Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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From a conversation with the saints in my house in 2007.
As I have pointed out on a previous occasion, many years ago, Uncle Joe defined friendship in a testimony at Grandma’s farmhouse during a prayer meeting. He said that whoever, or whatever, helps you get into the will of God is your friend. What I recently added to that in a conversation with some saints here was that whoever, or whatever, hinders you from doing the perfect will of God is your enemy.
Every time we fail to think like that, we set ourselves up for trouble and abuse by one ungodly spirit or another. Jesus pointed us to that way of thinking when he asked, “Who is my mother, and my sister, and my brother.” Jesus was not being over-religious, or trying to make a splash with some sort of grandiose religious pronouncement. HE MEANT IT! From the bottom of his heart, Jesus meant it! He was describing for us what was in his heart, his attitude and way of thinking.
Think about it. Jesus revealed to his disciples that he was going to suffer and die in Jerusalem one day (Mt. 16). When Peter pulled Jesus to the side and rebuked him for thinking that this would happen to him, what did Jesus call Peter? He called him Satan. Peter, at that moment, was a hindrance to Jesus accomplishing the will of God. On the other hand, what did Jesus call Judas when he led the mob to arrest him and then showed them which man was Jesus by kissing him on the cheek? Jesus called him “friend” (Mt. 26:50).
Just how determined are you to accomplish God’s will in your life. If you are like Jesus, then every human being and every spirit that does anything to move you more perfectly into the will of God is your friend. And every human and every spirit that would distract you from that purpose is your enemy.
If you, from the bottom of your heart, do not think exactly as Jesus did, you are setting yourself up for spiritual battles that you otherwise would never have to fight, and losses that you would not otherwise have to suffer. You will keep certain people close who are your enemies, and run people away who are, in fact, your friends.