MY BELOVED ENEMY
Leader: Pastor McKinnon
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MY BELOVED ENEMY
A word to my enemy/my friend
You are not really my enemies at all. You are some of the best friends I have. You who have lied about me, and about this ministry, who have tried to destroy people’s confidence in me, who have spread false and damaging rumors about my life and teachings. Through your efforts there has been a work of grace wrought in this heart of mine that could never have happened without you.
My friends have been many, and loyal, and faithful to stand with me in many hours of trial and need. They have been strength to my weakness, added joy to my heart in times of sorrow, and have girded up my faith amidst raging doubts. They have brought me before the throne of grace enumerable times in their seasons of prayer. I could not have continued long in this spiritual conflict without these wonderful friends.
But, believe me, I speak in sincerity and truth, there can be no perfection in the lives of God’s elect without the chastising work of a real enemy. For when a bitter, vicious person begins to do all they can to destroy me and my work for the Lord, then there is a work done that brings out all the wrong and evil attitudes and spirits that lie hidden and deeply rooted in my heart. When a friend extols all my good virtues and praises me from their heart of true friendship, I feel nothing but love for them. But when I hear of an enemy who has unjustly brought shame upon me, there rises up a spirit of defending myself, and a spirit of “RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION” to refute the enemy. It is then that the precious Holy Spirit does its office work and reveals to me the feelings of my own spirit. I see in me then, the things I did not know were there before. With repenting and sorrow of heart I cry to God, and He delivers me from that which I have seen in my life. It was hidden, lying dormant, until you, my beloved enemy brought it to light with your crucifying process. The prophets of old would never have had the glory of being stoned for the Word of God – and no martyr’s crowns could ever have been won by the early Christians without real enemies.
You see, I cannot crucify myself, and friends will not do it. So it takes you, my enemy, to bring me to the cross. And to the cross I must come, if ever I am to come to the glory of perfection. But I have much progress yet to make before coming to the image of my Jesus. There is so much I must yet learn. And, my enemy, you are teaching me. I have learned that the road to glory is by way of the cross. Without you I would not have found the way. Someone had to crucify Jesus. Not His friends, not his disciples, and He could not do it Himself. So Satan and the princes of this world stirred up hatred in the hearts of His enemies, and the work was done. Had they known they were bringing – “Him into His Glory”, and bringing about salvation of lost mankind, they would not have done it. And I’m sure that, if you knew the good your efforts are working out in my life, you would not want to help me so much. But the work is being done, and I have learned to love you because of it. “Love thy enemies,” he said, and I wondered how I could do it. But you have taught me. For because of you I have grown in Jesus, increased in His grace, and partaken of His divine nature.
Also, because of you, many have been turned away and refused to hear the truths imparted unto this vessel. Their ears have been filled with lies, and no doubt they have thought that “no good thing could possibly come from such a one.” But even here I have seen the hand of God. For those who have had ears to hear the voice of the Spirit, have not believed the lies you have told them and have opened their hearts to the message for these last days. Thus, Jesus has weeded out the chaff from the wheat, and is in the process of separating His own unto Himself. All things are working together.
So, my friends, in reality I have no enemies in flesh and blood, your work has been sharp and cutting, and many times I was hurt and wounded deeply. But out of these trying experiences I have come forth a better Saint, and further on my way to being an over-comer. I doubt that you will receive any rewards for your lies and your efforts to destroy me, for “woe unto them through whom these offenses come.” But I want you to know that though your loss will be great in the day of judgment, I love you and appreciate the ministry you have had in perfecting this life of mine.
To those of you who have read this I trust that you have understood that this word has not been applicable to me only, but should apply as well to all the people of God. I hope that the Lord will speak to your hearts that you may get the revelation of this truth.
Without chastisement and the work of enemies we can never come into full son-ship. And when we see how much our persecutions and afflictions mean to us in maturing our spirits and bringing us into His image, then we can truly “LOVE OUR ENEMIES”, and “BLESS THOSE THAT CURSE US.” Praise God for His work, and remember, there are two things that the fires of persecution will accomplish. They will burn and destroy the “WOOD, HAY, AND STUBBLE”, and they will melt and purify the “GOLD, SILVER, and PRECIOUS STONES that they may be molded into His image. So let us be willing to burn that which will burn, that those things which will not, may stand forever.