DAILY MANNA DCLM DEVOTIONAL MARCH 20, 2019
TOPIC: THE ENEMY’S STRATEGY
TEXT: MATTHEW 10:16-33.
“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (MATTHEW 10:28).
DAILY MANNA DCLM DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR W F KUMUYI
In 2005, a scholarly article outlined 5 strategies terror groups employ for a successful terror crusade. One and the most common strategy is ‘spreading fear for international effects’. Why do you hear of suicide bombing and other hard shattering gruesome killings by terrorists? It is to create the waves of fear, to weaken the resolve of civil people and to make the war against terror a hard-to-win affair.
Preparing the mind of His sheep against marauding wolves, our Lord Jesus gave a glimpse of what to expect from prosecutors in the last days. Persecutors will stop at nothing to threaten, beat, kill and maim those who believe in Christ. Some of these persecutions may even be hosted by family members or close kin. But the Lord gave us an idea of what the most potent weapon of the enemy is, that is fear. The very aim of persecutors is to entrench fear into the heart of their victim.
When Stephen, the first martyr of the early Church, was stoned to death by the religious Jews, the news sent ripples of fear to practicing and would-be Christians. The persecutors were invariably sending a determined message to those who believed in Jesus and those who would want to. But thank God for the resolute commitment on the part of early believers, who though persecuted for their faith, endured to the end.
The persecution of believers in Christ Jesus is on the increase in many places today. We are to pray for those persecuted and provide the needed succour where possible. When persecuted, we should remember that Christ our Master has both tasted and suffered persecution. Therefore, reacting the way He did will help us overcome. There might be a need to escape a deadly attack from the enemy in order to preserve the truth. But no believer should ever renounce his faith because of persecution.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY The sting of terror, but God’s Judgement is eternal! .
COVER TO COVER
More than witnessing Christ
1. Wisdom in dealing with unbelievers
a. Soul winners are like sheep.
They are blind followers of the shepherd because of absolute confidence in the shepherd v16.
They are easy prey of wild animals when alone without others v16. Do you fellowship with believers of like faith and belief?
They are easily killed by wild animals if they are separated from the Shepherd v16.
As long as they are in close proximity with their Shepherd, the predators are afraid of them v16.
Their essential weakness is lack of wisdom, which is only compensated for when the Shepherd is closely followed v16.
Q How does all these apply to you as a sheep under the guidance of the Saviour?
b. The sinners are compared to wolves
They are wild, rapacious and not domesticated v16
They kill and feed on other animals. They are predators v16.
They tend to be wiser and smarter than sheep. “The children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light” (Bible verse?)
One of their strategy of conquering is to instill fear.
They fear the sight of the Shepherd v16.
Q How do you relate the lifestyle of wolves to that of sinners?
2. Why many believers loose out when dealing with sinners
a. The innocency and harmlessness of the dove is not balanced with the wisdom of a serpent v16. We can be wise and still remain holy and tender in heart.
b. One case of how both can be balanced is in v23.
c. Wisdom teaches that natural relationships may turn to disaster and tragedy if the other side don’t know Christ v21. So be careful and avoid sentiments.
3. Why fear is unnecessary?
a. The Shepherd of your soul commanded it vv27,28.
b. Whatever He allows for the sheep is for a greater and good purpose. In this case, the persecution is not for the sake of it but to create an opportunity for the unlettered apostles to have direct access to kings and governors and preach to them vv17,18.
c. What are other reasons why fear is not necessary? vv28,30.
d. What are the dangers of acting under the influence of fear? vv31,32,33.
Fear Not! For as long as the sheep is with the Shepherd, the wolf is frightened already
So send I you
1. So send I you—to labor unrewarded,
To serve unpaid, unloved, unsought, unknown,
To bear rebuke, to suffer scorn and scoffing—
So send I you to toil for Me alone.
2. So send I you—to bind the bruised and broken,
O’er wand’ring souls to work, to weep, to wake,
To bear the burdens of a world aweary—
So send I you, to suffer for My sake.
3. So send I you—to loneliness and longing,
With heart a hung’ring for the loved and known,
Forsaking home and kindred, friend and dear one—
So send I you, to know My love alone.
4. So send I you to leave your life’s ambition,
To die to dear desire, self-will resign,
To labor long, and love where men revile you—
So send I you, to lose your life in Mine.
5. So send I you—to hearts made hard by hatred,
To eyes made blind because they will not see,
To spend, tho it be blood, to spend and spare not—
So send I you to taste of Calvary.
“As the Father hath sent Me, So send I you.”
1. Ask for wisdom in dealing with unbelievers including relations.
2. Ask for a closer walk with the Shepherd of your soul and with saints in fellowship.
3. Command and banish all fears out of your mind and receive the spirit of faith and sound mind.
4. Pray that all wolves in sheep’s clothing in the Church will be incapacitated, exposed and disgraced.
Impossible Is Not God