IDENTIFY YOUR ENEMIES 1

IDENTIFY YOUR ENEMIES I [Sunday
March 9, 2014]
Memorise:
Plead my cause, O LORD, with them
that strive with me: fight against
them that fight against me. Psalm
35:1
Read: Luke 18:1-3
1 And he spake a parable unto
them to this end, that men ought
always to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a
judge, which feared not God,
neither regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that
city; and she came unto him,
saying, Avenge me of mine
adversary.
Message
In the School of Disciples of the
ministry I oversee, one of the three
principal Modules is: Know Your
Enemy. It is very necessary that
you identify who your enemies
are. There is an adage in my native
language which says: “When God
has revealed your enemies to you;
they can no longer kill you.” The
assumption is that once you can
identify who your enemies are,
you would be able to relate with
them with caution so that they
may not harm you. There is an
interesting story in 1 Kings 2. David
listed all his enemies and by
extension Solomon’s enemies and
counselled Solomon to do to them
as a man does to his enemies (1
Kings 2:5-6).
Enemies are of two categories:
internal and external. One is more
dangerous than the other. The
internal enemy is more dangerous
than the external one. The reason
is that if the internal enemy does
not open the door to the external
enemy, then you are secure. Today,
we shall discuss the external
enemy. For example, Goliath was
an external enemy to David, and it
was easy for David to kill him. You
cannot afford to be gentle with the
enemy because if you do not get
him first, he will get you. The
Almighty is very specific when He
said you are “to love your
neighbour as yourself,” not more
than yourself. In other words, you
have to make sure you are secure
first before you begin to discuss
the security of your neighbour.
When the woman in our Bible
passage today prayed to the judge:
“avenge me of my adversary”, I
assume that first of all, the
adversary was known to her. The
adversary was not a stranger.
Secondly, since the adversary was
known to her, it means the enemy
the widow was praying about was
not a new one. Thirdly, the
adversary must have wronged her
before. She must have had an
unpleasant encounter with this
adversary. The moment the
adversary discovers your
weakness, he will keep on hitting
you at that particular spot.
Fourthly, when the widow said
“my adversary”, it means the
adversary was personal to her. It is
amazing that some people fight
other people’s enemies – leaving
their own unchallenged. This is
foolishness. This is why we need to
appreciate pastors, who by virtue
of their calling, have to fight on
behalf of their members. The fact
that the woman cried to the judge
shows that she knew she could not
fight for herself; she needed a
power higher than hers. This is
exactly what David knew and
wrote in Psalm 35. Cry to God to
fight on your behalf against the
enemies who want to destroy your
destiny.
Action Point:
Prayerfully identify your enemies
and ask God to deal with them on
your behalf.

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