By StevieRay Hansen
Psalm 143:12 (KJVA) And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies , and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.
Jesus taught his disciples to respond to enemies in unexpected ways—ways that sometimes “disarm” them. “If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.” Jesus’ disciples respond in concrete ways to their enemies. They do not retaliate or seek revenge.
They pray for their enemies. They do good to those who want to harm them.
Matthew 5:39-41; Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27; Romans 12:17-21
A Psalm for Comfort and Courage
Psalm 23 is one of the best known texts of the Bible, and it’s used to comfort the hurting and wounded. It also holds a gem that enables us to live with courage while in the midst of opposition. Enemies like insecurity, pride, fear of failure, and sabotaged success. These enemies whisper that you can’t, you’re not good enough, that you’re unequipped, uneducated, and unforgiven.
I used to think that people were my enemies, and I would hold onto a list of names and the wounds associated with each. This person said that and that one did this. But this is what I’ve discovered: I have one enemy, and he is a liar and a deceiver. His mission is to kill, steal, and destroy using whatever means necessary. He uses people and situations to play on my interior enemies of pride, insecurity, fear, rejection, doubt, and worthlessness. And he does the same thing to you, and at one time, me...
Each one of us has a Holy Spirit-designed purpose where the fire of His spirit flows through us for the benefit of others. Ephesians 2:10 echoes Psalm 138:8, “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the work of your hands.” And the enemy of our soul will come at us with guns blazing and flaming arrows, often using other people, life’s disappointments, and our flawed understanding as the carriers for his weapons.
Psalm 23:5: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.”
It’s not the absence of my enemies that makes me courageous, but God’s presence in the midst of my enemies. Insecurity waves to me from the distance. Pride sneaks in close. Rejection raises its dagger. Failure mocks me. But my eyes are riveted to the table filled with abundant hope, peace, love, joy, confidence, courage, assurance, endurance, steadfastness, happiness, power, a sound mind, and laughter that God prepares.
Because of fear, pride, rejection, doubt, insecurity, worthlessness I had created in my mind a whole list of enemies which kept me captive to the enemy...
StevieRay Hansen, A Long Journey Home
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August 3, 2018
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Love this book, could not put it down, read it in one day.
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October 30, 2018
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LOVED THIS BOOK ...WAS SAD BUT VERY INSPIRATIONAL..... I THINK IT WILL HELP OTHERS ....ITA A SHORT READ BUT A GREAT READ... THANKS FOR TELLING YOUR STORY ...
About the Author
Stevie Ray Hansen, founder of Gulf Coast Energy LLC, is more than just a corporate businessman. Learning disabled and suffering from ADHD, he was rejected by his family and traveled across the country alone at age 14. Without the love and direction of a father, Hansen suffered through the school of hard knocks. His bigger-than-Texas entrepreneurial spirt expressed itself as a rodeo champ, rancher, cattleman and songwriter. Hansen became a multimillionaire, and then lost it all as the price of oil plummeted. When the bottom fell out of the oil industry, Stevie Ray was prosecuted and went to prison for the white-collar crime of floating bad checks. It was there that he met Jesus and was transformed into a new creature in Christ. According to Psalm 68: 5-6, God revealed Himself to Stevie Ray as the Father to the fatherless. The One who sets the lonely in families and leads prisoners out of captivity and into prosperity. With a Father to lead and guide him through the mountains and valleys of life, Hansen met and married his wife, Laura, a biologist for the Department of Defense. He started Gulf Coast Energy, and God taught him how to be a spiritual leader in his home and business. His heart’s desire is to help displaced children who feel lost and alone, giving them a helping hand.