If we are not gathering then we are scattering
Acts 22:23 -
And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air,
Saul before he became Paul was the leader of the mobs that attacked Christians - Jews who believed in Jesus. After Stephen was killed by the mob with Saul being party to it, the Lord appeared to Saul and spoke to him, this changed him. A person who was a leader of the enemy became a leader of the Church. Not only was Christianity spreading through the Jews but they now had Saul with a focused mission to reach out to even to the Gentiles.
In today's message the Lord is telling us how Satan and his kingdom grieve when we turn from our evil ways and take up our Cross and follow Jesus.
Although these people were leaders of the Synagogue - the temple of God, yet Jesus called them sons of Satan because of their ways and their hearts.
When I was sharing on the Kundilini spirit at one of my sessions; one of the sisters asked me as to how in a place of praise and worship can such spirits be present?
When people of God are on mission doing God's work you are sure to see attacks from the enemy camp. The enemy is on the lookout for people who are weak in spirit and through them they try to breakdown the mission team. You will also find specific people who come with a mission to distract or to keep the team busy, taking away their focus from God's work.
In this war if we go by numbers, we are against a multitude for our mission is to gather and the mission of the enemy is to scatter. People think that there are Christians- God's people, then there Satan's people who hate Christians and then there are innocent people who do not know God but are not against God.
Jesus says those who are not with Him we are against Him. If we are not gathering then we are scattering. What varies is how actively we are doing the gathering or the scattering.
No doubt there are lost sheep in the enemy camp but when they hear their Master's voice they come to their master as Saul did and became Paul.
When we give the Gospel we are just forwarding the Master's voice and those who are His sheep hear and turn unto Him. As more turn to Him the enemy’s camp weakens and their end comes near.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we are your sheep and we were lost in the enemy camp. You send your Word through your messengers and we came unto You. You know us and love us dearly therefore send your messengers to reach out to us. Today we want You to use us to reach out to all those who are yet lost. Take us to your lost sheep and speak through us unto them that they may hear You and come unto You. We know once we have gathered all your sheep You will come to take us to our eternal Home...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
20 And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.
21 And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.
22 And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live.
23 And as they cried out, and cast off their clothes, and threw dust into the air,
30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
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