Praying For Your Enemies, Loving The Christian, Not Easy-But It Can Be Done- Some Meat -Re Post From One Year Ago

The Lord gave me this message a day ago, I was doing the message and recalled I had posted a message on the subject already, from one year ago. The lord must want this word out again.

 Mat 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

First I must stop with this verse and tell you what it means, this verse if misunderstood could be a very bad outcome. Rodgers word pitchers Greek Dictionary gives the correct render I will use his words.

Resist not him that is evil (me antistēnai tōi ponērōi). Here again it is the infinitive (second aorist active) in indirect command. But is it “the evil man” or the “evil deed”? The dative case is the same form for masculine and neuter. Weymouth puts it “not to resist a (the) wicked man,” Moffatt “not to resist an injury,” Goodspeed “not to resist injury.” The examples will go with either view. Jesus protested when smitten on the cheek (Joh_18:22). And Jesus denounced the Pharisees (Matthew 23) and fought the devil always. The language of Jesus is bold and picturesque and is not to be pressed too literally. Paradoxes startle and make us think. We are expected to fill in the other side of the picture. One thing certainly is meant by Jesus and that is that personal revenge is taken out of our hands.

Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Jesus takes it a step further to say not just to pray fro your enemies. In this verse we read.

1. Love your enemies

2. Bless them

3. Do Good To Them

4. Pray for them

OK, praying is hard enough, now Jesus is saying, we are to bless them, love them, do good to them, to the flesh this is not possible.

What about, doing the same concerning Christians, real Christians, not apostates, that are not part of your Church, Denomination, your theology? This next part once you fully understand it you will never look at this the same.

Mar 9:22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.

Mar 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Mar 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

Mar 9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

Mar 9:26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.

Mar 9:27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

Mar 9:28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

Mar 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

The Key Prayer, the second thing the disciples that were of the 12, could not cast out the demon, remember that part as it has everything to do with the next.

What do we read in the same Chapter, just a few verses down, it is almost funny,

Mar 9:38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.

Mar 9:39 But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.

What a difference 10 verses make

Mar 9:28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

Mar 9:38 And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.

Why do you think they said this, what was the problem, true the other, was not one of the 12, but the flesh is the problem, they were upset, because we just read they could not do it, the inner 12 could not cast out the demon, and they were in the inner click, but the other, who was he?

It clearly shows no one is perfect and we battle with the flesh. In this my point is, denominational-Church wars, Christian against Christian. Considered an enemy many times, and the root of the disciples saying this was down right Pride.
They were the chosen ones, they walked with Jesus. Many think, and all denominations do, they are the only one that holds the truth, teaches the bible. Ministries may think this, it is 100% pride. Saint Wars, it should be saints making war shoulder to shoulder, esp. now days.

Another reason they could not and the other could, and we may assume this part, the other was a praying person. They were not, not until Acts Ch 2. The evidence is plain.

Mat 26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

This was at the end of the ministry of Jesus on earth, so much later, and yet, the frozen chosen, always wanting to be made first, wanting to be greatest, would not really serve one another, shown when they were in the upper room for the last super and not one of them washed the others feet, Jesus did.

This all may seem off topic, it is not. We must understand when we are told to pray, bless, do good, help, go the extra mile, feed, give drink to our enemies, it takes praying men and women, fasting men and women, to cast not just a strong demon out, but a very strong, rebellious, unbelieving proud heart the flesh wars. It takes pray beloved.

You know what I am saying, someone you do not care for says they need prayer, you say, 'OK, I will say a prayer for you" and you do not.

Someone who disagrees with you, or makes you mad, what do many say," I will be in pray for you". That is condescending, proud, arrogant.

The reason we do not see any revival, any real awakening is four reasons.

We find it in the classic verse.

2Chron 7:14 If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.

Some think this verse is to a society, it is not, is is clearly to the believer. If my people who are called by my name.

That is us.

The four things in the verse that clearly tell us why revival, awakening has not and will not happen, the lords judgments are on the world already, we are far past this, it was the repent or else, we are in the or else.

1. Humble ourselves

2. Prayer

3. Seek Gods Face

4. Turn from wicked ways.

Note the number one, requirement, Humbleness.

This is why we do not, can not see any move of the lord until we are humbled, than and only than can we pray. If this were done the verse said, then I will hear from heaven forgive sin and heal the land.

The lord, his ears can not, will not accept prayer of a proud heart.

Loving your enemies, impossible as said, with out humbleness and prayer. It is hard to be one with true Christians due to prayer-less lives.

A survey was taken a while back, it was taken concerning Pastors time of prayer. The report showed the vast majority of Pastors, ministers pray 5 min a day. Yes 5 min a day.
Ravinhill said in an old book.

" I go to all these churches, I see them expanding their office, the Gym, the fellowship hall, but I have yet to see any expand their prayer room"

Love of enemies, love of each other, it can be done with Humbleness and prayer, it can. This is a call to earnest prayer, a call to personal revival.

Revival in one word is the word, repentance. Not manifestation of gifts, but repentance. Think on this