Why can’t we apply the same principles that see God behind the scene of the person that give us something to Satan behind the one that did us wrong also ? We tend to see them as the enemy instead of focusing on Satan as the one behind the scene. Our fight should be against the Kingdom of darkness being rule of Satan. As believers, why is it that when people showered us with gifts we tend to see God behind the person ( we see it as a blessing from God, sometimes when we want to express deep appreciation to such person, they in turn ask us to thank God) but reverse is the case when someone does us wrong, we tend to see them as our enemy instead of Satan?
In the old testament, Nations sees other nations as an enemy not an individual in most cases. Back then they fight for territorial supremacy or to enslave. Very rare to see an individual seeing another individual as an enemy. In most cases, individuals resolved the issue among themselves. Such is the case of Abraham and Lot, Esau and Jacob. Even though these people wronged each others, they never see themselves as eternal arch enemies. They pursued peace to resolve their grievances. David had every opportunity to kill King Saul, but he refused even though he was advised by his men to do so. Whereas, the day Cain saw his brother Abel as an enemy, he killed him, but God was angry with him.
“Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the LORD is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.'” So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe. 1 Samuel 24:4 (NLT)
So David restrained his men and did not let them kill Saul. After Saul had left the cave and gone on his way, 1 Samuel 24:7 (NLT)
JESUS REFUSED TO CALL FIRE DOWN FROM HEAVEN
Where is the doctrine of calling the fire over enemies come from? The only time Elijah called down fire, he called it over the altar of Baal, not on people (1 Kings 18: 38). Jesus who is our perfect example never called down fire over anyone even though he was advised to do that by His disciples. Jesus teachings are centred on believers loving their so called enemies. He never preached anywhere for them to be killed.
As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Then he and his disciples went to another village. As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Luke 9:51-57 (NIV)
The above scriptures shows us how Jesus handled rejection and offence. His desire was to pass through Samaritan village on his way to Jerusalem. This journey was CRUCIAL in His life and ministry, because He was about taken up to heaven. Here I can see the reason why frustration and anger set in for the disciples. His disciples advised Him to allow them call fire down from heaven to burn the villagers so that they can have easy access; they saw the villagers as their enemies-enemy of progress ! But Jesus refused the idea. Jesus is introducing a new doctrine here. The doctrine of peace. To allow peace to reign, He asked them to pass through another village. Therefore, it then means because Elijah did such things does not make it a perfect doctrine. Jesus must be our perfect example, if we call ourselves Christians.
SATAN IS THE CULPRIT NOT PEOPLE
We must make every effort to follow peace with all men. I mean all men !!!. With the help of God and our positive mindset and attitude, it is possible. Remember, I am not saying you should make everyone your friends. We are not commanded to make everyone our friends. Even Jesus never called everybody His friends. He only called those who obey His words as friends ( John 15:14-15). The very moment you shifted your energy on confronting people as your enemies, you have missed the real perpetrator and trust me, Satan will be somewhere at the corner laughing at you. Satan only is your enemy ! Of course, like God, he uses human to perpetrate his evil acts, people are only being used as his host and some of them may not even know they are being used by him. Some people though invited him into their lives knowingly or some gave invitation to him by the choices and actions they made.
BIBLE VERSES ON SATAN AS THE ENEMY OF MAN
And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Revelation 12:9
Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples, Luke 22:3
But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” Mark 8:33
‘Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10
For we wanted to come to you–I, Paul, more than once–and yet Satan hindered us. 1 Thessalonians 2:18
Then Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel. 1 Chronicle 21:1
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. Revelation 12:10
They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon. Revelation 9:11
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3
“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. Daniel 10:13
BIBLE VERSES ON LOVING YOUR ENEMIES
“Have I rejoiced at the extinction of my enemy, Or exulted when evil befell him? “No, I have not allowed my mouth to sin By asking for his life in a curse. Job 31: 29-30
“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:44
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For you will heap burning coals on his head, And the LORD will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22
Do not say, “I will repay evil”; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you. Proverbs 20:22
that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:45
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? Matthew 5:46
Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Luke 6:35
Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:28
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7
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