2 Samuel 1:12 Weeping Over Fallen Enemy

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They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 2 Samuel 1:12 

When an enemy falls, many people rejoice. They are glad to see that the enemy has fallen or been destroyed. Throughout history it is a common sight to see people rejoicing when a known enemy is killed or dies. They rejoice because now that person can no longer be a threat to them.

David’s greatest enemy was Saul, who was the king of Israel. Saul was set out to kill David at any cost. No matter where David would go, Saul tried to follow him with an army and destroy him. Later, when Saul was killed in a battle, David and his men wept and fasted in mourning for his death. David did not want to see King Saul killed. In fact, he killed the man who had chosen to kill King Saul.

While the world often rejoices at the death of an enemy, there have been many believers who have also rejoiced with them. They see the death as something very good.

Although the death of the enemy may mean the end of some suffering, it is also death of a person, a person who is lost for eternity. When a person dies without Christ, he is lost in his sins forever. There is no return. There are no more chances to become a believer.

Rejoicing over that death does not show God’s love or compassion at all. It shows the heart of the world, rejoicing over evil and being lost.

Every believer needs to have the heart of Jesus, who would weep over those who would do wrong to Him. God never rejoices over the destruction of an enemy. He sees each one as a lost child that can never return home.

Knowing and understanding the heart of God will strengthen you to show love to your enemies. Jesus said to love everyone, including the enemy. Rejoicing over their destruction or death is not showing His love, but the world’s hatred.

Allow God’s love for you and all people fill you up so that you may love everyone the same. When you see the destruction of an enemy, you will not rejoice, but weep, knowing how lost they are for all eternity.

Weep, don’t rejoice, over those who can never accept Jesus anymore.

I pray today that you will know God’s great love; that you will be filled with God’s love for all people; that your heart will break at the destruction of any person; and that your love will be a sign of God’s love to this world. 

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Revelation 13:10 Patience & Faithfulness Required

 

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“If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.” This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people. Revelation 13:10

God revealed to John that there would be a day in which the beast, the devil, would be given power to rule upon the earth. He would be given power to fight against all believers. During this time it is pointed out that anyone destined to captivity or dying by the sword will go into captivity or die by the sword.

Over the centuries many different leaders have led many different countries. Each one is a little different. Some are sympathetic to believers, while others fight believers directly. The world as a whole, however, does fight against believers. While it does appear to ebb and flow some, as a whole it the fight is getting stronger and stronger.

No one likes to hear that they may have to go into captivity or be killed. This is especially true for the believer, who is not doing anything wrong, yet, this is what will happen to many believers.

John is quick to point out that believers must then be patient and faithful during this time. While sitting in captivity, they must have patience in waiting on God’s move. They must be faithful all the way to the point of death.

In the end God and all His people will win the battle. However, until then, times will be rough, persecution and suffering will be great, and death will occur. No believer is to throw in the towel and follow the ways of the world. Nor are they to fear what is happening or could happen.

As you go through or see rough times, you must stay focused on God. He has given the promise to save you. He has shown you how to live your life. He has promised that in the end He will win the battle. There will be a time when all suffering and death will end.

Until that time, stay faithful to God and wait patiently for His timing. Do not be anxious or worried, God will win in the end and if you are following Jesus, you also will win the battle.

Are you being patient and faithful today?

I pray today that you will know the promises of God for you; that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not fear the evil in this world; that God will fill you with His patience; and that you will be faithful to God.

 

Matthew 26:2 Tough Times Ahead

“As you know, the Passover is two days away–and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” Matthew 26:2

Jesus had just finished telling the disciples about the end times. He talked about how He will be at the end judging the people. Now He drops another bombshell–He tells them that in just a couple of days He will be handed over to be crucified.

The time of the Passover was a time of great celebration. The people would remember the story of Moses bringing the Israelites out of Egypt. They would remember all the great works God did during that time. It would be a fun time.

Yet, Jesus states that He is going to be handed over to be crucified. Jesus not only states this, He also goes forward.

Very few people could possibly go forward to their death sentence boldly and calmly as Jesus did. Most people would try to go another route or change their plans altogether.

Being crucified is exactly what God wanted to happen to Jesus. It was in the plan from the beginning of time. Jesus knew this and did not try to change the plan.

You may not always know the exact details of what is ahead for you. One thing you may know from Scripture is that in the end times things will get more rough. Standing for Jesus will be tougher.

God may ask you to walk into a situation that will be very rough on you. He may ask you to take a stand for Him against everyone else. You may have to stand alone for God.

Are you ready to stand for God? Are you willing to stand for God?

If God told you that His plans for you next week was to go and get killed, would you be willing to walk that path? Or would you try to go another route?

Jesus walked that path and He did it for you. You need to be willing to do whatever it is God has in store for you. Trust that God knows what is best for you and everyone else around you.

The walk God has you on may (and probably will be) very rough at times. Don’t give up! Keep going with God. He wins in the end.

I pray today that you will walk the path God has for you; that God will strengthen you by His Holy Spirit; that God will guide your every step; that God will remove all fear in your heart; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Revelation 13:10 Endurance and Faithfulness

“If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.” Revelation 13:10

John had just revealed some disturbing information. At some point there will be a beast that will rise up in power and conquer the entire world. This is bad in itself, but he will also be given power to conquer God’s people.

As this beast gains this power and wages this war, everyone who does not believe in Jesus will worship him. In a simple way of putting it: it will be the entire world against a few believers.

Now John tells you that any person destined for captivity or death by the sword will go into captivity or die by the sword. No person really knows who is the one to go into captivity or to die by the sword. Not knowing this information each believer must now have patient endurance and faithfulness to God.

Patient endurance is quietly waiting on the Lord. Times will be hard. The danger will be extremely high. Evil will be everywhere at a level never before seen. Yet, the believer must not complain and endure it all.

Along with the patient endurance, the believer must be faithful to God. He must continue to worship God and God alone. He must continue to be His witness and do everything God directs him to do. This will put him at odds with the world, making him a target.

As a believer is put into captivity, he must remember that it was God who allowed it. If a believer is killed, again, he must remember that God allowed it. God is in control. Other believers must also watch and trust God through it all.

Although today, in America, the risk of going to jail or being killed for your belief in God is very slim, other dangers are still around. Being an open witness for God can bring opposition from the world. You may not get that job promotion; you may lose your job; you may be ridiculed; you may be falsely lied about; or may even be physically harmed some.

Today you must still have patient endurance and faithfulness. Do not allow the struggles of the day discourage you or change you. The devil and the world will not like you and will try to stop you from being His witness. Hang in there and be true to God. Doing this today will also strengthen you for tomorrow when things will get worse. Remember: God is in control.

I pray today that God will strengthen you for the battles coming in your life; that you will be patient; that you will endure the hardships; that you will be faithful to God; that God will make Himself more real to you; and that you will stay in the center of God’s will.

Revelation 6:11 Rough Times Ahead

“Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.” Revelation 6:11

One of the seals was opened and John saw under the altar of God the souls of the people who were killed because of their following Jesus. These souls cried out to God asking how long it would be until He gets vengeance for their deaths. Today’s verse answers that question.

They were given a white robe. This symbolizes the righteousness of Jesus. No person has righteousness in and of themselves. Jeremiah wrote that our righteousness is as filthy rags. These souls were declared righteous by their faith in following Jesus.

Once they were given that robe, they were told they had to wait a little longer until more fellow believers were killed. No one can say how long a little longer is. God is outside of time. He always was and always will be. A “little time” may be a few days or it could be 10,000 years. No one knows.

The difficult part is that during this wait, more people were to be killed for their faith. In fact, God has a specific number of deaths in mind. He stated that they had to wait until the full number of believers were killed.

Many people have a hard time with this. Why would God allow the death of believers in the form of a murder? Remember that man cannot really take your life. Man can kill the body, but cannot touch the soul. When your body dies, your soul goes to be with God for all eternity, if you believe in Jesus.

It should be a joy to see a believer die, regardless of how he dies. When he dies, you know that he has no more pain or suffering. That person is now in heaven with God with a perfect body.

God is a patient God and does not want anyone to perish in their sins. He needs people to be His witness on this earth. Man will continue to sin and get worse with it. In order to have the witnesses He must also be willing to see some of them killed. This explains why He must have a number set for those to be killed.

Rest in God in knowing He knows what is happening. God is still in control. In the end you will be blessed beyond all measure. Wait for His return. Wait for His timing on vengeance.

I pray today that God will give you strength to be His witness; that God will give you peace in that He is in control; that you will be patient waiting for His vengeance; and that you will stay true to God in all that you do.