SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 CAC LIVING WATER DEVOTIONAL : TOPIC – THE MORE DEADLY ENEMY WITHIN
LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Saturday, September 11, 2021.
THE MORE DEADLY ENEMY WITHIN
Read: Psalms 55:12-14
Psalms 55:12-14 If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide.
But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend,
with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers.
Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. (Matthew 26:49)
The Bible rhetorically ask, can two walk together unless they agree?* (Amos 3v3). Today, two are walking and working together, smiling with one another, even eating together, without agreeing together i.e. without being one in spirit and mind. Sometimes, those who are against you are the closest, appearing friendly to you. No wonder the Bible clarifies, *A man’s enemies are the men of his own household (Mic.7v6b, cf.Matt.10v36). We can therefore conveniently talk of enemies within that opens door for those without. God save us!
Many great men and women who would not have been captured or subdued by demonic men and women have easily been captured with the help of those within (their wives, husbands, children, closest associates, etc.)who have offered to betray them, on most cases, unsuspectingly.
The story of Samson and Delilah clearly illustrates the possibility and reality of betrayals by those thought to have loved the betrayed (Judg.16v1ff). It is easier for those who have deep information about a person to either lift up or bring him/her down. Be careful of who is having your life’s “computer’s password.” Aviod divulging sensitive information about yourself to people (1 Kgs. 13v13-17). Only God can be trusted with two eye closed. Be strong in the Lord, pray well, live holy, and be watchful, for a thief doesn’t enter a city without an accomplice.
It is worrisome today that there are dangerous enemies of the church right within the fold and on the altar too; arising from envy, love for position, money, etc. There are deceit and false relationship everywhere. Ugly end awaits all those who pretend to be friends of Jesus, but are actually His enemies.
May you not die like Judas the betrayer. So, change today, and change for the better.
1. Lord, give me the grace of discernment to know ‘who is who’ wherever You put me.
2. O Lord, ward off every unfriendly friend around my family, my endeavours and me.
3. O Lord God of our fathers, turn the open and secrect enemies of the church, both within and without against themselves, so that we will have peace to do Your work.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Psalms 121:8 – 131:3, 1 Cor. 14:33 – 15:14