Acts 22:7 – And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Often in life, when something happens to impact us in a negative way, people who are generally insensitive, and truly non-discerning, will say to you, “Don’t take it personally.” Dear friend, unless you did it to yourself, take it personally; not against other people, for our war is not in the flesh, but against spiritual forces that are used by the enemy as weapons against you. The devil is very real, and he is very intent on carrying out his agenda in the earth, especially that agenda he has against any child of God. Are you familiar with John 10:10? His entire agenda is laid out there. Satan has come for one purpose broken into three components; to steal, to kill, and to destroy.
Anything that arises against you in life should be taken personally. And there are things that can arise against you simply because you made a wrong choice, or failed to take care of yourself properly. While Satan did not initiate it, he can, and if at all possible, use it against you to steal, to kill, and to destroy. I once heard someone say that Satan would use a hangnail to kill you, if you let him. That is a true statement. Consider this; a small cut, improper care, infection, gangrene that spreads, and unless adequate care is given, death results; all from a small cut. Unlikely? Yes. Possible? Yes. Will Satan use it? Absolutely. So, anything that rises against you to steal from you, kill you, or destroy your influence and life, take it personal, no matter how small. And once again, don’t take it personal towards flesh and blood, but against your real enemy, Satan and the forces of hell.
And once again, it’s personal. Think of this. Have you ever known a teenager who tore up the picture of a former girlfriend because she was angry at him? It is likely that if it were not illegal, she would have tried to do the same to the boy. Satan can’t get to Jesus, so he goes after His image. That’s you. You had better learn it, and learn it fast. Satan is after you, to steal, to kill, and to destroy. And if he can in the process, he will use you to devastate as many lives as possible. You had better take it personal. This is in no way an attempt to cause you to be fearful, but rather to be alerted. If you are well-prepared, well-equipped, and alert, knowing the devices of the enemy, you can live in victory. Take it personal, and live victoriously.
Manna for Today – Acts 22:1-21; John 3:16-17; Romans 10:6-13; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; John 10:10; Ephesians 6:10-18