By Loren Due PhD, DMin
October 10, 2019
I once heard someone say the enemy is I (self). So you all will now take a moment and point a finger at yourself. I just did. That finger pointing is to acknowledge that you can be your own worst enemy in many ways. We start this article off with pointing our fingers at ourselves so we may bring it all into perspective that when we think about it most of us want to destroy our enemy. Self!
When we want to destroy our enemy from now on, we will remember that we are our own worst enemy and if we destroy ourselves as many have by committing suicide you will not be here to read my next article. Smile! Let us be serious for a moment and explore some of the ways we are an enemy to ourselves.
Possible ways to be an enemy to self:
- Negative words we speak over our life
- Not trusting our self to do the right thing
- Walking in self deception
- Not listening to warnings
- Ignoring criticism
- Not trusting true friends
- Finds ways to escape by using drugs and alcohol
I am sure there are many more ways to self-destruct, but for now we will go with the short list above. Periodically we all should do a self-evaluation of our self to determine if we are caring for ourselves properly.
When we get in the bowels of the detail about the enemy, we must realize that God gives us a very fine example of what an enemy is in the story of Lucifer and his fall from grace by being envious and jealous of God. When Lucifer demonstrated feelings of self – worth it caused him to perceive in his mind that he was on an equal or greater basis than God. I believe that is when Lucifer became an enemy to God. Lucifer put his self in a position to ridicule believers and non-believers. I believe his assignment in the earth is to steal, kill and destroy until Jesus destroys death as the last enemy.
The writer John describes Lucifer as a thief whose only purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. He is about utter destruction. Blessings from word, has this assurance for the believer: Isaiah 54:17 (KJV) 17No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
You must understand that the weapon will form, but it will not prosper or succeed. The enemy will do all in his power to make you think you are sinking, but you only will sink when you do as the Apostle Peter take your eyes, focus, conscience attention off of Jesus and His word. The believer must stay in the word as much as possible, pray without ceasing and fast as often as the body will handle. Sometimes your fasting will be painful and exhausting, but you and I must bring our bodies under control to get the advantage we desire from the Lord.
Everyone on the planet has at least one enemy or more. Remember the scripture in 1 Corinthians 15:26 (KJV) 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. This scripture is saying that the last enemy destroyed is death – death is not a friend to anyone. Once you get this in your spirit that no matter how good you think you are you still have at least one enemy or more. There are people who dislike you because they just do – no rhyme or reason. No matter how nice you are to them or what you do to attempt to make them like you – they do not.
There are those who have enemies for real reasons, such as you told them the truth and they did not like it or those who you corrected about something – they do not like you and consider you their enemy. There are so many reasons people dislike and hate each other that I will not be able to list them all. One I will list is racial prejudice started way back in time and is still with us. Today we see the racial prejudice especially between white and black.
The scripture taught by Jesus gives us the way to deal with our enemies: Matthew 5:43-48 (KJV) 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
These six verses are the primary point of this article on enemies. On examination, we find the first thing Jesus is teaching is a recap of the old testament where they loved their neighbor but hated the enemy. Jesus turns it all around for everybody that you should no longer hate your enemy but love your enemy(s).
This is the turning point for this article to learn how to love one’s enemy. In spite of the many people who spew hatred and practice as followers of Jesus Christ must learn to love their enemies. This may be one of the hardest scriptures for Christians to grasp and practice. The reason I say that is because. it is very natural to hate those who come against you, those who you do not like for any reason and those who are your natural enemy. There innumerable reasons to hate instigated by flesh or Satan. It is very natural for some because they learned the behavior in the home from their parent’s actions and inactions.
It takes extreme courage to love your enemy. Matter-of-fact it is not courage only, but courage, obedience and discipline. For Christians who live by the word of God and not their denomination it is imperative that they practice what Jesus is teaching – love your enemies. If it were impossible to do I believe Jesus would not have commanded us to do it. When a Christian depends on his self -disciplined and the Holy Ghost as a helper it is easy to love your enemies.
When you obey the command of Jesus to love your enemies these are some of the benefits of obedience:
- You regain peace of mind
- You love your enemy
- You release the pain and agony to God
- You forgive your enemies
- You see life in a different perspective
- You bless those who curse you
- You give to those who would take from you
- You obey Jesus command in faith
- You receive healing of body, soul and spirit
What happens when you obey Jesus by loving your enemies you cause the enemy to lose control over you! When love replaces hate, it removes the bitterness and pain. The victim becomes the victor when all the negative attributes leave. The transition from victim to victor accomplished when the victim embraces obedience to Jesus commands. The process of transition or deliverance completes the interim step.
Deliverance or transition is the act of receiving from the Lord the spiritual removable of the pain and bitterness of hate for the enemy. Love and forgiveness replaces hate. You must forgive the enemy even if they have not overtly demonstrated hate toward you. Subtle steps taken by the deliverer based on prophetic guidance by the Holy Spirit brings deliverance to completion.
The final chapter is when the victim loves the enemy, prays for them and does good things for them and to them. The victim has now released the negative energy to God and embraces in their spirit Love.
Are you ready to love your enemies, forgive them and do good, by blessing them?