Five rules for fighting and winning in the promised land:
run from the fight
fight in your own strength
who your enemy is and is not.
4. Never try to possess what God has not given.
5. Possess your land within the allotted time limit.
I was given an excellent opportunity not to run from a fight when I felt compelled by
the spirit of the Lord to take on a $25,000,000 giant without any resources save my God.
I wanted to run from the fight. I was not at all interested in this particular battle.
But I know that God does pick fights. And I felt that he had picked this one. So, in obedience, I forged ahead with
God (Him dragging me, kicking and screaming, a good deal of the way).
The fight concerned an unemployment claim that I had no intention of filing, because
I did not feel I had a valid claim in the first place (I had been down that unemployment claim road before and lost).
But the Holy Spirit reminded me that I did indeed have good reason to file the claim, and that I was to do it.
When I was first offered the job in question, I was promised certain conditions of employment.
And I accepted the position based on those promises—promises which were never kept. The Spirit of the Lord reminded
me that I had approached my employer many times about resolving the issue of the broken promises. I had forgotten that I had
documented our communications about this issue, and the results of each.
So reluctantly, in obedience to God, I filed a claim—and I was turned
The claim was denied based on lies my former employer told concerning the original terms of my
I was not upset at all about the denial. I suppose
I had not really expected my former employer to do any differently. I was now ready to let the whole thing go and
accept that my money (both wages while employed with them and the unemployment benefits that I was rightfully entitled to)
had been stolen from me by a $25,000,000
That was a bit more money and power than I had. And I knew little ole
me wasn't up to taking on this Goliath.
I had obeyed the Lord. I had filed the claim. And I had lost. What more could I
do? I was relieved the whole thing was over with.
But it wasn't.
The Holy Spirit proceeded to instruct me
to write the CEO of this corporation (A man who names the name of Christ often in his public and private speaking) and tell
him that God was holding him and his family personally
responsible for wages that were held back from his laborers by agents acting on his behalf (in addition to a separate
company that handled payroll, most major positions in the company I worked for were held by members of the
CEO's family. It had been a family owned business before becoming publicly owned).
Yes Lord, I am now going to become known as a religious fanatic who fancies herself a prophet as well. But, in obedience, I wrote the letter and mailed it.
sending the letter—which I thought would end my participation in the whole thing once and for all, I was surprised that
I felt led of the Holy Spirit to appeal my claim. I did not want to appeal the claim. I was not feeling a great deal of faith at all concerning
an appeal, and I hated even the thought of going through
the appeals process.
My husband didn’t have any faith concerning this appeal either, but was supportive of my efforts. He said
that the emotional closure (my efforts would provide) would be good for me. But I knew I was hearing from God. So feeling
no faith whatsoever, I filed the appeal and asked the Lord to count my obedience as faith.
A hearing was scheduled, and I prayerfully participated. I knew
I could not win this on my own. My former employer had not only lied about the terms of my employment, my job title, and my
position with the company, but unknown to me, had changed my new hire documentation and sent altered information concerning the terms of my employment to the payroll
company—terms I had never agreed to.
When the payroll company mailed me their forensic evidence, and I read
it, my strength left me. The original documentation that I had filled out, had signed by my supervisor, and had personally
faxed into the payroll/staffing company was missing. It had been replaced with falsified documentation that I had never laid eyes on.
I was now faced with the fact that I had no
documented evidence to affirm that what I
was saying was true. And falsified as it was, my former employers had documentation to support their lies.
Two of my former supervisors promised to
testify in my behalf at the hearing—one had been present when I was hired and had heard the promises made to me.
The other had been very involved in my efforts to get our employer to stand by the original terms of my employment. But in
the end, neither of these supervisors testified at my hearing. things had boiled down to my word against my former employer’s
Amazingly, another hearing was scheduled in order to give my witnesses an opportunity to speak on my behalf
(I did not ask for the second hearing and, although they indicated a willingness to speak, each cited scheduling issues and
did not speak at that one either).
While I was waiting for the second hearing, I decided to look through my paperwork one last time. I began searching
through the employment folder my employer had given me. This folder contained copies of the altered documents—I had never looked through the folder again after filling out the original forms, having
them signed by my supervisor, faxing them to the payroll company, and then turning the originals over to my employer. Even
worse, I had not taken the time to make copies of the original contents. During my final search through the folder, I found
a piece of documentation that I realized was one of my original’s—through
some oversight, my employer had neglected to remove this piece of paperwork from my folder!
now had proof that my employer had never submitted my original paperwork to the payroll company. And somehow that one original source document (containing
my supervisor’s signature) had been left in the folder along with all the false documentation that had been added.
Unofficial as it was, this document verified that at least part
of what I was saying was true, and in addition to that, one of my supervisors (the one who had been an eye witness
to the terms offered to me at my hire) faxed me an un-notarized written statement backing up my claims (and the claims of that lone document).
I submitted the document and my supervisor’s
written statement to the appeals board and requested that (un-notarized as they were) they be entered
The representative of the payroll company was
very experienced at fighting unemployment claims, and of course, requested that the unofficial documents be removed
from the record. The request was denied.
Those representing my former employer were ruthless in their efforts to keep from me
what was rightfully mine. It would have been easy during the appeals process to have become bitter against them.
I was sorely tempted. But I remembered that they were not my enemy.
In the end, all of my former employer's expertise, money, power, and falsified evidence
did not gain them a penny. The ruling to deny my unemployment benefits was reversed, and I got my money.
God picked the fight. I did not run from the fight. I stayed focused on the fact that
this was God’s fight—not mine. I stayed focused on who my real enemy was and refused to become vindictive
toward the agents he was using. I did not go after anything that God had not given me and was not rightfully mine. And I respected
God’s timing. I acted when he instructed me to.
And mercy of mercies…He won!