Scripture Reading: Psalms 41:9-10
The Psalmist laments, “If it were an enemy that mocked me, I could endure it; if it were an opponent boasting over me, I could hide myself from him. But it is you, my companion, my colleague and close friend. We had intimate talks with each other and worshipped together in the Temple.” Indeed the enemy of man is not in any way relaxing. If believers believe that Satan will relent in his strategies of tracking man down, let us change that thinking pattern for our own good. Satan cannot come to you physically to challenge you; he hires human agents and the worst of these agents are the ones working for him within your household, within the gathering of believers, even within the church. These agents can be a colleague in the work place, a step mother, a neighbour, friends, relatives, uncles, aunts, house-helps, a fellow believer, etc. Like in the mission of Jesus Christ, Judas was hired by the devil; in the life of Samson, Delilah was deployed. In Joseph’s case, his brothers became instruments in the hands of the devil. In the early church Ananias and Sapphira were manipulated. These satanic agents within us perpetuate a lot of evil secretly and innocently, and so many have been killed, so many people’s destines have been tampered with and many marriages affected; spiritual lives have been dragged to a standstill; places of worship have been deprived of the commitment to true worshippers, and sacredness of holy men of God have been dragged in the mud because of their activities. Winston S. Churchill may have had an experience of their activities when he commented, “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” Prophet Micah also commented thus on the enemy within: “Don’t believe your neighbour or trust your friend. Be careful what you say even to your wife. In these times sons treat their fathers like fools, daughters oppose their mothers, and young women quarrel with their mothers-in-law; a man’s enemies are the members of his own family.” (Micah 7:5-6) This is a true life story. Like joke, a woman entered the life of a priest like a godly friend. Soon afterwards she began to lust after the priest. She could no longer control her lust, and so she got a “love portion” and manipulated the priest and he became a victim. How can we identify the enemy within? The first way to fight the enemy within is to be spiritual. Beloved in Christ, because we have so many Christians who are uncommitted to the ways and things of God, who lack knowledge of the spiritual life and the way things work spiritually, they often fall victim as they are not usually able to discern when the household enemy is at work. The enemy cannot manipulate, spiritually, the one who can identify the devil even if he comes with the face of a friend. In Ephesians 6:12, St. Paul mentions the kind of powers we contend with as “wicked spiritual forces”, “the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age.” Hence, St. Paul told the church in Ephesians, “It only takes a believer ruled by the Spirit to identify and contend squarely with these forces, rulers, authorities and powers. It is only the man who can hear from the Lord and take directives from the Lord.” We are therefore obliged to activate the life of the spirit if it is dormant or start living life in the spirit if it is absent. The Scripture says, “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” (Isaiah 59:19, NKJV) A Priest narrating his life journey in the Spirit related how God has helped him to manage the people that lurk around him seeking help, seeking prayers and seeking to render help to him even around the parish house through the power of the Holy Spirit. He has the spiritual capacity to identify those who come to him with ungodly missions. Beloved in Christ, let it be known that the wars you fight are caused by enemies within and the ability to overcome them depends largely on your relationship with the Lord and the measure of His Spirit living inside of you. Many believers are hollow, empty and full of the flesh and so fall victim, easily, to these household enemies. Let us take the things of God seriously, and practice our faith with utmost care and dedication. Let us seek the indwelling power of the Spirit of God and we shall be hot pans for any agent of Lucifer. May the Holy Spirit empower us to discern what kind of people hover around us whether they are of God or of the evil one. Never forget this truth, “Whoever has the Spirit, however, is able to judge the value of everything.” (1 Corinthians 2:15a) We shall continue tomorrow.
MASS: GREEN Gen 9: 1-13; Ps 102: 16-18. 19-21. 29 and 22-23; Mk 8: 27-33
- Almighty Father, I thank You so greatly for this message. I appreciate Your love for me.
- In the name of Jesus, I will never be destroyed by the enemy within. (Take seriously)
- According to Your word in Psalms 25:2, O my God, I trust in You; let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me.
- In the name of Jesus, expose and remove every unfriendly friend around my life.
- Pray for the minister of God in this reflection, that God will deliver Him.
Exercise: Take Psalms 86 meditatively and seriously every night for the next three days.
Meditation: Proverbs 26:24-25