'Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.' Col 1:12
TERROR is the catch word of the day! Almost everywhere you turn, you hear of the dreaded end-time tales of 666, the mark of the beast and the coming annihilation of Christians. Not to mention, the devastating invasion of Big Brother, Isis, the anti-christ and aliens. Consequently, many people are full of fear. No, they're Terrified! I will admit, these are definitely perilous times that we're living in, and we are certainly witnessing fulfillment of bible prophecy... BUT, this is NO time for terror! This is the time of preparation for the greatest manifestation of the Sons of God since the birth of the Body of Christ! Ro 8:19
We are about to demonstrate all that we have preached, prophesied and prayed about in our generation. Undoubtedly, we are about to experience the challenges that are promised in the Word of God!...You shall have tribulation! BUT the GOOD NEWS is that the challenges are the result of CHANGE. They are BIRTH PAINS! The KINGDOM HAS COME! And we are the Called Out Ones, the Ecclesia that will show forth HIS GLORY! We will not line up like some subdued slave... with a defeated mentality, waiting for the ball and chain to be placed securely on our feet, BUT we are victories men and women of God who have already come through great trials and hard times that has challenged our faith... and has QUALIFIED us to face any opposition!
Jesus said, 'These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.' John 16:33
The Lord is showing us that knowing what you're going up against, will help you prepare for the opposition. Sometimes the most difficult thing for Christians to understand is opposition. We're hated by some, and we don't get it. We're rejected by loved ones and so-called friends, and it blows our minds. We're under constant attack, and we wonder why we're being shot at. The Apostle Paul, when facing much opposition, wrote:
'We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;' 2Cor 4:8
Notice, Paul never minimized the attack, but he states his mental response as his strongest weapon! Examine the text... each section explains how God wants us to think when we encounter opposition!
1. We are troubled on every side = This Greek word for troubled means 'to press down'. It's the feeling of being overwhelmed and bound. Problems coming at you from all sides. But the Apostle Paul says, Yet not in distress!This distress means 'not crushed'. You are not pulverized and forced inward. Why? Because you push back with faith! You push back with prayer and communion with GOD! You push back with the Word of God! No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper!
2. We are perplexed = from the Grk aporeo meaning 'to have no way out.' It means to be trapped and restricted. But remember, we are NOT in despair!The Grk word for despair (exaporeomai) means 'utterly at a loss, wondering what to do next, confused and anxious.' Listen, you are never at a total loss trapped with no way out wringing your hands with anxiety. You have the power to operate from another realm and from another Kingdom. You can 'beam up'. Enter into that secret place and hear from HIM! Holy Spirit will lead you and instruct you. Don't wring your hands about the mark of the beast. You've been filled with the beast slayer!
3. We're Persecuted = from the Grk dioko which means 'to be hunted down, to cause to suffer'. This word denotes being chased by a pack of wolves. It's when one thing after another is attacking your body causing you pain; then one thing after another attacking your mind causing you to suffer. But remember, God says, you're not forsaken! You are not abandoned, or left to die. The enemy wants to kill your health, your faith and your future... But God has goodness and mercy following you! This means whatever opposition you have that's attacking you, God is saying, I'm not leaving you to handle it on your own...I will work it together for your good and give you Favor for the process! And if God be FOR you! Who can be against you?
4. And finally, cast down = from the Grk kataballo which means 'to put in a lower place, to throw down'. When the enemy tries to put you in a lower place, he is foolishly dealing with spiritual rank! He can't stop you, so he'll try to undermine your position and make you feel hopeless and powerless. But Paul responds, 'we are Not destroyed, from the Grk apollymi ... You will NOT be put out, pushed to the side, or put to ruin. You've been through worse trials than these, and you made it!...and IT MADE YOU! And God has given You the authority! Our weapons are not carnal, but they're mighty through God! You're NOT destroyed...because this is a battle of the mind and YOU'RE Qualified to win!
We are about to face great opposition because we're about to have Great Victories! There will be wars within and wars with-out. Jealousy and a hunger for power will cause much persecution for the righteous. The truth will be under attack. It's time for us to be battle ready like never before. The Power of GOD is in the hands of the Righteous. We have only ONE agenda...HIS! Every opposition is an opportunity to GIVE HIM GLORY! AND TO EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF GOD! YOU'RE QUALIFIED!
"And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee!" Jer 1:19
Blessings and Shalom,