Keep On, Going On to the Well

WELLS OF LIFE

TEXT:  ISAIAH 12:1-6 AMP:

[1]  AND IN that day you will say, I will give thanks to You, O Lord; for though You were angry with me, Your anger has turned away, and You comfort me.    [2]  Behold, God, my salvation!  I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and song; yes, He has become my salvation. [3]  Therefore with JOY will I draw water from the WELLS OF SALVATION. [4]  And in that day you will say, Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name [in solemn entreaty]; declare and make known His deeds among the peoples of the earth, proclaim that His name is exalted! [5]  Sing praises to the Lord, for He has done excellent things [gloriously]; let this be made known to all the earth. [6]  Cry aloud and shout joyfully, you women and inhabitants of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

LIVING WATER FROM THE WELL:

(John 4:10-14 AMP ):

[10]  Jesus answered her, If you had only known and had recognized God’s gift and Who this is saying to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him [instead] and He would have given you LIVING WATER. [11]  She said to Him, Sir, You having nothing to draw with [no drawing bucket] and THE WELL IS DEEP; how then can You provide LIVING WATER? [Where do You get Your living water?]. [12]  Are you greater than and superior to our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well and who used to drink from it himself, and his sons and his cattle also? [13]  Jesus answered her, All who drink of THIS WATER will be thirsty again. [14]  But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall NEVER, NO NEVER, BE THIRSTY ANY MORE.  But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling)  [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.

DRAWING WATER FROM THE WELLS:

We often take for granted the availability of water when we are thirsty and it is relatively easy for us to take care of our thirst.  We go to the sink and get a glass of water; to the fridge to get a glass and just like that–we have something to drink!  Even when traveling around, going into stores, we can buy water if we’re thirsty.

My purpose is for drawing your attention to THE THIRST that we all have.

I am sure that if in the place where we live, the neighborhoods we find ourselves in, drawing water from a well into 5-gallon plastic containers probably isn’t something most of us would look forward to doing once or twice a day.  But in some areas of the world, it is an everyday occurrence [photo courtesy of Mercy-USA for Aid and Development showing water gathering at a well in Mogadishu].  I want to direct you to how the Lord quenches that thirst and to examine the JOY of God’s Word brings refreshment to our lives.

The Lord Gives Us the Water of Life Without Cost:

One lesson that we should all know as Christians is that God sent His Son to be our Savior.  Even Mosses lifted up the snake in the wilderness so people could be saved.

To this SALVATION the Lord Jesus invites us with His personal invitation:

And let everyone come who is thirsty [who painfully conscious

of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported

and strengthened];

and whoever [earnestly] desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate,

and drink the water of Life without cost.

(REVELATION 22:17 AMPLIFIED Bible)

When our soul is parched and dry, it will… [not maybe], be refreshed by God’s LIVING WATER.

“JOY” Found Deep In The Well (Isaiah 12:3):

Isaiah, right in the middle of the referenced Bible verse says,  “with joy will you draw water from the wells of salvation.”  That verse in Isaiah 12, becomes our theme for this Blog.

DRAWING WATER FROM THE WELLS OF SALVATION–

1.  Constantly.

2.  Thankfully.

CONSTANTLY–

You have probably noticed in your reading of The Book of Isaiah in the past and already know how happy Isaiah was.  He could hardly contain himself!

Why was he so Happy?  If you glance back for a moment at Chapter 11, Isaiah talks to the people about the Savior.  He says the Redeemer (the Messiah) is going to come.  Isaiah describes all the things that His people will benefit from and after listing all those things in Chapter 11, we pick it up in Chapter 12, verse one:

“AND IN that day you will say, I will give thanks to You, O Lord”

And then he tells the people why:

“…for though You were angry with me, (referring to the Lord)…Your anger has turned away, and You comfort me.”

Grumbling and Complaining About ‘STUFF’.

The children of Israel had seen and experienced God’s anger; they kept on sinning; turning against Him and then finally turning back:

–The snakes came and after….they were grumbling and complaining.

–They were grumbling and complaining after God had delivered them from slavery from their Egyptian employers.

–They were grumbling and complaining while God gave them food to eat…every day!

Here Isaiah says the Lord WAS ANGRY but the anger of God had been turned away and the people are now comforted and they have forgiveness:

“Behold, God, my salvation!  I will trust and not be afraid”  (verse 2).

I have found myself like the children of Israel wandering through the desert with grumbling and complaining.  I almost seem to enjoy telling the world how miserable I am.  It somehow seems more self-satisfying than quote from memory: “Behold, God, my salvation!  I will trust and not be afraid.”

Isaiah goes on to say from there…

“Lord God is my strength and song; Yes, He has become my salvation.

The people in Isaiah’s time were beginning to see here hopefully, (as we are too) his reference to the Lord as SALVATION; where they will be able to draw their strength, where the time of rejoicing and joy is going to come from.  It is where they are going to find the DEEP WELL.

Isaiah wants the people to come back repeatedly to the WELL OF SALVATION to find Him, their salvation, to see Him in their  forgiveness.

We might ask ourselves, ‘Where do we find joy in life?  What do we find satisfaction in this world around us?’  Sometimes we find JOY and SATISFACTION in OUR FAMILY, OUR FRIENDS, OUR WORK.  This is just part of God’s JOY isn’t it…a part of a satisfaction that the Lord wants to give to us?

Deuteronomy tells us:  Deut. 17:19 ~…And he shall keep it (God’s Word) with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life…” 

He says that the WORD be a part of our everyday life because then, we are going to find the JOY in our salvation where we will find the true JOY for our living.

The CHILDREN of ISRAEL’S Example for the rest of us to take note:

Yes, the Lord gets angry with us; we sin by missing the mark in our daily lives.  But then His anger is turned away and He comforts us instead with His forgiveness.  What JOY is ours!  Then we agree the Lord becomes our strength in our JOY.

IT TAKES PRACTICE AND TIME TO GO TO THE WELL–The WELL of His Word in finding the JOY:

The Psalm writer reminds us in Psalm 36:8, 9:

[8] They relish and feast on the abundance of Your house; and You cause them to drink of the stream of your pleasures.  [9] For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light.”

The writer of the Psalm not only talks about the water of life, the fountain of life, but he talks about LIGHT.

God’s Encouragement:

Today, God encourages us to draw from the well of Salvation…turning to the Lord and His Word to find in it our JOY and satisfaction.  If I am sounding a bit repetitive…it’s for a reason.

One description that Peter gives to us in 1 Peter 2:2, 3:

Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [completed] salvation.  Since you have [already] tasted the goodness and kindness of the Lord.

Tasting that the Lord is good:

A lot of believers have already got a taste that He gives us with heaven instead of hell; gives us forgiveness instead of punishment.  And because of that taste, we should desire and crave to learn more about the Lord.  We want to draw water from the wells of salvation and when we do this constantly, we do it in thanksgiving.

The writer of Hebrews speaks of the “tasting” this way:

[4] For it is impossible [to restore and bring again to repentance] those who have been once for all enlightened, who have consciously tasted the heavenly gift and have become sharers of the Holy Spirit,  [5] And have felt how good the Word of God is and the mighty powers of the age and world to come. ~ Hebrews 6:4, 5 AMP.

BEING THANKFUL– (Isaiah 12:3, 4):

Being thankful is how Isaiah continues on in verse 3:  “Therefore with joy will you draw water from the wells of salvation.”

It probably sounded pretty strange to the children of Israel when they first heard Isaiah’s words.  Getting water was quite a task.  Not only did they have to dig the well, they had to go to the well daily; draw the water out of the well, put the water in jugs, and then carry the containers back to the house.  And I fuss when we have to drive in a car one mile into town, walk 20-feet into a filtered-water supply store,  fill up three 3-gallon plastic containers, and drive back home every two weeks or so?

In Biblical times, sometimes the well was outside the city gates where women would have to travel out there day in and day out.  Hopefully, once a day, sometimes twice a day, no matter if the weather was cold or hot; quiet or windy, every day!  They didn’t find much JOY there.

Now the Lord says to them ‘with joy will you do that?’  Isaiah refers not just to earthly water, but water from the wells of salvation:

(verse 4)  “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name.”

When the people see and understand the Lord’s deliverance, they will thank Him.  More than that, others around them will see and thank the Lord.

He says, ‘make known His deeds among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted.’  He goes on saying,

(verse 5)  “Sing praises to the Lord, for He has done excellent things;

let this be made known to all the nations.” 

Again, time and again, the children of Israel saw glorious things the Lord had done.  Despite their grumbling and complaining God had provided manna every day.  They had enough to eat so they didn’t have to worry about planting and harvesting, just gathering and eating.  Because of that, they could say to the LORD, they could give thanks to Him.

Isaiah sums it all up in the last verse by saying,

[6] “Cry aloud and shout joyfully, you women and inhabitants of Zion,

for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

–GOD WAS WITH THEM,

–HE WAS IN THEIR MIDST,

–HE HAD NOT  FORSAKEN THEM,

–HE WOULD NOT FORSAKE THEM.

The LORD’S REMINDER FOR US TODAY:

–He is among us.

–He is in our midst.

–everyday.

Today we don’t see Him in a pillar of smoke or in a cloud of fire at night.  But we do see Him in the day-to-day blessings that He provides for each one of us.

We see Him in His Word which is the well of our salvation.  The LORD says, ‘don’t be far from God’s Word and you won’t be far from God Himself.’

In Colossians we read:  “Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts”  (Colossians 3:16 AMP).

Turning back now to the Old Testament and reading the words of the prophet Jeremiah:

“Your words were found, and I ate them; and Your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O Lord of hosts”  (Jeremiah 15:16).

As we keep on going on to the well to draw water we realize that the refreshing Word of God becomes our joy and our delight.

“But I Don’t Feel Like Crying out and Shouting for Joy.”

Cry aloud and shout joyfully, you women and inhabitants of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel”  (Isa. 12:6).

Although “feelings” are a part of who we are…Jesus had feelings and showed them in the Bible.  But when FEELINGS are in control of your spirit, a stronghold can be established.  “We don’t cry out and shout in the Baptist church,” or “Shouting and crying are only done in the Pentecostal churches.”  If those are your “feelings”, then you need to “keep on, going on to the well.”  Your throats must be parched and thirsty!

To “Cry Aloud and Shout for Joy”-

TO CRY OUT:

This word is usually applied in Scripture to the neighing of a horse (Jeremiah 5:8; 8:16).  But it is also used to express JOY, pleasing exultation by a “clear and loud sound of the voice (Isaiah 10:30; 14:14; 54:1).

Also to “cry out” is synonymous with numerous passages in Psalms:  Psalm 47:1; 148:1-4; 149:1-9; where people are called on to exult and shout, to make noise as an expression of their JOY!

The Shouting Side Is The Winning Side!

Football games in America, Soccer in other parts of the world, fans recognize the side that has the upper hand through the surrounding atmosphere.  The side that is doing well has the exuberant supporters; jumping up and down, shouting until they lose their voices, even dancing and singing!

The other side–that’s another story: glum expressions, dim faces and not likely to be dancing.  They could sing, but their songs would most likely be asking for God’s intervention.  I don’t know about you, but since I’m a child of the King and accept what He did for me on the Cross of Salvation by His blood, I’ll never be on the loosing side again!  I’m a winner!!  Do I hear a SHOUT?

“But I’m Too Conservative, Shy to Cry Out and Shout For Joy.”

If that is what you’re thinking, then you need a NEW EXPERIENCE; perhaps another visit to the well of salvation.

EXPERIENCE PRAISE AT THE WELL:

O SING to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have wrought salvation for Him.  The Lord has made known His salvation; His righteousness has He openly shown in the sight of nations.  He has [earnestly] remembered His mercy and loving kindness, His truth and His faithfulness toward the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have witnessed the salvation of our God.  Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth and sing for joy, yeas, sing praise ~ Psalm 98:1-4.

EXPERIENCE HIS PRESENCE AT THE WELL:

“…I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age” ~ Matt. 28:20 AMP.

“Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they will comfort me” ~ Psalm 23:4 AMP.

Are you saved?

Can you sing this song, God is my salvation?  If your answer is yes, it’s time to go to the well once more!

Dumping “Burning Coals” On Your Enemies Head?

PROVERBS 25:22 and ROMANS 12:20,21

Have you ever been so ANGRY with someone, because of what they did to you or a member of your family that you wanted God’s revenge NOW?  Maybe even grabbing your Bible Concordance, looking up the word REVENGE (VENGEANCE) and wondering when you could use God’s Word on your enemy.  Here’s one example I found that seemed appropriate at a time and at an unrepentant moment:

“And Samson said to them, If this is the way you act, surely I will take revenge on you, and after that I will quit”  (Judges 15:7).

At that moment, what was good enough for Samson, was good enough for me!  The Lord dealt with my attitude sometime later and repentance set in sometime later.  Actually, it took years later while writing my first and only fictional manuscript.  Had I come to the realization it was all for naught.  God is full of mercy and grace in our lives!  But sometimes, we just might ignore it until pointed out.

THE MEANING BEHIND “HEAPING COALS OF FIRE” ON SOMEONES HEAD:

I’ve been reading in the Book of Proverbs now for almost a month.  Several of my past blogs have been launched by God’s Word through king Solomon; Wisdom, knowledge and understanding–(Who Are God’s ‘Wise Guys?, Prov. 1); Aren’t the BENEFITS OF WISDOM Worth the Effort? (Prov 2); Lessons Learned from An ANT FARM (Prov. 6).  And now over the past few days, reading in Proverbs 25, I ran across these curious verses and I was moved by God’s Spirit, to start a detective’s investigation.

[21]  “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. [22]  For in doing so, you will HEAP COALS OF FIRE upon his head, and the Lord will reward you.”

Looking back on my Christian life of 40 years, there were times I wished I could quote this last verse (verse 22) from memory.  I became so emotional over one particular incident in the workplace, I was ready for the charcoal; let’s get the BBQ ready!  But I regress.

THE CURSE OF DUMPING:

In Psalm 140, the psalmist begins the lament:  “DELIVER ME, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men.”  (verse 1).  Now watch carefully as his emotion transcends and look at verse 10:

“Let burning coals fall upon them; let them be cast into the fire”

It’s obvious that the psalmist wanted burning coals to be used as a weapon of death against his enemies.

By contrast, lets look at Proverbs 25:21-22, for a similar reference to burning coals being used against ones enemies:

“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.  [22] For in doing so, you will heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord will reward you.”

WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE HERE…  Is God’s Word telling us, if we dump some hot coals, out of my Weber Grill, upon the heads of my last employer, I’ll get a REWARD?

THE REWARD OF “REDEMPTION” IS AVAILABLE:

The reward is a redemptive purpose for the GOOD of the enemy; and not a CURSE.  If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; if thirsty, give him water to drink.  For in doing so, you will dump or heap coals of fire upon his head and the Lord will REWARD you with good!

This practice is not to be understood as a revengeful act intended to embarrass its victim, but just the opposite.  The picture here in Proverbs is that of a high priest (Leviticus 16:12) who, on the Day of Atonement, took his censor and filled it with “coals of fire” from off the altar of burnt offering, and then put incense on the coals to create a pleasing, sweet-smelling fragrance.  The cloud or smoke of the incense covered the mercy-seat and was acceptable to God for atonement.  Samuel Wesley wrote: / “So artist melt the sullen ore of lead,/ By heaping coals of fire upon its head:/ In the kind warmth the metal learns to glow./ And pure from dross the silver runs below.”

The Apostle Paul Quotes Proverbs 25:21-22:

“Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is honest and proper and noble [aiming to be above reproach] in the sight of everyone.  If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God’s] wrath; for it is written,  Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord.  [20] BUT if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap [dump] burning coals upon his head.  [21] Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good”  (Romans 12:17-21 AMP).

William Sandy and Arthur Headlum (1902: 365) raised some questions and came to conclude:

But with what purpose are we to “heap or dump coals of fire on his head”?  Is it (1), that we may be consoled for our kind act by knowing that he will be punished for his misdeeds? This is impossible since it reveals a malicious motive and is inconsistent with the context here and in the O.T.  Scripture mentions a reward, implying the deed is a good one; we are then immediately told in Romans 12:21 and clearly implies, what we are to do is for OUR enemies benefit.  (2), “Coals of firetherefore means, the burning sensations of shame which man will feel when GOOD is returned for evil; which just might produce remorse and repentance of the enemy.

Now, It Even Gets Better From Here!

There was an Egyptian ritual of old, that the one who is in repentance carries on his/her head a dish of burning charcoal as an expression of remorse for the offenses they’ve committed.  Similar to the picture I found below of spinning dancers with bowls of fire on their heads in India.  As you can see, the dancers are definitely NOT in remorse.  I wanted you to notice, putting fire on top of the heads of others isn’t physically impossible.

Kindness then, to an enemy, makes him express his sorrowfulness before God.

Matthew 5:43-48:

“You have heard that it was said,  You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy;  [44] But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  [45] To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike].  [46] For if you love those who love you, what REWARD can you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that?  [47] And if you greet only your brethren, what more than others are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles (the heathen) do that?  [48] You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

We are to do “good” to our enemies because that’s how Jesus treated His enemies and we are to imitate Him in LOVE.  The closest we are ever to come in seeking revenge is… doing “good” for our enemy.  Putting our full trust in God and He will set things straight in our forgiveness.

I’ve sometimes found myself down a blind alley when my anger rises up and motivates me reward evil with evil.  Whether it’s my sharp tongue or by the pay-back system–“I’m going to get you back you blanket y-bland-blank!”  And then I came upon this verse that has ‘stuck’ with me over the years when I reach the boiling point:

“Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house” (Proverbs 17:13)

How does that verse fit in with everything?  It ties it all together with the verse in Romans 12.  When you do good to those doing evil to you. it may cause them to STOP!

–STOP their slander.

–STOP their gossip.

–STOP their back-biting.

–STOP their evil.

Bit this isn’t ALWAYS the case.  As born-again believers, we can’t count on our enemies repentance!  It’s called FOR- GIVE– NESS, not FOR- SALE– NESS   We are good to our enemies because we want to be like Jesus and God is LOVE, even toward those who don’t deserve it.  At one time, we surely didn’t deserve His love.

“BUT I DON’T HAVE ANY ENEMIES. NO ONE HAS PERSECUTED ME!”

Well maybe not but…let’s go to Scripture and take a look at what JESUS said would happen when He would leave His disciples, being again with His Father in heaven:

“If they persecuted Me, they WILL [not “might] also persecute you’

Let’s stop there to meditate on what Jesus has just told His disciples.  When I leave this earth to return to My Father, you being a Christian isn’t going to be easy, for you WILL be persecuted!  So if you are a born-again believer, you do have persecutors all around you whether you are aware of them or not.

Unless…continue reading on in verse 20:

“IF they [you, me] kept My word and obeyed My teachings, they [you, me] will also keep and obey yours [ours].”

I love when I read God’s Word in my Bible, to write personal pronouns for “they”, “yours” and etc.  I did so in verse 20 how to make Scripture personal.

HOW CHARITY & HOSPITALITY TO OUR ENEMY LEADS TO PEACE:

Elisha Showing Hospitality to the ENEMY…

“And when they had come to Samaria, Elisha said, Lord, open the eyes of these men that they may see.  And the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw.  Behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.”

“When the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha,  My father, shall I slay them?  Shall I slay them.”

“[Elisha] answered,  You shall not slay them.  Would you slay those who have taken captive with your sword and bow?  Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and return to their master.”

“So [the king] prepared great provision for them, and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master.  And the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel”  (2 Kings 6:20-23 AMP).

What has happened in this story, that we may learn the truth from?  Elisha’s showing of hospitality and charity to the Syrian prisoners was an act of enlightenment; to his fellow Israelites and the Syrians.

Although Elisha didn’t say so, in my opinion, he was actually casting burning coals upon the heads of their Syrian captives.  i.e.,  the Syrians LEARNED from their enemy a lesson, leading to PEACE.

Word Meaning in Proverbs 25:22:

“To cast burning coals upon the head” becomes a metaphor for “teaching someone a GOOD LESSON.”  This is based upon my investigation, presented with the different meanings found in the (Arabic, the related origin, cognate of the Hebrew).  The word used “teaching” is a synonym for “glowing coals”; Proverbs 25:22.

In Justrow’s lexicon (1903:611), the Hebrew/Arabic contained varied definitions:

“to press, to squeeze, to subdue, to conquer.”

“to grade, to make a path or opening.”

“to put on head.”

“hot ashes, coals.”

“kiln, furnace.”

In the Arabic (gabasa nar an) means, “he took fire” and (gabasa alnar an), means, “he lighted the fire”;  But (gabasa ilman) means, “he acquired knowledge, he sought knowledge.”

So, the fiery coals have to do with HEAT, then heaping coals on someones head actually was an act of torture to the enemy.  However, if the fiery coals have to do with LIGHT, then crowning someone with “coals of fire” became an act of illumination to the recipients; becoming enlightened to their persecution.

“Turning On The LOVE Light”:

I want to get real practical in conclusion:

“But when ANYTHING is exposed and reproved by the LIGHT, it is made visible and clear; and where EVERYTHING is visible, and clear there is light”  (Ephesians 5:13).

Floyd Filson is absolutely right when he said “the LIGHT of God’s kingdom is invading enemy territory!”

People we come in contact with often need to be illuminated

[14] “That what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be brought to pass:  [15] The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, in the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles [of the people s who are not Israel]–  [16] The people who sat (dwelt enveloped) in darkness have seen a great LIGHT, and for those who sat in the land and shadow of death Light has dawned”  (Matthew 4:14, 15, 16 AMP).

Six Steps To Take In the Lands of Zebulun & Naphtali:

1.  Be CONFIDENT in ‘difficult’ situations; of persecution.

“And if you are CONFIDENT that you [yourself] are a guide to the blind, a LIGHT to those who are in darkness, and [that    You are] a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the childish, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and truth–”  (Romans 2:19, 20 AMP).

2.  It might be a difficult problem face in the midst of your enemies BUT you are filled with LIGHT, so have FAITH in the outcome.

“While you have the Light, BELIEVE in the Light [have FAITH in it, hold to it, rely on it], that you may become sons of the Light and be filled with Light”  (John 12:36 AMP).

3.  FOCUS the Light on the Enemy–“There it was–the true Light [was then] coming into the world [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] that illumines EVERY person”  (John 1:9).

4.  LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE!

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven”  (Matthew 5:16 AMP).

5.  LOOK CAREFULLY HOW YOU WALK!

“THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-loved children [imitate their father].  AND WALK IN LOVE…”  (Ephesians 5:1-2a).

6.  PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMY and for your ATTITUDE through it all!

“Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty.  To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints”  (Ephesians 6:18 AMP).

I wish that all of the enemies that I have run across in my Christian life were non-Christians; it might be what I expect.  But in some cases, the enemy can be your Christian brother or sister.  That’s why the apostle Paul speaks about intercession in behalf of ALL the saints.  If your enemy at hand is a Christian, yep, you are to pray in the Spirit for them too.

I hope that attitudes will be change when you are attacked by someone.  I know that my attitude in writing this blog has refreshed my attitude towards neighbors, church members past and present and even to that unknown motorist, shopper, etc.