2 Chronicles 36:14-16 Ecclesiastes 5:6 Isaiah 49:26; 50:7-9; 1 Thessalonians 5:24 Romans 8:28, 31, 37 Exodus 14:14 Genesis 21:9 Matthew 27:29-31
Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me (Psalm 25:1-2).
The LORD shall fight for me, and I will hold my peace (Exodus 14:14).
The issue of mockery and mockers is a serious one that cannot be overlooked or glossed over just like that. A child of God should not be mocked—irrespective of the situation or circumstance. It is a dangerous thing indeed to mock a child of God; and even much more suicidal is it to mock a messenger of God! Beloved, it is godly wisdom that you don’t join others in mocking or planning evil against the people of God. We will do well to learn this lesson now. Let’s take a look at this passage of Scripture in 2 Chronicles 36:14-16:
14 Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem.
15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:
16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.
The wrath of God will rise up against the mockers till there is no remedy. Be that as it may, let me here offer this little piece of advice: Never ever position yourself for the wrath of God by mocking others. Be wise! And if you have ever been a victim of mockery in times past, I pray for you that in that selfsame area where you have been mocked, you shall be celebrated, in the name of Jesus. God’s anger will rise against your mockers; anything, anyone, or any group mocking your destiny shall be openly disgraced, in the name of Jesus. God shall take the glory in and for your life. Amen.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO MOCK?
To mock means to:
- To insult
- To ridicule
- To humiliate
- To treat with contempt
- To deride
- To frustrate hope
- To disappoint on purpose
- To express scorn, contempt, disdain or derision
- To treat insincerely
- To treat in a pretentious manner
- To deceive
- To defy
CHARACTERISTICS OF MOCKERS
- Mockers are rebellious and disobedient.
- Mockers manifest the spirit of Jezebel.
- Mockers are killers of hope and future.
- Mockers are pretentious and crafty.
- Mockers are ever on the lookout for your unguarded hour to strike.
- Mockers can play along with you for years only to strike when you least expect it.
- Mockers use negative words to pull you down.
- Mockers have sepulchral throats and poisonous tongues (Romans 3:13-18).
- Mockers are wasters of destinies, spoilers of glory and emptier of resources.
- Mockers are dream killers, vision quenchers and purpose extinguishers.
- Mockers nail people’s potentials and turn those that should be victors in life into victims.
- Mockers kill manifestations and render victims useless.
- Mockers threaten people with fear to hinder manifestation.
- Mockers give bad reports and fabricate lies.
- Mockers use propaganda and scandals to ensure failure.
- Mockers are agents of distractions to derail one’s focus.
- Mockers are arch-enemies of your efforts.
- Mockers are saboteurs.
- Mockers are enemies of progress.
- Mockers are pretenders and masters of eye-service.
BIBLICAL CASES OF THOSE WHO WERE MOCKED AND THE CONSEQUENCE
- SARAH – Genesis 21:9-12
Ishmael, son of Hagar the Egyptian, mocked Sarah and was sent away with his mother from Abraham’s household. You see, beloved, God does not take it lightly when His children are mocked.
- DAVID – 1 Samuel 17:42-44
Goliath underestimated and belittled David—which was tantamount to mockery. But God fought for David and Israel.
- JEPHTHAH – Judges 11:1-11
A Gileadite, his siblings thrust him out of the family’s inheritance, claiming that he was a bastard (son of a harlot). But in the process of time, he became a deliverer, not only for his family, but for the entire nation of Israel.
- ELISHA – 2 Kings 2:23-24
Some little children met him on the way and mocked him, calling him a bald-headed man. The consequence: sudden death for those children!
- MEPHIBOSHETH – 2 Samuel 9:1-13
This son of Jonathan had been mocked and sentenced to a place of forgetfulness called Lodebar. But God opened the book of remembrance to him and he was restored to the position of royalty where he truly belonged.
- JESUS CHRIST – Matthew 27:29-31; 1 Corinthians 2:7-8
He was mocked and spat upon and crucified. But how his mockers regretted their action! It became a case of “If we had known, we wouldn’t have crucified the King of Glory!”
- HEROD – Acts 12:21-23
As a king, he mocked God and was even equated with God by his people! He shared God’s glory with Him! But right there and then; he was smitten by an angel and eaten up alive by worms!
WHY DO THE ENEMIES MOCK?
Nehemiah 4:3-5, 11
- To distract you
- To make you lose focus
- To make you feel worthless.
- To bring down your self-worth/self-esteem, self-confidence, etc. (But greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
- To make you feel bad about yourself or your work or institution
- To make you hate yourself and take up the suicide option!
- To make you a reproach
- To make you give up too soon; because they know if they allow you to continue, you will succeed at the end.
- To stop the good things going on in your life
- To make you leave your position so they can occupy it
- To make you ashamed of yourself
- To make you stop what will lead you to success (But don’t listen to them; keep doing the good work!)
- To make you doubt your ability! (But know this: You are competent. There is something God has deposited in you that is not in any other person. You are simply unique in every way, unlike none other!)
- To make you feel that your God is powerless. (But believe this: Your God, our God is a great God!)
Beloved, the Lord God Almighty is set to deliver you from the mockery of:
- Family strongholds
- Denial of rights
- Your children attracting shame and reproach to you
- Health issues that have defied healing over time
- Financial bankruptcy
- Delay of fruit of the womb
- Marital challenges, etc., etc.
Hear this: Their mockery of you, is only going to help in announcing your glory by a sevenfold increase! God will disappoint your mockers so much so that their hands will not be able to perform their wicked enterprise in your life, in the name of Jesus.
He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
Beloved, in order not to be a perpetual candidate of mockery or an object for mockers—and for you to live a life of victory—you must embrace and live out the underlisted principles of success.
- Trust in God – Jeremiah 17:5-8
- Fear God – Proverbs 19:23
- Have strong faith – Mark 9:23
- Reject unbelief – Romans 4:20-21
- Obedience – Deuteronomy 28:11
- Flee from sin – 1 John 1:8-9
- Discover your purpose – John 18:37
- Conquer fear – Proverbs 29:25
- Acquire relevant knowledge – Proverbs 11:9
- Avoid carelessness – Isaiah 32:9-11
- Don’t procrastinate – Ecclesiastes 9:10
- Stop making excuses – Luke 19:20-21
- Have the right mentality – Proverbs 23:7a
- Shun laziness – Proverbs 12:24
- Be diligent – Proverbs 10:4; 30:25
- Be focused – Luke 9:62
- Keep good company – 1 Corinthians 15:33
- Take correction – Proverbs 12:1
- You need God’s guidance – Psalm 32:8
- Avoid distractions – 2 Kings 2:3
- Be firm in your decision making – James 1:8
- Planning – Luke 14:28
- Be persistent – Luke 18:5
- Be patient – Hebrews 6:12
- Make giving a lifestyle – Luke 6:38
- Get and apply godly wisdom – Proverbs 4:7
- Do away with pride – Proverbs 29:23
- Do a good warfare – 1 Timothy 1:18
- Do away with bad character – Galatians 5:19-22
- Maximize your time – Nehemiah 6:3
- Don’t be desperate – Philippians 4:6-8
- Be disciplined – Galatians 5:16, 22
- Get a mentor – Matthew 4:19
- Bridle your tongue – Ecclesiastes 5:2
- Be proactive – Esther 4:15-16
- Travail in fervent, prevailing prayer – Luke 19:11-27; Proverbs 29:18; James 5:16b
- Be thankful – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
You will triumph over your mockers, all of them, in Jesus’ name. But you will do well to take this to heart: The best form of revenge is massive success. So, maintain your focus and don’t be distracted—least of all by the mockers. Give your occupation all that it will take and be committed with total consuming passion. And be prayerful.
I see you on top in Jesus’ name. Amen