Wednesday, 28 April 2021
“You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it.” – 2 Timothy 3:11 NLT
“Yes, and those who decide to please Christ Jesus by living godly lives will suffer at the hands of those who hate him.” – 2 Timothy 3:12 TLB
I grew up watching action movies and there’s always this particular storyline that never gets old, there’s a well trained and gifted assassin or secret agent who decides to quit and live a normal life either because he fell in love or there was a tragic event that happened and now he wants out. After this ex-assassin or secret agent quits, the people he used to work for come after him to take him out because he simply knows too much but because he’s highly trained or skilled, he ends up taking out the boss or the whole syndicate while defending his life.
This for me is very similar to our Christian walk, we once served the devil, whether we like to admit it or not, before we were born again. Afterward, we receive Christ and we turn our back on that kingdom, and immediately all hell breaks loose (excuse the pun) the whole kingdom is now gunning for you to take you out. This kingdom knew you very well, so they have ideas on your weaknesses and how to bring you down. However, when we are born again, old things have passed away and all things are made new (2 Corinthians 5:17). So they will try, but they won’t defeat you because you are made new and have the backing of a new Kingdom.
This battle however is not physical because we don’t fight against flesh and blood enemies (Ephesians 6:12). The devil then uses people to try and to bring us down, and he knows the most eligible are those that are closest to us. But remember, it’s not the person, it’s the enemy using that person as a Trojan horse. The other side of it is that, the devil comes after us because of our faith in Jesus, not because we’re cute, as the Prophet likes to say.
“And: If your enemy is hungry, buy him lunch! Win him over with kindness. For your surprising generosity will awaken his conscience, and GOD will reward you with favor.” (Romans 12:20 TPT). Our response to the people that the enemy uses is important. We are commanded to walk in love towards them, and truth be told, at some point in our lives, before receiving Christ, we ourselves were used of the devil. So let us commit ourselves to the one who judges rightly (1 Peter 2:23). The LORD, Himself will rescue us from ALL the persecutions.
If your enemy is hungry, buy him lunch! Win him over with kindness. For your surprising generosity will awaken his conscience, and GOD will reward you with favor