When Life Slaps You In the Face, God Is Your Strong Tower

When Life Slaps You In the Face, God Is Your Strong Tower | by Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.com

Dear friend who has been slapped in the face by life,

I know how you feel.

At various times in my life, I have known what it’s like to hurt so badly you can barely breathe. I know what it’s like to try to keep your mask on while you’re on the elevator so you don’t humiliate yourself, but then you sob uncontrollably as soon as you get to your desk.

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    I know what it’s like to be unable to sleep, so you go to a different room and lay on the floor, curl up in a ball, and wail and keen to the Lord because words will not come.

    I know what it’s like for the only thing you feel to be the awareness of pain.

    I know the pain of betrayal, the pain of feeling alone, the pain of injustice. I know what it’s like to feel helpless.

    I suspect you do too. If you’re not going through it right now, you probably have had life slap you in the face at some point in the past.

    And if you’re there right now, beloved, please allow me to share these few encouraging words with you today:


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    This is not from God. God did not do this to you. Sinful people did these things. Sinful people living in a sinful world terrorized by evil did these things. And since you have called on the Lord, He is going to help you and deliver you out of your pain.

    It will take time. It might take a short time or a long time; I don’t know. I do know that you can accelerate the time to your healing by how you choose to either snuggle up to Papa God and let Him help you, versus running from Him or blaming Him.

    He loves you, you see. He doesn’t want this to happen to you.

    But He has given men and women free choice, and sinful people sometimes do awful things to each other. But that was never His idea.

    So beloved, wherever you are right now, I want you to know this:

    Papa God is right with you. He is offering you the protection of Himself, the Strong Tower. If you’ll let Him and ask Him, He’ll pick you up, clutch you tight to His chest, cover you with His robe of light, and shelter you.

    He’ll keep you as the apple of His eye and hide you under the shadow of His wings from those who lie in wait for you; from your enemies who surround you.

    It doesn’t matter how many people rise up against you. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been slapped in the face, stabbed in the back, or kicked when you’re down. He’ll be your shelter, a strong tower against your enemy. He’ll be your shield on your right hand and your shade from enemy attack.

    It doesn’t matter how many people wag their tongues or shake their heads at you.

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    It doesn’t matter how many accusations they level at you or how they try to drag your name through the mud. It doesn’t even matter how many people tell you that you’re a goner, finished, finit, down for the count, done.

    Your Abba Father has the last word, and He is your Strong Tower. He’s undefeatable, and He’s on your side.

    He’s your Helper, Advocate, and Protector. He’s a shield for you; your Glory and the Lifter of your head (Psalm 3). He wants to bless you through this and restore everything the enemy has stolen from you.

    I don’t know what you are going through, but Papa knows. He cares. He loves you. And He wants to manifest Himself to you right now and defend you in every way.

    Would you stop right now and pour out your heart to your Strong Tower, asking Him to help you? Pray this with me:

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    Heavenly Father God, in Jesus’ name, I come before You and admit that I need You. I know You’re here with me right now and I thank You for that. I need You. You’re everything I have and everything I need.

    Father God, right now I need comfort. Your Word says Your Holy Spirit is my Comforter, so please fill me with Your Holy Spirit right now and comfort me. Encourage me and lift me up. Send me messages from on high, straight from Your throne, with Your words of love and hope. Fill me with hope again.

    I’m hurting so badly, Father. Please take my pain away right now. I hand my pain and all the agony and heartache of my situation to You. I love You so much, Father, and I trust You with it. I trust You with ME. I trust You to work all things out for my good, and to take care of me while I’m going through this storm.

    Heavenly Father, I don’t understand why this is happening to me, but I ask right now that You would help me to respond rightly:

    • Help me walk before You in white.
    • Help me to love and forgive the people who have hurt me like Jesus forgave the people who crucified Him and mocked Him.
    • Make me like You in all things.
    • Set a watch on my mouth and send angels to literally hold my tongue down in the front, on the sides, and in the middle if I’m even tempted to say anything that is not from You.
    • Teach me to love what You love and hate what You hate.
    • Give me wise discernment so I can tell the difference between what is from You and what is from the evil one.

    Father God, please work this situation around for my good. Help me to do just what Jesus did and not try to defend myself or fight back, but instead to trust myself and everything to You who judge fairly.

    And Father, I ask that You would show out on my behalf in visible, evident, obvious, stunning, outrageous ways that openly display Your goodness, mercy, and justice in my situation.

    Thank You, Father God. I love You so much. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer.

    In Jesus’ name, amen.

    Has life slapped you in the face lately? Papa God didn’t cause it, but He will heal it. Press in close to Him, and let Him fight against your enemies on your behalf.

    Does this message encourage your heart today? If so, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

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    1. Thank you so much Jamie…this word encouraged me so much this morning and is so timely…I am going through some storms in life right now and this post really helped to lift me up and point me back to the Father…

      1. Talk about the timing of a thing.. in this instance a word. Thank you thank you for using your gift! I found this while researching the Sons of Issachar! Talk about moving in prophetic timing to get this word that further encouraged me so. GOD hears us and answers!
        Love you Jamie.

    2. Lana Larson says:

      Oh my goodness! That prayer was exactly what I needed! The storms in my life are so overwhelming right now. They look completely impossible to have anything good come from them. I have been wondering why He would allow such a thing. My family has been in ministry for almost 10 years and now because of a “choice” of one of us that has been all taken away. I have wondered why God brought us to where all this happened if He knew it would happen.
      I just want Him to speak.
      Today’s devotion is exactly what I need to hear and contemplate and pray over. Thank you!

    3. I’ve been hit by a barrage too. Your words were exact to my situation, all of them. Thank you for your honesty and your walk. God bless you and keep you in the hollow of his hand and tucked close to His heart. You are a beautiful sister in Christ and a great encouragement in your honesty. It is my prayer that Papa God provides exceedingly abundantly for you according to His riches in Glory through Christ Jesus. (No need to reply) God bless.

    4. Nicola K. Walters says:

      I needed this word. Feeling so crushed inside. I am glad God has given you a word for such a time like this.

    5. Rebecca L Jones says:

      Wonderful prayer, it is very hard to control your own tongue, I am always amazed that Jesus could do that. We all appear to be facing a lot, I think we all can receive this prayer.

    6. This is just such a blessing, Jamie. God obviously intended it for today of all days. Bless you and thank you.

      It doesn’t change the situation but where I was grounded by fear and hurt, unable to express it to God, you have brought light and comfort. My spirit is grateful.
      God bless your ministry xxx

      1. Nicola Walters says:

        That it is Cath! You have expressed exactly how I was feeling this week. Jamie’s encouragement really took accommodation in my spirit.

    7. This is so beautiful. I feel lots better for reading this post, because it makes me realize that God is on my side. I want to say one thing though, and that’s that not all suffering in life is man-made. Still, we can rest assured that God will help us cope with whatever life hands us.

    8. God Bless you Jamie! Thank-you for your prayer and prayers!

    9. Thank you so much this post as well as being a vessel through which God can use to uplift, encourage and edify. I have been in a rut for too long and was feeling my light dimming, this prayer spoke to me and reassured me that God is with me, loves me, cares about my walk with him and in this life. Please pray for me!

      1. I will be happy to pray for you, Carmen. I’m so glad Papa encouraged you and I pray you would sense His holy inspiration and divine flow today for everything you need to do. 🙂

    10. Tara Richardson says:

      Godbless you.. thankyou for your beautiful prayer….

    11. Life really dealt me a heavy hand. I was particularly feeling a bit overwhelmed this morning. Seeing this has helped a bit. Thank you for posting this. God I really need you I don’t know how much more I can bear this

    12. How did you know? I literally couldn’t sleep night before last and changed rooms, cried out to God in my pain and laid prostrate on the floor.

      Thank you Jamie!!!

    13. How did you know? Night before last I changed rooms because I couldn’t sleep, cried out to God in my pain and did lay on the floor crying to God.

      It has been a very long season of spiritual oppression. When it first began, it felt like someone had taken the life energy from me and I would pray and felt the spiritual energy of knives in my back. I have not always responded the way God would have me. I have blamed God at times and run away. The intensity of the injustice feels so unfair. I appreciate your prayers. That God will show out on my behalf without me having to defend myself.

      I have done my part to repent, I have humbled myself to this other person twice, making amends for my hurtful response to her.

      The oppression has been intense. How does one person have that much power!!

      Thank you.

      1. Denise Moore says:

        Jesus I Love you, for Just being there ❣️, and helping Me through Pain and sorrow, emotionally, physically,and and spiritually, I know You Are THERE, with my Grandson’s and granddaughter’s my Kid’s and my sisters and brothers and church Family’s, I KNOW YOU ARE THERE, YOUR PROMISE IS NEVER LEAVES US OR FORSAKEN US, YOUR PROMISE IS YOU ARE A PRESENCE HELP GOD, YOUR A RIGHT NOW GOD…..

    14. Mwanamgeni says:

      Thank you so much Jamie, this word came at the right time when I am going through a storm, you really lifted up my spirit. May the Lord almighty continue to use you. I have so much confidence & faith that God will give me beauty for ashes and No weapon formed against me will prosper. Praise the Lord! May god bless you & your family.

    15. Thank you for your prayer ,timely and just what I need to calm the storms I’m going through.

    16. Rebecca Ditsele says:

      Oh Jamie , you are really a Godsend .I have reached a point where I am just quiet because of the raging storms around my life . During my prayer times , I would just say , ‘ Thank you Lord , I love you .’ I wouldn’t know what to say next . That is the state I am in now .

      Thank you for this prayer , you posted it just on the right time . I thank God for your life Jamie .This is going to be my prayer for as long as I am still in this situation.

      God richly bless you .

    17. Thankyou Lord for encouraging me and promising to change my situation for you are not like a man,psalms 55:11

    18. Annette Brooks says:

      God knew that I would need this today after crying out too the Lord . On time word!
      Thanks for hearing from God it spoke right to my pain.
      All I could do after that is put on worship and praises!
      God bless you my sister!
      Love you!

    19. I am so overwhelmed by this I don’t want to call it a storm it’s more like a tsunami but through this I’m learning to run to Him every time it gets to overwhelming I thank God that He is right there with me through it all cause I don’t know what I would do without Him I need Him thank you for this on time word because I told God what my plan was but I was waiting on his plan and if hadn’t waited for His answer I would have messed everything up thank you again Jaime God bless you

    20. Wow Jamie! Thank you so much for this timely word! When you spoke of “God didn’t do this to you, sinful people did this and the Lord is going to protect and rescue you really hit deep! Just the assurance that I needed to hear that God does care about my pain and wants to relieve it! I can ask for that! Going through an abusive situation for too long …I sometimes find my self sucking it up and getting used to the pain and thinking God is just teaching me something through it instead. But he doesn’t want us to be mistreated and will deliver us is the part I needed reminder of. I appreciate you and all you do for us in this ministry. God bless you with more favor, increase in gifts and resources, finances, open doors and divine connections in Jesus name.

    21. Comelia crumbie says:

      God bless you. I am so appreciative of this word of encouragement as it relates to what I am experiencing at the moment, but, I will continue to trust God’s goodness, mercy & justice & to take Him at His word no matter the storms.

      Thank you so much.

    22. I thank God in your life, Jamie, for unselfishly sharing to us what our Abba Father wants to do in our lives in times that we are down. Though I am aware about God’s love already, your encouragements made it more alive and a reality.

      God bless you with more and more wisdom. And please include me in your prayer to be triumphant in every way.
      Thank you so much.

    23. Moji Delano says:

      I found you through the bible app plan- 15 days of supernatural encounters and it has richly blessed my life. I received very heart breaking and unexpected news today that broke my heart and God used your prophetic word for today-day 10 to reach out to me. It just seemed like God put today’s message right there for me to be consoled and it helped me feel so much better. It also made me search you out and hence my being here. I pray God continues to bless and use you for his glory. Thank you for all that you do. Much love from Lagos, Nigeria.

    24. I’m so encouraged…thank you Jamie! Be blessed.

    25. Diane Dodgson says:

      Hi Jamie,
      This is exactly what I needed to hear this morning. Thank you Daddy God and Thank you Jamie. God bless 😊

    26. Judith .M Apunyo says:

      Thank you Jamie,it got tears rolling down my face.its like the lord saw me but now I can go to sleep because I know the Lord cares.

      Thank you Jesus.

    27. Thank you Jamie all you have explained is what I have been experiencing , Abba Father is in control. This has encouraged me and built up my Faith .

    28. Thank you, for your ministry of encouragement. I wait on God for Him to subdue my enemies. It’s so very hard when the enemy uses your loved ones to hurt you.

    29. Thankyou Jamie, i have had a lot of rubbish thrown at me in the past, but i am now a much stronger person, i dont let anyone pull me down , this is a very good word, be blessed in Jesus name

    30. Thank you Jamie. This email popped up at the time I needed it most. I praise the Lord for using you so mightily in His Kingdom. Do not stop doing what you are doing. You are the Lord’s Hand here on earth. God bless you abundantly.

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