One of them began to bully the other to the point of apparently forbidding her to eat. He would chase her away from the food when we fed them, then he would gather the food he couldn’t eat right away and hoard it till he finished it off.
The victim fish didn’t seem to grow, while the bully got bigger and bigger.
We finally decided to move the bully to an outside pond, leaving the victim fish free to eat whenever she wanted. But, strangely enough, she continued acting afraid and not eating for several days.
It wasn’t till the day when I cleaned out all the bully’s fecal matter and changed the filter and added some clean water that she finally decided to eat and was no longer afraid. I suppose that took away the smell of the bully and enabled her to realize that he was no longer close by and, therefore, no longer a threat.
I wonder how many of us are like the victim fish? The victimizer is no longer in our life, but we continue to lurk in fear and engage in unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors as though we are afraid he or she might reappear when least expected to bully us some more. We have believed the lies that have been spoken over us and aren’t even aware that they are lies nor that they are not in agreement with God’s Word. We know that God loves us, but we are convinced that He must love all those other people more than He loves us.
If you are one of these people, please be proactive in asking God for help and in getting someone to help you clean out the “fecal matter” the bully left behind, objects or places that remind you of him or her, and the phantom memories of what he or she did or said to you.
Change the filter from what the bully said to you or about you, to what God says to you and about you.
Add clean water, the water of God’s word, and of positive things that will lift your spirit and strengthen your faith in God.
” Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].” Philippians 4:8 (Amplified)
God wants to give you an abundant life of joy through faith in Jesus Christ who loved you so much that He gave himself as a sacrifice for your sins. He loves you and wants to be your Savior and Friend.
Keep on adding fresh water to the tank every day. Let His Word be the filter that traps the lies and keeps them from recirculating into your mind.
Swim free in your new surroundings, the pure water of the truth of God’s Word! 🙂
(P.S. If you haven’t already, check out more of the truths of what God says about you in the blog post entitled “You are of Great Value“. This is just scratching the surface, though, so keep on digging in the mine of God’s Word to find the treasures He has in store for you there.)
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