The Great Enemy Within – CAC Living Water Devotional
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Friday, September 4, 2020.
TOPIC: THE GREAT ENEMY WITHIN
Read 1 Kings 13:1-24
1 And behold, a man of God went from Judah to Bethel by the word of the LORD, and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.
2 Then he cried out against the altar by the word of the LORD, and said, “O altar, altar! Thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men’s bones shall be burned on you.’ ”
3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign which the LORD has spoken: Surely the altar shall split apart, and the ashes on it shall be poured out.”
4 So it came to pass when King Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, who cried out against the altar in Bethel, that he stretched out his hand from the altar, saying, “Arrest him!” Then his hand, which he stretched out toward him, withered, so that he could not pull it back to himself.
5 The altar also was split apart, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD.
6 Then the king answered and said to the man of God, “Please entreat the favor of the LORD your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me.” So the man of God entreated the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored to him, and became as before.
7 Then the king said to the man of God, “Come home with me and refresh yourself, and I will give you a reward.”
8 But the man of God said to the king, “If you were to give me half your house, I would not go in with you; nor would I eat bread nor drink water in this place.
9 For so it was commanded me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘You shall not eat bread, nor drink water, nor return by the same way you came.’ ”
10 So he went another way and did not return by the way he came to Bethel.
11 Now an old prophet dwelt in Bethel, and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel; they also told their father the words which he had spoken to the king.
12 And their father said to them, “Which way did he go?” For his sons had seen a which way the man of God went who came from Judah.
13 Then he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” So they saddled the donkey for him; and he rode on it,
14 and went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak. Then he said to him, “ Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” And he said, “I am. ”
15 Then he said to him, “Come home with me and eat bread.”
16 And he said, “I cannot return with you nor go in with you; neither can I eat bread nor drink water with you in this place.
17 For I have been told by the word of the LORD, ‘You shall not eat bread nor drink water there, nor return by going the way you came.’ ”
18 He said to him, “I too am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.’ ” (He was lying to him.)
19 So he went back with him, and ate bread in his house, and drank water.
20 Now it happened, as they sat at the table, that the word of the LORD came to the prophet who had brought him back;
21 and he cried out to the man of God who came from Judah, saying, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of the LORD, and have not kept the commandment which the LORD your God commanded you,
22 but you came back, ate bread, and drank water in the place of which the LORD said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water,” your corpse shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.’ ”
23 So it was, after he had eaten bread and after he had drunk, that he saddled the donkey for him, the prophet whom he had brought back.
24 When he was gone, a lion met him on the road and killed him. And his corpse was thrown on the road, and the donkey stood by it. The lion also stood by the corpse.
He said to him, “I too am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.'” (He was lying to him.) (1 Kings 13:18)
There are silencers in life and ministry; those who want to be with you but are actually not with you. They want to show themselves to you as super heroes and heroines. Never trust them so much. They are in politics, offices, communities and churches. The enemy in one’s house is greater and deadlier than those outside. Why? They know in and out of you and kill without drawing sword. No wonder the Bible says “a man’s enemies will be those of his own household” (Mt. 10:36).
Many great men and women have died as a result of their spouse’s connivance with the enemies outside. Even God had to remark “that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart” (Gen. 6:5,6). For the young Prophet in our text today, his initial obedience did not allow the king to be able to persuade him to eat and drink. But it’s a pity that his colleague (his father in the Lord) did convince him to eat against God’s instruction and ruined his life and ministry.
Are you a leader that make or mar your subordinates? Aaron and Miriam, though very close to Moses, did try to bring him down. Thank God for His intervention (Num. 12:1-15). Korah, Datan and Abiram were Moses’ associates in ministry but did not mind to topple his government (See. Num. 16). Absalom dealt with his own father like a distant enemy but later ruined his own life (read, 2 Sam. 15-18).
Who is your friend, counsellor or ‘god father’? Pride, envy and over-ambition occasion a great deal of mischief in our churches and nation. Total obedience to God’s words and the Holy Spirit can see us through.
- Lord, deliver me from the spirit of deception.
- Oh Lord, deliver me from the deception of both the enemy within and without.
- Father, expose ungodly leaders who are out to silence firebrand young ministers.
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Author: CAC WORLDWIDE