ENEMIES IN PERSPECTIVE II
Shalom! In my previous digest, I started on assisting you dear saint to understand how to deal with your enemies. Enemies have been given a place in people’s lives that they don’t deserve to have.
Matthew 13:24–30 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying The Kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, an enemy has done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
In the scriptural text above, a man sowed good seed in his field and while he slept, an enemy figured he would destroy his yield and harvest by sowing tares. When his servants noticed, they quickly advised that they be given permission to root out the tares. This is the normal reaction of many people; they feel so insecure with an enemy in their vicinity, they just want to root them out immediately. The householder knew better and so he gave the instruction; “Let both grow together until the harvest!” What an amazing instruction! The Lord Jesus in this parable meant to teach that the enemy was inconsequential to his harvest. This is not the response of the average Christian today; we pray fire and thunder to our enemies; we want to “gather them up”. Whereas that may have its place, many times it is a response triggered by fear and stress; Christians who make such prayers usually do so after being shaken by the enemy.
On the other hand Jesus demonstrates to Christians a higher life, one where a man can sleep in a storm. When everybody thought they were dying, Jesus was deep asleep. Am sure he knew there was a storm threatening the lives on the boat; Jesus only meant to demonstrate that He was far above being threatened, nothing could press the panic button; in fact He demonstrated that He didn’t have one for the enemy to press. When Jesus arose, He rebuked the storm for their sake not His. Jesus, however, was also disturbed by their lack of faith.
Mark 4:40…Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?
In Mark4:39, the disciples had asked Jesus an amazing question; “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” Many people would interpret care as joining them in their panic. A man who is unbothered by storms appears to be uncaring. A spiritual man only wonders how much all their panic had yielded. Many people make the mistake of inviting fearful men to join them in fighting the storm because they perceive them to be caring, only to find themselves sinking together with them. A man who truly cares teaches you not to panic.
Elijah’s response to the messengers of the King of Samaria was an ungodly reaction from a man of God; it was triggered by fear. When Ahaziah sent for him, Elijah called fire on the first two groups consequently killing over a hundred innocent people. When the third group came, God implored Elijah to cease acting out of fear. Finally he walked down to the King and delivered the prophecy as God would have it (2Kings 1:1–16). That is why Jesus would not heed to the request of John and James to call fire like Elijah did upon the Samaritans for refusing to give him room to stay a night while on his way to Jerusalem. He actually rebuked them for even considering calling fire on the Samaritans (Luke 9: 51–56). Whereas Elijah saw results when he commanded that fire, it was an ungodly use of his godly power simply because he feared his enemies.
When Jesus was praying for his disciples, He asked God not to take them out of the world, much as they would face tribulation but rather that they would have supernatural protection from the evil one (John 17:15). Jesus is not the type that would want to see you run from your enemies, He would rather have you prosper in their midst. That is why when Jesus saw satan seeking to sift Peter as wheat, he did not cast and bind; he rather prayed for Peter that his faith would not fail (Luke 22:31–32).
Jesus likes to prove to us that when we walk and trust in Him, our enemies are inconsequential; their presence is equal to their absence. That is why I stopped praying for the disappearance of my enemies (at least not all the time). I learned that my enemies showed me my weakness because enemies always target our weak points. Every area of my life ought to be strong. I figured that if I kept praying for problems to disappear, certain weaknesses in me would never be fixed. I know that there is a place to bind and cast out devils but there is also a place to simply be strengthened in faith like Jesus prayed for Peter. Nowadays I ask God to make me stronger than my opponents, stronger than my challenges, stronger than my problems. Dear Saint that is a superior place to be; a place where one is not shaken; a place where one walks through fire instead of purchasing fire extinguishers. Let fire extinguishers be for them that are not born-again and for them that are new to the life of salvation. You will earn much more honour in the spirit-realm when it is established that you are one that sleeps in the midst of storms, one who is unshaken by the tribulations of this world, one who makes the devil think he needs to try harder, one who is sure of their destiny despite and in spite of anything. Never be seen to run away from or even chase away the devil in fear.
Dear Saint, we must come to a place in our lives where we have matured enough not to be shaken by evil news. There is a reason as to why God prepares a table for us in the presence (not absence) of our enemies. It is because He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world. There is a reason as to why He allows the wheat to grow together with the tares; it is because He knows that unless the servants act out of panic, the tares are of no consequence to the harvest of the wheat. Dear Saint, you are the wheat in God’s hand. It does not matter what you have been through and what you are facing right now, your harvest will not diminish a bit. No negative situation could ever deter you from walking in your destiny.
YOU ARE THE WHEAT IN GOD’S HANDS; DON’T BE SHAKEN!
FOR FURTHER REFERENCE: Psalms 112:7, Romans 8:31
Father I thank you for strengthening me in your Word. Teach my heart to be strong, to fully trust and rely on you. Teach me to smile and to genuinely do so even in the roughest of circumstances. Teach my spirit to see the enemy as he really is; INCOSEQUENTIAL! Teach my soul to be stayed on you. Teach me to master my peace and calm despite and in spite of anything. Thank you for making me stronger than my enemy for I know that greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world.
Greetings from Sandie! Always remember that Christ in you is the Hope of Glory!
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