Turn the tables. Don’t let anyone dictate how you see things. View them through the filter of One who was, is and will always be in charge.
“Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.” (Matthew 26 v 3-5)
Jesus had said he would lay his life down as a Passover lamb during Passover.
They said this wasn’t going to happen. They were concerned about causing a riot.
Jesus had said that he would be crucified.
They said this wasn’t going to happen. They had plans to abduct him and kill him quietly.
Jesus had said that his death would be public.
They said this wasn’t going to happen. They were not going to kill him till after the Festival had ended and people had gone home.
Who is in charge? It is not them. It is Jesus.
The enemy of your soul wants to see you die in some form and of course we are all called to take up our cross and die to self.
But how this happens is everything.
To lose your life in the timing of the enemy is to lose your destiny. To lose your life in the timing of God is to gain the whole world.
To lay your life down with the manipulation and deceit of the enemy is to cut short what God had in store for you. To lay your life down in the timing of God is surrender.