*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*FOR EVERY LEVEL, THERE IS A DEVIL.*
Matthew 17:12 *But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
1 Kings 19:2 *Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by to morrow about this time.*
John suffered a long imprisonment and was eventually murdered.
Persecution did not start with John.
Jesus said about John that the people *....have done unto him whatsoever they listed.*
To this, Jesus was saying that though Herod was primarily responsible for John's death, the people were also guilty of John's death.
Jesus was saying that John suffered in the hands of the people as He would also suffer in their hands. To this, Jesus said, *"Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them."*
It was also a way of saying that
the people had achieved what they had always wanted.
John's suffering as the Elijah of the NT is traceable to the OT.
John's and Elijah's impact in the Kingdom of God and their unrelenting
drive to reinstate the rule of God over a depraved and sinful people was a target of the devil's attack at all cost.
They were too powerful to be ignored by the devil.
The devil followed Elijah to John. The devil can be that 'patient'.
One could say that the OT Elijah was marked for murder, but it could not happen. So, the original intention to have the old Elijah killed, which did not happen, was now fulfilled in John the Baptist.
At least, Jezebel angrily swore to have Elijah killed, forcing him to flee for his life, 1 Kgs 19:1. Elijah ran away. God saw his frustration and exhaustion and translated him seeing no death.
Therefore, since Jezebel could not kill Elijah, at least the people killed John, cutting his head off, and they put it in a charger, Matt 14:1-14.
The king of Israel demanded Elisha's head, saying, *"God do so and more also to me, if the head of Elisha, the son of Shaphat, shall stand on him this day."* 2 Kgs 6:31.
With the devil, your anointing attracts his annoyance.
The more anointed you are, the more annoyed the devil is.
Job's perfection and as a man who is *....upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.* attracted the devil heinous plan to destroy him.
As you prepare for your next level of greatness, be also prepared for the devil.
Do not give him an opportunity as you climb higher to your next level.
Do not give the devil an opportunity to work at your next level.
*Call to Word action.*
Ephesians 4: 27 *Neither give place to the devil.*
*The Christian clarion duty.*.
Ephesians 6:11 *Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.*
Lord, destroy every devil at my next level in Jesus name.
Good morning all, and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.