Proverbs 25: 21,22 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat: And if he is thirsty, give him water drink; For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the Lord will reward you.
This passage of text, may I say confused me greatly upon first read. I failed to understand how providing food to someone that is hungry and a cool drink to someone that is thirsty is like heaping burning coals on his head? Huh? That makes no sense.
However, in God’s supernatural eye it does. You see saints, in His spiritual eye, the bread the food is our Daddy’s word that we are to feast, eat, partake and digest. As we do this, it becomes a part of us. Our girthiest overflowing if you will. Just like on this natural bread eating journey, the carbs and sugar, butter, wheat and everything else that bread is made with. Once inside, sticks to our bones. It makes one think of a cold Chicago winter where something hearty like chili, soup or oxtail soup is preferred because it sticks to the bones and on the side one would have a crusty hearty piece of bread.
Our Daddy’s word is like that, bread that soaks up that chili or soup. Right, it sticks to our bones. More importantly, it becomes part of our character in our daily lives and interactions with how we treat people. How we respond to each other in speech and actions. It is evidence that we are our Father’s children. Similar in DNA, like when we look at families. We can tell usually by the shape of the eyes, nose or mouth that people are related. It’s the same thing. People can tell if we are related, part of the Kingdom, by the bread we give them to eat.
It says in John 4:10, “Jesus answered and said to her,” If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give me a drink, “you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” Very simply put, in this journey life experience we need Jesus. Without Jesus we don’t have life. Without Jesus we are not living, but simply existing in this earthly realm. Not walking or living in our purpose.
Our natural body, on average, is approximately 60% water. The brain and heart are composed of 73% water. The lungs are about 83% water. The skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79% and even our bones are 31% water. Can we imagine living in this natural realm without this water in our body? More importantly, do we want to even imagine living in this world without our living water, our Good Father Jesus? I’ve done it. We all have, as the sin that lives within us and the sinner we are. But I think we can all say we prefer the life with Jesus. Amen. Living water.
The confusing part for me was how me giving you food and drink, both which you want would be like heaping coals of fire on one’s head. My brain was confused, but my God says this is exactly what exhibiting His characteristics to the enemy will do. You see the enemy expects us to give him a tit for tat or like for like response. To do the opposite, let us confuse the enemy.
Our God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit have so many beautiful characteristics, so let us confuse the enemy. Galatians 5:22,23 tells us,” But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
See the enemy can’t cause or hold out against any characteristics that we display of our Father. The enemy will be drawn in by love. The enemy will be drawn in by joy. How many times have you drawn someone in with your laughter saints? The joy that you displayed so contagious, that they laughed to, not knowing what they were laughing at or why.
Colossians 3:12-13 Therefore, as the elect of God holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
You see saints, the enemy isn’t the enemy. The enemy is our brother or sister out of relationship and fellowship. We bring our brothers and sisters back into relationship and fellowship by bearing with each other, working together with each other, forgiving one another, with kindness, mercies, humility, meekness and longsuffering. This brings them back into the fold, as we forgive just as Christ forgave us. So, let us confuse the enemy.
You see saints the bread and water that it speaks of in Proverbs 25:21,22, is our Daddy, God Jesus our Father. Jesus confuses the enemy. Every façade and act of our Father confuses the enemy. The enemy can’t understand the oneness love that our Father has in spite and despite wrong. The honor that our Father has. The ability to forgive over and over and over again. So, we thank you Father for the forgiveness. We thank you Father for, let us confuse the enemy.