This sermon will reveal to you receiving the power to defeat your enemies.

In the whole history of God’s people, known as the Israelites or Jews, we discover that they were always defeated and taken into captivity by their enemies whenever they disobeyed the laws or commandments of God.

Let us now take a survey of those instances.

ISRAEL WARS IN THE WILDERNESS

1. In the wilderness, the Israelites fought about five wars:

1. The war against the Amalekites:

Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner; for he said, “Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”.

(Exodus 17:8-16)

2. United war of the Amalekites and Canaanites against Israel:

Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who dwelt in that mountain came down and attacked them, and drove them back as far as Hormah.

(Numbers 14:45)

3. War against the Canaanites by way of Atharin:

The king of Arad, the Canaanite, who dwelt in the South, heard that Israel was coming on the road to Atharim, then he fought against Israel and took some of them prisoners. So Israel made a vow to the Lord, and said, “If You will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.” And the Lord listened to the voice of Israel and delivered up the Canaanites, and they utterly destroyed them and their cities. So the name of that place was called Hormah.

(Numbers 21:1-3)

4. War against the Amorites and Jahaz:

Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon king of the Amorites, saying, “Let me pass through your land. We will not turn aside into fields or vineyards; we will not drink water from wells. We will go by the King’s Highway until we have passed through your territory.” But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. So Sihon gathered all his people together and went out against Israel in the wilderness, and he came to Jahaz and fought against Israel. Then Israel defeated him with the edge of the sword, and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as the people of Ammon; for the border of the people of Ammon was fortified. So Israel took all these cities, and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon and in all its villages. 

(Numbers 21:21-25)

5. War against Bashan on the road to Bashan:

And they turned and went up by the way to Bashan. So Og king of Bashan went out against them, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Do not fear him, for I have delivered him into your hand, with all his people and his land; and you shall do to him as you did to Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon.” So they defeated him, his sons, and all his people, until there was no survivor left him; and they took possession of his land.

(Numbers 21:33-35)

Of all these five wars, the Israelites lost only one: the united war between Amalekites and Canaanites.

And in surveying the context of that scripture we realize that they lost that war due to their sin of complaining against God and threatening to stone Joshua and Caleb, who were sent to spy the Promised Land, to death.

Below is the excerpts from that context:

And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me. Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above. Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in. But your little ones, whom you said would be victims, I will bring in, and they shall know the land which you have despised. But as for you, your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness. And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness. According to the number of the days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection. I the Lord have spoken this; I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.’ “Now the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report of the land, those very men who brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the Lord. But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive, of the men who went to spy out the land. Then Moses told these words to all the children of Israel, and the people mourned greatly. And they rose early in the morning and went up to the top of the mountain, saying, “Here we are, and we will go up to the place which the Lord has promised, for we have sinned!”  And Moses said, “Now why do you transgress the command of the Lord? For this will not succeed. Do not go up, lest you be defeated by your enemies, for the Lord is not among you. For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and you shall fall by the sword; because you have turned away from the Lord, the Lord will not be with you.”  But they presumed to go up to the mountaintop; nevertheless, neither the ark of the covenant of the Lord nor Moses departed from the camp. Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who dwelt in that mountain came down and attacked them, and drove them back as far as Hormah.

2. During Israel’s theocracy i.e. the period they were ruled by God through His chosen ones; we discover, in the next scripture, what used to befall them whenever they sinned against God.

Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals; and they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked the Lord to anger. They forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel. So He delivered them into the hands of plunderers who despoiled them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies. Wherever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for calamity, as the Lord had said, and as the Lord had sworn to them. And they were greatly distressed. Nevertheless, the Lord raised up judges who delivered them out of the hand of those who plundered them. Yet they would not listen to their judges, but they played the harlot with other gods, and bowed down to them. They turned quickly from the way in which their fathers walked, in obeying the commandments of the Lord; they did not do so. And when the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed them and harassed them. And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they reverted and behaved more corruptly than their fathers, by following other gods, to serve them and bow down to them. They did not cease from their own doings nor from their stubborn way. Then the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel; and He said, “Because this nation has transgressed My covenant which I commanded their fathers, and has not heeded My voice, I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Joshua left when he died, so that through them I may test Israel, whether they will keep the ways of the Lord, to walk in them as their fathers kept them, or not.” Therefore the Lord left those nations, without driving them out immediately; nor did He deliver them into the hand of Joshua.

(Judges 2:11-23)

3. During Israel’s political era, we discover in the next scripture, how the northern tribe, i.e. Samaria, were defeated and taken into exile by the Assyrians, all because they sinned against God Almighty:

For so it was that the children of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and they had feared other gods, and had walked in the statutes of the nations whom the Lord had cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made. Also the children of Israel secretly did against the Lord their God things that were not right, and they built for themselves high places in all their cities, from watchtower to fortified city. They set up for themselves sacred pillars and wooden images on every high hill and under every green tree. There they burned incense on all the high places, like the nations whom the Lord had carried away before them; and they did wicked things to provoke the Lord to anger, for they served idols, of which the Lord had said to them, “You shall not do this thing.”

(2 Kings 17:7-12)

Also their brothers in the south i.e. Judah, were also not left out in this scenario, as their own sin also caused them to be taken captives into Babylon by king Nebuchadnezzar.

And he also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear an oath by God; but he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the Lord God of Israel. Moreover all the leaders of the priests and the people transgressed more and more, according to all the abominations of the nations, and defiled the house of the Lord which He had consecrated in Jerusalem. And the Lord God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy. Therefore He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, on the aged or the weak; He gave them all into his hand. And all the articles from the house of God, great and small, the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king and of his leaders, all these he took to Babylon. Then they burned the house of God, broke down the wall of Jerusalem, burned all its palaces with fire, and destroyed all its precious possessions. And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.

(2 Chronicles 36:13-21)

Now let us go to one of the Apocrypha portions to examine the speech of Achior while Holofernes was trying to attack and destroy the Israelites.

Then Achior, the leader of all the Ammonites, answered Holofernes, Sir, if you will please be so kind as to listen to me, I will tell you the truth about these people who live in the mountains near your camp. I will not lie to you. These people are the descendants of some Babylonians, who abandoned the ways of their ancestors in order to worship the God of heaven. Finally, they were driven out of their land because they refused to worship their ancestors’ gods. Then they fled to Mesopotamia, where they settled and lived for a long time. Afterward, their god told them to leave Mesopotamia and go to the land of Canaan, where they settled and became very rich in gold, silver, and livestock. Later, when a famine struck all the land of Canaan, these Israelites, as they were later called, went down to Egypt and stayed there as long as there was enough food. While they were there, they became a large nation with so many people that they could not be counted. So the king of Egypt turned against them. He took advantage of them and put them to work making bricks. He oppressed them and made them slaves. But they prayed to their god, and he sent disasters that left the Egyptians helpless. When the Egyptians drove them out of the country, their god dried up the Red Sea in front of them, and then led them along the way to Sinai and Kadesh Barnea. The Israelites drove out all the people who lived in the southern part of Canaan, occupied the land of the Amorites, wiped out the people of Heshbon, crossed the Jordan River, and took possession of the entire mountain region. They drove out the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Shechemites, and all the Girgashites. The Israelites have now lived in these mountains for a long time. Their god hates wickedness, and as long as they did not sin against him, they prospered. But when they disobeyed him, they suffered heavy losses in many wars and were finally taken away as captives to a foreign country. The temple of their god was leveled and their cities were occupied by their enemies. But now that they have returned to their god, they have come back home from the countries where they had been scattered. They have again taken possession of the city of Jerusalem, where their temple is, and have resettled in the mountains that had remained uninhabited. Sir, if these people are now sinning against their god, even unknowingly, and if we can be sure that they are guilty of some offense, we can successfully attack them. But if they have not disobeyed the law of their god, then you should leave them alone, or he will defend them, and we will be disgraced before the whole world.

(Judith 5:5-21)

Now permit me to reveal to you that the enemies of our own time, whether witches, wizards, occultist and whatever other names they go by, are aware of this fact, that is why they are always glad when they find us disobeying God’s commandment because as sure as sure as it was back then with God’s people called the Jews, it is also ongoing with us the God’s people of this age called the Christians.

And let us go from here to examine the next scripture where the prophet Isaiah reveals the enemies of God’s people as the rod of his anger.

OUR ENEMIES AS THE ROD OF GOD’S ANGER

“Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger And the staff in whose hand is My indignation.I will send him against an ungodly nation, And against the people of My wrath I will give him charge, To seize the spoil, to take the prey, And to tread them down like the mire of the streets. 

(Isaiah 10:5-6)

THE ENEMY OF OUR OWN TIME

And as Isaiah used the king of Assyria – Samaria’s defeating enemy – as an example here,

most of us who live far away from where there are wars destroying peoples life, whether religious or political, will be happy or consider it impossible for God to unleash His anger on us as He did on the Israelites.

But these kinds must know that the Assyrians and Babylonians of this our generation, as the next scripture reveals, are not flesh and blood as was the Israelite’s but rather, the unseen forces of darkness which includes the witches and wizards, occultists and cultists, and all those who employ supernatural means to attack and destroy the Christians who sin against God, or take them into captivity.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

(Ephesians 6:12) 

So we discover that Israel’s case was much better since they were dealing with physical beings, while ours is the worst because while we sleep at night, these forces of darkness attack and lead our spirit into captivity so that we become unfortunate, unsuccessful, miserable and if case is not taken die as some of the Israelites who were not lucky to be taken into exile alive.

To make the whole matter’s worse, this our so called enemies are unaware of the fact that they are God’s instrument of punishing sinners, so they boast in their ignorance of being able to punish God’s children by their own power and might and as the prophet Isaiah reveals to us they too are doomed for destruction.

Same as the Assyrians and Babylonians were afterwards punished for their own evil of plotting on God’s children.

And so we realize that both we and our enemies are doomed for damnation unless we hearken to the voice of the God of vengeance by repenting of our sins and never going back on them.

So that He Who always and will always continue to fight for and deliver His faithful’s ones, might deliver us from the hands of our enemies, while they (our enemies) who will never repent will meet His wrath and anger.

This point immediately reminds us of the story of Hamaan and Mordecai which is recorded in the book of Esther.

Permit me to lead you into the knowledge of how Mordecai was able to defeat Hamaan who plotted to take away His life.

ANALYSIS OF THE STORY OF HAMAAN AND MORDECAI.

The story begins by showing us the good thing that Mordecai did.

In those days, while Mordecai sat within the king’s gate, two of the king’s eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. So the matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name. And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed, and both were hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king.

(Esther 2:21-23)

This part of the story uncovers to us the necessity of always being, not only our brothers and sisters keeper, but also the keeper of our neighbors, friends, those of other tribes, races and religions and even that of our enemy’s because King Ahasuerus was a Gentile but still Mordecai did not consider the fact that he was not a Jew before he could save his life.

Moreover the Jews at that time were living in exile in Persia, and Mordecai would have seen the plan of the Eunuchs to kill the Emperor as God’s act of setting them free from their Persian captivity, but because he knew that God forbids us to murder, he had to save the kings life.

How many of our Christians today who are praying for all our enemies to die so that we could be free would have done what Mordecai did?

The next part of the story goes on to show us why Hamaan hated and plotted to kill Mordecai as we see in (Esther 5:9-14)

Some of us at this point might think that Mordecai was being insulting and stubborn because of his refusal to accord Hamaan the respect that was due to him.

But in revising the scripture above we find out that Hamaan expected Mordecai to stand and trembling before him which in all essence means that Hamaan wanted Mordecai to worship him. Being a man who kept the word of God in his heart, Mordecai knew that if he worships Hamaan he will be going against the first commandment of God which, as we all know, forbids people from worshipping nothing else, whether living or non-living, except God.

And this knowledge now guides us to the understanding that it was in keeping the first commandment of God that Mordecai refused to worship Hamaan.

It is therefore in our place to examine how many times we have stood and trembled before someone richer and influential just because we want to receive a financial reward or any other benefit from that person.

As the story continues, Hamaan’s plot to have Mordecai killed, though yet unknown to the king, gave him sleepless nights.

That night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. Then the king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” And the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” 

(Esther 6:1-3)

Now after the king discovered the good thing that Mordecai did and decided to reward him, let us go back to the scripture to see who God caused to use his own mouth to suggest what kind of honor and dignity should be bestowed on Mordecai as we see in Ezekiel 6:4-11.

Before we comment further, let us again consult the scripture to see what the same people who suggested what Hamaan should do to Mordecai said to him after discovering the ill-fate that befell him.

Afterward Mordecai went back to the king’s gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered. When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him, his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him but will surely fall before him.” While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs came, and hastened to bring Haman to the banquet which Esther had prepared.

(Ezekiel 6:12-14)

Now what made Mordecai a Jewish descent was not only being born as a Jew but his ability to obey and keep the commandments of God, for as we evidence from this sermon, the same people who were led into captivity by the Assyrians and Babylonians were of Jewish descent.

Thus St Paul reveals to us in the next text who a real Jew is:

For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

(Romans 2:28-29)

And as Paul would later reveal again

What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

(Romans 9:22-24)

We the Christians of today who are not of Jewish descent later became the vessels of God’s mercy as He later adopted us to Himself through the Lord, the Master and Founder of our religion, the Christ.

Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.

(Ephesians 1:4-5)

To finalize our story, let us examine what happened to Mordecai as he attended the king’s banquet prepared by Esther, a true Jew.

So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther. And on the second day, at the banquet of wine, the king again said to Esther, “What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you.

And what is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!” 

Then Queen Esther answered and said, “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request. 

For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and female slaves, I would have held my tongue, although the enemy could never compensate for the king’s loss.” 

So King Ahasuerus answered and said to Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing?” And Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!” So Haman was terrified before the king and queen. 

Then the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine and went into the palace garden; but Haman stood before Queen Esther, pleading for his life, for he saw that evil was determined against him by the king. 

When the king returned from the palace garden to the place of the banquet of wine, Haman had fallen across the couch where Esther was. Then the king said, “Will he also assault the queen while I am in the house?” As the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. 

Now Harbonah, one of the eunuchs, said to the king, “Look! The gallows, fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who spoke good on the king’s behalf, is standing at the house of Haman.”

Then the king said, “Hang him on it!” So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s wrath subsided.

At this point, I wish those Christians who are fond of praying that their Hamaan must die understand that Mordecai did not pray for Hamaan’s death, rather he obeyed the law and commandments of the God of vengeance Who never fails to fulfill all His promises since the beginning of time as we can see in (Deuterenomy 32:35-43)

But it’s rather unfortunate when we look around and see the modern day Christians, who after committing one sin or the other, stand in prayer to call on the Holy Ghost fire to go and destroy these powers and principalities that dwell in heavenly places which they cannot even know, see nor understand.

It’s no wonder because in them is fulfilled what our Lord and Master predicted through the mouth of His apostle Peter and brother James, about the false prophets who will creep into the faith unnoticed, bringing false doctrines and practices as we can see in 2 Peter 2;1-19 and Jude 3.

And I hope we can all see where and how the doctrine of calling Holy Ghost fire to destroy began.

Now aside from the above scriptural proofs showing us how wrong it is to insult Satan and his evil beings who dwell in heavenly places, let us move on to examine an instance in the gospel, where Jesus Himself would have proved to or taught us through James and John that calling on the Holy Ghost fire to should be an accepted doctrine in Christian.

Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” And they went to another village.

(Luke 9:51-56).

And since human beings were involved in this case we can from here gather the knowledge that Satan and his agents i.e. the principalities and powers can only but get to us physically through human beings, for a witch or wizard or occultist who seeks to destroy us is always and will always be our fellow human beings and worst the members of our own household.

So as we can now have proof, it is wrong for us to pray for their destruction but rather we should put all our efforts and energies into doing good works so that God can avenge them for us by Himself as He did for Mordecai in the story we carefully examined above.

HOW THE ENEMIES DESTROY

Now there are certain things the devil does not want you to know about how he and his agents succeed in destroying human beings, because if you are ignorant of it there is no way you will be able to overcome whatever plans, tricks, devices, manipulations etc. that he has set forth for your destruction through his agents.

But since God desires your salvation and freedom from false doctrines and practices, permit the Holy Spirit to now use me and give you that revelation.

As we already know, fire is a hot agent while water is a cold agent; and for us to quench the fire it is water we must use against it, because whenever fire and water directly comes together, it is water that will overcome the fire at last.

On the other hand, fire can only overcome water and makes it hot for a while only if it is trap in a vessel and put against the fire, but then if the fire is put out and the water is left for a while it will definitely become cold again in no time.

Thus it is that which is cold that lasts longer than that which is hot whenever they finish coming in contact in whatever form or manner.

And since fire is a product of that which is evil because it destroys, and water is the product of that which is good because it saves things and men from fire, we can then come to the understanding that if only we are able to take the opposite of our enemies actions, we would be able to overcome all the devils tricks and devices as the next scripture unveils to us.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Let me take you deeper into this mystery.

The golden rule as our Lord and Master revealed to us states:

Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. 

(Mathew 7:12)

Now what this golden rule is trying to tell us is that whatever wish or intentions we conceive or have in our minds, or worst still commit against other people is what we also would like to be done to us because so long as that person is a human being like us what he would feel is exactly what we would feel if what is done to him is done to us.

For instance, a slap in the face must definitely hurt every human being, and so if you, knowing that, goes ahead and slap a fellow human being for whatever reason, you must also be willing to bear the pains he or she would bear because according to the golden rule that person will definitely slap you back, and if he doesn’t he has done you more harm than good because someone else somewhere and someday will surely slap you as the golden rule states.

And that example brings us to the understanding that if a pagan is reciting incantations, casting spells, or performing any evil act for the intention of harming or hurting a believer, and a believer on the other hand is praying the Holy Ghost fire to destroy that pagan in one way or another.

What will happen is that, once their intentions are matured for fulfillment, the golden rule will be applied and the pagan will come to any harm he intended for the believer while the believer will also come to any harm he intended for the pagan.

And as a point of note it doesn’t matter who started it first because God’s intention is not to destroy any being He suffered to create rather He wants them all to be saved.

Beings are only destroyed when the wrong things they did to others come back to them since that is what they also wanted to be done unto them.

And since God’s intention is not to destroy, He has not destroyed Satan up till this day but exercises patience to see if he will repent and be saved, and if he doesn’t then the golden rule will definitely give him back his due on the last day.

But then, if a believer who is wise always prays for his enemies to prosper, be in safety and have long life; and his enemies on the other hand are trying to destroy them through one form of manipulation or another, when both intentions are matured for reward and the golden rule is applied, it is prosperity, safety and long life that will be given to the believer while his enemies will meet the disaster they intended for the believer as we saw in the case of Hamaan and Mordecai.

And this is the very reason the next scripture says:

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? (1 Peter 3:13)

And the great Teacher also taught:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 

Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away. 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

(Mathew 5:38-48)

So we can now understand that a Christian perfection comes through his ability to let go or forgive whatever wrongs people are doing to them.

Now let me transport you to another atmosphere of what the devil does not want you to know.

When Satan is set to destroy a human being whether through his demons or human agents, i.e. the witches and wizards etc. He will first and foremost design an event that will lead to that persons destruction so that people will have what to put the cause on and in so doing never realize or mention the hand of the devil in it.

For example, if witches or wizards or any other satanic agents wants to make you commit murder, they will first of all design someone who will cause you to be angry so that your reaction will lead you to your destruction.

For instance, a little misunderstanding arises between you and your neighbor, and he immediately comes into your room and slaps you hard in the face, and in anger you slaps him back and a fight ensues and escalates to a point where you stab him to death with your kitchen knife, and as soon as he is dead your anger is gone and that is when you come to the realization that you will be imprisoned for life or worst still hung to death after being tried and convicted for murder.

This example can then help you to understand that this is what the Master will trying to help us to prevent when He said in the above scripture “But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also”. 

Thus if you start now to learn how to turn the other cheek, no matter how hard it will be, you will always receive the power to defeat your enemies tricks and devices programmed for your destruction.

So we now come to the understanding that it was the devil who was always instigating the Israelites to commit one sin or the other so he can through that cause them to be attacked and taken into exile by their enemies.

For example it was Zedekiah’s rebellion against king Nebuchadnezzar that caused the Israelites in the south to fall into the hands of the Babylonians as we saw in an earlier scripture of this sermon.

And as the next scripture draws a conclusion on the defeat and captivity of the two great Jewish nations, known as the Israelites, we finally come to the understanding that before God ever had the intention of letting Israel’s enemies defeat them, He would first and foremost send His servants, the prophets to warn them of the danger that lies ahead, still they will continue to prove stubborn and follow their sinful ways until God finally gives them over to their enemies as we can see in 2 Kings 17:13-20.

And so now that you have come to the knowledge of how and why the witches and wizards, occultists and cultists and every other powers and principalities or physical destruction has been having a hold on your life till this day, it is therefore left for you to decide either to become stubborn like the Israelites until your enemies finally destroy your life or to hearken to the message in this sermon by letting go of whatever you are doing that goes against God’s commandment so you could receive the power to defeat your enemies.

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Last modified: November 7, 2021

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