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“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


Humanity is not complete without woman. Her role has been supportive to man and the growth of the society since creation. Even though her position was reduced from that of man in the day she disobeyed and listened to the ministration of the serpent in the Garden of Eden, whereby she caused the fall of man. However, that position has improved gradually through the cause of time, and now, she has proved herself to be up to the task of her role to be partner in progress with man.

Another dilemma facing women from ages is the stigma of negativism, associating her role as being an agent of enticement, seduction, pressure and urge, capable of luring man into ensnarement. From time in memorial, man has been falling victim to a woman’s plot – Sisera and Jael (Jug. 5:24-27); Samson and Delilah (Jug. 16:19); Jezebel (2Ki. 9:30), Athaliah etc.

However, this is not true of all women. Does this erase the good works of women in our society? No, despite the relegation of women’s role in the Bible, there are many women who serve as good examples for today’s women to emulate; courageous women who boosted the courage of their husband like the virtuous women praised in the book of Proverbs 31. We have women of faith who received the fulfillment of those things which they earnestly seek from God – Sarah, Hannah, Esther, Elizabeth etc. Also are women who were obedient and true worshipers of the living God – Deborah and Dorcas.

Esther: an example of a godly woman

For any woman who is a mother to excel to the point of being respected, being equal with man, being adored; to be called a virtuous mother; a mother to be honored, a mother to be remembered, who cut above the rest, she must possess the following characteristics found in Esther.
• Humble – not proud, she associated with her people, disregarding her position as a queen. She respected the person of her husband.
• Obedient – she was obedient to her instructor and to Mordecai
• Unselfish – she would not take credit for the secret Mordecai discovered.
• Caring – a woman of great concern for the condition of her people; seeking the good and peace of others.
• Law abiding – would not abuse her position as queen to go before the king without invitation
• Courageous – laid her life down like Jesus to safe her people from destruction
• Wise and polite – requested the presence of Haman to a banquet; she did not throw the bombshell at the first banquet, but at the second banquet; creating unsuspecting plan to indict Haman.
• Spiritually sound – she tackled her problem through fasting and prayer. At any critical juncture in life, when severe crisis struck, you must apply fasting to your prayer, a period of earnest seeking God for intervention.
• Sacrificial – she denied her right in order to save others
However, Esther, like any other person had her own shortcoming; she overdoes her request. After the Israelites had destroyed their enemies, she requested again that Haman’s ten sons be hanged on the gallows (Esth. 9:13-14).

To whom will I liken a mother who deserves to be honored and celebrated?

The book of Proverbs chapter 31 verses 10-31 summarized it all; especially, verses 27-30, which reads
“She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised”.

By Lawrence Abitogun


Learning from David’s character

Just like a coin, there are two sides to person’s character; the good characteristics and the bad ones. As a child of God, you need to emulate the good characteristics and avoid the bad ones.

Good characteristics
David as our point of reference, we need to view his character from three stages of his life; as a youth, as an adult and at old age. In this way, no one will have any reason to say I do not fit into his shoe.

As a youth – David has a strong faith and courage in the Lord
His faith added to his courage paves way and gave him the confidence to face and have victory over Goliath. 1Sam. 17:36, 45 states,
“Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” Moreover, David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine”
As a youth, having strong faith in the Lord will boost your courage to face any new challenge. You need to think and recollect the past goodness of God in your life, this will boost your faith to a level that you will be fearless.
Youth age supposed to be a good foundation upon which to build the future. Therefore, youth must always pray for grace to rely totally on God

As an adult, David built a good relationship with God
Another of David’s characteristics is found in his relationship with God as the source of his strength; a relationship that produces positively in his life. What are the ways he built the relationship?
• He relied on God for guidance (2Sam. 2: 1; 5:19)
• His commitment to the course of God, e.g.
o his eagerness to build a temple for the Lord;
o the lavishing ceremony in bringing the Ark of the Lord to Jerusalem (2 Sam. 6:1-)
• he wrote numerous songs to praise God
• He maintained a position as a king who promotes the course of God’s kingdom above his earthly kingdom.
As an adult, you must strive and commit your ways to the course of God. This is one of the secret of David’s success; you must allow God to reign supremely over your life, total submission under His rule.
Wherever you fall as a Christian, you must always pray for grace and empowerment to submit totally for God to reign over your life. In this way, He will make you to prosper in all your ways.

At old age, he was sincere in all areas to God and man
Because of his sincerity, he was anointed as king three times: by Samuel, by men of Judah and by Israel as a whole (1Sam. 16:11-; 2Sam. 2:4; 2Sam. 5:1-). He fulfilled his vow which he made to Jonathan his friend by looking for a descendant to whom he may pay back what Jonathan had done for him. No wonder that the Lord said He has found a man after His own heart. Sincerity is acting in truthfulness, righteousness, faithfulness, honesty, integrity, fairness.
As a Christian, to gain the kingdom of God should be paramount to you than any earthly gains. A Christian must strive to hold on to these virtues. It takes spiritual empowerment to be sincere, you need to be praying every day for the grace to be.

Bad characteristics to avoid
As said earlier, there is the other side of coin. David, like all human being, had his own weaknesses, a bad trait that produces negatively in his life. All human being in one way or the other have committed one evil or the other.
David committed sin of adultery. Adultery bred lie, deceit and murder. To hide an evil, a lie is needed to sustain that evil; that lie will eventual lead to a greater evil; hence, after David laid with Bathsheba, he murdered her husband Uriah.
In another situation, because of the insensitivity of David the devil took that advantage and move against Israel; the devil made David to take sensor of Israel. An act that amount to pride against God.
Brethren, the scripture warns us in the book of 1Cor. 10:12; “Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall”. No matter how thorough we embrace all the good qualities of a Christian, we must guide ourselves spiritually. Let us pray and strive to avoid sin by being filled with the Holy Spirit all the time. The in-filling of the Holy Spirit guides your heart from falling into the trap of the devil. We must be sensitive to every moment in our day-to-day activities so that the devil will not take advantage of our insensitivity.
One thing good about David is that he knows how to quickly run back to God and ask for forgiveness, and he would never make such mistake anymore.
Do you have the heart of David? Do you seek the things of God above your own? Are you sincere to God and man? Do you allow the spirit of God to guide you? Do you allow God to rule supremely over your life? Today is not too late. Learn a lesson from David.
Whatever we have become and what we are going to be, is not by our power, not by our knowledge, nor by man’s wisdom; but all by the spirit of God.

By Lawrence Abitogun
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