I am sure there are many of you out there who remember Vicki Winans hit song; "Long As I Got King Jesus." The lyrics go something like this: I've been lied on, cheated, talked about, mistreated, I've been buked, scorned talked about sure as you're born. I've been up, down almost to the ground; but long as I got King Jesus, I don't need nobody else." There is a lot of truth to that song, however, I have discovered that in this life, Yes, I do need Jesus more than any other entity, but I also need some of God's sanctified, Holy Ghost, Prophet, Saints of God to help me Press Toward The Mark of the High Calling In Jesus.
I don't know whether you know it or not, but let me help you understand something about your enemies. Stop rebuking, binding, and loosing your enemies. The fact remains that we all need some Judases in our life. We all need some enemies and friendamies; that is what I call friends who are on the down low. They fronted like they were your friends, but now that they have such the blood out of you and gotten what they needed from you, they can't stand you anymore. What you need to do is stack them all up and use them as a ladder to get to your next level. Stop crying over who left you, who is hating on you, who is trying to copy you, who is stabbing you in the back.
The Early Church in the Book of Acts was catching Hell! You and I think that we are going through some form of castigation, rejection, and isolation; these disciples of "The Way, " as the early church was called, were being tortured, run out of town, beheaded, burned at the stake, and every other kind of heinous crime that could be perpetrated upon them because they were preaching Jesus Christ and him crucified and resurrected.
Howbeit, the New Testament church continued to grow, in spite of persecution. People of God, it is the bad times, not just the good times that cause you and I to grow.. We receive direction through persecution. Sometimes those who attack us are agents of the Lord, without even knowing it. God uses them to get us to where we need to be, then like Joseph, we look back years later and say, "You meant it for evil but God meant it for goo." (Genesis 50:20). We cry because someone slammed a door in our face, but in retrospect we are able to say, "It was the best thing that could have happened to me."
The Psalmist wrote, "No good thing will he withhold f rom them that walk uprightly" (Psalm 84:11). If God is allowing you to go through a tough time then it must be for your good. Or it is for the good of others and you are the instrument He is using to bring it about. Understanding this moves you to a deeper dimension in your walk with God But every new dimension brings a new level of opposition.
Others have said it this way: "New level, new devil!"
The enemy will not give up without a fight. Whether the battle is over your family, your finances, your health, your business or your ministry, expect three things:
1.) The closer you get to victory the more intense the battle becomes. I have learned and am still learning that the enemy is subtle; he does not always come with some big obstacle to block your way. The Bible says: "It is the little foxes that spoil the vines."
2.) The thing that matters is not your comfort, but what you are called to do. Most of us are perfectly comfortable staying within the confines of our home and our church home. But God didn't call us to a ministry of comfort and ease. Jesus said, "The kingdom of God suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." Matthew 11:12.
3.) Your victory has been ordained by God, so keep fighting! This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.
If we are going to go to the next dimension, we are going to get there through much trials, persecution and affliction. But the Bible says: "For our light afflictions, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;" If God calls our afflictions "light," then we know that we can handle them. He will never put more on us than we can bear. All we have to do is hold on and keep the faith, knowing that our labor is not in vain in the Lord.
ENJOY THIS GORGEOUS DAY AND AS I OFTEN SAY:
DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS!