That devil…he's always trying to get one over on you, isn't he? Want to know the one instance where he has to pay you back? And not only pay you back, but pay you back in a BIG way?!

I was supposed to be flying out to Pennsylvania this week. This is the second week of September and on my calendar I have the dates of Sept. 12-15 blocked off to speak at a woman's conference. I was speaking Thurs, Fri, Sat, then at a church Sunday morning.

But guess what? It's not happening! And yes…I'm ticked!

It breaks my heart knowing that this church split. Yep, it fell apart. Some people went this way, some that way. The pastor is in a whirlwind and doesn't know what to do. My heart is breaking for those people. The devil is messing with them. And it saddens and maddens me.

Lives Were Going to Change

I know that God was going to do something amazing in the lives of the women who were going to attend that conference. Those who are sick and tired of life, as they know it, were going to experience a heap of hope.

They were going to receive a freshening of God's Spirit to conquer the challenges in their lives. They were going to discover how to get out of their ruts.

My team and I planned it over a year ago. Stage props were constructed, decorations were purchased, power points were created, powerful messages prepped…all for nothing.

Are you feeling my pain?

I'm sure you are. I bet you've experienced changes in your calendar, or plans that have dropped. You too have experienced something stolen, something taken, and something eaten right out of your hand. You too, have seen things that made your heart ache when the devil messed with your stuff.

But I want to show you that it ain't over!

First, you have to know, this is so fun for the devil – trying to wreck havoc in your life:

John 10:10 NIV:The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

The Bible tells us that it's the enemy's intention to steal from us. But, if you know what you’re entitled to, you can make him pay you back. And here is where it gets fun for us…because when a thief steals…

Proverbs 6:31 NLTBut if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole…

Catch Him

Did you catch that? You have to catch him. He only pays you back if you catch him. So, wake up…it's not that you've been diagnosed with cancer like millions of others…it didn't just happen. The enemy is trying to steal your life. It's not that you and your spouse just got a divorce; the enemy stole your marriage from you. Are you tracking me?

Make Him Pay You Back

Know what I've been doing for the past week? Telling the devil what he's got to do for me. I've been reminding him of this scripture. I've been quoting it so he knows I know what I'm entitled to.

I'm entitled to have Satan replace that one speaking engagement that he stole with seven more! It's mine. The Bible says so. And guess what? Satan is at work right now creating opportunities for me to speak and change lives. How cool is that?!

Let the Enemy Know – That You Know

If you've had something stolen from you, let him know, you know, it ain't over! You're entitled to get paid back. Not just once either. Seven times. That's right – you take what you lost – and you multiply it by SEVEN. Hear me? Go for it!

What You Lost X's 7

Here's what I'd like for you to do. Email me and let me know what the devil is going to pay back in your life x's 7!!! Here's my personal email address: @Drlinda@lindatravelute.com. I can't wait to hear about what he's got to do for you! And I'm going to pray along with you that he restores everything he's taken from you…and more!

And, if you'd like to help me get one up on the devil and give him a one-two punch he wasn't expecting…help me fill my calendar with more speaking dates. I've got a message that will help people kick their faith into high gear and give them hope for their mess.

Help me not only recover that one speaking engagement but gain seven more! We can be in this together.

Here's how you can help:
1. Post this video (LINK) on your facebook, twitter, and other social media outlets: http://youtu.be/o1cnnVoHObA

2. Email this video to your pastor or event planner. You could simply cut and paste this: I know this amazing speaker who has a knack for helping people get their soul's fit. She has a message of hope – helping people survive, revive, & thrive! She's Dr. Linda Travelute, she's an author and she's available to speak at church services, conferences, and retreats. Check out her short video and info on her website: http://lindatravelute.com/speaking/

Let's make him pay! Hope to see you soon!

 

 

What a JERK!!! It’s not fair…being wronged, being treated unkindly. Ripped off. Ripped up. Your dignity stripped away. Yep, that’s you there getting the royal treatment from a first class jerk.

Now what? Take a deep breath. Help is on the way. I’m going to show you how to handle the jerks in your life and get your sweet revenge too!

1st Step: Measure It

Measure what they took from you. Measure?! Yes, figure out how much they stole from you. Was it your reputation? How much? Was it your spot in line? How much longer did you then have to wait? Was it money? How long will it take for you to make that amount up? Was it an idea they took credit for? How much effort will it take to come up with something new and just as brilliant? What was it? Figure out what you lost, because they OWE YOU big time!

2nd Step: Cancel It

Knowing exactly what you lost…let it go. Huh?! Yes, release it. It’s gone anyway. Now you need to accept that it is gone and it can’t be replaced. Even if they tried to make it up to you, it will never be replaced with the same exact thing. So what choice do you have? They incurred a debt with you. One they will never be able to repay. So your only option is to cancel the debt. This is called forgiveness. Yes, it’s the hardest on the list. But the most important. Forgiving gives you the freedom to move on. Don’t let the jerk keep you tied up. Let em loose! Don’t be bound; you have places to go and things to do!

3rd Step: Get Praying

Pray for the jerk. Yuck! I know, I don’t like praying for people who mess with me either. I don’t want to pray for the jerks in my life because that will help them, and heck, even bless them. Why would I want to be good to someone who messed with me? Consider this little known secret: it empowers you to make a difference in their life. You get to be their game-changer. Didn’t know you were signing up for that, did ya? You can actually be the one to jerk them out of jerk mode! Get praying.

4th Step: Give Love

Love the jerk. Excuse me?! Hard to swallow, huh? But look, there’s something in it for you. God says over and over again that if you’re really mature, you will love everyone unconditionally. Now here’s the rub – unconditionally means even when they screw you over. Having a jerk is the only way to see if you have love. You love them when they are unlovable. Yes, I know, sounds like you are getting the shaft again. But passing the love test makes you more like Christ. And looking more like Christ means you’re going to receive the blessings He’s got for you. That would involve a crown, a mansion, and tons of cool stuff here on earth. I’d say loving the jerk is worth it, wouldn’t you? Love the jerk; it does you good!

5th Step: Look Good

With your eyes, get searching for some good in the jerk. Now, it’s going to take a willingness to accept that this person has some good. And ahhhh, that’s tough. You are so focused on their ugly spot, you convince yourself there are no beauty spots. Look hard my friend. You did? Look again. The beauty is there, it just takes a willing eye. Once you find it, thank God for it. I’m sure you’re wondering, ” Are you outta your mind!?” Try it, it will put you in a better mood. There’s no way you can stay mad when you are grateful.

6th Step: Shut Up

Refuse to talk badly about them. I know you really want to rake them over the coals. And yes, it seems the whole world needs to know about their jerky side. But there is an advantage to controlling your tongue. When you speak poorly of others, subconsciously people think bad of you. Negative tongue wagging lands you in a sad category according to others. Think about it, it’s true. Let it not be you!

7th Step: Pay Back

REVENGE! Now we’re talking! But here’s what you need to know: You probably can’t do as good a job at stickin it back to them as God can, so why not let God do it? He’ll blow you away with His masterfully crafted plan to make them reap what they sow. Romans 12:19 says, “Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,“I will take revenge; I will pay them back,”says the Lord.”

So, leave it to God, He always does a better job at pay-backs than you do, and it’s less work for you. You’ve got a guaranteed win-win here. Go get a Starbucks and prop your feet up. Let God give the hit and watch the jerk squirm, sweet deal, eh?!

There you go. You’ve learned how to handle the jerks in your life. If you pull this off, you will see that having a jerk in your life can really benefit you indeed!

Let me know if this helps. Comment below!