I wanted to share some follow-up thoughts on our post about spiritual warfare from a few weeks ago. Also for anyone interested in learning more about this subject I highly recommend the Book by Tony Evans sharing the same title as this blog.
Anyone reading the current news headlines and seeing of all the horrible atrocities being done around the world could easily find themselves feeling hopeless and fearful about the future. Darkness seems to be overtaking the world and it seems that chaos is everywhere. Most Americans have completely lost faith in their President who is openly mocking Christianity and supporting Islam, basically justifying and trying to downplay the horrors being brought on by ISIS. Overall anyone who isn’t living their lives with their head buried in the sand is either praying for the people being persecuted and suffering around the world or they are consumed with their own challenges and hardship. However I hope a few of the thoughts I have to share can be of encouragement.
Most people live their lives as though they can hide their sin and wickedness from God, however they cannot. No bad deed will go unpunished, and EVERYONE will face JUDGEMENT for their actions.
“Am I a God who is only in one place? asks the LORD. “Do they think I can’t see what they are doing? Can anyone hide from me? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” asks the LORD.
As the title of this post suggests we must be reminded that the battle belongs to the Lord and vengeance is His responsibility not ours. Do I think the horrors being done by ISIS and others in the name of Islam is horrific? Absolutely. Do I think our President is acting just as Anti-American as them? You bet I do. I think he is just a puppet being used for the anti-christ agenda, however I think we all need to be praying for him, not bashing him and filling our social media networks and bumpers with negativity about his administration.
2 Chronicles 20:15 says: “Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the battle is not YOURS. But GOD’s”
When evil and darkness encroaches in our lives and the lives of others we must live the words taught by our Savior. Jesus taught us a radically different approach to dealing with opposition than anyone else; LOVE thy ENEMIES. Loving them DOES NOT mean we LIKE them or like what they are doing! It simply means we are recognizing that God loves and desires their heart just as much as He does ours, and no one is too lost or has made too many mistakes to be beyond the saving grace of our God. The God we serve does not have a short arm.
I absolutely LOVE what it says in Proverbs 25:21-22:
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;
For so you will heap coals of fire on his head,
And the Lord will reward you.
I read this Proverb as saying that when we choose to love and serve our enemies God will be able to use that to burn the hell right out of them! Haven’t you ever seen the power of “killing someone with kindness” in action? Nothing will disarm a nasty person quicker than being overly kind and gracious when they don’t deserve it. Being loving and kind when someone is rude to you is hard enough, but loving someone who has done something “unforgivable” and totally atrocious takes much greater faith.
Now that we’ve established that God is fighting our battles for us, let us be encouraged by the flip side of that coin! Just like no bad deed goes unpunished also no good deed goes unrewarded! We must always remember this because just as we will be judged for our sins we will be rewarded for how greatly we love! When we shine Christ’s light before men, we glorify our Father in Heaven! However we must be careful in this respect because we live in a world where everyone show-boats their philanthropic activities for everyone to see, and many people’s charity is about their ego and social status not truly about helping others.
Matthew 6:2-4 shows us the proper stance to take on this:
“Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”
So in closing let us summarize by keeping in mind this simple instruction; Our job is NOT to seek REVENGE, to JUDGE or to CONDEMN. Our job is to LOVE, and to PRAY. Our job is not to HURT but to HELP, and to do so in secret when at all possible, and not to brag and boast about our good deeds. We are to bring our battles to the Lord’s throne in prayer and let Him fight our battles for us. For many times we will learn that the battle was not about changing the other person, but it was in fact about changing us.
God Bless You Always,
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