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by Dottie McElreath
 
What if your adversary is God? If it's God why would He afflict you? If after examination you find it is
God who you fight, how do you stop fighting and just let God reign? Hard questions right? Amen!

1 Kings 11:14 And the LORD stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, the Edomite: he was of the king's
seed in Edom
. He raised up an adversary because Solomon went after other gods (idols). An idol is anything
more precious to you than God, even if only momentarily. I can flower it with fancy words, but that's the gist of
it. In this case, he raised up a man. How many men (or women) do you know who are regular thorns in your
side? Lamentations 1:10 The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things: for she hath
seen that the heathen entered into her sanctuary, whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thy
congregation.
He spread adversity upon all her pleasant things because she has allowed the heathen to pollute
the temple.

Mark 7:15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things
which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
Jesus said it was not what entered a man that defiled
him, but what came out. What comes out of you? Are your words defiling your temple or are they giving life.
You can curse your life or bless it, the choice is yours. Your words go before you and you will walk them out.
Lamentations 4:12-15 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that
the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem. {13} For the sins of her prophets,
and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her, {14} They have
wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, so that men could not touch
their garments. {15} They cried unto them, Depart ye; it is unclean; depart, depart, touch not: when they fled
away and wandered, they said among the heathen, They shall no more sojourn there.
The punishments were on
the church for the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests that have shed the blood of the just.

We have the idea that we don't have to walk as holy as the priests and prophets of old. I tell you this day
that you are priests unto God now and as such you are accountable. Where they encountered physical death you
are playing with spiritual death. God has not changed, only his contract with us has changed.

Amos 3:10-11 For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in
their palaces. {11} Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even round about the land;
and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.
They know not to do right
who store up violence and robbery in their places. The adversary shall be in the land and bring down strength.
Is your spiritual strength declining? Check up time! Have you spoken against your brothers in the body and
have you accepted praise that belonged to God? If you have accepted praise for something that God brought
about or a talent He gave you, oops, you committed robbery.

Lamentations 2:4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and
slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.

Remember if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and call upon my name, I will heal
their land and I shall dwell in the midst of them. If there is repeated pollution in the temple, He may take away
the tabernacle (His presence) that is in the midst of you.

Isaiah 30:20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall
not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:
This describes the
bread of adversity and the waters of afflictions. You eat your troubles and you drink of your sicknesses. These
are your teachers. Many times troubles teach you peace and sickness teaches you patience. Many times a
person does not mend their ways until they are facing death. Let not this have to happen to make you change
your ways or the ways of your loved ones.. Before these come upon you ask God for help to straighten out your
life.

How do you get back right with God. Examine carefully 2 Chronicles 15:2 And he went out to meet
Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with
him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
God is with you if
you seek Him, but if not, no peace is in your coming in or your going out. Even if you just take time to tell him
you love him he will be with you in all times.

May you seek the Lord always in all things.
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