Monday, October 03, 2011

Enemies

 1Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.
 2Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;
 3Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me. 
(Psalm 55:1-3, King James Version)

Enemies

Why do we have enemies? One would think that if we live peaceably with God, in obedience to His commandments, even our very enemies would be at peace with us. However, that is not really the case, is it? In some ways, it seems that the closer we walk with the Lord, the more enemies we have.

Though this answer almost seems too simplistic, it really is true. We live in a world that is at war in a battle for the souls of men! Satan, though already defeated, is determined to take as many people with him into the pit of destruction as he can. He wars against God Himself for the souls of men!

As a Christian, that battle becomes more and more evident the closer we come to the Lord. Satan cannot snatch our souls out of the hand of God, so he seeks instead to discourage and demoralize us so that our testimony for Christ becomes ineffective. It is important that we understand this. We may think that we are far too insignificant for Satan to concern himself with us, but that is not true.

Just look at the state of Christianity in our world today, and you can see the proofs of Satan's work. First we see an untold number of denominations spread throughout the world. We have one God, one Christ, and one Bible, yet in our zeal to be true to God's Word, which is important, we have divided and divided and divided into more and more churches and denominations. Next, take a look at some of these individual churches, and you will probably find churches suffering from schisms and divisions among their members.

What can we do? As Christians, we must guard our walk with the Lord by faithfully spending time, daily, reading and studying God's Word and praying for God's people both locally and world-wide. In our local churches, by God's grace, let us lift ourselves above meaningless and destructive gossip and criticism of other Christians, and seek to serve God using the gifts He has given to us.

Last of all, we must understand that having enemies is a normal part of the Christian life. Christ reminded His disciples that the people of the world hated them because they hated God. As Christ encouraged us in Matthew 5:44, we must pray for those who despitefully use us, and by His grace seek to win others for Christ.

What would happen to Christianity worldwide if each Christian took their faith seriously and sought to live their Christian life in a manner pleasing to God? God has a purpose for every single believer; it  is our duty to seek God's purpose for our lives that we may live peaceably with other believers, and advance God's kingdom here on this earth.

Yes, we will have enemies, but by God's grace, may those enemies be won to the Lord!

God Bless You,
Linda

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