For the past month, you have been a constant visitor. You have shown up at my house and at work. You’ve ridden in my car and have traveled with me seemingly everywhere I have gone. I go to bed at night and you’re there. I wake up in the morning and see you waiting for me. You never seem to leave.
Your constant presence has had a definite impact upon me. I have seen your influence in every area of my life. You have distracted me from my writing. You have pulled me from my work. You have stolen my sleep. You have caused me physical pain. You have caused me emotional pain. You have taken money from me. You have broken things in my house, on my car, and in my yard. You have taken friends from me. You have filled me with anger. You even worked hard to ruin my birthday.
I am sick and tired of you. You have caused me unbelievable pain. The hurt that I have felt has begun to linger and is clouding my view of more and more things. I don’t like the person I am when you’re around. I don’t like this feeling of hopelessness and despair. In short, you have taken your best shots at me in an attempt to take me away from my destiny and every good thing that God has promised me, and it ends – now.
In the name of Jesus, I am commanding you to get out. You are not welcome and you will no longer be permitted to be anywhere near me. I will certainly have memories of your time spent with me – wounds that need to heal, work that needs to be done, relationships that need to be mended. I’ve got a lot to do to make right what you’ve done, but with the help of God I will do just that. And when my work is finished, when my relationships are restored, when the cuts and bruises are gone – you will be too and nothing of what you have created will remain. It must bug you to know that God’s work is permanent while yours in nothing more than a temporary inconvenience that will never be allowed into my life again.
You are a liar, so I will not hear your voice anymore. You are a thief, but God will restore everything you have ever taken from me 1oo times over. You are a deceiver, but God will make things right. You have lost – Christ settled that score 2,000 years ago. Never again will I forget that fact. And so, by the power of the name of my victorious Savior, I am telling you in no uncertain terms to go away. Take your lies, your hurts, and all of your tricks and never come back.
May the hollowness of your attempts consume your mind as you enter into your eternity of separation from God.
Just a quick note to let you know I’m thinking of you, Rich – I’m holding you in my heart and sending out warm, peaceful thoughts your way. And by the way – when was your birthday???