The Devil Is Having
A Good Laugh!
The enemy is having a good laugh at what goes on in the lives of some of God’s Children. He doesn’t even have to work hard at putting stumbling blocks in our way anymore, he just incites us against each other and we take each other out. The enemy understands the concept that a house divided cannot stand and he uses the same old recipe every time to make a lot of Christians stumble even over some so called "seasoned saints". The enemy's kingdom on the other hand is very well put together and all of his servants understand their positions and operate in their positions well. It is a sad day when the enemy can plant his people in the church of the living God and cause the true children of God to start back biting and gossiping and hating each other.
Instead of our focus being on being unified and fighting the devil some of the Saints of God are way too busy fighting and devouring each other! Saints are being taken out by friendly fire! What is going on in the church when children of the devil can sit comfortably through our anointed services and not be convicted to repent? They plant their seeds of destruction and then sit back and laugh at the children of God who are then tearing each other down. Whatever happened to discernment? Or is it just easier to believe the latest gossip and rumor? I see now why God said He would separate the wheat from the tares because if we are not really operating in the Spirit the enemy can trick us and deceive us. But he can’t deceive Jehovah! Be careful how you treat the sister or brother sitting next to you in service - he or she may be the next Bishop Jakes or Joyce Meyer. He or she may be the one with the anointing upon their life to break the yoke in your life.
The Word tells us not to show preferential favor yet some of us still do it. Many things go on in the church. People are afraid someone else will end up with their position so they proceed to tear down their imaginary competition with their razor sharp tongues! Keep in mind we all have to stand before the judgment seat of God. We all have to give an account for every word that comes out of our mouths. And if we see a brother or sister weak in an area, why are we jumping on the band wagon criticizing the person since we are so much more spiritual than the person? Shouldn’t we the (spiritual ones) be there to help the person get to where they need to be? Thank God Jesus did not give up on Peter when he denied him three times! Thank God Jesus did not give up on us when we decided to take one more walk in the world. Jesus is so merciful with us forgiving us time and time again. Yet some of us become judge and jury over others without even knowing what we are even talking about to begin with.
In the olden days all the crowd had to do was tell a lie or spread a rumor about a man or woman of God to get that person killed. They lied on Stephen and stoned him to death! They lied on Paul and tried every trick in the book to try and take him out also. Jezebel had people to lie on Naboth and this innocent man was killed so that Ahab could have his vineyard. Paul was regarded as a phony but he didn’t care what people thought. His only concern was what Jesus thought. Paul set his face like flint and continued to do the work of the Kingdom, so did the great Apostle of all time Jesus Christ!
But God is still God and He is still awesome because those who suffer much will be blessed even more if they endure!
Scripture References (NIV):
1 Kings 21:1-15
1 Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 2 Ahab said to Naboth, Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth. 3 But Naboth replied, The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my fathers. 4 So Ahab went home, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, I will not give you the inheritance of my fathers. He lay on his bed sulking and refused to eat. 5 His wife Jezebel came in and asked him, Why are you so sullen? Why won't you eat? 6 He answered her, Because I said to Naboth the Jezreelite, 'Sell me your vineyard; or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.' But he said, 'I will not give you my vineyard.' 7 Jezebel his wife said, Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat! Cheer up. I'll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite. 8 So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, placed his seal on them, and sent them to the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth's city with him. 9 In those letters she wrote:Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people. 10 But seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them testify that he has cursed both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death. 11 So the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth's city did as Jezebel directed in the letters she had written to them. 12 They proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth in a prominent place among the people. 13 Then two scoundrels came and sat opposite him and brought charges against Naboth before the people, saying, Naboth has cursed both God and the king. So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death. 14 Then they sent word to Jezebel: Naboth has been stoned and is dead. 15 As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, Get up and take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you. He is no longer alive, but dead.
1 Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness.
7 Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.