Satan will not cast out satan. That means that hatred or retaliation will not resolve other wrongs, but actually it rather multiplies the evil in the situation, giving the devil even more power over it.
As the Master Himself explained in Matthew 12:28: “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit Of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” There is no room in a Christian for enmity or hatred of another person, regardless of what they have done. Does this mean that we should have compassion on the devil?? Certainly No. Neither does it mean that we should have compassion on those who are doing evil, but it may.
There is a difference between love and compassion, though true compassion is always rooted in love. However always remember that there are options for how we respond to wrongs committed against us, but one of those options is never to let hatred or enmity get a place in our lives. But sadly, most Christians have been caught up in this deadly trap of bitterness which has allowed the devil troop in because a space was created for him unawares.
Remember, any root of bitterness would defile you as a Christian, it corrupts your entire being unawares and if not dealt with immediately, it will go a long way to harm you. Hebrews 12:15; Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
Bitterness and enmity against people doesn’t fulfill Gods righteousness and it also makes you fall short of the very grace of God. Be careful, not to give a place to the devil because of bitterness. There are times when we must turn the other cheek to evil, and there are times when it is biblically right to seek to recover damages from those who have wrongly attacked us.
However, when this is the right path, we must still do it in the right spirit, not out of retaliation. We may all need to seek compensation for the sake of such things as being a good steward of what has been entrusted to us or even to help wake up the person who is doing evil, but not just to get even with them.
Again, there is a ditch on either side of the path of life. We are not to hate anyone, because we do not want hatred to get a grip on us, but that does mean we cannot defend ourselves when wronged. We just have to do it in the right spirit when we do it. We also need to recognize the times that the Lord does not want us to defend ourselves, but turn the other cheek.
Sometimes this is because, He wants to defend us, which is always much better then trying to defend ourselves. Another reason may be that He wants the situation to work a deeper character change in us, or again He may want to deal with our pride. In these cases, He may have us turn the other cheek, and then He may not defend us either.
This may seem like allowing evil and injustice to prevail, but it is not so because the Lord who works everything after the counsel of His own will has higher purposes. Regardless of any of these cases, the Lords goal is for us to abide in the Spirit, always endeavoring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.
The Devils Poison
Perhaps this is his greatest weapon which He uses to defile many. I call it the great defilement, because many believers have been caught in this deadly trap. It may start as a seemingly distractive thought, suggesting to you images of what people might have done to you and the danger is, if the devil can get you to believe in a lie as real as that experience may seem, he will hold you in bondage forever. Remember he is the father of all lies.
Those, including Christians, who give themselves over to bitterness or resentment will end up doing much evil. What we must learn to recognize is that every chance we have to become resentful is also a chance to grow in the nature of Christ, who did not become resentful of even the ones who nailed Him on the cross, but actually suffered all that He did for their sakes. Resentment sucks the very life out of your spirit and makes you grow cold in a least possible time, robbing you of your peace and the very treasures in God’s presence.
It is true, we all may have been offended, we all may have been used before, in one way or the other, but there is no time now for feeling sorry for ourselves and pitying each other, there is a mandate upon our lives and creation is waiting with an outstretched neck (in eager expectation) the manifestation of the sons of God. This is the time for you to rise up and cast out those demons by the light in you. Say no to that devil of bitterness, let the light in you conquer for if the light in you is darkness how great is that darkness.
Beloved, if we are going to become like Him, which is the basic calling of every Christian, we must learn to take up our crosses every day, resolving to also lay down our lives, our own rights, and maybe our own reputations, for the sake of even those who are attacking us.
Arise And Shine, For Your Light Has Come, Lift High Your Lamp And Let Your Light Shine Abroad To Draw All Men To Christ. 💫
Some excerpts Taken From Rick Joyner: The Overcoming Life.🔥