Do Not Succumb To Intimidation

Another word for finding a middle ground with the enemy is defeat. Why when dealing with a bully appeasement never works.

History is a very powerful thing the reason is it is prophetic in nature. Life is in cycles and the seasons keep coming back, what has is really what is going to be. Whatever challenges you will face today have happened to someone in the past.

History teaches that World war II may never have happened if Neville Chamberlain the then British prime minister had never tried to pacify Hitler by conceding the Czech border to him in negotiation hoping it will prevent him from further aggression. He misunderstood the mindset of an aggressor. An aggressor sees any attempt to find a middle ground with him as a sign of weakness which further emboldens him to go for what he really wants which is total domination or destruction.

Hitler took the appeasement as a sign of weakness and fear so after the meeting, he knew he could take Europe and establish world domination. It took the intervention of America and the wisdom of the new British prime minister Winston Churchill to save the day. Jesus taught this same principle of appeasement as a clear sign of defeat this way

Luke 14:31-32
Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.


This verse is the book of Jeremiah became popular in political circles with the phrase when they say peace they really mean war.

Jeremiah 8:11
"For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace."

You see it is never about the small issue with an aggressor, the bully always seeks to dominate the other. The small issue, the first shot, is really a test to reveal the true nature and strength of the target. It is always about the big picture. With David it wasn't really about the bear or the lion, it was about the coming goliath and total domination of Israel by the Philistines. If David had gone the way of appeasement by saying it's just one sheep or goat that was taken it doesn't really matter, Goliath would have captured Israel.

Once you succumb to intimidation on any issue you will be paralysed and then the enemy can move in deeply. You cannot take a house without first of all binding i.e paralysing the strong man. Intimidation paralyses in the realm of the spirit. satan never strikes for something small, he wants it all and if you appease him and compromise he goes for your soul and all your goods. Paul counselled and said

Philippians 1:28
"And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God."

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