Thank God For Enemies by Pastor Howard Rose, Jr.

Scripture References: Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. 

Matthew 5:10-12 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. 

Psalm 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: 

Exodus 14:13, 14 13And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. - Proverbs 16:7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Definition: Enemy 1: one that is antagonistic to another; especially : one seeking to injure, overthrow, or confound an opponent; 2: something harmful or deadly; 3a : a military adversary b : a hostile unit or force

We have to remember that in going to each new dimension in God, we will have opposition, hence, we will have enemies along the way. Our way will be filled with those that set themselves against us, but what we must remember is that God is with us every step of the way.

It should never be a question to us as to whether or not God is looking out for us. He knows when others are putting their mouths on us. It's not our responsibility to hold them accountable for what they say or do, but to walk in love toward them as Jesus commanded us to do and let the Father handle them as He knows how. It is not our place to exact vengeance upon our enemies. God will take this responsibility on Himself.

We must take into account and remember what the Word of God says about how God will deal with our enemies. Exodus 14:10 - 29 gives us a clear account of how God will deal with our enemies when they come against us. (Key verses: 14, 19-20, 22-25)

Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Make sure that you have your attitude in check. Don't complain about the enemies you come in contact with because of the place God has brought you to. (Numbers 13:25 - 33; Deuteronomy 9:4)

Other scriptures referring to enemies: Psalm 18: 3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Isaiah 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

Romans 8:28-31 (emph. On 31) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?


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