I have come across the twisted tactics of the enemy this past year and will be revealing his/her moves The enemy plays a subtle game that slips in through the back door if you are not watching your opponents moves. The aim of the enemy is to destroy, conquer and divide, below are some of the moves he employs.
The enemy moves subtly – The enemy plays ‘friends’ at the beginning , slowly works out who you are, what makes you tick and looks scrupulously for vulnerable points to press. You slowly learn to trust the person, confide in him or her and slowly give away information that really is none of their business. They can get under your skin by charming their way to your heart . One way, they do this is by inviting you to their house (it has to be on their turf) or out for a 1:1 coffee exclusively you and them (nothing inherently wrong with going for a coffee, but in a work environment , there should be boundaries). This goes on for a while until they gain your full trust, this is the honey moon period. They always ask questions about you, and won’t reveal much about themselves. Once they have established a good relationship with you , then they will push their own agenda by using ‘you’ as the bait. In turn, you vow to give your loyalty and will defend them at any cost (without realising it). The enemy can literally split good friends apart ( Proverbs 16:28), this is to gain more power against you. They will plant ideas into your head and make you think, it was your idea . This is why it works so well, you take ownership of an idea that really is not yours and maybe ‘out of character’ to your normal values. The problem with this is the person who has been manipulated by the enemy doesn’t even realise they are being controlled and used by the enemy. They can even get other unwitting ‘helpers’ to get under your skin, in a gang mentality against you, particularly if you are close to exposing the truth . For example, one day, I came away from this type of meeting, full of negative thoughts about my husband, and even considered walking (this is the power they can have). Another colleague who I valued then confirmed this type of thinking, by suggesting my husband was against me. This is infiltrating to an extreme level. They try to put a wedge between you and the most precious people in your life. Whether that be your children, partner or friends. This is a way to break down strong relationships , to withdraw from confiding in your closest, to isolate, and to win you over . I bet some of you are reading this and wandering, how could that nice charming person ever behave like this ?! …. so did I, until I fell hook, link and sinker for it .
Remember the enemy is looking to devour those who are ‘easy prey’, have their barriers down, are taken by surprise , are not expecting this behaviour ( as it goes beyond immoral) and are easily swayed in opinion. I found that this person, was pushing my guilt buttons on my high work integrity, and basically micromanaging me beyond what was privacy boundaries. If you are ever so unfortunate to meet someone like this , then ask the spirit to help you discern this controlling, deceitful and manipulative spirit . But if this spirit has found it’s way into your organisation, it will be a very hard fight to win.
In fact, God warns us in the end times, we are more likely to come across a fiercer attack on us, if we are living by faith and growing the kingdom of God. I have heard some horrible stories where this spirit has come initially in the form of a helper and friendly face at first, but has a powerful and deceitful agenda in the background. Each Christian must be on their guard against such evil. I am not saying that we need not trust others, but if this evil spirit is in a position of influence and leadership, you must prepared yourself against this type of attack. If you are a man or woman of God, you will recognise this spirit .
Signs to recognise this spirit – division and strife of every kind will be present.
Proverbs 16:28 – A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
James 3:14-16 – But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
Proverbs 6:16-19 – There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
Gal 5:19-21 – Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
As you can see there is much to be said on this topic & you and I need to be aware that these are times to be very self aware of evil of every kind, because if we do not keep ourselves in check, they will come into the church , or the heart of the community and slip in unnoticed, until the heart has been ripped out of the community. Along with it, many will fall to bitterness and un-forgiveness, which will take out God’s holy servants and they will fall deeper into sin . It is a merely a point of distraction, I spend so long trying to work out what was going on, it meant I was not as fully effective in my work for the kingdom.
Eventually, unless it is tackled head on by leadership, you will see a holy worshipping community completely destroyed , this is the aim of the enemy. I was once helping build a depleted community at a church , where there were all sorts of strife,envy, division. One day, I walked into the church one morning, only to find the lead minister having a shouting match in front of the general public and members of congregation . I believe this spirit had moved into the church through someone who wanted to break down the community . It was the intentional work of a evil spirit trying to destroy community . After being at the church for over one year and working alongside a new minister, we managed to build the church up again and started to see it flourish in all areas. All it needs is one or two people to start whispering false ideas about people, for it to become destroyed. This is not coincidental, this is intentional, calculated and cold , it’s aim is to kill, destroy and steal.