This happened time and time again…Jesus would heal and the religious leaders would seek to kill Him…

John 5:12-16  (NKJV)

12 Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” 15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16 For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him,[a] because He had done these things on the Sabbath.

The truth is that the religious leaders felt threatened by Jesus. They were threatened because they could not deny the authority with which He spoke and certainly could not deny the miracles that He did. They could see the peoples’ hearts turning to Jesus, and they did not like it.

They felt that Jesus threatened their authority…

They felt that Jesus threatened their influence…

They felt that Jesus threatened their affluence…

And, the enemy used that as an opportunity to influence them. Once threatened, they very well could have considered the scriptures, believed and been blessed just as those who submitted…

 Luke 5:17  (NKJV)

17 Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

However, rather than humble themselves and submit, they felt threatened. They let feeling threatened turn to anger. They let their anger turn to wrath. They let their wrath turn to action, and even though they unwittingly fulfilled the scriptures, unless they repented, they will receive the reward of their actions – that began with feeling threatened…

Romans 6:23 (NKJV)

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

So, please, please, please (in my James Brown voice) be very careful when you feel threatened. Yes, we have a natural and spiritual right to protect ourselves, but don’t let the enemy have a foothold through you feeling threatened.

When you feel someone is threatening…

Your family…

Your marriage…

Your job…

Your influence…

Your position…

Your reputation…

Your rights…

Your money…

Your ‘way of life’…

Even your life!

Be very careful how you react. Be careful how you respond. Be careful who you talk to. Be careful of with whom you align yourself.

Don’t let your emotions get the best of you and bring out the worst in you. Think about the times that Jesus, the Son of God, felt threatened before His time…

Luke 4:28-31  (NKJV)

28 So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. 30 Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.

John 10:38-39  (NKJV)

38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe[a] that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” 39 Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand.


God has promised that maintaining your spiritual integrity, uprightness and waiting on God will protect you…

Psalm 25:21  (NKJV)

21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
For I wait for You.













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  1. Amen! This is really well said. Feeling threatened is also often a fear based response and the bible offers us some 365 “fear nots,” one of every day of the year. Fear tends to be the opposite of faith and “perfect love casts out fear.”

    I really love this passage, “they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff.” Our Lord and Savior is teaching for the first time,in his hometown no less, and people come after him and try to throw him off a cliff. It’s just some encouragement for the rest of us who might face some adversity 🙂

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  2. “Now then, stand still and see this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes!” 1 Samuel 12:16 or another version says “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” I love these verses because then we get to see what God does next!

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  3. thank you, this word is pure gold
    we focus on God not the issue
    we love our enemies, pray for those who persecute us, bless those who hate us
    we take our marching orders from our God and Father alone through our Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through us

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  4. I had an instance where I could have reacted in a different way, but holy spirit adviced me not to react in that way. As a result they have received scriptures, and not my opinions.

    Scripture comes to mind, be angry, but sin not. Don’t let sin overcome you, control it. We have power to overcome, praise God!

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