Topic: Understand The Strategies Of The Enemy
Author: Pastor Abraham David
And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things: laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him. Luke 11:53-54
Some people think that the Scribes and the Pharisees were real only in the days of Jesus, or are found only among the Jews, but that’s far from the truth. The Scribes and the Pharisees have been in existence before the coming of Jesus to this world, and have continued to be even till now. We need to understand this because they are behind the many persecutions, humiliations, and the troubles many Christians and many ministers of the gospel are facing today.
When Jesus walked the earth, the people who were always attacking Him were these people; the people who always come up with insincere questions expecting Jesus to give wrong answers so that they could trap Him in His words were the scribes and the Pharisees. Our theme scripture says the Scribes and the Pharisees were urging Jesus vehemently, trying to provoke Him to say things He shouldn’t say so they could trap Him in His words. In the Amplified Classic, it says, “As He left there, the scribes and the Pharisees [followed Him closely, and they] began to be enraged with and set themselves violently against Him and to draw Him out and provoke Him to speak of many things, Secretly watching and plotting and lying in wait for Him, to seize upon something He might say [that they might accuse Him].” They were lying in wait for Jesus, to say something He shouldn’t say which they can hold on to, but Jesus was more wiser and more smarter than all of them were.
Have you ever wondered why certain groups of men always speak against certain men of God and Christians? No matter what the men of God say, these group of men would always attack them and try to get them respond back; unfortunately, there are even ignorant Christians who do this, speaking against ministers of the gospel because they believed they are knowledgeable and are right while those ministers are wrong. They do all these for one reason, to get these ministers of God distracted and fall so that they could prove their point. Our theme scripture in The Passion Translation says, “All that Jesus said enraged the religious leaders and experts of the law and they began to oppose him furiously. They harassed Jesus all the way out the door, spewing out their hostility, arguing over everything he said—wanting nothing more than to find a reason to entrap him with his own words.”
As God’s children, we need to be smart, we need to understand the strategies of the enemy and refuse to yield ourselves as instruments of destruction of other ministers of the gospel and fellow Christians. You don’t have to attack any minister of God or fellow Christian irrespective of what your own view or understanding is, let everyone live according to the knowledge he or she has, if you have the opportunity of building anyone up in the faith, do it without trying to make or prove a point, remember, all our works would be tried in fire, if yours is tried in fire, would it last? So, be a wise child of God.
Dear Father, you are true, you are loving, and wonderful, and you made me to be like you, to bring joy to others, build them up, and help them remain in you; I ask that you strengthen your children more and the ministers of the gospel so that no one will make them fall, and help us to stand as one, in Jesus name. Amen.
Jeremiah 18:18; Luke 20:20-26
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