Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?

Psalm 94:16


Empowerment Through Assertiveness

Between passive and aggressive behavior lies a balanced, forthright disposition, honoring oneself and others called assertiveness.  It is the ability to stand up for what is right, practical, and sound.  If you're accustomed to pleasing people in order to keep the peace, then chances are you have not learned the empowering strength of an assertive nature.  Though it is not the easy route in any relationship or situation, it will undoubtedly save you from future escalated problems and even tragedies.  

To assert yourself simply means to confidently speak your position on something without hesitation or uncertainty.  Assertiveness can protect you from winding up in a stressful or harmful situation full of chaos and despair.  

Have you ever found yourself in a predicament and wondered, "How did I get here?"  All along the way there were red flags popping up everywhere, but in your soft-spoken, gentle manner you kindly participated in the unfolding of a disaster.  Unclear about how to unravel the mess, or worse, escape the entrapment of your victor, you review over and over the details of your dilemma trying to see how you could have prevented it and what you should do now to break free.  

The answer is TRUST YOURSELF!  God gave you an intuition and a conscience created after His likeness.  If you ever have any kind of doubt about someone and your inner voice or gut is telling you to avoid a potential opportunity, partnership, or situation, listen to it.  

If you have already been the victim of a dreadful scam, act of violence, or hurtful relationship, now is the time to start standing up for yourself - now is the time to become an assertive human being.  It is never too late to acquire a new behavioral skill that will pave your future with courage and protection.  Not only are you standing up for yourself, but you will be standing up for those previously mistreated or victimized, as well as helping to avert further hardships and crimes done to others in the future.

Remember that you are not alone in confronting an aggressive personality or adversary.  God is with you and He will provide you a way out.  He will bestow upon you the strength necessary to boldly speak or combat any evil intended against you.  Furthermore, He calls on the righteous to oppose those that carry out malicious schemes so that goodness will ultimately overcome.  It is always darkest before the dawn and temptations will try to discourage you, but remain faithful and firm in your stance.  As you fight for right, morning will come!

Click below to listen to spiritual healing music that depicts what you have read about in the article above.  The song's title is "What Can I Say?"  Double click on the song title when the page comes up in order to hear a sample of the song.  Notice that each lyric is fighting to defiantly transport the character to a position of strength under fire.  Assertiveness gives us the courage to confront our adversaries, as the second verse boldly claims, "confrontation has its price but it is plain to see the cost is worth it when you're standing up for what you believe!"  Fueled by conviction but worn from the storm, the writer vulnerably shares the inevitable fatigue that accompanies a stand for freedom, "What can I say about this time?".... and though tired, the character presses on to be heard.

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