Ministers Wilbert and Jacqueline Richardson

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31.

Many Christians today spend too much time talking and thinking about their haters/enemies.  They are consumed with negative thoughts and emotions that are evidenced in their words and actions.

The fact remains that once we are in this world we will have haters.  Do you become troubled when people talk against you, slander your name, judge, criticize or give you a hard time?  The word says in Luke 6:26  “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.”  “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

In the midst of false accusations, slander, persecution for righteousness sake, arise and praise the Lord.  Do not allow the darts of the wicked to puncture your spirit.  Once you are in right standing with God you can rest assured that He knows how to take care of your enemies.  “Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.”  Psalm 60:12

The spirit of Haman is on the rise.  You may be asking, who is Haman?  Haman was a wicked man who had a plot to destroy the Jews and he set a trap to hang Mordecai, a righteous man.  But the enemy’s plot was reversed.  “So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified.” Esther 7:10  Have no fear, serve God wholeheartedly and He will take care of all your enemies.

Do not try to fight battles in the flesh because the fight is not with flesh and blood it is a spiritual battle.  Stand in the authority which God has given, use the Word of God, the name of the Lord, the Blood of Jesus Christ, the armor of God, pray and fast.  Decree and declare boldly what thus sayeth the Lord.

Remember the words of Acts 14:22  “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”  But 1 Peter 3:16-17 states “Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.  For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.”  Come on; shake off that heaviness and that feeling of hopelessness.  Cast down the lies of the devil and decree today that with God on your side you are going to make it!

Keep focused on God, and be obedient to Him in all things.  Know that as long as you are in right standing with God, God is not only with you but He is for you.  Do you believe God?  Do you believe that His promises to you are true?  Well if you do, then stop worrying and stop fretting.  “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.”  Psalm 37:1-2  Instead of talking about your enemies and what the devil is doing use that valuable time to give God thanks and praise for His goodness and His mercies to you.  God is so good and He deserves all our praise.  Go one step further and pray for your enemies.  No, do not pray that they be struck dead; but rather pray that they repent and turn from their wicked ways.  Job received His breakthrough when He prayed for his ‘friends’ who judged him, and were of no comfort to him in his time of trouble.  “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”  Job 42:10

I am hearing someone asking the question today “Lord, how long, how much longer will I have to go through this injustice, how much longer will I have to deal with this persecution?”  Know today that God is not sleeping.  Though it may not seem like it, God is working on your behalf.  Be not dismayed, God knows and He sees all things.  He loves you and He cares.  “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”  2 Chronicles 16:9

Lift up your head today and be encouraged.  God has heard your cry and He is about to do some shifting on your behalf.  Don’t break now, don’t give up now.  “…Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.”  Exodus 14:13

We leave with you the words of 2 Timothy 4:18 (paraphrased) “May the Lord deliver you from every evil work, and preserve you unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”