In 2 Kings 19, the enemy sent a threatening message to King Hezekiah, mocking his faith, leadership, and mistakes, and vowing to destroy everyone if they would not submit.
Hezekiah could have reacted in the same spirit, and killed the messenger with a “This is Judah!” kick to the chest. But he knew there was far more at stake than his pride. So instead, “After Hezekiah received the letter from the messenger and read it, he went to the temple, spread it out before the Lord, and prayed” (2 Kings 19:14-15).
Instead of justifying his decisions and demanding vengeance, he took responsibility for his own fears and failures. Rather than trying to make the enemy submit to his earthly authority and power, Hezekiah submitted himself to God’s mercy and grace.
Every day you have opportunities to respond from who you are in God’s Spirit, instead of reacting in the spirit of what’s trying to hurt you. Search through your thoughts and feelings, and lay out your fears, pain, frustrations, and mistakes. Invite God to replace them with his love, healing, peace, and grace.
Refuse to fight on the enemy’s terms. Don’t give in to viewing people and circumstances through his bitterness and lies. You are a royal son or daughter of God and you get to see and relate to the world with the same healing, transforming, overcoming love as your Father.