The wickedness of human being which started with Cain in the Garden of Eden after the fall of man is increasing every day. If hatred would start from blood relation, one can imagine the magnitude of hatred that one would have towards a distance or a nonrelation.  

The Bible says,

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5) Again, the Bible says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9).

These statements are true today. Human being is unrepentant of their wickedness; continually they rebel against their Creator; one person against the other person and nation against nation. Man does not fear God anymore.

God created man (Adam) first and the woman (Eve) out of man and put them in the Garden of Eden to live a comfortable life and that He might have a good relationship with them from time to time. However, Eve fell to deception of the serpent (devil) and caused Adam to fall also. Man sinned against God and was sent out of the Garden. The more man sins, the more he distances himself from God.

Despite the sin of man and his unfaithfulness, God is still gracious, compassionate and merciful, always willing to take him back and wanting to restore the original relationship again through His Son Jesus Christ; that man may experience again His goodness as it was in the beginning in the Garden of Eden.

God wants us to come nearer to Him in year 2020 so that He can come nearer to us, because He loves us. the scripture states,

“Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. … “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up”. (Jas 4:7-10)

Look at the condition in that passage; if you as a Christian would come closer to God, you are automatically drawing nearer onto Him: God does not go anywhere; human being is the one distancing him/herself away from Him. Many Christians today have become enemies of God because of many distractions in the world that has taken away their focus and reliance from God. Note this, the more you distance away from God the more you draw closer to the devil; before you notice, you are overwhelmed with sin and fear. Beware this year, don’t distance yourself from God.

To come nearer to God is just as one wish to get closer to those they love – husband to wife, parent to children or lover to lover. Most Christians today is overwhelm with the norms of the society, setting things of the world above the things of God; this is contrary to the teaching of Jesus Christ, to seek the Kingdom of God first (Matt. 6:33)

Coming nearer to God requires diligence, persevering, constant and persistence effort. It is not a one time or occasionally affair, nor it is a thing of when it is convenient or when you feel like, neither it is when you have problem; but it is an all-season affair.

For you to be nearer to God this year,

  1. have a heart that is toward God;
  2. seek Him with the right heart;
  3. seek His ways to please Him; and
  4. submit every area of your life to Him.

Why is it necessary to come nearer to God in year 2020?

No haven on earth where we can run to for safety. Since 2009 attack at Fort Hood cantonment in Texas, USA to the recent terrorist act at the Naval base killing in Florida, there have been numerous murders ranging from homicide to genocide. If the security agencies that supposed to protect people are being attacked all the time, where is the safety of the people they are protecting. 

Innocent people are murdered every day all over the world. Human and natural disaster are increasing every day. All over the world there are genocides and homicides occurring daily.  There are killings on the street, at homes, in schools, in churches, in synagogues, in the club houses, on the playing ground; attack in buses, trains; deliberate hijacking of planes and pirate attacks on ships etc.

Terrorist activities is rampaging every country in the world. There is outbreak of terrorist and religious conflict in every continent – e.g. the Islamic sect, Boko Haram in Nigeria attacked Christian churches in 2011. In many countries of Europe, ISIS had wreaked havoc; mass murdering of innocent people with gas in Syria; what about the drug cartel in South America and the pharmaceutical companies who are silently killing people with their drugs.

World economy does not favor masses anymore, only the rich people enjoy what is meant for all. The world is living at the mercy of the pharmaceutical company who are increasingly sky-rocketing the price of their medicines that barely cure any sickness or disease anymore; but held their victims captive to retain them and manage their sickness and disease perpetually in their body.

Medical Doctors are not excluded in this matter; the quest for money at all cost is the order of the day; having a good name has no meaning to anyone. Many lives are lost daily for wrong diagnosis, unnecessary prescriptions and surgeries; all in the aim of sapping the patients’ pocket and the insurance company. Insurance companies are also part of the scheme. The world we supposed to enjoy has become the survival of the fittest.

In view of all and more of these scenarios, you need to come nearer to God for safety in this new year. The Bible states

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe. (Pro. 18:10)

How to be nearer to God in 2020

Foremost before other things, strive to be in the presence of God always. The Holy Spirit will help you to achieve this, not flesh. Submit yourself and allow the Holy Spirit to direct you, follow His lead when you hear His voice and follow (Jn. 10:27-28).

One question that may pop up is how do you know when the Holy Spirit is talking to you? It is the word of God that attests to what the Holy Spirit is saying about the purpose and will of God for man, and for your own life.

Knowing the word of God is not enough to draw you nearer to God, but you must be able to appropriate it to guide you in all your ways and doings. Do not turn your back against the Lord; rather, obey his words and directives. Do not despise the word or prophecy of God. If you do not believe, keep it to yourself and do not discourage or mislead others from believing (2Ki. 7:2, 17; 3Jn. 9-11).

The only haven on earth is in God. No nation can save her citizens, no man can save another man; the only place of safety is in God through our Lord Jesus. Only through Him you can dwell in safety in the Lord.

The scripture states

  • “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
    Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
    I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
    My God, in Him I will trust.” (Ps 91:1-2)
    • “Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
      Even the Most High, your dwelling place” (Ps. 91:9)
    • “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
      I will [e]set him on high, because he has known My name.
      He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; (Ps. 91:14-15a)

The whole chapter of the Psalm 91 gave us revelation on how we receive safety – when we abide in the presence of God. We have responsibilities to do and we received reward for it.

The need to be in His presence

You can be in His presence when you

  • Seek the face of God to gain access to Him
  • Seek to be in His presence always
  • Spend quality quiet time with Jesus. Quiet time can involve you reading various gospel-oriented books; listen to devotional Christian music and reading prayer books
  • Attend church programs regularly; do not forsake the assembly of God’s people
  • Read the Bible always
  • Evangelize the word – it helps you to appropriate the word
  • the above points will help you to grow your faith and spirituality.
  • Be prayerful- show gratitude and pray purposeful prayer. Note this, prayer is described as drawing near to God Heb. (10:22; Ps. 73:28)
  • Give time for fasting in order to combat seen and unseen forces; learn to wait on the Lord (Ps 40:1-3; Is. 40:31). “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
  • Do not hold anything against anyone. You must forgive those who offended you; or, ask for forgiveness, from those you have offended. Why?  Miracle and healing happen when sins are forgiving.
  • All the above will help you to stay undefiled because you are in the presence of a Holy God. (Ps. 119:1)

Being in the presence of God guarantees our blessings for 2020

We have a good God Who is faithful to the meaning of his Names as revealed in His character and to His promises. Therefore, it is imperative for us to draw nearer to Him in year 2020 for all His blessings and promises for which His names stand for to come to pass in our lives. That Psalm. 91 listed all the rewards we receive when we are nearer to God.

  • God is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent; therefore, He knows you more than what you know about yourself; He is aware of your situation and where you are; He has all the power to put you right
  • In Him you can do all things
  • He is your protector
  • He is your provider
  • He is your shepherd – He pilots your course
  • He is your healer
  • He gave you victory
  • His Son Jesus Christ’s righteousness takes the place of your sinful nature
  • Through the death of Jesus on the cross as a sacrifice on your behalf, you receive mercy and find grace to receive your forgiveness. Thus, delivering you form sin and its power. (1Pet. 3:18; Eph. 2:18).
  • He is your deliverer (Heb. 7:25)
  • He is the only One that gives an everlasting peace. However, it is the absent of sin that gives peace
  • He fights your battle
  • He reveals His will and purpose for your life

In the light of the above character attributes of our God, there is no situation you find yourself in year 2020, as long as you are nearer to Him (in His presence) His presence will be with you to deliver you and make you to dwell in safety.

The scripture states

” When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the Lord your God,“(Is. 43: 2-3)

Matt 11: 28-30, only in Christ that your soul have rest.

Take the decision to come nearer (Presence) to God in 2020

Now, having known what can help and make you to come nearer to God, you need to take a decision to be nearer to God in year 2020. There are many Christians today – clergy, overseers, ministers, congregants who called themselves Christians, who claimed to know the Bible from Genesis to Revelation; who can do and undo things people called miracles, speaking in tongue, quoting from verse to verse; yet, there heart is far from God.

The Bible states

“Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
And honor Me with their lips,
But have removed their hearts far from Me,
And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men” (Is.29:13)

The decision to come nearer to God this year is your best choice and God has given you the power to do so. The choice to do this is easy when you make up your mind to do so; but if you are doing this reluctantly, you may find it difficult to do. The Bible say “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me (Phi. 4:13). When you make up your mind to come nearer to God, automatically, your spirit is ignited into action.

Make God number one in all your decision making and endeavors in the new year. Don’t ever think that your coming nearer to God this year is a physical or visible thing, where you expect the praise of man or show off to proof yourself. No; coming nearer to God is a thing of the heart, the inner man doing things to please God; putting up an attitude that is borne out of genuine love for God, a right attitude that is holy.

Call on God this year

God intervenes in the affairs of this world, especially, he is aware of the trouble and problem affecting His people and He acts in their behalf. To many, many things are viewed to be impossible, however the Bible confirms “For with God nothing will be impossible” (Lk. 1:37). Furthermore, the Lord said through Jeremiah, “Call on Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jer. 33:3). The Bible declared moreover, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7).  Call on Him in truth – “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth” (Ps. 145:18-20).

  • Call on Him in sincerity of heart – “let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water (the word of God)” (Heb. 10:19-22).
  • Return unto God; restitute and normalize relationship with Him; by this, God will intervein on your behalf.
  • Come before Him with a humble heart – “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you, But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:6-8)
  • Be happy before Him always – “…Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
    And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name”. (Ps. 100:2-4)
  • Most importantly, come to His presence with a heart full of thanksgiving – with tangible and intangible (Ps. 96:8)

Finally

Keep pressing forward in year 2020

No one ever arrived, no one ever stay in a place of satisfaction in this world, human being is insatiable, man is “Oliver Twist” he is always asking for more. If you don’t have, you want more; on the other hand, if you have, you want more. It thus shows that, as a Christian, the height you can go is unlimited if you are nearer to the Lord in 2020.

Where you are now is only temporary, you are not where you supposed to be yet; God is taking you to a higher ground. Remain firm and keep standing in the Lord. Keep believing, keep walking in the path of your destiny with unlimited blessings which the Lord had prepared for you. Keep pressing forward no matter what you encounter on the new journey of year 2020

Nothing is easily gotten, but everyone who has achieved in this world has pressed against odds before having success. There is the need to press against success barrier of the “ozone layer” to gain entrance into your space of success and where God is taking you this year. There is the need for you as a Christian to exercise your God given power, a divine great force, applying it to get your goal.

You must not be tired, weary or be discouraged; you must keep pressing because there are numerous forces trying to prevent children of God from advancing to the next level of success both spiritually, physically and financially. Therefore, you must push through any obstacle, push through doubts, push through temptation, push through fear; push through economic negative indices or anything that wants to work against the purpose of God for your life in year 2020. You must press forward with steadfastness in Christ Jesus through Whom we can do all things.

Your challenges this year must not weaken you, must not slow you down neither should it cause you to give up; but be strengthened, be courageous, be expectant and be confident. So, when you are pressing forward, remain steadfast, focus, have faith in God, hope for the best, love God and His people and believing that God has a new package for you in year 2020. Have faith in God, believe in Jesus Christ and follow the lead of the Holy Spirit; come nearer to God.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”. (Heb.11:6).

“those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing” (Ps.34:10b)

PRAYERS

Give thanks to the Lord for a successful crossover into 2020

  • Magnify the Lord by praising His holy name in psalms and with praise worship every day of the year. Praising the Lord will open the window of heaven for showers of blessings.
  • Thank the Lord for His goodness and His activities in your life; the gift of life, physical and spiritual blessings, endowments, healing, protection, provision, deliverance, safety, victories, divine attractions, promotion etc. thanking the Lord attracts more blessings.

Acknowledge, confess your sins and repent

Confess your sin that you may receive mercy, forgiveness and a refreshing time from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19).

  • Pray for God’s mercy which triumphs over any evil judgment to remove penalty of your sins.
  • Pray that Lord will remove every filthy garment of reproach (poverty, sickness, inferiority complex, ungodly acts, backwardness, waywardness) from your life

Pray for sanctification

  • New Year is a new beginning; therefore, pray for cleansing by the blood of Christ and spiritual washing which purifies and purges you of your sin – sanctification produces divine transformation.
  • Pray for prevention and protection from the manifestation of sin, defilement, waywardness, and all those things which work against the will of God in your life.

Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit

For spiritual growth, spiritual guidance, spiritual lead, spiritual gifts and empowerment for excellence.

Pray for newness of life

  • You need fresh anointing, renewed spirit and spiritual revival for the New Year
  • Pray for circumcision of your heart
  • To be receptacle to God’s word, will and call
  • For God to remove your stubborn heart and replace it with the heart of flesh
  • That the Lord will coat you with the garment of humility and prevent you from pride 

Pray for Spiritual fruitfulness

Prayers for grace and empowerment to come nearer to God in year 2020

  • Pray that you will find grace in the sight of God
  • Grace to develop a good and strong personal relationship with God, let it fall upon you
  • Grace for a new beginning and a new walk with Christ every day, let it fall on you.
  • Pray for empowerment to seek God’s will; and to do the right thing
  • Pray that the Lord will create in your mind an attitude that will attract His presence in your life.
  • Pray for power and grace to break from evil association
  • Pray for the grace and power to overcome the power of flesh
  • Pray for empowerment and strength to wait on the Lord and strength to overcome pressure of the flesh
  • Pray for unshaken faith and for the Lord to help you.  Develop an unshaken faith – Faith destroys negative thought.
  • Pray for spiritual and physical equipping and preparedness to face the challenges of the new year.
  • pray for empowerment for boldness and confidence to penetrate where God has prepared for you to tap His blessing in the new Year
  • Pray for empowerment for and of the word of God to work in your favor and move you forward continually.
  • Pray for the Lord to show you His way that you will follow in the year
  • Pray like Moses did, “Lord, let me know you that I may find grace in Your sight”
  • Pray that the presence of the Lord will go with you in year 2020

Prayers for spiritual empowerment to choose right

  • Pray for discerning spirit to guide you in all decision making in Year 2020.
  •  Grace and power to choose God first in all things pertaining to you, let it fall upon you.
  • Pray for spiritual revelation for all your undertakings.
  • Pray for empowerment to overcome fear, discouragement and distraction

Prayer for the manifestation of the meaning of God’s Names as revealed in His character and to His promises upon your life

  • Pray for power to pursue your goals and succeed without failing; you will also recover all your losses of past years.
  • Pray for empowerment to pursue a divine ordained purpose for your life
  • Pray for empowerment to strive to achieve and obtain your goals
  • Pray for favor upon you round about
  • Pray for uncommon revelation of God’s goodness
  • Pray for establishment and fulfillment in 2020
  • Pray to see God’s glory manifest in your life this new year
  • Pray for uncommon extraordinary provision of God
  • Grace and faith to receive from God new things this new year, let it fall on you.
  • Pray that the Lord will consider your case for divine favor
  • Pray that the Lord will mark you for distinction in all your undertakings
  • Pray for divine providence to supply all your spiritual, physical and financial needs
  • Pray for spiritual and physical empowerment to succeed in all your ventures

Prayers for protection and safety

  • Pray for protection over yourself, your family and your possession against human and natural disaster.
  • Pray that none of your family members or your acquittances will be victim of any assault or onslaught of the evil people in year 2020 and beyond.
  • Pray for divine empowerment to strengthen you whenever you are down or faced with challenges.
  • Pray for victory over any “giant” (enemy) that crosses your path
  • Pray for protection against every evil occurrence (natural or unnatural disaster) that may want to surface in year 2020
  • Pray against any power or agent of procrastination that crosses your path of progress to cause delay or stagnation
  • Pray for deliverance from any physical or spiritual power that will want to rob you of your possessions.

Pray for open heaven for shower of blessings

  • Pray for divine strategy and empowerment to help you run the race of life with ease, and for the rain of blessing upon your life, your works, your businesses in all your undertakings.
  • Pray for God’s protection and sustenance during the year

Prayers for divine health and wellness

  • Pray for divine medicine for your wellness in year 2020
  • Pray for divine healing on any form or disease/s or sickness that is troubling your life.
  • Pray for divine health and strength for those that are sick around you, and those that are connected to you.
  • Pray that you will not be a victim and captive of the pharmaceutical companies and evil medical practitioner.

Prayer for peace

  • Pray for restoration of peace, harmony and love in 70% of homes that have been shattered and scattered in USA as a point of contact to homes in the world.
  • Pray for peace to reign over the world, especially in the country where you reside.
  • Pray for those who are emotionally and mentally disturbed in our society to have a touch of divine healing in order to give peace a chance in the world.

Personalize these prayers

  • Pray that the Lord will reveal His Glory to you
  • Pray that the Lord will give you rest roundabout.
  • Pray as follows, Father let me hide myself in thee, in the cleft of Your Son Jesus throughout the year because safety is only in You
  • Pray that you will never wander away from the presence of God.

Ask all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Have a happy new year.

By Lawrence Abitogun

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The Lord Jesus Christ said,

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (            Matt. 5:14-16 NKJV)

God created light first so that it may illuminate other creations. Without light, other creations would not be visible; shape and color would not be recognized. That is why, scientifically, light contains all the colors and without the light we cannot differentiate between colors. When light hits a creation, the creation is revealed with its shape and colors. Contrarywise, the absence of color(light) is complete darkness.

Scripturally, Light symbolizes truth and righteousness, the true word of God that has been sown into our lives. This word has transformed and renewed our mind to do the will of God. We also must spread on this word to future generation.

How do we get this light?

The Bible states that Jesus is the true light (Jn. 1:4-9), He gave this light to everyone that came into this world. Jesus Himself confirms it that He is the light of the world and that all those that follow him will not walk in darkness but have the light of life (Jn. 8:12).

To be light to the world is to open the eyes of the world (people living in the world) to turn them from darkness to light and from power of the devil to God (Acts 26:18). However, the first thing that must happen is to see yourself first through the light, stem yourself into that real source of light – Jesus, before you can be a light to the world.

The amount of the word of God you know and your compliance to that word which you know determines the amount of light you carry. The more the word of God you know the brighter you are and the more you can impact the world. So, read the word, meditate on it, act it and allow the Holy Spirit to direct and empower you; then, your light will be seen by all.

Jesus wants to shine through you, use you to communicate His message (the gospel) to the world since you yourself have received the light. You are to illuminate and enlighten the eye of the understanding of the world, and to keep the world away from deceivers who wants to keep them in perpetual darkness.

How does our light shine?

  • Hold fast to the word of life – scripture and preach the word (Matt.28:19-20)
  • You must be outstanding after understanding the word of God and then distinguish yourself away from the world because the world is full of evil and perversity (Dan. 6:3)
  • Do your best in the will of God without complaining or disputing
  • Be harmless but be wise (Matt.10:16)
  • Display godly character and behavior that is worthy of emulation and pleasing unto God.
  • “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2Cor. 6:14). This is not to hate or having nothing to do with them; but even among them, you must display Christian virtues that will deliver them from darkness into the light. you must separate yourself from every ungodly practice and evil appearance.
  • Your light is more evident in your thinking, utterances and action. When it is rightly displayed according to the scripture, it will have positive effect and changes on the world.
  • Your light must glow steadily without flame; what do I mean? As a Christian who is preaching the gospel and you want to change life, you must not be a condemning disciple, but a light that attracts and bringing people to Christ.
  • Your physical appearance must be appealing and tasty, not to be scary, condemning or worldly. However, your appearance must be accompanied with love, peace, joy, happiness etc. – reflecting the fruit of the spirit (Gal.5:22-25)
  • Being a light, you are to show the way and life to the world. Jesus is the light, the way and life. The gospel must be preached

You are an epistle of Christ that must shine

The intensity of your light and its coverage depends on your growth in the faith which will result to your zeal to enlighten the world. “…let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ (Phi. 1:27); “be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1Tim 4:12).

Don’t be a Christian without touching the life of another person, that is the evidence of your obedience to the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20). Jesus admonishes us to be light to the world, to glow; there is no Christianity in hiding; hence, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden (Matt. 5:16).

            “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men” (2Cor. 3:2)

By Lawrence Abitogun


“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world” (1Pet. 5:8-10).

There are three kinds of enemies that you must beware of because they are very close to you and you are not likely to see them or thinking they can harm you. These enemies are not new to many older people due to their experience; but to the youth of this generation who have no secret but to expose all their life being on social media without knowing the danger behind, These enemies are there watching them, looking for an opportunity to steal, kill or to destroy their vision, dream, plan or their goal (Jn. 10:10). These enemies are,

  1. An inevitable relation
  2. Your confidant/associate
  3. The unknown spy

An inevitable relation

An inevitable relation enemy is a blood or distance family member attached to you in one way or the other whom you cannot avoid. Example – husband to wife, father or mother to children, sibling to sibling, cousin to cousin, in-law to in-law, nephew to uncle, niece to aunt etc. these relatives can be enemies to one another if they are not spiritually alert.

The bible states,

“For son dishonors father,
Daughter rises against her mother,
Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.” (Matt.10:36)

Biblical examples

  • Cain killed his brother Abel because his (Cain) offering was not accepted
  • Jacob and Rebecca robbed Esau of the first-born inheritance – a mother and one of a set of twins against the other one of the set.
  • Joseph’s brothers sold him as slave in order to kill his(Joseph) dream
  • Samson was delivered to his enemy by his wife
  • Absalom forcefully dethroned his father David as king over Israel

There is a saying that the nearer the blood, the bloody they can be. Is this always true? Sometimes, it is; as it was, so it is, and so it will be until the end of this age. Let us look at three examples from the Bible.

 Son to father relationship

Can David separate himself from Absalom, Father to son relationship? Absalom killed his brother Ammnon and later eyed the kingship throne while his father David was still ruling. He drove his father from the throne.

Sibling to sibling relationship

One of the problems that put people in trouble comes as a result of their unguarded utterances and openness. If Joseph had known that his brothers were envious of him and that they can plan evil against him, he wouldn’t have told his dream to his brothers. You must be spiritually sensitive every moment and be secrecy about things pertaining to you. This is not about lying to someone who asked you about the secret to your well-being, but you are safeguarding your destiny.

Husband to wife relationship

Do not succumb to pressure to leak your secret or the secret to your success; keep your secret and let people see your blessing. Samson was pressurized by Timnah to tell the secret to the riddles he posed to his enemies. Hence, Samson said to the philistines (his enemies),

“If you had not plowed with my heifer

You would not have solved my riddle” (Jug. 14:18)

Who can be closer to one another than husband and wife; of a fact the long-lasting relationship anyone can have on earth before death is the relationship between spouses and is the only inheritance that each one of them can have and no one can take it away from them unless both decided to separate or until death do them part.

Twice, Samson succumbs to pressure and leaked the secret of his power; this is husband to wife relationship. Beware, do not be enticed with smooth and persuasive word; sanctify your ears to keep it from listening to untrue statements or unholy pressure.

Your confidant/associate

Do not trust in a friend; Do not put youconfidence in a companion; Guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your bosom (Micah 7:5).

Do not put your trust in a confidant

Ahitophel was the grandfather of Uriah, whom David sent to be killed in war front because he committed adultery with his wife Bathsheba. Ahitophel was a close associate and counselor to David when things were good between them. Because of what David did to Bathsheba, the daughter in-law of Ahitophel, he decamped to join Absalom to unseat David from the throne as a revenge. People that you lean upon and trust will disappoint you when the occasion arises. Therefore, be on guard and be sensitive

Do not put your trust in a friend

Many will pose to be your friend, but they supplant you behind (1Sam. 23:17). Your friend may pose as a uniform associate (doing things in common, drinking and merry together) but enemy of progress. The moment favor placed you above their cadre, by default, they developed a hostile attitude toward you out of envy and jealousy. Do not put your trust or confidence in a friend. A friend can remain a friend until you offend or disappoint him/her; then you will see the other side of that friend.

A friend can be so crafty to the extent of pushing you to commit sin and leave you to suffer the consequence alone (2Sam. 13:1-15). Who is your friend? Are they friends that are immoral, indecent or wayward; be sensitive and discern who they are.

A friend who inclines at exacting and committing evil is not worth associating with; a friend who is always condemning others and preventing people from coming close to you for his/her selfish reason is not worth associating with; separate yourself from such.

Beware of Master and subordinate relationship

Saul wanted to kill David because of his fame, because he (David) was outstanding for doing what others could not do. David was more preferred than Saul by the people; this led to enmity and the reason why Saul was seeking to kill David. This is the same David whom Saul had requested permission from his father to stay with him and David is a close friend of Jonathan his son.

Your immediate boss may pretend to like you, but he is envious or jealous of you; maybe you are more knowledgeable or thinking you might be favored more to take a position that is higher than his. Such a superior will be setting trap for you to make mistake. In short, he will be looking for your downfall.

Your boss in your place of work may not like you for the reason of race, gender, color but will retain you because he is deriving something that he cannot find somewhere else from you. The moment he/she finds someone he likes that can do what he is deriving from you, you will be relieved of your job.

It could be the other way around; your subordinate may be looking for your downfall because he is eyeing your position. This is unavoidable enemy because he/she is your coworker. You must the sensitive and be on guard through prayer.

Life scenario

I used to be a General Manager of a company; some get to this position by merit, some get there by the virtue of trust (security reason), and some get there by seniority. I believed mine was based on security reason. I worked for the company to the best of my knowledge, ability and with the fear of God. I did not keep back a penny that belongs to the company. I tried to work with every worker in the company as a team rather than being a boss. This is the way I was taught and the best way the company can make progress.

Moreover, whenever I hold meetings with heads of department, some will cooperate, give suggestions and report to me. As the GM, I see most of the happenings in the company and if there are problems, my job is to find solutions. That was the reason I was made the GM in the first place. However, in a situation where the problem is beyond what I can handle, then I will take the matter to the directors or to the chairman of the company.

There are some heads of department that I sometimes place above others, to them I always confide in on some confidential matters. These heads will go behind me to the Chairman and suggested to him what I have in mind to tell him. Sometimes, they go there to say contrary things against me; other times, whenever I laid down a rule that does not favor them, they quickly go to the Chairman to tell lies against me of what does not happen. All just to create an impression that will make them receive favor from the Chairman.

This is an example of what happened to Daniel (Dan, 6:1-24). But through prayer unto my God, I prevailed over their evil plan.

The unknown spy

An enemy who spies on you; you don’t know them, they are agents; they can be human being or spirit being (principalities, demonic powers, spiritual rulers in high place). Biblical example is Doeg, 1Sam. 21:7. Doeg is a monitoring agent for Saul who reported to Saul that he saw David being given the show bread. Brethren, there are satanic agents around that are closer to you than you thought. You cannot see them, but they operate in the unseen. Thanks to God Almighty whose protection is always over us. These agents are looking for the slightest opportunity to strike a child of God.

The Bible states,

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly place” (Eph.6:10-12).

Again, the scripture states

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (2Cor.10:4)

Therefore, according to the scripture, we need to put on the whole armor of God to defeat these agents (Eph. 6:10-18)

Finally

A kiss to a betrayal

Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve, he betrayed our Lord Jesus Christ with a kiss. An enemy who posed to be a friend, a close associate who ate in the same plate with the Lord; if this could happen to Jesus, how much more will happen to you a mortal man; be on guard. He was paid to betray Jesus Christ; unrighteous gain which he did not enjoy at the end.

The scripture states,

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1Tim.6:10).

Mammon has become the god of this age and the quest for money has become the root and causes for many blood relatives to betray themselves. Father or mother is not safe in the hand of their children because of their wealth; siblings are envious and jealous of one another because of the accomplishment of the other; distance relation organized crime against an outstanding member of the family. 99% of evils committed today are related to quest for money.

What then can we do?

The scripture states,

“… Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matt.10:16b).

There is the need to use our common sense to check out those that surrounds us. There is the need to be sensitive and keep our antenna up and watch out for any uncommon signals received from people around us; especially, people of our house hold. Do not allow sentiment to prevail over spiritual prompting in choosing whom we should allow to get close to us. The righteous should choose his/her friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray (Pro.12:26).

To be wise as serpent and humble (gentle) as dove is the way to deal with any inevitable enemy, whatever their relationship may be.

To be wise as serpent

It means your sensory must be functioning properly. Snake sensory organs picks up thermal reading. Snake discerns what others don’t see; hears or smell in the natural; scents particles in the air with their tongue: as it can discern, so it is a supplanter (it overthrows its enemy as soon as it discerns)

As a Christian, you must be able to discern with the power of the Holy Spirit, see beyond the surface and know the spirit and heart motive behind the people around you.

To be gentle as dove

The dove represents the symbol of peace. You are to transmit, make and let your peace rest and abide on people that the Holy Spirit approves. As the transmitter of peace, you cannot be harmful, but be a dove filled with the Holy Spirit and be a carrier of peace toward all. However, not everyone will accept this peace. In that case, you will activate the snake sensory organ and change your course from them.

Sometimes, you cannot avoid them – your sibling, your children, your spouse, your parents, in-laws etc.; you can receive them with all gentleness, not driving them away; however, you must be wise enough as to how you deal with them and seal off all areas by which they can enter your life – prayer/fasting.

Have a good knowledge of people that are close to you, at home or at work; where they are going, their activities, how their utterances match their behavior. A lie from any one close to you is a signal of danger, resist and distance from such.

How to overcome these inevitable enemies

  • Be vigilant and sober – 1Pet.5:8
  • Be spiritually at alert
  • Dissociate from bad company – 1Cor. 15:33
  • Keep your secret to yourself
  • Be swift to hear and slow to answer – Jas. 1:19
  • Do not give a place for satan to take advantage of you – Eph. 4:27; 2Cor. 2:11
  • Wear the whole armor of God – Eph. 6:10-18
  • Consult only God with your problem – Ps. 40:4
  • Seek God’s counsel or guidance for your quests
  • Weigh all human counsel and guidance in the will of God before you act
  • Keep your heart with all diligence – Pro.4:23
  • Keep doing what is right and do not get worried about these enemies – Is. 41:10-16
  • Do not put your confidence in man or the order of this world- Ps. 146:3; Rom. 12:2
  • Stay away from any associate that is always negative about your good ideas
  • Focus on Jesus to lead you through life.

Prayers

  • That God will deliver you from all inevitable blood relations who are your enemies but posed to be friends
  • That God will deliver you from distance relations who are your enemies.
  • That God will deliver you from any inevitable associate that is eyeing your position and wanting to unseat you and take over that position
  • That God will reveal all the secret plans and the evil motives that are planed against you by all inevitable enemies
  • For grace to be sensitive and acting according to the prompting of the Holy Spirit concerning these inevitable enemies
  • That God will foul and bring to nothing every plan of the enemy who posed to be a friend

So shall it be in Jesus name.

By Lawrence Abitogun






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