Judgment Upon Your Enemies

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Have you ever wondering why bad things happen in your life? I do. Why are these things in my life crumbling and shaking? Why are things falling apart? A thought recently popped in my head about this. I’m not saying this is true or whatever but I ponder things like this. Again this may be true and this may not be true but only my thoughts. Eat the meat and spit out the bones.

Sometimes if the enemy is wrapped up too much in our life and the wrath of God against the enemy comes sometimes we get burnt. Some OT references would be Lot and several of the prophets. They were righteous people walking in their destiny yet suffered in the midst. When God judge Israel, as a whole, both righteous and unrighteous succumbed to His dealings whether they deserved it or not. Again I want to be careful here and not generalize anything but sometimes are life needs to be shaken so that which remains is only Kingdom. If we are a little too close to our enemy we can very well experience the chastisement of the Lord. It’s not a good feeling but oh how the enemy scatters and leaves us in His lap. I just had the thought of when I was spanked as a child. My dad would put me over his lap and spank me…then console me. Both happened on his lap…how much more our Heavenly Father. Hebrews 12:5-8 says

…and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,

My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
Nor faint when you are reproved by Him;
For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He scourges every son whom He receives.”

It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.

It’s the grace of God that makes our spirits and lives fireproof though parts of us may crumble and burn. 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 says

each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

Sometimes the mercy of God is getting a little of what you deserve. Consequences for actions are a good motivator if not done in fear. The wrath of God is against all ungodliness and unrighteousness. Notice He is against the “ness” and not the person. If God is for you then He is against everything that is against you. Until we give it all up and let God arise in ourselves the enemy will not be scattered. The Holy Spirit is a Gentleman…except when He isn’t. He will patiently sit there waiting in love until you are ready and He will determine when you are ready to deal with the baggage. The longer you don’t deal – let Him deal with it – the harder the burn or the shaking will be. He is a jealous God and will not accept things between you and Him. Isaiah 42:3 says

A bruised reed He will not break
And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;
He will faithfully bring forth justice.

We should welcome his correction for a wise men loves it. We should welcome his hand on our life. Psalm 19:9-10 says

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

Judgment is not the same as condemnation. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus!

We must let His light so shine before us so that we can see ourselves and run into His arms as He is running to us. He has His robe and ring for us and a fatted calf roasting on the pit but we need to recognize the slop of the enemy and get away from it. If you are in sin, get healed, healing, deliverance, etc. I currently am reaping what I sown and it hurts but it is the mercy of God. I’d rather feel the heat of the burner on my hand and get burned a little then not feel pain and lose my hand in the process. Pain can be a wonderful thing. C. S. Lewis put it best

We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

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  1. I think the Book of Job was written for our Times. Thieves, natural disasters, the Global Financial Meltdown-Economic Pearl Harbour of 2008 wiped out everything some people had accumulated in their lifetimes. More of the same may be on the way. Today, there is Insurance, unless the claims outweigh the cash on hand of the Insurance Companies.

    In the Time of Job, there was no Insurance and no Police. Survival was tough when a band of bandits could just come on the plain and rip everything off, including the women and children.

    There is no need to get into the details of Job’s torments and Redemption. Everyone can read it for themselves. The story convinces me God does have the Final Word.

    In the 1st test, God consented to Satan taking away everything around Job, but forbade Satan from touching Job directly.

    After the combination of thieves and natural disasters wiping out everything Job had accumulated, he accept his Fate with a hard core reality, a simplicity of Faith, and humble recognition of what was happening: And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. He did not take his natural frustration out on others and patiently waited on the LORD for relief.

    Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.

    And the LORD said to Satan, Where are you coming from? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.(I see this much like the people are Today, running after every new device, and being down when others are up and vice versa)

    And the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and avoids evil? and still he holds fast his integrity, although You moved me against him, to destroy him without cause.

    And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man has will he give for his life.
    But put forth your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face.

    And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, he is in your hand; but SAVE HIS LIFE.
    So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
    And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
    Then his wife said to him, Do you still retain your integrity? curse God, and die.

    But he said to her, You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

    God consents to Satan being both tormentor and saviour to Job.

    And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should give reward to your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear your name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth
    Revelation 11:18

    Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.
    Revelation 12:12

    The secular news media are revealing the Nations are angry and getting angrier. Everyone can see the Revelation of that, but do you know which wrath is which?

    And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
    And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
    But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
    Matthew 24

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  2. Thank you for your brave testimony, which I just read before I read this. I said, “Wow!” a lot while reading your testimony. But I believe all of it happened. I lived through so much demonic activity like that too. It happens. It’s serious stuff.
    I really like what you said here about pain and suffering consequences. I’m in that exact place right now. God has brought me to a state of acceptance. Pain is indeed a megaphone to rouse us from our deafness and complacency.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences! God’s peace be with you.

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