While deceit and lies are very powerful tools in the hands of the enemy, they are not his greatest weapon for destroying relationships, the family and the church today as revelation knowledge has multiplied on the earth that we live in.
Satan’s greatest weapon for destroying families, supernatural relationships and the church today is found in the word “Strife.”
By Strife here, I mean offences, disagreements, quarrels that leads to bitterness, anger and hatred, and cause divisions among us as partners, family members and church.
“And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and herdmen of Lot’s cattle; and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.” Genesis 13:7-8
Abraham and Lot lived and did business together until they let the strife that arose between their herdsmen get to them also.
Prior to this time, Lot living with Abraham who was obviously blessed of God, prospered greatly in his business to the point he had his own Cattle and herdsmen. But failing to curtail the strife that arose while it was still early and allowing it to separate him from Abraham cost him almost everything, including his own life.
Lot allowed offences make him move out of the land God has previously instructed them to stay and went to live with the people of Sodom. A people that do not care about God or His Word.
“And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
“Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.” Gen.13:10-11
It took the mercy and grace of God for Lot and his two daughters to be saved in the day that judgement came upon the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.
However, he lost his wife, properties, cattle and even his herdsmen in that destruction as a result of him separating from Abraham due to disagreements.
Strife will make you pick offences where there is none. Little disagreements and quarrels like tiny drops of water suddenly becomes mighty oceans in your eyes.
A simple correction in love will appear as injustice, hatred and wickedness to you.
Do not give this a place in your heart. Always be on the alert against offences.
By all means, settle every quarrel and disagreements amicably and do not give the devil a place in your heart by harbouring them.
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32
Paul reiterated this in his writing to the Colossian church.
“Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:13
Do not let disagreements cut you short from learning and receiving from whom you ought to.
Do not walk away from the supernatural relationships that God has put you in or turn your back on your family and church due to offences.
Guide your heart with all diligence and preserve it from this evil force that has separated families, relationships and even divided great churches.
Always remember, together we can achieve more than we can as individuals.
You are much loved!