Make Peace, or Agree with Thine Adversary

“Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.”

(Matt 5:25)

These words were spoken soon after Jesus gave us His beautiful Beatitudes.

Later, Peter said …

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

(1 Peter 5:8)

Why be sober and vigilant? Because our adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, is walking about seeking whom he may devour. This warning follows Peter’s instruction that we “cast all of our care upon him,” Jesus. Cast all of your care upon Jesus, and then be sober, watchful and vigilant. Do what Jesus said: agree quickly when the adversary, our accuser, says, in essence …

"You don't know how to pray and you don't pray enough."

Agreed. No, I don’t. I must depend upon the Holy Spirit to pray through and make intercession for me. Use the Word:

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

(Romans 8:26)

The adversary might say …

"What will you do when 'your' goodness fails?"

Answer: Depend on God’s goodness to help me, so it makes Him look good.

Another accusation …

"You haven't memorized enough scripture."

Answer: Never in a million years, but I’ll have what I need when it’s needed.

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

(John 14:26)

The adversary might say …

"You don't even have a real experience to testify to."

The answer? Maybe not, but I have lived a life filled with God’s abundant mercy, grace, love and blessing and I can testify to that.

And he’ll pile more on …

"Just keep at it and they will find you out -they will
 see right through you!"

Answer: May it be, right through me, and past me, to see Christ only and always living in me.

The adversary brings his deceitfulness and accusations wrapped in truth. Resist and he will flee!


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