Jeremiah 29:7 Praying For The Enemy

Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. Jeremiah 29:7

Going into exile was a difficult thing for the Israelites of Judah to do. As they are going into exile, God now tells them to settle in and serve their enemy. Then on top of that God tells them to pray for their enemy to prosper. His reason for praying for the enemy to prosper is that if the enemy prospers, so do the Israelites.

Praying for the enemy is something many Christians have no problem doing. However, it is how they pray for the enemy that is different. It is common to hear a Christian pray for his enemy that God would strike them down, or remove them. The focus is to change that person, so that one can have a better life. The problem with this type of prayer is that it is totally self-focused.

Years later Jesus would tell all believers to pray for their enemy and bless them, not curse them. Praying for the prosperity of your enemy is a blessing upon them. Doing this shows the enemy the love of God, not the hatred of people.

Not blessing your enemy will fall back on you in the same way. If the economy of everyone around you is failing, your economy will also fail. If there is no peace with everyone around you, then you will not have any peace either. If there is poverty all around you, then you will also have poverty.

No person can have peace or prosperity completely alone. It takes a community to have either. There will always be some in your community that will be your enemy–those who do not follow Jesus. If they do not prosper, you cannot prosper.

Along with physical prosperity, every person needs to know the love of Jesus. If you are praying against them and for their downfall, where is there any love in that? How will they know the love of Jesus, when all they see is hatred?

You may not always agree with your enemy, but you can pray for God to bless them and draw them closer to Him by His love and care. It is His kindness that will draw them to Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for your enemies; that you will show God’s love to your enemies; that you will be able to pray God’s blessings on your enemies; and that many will come to know Jesus through the love you show them.

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Proverbs 25:21-22 How To Treat Your Enemy

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22

It is commonly thought that when an enemy does something wrong, the first thing that should be done is to strike back and make the enemy pay for the wrong that was done. The striking back is seen as a punishment. It can be just words, or a physical strike, or some other correction. Today many will take someone to court and get them put in jail or made to pay a fine or some law suit. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth is the mentality of many people.

The idea of the “punishment” is to make the person hurt a little for what he did. Causing pain in some way, is supposed to detour the person from ever doing it again. In this process of punishing the wrong-doers, prisons have been filled to overflowing with those who have done wrong, wars have been waged between nations or groups of people, and millions of innocent people have been hurt.

God has a different plan on how to deal with the enemy. Since you are not God, you do not have the full right to punish the enemy. You are to be like Jesus. He fed the enemy and gave the enemy water to drink. Do you think that every person who ate in the group of 5,000, fully loved and followed Him for who He was? Most likely not.

Solomon says treating an enemy with food and water will heap burning coals on his head. When shown the true love and mercy of God, the person doing wrong will feel the pressure to change. He will realize the wrong that he has been doing.

As a believer, you are to be set apart from the world. You are to be different from the world. The world wants revenge, you must show love and mercy.

When someone has done something wrong to you, the best thing you can do is meet their needs the best way you can. Since their needs were not being met, maybe that is why they treated you wrong.

When you do these kind things, God will see and reward you. His reward will be greater than any person on this earth could give you.

How are you treating your enemies today?

I pray today that you will be filled with God’s love for all; that God will strengthen you to do right to your enemy; and that God will reward you for your love and mercy on others.

Proverbs 24:17-18 Don’t Rejoice At An Enemy’s Fall

Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them. Proverbs 24:17-18

Battles against the enemy is a common thing around the world. No matter where a person goes, there is some enemy in the midst and there is usually a battle going on. Some places the battle is physical and there is direct violence against each other. In most places it is a silent battle of words and quiet actions.

One thing that is common among many people is the rejoicing that occurs when the enemy has fallen or been destroyed. People will be happy when someone who is against them suddenly falls upon hard times or gets hurt badly. They feel as though it is well deserved and got what was coming to them.

Solomon said that people are not to gloat when their enemy falls. This is extreme rejoicing, acting as though they are better than the enemy and the enemy only got what they deserved.

The reason for that is that God would see that action and then begin to have mercy on the enemy and turn away His wrath.

Jesus told the disciples that they needed to love everyone, including their enemies. Rejoicing over the fall of the enemy is not showing His love at all. It is easy to look at the fall of your enemy as a good thing, but in doing so you have forgotten that God still loves that enemy.

God is not one who looks forward to destruction of the enemy. He wants all people to come to Jesus and believe in Him. God wants everyone to live forever with Him. When your enemy falls or is destroyed, they are not in the process of being able to live with Him for eternity.

Jesus said you are to pray for your enemies and do good to them. Gloating over their fall is not showing any good to them. It is not the way of God’s love.

How are you showing God’s love to your enemies today?

Is it with vengeance?

Or is it with mercy and kindness?

Seek God today on how you can have His love for your enemies.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for your enemies; that God will fill you with His love, mercy and kindness; and that you will pray blessings on your enemies, rather than curses and rejoicing in their fall.

Psalm 119:95 When The Enemy Is Out To Get You

The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes. Psalm 119:95

When a person knows that an enemy is ahead of them, waiting to get them, they do one a several things. Some will take a different route in fear. Some will call for help from others in fear. Some will just stop moving forward and give up in fear. A few will go forward and face the enemy.

Most of the actions that people will do in facing an enemy is have fear. They see that the enemy is out to destroy them and they get locked up in fear.

The psalmist knew that the enemy was out there waiting to destroy him. This was not just to make life rough for him, but to literally kill him off. Instead of being filled with fear, he chose instead to think about God’s Word. What did God’s laws say about this situation is what he chose to think about.

This thinking about the laws of God was not just some quick passing it thought. It was taking time to really think about it, and figure them out. How did God’s laws apply to the situation he was in?

God had said from the beginning that He would be with His people. Throughout the Bible it states that God would never leave or forsake anyone who believes in Him. It also states that He will win the battle in the end, the enemy will be destroyed.

Today as a believer you also have the statement that God’s perfect love casts out fear. This is the fear that cripples a person in the face of the enemy. When you study and think about God’s word, you will see that God is doing His best for your best. As that happens, you can rest assured that God will not allow the enemy to win in the end.

Despite the power and size of the enemy, you do not have to fear anything at all. Turn your eyes and thoughts on to God’s Word and see what He has to say about the situation. Then realize that God is still in control and will be with you.

Believing in Jesus will put you on God’s side, and God will win the battle. If God wins, you also will win. Do not fear when someone is out to destroy you. You cannot be destroyed, unless you allow the enemy to win in your life.

I pray today that God’s love will remove fear in your life; that you will seek out God’s Word; that you will think about God’s Word constantly; and that God will give you victory over your enemy.

Psalm 108:13 Gaining Victory

With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. Psalm 108:13

The majority of the people in the world will never be a part of a national military in their country. Only a very select few will have to or will choose to join a military branch. Of those that do join, some will have to participate in some battle at some point in their career. Their goal is always to have victory over the enemy.

Some of the battles fought by the army are won, while others are lost.

While not everyone will be a part of the military of their nation, every person will have personal battles to fight. Each person will have some enemies in their life. Some of these enemies will be physical people, many will be in the emotional or spiritual realm.

Personal habits are one of the largest enemies that most people will face. While most people look only at smoking, drinking, exercise, and eating the wrong things as bad habits and enemies, there are other enemies in a person’s life.

Bad habits of lying, cheating, procrastination, not doing what God wants, holding on to fear, worry, and many other things can battle against a person.

There are many books out there to “help” a person gain victory over a lot of these problems. Some times these books may help, but usually not for long.

The best way to find victory over an enemy is with God. This is for both physical and non-physical enemies in your life.

Following God and trusting Him to win the battles in your life is the only way to ensure victory every time. When Jesus walked on this earth He had defeated the greatest enemy that many will ever face–death.

Because Jesus gained victory over death, He can win every battle that you have. He can give you the strength to continue the battle against the enemy. He can change your heart and mind so that the enemies of your soul will have no power over your thoughts and actions.

Gaining this victory is found in letting go of yourself being in control and allowing God to guide you to victory. Jesus is waiting to trample down the enemies in your life.

Are you going to allow Jesus to get the victory for you in your life?

I pray today that you will allow God to control your life; that God will give you the needed strength for all battles; that God will crush the enemies in your life; and that you will see the victory in Jesus in your life.

Psalm 59:11 Do Not Kill Them

But do not kill them, Lord our shield, or my people will forget. In your might uproot them and bring them down. Psalm 59:11

Saul had sent men to kill David and David cried out to God for help. He was trusting God to deliver him from his enemies. In asking God for help, David asked that they would not be killed because then his people would forget what God had done for them.

One of the most common prayers for a lot of people is that God completely destroy their enemies. People would often love to see a bad dictator or some other evil person be destroyed to get them out of the way of living safely. Many rejoice when a bad person dies.

David had used great wisdom in asking God not to destroy his enemies. Destroying the enemy completely removes the need for God’s protection. Where there is no threat of an enemy, there is very little trust in God. The appearance of a need for God is diminished.

Every believer needs to live his life in complete dependence upon God. When things start going “good,” it is common for people to stop depending upon God. They often become self-sufficient and forget what God can do or has done in the past.

God is allowing enemies in your life for several reasons. One is to build your trust in Him to protect you. Another is to allow you to be a witness to them. And to allow you to live your life like Jesus–giving you a chance to love your enemies as Jesus did.

When you are faced with an enemy, ask God for strength to endure what is happening. Ask God to show you ways to love your enemy and be a witness to them. And do not be afraid to ask God to frustrate the plans of the enemy to attack you.

God allows people to rise up and He removes people from position. He does that with believers and with non-believers. God is in control. Allow Him to be in control with your life and enemies.

How loving are you to your enemies today?

I pray today that God will fill you with His love for all people; that you will know God’s protection in your life; that God will remove all fear of the enemy; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to your enemies.

2 Kings 19:5-6 A Time To Ignore

When King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard–those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.’ ” 2 Kings 19:5-6

Sennacherib had threatened to destroy Israel. He made statements on how powerful Assyria was and all of the nations that they had already conquered. He also stated that God would not be able to help them.

King Hezekiah had sent some men to the prophet, Isaiah. Isaiah had told them that God is telling them to not be afraid. God had heard what the king of Assyria was saying and how he was blaspheming Him. God was going to reroute the Assyrian army and kill the king.

The enemy likes to boast of his power and ability to destroy and conquer. Over the years many different countries that have had larger armies have threatened smaller nations. They often feel that their power is greater and that nothing can stand in their way. Although they may have larger armies, there has been times when much smaller armies have rerouted them and won the battle.

In the spiritual realm, there is also an enemy that is at war with every believer. Satan and all of his followers are striving to put fear in your heart. The world, who follows Satan, will tell lies to you on a regular basis.

They will try to tell you that God is dead and cannot really help you.

He will remind you of the sins you have done and try to convince you that you are unworthy to be saved by Jesus.

Satan will try to tell you that God really does not hear your prayers, because they are not being answered the way you want.

When you make a mistake, the world will be right there to kick you some more to keep you down.

The false spirits will try to convince you that the Bible is just a bunch of made up stories.

The world will try to tell you that you, as a person, can do everything on your own and that you do not need God.

These are all lies of the enemy to put fear and doubt in your minds. The enemy may look very powerful, but in reality, up against God, is nothing. When these lies come in, it is a time to ignore those words. It is not the time to be afraid. God is greater and is absolute truth and love at all times.

Look to God’s word and see what He says. Read about how He loves you with an undying love and wants to forgive you and save you. Hold on to the truth that Jesus did remove your sins. Know that God is more powerful than the enemy.

God’s love will cast out all fear. Listen to His words, not the words of the enemy.

I pray today that you will know the truth of what God says about you; that you will not listen to the words of the enemy; that you will not fear the threats of the enemy; and that you will trust God to win the battles and war over your life.