Day: August 11, 2014

Forgive Them

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When the people in Samaria rejected Christ, the disciples asked Jesus if they could command fire to come down from heaven and destroy the people, but Jesus told them that He didn’t come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.

The king of Syria was at war with Israel, but every time he planned to attack, God would reveal the king’s plan to Elisha who would in turn tell the king of Israel. When the king learned what was going on, he commanded the Syrian army to seize Elisha. When they arrived in Samaria, Elisha prayed to the Lord to strike them with blindness and God did. After Elisha led the blind army to the camp of the army of Israel, Elisha prayed that God would open their eyes. When they saw where they were, the king of Israel asked Elisha if he could smite the Syrian army, but Elisha told him no. Instead, he told the king to set bread and water before them that they may eat and drink.

Even though Saul tried to take David’s life, David saved Saul’s life. In 1 Samuel 24:16-18, Saul cried to David and said, “You are a better man than I am. You rewarded me good when I rewarded you evil. When the Lord delivered you into my hands, you didn’t kill me”.

God has prepared a table before you in the presence of your enemies, but they aren’t at the table for you to smite them or for them to watch you eat. They are going to need what you have. They are going to need the Living Bread and the Living Water. They are going to need kindness and mercy. Do not render evil for evil. Do not do to them what they have done to you. Don’t do to them what Christ didn’t do to you. Vengeance belongs to God.

Forgive them for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34). It’s not the people. We don’t wrestle against flesh and blood. The enemy has done this, but he’s a spirit so he needed a physical body to carry out his plan. The devil hates you. He was the one that came after you. He came after your marriage. He came after your children. He came after your ministry. He came after your mind.

Most people feel like what Joseph went through was unfair. He was sold by his brothers, he was accused of rape by Potiphar’s wife, but it was needful that Joseph went through these things. Some of us don’t want to go THROUGH anything, but we want to get TO the promise or dream God gave us.

When Joseph was thrown in the pit, Reuben came back to save his brother, but Joseph was gone. If Reuben had saved Joseph out of the pit, who was going to save the whole household from the pit they were about to face? A famine was coming, but Joseph went through what he went through to save the same people that hated him and sold him. In the same manner, Christ was crucified for the same ones who would crucify Him.

When you fight, don’t attack the person. Fight in prayer. Attack the spirit operating through the person. Your fight is not against what you can see, but against what you can’t see. Your fight is not against people, but the devil will use the people closest to you to attack you.

Don’t take the attack personal.

In the end, Joseph’s brothers had a need, but before Joseph could GIVE to his brothers, he had to FORGIVE his brothers.

When you have the opportunity to hurt those who hurt you, but you don’t, the same blessing that Saul spoke in David’s life will be done in your life – May the Lord reward you good for what you’ve done for them (1 Samuel 24:19).

Forgive them…