“The people walking in darknessIsaiah 9.2-3, NIV
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.”
Now that I am continually moving forward, giving my best to this world, I can see how incredibly steadfast I must be in protecting my boundaries. I must be so intentional through my day, in what I am trying to accomplish, and to guard my mind against downward thinking. Something that has been recently brought into my awareness is the power of projection: I must be so vigilant of other people asserting their negativity onto me. And while it might seem like basic common sense that we don’t want others to be negative around us, I have discovered that negativity can be disguised as something positive.
Now that I have recognized that bitterness can be camouflaged as eagerness, I want to say that am baffled that I didn’t come to this understanding sooner, because I’ve known for years that the devil masquerades as an angel of light, but since I didn’t have strong boundaries with occult and New Age teachings until the past month, it is really no wonder that I was so susceptible to people planting seeds of adversity in my mind, under the guise of progress.
Now that I better understand demonic influence, and the oppression that we subject ourselves to through our behaviours and complacencies, I can see how easily I am influenced by the oppressive thinking of others. Previously I would call that codependency, but now that I have put on the full armour of God, I can see how calling it that was just another tactic used by the enemy to encourage us to be progressive, and in so rendering us defenseless against his attacks.
No. I am not simply navigating other people’s trauma. A “thick darkness” rests upon humanity, and unless we actively challenge that darkness in right thinking, we are prey to projecting our antagonism onto others. I build up my confidence through the conviction that I have a job to do; very specific actions to take in order to be safe from the snares of deceit. In that, I am assured that my mind is protected, and I can then truly show up in this world as God intended.