Deeper Day 189: Uncooperative

Nothing pleases me more than being uncooperative with the enemy’s plans. When he comes and tries to scheme and lie, nothing brings me more pleasure than walking in truth. I long to be completely uncooperative with him.

Does this sound strange to you? After today’s devotional, I hope it becomes common for you too. Learning how to walk in defiance to any of the enemy’s agendas has been liberating. It keeps me close to God’s heart and helps me to see things more clearly.

Listen, I know I’ve said it before, but I’m going to say it again… So much of life is black and white, meaning you’re either partnering with God or the enemy. So many things or groups or leadings of the masses, are connected with things that are the complete opposite of Biblical principles. This makes the choice easy. Before getting swept away, take a look at the root and then determine where and with whom you will stand.

Walking in cooperation with God has lead me to have a much more peaceful life. I don’t just “go with the flow.” That’s not who I am. It never has been, really. So, I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that God speaks to my heart this way.

Daily, when I go out and run errands, I meet the eyes of people who look downright terrified. Those eyes always come from above a mask. Just today as I walked around Wal Mart to buy some groceries, I noticed the stark contrast of people. Those with the masks were largely (but not wholly) carrying a spirit of fear that was causing them to even avoid eye contact. Those without masks seemed to just be carrying on as normal. Except, the unmasked seemed to seek out the eyes of other unmasked to smile in an apparent camaraderie that “I am not alone in my peace.”

I found myself feeling so sad for those who were struggling with the fear. I long for nobody to be fearful. I pray we all find a release soon. Until then, you will find me walking opposite of all the enemy’s suggestions. Happily walking in freedom.

Prayer Moment: God, I ask You to come and deliver America from the grip of fear. Lord, restore our pride in our country. Remove any and all who desire to see our demise. As You did with David, rout out the enemy and establish us in unity and peace once again. Let this David generation, make way for a Solomon generation who will reap the bounty of peace. God, come and fill America. You are our only hope, and for that I am thankful. I adore You. In Jesus name, Amen.

Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me; all day long they press their attack. My slanderers pursue me all day long; many are attacking me in their pride. When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, Whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? All day long they twist my words; they are always plotting to harm me. They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, eager to take my life. On no account let them escape; in Your anger, O God, bring down the nations. Record my lament; list my tears on Your scroll- are they not in Your record? Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me. In God, Whose word I praise, in the Lord, Whose word I praise- in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? I am under vows to You, O God; I will present my thank offerings to You. For You have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life. Psalm 56

Deeper Day 188: Brace for impact

These words kept circling through my mind. I couldn’t stop thinking them. I wondered what God was trying to say to me about them, then it hit me…pardon the pun… God is speaking to His people and this is what He is saying,

As believers we must be dedicated to faithfulness in reading scripture and worshiping Him, so when things happen in the world, we are set and braced for impact. We can so root and establish ourselves in Him that we are unbreakable and unbending. We can weather storms and not get caught up in the nonsense of the world. It is possible to be so founded in Him that when events occur, we see truth immediately and can operate separate from the world from the start.

I believe that far too many of us were caught so off-guard by things in March that we were reeling and off balance, but those of us who maintain deep connection with God and His word, were far less affected. I seriously witnessed this in my close friend group. It was an immediate revealer of who had a steady foundation and who was tossed and turned about by the waves.

In my own heart I was able to see places of uncertainty and bring correction to them. I also realized how far I’ve come because I was able to see the lies and stand firmly against them as our family moved forward. I was able to turn away from the spirit of fear that roamed (and still is roaming) the earth and walk in passion and freedom.

Friends, in this season the enemy has shown his hand and it is clear he desires to take our freedoms away. This is because we have something that he doesn’t. He’s been an enemy of man from the start, and now he feels he’s got the upper hand. But I don’t think he does. I still feel in my soul that God is setting him up for an upset.

What if we are about to see the greatest move of God upon the earth since Jesus ripped the veil? What if we are being set up for a reset?

Rest assured, the enemy will likely try to bring more bombshells, the question is, “Will you be braced for impact?”

Prayer Moment: God, I long to be so centered in You that nothing and no one can separate us. I long to see this thing through. Every day I look forward to heaven. I can’t wait to be there with You. Please keep anything that could cause me to stumble, out of my life. Help me to walk on steady ground and carry a certainty that only You provide. I want my life to present itself as a beacon of hope to the world. I want to bless You. I adore You. In Jesus name, Amen.

At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase in wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 24:10-13

Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.            Proverbs 4:25-27

 

 

Deeper Day 187: Sunrise

Today is Sunday, and I hope you are heading out to join your church family for some corporate worship soon. My soul is stirred today to have you chew on some scripture, so that’s what I’m gonna do.

Your statures are wonderful; therefore, I obey them. The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, longing for Your commands. Turn to me and have mercy on me, as You always do to those who love Your name. Direct my footsteps according to Your word; let no sin rule over me. Redeem me from the oppression of men, that I may obey Your precepts. Make Your face shine upon Your servant and teach me Your decrees.                  Psalm 119:129-135

I am enraptured by the beauty of scripture. Every time I read it my soul feels like it’s singing. It has woven into me an unbreakable spirit. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but there are life scriptures that I return to over and over again, and when I do I feel freshly encouraged every time. This is one of the purposes of scripture. If you’ve never asked God to give you specific scripture to hold onto, then now is a really good time to ask. When He gives it to you, make sure you underline it and then write it down in your journal. I’ve even had some of our different family verses made into paintings, so when I walk past them, I remember the promises. This has been an immeasurably encouraging thing to do.

Here is one such verse:

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. Though hail flattens the forest and the city is leveled completely, how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free. Isaiah 32:17-20

Because God gave me this scripture as a promise, when tornado weather comes near I am much more calm. Also, when covid began I knew we’d be ok. You see, I use this scripture as an indicator of what provision my family can expect when trials come.

I pray that today you begin to walk this journey of partnering with scripture that God releases over you and your family as promises too. It’s been one of the most important things I’ve ever done.

Prayer Moment: God, I pray that right now You would highlight scripture for whoever reads this devotional. Show them Who You are to their family. Give them hope for the future. Steep them in the truth. Lord, I release a blessing over them all. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Deeper Day 186: Searching Out Blessings

Today I went for a walk with my son, Micah. As we reached a certain part of the dirt road we walk, I said, “Look over there Micah. There are always a bunch of dragonflies sitting over there.” He looked and marveled, and as we continued our walk, we would each point out the dragonflies we saw. Not long after, I saw one that could barely be noticed because the grasses it was surrounded with were so thick and high. I pointed it out to Micah, and he said, “Wow, you can barely see that one.” To which I replied, without thinking, “Yes, some blessings are harder to see than others.”

Talk about a “woah” moment. I immediately knew God was speaking to me, and that it was something I would share with you.

There are always blessings all around us. We just don’t always stop to notice, and I believe somewhere along the line we began to feel like if we had to struggle at all for something then it wasn’t a blessing. That is a lie. Right now, I’m walking through some things in life that are obvious blessings, but they are also requiring me to be stretched and grow. Honestly, that makes them a double blessing.

God is doing amazing things in America right now, but some of us only see the trials. I choose to see the blessings. The Bible assures us that “All things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” This means that even when things like covid happen, God will work blessings into that for me and my family. And that’s exactly what I’ve seen Him do. I guarantee if you look hard enough at your own life, you’ll see He’s done the same thing for you. Even during the insanity of riots, I see God using that to awaken the church. We must be stirred. We can no longer sleep. We must stand for God’s kingdom and upon His word.

I pray that today you will take an inventory. I pray that as you reflect on these last few months, you will begin to see things in a new light. I pray you will begin to see all the ways God has used this extra time to restore your family, or to give you renewed focus upon Him. Whatever it is, count your blessings. Write them down. Remember them daily. Soon you will discover that the world looks a little brighter and you feel a little lighter. I promise it is worth it!

Prayer Moment: God, help me to always see and acknowledge Your blessings in my life. Weave into my heart a thread of gratitude that is so thick that it overwhelms any downtrodden spirit. I know I am blessed. Thank You for that. Help me to walk in such a way that Your blessings are attracted to me. I love You, not for what You do but for Who You are. Thank You for being God. In Jesus name, Amen.

My soul faints with longing for Your salvation, but I have put my hope in Your word. Psalm 119:81

Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; You established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to the day, for all things serve You. Psalm 119:89-91

 

Deeper Day 185: Turn the Tide

It’s time to turn the tide. It’s time to remember who we are and to be who we are called to be.

Years ago, when I was learning a lot about spiritual warfare, I discovered that you fight a negative spirit by coming at it with the opposite spirit. For example, you fight fear with faith, and you fight poverty spirit with an abundant heart. You fight anger with joy. The list could go on and on.

I believe that if the church (universal) would stop partnering with the fear, guilt, rage, etc. and instead stand as beacons of light with joy, thanksgiving, praise and abundance while unapologetically following God’s word, then we would see the tide begin to turn. All the enemy’s fear tactics are on full display right now, and a shocking number of longtime believers seem to be responding to them. I don’t understand it, but I know it’s happening. When you hear a report that makes you feel fear, you have an opportunity. You can choose to partner with that fear, or you can choose to press into the truth and find the peace in each moment.

I believe in any situation we will see things shift if we simply practice this. Let’s say you go to work, and everyone is grumbling and complaining about the boss. When you begin to complain too, you are partnering with that spirit. We all know the Bible says to “Do all things without grumbling and complaining, as if you are doing them for the Lord.” Why is it so hard? Largely, it is because we have allowed the fear of man to be more deeply rooted within us than the fear of the Lord (which is also called the beginning of wisdom).

No matter what you face this week, I encourage you to meet the negative with the opposite spirit and watch how it begins to shift your world, starting with you. That’s right, the first one to be changed by meeting the enemy with the opposite spirit, will be your own heart. That’s such good news.

Prayer Moment: God, I ask that You would teach us all how to partner with Your spirit and not the spirit of the world. When we come across a negative spirit, I pray that immediately You would show us the spirit You would have us come against it with. Infuse us with hearts of gratitude, abundance and grace. Teach us how to spread Your kingdom here on earth. In Jesus name, Amen.

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people both now and forevermore. The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil. Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart. But those who turn to crooked ways the Lord will banish with the evildoers. Peace be upon Israel. Psalm 125

Deeper Day 184: Psalm 144

It’s always a good thing to be steeped in scripture, but now it feels like a more dire time. Right now, I feel an urgency that I haven’t felt in a while. But what I’ve learned over time is when I feel an urgency, I should simply respond. Leave expectation or guilt behind and simply dive in.

God offers us protection and direction all the time, it’s just that we don’t always notice it or sometimes guilt ourselves of it. Reading scripture regularly is like going to the gym, it builds you up so you’re healthier and also ready for moments when strength is necessary. Bottom line is, even though it may not be what you want to do or feel like you have time for, it is so absolutely necessary.

On that note let’s look at Psalm 144

Praise be to the Lord my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield in Whom I take refuge, Who subdues peoples under me. O Lord, what is man that You care for him, the son of man that You think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow. Part Your heavens, O Lord, and come down; touch the mountains, so that they smoke. Send forth lightning and scatter the enemies; shoot Your arrows and rout them. Reach down Your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful. I will sing a new song to You, O God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to You, to the One Who gives victory to kings, Who delivers His servant David from the deadly sword. Deliver me and rescue me from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful. Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn a palace. Our barns will be filled with every kind of provision. Our sheep will increase by thousands, by tens of thousands in our fields; our oxen will draw heavy loads. There will be no breaching of walls, no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets. Blessed are the people of whom this is true; blessed are the people whose God is the Lord. Psalm 144

This Psalm is so full of relevant information, I hope you pick up on all of it. I’m not going to discuss it all, but I hope you still dig in on your own later.

I do want to highlight a few things though, God readies us for battle, but He is always our shield, fortress, stronghold and deliverer. He strengthens us, but knows we always need His strength still. We can call on Him to deliver us and to rout out our enemies. This is completely Biblical, as you can see above. Now is the time to call on Him. Now is the time for intercessors to be stirred and pray warring prayers. Now is the time to call on our Deliverer.

I love the last part. He then begins to speak out what the blessing of deliverance will bring to the land. This is something else we should begin to practice. I actually hope that today you will attempt this. Go to God and ask for His deliverance and then proclaim what the fruit of that deliverance will look like. We are made to prosper in the land, in order that others will praise and fear the Lord. You read it over and over in scripture. We must stop being afraid to battle this way.

Prayer Moment: God, You are our deliverer. Today, I ask You to come and rescue us. Rout out our enemies and bring Your kingdom back to the forefront of America. Lord, slay the anti-Christ spirit that is threatening us and restore innocence and abundance to our land. Let America be completely energy, food, medication, product independent. I am aware that we have all that we need here and should have no need to reach out for supplements from other countries. Lord, restore us to ourselves and deliver us from those who only seek to profit from reaching out for foreign products. God bless America the beautiful. Let our farmers and ranchers prosper. Let our oil and gas and coal be abundant. Let our homes be filled with joy and laughter. Restore the family unit and let it be celebrated. All of this in Jesus name, Amen.

Deeper Day 183: Proverbs 1:8-19

I’m back in Proverbs again. God recently instructed me to read one Psalm and one Proverb each day. Every time I read through Proverbs I feel so much wisdom in it. It is always new and informative.

As I’ve watched all the rioting and people looting, defacing property and being generally unruly, I’ve felt so grieved. It’s hard to imagine someone feeling as if that is appropriate behavior. Then I remember that it’s God that gives us a moral compass and apart from Him, this is the result. No doubt, some of those involved in these actions would say they are Christians, but we are known by our fruit, and that’s all I will say about that.

When I read this Proverb the other day, it really comforted my heart and reminded me that I am to continually be set apart, not drawn into the melee.

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them. If they say, “come along with us; let’s lie in wait for someone’s blood, let’s waylay some harmless soul; let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we will get all sort of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder; throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse- my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths; for their feet rush into sin, they are swift to shed blood. How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds! These men lie in wait for their own blood; they waylay only themselves! Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it. Proverbs 1:8-19

First of all, this shows me that looting, etc. has been occurring forever. In Biblical times, it happened enough that it was addressed in scripture. I hope you always remember to read the Bible and believe it enough to realize that there’s nothing new under the sun. It’s actually not worse now than it ever has been. Look at Noah’s time. Sodom and Gomorrah. King Nebuchadnezzar. These are examples to remind you that God’s dealt with this stuff before. It’s not new to Him. He does have solutions. He knows what to do. We can count on Him.

Second, this reminds me that those who are committing all these crimes, have set themselves on a course of disaster. They will face what they’ve done. The reality is, they need Christ. We are seeing our fields, so to speak. These are the fields we are to be sowing into to receive the harvest of souls. Now is the time to ask God what part you are to play in bringing the gospel to OUR nation. This is our calling. When God said, “Go and make disciples of every nation.” that included our own nation. We got distracted from that for a while, I believe. The glory of the mission field is here too.

Prayer Moment: God, teach me how to share the gospel here in my everyday life. Help me to not be afraid to share You with those around me. Give me wisdom. Give me strategy. Help me to know when and how to reach out. I want to be in Your army. Guide and protect me, now and forevermore. In Jesus name, Amen.

Deeper Day 182: Proverbs 11:12

Today I want to look at the very next verse in Proverbs 11 because it spoke directly to our situation right now too.

A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue. Proverbs 11:12

I think it’s fair to say that many people right now are shooting off at the mouth. Meaning they are saying whatever comes to them, they aren’t even thinking about it. They aren’t weighing their words and the impact they have. I am convinced that many are simply spewing words to play “devils advocate” and keep people bickering. One thing is for certain, the media is not telling the truth, they are speaking what they’ve been told to speak. (If you don’t believe that or see that, then I truly encourage you to get on your knees and ask God about it. Ask Him to reveal truth to you.)

In times like this I often reflect upon the fruit of the Spirit, against which there is no law. The fruit that sticks out to me the most today is self-control.

It’s so important to operate from a spirit of self-control and simply remain quiet when you need to. Don’t fall into the worldly way of always reacting. Instead, what if we as believers always took a minute and listened to what God instructs us to do or say before we respond.  It’s far better to respond instead of reacting. A measured response is a mark of maturity. I pray we all learn to move towards it.

We are to seek after wisdom and understanding. As it says in the above verse…

A man of understanding holds his tongue.

Why do you think that is? Well, it goes back to what we discussed in yesterday’s devotional, our battle isn’t against other people. When we scream and argue with others, then it shows that we don’t understand who our true enemy is. Our enemy is the devil. The spirit that is causing all of the unrest upon the earth right now, from covid to riots, is the spirit of the anti-Christ. God was clear when He said that the spirit of the anti-Christ was already upon the earth. Now, as we see churches closed, but stores open, and recently a major leader from some groups said all statues of Jesus should be destroyed. We can no longer deny what’s happening.

Last week I kept having a vision, and in it I kept seeing all of our current troubles and they were in a clump and God turned it over and I saw the root system and He spoke to me, “It’s all rooted in the anti-Christ spirit.”

I believe Him. Knowing this information tells me how to fight this battle. We aren’t just fighting for America. We are fighting for the sake of the world. For the lost to be found. For America to remain a beacon of hope to Christians around the world. To remain a safe haven for religious freedom. We must stand in the Spirit.

Prayer Moment: Teach us how to stand with You, God. Awaken our hearts to be the warriors that You created us to be. Help us to shake off the weariness of the world and be dressed and ready for battle. Lead us into Your Word every morning and let it be infused in our hearts. Fill us with Your hope. Give us Your vision. Teach us Your ways. Protect us God. You are the hope of the world. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

 

Deeper Day 181: Proverbs 11:11

It may seem unfair or even unbelievable, but we are living in the times that we are living in. We must face where we are and what’s happening, but we don’t have to be subject to it. Meaning, no matter what I see or hear, I will continue to believe that the truths found in scripture are still that, truth.

Friends, we are still called to live in this world, but not to be of it. That has not and will not change. I implore you to remember who and Whose you are. Now more than ever, we must be infused with our true identity, which is Christ. That has not changed. The world can’t take that away. Circumstance cannot change that. Laws cannot write it away. It CANNOT change.

One day recently when I was feeling particularly overwhelmed and didn’t know exactly how to pray because it feels like too much is wrong right now, (I know I can’t be alone in this experience) I went to scripture and I read this…

Through the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed      Proverbs 11:11

When I read the above passage, I am reminded that when I speak blessing over my city it matters. I am afraid far too many are found cursing their cities and not blessing them. Speaking about all the problems and not speaking its true identity over it. I have been on a journey of speaking blessing over America for quite some time and when I read this verse it helped me remember just how important that practice is. Let’s look at the next part of the sentence now…

But by the mouth of the wicked it is destroyed.

This is a sobering statement, but in my opinion it’s time for us to walk out of letting the mouth of the wicked drown out the glory of our blessings! Every single day I encourage you to begin to speak hope and blessing over your city and our country. We have the power to release blessing every moment we are awake. Why would we choose not to tap into this practice? It’s very clearly written in scripture for our instruction. God actually gave us a war plan here in this verse. Don’t forget, our battle is not against flesh and blood. When you remember that your battle isn’t actually pointed toward other people, rather it’s against principalities, etc. then it helps you to think in a different way. You must have a different strategy when dealing with something supernatural. The word of God is that strategy, and in it He instructs you to speak blessings. Will you try it?

Prayer Moment: God, help me to always bless and not curse my city and America. Teach me how to fight these battles. I know our time in America is not over and I also know You are waiting for Your church to rise up and stand upon You. Give me courage to not be like everyone else. Give me courage to walk away from critical conversations. Help me to be full of hope all the time. Let me be someone who brings life to a room simply because I’m so centered upon You. I want to be light to the world like You told me to be. Help me to fight with You and not against You. I adore You. In Jesus name, Amen.

Deeper Day 180: Days of Old

Lately, a lot of my thoughts have been yearning for days past. That’s so unusual because I don’t normally live in the past, but right now I miss the innocence that seemed to exist in the world when I was younger.

When I was a child we were “proud to be Americans”, so proud that they had a song written and we all learned it at school and sang it together. Products proudly boasted the “made in America” tag on them. Those were good days. I’m still not sure how we got to where we are now. I am still proud to be an American and I still recognize that the world benefits when our country is stabilized. That’s part of our function in the world. We are a refuge, but somewhere along the line it got taken advantage of and nobody knew how to properly set it right.

I also miss the days when Chris felt really successful in his work. Sure, I miss the money, but what I miss the most is the way he carried himself in those days. He felt so good about himself and it showed. He loved to shower us with fun and has always been an extravagant gift giver. I loved those days.

When Chris was younger in his business and saw one success after another, it was a generational curse breaking momentum that I felt. He had been raised in poverty and by God’s grace had found a way out. His legacy is new. He gives his children a legacy of excellence. I can honestly say that even now, as he works a job that he doesn’t really want to work, he brings that same excellence, but his spirit is a bit low. My spirit is a bit low watching him feel that way.

But then I realized that God was having me reflect, not to torture me, but to remind me that things were once very different. It was a promise. He was promising me that things would change again. That life won’t always be this way. He had to have me look back in order to remember what could be again. It had been so long that I had started to forget what it felt like. Now I am so thankful when I have the memories and I meet them with, “Yes Lord! Thank You and do it again.”

I came across this scripture and I wanted to share it with you because if I’m struggling with feeling this way, I’m sure that I’m not alone and maybe you could use the same encouragement that I was needing.

O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in Your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. Do not bring Your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before You. The enemy pursues me, he crushed me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead. So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all Your works and consider what Your hands have done. I spread out my hands to You; my soul thirsts for You like a parched land. Answer me quickly, O Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide Your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord, for I hide myself in You. Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground. For Your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life; in Your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. In Your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am Your servant. Psalm 143