“He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.”
Have you ever had someone tell you how they have defended you? They say it in such a way as if you owe them some type of homage or something. A few years ago a disgruntled church member sat across from me and began to describe why they could no longer attend the church. In the speech I got were these words, “I have defended you.” It was said as if I was supposed to now bow to them.
The bible describes only One we need as our defense:
– My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.
– Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.
– Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.
– For the LORD is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.
– But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.
I could list more, but I think the point is clear.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with someone speaking on your behalf or you theirs, however to expect some type of homage or special gratitude is offensive to God. It usually means there is a hidden agenda being devised. When someone must tell you they have defended you over something, it is evident there is an issue with their spirit. If the friendship or relationship is true, then why must one tell the other they have defended them? The one should already know the other has their back. The motives of man are altogether unpredictable. Paul writes the following:
“At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me…“
In the very next passage he continues…
“Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me…“
It is vitally important we do not put a great amount of confidence in any man, but always trust in the LORD. This lesson is a hard one to learn sometimes and a risky one at that. Why risky? Because when things do go wrong, there is always the danger of bitterness creepy in and taking root, which will defile many and cause you trouble. Psalm 118:8 says it best:
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.“
Sadly, many in this world have a high opinion of themselves and want others to as well. The danger in this is that when you don’t they will turn on you, causing trouble and defiling themselves before God. We must always be vigilant and watch for the wolf in sheep’s clothing, while at the same time not allowing them to cause us to faint in our service for God.
In conclusion…I have come across many different types of people over the course of serving God in various capacities. There is one constant…men love darkness rather then light. This is what Christ said in John 3. When we are born again, God does not take away that darkness of the flesh, for Paul writes that even while we do good, evil is present. There are all types within the body of Christ, and we must discern who is real and who is not. Sadly this is mostly done by trial and error. Sometimes we distance ourselves from those who are safe, while at other times allow those who are a danger in, too close.
One thing is for sure, if someone is claiming to be on your side attacks you, it is a sure sign they ARE NOT on your side. DO NOT feel bad for distancing yourself from their toxic spirit or else you may become a victim and be on the wayside of the path rather than journeying on the path.
To bring this thought to a close, I must say, “No Defense Needed!” Why? Because I have Christ as my defender.
In His service,
2 Cor. 12:9