My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, September 7, 2012
Make the Enemy Angry!
And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after
the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood.
(Revelation 12:15 NASB)
But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouth.
(Revelation 12:16 NASB)
So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war
with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold
to the testimony of Jesus.
(Revelation 12:17 NASB)
These scenes from Revelation are a bit cryptic and are, at times,
difficult to decipher. However here we do understand that it one who is
faithful that is under attack. The enemy is doing all that he can to
sweep her away in the tide of his evil and ugliness. The earth responds
to protect the woman from the flood of evil which is coming her way and
while she is protected it seems to raise the ire or wrath of the enemy
and so he goes after her children. The enemy is angry!
I'm wondering whether there have been times in our lives that we
have made the enemy genuinely angry? Has our faithfulness and/or
obedience to God ever been a threat to the enemy? A threat to the point
that we face evil repercussions? For those of us in the West we
remain protected or shielded from what is happening in countries which
are hostile to the gospel. Probably on a daily basis there are those
who are losing their lives for their faith in Jesus Christ. They are
willing to put their lives on the line, along with the lives of their
beloved family members, just so that they can remain faithful.
Today I ponder whether I am willing to live in that kind of radical
obedience to Jesus Christ. Is my faithfulness to him something that
raises the ire of the enemy, or is my walk so shallow that it barely
causes a ripple of frustration to him? It's a scarey thing to
say, but I believe that God is calling us to radical obedience and
faithfulness -- the kind that changes the world. He needs followers who
are willing to be so genuinely his that the result shakes the very
foundations of the world around us and makes the enemy mad! However, I
believe that God is calling us to a radical obedience that will shake
the very foundations of our livelihood and will make an incredible
difference in our world. We can't be looking for comfort, but for the
place where God would want us to stand in the gap, and in standing in
the gap, making ourselves and those we love vulnerable. The Christian
walk is not about being "safe" in this world -- its about allowing Jesus
to transform us to the very depths of our core so that when the enemy
looks at us he sees Jesus and it makes him angry!
Does this scare me? Yes, on a human level it truly does -- but with
an eternal perspective, we have no choice but to be radically faithful
to our Father in heaven. The rest -- I have to leave up to him! He is
faithful and he loves us beyond what we can imagine. In that I can
Lord, please help me this day and every day to be willing to be radically faithful to you. Amen.