Targeting the Blessed

 

“When God opens heaven’s windows to bless you, Satan open hell’s gates to blast you.” – L. Ravenhill

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John 12:10-11 – But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;  Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

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A simple reading of John 11 & 12 indicates clearly that Lazarus was a blessed man.  Jesus loved him; Lazarus was blessed (and Jesus loves you, too.).  Jesus came to his home to raise him from the dead; Lazarus was blessed.  Jesus came to his home for fellowship; Lazarus was blessed.  Jesus brought His ministry staff to the home of Lazarus for a meal; Lazarus was blessed.  Mary, Martha, and Lazarus made a supper for Jesus, and Jesus came as the honored guest; Lazarus was blessed.  There can be no doubt; Lazarus was blessed.  But pay close attention to our Text for Today.  It was precisely because Lazarus was so blessed that the same chief priests who sought to put Jesus to death also sought to put Lazarus to death.  In John 15, Jesus warned of this attitude.  He said that we should not be surprised that we are hated, and that without cause.  After all, they hated Jesus before they hated us, and that without cause.

But know this, my dear fellow believer.  If you live your life as a true witness of the Lord Jesus Christ, if you walk in obedience to His Word, if you give honor and glory to the King of kings, and if you live to please the Lord of lords, whatever was designed to be done to Jesus is being designed by someone to be done to you.  It may be a religious sect from some other part of the world, or someone convicted by your righteous life right in your own community.  It may be a politician who feels their unrighteous life would be exposed by the light of your life, or even someone who calls him/herself a Christian, but is really filled with venom towards anyone who doesn’t fit the mold they have designed for what they believe to be a Christian.  Regardless of the point from which hatred toward you flows, it is always from Satan, and it is always, ALWAYS, I say, intended to be fatal, lethal, deadly to you, the child of God.  This is not a message to cause fear, but one that should provoke you to “STEEL” yourself against his devices.  Jesus is Lord; He is your Covenant Protector.  Holy Ghost is your Rear Guard.  Stand in faith and walk in your divine covenant protection.  You are more than a conqueror in Jesus; you are an overcomer through Christ.  Live free and serve your God in victory.  Yes, you’re a target, but no weapon formed against you shall prosper.  You can live in Psalm 91 supernatural protection.  Enjoy it every day. 

Manna for Today – John 12:1-11; John 15:18-25; 1 John 3:15; John 10:10; Isaiah 54:17; Psalm 91

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