During the family service last Sunday, a teenager asked a question I felt needed further discussion. He wanted to know how to relate with those his parents introduced to him as enemies. The Web dictionary defines an enemy “as an opposing military force or an armed adversary or any hostile group of people or a foe”
For us to discuss this satisfactorily, let us look at Jesus and others in the Bible:
Carefully read Matthew 2:13 ‘Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”’ You need to know and hear what God wants you to do about your enemies. As soon as He has spoken, obey Him totally and unconditionally because God is all knowing. Note that God knows all thoughts of people and their plans against you.
In Matthew 2:16, we are told that “… Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.” The prompt obedience of Joseph saved the life of Jesus from untimely death. Other parents that did not hear from God lost their sons. What is God saying about your known and unknown enemies? You better find out and obey Him. Joseph never knew Herod was an unknown and unnamed enemy until the massacre of those children. By revelation, Joseph knew Herod’s plans and Jesus was saved. May God reveal the plans of your unnamed and unknown enemies to you in Jesus name. May He further grant you grace to overcome them all in Jesus name.
Jesus taught us how to overcome our enemies in John 10:10 where He said “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” The only way you can know and overcome your enemies is by running to Jesus, Who cannot be killed; Who cannot be conquered; Who cannot be destroyed; Who has conquered death and resurrected. If you run to Him, the way Joseph, Mary and Jesus, ran to Egypt, you will be saved.
If Jesus had enemies, you as a Christian will surely have enemies too. If teenage Joseph could be hated by his siblings because he was a preferred son; you too can have enemies amongst your relations. If the dedicated and faithful Mordecai could be hated by Haman to the point of planning to eliminate him and all the Israelites, then know that the plan of the devil to eliminate Christianity from Nigeria is real. If Daniel; a committed, loyal, humble, hardworking and he that had an excellent Spirit of God in him as he worked in Babylon can be thrown into the lion’s den, note that your colleagues in your office can plan against you. If Delilah can succeed in getting the Holy Spirit depart from the highly anointed Nazarite Samson, handed him over to his enemies who gouged out his eyes, then be warned by words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:12 that says “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”
Beloved, don't be deceived. There are enemies. Enemies against your soul. Enemies against your marriage. Enemies against your children. Enemies against your status - your position. Enemies against your achievements etc. Note that there is only one source of all these enemies. That source is Satan. The only solution available to you to overcome them all is in Jesus. May God grant you grace and make you an overcomer in Jesus name.
Ven. Solomon O. Makun