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Daily Devotional - January 6th

Jan 6, 2018 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Daily Read – Genesis 13:5-15:21; Matthew 5:27-48; Psalm 6: 1-10; Proverbs 1:29-33
Matthew 5:43-48 
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect."
As a reminder, you are made in My likeness and image and your true identity lives out from the redeemed spirit man within. When you live, move, and have your being in Me being led by My Spirit, you see people as I see them. 
When living from your soul (mind, will, and emotions), you may perceive some people as your enemy because you look at them with natural eyes. Those who are led by the Spirit discern and recognize that we do not wrestle an enemy clothed in flesh and blood, but we wrestle against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places. In Kingdom reality, people are not your problem.
Your true enemy lurks in the unseen dark realm using people as puppets to emulate his evil desires. My child, see as I see and look beyond the natural realm into the hearts of people. Those you consider an enemy will transform before your eyes. The eyes of your understanding will be opened and illuminated to see why people do what they do. This revelation protects you from offense because you will discern rightly comparing spiritual things with spiritual. Within a suddenly, you will detect My image and likeness in everyone you meet.
Every human conceived is My child birthed from the inner chambers of My heart. I love every person, so much so I sent My only begotten Son that whosoever would believe on Him would not perish, but have everlasting life. I paid a great price for each one because each is created in My likeness and image.  Eternity lives within every person on earth regardless of his or her current condition. I want them to spend their eternity with Me.
I need you to love them and bless those who curse you. Do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To your natural mind, this makes no logical sense, but in the spirit realm, these are mighty weapons of war. When activated and launched by My church, these Kingdom missiles do extraordinary damage to the second heaven domain of Satan.
Strongholds of hatred, bitterness, unforgiveness, and whole networks of wickedness lose strength and power in the lives of those you choose to love and bless. Their eternity hangs in the balance and I need you to love them into My Kingdom.
You were once lost and dead in your sins.
Do you remember the ones who loved you?
Lord Jesus, I need eyes to see. It is easy to love when I am loved, but to love and bless those who mock and revile me, this is where I need help!  I desire to walk in the Spirit at all times, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. Forgive me for living so much of the time out of the flesh and soul. The flesh profits nothing and brings death, but the Spirit brings life. By way of revelation, show me today the ones I am to love unconditionally. Lead me to those who curse me behind my back that I may bless them. Allow me to demonstrate Your goodness to those who persecute and spitefully use me. I desire to be as You are... perfect which means fully complete and mature.  Amen!