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Victory Over Strongholds

You can choose to be known as an encouraging person or a critical person… it is a daily choice

Victory Over Strongholds
The Stronghold of a Critical Spirit – Part I

Scripture Reading: James 4:1-12

Key Verse: James 4:11
Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.

Have you ever met anyone with a critical spirit? If not, you may be the one with a critical spirit!

All of us have bad days and find ways to be critical about everything and everyone. The stronghold of a critical spirit goes beyond the norm. It is a constant attitude of being critical of others and never stops.

Before we get any further, be cautious. Do not quickly judge those who initially come across as having a critical spirit stronghold. Sometimes, a person’s desire to want to make everything better makes them seem overly critical. Only the Lord can judge accurately because He knows the intent of the hearts of those who seem critical.

Another caution is that people caught in the stronghold of a critical spirit may not be able to see it in themselves. Their church friends may not want to point it out, so they take the more comfortable choice of avoiding being around those with a critical spirit.

The solution to a stronghold of a critical spirit and a normal temptation to be critical is the same. If you think that you may have a critical spirit, these next few devotionals can help you break that cycle.

Your personality may tend towards being critical, but with God’s help, you can become a more encouraging and positive Christ-follower.

Today’s Key Verse starts with the instruction: Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another”.

The definition of the word “slander” is: “to make false and damaging statements about someone”.

As Christ-followers we need to make a biblical addition to this definition. According to the definition, an unbeliever might say, “If it’s true, then it’s not slander”, but whether it is true or false is not important to a believer.

Something can be true yet still be damaging to another person. Jesus wants us to care about our brothers and sisters in the Lord. He wants us to protect their reputations when possible.

We all make mistakes. We all want our church family to forgive us and not talk to others about our mistakes.

Let’s be more careful with the information we have about other people. Let’s be known as positive and encouraging people rather than critical people.

Father, please check me when I start to slander someone. In Jesus’s Name I pray.