“We cannot fight the enemy and end up demonizing those who follow him. It may seem to win a battle more quickly but will make the eventual need for peaceful coexistence even harder.” —Rick Joyner, The Final Quest
In our zeal to confront the darkness and expose the plots of the wicked, this admonition reminds us of a greater goal in our collective journey. Though there are certainly those who intentionally oppose God and His laws who must be held to account, there are also many who are caught in deception and blind to their bondage. How we treat them, talk about them, and testify before them may determine how many are won over by the truths we proclaim and the love we profess.
We often fight for truths more than for the people for whom they are given. Rather than assuming that all who believe differently than us are purposely rebelling against God, we must pray for the eyes of the Spirit to see them as Christ does. I believe that many of the strongest warriors for Christ to emerge in the dark days ahead will come from the enemy’s camp. It will be those who seem to be hell-bent on destroying the kingdom that will eventually serve the King most fiercely.
The apostle Paul was one such individual that the disciples didn’t see coming. His aggressive persecution of Christ-followers put the fear of God in many. And yet, his dramatic transformation and subsequent journey with Christ would eventually produce over half of the New Testament. I believe there are numerous “Pauls” within the ranks of the opposition and that the stewardship of our engagements with them may determine how many are set free and brought to the winning side.
“Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God…And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out… “Lord, do not hold this sin against them” (Acts 7:54-55, 59-60, ESV).
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SOURCE: Charisma News