“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Close Enemies

 by Macy Johnson

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves.

Therefore be as shrewd as snakes

and as innocent as doves.”

(Matthew 10:16 NIV)


My husband and I watched an episode of Designated Survivor on Netflix. Enemies of the new President of the United States were coming out of the woodwork like roaches. I was surprised when the reluctant leader of the free world selected a new Chief of Staff. He chose the ringleader of politicians who made his life miserable! My thought was, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” Then I realized the newly-appointed President probably made a very wise choice.


Who are my enemies? Who are God’s enemies? I cannot think of one person who might be against me and plan evil on my behalf. We don’t know what people think, but God does. We might not be aware of who our enemies are, but our heavenly Father knows them intimately and commands us to pray for them.


“Love your enemies

and pray for those who persecute you.”

(Matthew 5:44 NIV)


When I hear of someone boldly attacking the body of Christ, I lift them up to Him. Could they be like the Pharisees who were devoted to destroying Jesus, because they thought they knew God’s will better than He did? Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”


The evil one is with us to discourage and destroy. His weapons are lies and doubt. I need to be aware of his attacks and pray for those he uses to hurt others. Our heavenly Father promises in Psalm 23 to prepare a feast for us in the presence of our foes. He will honor our actions as we seek to defend His kingdom.


I will be shrewd and innocent in sinful situations. I hope you will, too!

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