Stop the enemy! – Part 1
Someone once said, “If you expect the world to be fair with you because you are fair with them, it is like expecting a lion not to eat you because you don’t eat lion.” The Bible is replete with stories of victims and victors, of how they failed or succeeded.
Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! Through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee. Psalm 66:3
There are strange mysterious manifestations of evils around people, relationships, businesses countries, etc. that cannot easily be explained or identified. Lot of happenings in the world, which the causes cannot be determined or explained through rational thinking or reasoning. In such case, we know that the enemy is at work. But in all these, those that have understanding of God’s promises and know their God will excel in the midst of gross evil.
The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. Proverbs 14:19.
When against all human efforts and input we fail to get the desired result; when instead of progress you see reversals or retrogression; in place of success you see failure; instead of going forward you are going backward; when there is little or no sickness and sudden death occurs. When we come to battle and men who should be winners become losers and supposed losers become winners, then there must be something wrong. An enemy of your destiny is at work, which must be stopped, or its either you have disobeyed or broken a divine instruction from God as in the case of the children of Israel when they went to battle against little Ai.
And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few.
So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai.
And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.
And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.
And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? Would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan!
O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies!
For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us round, and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt thou do unto thy great name?
And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face?
Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant, which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff. Joshua 7:3-11.
Apostle Lawrence Achudume, Victory Life Bible Church
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