Ever felt that your efforts to be a better Christian only increased your problems? This is common. If I make a step toward God, regardless of the size of that step, it seems like I get slammed back by the devil. When we follow our God, the devil is mad. His desire is to steal, kill, and destroy believers following Jesus, but Christ is our savior and protector. “The thief [devil] comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10, New International Version).

Be aware of those people working in tandem with the devil. They are in your community, your work, your school, and even your own family. These toxic people can fit into a few different categories, like: the pathological liar, the emotional wreck, the joker who is not funny but hurtful, the negative Nellie, the moocher, the slanderer, the blackmailer, the arguer, the bully, and the manipulator. Some toxic people will fit multiple categories.

Jesus had to deal with toxic people too. “I [Jesus] am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard…” (Matthew 10:16-17, New International Version). Jesus prophesied about the family dynamic that would take place and that dynamic unfortunately continues today. “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death” (Matthew 10:21, New International Version). If you have family members that are not on the right path with God and you have done everything you can to lead them down the right path but they still are causing destruction in your life, pray for them. Limit interaction with them. If you still have negative results, cut off contact with them. By doing this, you are choosing to put your relationship with God first. “I ain’t got time for no drama and neither do you!” This is a modified phrase I love that I learned from a great co-worker a few years back. It seems to fit.

God is what matters! Surrender every ounce of yourself to God! Trust Him! He has your 6! Till next week! Always 4 Christ!

Hymn: “I Surrender All” lyrics by Judson W. Van DeVenter & composed by Winfield S. Weeden.

Rev. Tritthart is a graduate of Westminster College and Rawlings Divinity School. She is an ordained minister, a public speaker, and a ministerial services provider offering assistance to Miami and the surrounding areas. She owns Tritthart Special Event Services and can be reached at (918) 919-1500 or www.Facebook.com/tritthartses or www.tritthartspecialeventservices.com