Category Archives: Protector / Deliverer

Lean On God In Hard Times

We all face hard times. Some face more difficult situations than others. No matter what you face, no matter how hopeless it seems, turn your eyes to the Lord and put your faith in Him. He is our protector and deliverer from both our enemies and our own sinful nature. Follow the example of David in the Psalms… not only can you lay out your feelings directly and plainly before the Father, but you can also know that He will respond. Approach Him humbly with supplication and thanksgiving. Praise Him even while your situation is not yet resolved the way you want it to be.

Psalm 69

A Cry of Distress and Imprecation on Adversaries.

For the choir director; according to Shoshannim. A Psalm of David.

     1Save me, O God,
For the waters have threatened my life.

      2I have sunk in deep mire, and there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters, and a flood overflows me.

      3I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched;
My eyes fail while I wait for my God.

      4Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head;
Those who would destroy me are powerful, being wrongfully my enemies;
What I did not steal, I then have to restore.

      5O God, it is You who knows my folly,
And my wrongs are not hidden from You.

      6May those who wait for You not be ashamed through me, O Lord GOD of hosts;
May those who seek You not be dishonored through me, O God of Israel,

      7Because for Your sake I have borne reproach;
Dishonor has covered my face.

      8I have become estranged from my brothers
And an alien to my mother’s sons.

      9For zeal for Your house has consumed me,
And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.

      10When I wept in my soul with fasting,
It became my reproach.

      11When I made sackcloth my clothing,
I became a byword to them.

      12Those who sit in the gate talk about me,
And I am the song of the drunkards.

      13But as for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD, at an acceptable time;
O God, in the greatness of Your lovingkindness,
Answer me with Your saving truth.

      14Deliver me from the mire and do not let me sink;
May I be delivered from my foes and from the deep waters.

      15May the flood of water not overflow me
Nor the deep swallow me up,
Nor the pit shut its mouth on me.

      16Answer me, O LORD, for Your lovingkindness is good;
According to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me,

      17And do not hide Your face from Your servant,
For I am in distress; answer me quickly.

      18Oh draw near to my soul and redeem it;
Ransom me because of my enemies!

      19You know my reproach and my shame and my dishonor;
All my adversaries are before You.

      20Reproach has broken my heart and I am so sick.
And I looked for sympathy, but there was none,
And for comforters, but I found none.

      21They also gave me gall for my food
And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

      22May their table before them become a snare;
And when they are in peace, may it become a trap.

      23May their eyes grow dim so that they cannot see,
And make their loins shake continually.

      24Pour out Your indignation on them,
And may Your burning anger overtake them.

      25May their camp be desolate;
May none dwell in their tents.

      26For they have persecuted him whom You Yourself have smitten,
And they tell of the pain of those whom You have wounded.

      27Add iniquity to their iniquity,
And may they not come into Your righteousness.

      28May they be blotted out of the book of life
And may they not be recorded with the righteous.

      29But I am afflicted and in pain;
May Your salvation, O God, set me securely on high.

      30I will praise the name of God with song
And magnify Him with thanksgiving.

      31And it will please the LORD better than an ox
Or a young bull with horns and hoofs.

      32The humble have seen it and are glad;
You who seek God, let your heart revive.

      33For the LORD hears the needy
And does not despise His who are prisoners.

      34Let heaven and earth praise Him,
The seas and everything that moves in them.

      35For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah,
That they may dwell there and possess it.

      36The descendants of His servants will inherit it,
And those who love His name will dwell in it.

Sing praises to the Lord, even in adversity. He is able to rescue you and comfort you.

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Jehovah Is An Awesome God!

Psalm 68 speaks for itself. We serve a mighty and awesome God!

Psalm 68

The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song.

     1Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered,
And let those who hate Him flee before Him.

      2As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;
As wax melts before the fire,
So let the wicked perish before God.

      3But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God;
Yes, let them rejoice with gladness.

      4Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts,
Whose name is the LORD, and exult before Him.

      5A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.

      6God makes a home for the lonely;
He leads out the prisoners into prosperity,
Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

      7O God, when You went forth before Your people,
When You marched through the wilderness,

Selah.

      8The earth quaked;
The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God;
Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

      9You shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God;
You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched.

      10Your creatures settled in it;
You provided in Your goodness for the poor, O God.

      11The Lord gives the command;
The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host:

      12“Kings of armies flee, they flee,
And she who remains at home will divide the spoil!”

      13When you lie down among the sheepfolds,
You are like the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And its pinions with glistening gold.

      14When the Almighty scattered the kings there,
It was snowing in Zalmon.

      15A mountain of God is the mountain of Bashan;
A mountain of many peaks is the mountain of Bashan.

      16Why do you look with envy, O mountains with many peaks,
At the mountain which God has desired for His abode?
Surely the LORD will dwell there forever.

      17The chariots of God are myriads, thousands upon thousands;
The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness.

      18You have ascended on high, You have led captive Your captives;
You have received gifts among men,
Even among the rebellious also, that the LORD God may dwell there.

      19Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden,
The God who is our salvation.

Selah.

      20God is to us a God of deliverances;
And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.

      21Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies,
The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds.

      22The Lord said, “I will bring them back from Bashan.
I will bring them back from the depths of the sea;

      23That your foot may shatter them in blood,
The tongue of your dogs may have its portion from your enemies.”

      24They have seen Your procession, O God,
The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary.

      25The singers went on, the musicians after them,
In the midst of the maidens beating tambourines.

      26Bless God in the congregations,
Even the LORD, you who are of the fountain of Israel.

      27There is Benjamin, the youngest, ruling them,
The princes of Judah in their throng,
The princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.

      28Your God has commanded your strength;
Show Yourself strong, O God, who have acted on our behalf.

      29Because of Your temple at Jerusalem
Kings will bring gifts to You.

      30Rebuke the beasts in the reeds,
The herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples,
Trampling under foot the pieces of silver;
He has scattered the peoples who delight in war.

      31Envoys will come out of Egypt;
Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God.

      32Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth,
Sing praises to the Lord,

Selah.

      33To Him who rides upon the highest heavens, which are from ancient times;
Behold, He speaks forth with His voice, a mighty voice.

      34Ascribe strength to God;
His majesty is over Israel
And His strength is in the skies.

      35O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary.
The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people.
Blessed be God!

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Praise For Jehovah’s Mighty Deeds and Answer to Prayer

How often do you take time to stop from your busy life and sing praises to the Father? to shout joyfully to tell others what He has done for His people, and more specifically, for you personally? to thank Him?

Take some time today and praise Him for His mighty deeds. Thank Him for what He does in your life and the lives of other brothers and sisters in Christ. He truly defines “awesome”. We do well to reflect on that more often.

Psalms 66

     1Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;

      2Sing the glory of His name;
Make His praise glorious.

      3Say to God, “How awesome are Your works!
Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You.

      4“All the earth will worship You,
And will sing praises to You;
They will sing praises to Your name.”

Selah.

      5Come and see the works of God,
Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.

      6He turned the sea into dry land;
They passed through the river on foot;
There let us rejoice in Him!

      7He rules by His might forever;
His eyes keep watch on the nations;
Let not the rebellious exalt themselves.

Selah.

      8Bless our God, O peoples,
And sound His praise abroad,

      9Who keeps us in life
And does not allow our feet to slip.

      10For You have tried us, O God;
You have refined us as silver is refined.

      11You brought us into the net;
You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins.

      12You made men ride over our heads;
We went through fire and through water,
Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance.

      13I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings;
I shall pay You my vows,

      14Which my lips uttered
And my mouth spoke when I was in distress.

      15I shall offer to You burnt offerings of fat beasts,
With the smoke of rams;
I shall make an offering of bulls with male goats.

Selah.

      16Come and hear, all who fear God,
And I will tell of what He has done for my soul.

      17I cried to Him with my mouth,
And He was extolled with my tongue.

      18If I regard wickedness in my heart,
The Lord will not hear;

      19But certainly God has heard;
He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.

      20Blessed be God,
Who has not turned away my prayer
Nor His lovingkindness from me.

Let us take care not to skip over some key verses toward the end. We should indeed fear God. If we regard wickedness in our heart, He will not hear. Let us celebrate His lovingkindness.

Praise the Lord for all His works! Praise Him for the love He shows each of us as His children!

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The Righteous Man Is Glad In The Lord

The righteous man is glad in the Lord and takes refuge in Him. He need not fear his enemies, even if unseen. He can trust in the Lord even as he may endure difficult circumstances.

Psalm 64

Prayer for Deliverance from Secret Enemies.

For the choir director. A Psalm of David.

     1Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
Preserve my life from dread of the enemy.

      2Hide me from the secret counsel of evildoers,
From the tumult of those who do iniquity,

      3Who have sharpened their tongue like a sword.
They aimed bitter speech as their arrow,

      4To shoot from concealment at the blameless;
Suddenly they shoot at him, and do not fear.

      5They hold fast to themselves an evil purpose;
They talk of laying snares secretly;
They say, “Who can see them?”

      6They devise injustices, saying,
“We are ready with a well-conceived plot”;
For the inward thought and the heart of a man are deep.

      7But God will shoot at them with an arrow;
Suddenly they will be wounded.

      8So they will make him stumble;
Their own tongue is against them;
All who see them will shake the head.

      9Then all men will fear,
And they will declare the work of God,
And will consider what He has done.

      10The righteous man will be glad in the LORD and will take refuge in Him;
And all the upright in heart will glory.

The righteous have nothing to fear from the Lord and should seek His help for refuge and protection in difficult circumstances. Remind yourself to turn to the Father when you are experiencing trials or become aware of others who are doing so. Pray for the Lord’s help for you and for others who are righteous. Pray the plans of the wicked are defeated.

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Sing Praises Joyfully For What The Lord Has Done

David was really good at praising Jehovah even in tough times. He knew what it was to draw near to the Father and what it was to be distant when sin separated him. I am inspired by the joyful praise that David offers up about all that the Lord has done for Him. We should take note and follow His example.

Psalm 63

The Thirsting Soul Satisfied in God.

A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

     1O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.

      2Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.

      3Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips will praise You.

      4So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.

      5My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.

      6When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches,

      7For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.

      8My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.

      9But those who seek my life to destroy it,
Will go into the depths of the earth.

      10They will be delivered over to the power of the sword;
They will be a prey for foxes.

      11But the king will rejoice in God;
Everyone who swears by Him will glory,
For the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.

David thirsted for Jehovah and sought after Him. He relied on Him for protection and guidance. Let us joyfully praise the Lord for the great things He has done, does, and will continue to do in our lives!

Take 5-10 minutes and just focus on thanking the Lord for the many ways in which He has blessed you and your family. By all means include those blessings which are still to come such as the promise of salvation and life after death with Him!

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We Can Trust in Our Father’s Protection

Things in this world do not always work out the way we expect or desire. We all experience hardship and trials. Cry out to our Father in prayer and thank Him for listening and answering. We can trust in Him even if the situation does not resolve itself how we want. We know He hears the prayer of the righteous and we can put ourselves in His care.

Psalm 61

Confidence in God’s Protection.

For the choir director; on a stringed instrument. A Psalm of David.

1Hear my cry, O God;
Give heed to my prayer.

      2From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

      3For You have been a refuge for me,
A tower of strength against the enemy.

      4Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.

Selah.

      5For You have heard my vows, O God;
You have given me the inheritance of those who fear Your name.

      6You will prolong the king’s life;
His years will be as many generations.

      7He will abide before God forever;
Appoint lovingkindness and truth that they may preserve him.

      8So I will sing praise to Your name forever,
That I may pay my vows day by day.

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Deliverance By Man Is In Vain

God’s people recognize that victory is found in His favor and defeat can be found in His rebuke. Even if we win, if it is without His approval, than it is in vain and will not last. Whether we struggle in defeat or embrace the thrill and joy of victory, let us recognize that we should be seeking approval from our Father in heaven.

Psalm 60

Lament over Defeat in Battle, and Prayer for Help.

For the choir director; according to Shushan Eduth. A Mikhtam of David, to teach; when he struggled with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and Joab returned, and smote twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.

1O God, You have rejected us. You have broken us;
You have been angry; O, restore us.

      2You have made the land quake, You have split it open;
Heal its breaches, for it totters.

      3You have made Your people experience hardship;
You have given us wine to drink that makes us stagger.

      4You have given a banner to those who fear You,
That it may be displayed because of the truth.

Selah.

      5That Your beloved may be delivered,
Save with Your right hand, and answer us!

      6God has spoken in His holiness:
“I will exult, I will portion out Shechem and measure out the valley of Succoth.

      7“Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine;
Ephraim also is the helmet of My head;
Judah is My scepter.

      8“Moab is My washbowl;
Over Edom I shall throw My shoe;
Shout loud, O Philistia, because of Me!”

      9Who will bring me into the besieged city?
Who will lead me to Edom?

      10Have not You Yourself, O God, rejected us?
And will You not go forth with our armies, O God?

      11O give us help against the adversary,
For deliverance by man is in vain.

      12Through God we shall do valiantly,
And it is He who will tread down our adversaries.

David walked closely with the Lord, so he could readily recognize when the Father had withdrawn His hand of support. He knew when God was rebuking His people and recognized that it was time to seek restoration with Him.

David never blames God in anger for defeat, but rather seeks Him out for reconciliation. David was indeed a man after God’s own heart. We would do well to learn from his example.

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Have you submitted your life to Jesus Christ? Are you living today filled with the peace and joy of truly knowing and following Jesus Christ? Learn more about salvation through The Message of the Cross.

There Is A Battle… If You Don’t Prepare, You Lose

In Ephesians 6:10-18 Paul provides us important guidance about the reality of spiritual warfare.  Too often Christians dismiss spiritual warfare and focus only on the things we can see and touch. This leaves us vulnerable to Satan’s attacks. If we do not recognize the true enemy, we will struggle to win against him.

      10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  15and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

      18With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Some key points upon which to reflect:

  • Our strength comes from the Lord, not ourselves
  • The devil is real and he has strategies he uses to lie, cheat and destroy. He will use more than one strategy against us.
  • Warfare does not always take place in physical world, sometimes it is in the spiritual world. Don’t believe me? Read the book of Job.
  • Just putting on one or two pieces of the armor of God is not enough, we need to put on all of them.
  • Prayer and a relationship with Jesus is necessary! Jesus tells us to pray daily and to pray specifically to not let us yield to temptation, and to be rescued from the evil one. Matthew 6:9-13
  • We are to stay alert and pray for others in addition to ourselves. Pray for those preach the gospel that they would preach boldly!

Let’s explore what it really means to put on the full armor of God.

Truth can simply be defined as the real facts about something.  Surprisingly the world today proposes that truth is relative when it comes to God or how we live… “True for you but not for me”, etc. This is no more accurate than saying “If I do not believe in gravity, I will not fall off a ladder.” Gravity is true whether or not I believe in or accept it. God lovingly and in great detail shares truth in the Bible and reveals it in the world around us. There is absolute truth.

Righteousness is characterized by living consistently with God’s standards of morality, justice, virtue, etc. As God’s standard is Himself, it is a lofty bar. We will never achieve it to perfection but He is the standard and reference point none the less. We should keep our eyes on Jesus and keep changing to be more like Him.

The peace that comes from knowing the good news is not a promise that we will avoid conflicts and trials, but rather an affirmation that when we have relationship with Jesus Christ we know He is with us in this life and that we have eternal life on the other side of this world. We can have peace through the mightiest storms.

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1. In this context Paul reminds us that we must trust in God even when we are under attack by Satan. Just because we can not recognize how God is working in the situation does not mean that He is not there. We can be confident He is with us.

Salvation is deliverance from sin and its consequences, which is death. It is not enough to know or acknowledge Jesus Christ. Even Satan and his demons due that. By asking and accepting Jesus into our  lives and repenting from our sinful ways we receive salvation through grace.

The sword of the spirit, or word of God, is what Jesus Himself used to defeat Satan when He was tempted in the wilderness. Matthew 4:1-11. We must know the word of God before the attack comes just as a soldier must train and be prepared before he goes to battle.

To be effective we must understand and use all of this equipment daily. It ceases to become “something we do” and becomes “how we do everything” in our lives.

Remember to heed Paul’s warning and guidance for prayer. The battle is not ours alone, but the Lord’s!

      18With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

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Our Father Is Our Deliverer From Our Enemies

Tough situation? Turn to Jehovah. Our loving Father is our shield… our deliverer from our enemies. Do not put your faith in anyone or anything else. (Yes, we  can put our faith in Yeshua as well… He is one with the Father.)

Psalm 59

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies.

For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Mikhtam of David, when Saul sent men and they watched the house in order to kill him.

     1Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Set me securely on high away from those who rise up against me.

      2Deliver me from those who do iniquity
And save me from men of bloodshed.

      3For behold, they have set an ambush for my life;
Fierce men launch an attack against me,
Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O LORD,

      4For no guilt of mine, they run and set themselves against me.
Arouse Yourself to help me, and see!

      5You, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel,
Awake to punish all the nations;
Do not be gracious to any who are treacherous in iniquity.

Selah.

      6They return at evening, they howl like a dog,
And go around the city.

      7Behold, they belch forth with their mouth;
Swords are in their lips,
For, they say, “Who hears?”

      8But You, O LORD, laugh at them;
You scoff at all the nations.

      9Because of his strength I will watch for You,
For God is my stronghold.

      10My God in His lovingkindness will meet me;
God will let me look triumphantly upon my foes.

      11Do not slay them, or my people will forget;
Scatter them by Your power, and bring them down,
O Lord, our shield.

      12On account of the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips,
Let them even be caught in their pride,
And on account of curses and lies which they utter.

      13Destroy them in wrath, destroy them that they may be no more;
That men may know that God rules in Jacob
To the ends of the earth.

Selah.

      14They return at evening, they howl like a dog,
And go around the city.

      15They wander about for food
And growl if they are not satisfied.

      16But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For You have been my stronghold
And a refuge in the day of my distress.

      17O my strength, I will sing praises to You;
For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.

No matter what situation you face, turn to your loving Father and ask Him for protection and deliverance. He is our stronghold. He shows His children lovingkindness.

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Have you submitted your life to Jesus Christ? If you die today, do you know for sure that you would be with God in heaven? Learn more about salvation through The Message of the Cross.

Love Your Enemies and Pray for Them

It is acceptable to call upon the Lord to defeat the plans of the wicked, but we should love our enemies and pray for their redemption and deliverance from evil rather than their destruction. Explore and compare Psalm 58 and Matthew 5.

Psalm 58

Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked.

For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Mikhtam of David.

      1Do you indeed speak righteousness, O gods?
Do you judge uprightly, O sons of men?

      2No, in heart you work unrighteousness;
On earth you weigh out the violence of your hands.

      3The wicked are estranged from the womb;
These who speak lies go astray from birth.

      4They have venom like the venom of a serpent;
Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,

      5So that it does not hear the voice of charmers,
Or a skillful caster of spells.

      6O God, shatter their teeth in their mouth;
Break out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD.

      7Let them flow away like water that runs off;
When he aims his arrows, let them be as headless shafts.

      8Let them be as a snail which melts away as it goes along,
Like the miscarriages of a woman which never see the sun.

      9Before your pots can feel the fire of thorns
He will sweep them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning alike.

      10The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

      11And men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
Surely there is a God who judges on earth!”

Matthew: 38-48

      38“You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ 39“But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40“If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. 41“Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42“Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

      43“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ 44“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47“If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Our Creator is a righteous judge and we can count on Him to make the right decision regarding how He deals with our enemies. It is ok for us to ask Him for help defeating our enemies.  However, He also calls us to live up to very high standards in order to demonstrate the love of God… to demonstrate to non believers that we are different than the world. In this way we may get their attention and help lead them to the Father through Jesus Christ.

Take some time to identify one or more people in your life who you believe to be bringing wicked plans against you. . It is ok to pray for their plans to be defeated, but also pray for them to be set free from sin and come to know the Father through Jesus Christ. Then treat them in such a way as to show them His love.

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