Proverbs 29 8-29-18

Pray that the LORD would open up the heart of that person who is battling with you. Interceding for them may be the very reason you are there!

Proverbs 29:10 Bloodthirsty men hate a man of integrity and seek to kill the upright.

In order to understand what is going on, we need to look at an incident in Jesus’ life:

Luke 8:26-39 (NIV)

[26] They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. [27] When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. [28] When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” [29] For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.

[30] Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. [31] And they begged him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.

[32] A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and he gave them permission. [33] When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

[34] When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, [35] and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. [36] Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. [37] Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.

[38] The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, [39] “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

When Satan and his horde, who have control of everyone who doesn’t have Christ, come into contact with someone who has the Holy Spirit in him, they cause the person to hate the Christian. Whether through deceit, collusion, or downright possession, Satan has the attention and the allegiance of every lost person (see Eph. 2:1-3). It is not until Christ comes and initiates a relationship that the person even WANTS to know Jesus. WE CARRY JESUS WITH US! We are ambassadors for Christ:

2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Take Lydia for example:

Acts 16:14 One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.

We are Christ-bearers. Why He has chosen this method to reach the world, I don’t know–but He has! Where we go, Christ goes. Now we see why it is so important for us to stay in tune and in step with the Spirit!

As we go through this day, God may be orchestrating events so that we come across someone whom He is calling. Their reaction may be negative initially–maybe even constantly–but let’s seek His guidance, preach His Word through word and deed, and persevere until there is victory. This process IS our marching orders!

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