THE JOURNEY | The Bet

The Bet
by Becky DeWitt

Have you ever been in a fight? All of us at some point in our lives have had the encounter, whether it was physical, verbal, mental, or spiritual. If you have been redeemed from the hand of the enemy by the precious blood of Jesus, there will always be a fight until the time of His return.

The most common fight among the saints is the one within the Body of Christ. This is really sad and the enemy is laughing because we fail to realize that we should touch and agree to stop the attack of the enemy and not attack each other. There is no escape, even for those who are mature. You action and reaction will determine just how mature you are. Just wait awhile. Sister Watermelon, who always has something to say, NEGATIVE not positive, is on her way, ready and willing. How does it start? Simply put – words, words, words. The verbal voice of the issues of the heart with the current of the enemy rippling through every word spoken into the atmosphere opening doors for the enemy to operate. The irony is that Sister Watermelon is deceived into thinking that she is correct. She has been recruited, enlisted, and given an assignment, wearing the badge of Christian Cop deputized by the enemy to create havoc with her mouth. “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:8).

A word of caution for anyone who has this encounter or sees that it may materialize. This is a heavyweight championship fight. If you get into the ring with Sister Watermelon, you better be ready. She intends to leave you bloody and beaten even until the last word. This is not a place for the newly born again or baby Christians. Her very words and actions will cause a loss in the kingdom. If you look you will see her snarling before the first round. Guard your heart with all diligence using the shield of faith to quench the fiery darts. “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23). It is the oil of the anointed word of God that has soaked deep that will put out the flames of the sting of the words. If you are not prepared by wearing the whole armor of God, the words will pierce so deep that you physically feel their entry. (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Get ready to rumble. Here we go. Watch this ring action. “ I am praying that Brother Wood will return to the house. We could really use his help in the ministry.” “You are praying soulish prayers. That is not of God. Maybe he doesn’t want to come back. We need God to send in someone new.” Sister Watermelon releases four jabs. “These people do not want to do anything anyway” There’s the extra point. The ring announcer gives 1st round to Sister Watermelon. It was her flurry of jabs. Now, look closely and view the members of the audience. Who are the cheers for?

Here we go into round two. “I will not be able to sing on the choir for about two months.” “You are out of order and in disobedience. Well you hardly show up anyway.” Sister Watermelon is constantly keeping up the jabs spitting seeds of discord fighting against your destiny. But the reality is, she is your best help. Actually, you need to thank God for her. She is the one that will cause you to go past your knees in prayer to lie on your face on the threshing floor before the Father. She does not even know that with each jab or blow she is pressing you further into His presence for a new anointing.

Meanwhile, members of the audience have their betting slips in their hands looking for the knockout that will cause an eruption of emotion. Check out the big spenders who are just laid back with a serious stance. The stage is set and the arena is full. All of heaven and hell is watching. All eyes are on you. Just in case you did not know, hell has backed Sister Watermelon 100%. Why? Because they already knew that her mouth was well trained to attack. She has been employed and enlisted by the enemy for a very long time. She is seasoned in verbal destruction. As the enemy watched her, she was an easy target because her every word was negative and contrary to the Word of God. Hell noticed that she was double minded, even though she read the Word. Upon noticing how double-minded she was, a dispatch was made to her thoughts injecting the idea of Christian Cop to engage in warfare against the Body of Christ, even though she is supposed to be a member.

Back in the ring, you are in the corner preparing for the last round. The best trainer in this world and the next is with you, the Holy Spirit. The angelic hosts are moving back and forth with strategic instruction that will outwit the enemy. You have been praying in the spirit to build yourself up getting muscles in the spirit. “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying the Holy Spirit.” (Jude 20). Remember that this is a fight and you must “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3).
You enter into the ring throwing a worship uppercut moving with a dance like David, and slipping in a praise right hook, sister Watermelon is stunned and out for the count. The worship created an atmosphere in which the Holy Spirit began to move, hiding you in the thick tangible presence of His glory, providing the mobility of the dance, which was elevated for the praise right hook to paralyze the enemy.

There is another fight that Believers are in and it is within us. The constant warfare is the flesh versus the spirit. We have all experienced this. It can come subtlety in conversation or even through a simple act of kindness. Your spirit will prompt you to do that which is pleasing and right in the sight of God. Just in case you forgot, God does SEE everything! The flesh, on the other hand harbors any seed of anger, offense, deception, etc, deeply within causing a state of movement between action and reaction.

Let’s look at Sister Watermelon in the ring against herself. This scene involves cleaning the kitchen after a church function. “I am only washing the dishes that belong to the church.” Her statement is an indication that she has a burial ground containing almost anything. In her haste to leave, Sister Plum leaves one of her platters. Sister Watermelon starts her rant with, “I am not washing it and everyone needs to wash his or her own mess. I am tired of these lazy people,” Mother Jones overhears and kindly suggests, “that it would not hurt just to wash the dish.” Of course, Sister Watermelon responds with a definitive “NO, because of what she did last time.” Hell had major bets on her flesh as she was blinded by anger and resentment, evident in her conversation. Where was the love? Can you even imagine the face of the Father and Jesus as they sit in heaven watching? What about the investment of the blood? The great cloud of witnesses are just staring and wondering about the power of the written word, which some did not have.

There are some battles that we end up in that are setup by the enemy to make Believer look foolish. Be aware that he is laughing and making a mockery of your salvation. That is why he called the accuser of the brethren. Always remember to fight for your destiny and not against it. There are many tests and trials along the narrow path, which are set up by one who does not like you. Do not let these encounters entice you away from your position in heavenly places. He wants you to move to a low level where he is located. In other words, fight on his territory. Keep the enemy where he belongs under your feet. You are the one with the power to tread upon serpents, scorpions, and over all power of the enemy!

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (James 1:12)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a Christian author, her writings reveal trials and tribulations as well as edification to the soul. Her books express the need to talk about Jesus Christ from the ordinary everyday perspective with titles that are uncommon and the cover art as well. Recently, her compan
y, Blood Drop Inheritance Group launched into the area of Christian greeting cards. Promise Cards are uniquely designed with words of divine inspiration. Currently, there are four different collections, the shield, the leaves, the garden, and the beach, with beauty in each display. Becky is a member of Tree of Life Ministries under the leadership of Pastor Elaine W. Green. Becky lives and works in the Grand Strand Community of Myrtle Beach, SC.