Following God One Step at a Time

How To Protect Yourself as You Help Others

on July 18, 2012

Last week, I promised to tell you about how to protect yourself from the “Kick Me” sign on your back (see previous post).  So here is a listing of ways to protect yourself:

1. Pray to God for protection and for the wisdom to know when you are safe, and when you are not.

2. Ask friends and family to pray for your protection and your wisdom.

3. Put on the armor of God as described in Ephesians.  (see scripture in #8 below: Ephesians 6:11-18)

4. Realize that many of the people you will help, are not capable of treating you fairly or with thanks.  The reasons they need help, can also be the reasons for their “rude” behavior.  Be forgiving and polite, but use your protections and wisdom, and be alert.

5. Read scripture.  Memorize key verses.  Speak it out loud if you can, or silently.  Scripture is a powerful way to stop an attack and make the devil flee.  Such as(James 4:7)   “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil,  and he will flee from you.”  You could say “I submit to God, and resist the devil, so the devil will flee from me.”  Or you could say, “I stand firm and resist!  Flee from me!”

6. When someone is criticizing you, or yelling at you, put up your hand as if you want to ask a question,  and firmly say “Please STOP!”  That one word can get them to pause and think.  You can then make a quick exit, or quote a scripture  and say — The Lord says to “Love your neighbor as yourself”, and tell them you will talk with them only if they calm down and talk quietly.  In the case of someone who is sending you angry emails or texts, you can delete the messages and block them from sending more.

7. Try never to be alone with someone you are helping.  It is safer to work with a partner or in a group , unless you are in a public place, or in your office with other people nearby.

8. Read the scripture below from Ephesians.  Read it often.  It has much good advice for protecting yourself.  You probably should memorize at least part of it.

(Ephesians 6:11-18)  11 Put on the full armor of God,   so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,   but against the rulers, against the authorities,   against the powers   of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God,   so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,   with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,   with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation   and the sword of the Spirit,   which is the word of God.   18 And pray in the Spirit   on all occasions   with all kinds of prayers and requests.   With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying  for all the Lord’s people.

I say “Amen” to that!


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