IDENTIFYING THE ENEMY - NEHEMIAH 4:3-9; PHILIPPIANS 1:6

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One of the mistakes any child of God can make is to call an enemy a friend. If you ever get to this point, the enemy has exerted his greatest scheme against you. The devil wants to be treated as a friend while he is actually an enemy. It is a foolish person that leaves an enemy not dealt with. God doesn’t do it and doesn’t want His people to do the same.

Philippians 1:6 says, being confident of this very thing that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. God intends to finish everything good he has started in our lives. If you are to operate among the class of finishers, then you will have to develop the eyes that can see the enemy for what he is and not call the enemy by another name.

Sometimes some people in second level of authority need to understand when they need to allow the one in authority above them who has the full facts to confront an enemy. This is especially true for wives. Our story would have been different today if they discerned the serpent. The serpent didn’t come like an enemy; it came like a friend, “Has God said?” He knew his intention and this woman engaged him in a conversation that she was doomed to lose. If you begin to discern the enemy before they start operating we will accomplish all that God wants us to accomplish fully. I have found out that the devil likes nothing better than to join Christians at the start of anything good and hide himself there. He likes noting better than to continue himself with you at the very beginning of a year or beginning of project.

The devil is banking on you not knowing and for as long as the enemy can deceive you he can defeat you. No matter the weapon at your disposal. However, if the enemy can’t deceive you, he can’t defeat you. The battle may be long, tough or rough but if you can’t be deceived you can’t be defeated.

Prayer: Lord I receive the divine exposure and disclosure of every deception of the enemy around my life and family; and I declare the written judgment upon them in Jesus’ name.

Bible in a year: 29 Lamentations 1:1-2:22, Philemon 1:1-25, Psalms 101:1-8, Proverbs 26:20