We will continue our series today on identifying the enemy.
5. An enemy is anyone who betrays your secrets and confidence.
Judas was this kind of enemy to Jesus. Jesus said, "Have I not chosen twelve of you? And one of you is a devil." Jesus knew he would betray Him and therefore called him a devil. Take note of this important truth as you go on in life: Intimacy is not a gift; it should be the reward for loyalty. Don't bring people into your circle of intimacy who have not demonstrated their unreserved loyalty to you.
Judas Iscariot was always around Jesus, the disciples were always together and it was difficult for those seeking the life of Jesus to attack him. However, they knew that if they could only get one of his disciples to betray Him, He would be easily killed. Judas Iscariot yielded himself to that satanic portion; the prophecy never said “Judas Iscariot would betray the Messiah.” It was a negative prophecy hanging over the disciples but there was a handle in Judas that made him the right candidate.
Always test before trusting people. When Jesus said in Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves,” he didn’t mean that we should be gullible. He meant that we should be shrewd and ensure that we are not easily assaulted by wicked men in the world. I have met Christians who call everybody around them “brother”. Church is different from the world and not everyone needs to know all that you are doing in your life, family or business.
PRAYER: I receive the spirit of wisdom to discern men correctly. Help me to guide my lips aright in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible in a year: Numbers 33:40-35:34, Luke 5:12-28, Psalm 65:1-13, Proverbs 11:23