What is the wisdom behind praying for our enemies and blessing those who curse us?
By Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy
Questions Answered by Pastor ACQ
What is the wisdom behind praying for our enemies and blessing those who curse us, Pastor?
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As I said in the beginning, Satan Lucifer the devil is the adversary. He is the one who opposes God and thwarts His plans from the beginning.
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.Revelation 12: 7-9
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:1 Peter 5:8
Because of the serpent seed (or the spirit of disobedience), man (the Fallen Adamic race) became enemies with God — not humanity itself but the spirit of disobedience to the Father’s will that is within humanity.
God sees the spirit within — not the physical setup of man because this physical setup is just a house of whoever spirit that lives within you.
If it is the spirit of the enemy of God (or the spirit of Satan Lucifer, the devil) that is there, it will manifest itself by its deeds and by its acts. So you will know what spirit lives in that man. When the spirit of God lives in you, it will also manifest as the fruits of the Spirit.
The physical plane will produce a manifestation of what kind of spirit lives in you.
If we are being persecuted, attacked, or maligned, we look at them not in the carnal or physical sense, but according to the spirit that lives within them. We look at them spiritually. It is not him physically that we are fighting, but the spirit that lives within him.
If a person dies, what happens to the body? It becomes neutral. It cannot say or do anything. So the body is just a house (of the spirit within) — the physical body is not the enemy.
That is why the Word of God says, “Our battle is not physical.”
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;Ephesians 6:10-20
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, and rulers, dominions in the dark places of the world. (Ephesians 6:12)
So loving your enemies is refusing to retaliate and seeking for their good, that one day they will be changed, awakened, and enlightened. (Matthew 5:44-48 and Luke 6:27-37)
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.Matthew 5:44-48
An excerpt from Give Us This Day – February 12, 2021 Episode