“Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies, thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.” Psalms 21:8.
The enemy has been around for time began. The source of the enemy is the Devil, lucifer or Beelzebub and he has planted hatred in the hearts of men. Just as how he is called by many different names he comes or manifest himself in different forms. He has agents scattered throughout the earth and they look like just like us, normal looking people walking around and going about their business, (or so it seems) but their intentions are evil.
The Bible says we must put on the whole armour of God so that we can stand against the wiles of the enemy (Ephesians 6:11). The definition of wiles is devious, cunning or manipulation and that is exactly how the enemy works. So, who is your enemy? The same scripture in Ephesians 6:9 tells us that our fight is not with flesh and blood, but it is against principalities and powers of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places. Though the enemy is driven by the forces of evil we must always use wisdom to identify who they are and how to overcome them.
The enemy can be your best friend too, sometimes they started out as friends but later on become blindsided by the devil, those are the ones that can hurt you the most (Psalms 55:12-14). The enemy can be your coworker, your children (like David and Absalom, 2nd Samuel 15) or your neighbor. Anyone that allow the enemy to enter their hearts can become your enemy. The devil enters your heart through greed (love of money), pride, jealousy, envy, or malice which the Bible described as the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21). In other words, fleshly lust is the gateway for Satan to use you, to carry out his evil acts. He cannot operate without a body, so do not give him yours. Haman was one such person, he allowed hatred to enter his heart against Mordecai and the Jews. But Mordecai knew who the enemy was, and he was able to act quickly and thus Haman’s wicked plans became victory for the Jews (please read the book of Esther). Haman was destroyed by his own craftiness. When you know who your enemies are you will always be a step ahead by the grace of God.
Today I encourage you to ask the Lord for the gift of spiritual discernment so you can choose your friends wisely. Do not trust everyone with everything, avoid becoming too vulnerable with your business and do not be captivated by just outward appearances. Be careful of the very food you accept from others and do not be given unto much appetite (Proverbs 23:1-3). Learn how to control yourself (Proverbs 25:28) and you will reap its reward.
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Please help me to use wisdom in choosing my friends. Lord I pray like David (2 Samuel 15:31) that you turn the counsel of my enemies into foolishness in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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