‘what does the enemy of the cross look like?’

 

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I receive (via email) these daily thoughts from the  vom groups extreme devotion. They are packed with testimonies of believers that have given their all for the cause of Jesus Christ and His gospel. Click on the above [persecution.com] to subscribe to this daily spiritual brief. Then, please pray for our brothers and sisters that are embedded in the fire of persecution.

“One day the teacher told us that we would play a special game. She whispered to us about a special book that our parents may have hidden in our homes. We were to wait until our parents went to sleep, search for this book, and secretly bring it to school the following day for a special surprise. I went home and immediately began searching for the book.

    “The next day I was one of fourteen children who brought the black book, a Bible, to class. We were awarded bright red scarves, and the other students clapped as the teacher paraded us around the room.
    “I ran home that afternoon because I was so excited to tell my mother how I had won the red scarf. She wasn’t in the house or the barn. I waited, but neither she nor my father came home, and I began to get scared. I was hungry and it was becoming dark. I began to feel sick inside, and I fell asleep in a chair.
    “The next day police officers came and informed me that I was now in the care of the government. I never saw my parents again.”
    An elderly woman from North Korea relayed this story. She never heard from her parents and is still struggling to find forgiveness. She is only one of many who have gone through such trials.

Contrary to a popular caricature, the devil does not appear in a red suit, poised with a pitchfork. We would easily recognize such an obvious overture to evil. However, like the child in this story, we often come across him in a different light. The enemy representatives are often impressive people in high places. Consider the influence of a smooth-talking business partner. Or imagine the power a university professor wields in the name of academia. As the child in this story discovered, the enemy plays dirty. We must put away naiveté and be on guard against the enemy wherever we come across him and his representatives. Are you easy prey for the enemy? Or will he find you alert and on guard? Voice of the Martyrs, Extreme Devotion

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

malachi

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3 Comments

  1. In America, we call many of the enemies by their official titles, governor, senator, congressman, wall street expert, pastor,father, mother, sister, friend, co-worker, elder. We must be alert to the times, and warn the naive about the traps. The nicest people may be the ones that betray us.

    marianne
    http://heavenawaits.wordpress.com/

  2. Yes Marianne, correct you are. I have seen the enemy of the cross at every single level that you have mentioned by ascription. We are living in perilous times and I look for them to get worse before they get better. Even if they seem to improve in terms of a worldly perspective, for the church in America, quite a different picture.

    Please pray for our brothers and sisters that are in the face of adversity, and standing amidst the fire of tribulation. We may need them to pray for us one day… I am most certain.

    Peace in Yeshua
    malalchi

  3. Dear malachi,

    Others who suffer persecution are definitely in my prayers. I sometimes wake up and wonder at what blessings I have. I am safe. I am fed. I am healthy. Then there are those who are being hurt or killed while I sit, and drink my coffee. It is too much to even bear thinking about. I wish there was a way to help, besides prayer. I would do it. I am brave enough. 🙂 Human life is precious and worth the risk to help others.

    blessings
    marianne


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