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Faithful Enemies

Proverbs 27:6
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Psalm 55:1-23
Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication. Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise; because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me. My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. 

Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! For then would I fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest. 

Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city. Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it. Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets. 

For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: but it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. 

We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company. Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them. As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. 

Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me. God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God. He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant. 

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.
Faithful enemies are a blessing from the Lord, as irrational as that may seem, nevertheless, God places such in our lives to test our mettle, and when he has tried us and proved us, and no longer have use for our assigned "faithful enemies" he then methodically destroys them, for they have served their purpose, that being to assist you by being transformed by God into a catalyst on your behalf to usher you into the solid embrace of eternity in the presence of the Almighty God.

It is not easy to be in the boxing ring with "faithful enemies," however, it was not meant to be, but we have been enrolled into God's Elite Training Academy, and woe unto us if we leave the ring a loser by allowing our enemies to triumph over us, for then our place in hell we be assured right along with them. 

When God enrolls us in his ETA it is for our own good, but it feels like we have suddenly landed in the middle of a war zone with no preparation whatsoever. This is where faith either takes off or drowns altogether. Either we have faith that God knows what he is doing or we do not. 
Thus God's ETA is in play for the trying of our faith. Is God capable of delivering you from your enemies or not? That is the prevailing question that must be answered before your walk through hell ends, and you arrive on the other side in God's holy embrace with your enemies firmly placed under your feet, and rendered completely and forever impotent. Before you graduate from God's ETA several things must occur. Walking through death, that is not fearing death because our life is in God's hands, and absolutely no one can take us out without God's permission. 

Our flesh must be crucified to the extent that we deny ourselves, our will, and cloak our very being with God's purpose for our lives only; allowing absolutely nothing, things or people to interfere with our walk with the Lord, thus discovering and fulfilling our purpose. We come to know our purpose in life by developing our relationship with God; spending time with him in prayer and deep contemplation listening to him, communicating with him and following him through the mysterious veil of revelation.
God's ETA is probably why Jesus commands us to love our enemies because they serve a purpose. Why would you hate someone who is assisting you to get where you need to be to fulfill your divine purpose in life? Judas comes to mind. Jesus did not hate Judas for betraying him because that was Judas' role in life and he fulfilled it, which ultimately ushered Jesus to the cross to die for the sins of all mankind forever. That was his supreme purpose in life. So purpose met purpose, evil met good, and God's holy will was fulfilled. 

So it will be in our lives. Our own "Judas" will arrive on the doorstep of our lives, stepping boldly into his purpose, that being the attempt to destroy us by raining down chaos into the porous fabric of our lives, nevertheless, our God purpose supersedes the satanic purpose of our "Judas," for we will triumph after our Gethsemane moment passes; that place in the garden where we rise from the ash heap of despair, finding our inner strength to be crucified on the cross of obedience to God's will for our lives.

As we walk through hell we come to know who we are in God one step at a time. We shed the weight of our old selves in the presence of God, and take on the newly created being, that is, who we were before we were even born into the death of this finite world. We discover the "who" that God created us to be. From thence we settle into our divine purpose. This is when the battle truly begins because now you are a trained soldier in the army of the Lord, from thence he will place you at the forefront, in the heat of the battle to take on new enemies that were already defeated before the foundation of the world was laid. For now you have become a strong pillar that God can depend on, and consequently your divine assignment comes into play.
When Jesus died on the cross fulfilling his earthly purpose, it was only the beginning. He is now ever-present in our lives, for we are his temple and he dwells in us fulfilling his purpose for our lives. God prepares us for his purpose and the preparation process is not a delightful experience to say the least. It is God's take on bootcamp, to put it mildly, solely to teach us discipline and obedience.
We either pass or fail. To fail means eternal damnation. To pass means eternal life in the presence of the Lord. There are no grades given. We either rise to the level of excellence as defined by God, or scamper into the darkness of hell along with all the other disobedient, undisciplined sons and daughters of God and await God's judgment in fear and trembling.

What is there in this finite world of death and destruction that is worth sacrificing your eternal life in the presence of the Lord? I can think of nothing. Eternal life is a given. Our spirits will live forever somewhere. Though our natural bodies die, our spirits will live forever. The question then arises, where will you spend eternity? Eternity is a forever long time to be stuck in a God-created hell for the wicked. Though many writers have attempted to describe what hell would be like, I cannot comprehend the depth of the tragedy that await those who reject the love of God demonstrated through his son Jesus, who died on the cross of severe affliction to redeem our eternal souls from the grasp of death and hell.

Luke 16:19-31
The Rich Man and Lazarus

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: and there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
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