suspicion. We no longer suspect or allow this stronghold to control our thinking. That does not mean we neglect discernment, allow evil to triumph, or stop praying. It means we no longer allow suspicion to control us.
Has the world gone to far in the wrong direction? Is it possible to avoid suspicion?
5 Biblical tips on avoiding suspicion:
1. Be ready to believe the best of every person. There is good somewhere in the worst of us. Look for that good and pray about the rest while you are protecting your rights, loved ones, and home.
1 Corinthians 13:7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
2. Follow God’s law. Allow the fruit of the spirit to live within you.
Ephesians 5:9-12 For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life. 10And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him]. 11Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them.12For it is a shame even to speak of or mention the things that [such people] practice in secret.
3. Never take the law of the land [the proper authority given by God on earth] or the law of God [if the law of the land does not follow God’s commandments–God’s commandments take precedence] into your own hands. God himself will repay.
Romans 12:19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God’s] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord.
Hebrews 10:30 For we know Him Who said, Vengeance is Mine [retribution and the meting out of full justice rest with Me]; I will repay [I will exact the compensation], says the Lord. And again, The Lord will judge and determine and solve and settle the cause and the cases of His people.
4. Never give in to an occasion of sin or lawlessness. Following God’s guidance from his word will justify all your actions as long as you put the first and greatest commandment above all others.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
5. Forgive each other. Resolve any problem and warn a fellow believer before suspicion takes over. Warn others. Hate evil avoid evil doers, love your enemy. Follow God’s law without judging it.
James 4:11 [My] brethren, do not speak evil about or accuse one another. He that maligns a brother or judges his brother is maligning and criticizing the Law [God’s Law found in the Bible] and judging the Law. But if you judge the Law, you are not a practitioner of the Law but a censor and judge [of it].
2 Thessalonians 3:14-16 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer. 16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.