|Thursday, May 23, 2019|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“They went to the leading priests and elders and told them, 'We have bound ourselves with an oath to eat nothing until we have killed Paul. 15 So you and the high council should ask the commander to bring Paul back to the council again. Pretend you want to examine his case more fully. We will kill him on the way.' 16 But Paul’s nephew—his sister’s son—heard of their plan and went to the fortress and told Paul.“ Act 23:14-16
salm 34:19 says, “many are the afflictions of the righteous but God delivers him from them all.“ Yes, Christ’s invitation to us is to save our souls from hell and perdition. But consider this, the moment you sign up to say "yes", to Jesus, you automatically, say "no" to the devil. From that point, expect a series of battles from the enemy. The good news is that He who called you can handle Satan on your behalf .
What the Holy Spirit is saying today is to expect intrigues, plots, battles, onslaughts, suffering, and satanic plans against your body, your soul, your spirit, your ministry, and/or your finances. Expect people who will not shy away from an open conflict and may be determined to eliminate you. This would not be because you have sinned or offended them wrongly, but rather that you have made up your mind to work for Jesus.
The more committed you are to preaching the gospel, the more the enemy will be outraged and the fiercer the battle will rage. The devil does not want you to make heaven, not to talk of you liberating and delivering people from the routes of hell. But the good news is that all those who are starving themselves to death, putting themselves under oath, who are fasting and praying not to improve their life but to destroy yours shall fail!
It is interesting to note that many people do so many things to destroy others for selfish reasons. Why not channel that energy in a positive way to develop yourself and be better than the person you are planning to destroy? Somebody said some people use their “craft” to develop ‘witchcraft’, while others use theirs to develop ‘aircraft’. Why should forty people be planning to kill a man, can you imagine the man-hours being wasted on fasting? How many churches in the Western world have 40 adult members? Whenever you are invited to attend a meeting, find out the purpose of the meeting. If the purpose is not to improve you life or peoples life but to destroy people life get out. “And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David's counsellor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom” 2 Sam 15:12. Ahithophel was destroyed not because he did not have wisdom or give correct counsel but he was using it for the wrong purpose in the wrong camp!
Something else that the Holy Spirit is teaching us today is that God’s strategy in defending you from enemies is a process, as it was when he defended Paul:
Read the follow up to the story, that was the last we heard about the 40 men that bond themselves not eating and drinking just planning to kill Paul. Their plot failed. The plan of the enemy concerning you shall fail . God will engineer the destruction of your enemies plan. Those who said you will not excel shall fail . Those dream killers and life’ terminators shall fail. It doesn’t matter their number God will outnumber them. Do you notice that the enemies are fasting to kill you, learn to fast to counter the enemy . Be serious with your Christian life. Also notice that the people were fasting for wrong reasons.Fast for the right reasons .Today is not a lesson on fasting, but about strategies God uses to frustrate your enemy.
I see you like Paul riding a victorious horse to safety among innumerable angels! Surely, you are not killable.
The song that comes to my heart today is:
“He is able.Abundantly able
To deliver and to save.
He is able, abundantly able to deliver those who come to Him.”
Come to him today He will deliver you from your enemies.