This morning as I was working through the possibility of yet another round of lies being spoken about me, I let out a deep sigh. I leaned into God in prayer and I heard Him say “YOU ARE NO LONGER THE FALL GUY!” I quickly looked up the definition of “fall guy” and this is what the Macmillan dictionary online says:
Fall guy – someone who is blamed or punished for something bad that someone else has done
Now this describes me perfectly in some of the situations I find myself in. I know in one situation where someone quite close to me has consistently told lies about me for the past fifteen years. I’m not talking about telling the truth about situations but I’m talking about either only telling my reaction in the story (conveniently eliminating their originating action) or creating blatant lies for absolutely no reason at all. In other situations I have been slandered because people didn’t have all the facts regarding a certain situation and by supplying the facts I would have betrayed someone’s confidence so I chose not to. I have been seen as the bad guy when I wasn’t and also forced to watch others with questionable character behind the scenes be applauded by man.
I have consistently felt God challenging me with the belief that it’s truly having pure hands and a clean heart that’s important to Him, not what people think. I have chosen to allow Him to be my vindicator. I have chosen to stay quiet out of love and forgiving the people involved. I will tell you it has been a long hard road to walk. I know I am not the only one this happens to so let this be great encouragement to you! This is what He said to me in my quiet time:
“You have taken the blame for much in your life that was not yours to take. I have seen how you kept your hands clean through it all. You chose to love Me while getting hit over and over again by “friendly fire” from people who should have been protecting you. I saw how you never stopped worshiping Me even while walking through not understanding My ways. I see how heavy your heart it from carrying the truth of the situations around. I am exchanging that truth for My Truth today and that is light. No longer will you be the “fall guy” for the enemy. The enemy has used this tactic to spread gossip and lies and I’m saying NO MORE! There have been moments when you feel like you are up in a plane and enjoying the view only to be shoved out the door by someone and not you are free falling out of control. I’m doing a divine reversal today. I am using all of it for My good and causing you to “fall into your Call!” You are “falling into your calling.” I’m blowing the enemy’s cover! I am lifting the veil of deception off of people regarding you today. They had been seeing you through a tainted lens. I am setting off a truth bomb right in the middle of your enemies. They will be able to see you clearly and they will know the truth and it will set their perspectives along with your reputation FREE!!! There will be a new found respect from people for the road you have traveled and for the character that’s been developed along the way. No longer will you fear the fall but you will rise and hear the call!!!“