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My dear children, you belong to God and have defeated them; because God’s Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil, who is in the world. ~ 1 John 4:4, NCV

 …No power on earth or in hell can conquer the Spirit of God living within the human spirit; it creates an inner invincibility. …It is definitely a crime for a Christian to be weak in God’s strength. ~ from “Inner Invincibility,” a devotion by Oswald Chambers

God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7, NCV

 

Yesterday, on my Google+ page, a self-proclaimed atheist called me names. His name-calling insults were in his replies to my one and only response to his initial comment. His first comment was in response to my Daily Christian Quote post, which reads:

By prayer, the ability is secured to feel the law of love, to speak according to the law of love, and to do everything in harmony with the law of love. ~ E.M. Bounds

He immediately responded to my comment by admitting that he had not read everything that I wrote. Well, it was obvious that he had not read my full response, because he posted his second comment in less than 20 seconds after my somewhat lengthy response posted! Then, he posted a third comment 2 seconds after posting his second one. Anyway, after telling me why he wasn’t going to read what I said, he then turned to verbal abuse. 

For some time after I flagged his venomous insults and then blocked him, I wondered if I flagged and blocked him because I feared this atheist’s blatant arrogance, aggression, and bullying. However, a few moments after the questioning of my motives began, God’s Holy Spirit helped me to see that by flagging and blocking this self-proclaimed atheist I stopped him from obtaining his sought after self-esteem, which he planned to get by repeatedly abusing me, verbally speaking.

His malicious insults, thus, were his attempts to enforce his power/control over me by intentionally hurting me, emotionally, with his arrogant, aggressive, and bullying behavior. The truth is that he never intended to listen to reason but rather he only wanted to put me in a position of believing about myself what he obviously believes about himself—he is emotionally insecure!

The bottom line is that the atheist who called me rude names is emotionally insecure, because he denies Christ Jesus as his personal Savior. As a result of his denial, which is spiritual suicide, he verbally abuses me, because he assumes ALL believers are ignorant Bible-thumping lunatics.

The truth of the matter is that his venomous insults, which are loud and clear, are primarily meant to hide his anxiety over his atheistic beliefs and his emotional insecurity. Put differently, because he is threatened by my strong, confident, and emotionally secure in Christ Jesus behavior, then in order for him to feel better about himself he first must slam me. Had I let him, there is no doubt that he would have continued slamming me, over and over and over again, until he believed he had succeeded in shaking my confidence in Christ Jesus by getting me to question my beliefs, and/or until he believed he had succeeded in pulling me into a shouting match.

But thanks to God, all true born again, saved (justified), and full of the Holy Spirit believers in Christ Jesus have this “inner invincibility” that Mr. Chambers speaks about in his above quotation. This “inner invincibility” is revealed through genuine believers’ expressions of the fullness of God’s Holy Spirit in them, especially through their demonstrations of the Holy Spirit’s power, love, and self-control (cf. 2 Timothy 1:7; see also Acts 1:8a; Galatians 5:22-23).

Lastly, as a child, I was taught that when someone says something rude or unpleasant to me that I should just leave the room, or wherever I am, to prevent the disagreement from turning into a shouting match. Therefore, this early teaching plus my “inner invincibility” would not let the atheist who maliciously insulted me succeed in getting me to fear that, as a Christian, I was too weak to handle his blatant arrogance, aggression, and bullying. Indeed, no  matter how hard this atheist tried to convince me that my faith is in an invisible fantasy god, by calling me a disgusting, crazy, foolish, ignorant, moronic, and delusional person, my “inner invincibility” would not let him succeed in getting me to doubt who my God is or who I am in Christ Jesus, which, after all, was the real goal of his arrogant, aggressive, and bullying behavior.