Enemy of Our God

Is it possible for a christian to become the enemy of God?
By: An Anonymous Guest Blogger of “Feed My Sheep”

How does God view a believer who once walked with him and knew the power of the Holy Spirit but has now become so entangled in the world that he hardly ever picks up his bible to read it, rarely prays, and comes to church only if it “fits” into his schedule of things to do?  How does God look on it when a believer departs from the red- hot spiritual passion he once possessed and turn his devotion to other things?

James 4:4 says:  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefor will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Wow!!! How many times do we read the bible and skip over verses like these.  God immediately convicted me.  How selfish I am!!! Oh yeah I get on my knees and pray in the morning!  I read a daily devotion but it still not enough for what God has called me to do.  He has called all of us to be something more then we even allow ourselves to be.  He says if we are dabbling in the world we are his enemy.  I don’t know about you but I really don’t want to be his enemy.  In Romans 8:31 says, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”  but by the same token if God takes a stand against us and our activities because our actions are wrong, our plans and pursuits will be frustrated and paralyzed.  Our plans can be family, ministry, finances, jobs, etc…  When the things of the world moves from our hands to our hearts that is violation that concerns God the most.  It felt like in my heart there are things that his people are dabbling in and the sad part is that the we think we are pleasing God because we gave god ten minutes this morning.  The lord is saying it is not enough!!! Your not filled up enough.  You cant preach, teach, see miracles, healings, lead worship, and so on with only getting a ten minute prayer when your driving down the road.  If your wife our husband needed you, you would wake up in the middle of the night drive across America just to be with him in his time of need but as children of God we will not wake up in the middle of the night to simply listen to his voice.  Let me ask you this, “What do you think about more than anything else in life?”  This will show you where your heart is. In prayer the lord spoke this to me to tell his people, “All of you have seen great mountain tops in my name, you have seen me move, I am the tree of life, I am the one who brings healing, but you put things before me.  You put things like your personal image and laziness.  Now is the time to arise and get serious about my  business.  You are running out of time!  I will return soon.   There is so many people left to be saved and you only worry about yourself”, saith the Lord.

Please don’t get mad at me for this!  I am just a messenger and when you hear the lords voice in the morning you have to be obedient.  I know this is not my character to send something “saith the lord”  but I know that gifts are about manifest again.  The gifts that we all prayed secretly for are about to be given to us.  I believe if we seek God first all the things that we worry about he will give to you.  Please, please don’t let life get you caught up with addictions (not just smoking, drinking, pills, etc)  but you can be addicted with, work, money, your body, gossip, approval of other people, depression, etc.  We all have our things in life that consumes us, but now is the time to let go of the control for the worldly things and and go full force on the things that matter.

And You Are?

Seems like everyone is “Brother Getchell” or “Sister Collins” when you run into someone and you want to say hey! Seems like everyone is “a brother” or “a sister” if you are close friends with someone. Bottom line is – when you consider someone who is so close to you that you consider them “family” you acknowledge them as that…

But we need to rethink what we call people if we aren’t willing to act it out!

Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother, is born for a time of adversity.” The definition of adversity is a ‘state of hardship or unfortunate event’. This is times when life is hard, people are down on their luck and feel like things couldn’t get any worse.

Let’s break the verse down:

“A friend loves at all times…” — this doesn’t say a friend loves SOME times or when it’s EASY to love or when it’s CONVIENENT to love or even when it’s BENEFICIAL to love. It says a friend loves at ALL times. This means through good times, bad times, arguments, hurt feelings, misunderstandings, chaos, defeat and every other verb and adjective you can think of.

“… and a brother…” — so who is the brother? This could go two ways — either family as in your blood related sibling or a friend you consider such a close friend that you actually consider them like a brother. Either way it’s a step above the your basic friendship. This person has a relationship so close with you that you tell people “I would do anything for them”.

“… is born for a time of adversity.” — this is the part of the verse no one wants to listen to. This is when times get hard and you still stick around. However when your feelings are hurt and instead of trying to mend the relationship REGARDLESS of what has happen you turn your head from it and would rather the relationship become distant (which all you are really saying is you don’t care). By definition remember, adversity is a state of hardship or an unfortunate event. You would not want someone ‘kicking you while you were down’… why would you do it to them?

The point is, we are created to be there for each other. Regardless of what ‘level’ you want to put yourself or your loved ones on (i.e. friend or brother) the rules are really the same. Be there for each other in ALL times not just SOME of the times.

Some supporting verses:

Proverbs 18:24 “A man of too many friends comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Now this scripture is referring to Jesus as being the friend who sticks closer than a brother (and we saw how close a brother is supposed to be in the previous verse). However, look at the first part of the scripture – “A man of too many friends comes to ruin…” When I thought about this what struck me is this is like the person who tries to fit in with everyone but has no true friends. The person who strives to be so popular but at the end of the day doesn’t know who he really is in himself. The attempt to spread himself so thin essentially ruins him.

Going back to Jesus being the best friend we could have who is closer than a brother… If you want to truly cement this relationship Jesus tells us how to be a brother or sister with Him: “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.” – Matthew 12:50. It’s that simple! Review the minimum requirements God sets for us.

The next time you call someone “brother” or “sister”… do you mean it?

No More Fireworks

When you first become a christian and you begin to gain revelations from God – it’s like the 4th of July. The fireworks go off, the light bulb lights up and you get excited because you know beyond a shadow of a doubt you heard from God. Just like that time someone came to you and said, “Jesus said to tell you…”

As time moves on and your spiritual walk is matured when you hear from the Lord – fireworks and a day set aside for the event – does not happen. Instead, it’s more of a feeling of you just “know” you are supposed to do something. You wake up and you know you are to fast, or you know you are to call someone. It’s the ability to hear from God without needing the 2 x 4 over the head. While it can be frustrating because you don’t have as much of a public holiday to receive the word of knowledge – it’s actually a great thing. It means you are hearing God more regularly and without question! Don’t allow satan to get in your head that you are lacking in the spiritual department because of your lack of “fireworks”. Instead, think about how your fireworks have been replaced with intimacy and closeness. As you grow to learn in a relationship you learn how to read the other person without them even speaking it. Same thing goes with you and God. The more you learn to love Him and listen to Him, the more you will just “know” when He speaks to you.