By Mike Evans
A friend of mine was under a lot of pressure. He prayed, "Oh Lord, deliver me from the battle."
The Lord responded to him by saying, "I will deliver you into the battle." In Philippians 4:13, the apostle Paul said, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." You would think that Paul would have told us exactly what he did when he was under pressure and being persecuted. Most people would, I think. Some would even ramble on and on about it, but not Paul.
Deserted but Not Defeated
Paul was sitting in a Roman prison. All the churches in which God had used him greatly were now in a mess. The people were guilty of all kinds of sin and false teaching—everything you could imagine.
Runners were going back and forth, telling him what was happening in the churches. One day, Nero got mad and burned down half of Rome, then blamed it on the Christians—while Paul was still in prison. Demos, a co-laborer of Paul's, took off and deserted him when the fire started.
Paul was seemingly at the end of his life's journey when he said he could do all things through Christ. However, the entire fourth chapter, in fact the whole book, says nothing about what he did. Why did he say he could do all things through Christ when he didn't even tell us what those things were? Because he was focused on attitude, not just action. He was describing how he responded, not simply what he did.
Are you trying to do something for God? If so, stop. God doesn't want you to do anything for Him. He wants you to be something in Jesus. If you will be, He will do. We already have a religious world out there trying to do.
Attitude and Character
Paul said, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." That was his secret, and it is confirmed in Philippians 4. Paul explains how he became a victorious Christian—it had to do with his attitude and character.
In Philippians, he tells us how he held onto his joy, even in the face of persecution. The people said, "We have a serious problem. Everything is coming apart at the seams. Confusion abounds. All hell is breaking loose. Paul, show us what to do." What did Paul say? Did he "give them peace of mind"? No, Paul rejoiced in the Lord.
Didn't Paul know that Demos had forsaken him? Yes, but he wasn't defeated by it. Philippians 4:6 says he poured his heart out to God: "Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
Didn't Paul realize that the churches were in a mess? Yes, but he wasn't fretful because of it. He trusted the Lord, and as a result, peace reigned in the midst of trouble. Philippians 4:7 says, "And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Paul understood the importance of taking his thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. He said in Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
What a statement for a man in prison to make! He had such a tremendous anointing on him; indeed, it was an anointing that helped to birth the church. Paul said you should be content in any situation. Most people don't see that for what it is: a requirement for living as a victorious, anointed person of God.
Many Christians want the growth process to be easy. They want to be able to please God by doing the right things, but the Bible makes it clear that God looks at the heart first. Actions are important, but He also examines our motives. Why? Because actions are simply expressions of what is already in the heart. I'll say it again: the anointed life does not come from doing—it comes from being.
Paul didn't lose his peace, joy, confidence, or willingness to forgive because of persecution. How did he develop this kind of strength? Let's take a closer look at him.
To begin with, Paul was a murderer. Before his conversion to Christianity, he had been the number one man whom the chief priest trusted to persecute the church. He killed the saints, or consigned them to death. He chased them into prison. He voted against them.
The Bible said that one day, Jesus appeared to Paul and said, "You are persecuting Me." That was a revelation to Paul—and it is significant for you as well.
If you are being persecuted as a Christian, remember what Jesus said: the persecution is directed atHim. That means the battles you fight are not yours if you are in Christ; they are the Lord's.
Paul's Ministry Begins
Paul was knocked off of his horse and struck blind for three days. He sat in a dark room with no food or anything else to comfort him. The Holy Ghost touched a man by the name of Ananias, and he went to Paul and laid hands on him. Paul was instantly healed.
Galatians 1:11-18 says that Paul went to Arabia after he was saved. There he allowed God to develop his character. He learned to listen to the Lord and walk in His truth. After that, he started preaching. Acts 9 says that he proclaimed Jesus in Syria—and right away he was persecuted for it. In fact, there was a plot to kill him.
From there, Paul went to Jerusalem to talk to the disciples. He knocked on their door, but at first, they wouldn't let him in because he was known as the greatest persecutor of Christians. They were afraid of him. They didn't believe his claim to salvation was real until Barnabas explained what had happened to Paul. Later, he took Silas and went to Philippi to preach the gospel, but the people tore off his clothes, beat him, and threw him in prison.
What would you do if you were Paul? Sue someone? Put your foot down and get an attorney? Didn't they know who he was?
Demons Knew Him
They did know who Paul was—that is, the demons knew. That's why they declared, "Paul we know." They knew who he was, all right, but Paul was not intimidated by demons and their spiritual attacks. He didn't operate in the flesh. He didn't get angry and demand his rights. He gave his problems to the Lord.
The cross of Jesus Christ wasn't occupied by a man who shook his fist at the crowd. It held a Man who willingly suffered the humiliation, beatings, and rejection for our sake. In the face of death, He said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing."
Paul and Silas had been beaten and thrown into a dark prison cell, and still they said, "Let's sing to God." When they began to praise the Lord, the prisoners heard them. The jailer was so impacted that he—and his entire family—gave their hearts to Jesus!
Setting Captives Free
Many people are spiritual prisoners today, and they are hurting. My mother was like that. Before she died, the devil said, "I will kill her, and she will deny Jesus"—and she did. I flew to her house, and my sister and brothers tried to have the service before I got there. Then they took her money.
I had been paying her house and car payments for five years. They spent the money on themselves, for booze and drugs; one of them bought a car. When I got to the house, I saw a group of drugged people having a beer party.
My mother's body was at the funeral home. They didn't want to bury her because they didn't want to spend the money.
The night she died, my father had asked her for a divorce. He told her he didn't love her anymore and left her. She had a bad heart and was not supposed to be upset.
‘My Mother is Dead'
I walked into the room, where at the age of 11, I had seen Jesus. I got down on my knees and said, "Jesus, in this room, You appeared to me as I cried all night. You told me You loved me. God, my mother is dead. What are You going to do?"
He brought two scriptures to mind instantly. The first was 2 Timothy 1:7 which says, "I have not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind." Then He reminded me of the verse that says He will direct our steps. He promised He would redeem the situation.
The God said, "Mike, who killed your mother? Who is causing all of the problems right now? Instantly, everything came into focus. I knew who the enemy was, and I knew what had to be done.
I could have done a lot of things when the devil killed my mother. I could have beaten my brothers. I could have cursed them for their selfishness. Or, I could have joined them in their revelry. I could have turned my back on God, but I didn't. I chose to believe that God had not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. I chose to believe He would direct my steps like He said He would and redeem the situation.
My older brother was high when I approached him. I looked him straight in the eyes and said, "You will be saved. I am coming for you." I looked at the whole family, at my sister who had been a prostitute for 20 years and was teaching reincarnation. I looked at a brother who was involved in organized crime. I said to each of them, "You will be depressed and discouraged. You will worry, but I won't, because I am not going to get mad. I am going after the one who killed our mother, and I am taking 10,000 of his in place of the one he took from me.
Go After the Devil
That was Paul's response to persecution, too. You can hear bad reports, then sit around and gossip, or get angry and take sides—and still get nowhere. Or you can find out what—or who—is really causing the problem, and go after him.
Don't let the devil jerk you around! Go after him! Paul did.
Did my plan work? Did I take 10,000 souls from the devil, in the name of Jesus? Yes!
I was speaking at a meeting outside of Washington D.C. sometime after my mother died. There were over 23,000 people in attendance. Between January of that year and the time of the meeting in Washington, I had seen over 8,000 people saved. I said, "God, I asked You to let me see 10,000 souls come to Jesus. Will You honor that prayer?"
When I gave the people the opportunity to give their hearts to Jesus, I specifically asked for homosexuals, fornicators, drug addicts, alcoholics, and prostitutes to come forward. Over 2,000 people responded!
I stopped right in the middle of the altar call and said, "Devil, remember! Remember when you killed my mother? Remember what I told you? Devil, there they are! God has given me 10,000 of your souls for the one you took!"
What was Paul's response to persecution? He was a mighty man of miracles, a man of healing, a man of faith. Yet, he was still persecuted and thrown into prison. It seemed that everything was at stake.
Rejoice and Find Power
But Paul knew differently. Nothing was really at stake because he had nothing left—everything he had and everything he was belonged to the Lord. He didn't need to defend himself. He knew that Jesus is the solid Rock. He is your Refuge, and you can depend on Him—no matter what your circumstances look like.
What will your response be to pressure and persecution? Don't give up your joy. Don't live in fear.Rejoice in the Lord, and you will find power in persecution!
Dr. Michael D. Evans is the #1 New York Times bestselling author, and author of Jimmy Carter: The Liberal Left and World Chaos and Atomic Iran.
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Persia: The Final Jihad
Persia. The very word evokes images of kings and princes and tales of Arabian nights, of Scheherazade, the teller of 1001 stories of cunning and derring-do.
However, Persia was not solely acclaimed for the tales of 1001 Arabian Nights, but for algebra, Backgammon, a postal service, military conscription, and advances in human rights.
Living in the FOG (Favor of God)
Until God gave me this revelation, I had no idea that Scriptures I had circled even as a child would have special significance in the years to come.
After having seen Jesus face-to-face at the age of eleven, I knew I wanted to hear His voice again. That is what sparked this amazing search. I learned through this revelation how to hear the voice of God again and again-through His Word.
As a young girl, Sarah Batsheva was infatuated with the handsome teenage boy who lived down the street. That teenage boy was Adolf Eichmann. It all seemed innocent and nice until Sarah's grandmother died, and then nothing was ever the same again.
Living Fear Free
Discover the secret of "replacing fear with joy" and learn how "you can enter into His rest by accepting the reality of the Atonement".
This uplifting book will remind you that "You are a soldier in the army of God…called, anointed, filled, blessed, and equipped and…more than a conqueror in Him". You will be inspired to "take courage as you go in His name" and filled with hope as you remember that "the best is yet to come!"
What is the real reason for the ongoing conflict in the Middle East between the Jewish and Muslim populations?
The Candidate was written in order to expose the lie of The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and to reveal the extent to which this lie has led to the ongoing hatred of the Jewish people and the state of Israel by her racist enemies.
It was written in fiction form in order to reach beyond an audience of scholars, academics and political pundits to the common man. Most are unaware of the extent to which even their own opinions about modern Israel and the Jewish people have been subtly influenced by the anti-Semitic slurs which ultimately flow from this hate literature.
The Final Generation
Are the Prophetic Pieces Nearly in Place?
A diabolical counterfeit of God's ultimate plan of salvation seems to be spreading across the Middle East—and is playing out just as foretold in the Bible. While Western Christians seem to be growing more complacent and concerned with their personal comfort and success, a prophetic storm is gathering in the Middle East. Radical Islamists are preparing for the final battle, believing it will usher in a new age of Islamist supremacy.
Do you find these events as chilling as I do?
The Samson Option
Darkness blankets the eastern seaboard. From Maine to Georgia, the power grid is in shambles, destroyed by the pulse of a high-altitude nuclear detonation. Cities and towns of every size are on the verge of chaos. Only the military continues to function, frantically searching the seas for the two container ships bearing nuclear missiles poised for a second strike that will destory what remains of America. The President is convinced the attacks are the work of Al-Qa’ida operatives aided by elements within the Pakistani government. David Hoag knows the truth about who is really behind the attacks, but powerful forces in high places are bent on unleashing America's military might and Israel is poised for a response of its own. Can Hoag reach the President in the time to avert a worldwide disaster? Or, is the beginning of the end?
Events in the Middle East are rapidly moving toward total chaos. Eyes worldwide are directed toward every country except the one that is most important—Israel. It has been called the "world's canary in the coal mine." You know the story of how miners carried canaries into coal mines to detect poisonous methane gas. It was one of the first early warning systems.
Each of the countries that surround Israel—Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt—is in upheaval to some degree. The only matter on which all can agree is their hatred for Israel and the Jewish people.
Sorrowfully, the Liberal Left in America has drawn a line in the sand and stepped over to the other side—away from our long-time ally, Israel. President Barack Obama's one-world view has placed him squarely alongside the United Nations. He has cast his lot with those who would see Israel stripped, bleeding, and impotent to defend herself. No longer the Good Samaritan, he has befriended those who pass by on the other side and ignore the threat Israel faces.
IT’S A LIE THAT WOULD NOT DIE;
believed to be true by Adolf Hitler, Henry Ford, and the late Osama bin Laden. It was introduced by the Russian secret police in an attempt to bolster the reign of Tsar Nicholas II. It erroneously exposed his enemies as co-conspirators with the Jews in a plot to take over the world. This fabricated document was embraced by a religious fanatic, Sergei Nilus, and published in 1905 in Russia. He published three separate versions of the book, and the last in 1917 indicated that Theodor Herzl was the writer of the mythical conspiracy theory. The book birthed the pogroms in Russia, and was used by Hitler as an excuse to exterminate six million Jews in Europe. Many Muslim leaders worldwide keep it within reach as the most revered book, after the Quran. Every terrorist organization uses this plagiarized copy to support the vile acts it commits.
When a father forsakes his God-given responsibilities, Can a son find the strength to forgive?
… David took a deep breath and forced himself to think. God’s grace, he told himself, reaches to the depths of sin.
When a son is wounded beyond belief, Can he unleash the healing power of love on his entire family?
Unforgiveness is like drinking poison while hoping it will make your enemy sick, David thought to himself.
When a heaven-sent messenger draws near and empowers healing… Can a man of God believe what he sees?
As he sat there on the step the light through the window grew brighter again, filling the room and surrounding him with its glow.
You’ll love this moving story of grace and forgiveness beyond measure.
I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed. - Genesis 12:3
President Obama plans to succeed in dividing Jerusalem by 2012, blackmailing Israel over the Iran crisis to achieve his objective. "Never miss the opportunity of a crisis."
The president apparently feels that Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria are a fair trade in order to keep Iran (Persia) from going atomic. The Obama administration seems to be treating Israel as a property to be bartered — or perhaps more accurately — to be betrayed for the sake of expediency. The Arab world wants its 22nd Islamic state with its capital in Jerusalem for one simple reason: Muslims believe Israel is Arab land occupied by foreigners.
If America touches prophecy - Jerusalem - God's curse will fall upon America and upon President Obama as decreed in Genesie 12:3. The ancient prophet Zachariah cried out, "I will make Jerusalem a cup that will send all the surrounding people reeling … an immovable rock for all nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves."
An Islamic radical drives a Suburban loaded with explosives into the early morning drop-off line at a school in Denver.
In Chicago, another fanatical Muslim drives a gasoline truck into the Chicago Board of Trade building. Death and destruction rain down.
Terrorists crash small, explosive-laden airplanes into the airport in Atlanta, destroying two jumbo jets and the main terminal. All flights are grounded.
A nuclear bomb is exploded high above Washington, D.C. The entire East Coast power grid collapses. Everything is at a standstill.
This electrifying new fiction novel from Mike Evans traces the events from inception to execution — from the hopelessness of a world gone mad to a renewed hope.
Atomic Iran: Countdown to Armageddon
The Story Behind this Provocative Book
The Countdown to Armageddon Has Begun!
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that Israel must be “wiped off the map.” Such a radical statement might seem like bravado and bluster, but the Iranian connection to rocket attacks on Israel make it crystal clear that the Islamic Republic has every intention of following through with its threats of total destruction. Most troubling of all, Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons with reckless determination as part of its mission to annihilate Israel, which Ahmadinejad calls a “stain of disgrace.”
With Iran’s history of contempt for the United Nations, the United States, Great Britain, and of course, Israel, such an apocalyptic event could happen at any moment. You need to take a stand!
Jimmy Carter, the Liberal Left and World Chaos
The presidential election was a public sounding board for the much-touted failures of the Republican Party. He ran against a disgraced president in the aftermath of an unpopular war on a theme of "change." He kept his word, and change began. Barack Obama? No, Jimmy Carter!
Philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Jimmy Carter, the Liberal Left and World Chaos: An Obama/Carter Plan That Will Not Work, is a 550-page hardback revealing how Barack Obama and the Liberal Left are poised to repeat Carter's changes and mistakes!
Mistakes like providing checks of $150 million to the Ayatollah Khomeini to overthrow the Shah of Iran. This change lit the fuse of terrorism that exploded against the world when Khomeini declared April Fools Day 1980 "the first day of the government of God." Radical Islam was born. As if that weren't enough, Carter provided $500 million to the Muslim Brotherhood Freedom Fighters, who became the Taliban and Al-Qaeda