Chapter 7- Stress, Intimidation, Scare-tactics, Fear, Folk and Foolishness
From the very beginning of time, Satan has sought to destroy Jesus. His goal is also to harass, kill, steal and destroy the children of God and their destiny. He is the ultimate deceiver, a liar from the beginning of time. His entire purpose in life is to frustrate the purpose and plans that God has for the life of a believer.
In Chapter four of the Book of Ezra, we see how the enemy tried to frustrate the building project that the returning exiles had begun on the Temple of God. The enemy sent stress, unrest, trouble, folk and foolishness in an effort to stop the people from rebuilding the Temple. For approximately 16 years, the building of the Temple ceased. Some enemies of the Jews tried to infiltrate the workforce and stop the building with political pressure. Fear caused the work to grind to a halt. The people went to their homes, settled into the comfort of their own homes; and went back to business as usual!
I've been preaching and teaching on spiritual warfare. The bottom line is: if you want your spiritual inheritance, you're going to have wage a good warfare to obtain them. God's plan and purpose for your life is usually not a secret to your Haters. Haters see what God is about to do in your life before you do. In order to reach your destiny or complete the assignment God has for you, you must endure hardness like a good soldier. You have to put on your armor like a soldier puts on his or her uniform.
Fighting for your purpose brings on stress. Stress makes your chest feel tight. Too much stress in your life will cause sickness and disease to set itself up in your body. It is the cause of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, stomach ailment, anxiety attacks, and so forth. Stress makes things feel tight. Some of you are in a tight place. It's not just one thing that is out of control, it's everything! My friend has an acronym that he uses when negative circumstances keep popping up repeatedly in life. He refers to it as: “ODTAA” (One Damn Thing After Another”)
I have found that statement to be truth! Listen, stress brings trouble, and then trouble brings on unrest and worry, and unrest brings folk to the table. And finally folk brings foolishness into the equation. If the enemy can't get you with any of these factors, he'll try to get you to compromise your position.
In Ezra 4:2, the enemies of the Jews asked to collaborate with them in rebuilding the Temple. But the Jews would have no part in that. The explanation to them was: “We worship the same God you do, and we have sacrificed to him ever since the king so Assyria brought us here."
We'll if that were the case, where were these people when the building project began. Why didn't they help from the very beginning? Folk are a mess! They won't get behind you at the beginning when the struggle is the greatest. They just want to come on board in the middle or towards the end when most of the works has already been completed and they can take some of the credit, if not all of the credit for your success.
Then they said, we serve the same God you do. Well, that might be the case. But the truth is they served other gods or idols too. The Book of the Law says: “Thou shall have no other gods before me." God is a jealous God. Serving other gods is the reason why the Jews had been dispersed into enemy camps in the first place.
Next they tried to brag about the sacrifices they have made. Well, maybe they did make sacrifices, but some folk hold back their sacrifice at the beginning of a project. They want to make sure that their investment is a sure thing; that it will come into manifestation. Some people sacrifice out of their abundance. They have so much that what little they give isn’t really a sacrifice to them by a long shot.
When we look at giving in the New Testament, people like "The Widow's Mite, Mary of Bethany who broke her alabaster box and washed Jesus feet, the Apostle Paul, who experience serious misfortunes to take the Gospel to the Gentiles, and Jesus, the Son of God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, sacrificed his life for sinful man. A sacrifice should cost you something; it should be meaningful to you.
The enemy will try to get you to compromise your beliefs. They will try to make you believe that you and they are the same page. But the Bible says to be careful of the leaven of the Pharisees. People sometimes don’t know what is in their own heart. They mean well, but often the methods they use to distract and high jack your destiny involves, intimidation, manipulation, and domination. You just have to know the Word and voice of God.
You must seek his counsel on everything. If he leads you to obtain counsel from another individual, make sure it is someone who you know is mature in the things of God. Make sure that you know they hear from God and they have a track record of testimonies on how God moved in their life. Just before you breakthrough, it is imperative that you not be driven by your emotions, what you see, think, believe or feel.
When I finally obeyed God and sought counseling, I was afraid. I felt that by seeking help it meant that I was weak. I had let circumstances get out of control and I felt like a failure. Being in control of the events in my life was paramount to me. Reliance on my faith, abilities, intelligence, resources, friends and influence were the guiding principles I used to make it through life’s problems. But with all of that going on for me, I still was messed up, jacked up, tore up from the floor up; I was a train wreck waiting to happen.
I was in denial of the deep dark pit of despair that I was in. I felt that with time everything would be back to normal. Then I could go back to teaching Sunday school, discipleship training, preaching in the convalescent homes, restarting my women’s support group, and preaching when asked to do so by my pastor. But God would have me to know I would have no peace until I dealt with my anger, bitterness and unforgiveness. Having been exposed, I had no choice but to seek counseling. My counseling sessions began sometime in the month of May or June 2012. As a matter of fact, I am still getting counseling, but on a limited schedule, “Praise the Lord.”
This is a small section of chapter 7 of my book entitled: Carest Thou Not That I Parish, In The Midst of the Storm.
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