Thursday, 19 March 2015

The Strong Man Part 2


Julius King Kwedhi

But who is my enemy? Who is your enemy then? The co-worker who got a promotion? The new guy in class who is top of the class? The business competitor that is attracting more customers than I am? I want you to understand something. Someone can only, and only then, be your enemy when they have, themselves, declared themselves in their hearts, action, word or thought to set themselves against you as enemies.

"For the one who is not against us is for us." (Mark 9:40 ESV)

As long as that fellow is not against you in heart, action, thought and word you will not be justified in counting them as enemies. It will be that the moment you recognize them as enemies and have, therefore, set yourself to treat them as such, 'then' you will be the one counted truly as their enemy for you have, then, set yourself to stand against them and to hinder their progress. To wish them failure.

Read those precious words again, uttered by the gracious Prince of Peace, "For the one who is not against us is for us."

Far be it from us that we be enemies of progress. Far be it from us that we act against our neighbours as a body fights against itself during an allergic attack. For then the defense system of the body begins to look at and recognize the normal cells of the body as invaders and foreign objects. Thus we have asthma attacks, anaemia and other very serious medical conditions that really shouldn't be because everything is fine. But because the immune cells of the body are deceived, like we are when we believe the lie of the Devil, the body fights itself.

Remember that our fight is not against flesh and blood but against principalities, rulers and powers of the dark world. Our fight is against Satan himself and his kingdom. Although we recognize that he uses human beings to achieve his evil plans, nevertheless man is not the enemy. On the contrary we are called to save man from their sins, not to fight them. We fight Satan. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Fight the right battles. Don't fight as one beating the air. (1 Corinthians 9:26)

Jesus has taught us something that we will be wise, yes indeed very wise to take heed to it.
'Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."' (Hebrews 13:5 ESV)

Further Scripture Reading:

10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].
12 For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

Ephesians 6:10-12 AMP
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