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The Great Exchange For Service – intercession Part 8 – Self – Confrontation and Self – Defense

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Title – The Great Exchange For Service – intercession Part 8 – Self – Confrontation and Self – Defense : In volatile Environment, Your first line of defense for Your Self, Your Family, Your School and Your Business In both Offline and Online environments starts with You

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14th of October 2018

Blog link: https://www.otakada.org/intercession-8

Key verse:

Matthew 5:27-30

27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’
28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Matthew 18:6-9
6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!8 “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire.9 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.

Matthew 16:21-23
21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

1 Corinthians 9:22-23;26-27
22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

Psalms 101:3
3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me.

Matthew 24:9-14
9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.
10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Isaiah 1:19-20
19 If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;
20 But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Dear brethren, last Sunday, we looked at the need to take action in self-defense in persecution as it relates to intimacy, intercession and The Great Exchange for Service. We are thankful to readers from around the world who provided useful feedback from previous series on intercession. This Sunday, we are looking at specific things we must do both online and offline as first lines of defense in an increasingly volatile, lawless, wicked and self centered, self seeking world for self, family, schools, businesses and any type organization for that matter. So, Let’s begin!

In the scheme of God as it pertains to The Great Exchange for Service, The Greatest dis-service you can offer is the dis-service to yourself and the specific assignment God has given you to accomplish as ambassadors of Christ here on earth. Service exchange begins with the being – who I am in God rather than what I do for God. What profit is that to me, if I serve the whole wide world for God’s sake and end up in hell because I have let down my guide? Or if I have ignored or relegated my defense to others rather than to myself? It all boil down to self – defense (self-defence). It is ok to pray, it is ok to fast, it is ok to intercede but it is not ok not to take action when it has everything to do with me and eternity with God.

There are questions that could help us reinforce our defense mechanism can be highlighted hereunder like, What must I let go? Who must I let go? What association must I let go? What place , people or things must I let go? What are the things in my life that I just must let go for the sake of eternity?

Is it the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life that I must let go? Are there things in me or around me or far away from me that urge me uncontrollably to these three traits? I must self defend beginning today with ME and all the people God has brought into my life, ensuring, by Gods grace that we must all make eternity in Christ Jesus together. Jesus Christ, in two occasion brought up the issue of cutting things off our lives in the book of Matthew 5:27-30 and Matthew 18: 6-9 with respect to adultery and how we handle children. Isn’t that instructive? In one book, same warning. It means we just must take note of these things and take corresponding corrective action to mitigate or forestall avoidable consequences.

For instance, Peter confronted Jesus concerning His death on the cross, which was the core of His assignment here on it. Jesus addressed satan to get behind Him but not Peter. Jesus understood that Peter was just a tool used by Satan to stop Jesus from going to the cross or from letting go of His call here on earth. Are there people in our lives that are used as hindrances to Gods specific call over or lives, we must be discerning enough not to take it out on them but on the spirit behind them. We must not get into the flesh? Are we being persecuted for righteousness sake in our homes, offices, the market place and our nation? we must not get in the flesh because this is not a flesh and blood matter (Ephesians 6:10-20) This is bigger than we can handle on our own. We need heavenly backup with corrective actions where necessary manifesting in the physical environment.

We must deliberately cut things off that led us astray or break our focus on God. We must slow down on activities that eat into our personal altar with the Lord where intimacy with God is found. We must not see the attack on the heart of our nation from the position of flesh but understand that the devil is fighting the call over this nation. We must discern, spiritually speaking how to react while taking first line measures directly from the throne room by the wisdom God provides. This is only available in the place of intimacy. Jesus said in John 14:21 that if you have my commandments and keep them, it is you who love me and my Father will love you and I will love you and manifest myself to you..paraphrased. Verse 23 says Jesus and God the Father will come and make their home in us. We are now the church of Jesus Christ, not the building we gather every now and then. Meeting in church to worship is good as we equip one another for the work of ministry but our personal altars with the Lord of our life is the GREATEST investment we can make both now and into eternity. There are so many unnecessary headache we encounter because of lack of investment of time in the SECRET PLACE. This is where intimacy comes in. It is not given to everyone but only those who are willing and ready to obey. When this happens consistently, our actions becomes God’s action because our thinking are God’s thinking. Why not? Because they have made their home in us so nothing else can gain access to that place unless we give the go ahead to the devil to take a place in us.

For instance, do you and I feed our imagination with dirty pornographic images, we are setting ourselves up either for adultery or fornication which is a sin against our body, the temple of God. Do have have controls over our eye gate, our ear gate which are entrances to our souls? Do we attend odd parties that causes us to go against Gods injunctions, we need to cut it off. Are we keeping tab on what our love ones are doing online and offline? Do we know where they are if and when emergency structs unannounced?Can we respond to an emergency situation decisively when there is a call for help? Do we have systems in place to check excesses on systems in our home, school or businesses despite busy works schedule.. so you can proactively take corrective measures today to avoid failures tomorrow?

Let’s look at specific things we must do offline and some of these apply online as well:

1) Self Profiling

Psalms 26:2
2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart.

Psalms 139:23-24
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.

1 Corinthians 3:10
10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.

1 Corinthians 7:20
20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.

We must profile our own self first. What are our strengths and weaknesses? What makes us fail and fall all the time? What is our spiritual state in God? Do we sincerely , intimately know Him, does He know us and relate with us? Do we know that or are we guessing ? What has God called us to do specifically for Him and in what area and to whom and with whom? Are we in His timing or should I say, are we synchronized or synced up with Gods agenda for our time? Are we living daily in obedience and carrying the cross He has designed for us to carry? We must write this down and score our performance continually so we don’t end up like Jonah in the belly of the fish.

2) Others Profiling

Matthew 23:15,33
15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.33 Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?

Luke 22:31-32
31 And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”

1 Corinthians 7:20,23-24
20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.
23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
24 Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.

1 Corinthians 15:33
33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

1 Corinthians 5:9-13
9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.
10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside?
13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”

We must profile others. We must ask some serious questions about ALL our relationships from our wives to children to extended families, to our hired helps at home, to people we work with and work for, to our brothers and sisters in the Lord, our spiritual leaders and national leaders. What is their spiritual state? Outward appearance is deceiving. We must discern to find out what makes them do what they do so we can have VALID UPDATED CONTENT both to pray and to relate or cut off. We must determine what role we are to play in their lives and what role they are to play in ours. We must be able to tell whether they belong to the past, the present or the future or to maintain a distance. We must know who are the Judah’s iscariot in our lives, who must walk with us so we can fulfill purpose and still keep a very good attitude and Godly maturity.

3) Environmental Profiling

Genesis 18:20-21
20 And the LORD said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave,
21 I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”

Ephesians 6:18
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

1 Corinthians 16:13
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

Luke 10:1
1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.

Numbers 13:25
25 And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.

Daniel 10:13,20

13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come.

We must profile our surrounding. We must discern the spiritual state of our environment like Sodom and Gomorrah and Gods exchange with Abraham. We must be aware of the principalities and powers holding that environment. We must also know the human representative of those entities to provide content for intercession. This environment also includes our workplace, where our children school or where we work or live so we do not act or pray in ignorance or advise in ignorance. We must be watchful of strange faces in our environment asking the Lord to unmask them and cause their intent to be known or to engage for evangelism. Instruction has to come from the place of intimacy. If we don’t ask Him, we don’t expect to hear and when He does speak and we are not ready, we can easily misinterpret and wrongfully apply. Some people are ripe to encounter Christ and some are not only the spirit of God can give us those hidden secrets.

In the online world, OTAKADA.org as partnered with developers from around the world and deployed on our site to address some of the self defense mechanism we mentioned earlier. we are now able to interact with devices (mobile phones, laptops, desktop and virtual devices) to block harmful content automatically from within or from afar on our devices and those of our love ones under the self ICT control or Family ICT control software . We are now able to approve content or block content remotely. We are now able to monitor what happens on those computers screens remotely in homes,schools and businesses without being physically present with them. So we do not expose ourselves and children to harmful content by default or have workers use production time for other things beyond official job.

We are now able to Geo track people, places and things with or without the internet, anywhere in the world and monitored and recorded in any part of the world. We are now able to pick up emergency messages from any device anywhere in the world with or without the internet. This could come handy in providing first responder action and not wait for event to break on the news before you know your wards are in danger. SOS emergency messages can be engaged to connect and alert parents or key guardians. The chibok girls, the Dapshi girls , Leah Sharibu cases are wake up calls for us all to get our spirit directed thinking up and acting.
If this is of interest, Fill up the form via this link https://www.otakada.org/self-defense and we will send you details to help reinforce your first line of defense ( defence) in your life, your home, your school and your businesses.

In conclusion, It is impossible for anyone outside of you to help defend you beyond what you are willing to do to secure your self. Jesus escaped to Egypt, He escaped several times when the tried to kill Him before His time. Jesus confronted the spiritual leaders in His time. Jesus died in the time ordained for Him because it was written. We are not permitted to go before the appointed time. That is premature death. It is not our portion in the name of Jesus. First line self defense begins with you and me. Let it not be that out of our carelessness and ignorance, we refuse to take action and we end up casualties thinking that God Will do everything for us beyond what we are unwilling to do for ourselves. Read

Isaiah 1:19-20
19 If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;
20 But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

May the Lord grant us all wisdom and insight in the volatile times and season we are in through the name of our Lord and savior Jesus name..Amen

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Title:The Great Exchange For Service – Intercession Part 7 – Intimacy, Prayer, SELF- DEFENSE, PERSECUTION and True Story of herdsmen encroachment into a ranch in Texas and how the owner handled it.

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Date: Sunday, 7th of October 2018

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Key Passages: 

Genesis 9:5-6   5 And surely your blood, the blood of your lives, will I require; At the hand of every beast will I require it. And at the hand of man, even at the hand of every man’s brother, will I require the life of man.  6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: For in the image of God made he man.

Exodus 20:13   You shall not murder.

1 Chronicles 28:3 “But God said to me, ‘You shall not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war and have shed blood.’ 

1 Chronicles 22:8 But the word of Jehovah came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build a house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.

Nehemiah 4 17 Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon.  18As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while the trumpeter stood near me. … 21 So we carried on the work with half of them holding spears from dawn until the stars appeared. ….  23 So neither I, my brothers, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us removed our clothes, each took his weapon even to the water.

Matthew 2:13 Lexham English Bible (LEB)

13 Now after they had gone away, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph, saying, “Get up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is about to seek the child to destroy him.”

Matthew 10:22-24 Amplified Bible (AMP)

22 And you will be hated by everyone because of [your association with] My name, but it is the one who has patiently persevered and endured to the end who will be saved.

23 “When they persecute you in one city [because of your faith in Me], flee to the next; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, you will not finish going through all the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

John 8:59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

John 10:39 Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.

Luke 22:35-39 And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?” So they said, “Nothing.”  36 Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.  37 “For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’ For the things concerning Me have an end.”  38 So they said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.”  39 Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him.

John 18:10-11   10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.  11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”

Rom 12:19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 

Acts 9:23-25

  23When many days had elapsed, the Jews plotted together to do away with him, 24but their plot became known to Saul. They were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death; 25but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places

John 10:9-10 Amplified Bible (AMP)

I am the Door; anyone who enters through Me will be saved [and will live forever], and will go in and out [freely], and find pasture (spiritual security). 10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have andenjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].

Revelation 6:9-11

The Fifth Seal—Martyrs

      9When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.

John 12:23-25 Amplified Bible (AMP)

23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified and exalted. 24 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone [just one grain, never more]. But if it dies, it produces much grain and yields a harvest. 25 The one who loves his life [eventually] loses it [through death], but the one who hates his life in this world[and is concerned with pleasing God] will keep it for life eternal.

In the last 14 days, over 50 Nigerians on the Plateau, mainly believers have been hacked down in their sleep, or in broad day light by intruders, some of these intruders are dressed in combat uniforms, some in military uniforms and some in plain clothing right in the middle of the city, in broad day light. While this mayhem is ongoing, our politicians and government officials continue jostling for power come 2019. No one has been cut or arrested and business continue as usual for the ordinary Nigerian.Our government needs CPR – Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest. Other parts of the world, national mourning is called even for the death of a few.

 It is understandable when the world cares more about the things of the world. But what is shocking is the dead silence from our spiritual leaders in the body of Christ. I remember, when the issue of tithe came up, even the ones that don’t come out to speak on any issue came out to vehemently air their views. We have a situation where Christians are being attacked and why is the church so quiet to the bone???.. are we now known by justification for tithes so we can improve our bottom-line or by the love we have for one another? What has happened to our voices? Is the church no longer the voice for the voiceless? What united action are we taking? Are we so divided that what touches one, doesn’t touch all any longer? BEYOND praying, what must we do?…. But if you think this is happening only in Nigeria to Christians, then think again. From Egypt to the US, more Christians are been slaughtered in cold blood right within the walls of the churches..

Look below some statistics between 1999 to 2007 in the US alone and since then, the figures have grown astronomically compared to earlier figures…

   (December 9, 2007): After killing two people at a Christian training center in Arvada, Colo., 24-year-old Matthew Murray went to Colorado Springs intending more murder and mayhem. Murray shot and killed two girls in the New Life Church’s parking lot, then headed inside the building where thousands of worshippers were concluding a service.

•    Aug. 12, 2007: A lone gunman, Eiken Elam Saimon, opened fire in a Missouri Micronesian church, killing a pastor and two other churchgoers. 

•    May 20, 2007: A standoff between police and a suspect in the shootings of three people in a Moscow, Idaho, Presbyterian church ended with three dead, including one police officer. 

•    Although not at a church building, the Oct. 2, 2006, attack in Lancaster County, Pa., by a gunman who killed five girls and then himself at an Amish school targeted a religious site. 

•    May 21, 2006: Louisiana. Four were killed by a man at Jesus Christ Church. 

•    Feb. 26, 2006: Michigan. Two people were killed at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church by a man who reportedly went to the church looking for his girlfriend. 

•    April 9, 2005: A 27-year-old airman died after being shot at a church in College Park, Ga., where he had once worked as a security guard. 

•    March 12, 2005: A man walked into the services of the Living Church of God in Milwaukee and open fired immediately, killing seven people. 

•    Oct. 5, 2003: A woman opened fire in Turner Monumental AME church in Kirkwood, east of Atlanta, killing the pastor and two others. 

•    Sept. 16, 1999: Seven young people were killed when a man opened fire during a prayer service for teens at the Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

So what’s a church to do? Many churches today are concerned with their purpose and message being culturally relevant. What about the security of the people who attend? As more and more churches are attacked, will churches become more “culturally relevant” in their approach to security?

Today, in the great exchange for services, we want to look at the place of intercession, intimacy, self- defense and persecution. How do we defend ourselves from this slaughter going on around us, within us and spreading fast to other regions? Biblically speaking, does the bible allow for self-defense and how do we go about this? Lets look at what constitute self defense and and how this fits into our bible teaching.

Persecution is the act of harassing, oppressing, or killing people because of their difference from society. Christians are persecuted because their belief in Jesus Christ as Savior does not conform to the godlessness of a sinful world.

What then is self-defense when faced with persecution? Lets look at the legal definition first.

Self-defense(US) or Self-defence (UK) , Self-defence (NG) – Both will be used interchangeable.In the law dictionary, self-defense is the use of reasonable force to protect oneself or members of the family from bodily harm from the attack of an aggressor, if the defender has reason to believe he/she/they is/are in danger. 

To successfully claim self-defense, the defendant must prove four elements. First, with exceptions, the defendant must prove that he or she was confronted with an unprovoked attack. Second, the defendant must prove that the threat of injury or death was imminent. Third, the defendant must prove that the degree of force used in self-defense was objectively reasonable under the circumstances. Fourth, the defendant must prove that he or she had an objectively reasonable fear that he or she was going to be injured or killed unless he or she used self-defense

The classic test comes from the Australian case of Palmer v The Queen, on appeal to the privy Council in 1971:

The defense of self-defense is one which can be and will be readily understood by any jury. It is a straightforward conception. It involves no abstruse legal thought. … Only common sense is needed for its understanding. It is both good law and good sense that a man who is attacked may defend himself. It is both good law and good sense that he may do, but may only do, what is reasonably necessary. But everything will depend upon the particular facts and circumstances. … It may in some cases be only sensible and clearly possible to take some simple avoiding action. Some attacks may be serious and dangerous. Others may not be. If there is some relatively minor attack it would not be common sense to permit some action of retaliation which was wholly out of proportion to the necessities of the situation. If an attack is serious so that it puts someone in immediate peril then immediate defensive action may be necessary. If the moment is one of crisis for someone in imminent danger he may have [to] avert the danger by some instant reaction. If the attack is all over and no sort of peril remains then the employment of force may be by way of revenge or punishment or by way of paying off an old score or may be pure aggression. There may no longer be any link with a necessity of defence… If a jury thought that in a moment of unexpected anguish a person attacked had only done what he honestly and instinctively thought was necessary that would be most potent evidence that only reasonable defensive action had been taken.
— Palmer v The Queen [1971] A.C. 814, 832

 

Self-defense in our understanding based on scripture here is defined as “protecting oneself from injury at the hand of others.” Self-defense is not about taking vengeance. Self-defense is not about punishing criminals. Self-defense involves preserving one’s own health and life when it is threatened by the actions of others. Lets look at this story before we draw conclusion from the scriptures in 3 action points.

True Story of herdsmen encroachment into a ranch in Texas and How the owner handled it and lessons for us as wrestlers for enforcing kingdom mandate here on it as pilgrims.

One winter, the owner of a huge tract of land in Texas left his ranch in the hands of his men. They’d been working for him for years, and he was confident they could mind the homestead while he was away.

When spring came, he returned to his property only to find vast portions of it occupied by other cattlemen from the region.

Not only were these impostors pretending to own his land, they’d actually taken some of his cattle for their own-though the true owner’s brand was in plain view on every hide!

When he asked his hired hands about the situation, they assured him they’d warned the intruders to leave. They’d even shown them the legal deed for the property, and still the rival cattlemen acted as if they had the right to encroach.

Shaking their heads, the ranch hands told their boss, “We didn’t want anybody to get hurt, so we didn’t start a fight. We didn’t know what else to do. We figured you’d settle it when you got back.”

                The owner was naturally outraged. Who did these cattlemen think they were? Not only had they violated the law of the land, they had violated the code of gentlemen. This was a slap in the face, an insult of the highest order. You just don’t trespass on a fellow’s property, at least not on purpose. And you certainly don’t start your business there. There was no other way to interpret the situation: It was offensive and illegal.

And what about his own men? How could they possibly let thieves occupy their master’s rightful territory unchallenged?

        In the honorable tradition of parables about land owners returning to find things in disarray, I’ll pose the same question Jesus asked his listeners: What will the landowner do to these hired men? At the very least, he would express enormous disappointment with them. Did they really think it was enough to tell these lawless trespassers to leave, show them the deed, and wait for their compliance? To enforce the law, step number one- for anyone with any common sense whatsoever-would be to call the police and report the violation. Or even to call their boss so he could contact the sheriff himself. But to let the squatters settle until spring? Unthinkable. Irresponsible. Or, more bluntly, incompetent.

     But the owner would probably go further than a verbal rebuke. Any dependable hired hand should know how to deal responsibly with such a situation. If he doesn’t, he should be relieved of his duties.

Conclusion

     In a sense, the attitude of those hired hands( Believers) is the same pose we often take in our prayers. We pray for God to make the situation better, and If he doesn’t step in immediately, we assume he doesn’t mind nasty intruders (demonic agents and entities) occupying his land ( His kingdom in the earth).

     As people who say we follow Jesus, surely we can recognize that we don’t follow him well on this point. Jesus spent long nights in prayer, he sternly confronted demons, he resisted temptation to the point of exhaustion, he blasted moneychangers and threw their tables to the temple floor, and he even sweated blood one agonizing night in a garden. He insisted that mountains be moved, that faith be risky, and that prayers be persistent. He looked “with anger” at a self-righteous gang of legalists, and he spoke bold words in the face of evil.  Jesus did not put up with unholy trespassers.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are not dealing with flesh and blood who are reasonably speaking in their right senses, these people are devils messengers carrying out their masters assignment to kill , still and destroy. We can begin self- defense biblically speaking by doing the following:

  • Spiritual warfare prayers with the evil one – Deal with the spirit, love the person. Going on our knees to pray and engage the evil one in violent warfare. Binding the strongman that has taken over the minds of the intruders. We enforce the kingdom of God in their lives and in the space we dwell in with the intent of drawing them from their captivity. He came to set the captives free.
  • Intimacy with God– What is the mind of God in all of this? What times and season our we in? So we know what the evil one is planning and how to respond before they execute and when they will execute, getting to know the mind of God and wisdom on how to take action – to flee, to escalate to trusted help circle before it becomes too late or to stand our ground with every thing we have got to defend the lives and call or to die as martyrs for Christ if that is His mind. .. except the seed dies, it abides alone…
  • Proactivity in love – We need to be ready, ensuring all hands on deck. Anything touches one, it touches all, girded with the spirit of love. Love that is backed up with prayer and action. Persecution test our resolved in God and what we believe it. Persecution will happen, not if but when in different shapes and sizes so we must be ready and proactive in our response.

Shalom!

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