By Jeremiah Model
The Christ like walk is not a walk in the park. It is a walk that requires you life, vitality, your strength and the best of you. The beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5 verse 1-12 gives you an insight to what it is to walk and be in the messiah.
3Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Being persecuted is part of the messiah walk, it’s not easy to be persecuted, persecution may require your life. In the western world we have been enveloped and spoiled with luxury not really understanding or seeing real physical persecution for your faith at least not on a large scale.
In the spirit world believers are persecuted daily. Ephesians 6 verses 10-12 sums up this battle pretty well. 10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”
In Kris Vallotons book ‘Spirit Wars’ he calls this sponsored advertisements from the dark side because they do not originate from us but from the outside. The apostle Paul explains the strategy of the enemy pretty well in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, where he says that the enemy attacks us with thoughts, speculations and lofty things.
A lofty things mentality are philosophies that make us feel the devil is big and powerful and G-D is tiny and non-majestic in our lives. When we are under a “lofty things” mentality, where circumstances easily overwhelm us. We feel that we are in an arrested state of development.
When we are attacked with dark thoughts, random ideas try to latch onto us as a partner with us which seeks to affect our hearts. An example might be you driving in your car and you get a random thought of yourself being killed in a car accident or other savage thoughts that are just bizarre. Sometimes it could be in a public area like a grocery store, department store etc. A key point to remember dark spirits stir up atmospheres.
Speculations may usually be acquainted with what if questions, which when left unchecked, can wreak havoc on our souls. Questions like what if I have a tutor? What if my husband or wife is late getting home because she’s having an affair?
Speculations pounce upon our fears, waiting for opportunities to open gate ways into our lives seeking to build a kingdom of bondage.
With all the above mentioned we should not fall into fear but rejoice like or forefathers did because greater is He who is in us then he that is in the world.
What movement are you going to allow G-D to do through your life? Will you enable others to be set free from prisons that they cannot even see? How will you allow G-D to use you?
Like Joyce Meyer says in ‘Battle field of the mind,’ – “Our past may explain why we’re suffering but we must not use it as an excuse to stay in bondage.” Break free from your past, break free from that bondage of fear and live a life of peace with Christ Jesus.
May God bless you!