II Samuel 15:6
And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment, so Absalom stole the hearts of the people.
The enemy will steal your children, he will steal your husband, your wife, all of your goods, and all of your dreams. When it come to the church, people you have to be so very careful of what kind of spirits you entertain. If you are with somebody and you want to live right and they donít want to do the things that becometh holiness, they have a rebellious spirit and you need to get away from them, because if the spirit in them is stronger that yours, they will draw you away. The Devil knows just what to use to draw us away from God, the pride of life, the lust of the eye and the lust of the flesh.
Because the Devil is cunning, heís conniving, heís out to destroy the program of God. You have to remember that he was in heaven with God and tried to revolt against the Kingdom of God, was kicked out and is here with the same agenda. Thereís nothing new, he donít have a mind of his own, so he donít know nothing new until he can use us to speak our mind, our thoughts, our ideas. You have the ups on him and donít know it. He never had the HOLY GHOST! We must realize that God tells us all things are become new with him. The Devil trips us up with the same thing over and over again, time and time again. He is still the enemy of God and heís our enemy too. When he gets through with you, what do he do? He destroys you. Here he has communed with Absalom to revolt against his own brother, now his father.
Because he was never properly dealt with, he was allowed to continue his rebelliousness, deceiving the people of God. How many times do we see Pastors in churches not deal with the sin of the people and those same people causes all kind of havoc in the church. You can rest assured he has some kind of sin in his own life that he wonít confront and donít want no one else to confront it. God will hold us accountable for the things we wonít confront in our paths that we know it to be wrong. We see everybody elseís wrong and offer suggestions to them to correct it, but we ourselves canít get delivered.
People, the Bible was written to us, the people of God. How many times is the Pastor rebelled against because he speaks the truth, the Missionary because she tells someone to lower the hemline of their skirt or raise the button on their shirts so their cleavage which leaves nothing for the imagination wonít show? They hang their thighs in someone eyes, they sat at the end of the pew, and they know whatís showing. They want them to see. Itís not cool for your skirts to be so short that you wear them like boxers, they are like a second set of skin. The skirts should be no more than four inches above the knee and thatís to short. The spaghetti straps they just got to go, they leave too much flesh on parade.
They allow the enemy to speak to their minds and before you know it, he tricks you into thinking that you are hurt, so what? Get over it. The next thing you are looking at is that the purpose is ugly and before you know it you are out of the church. He just tricked you out of your purpose, just like he tricked Absalom out to his rightful place to the throne. Eventually if you donít catch yourself, you will backslide completely and then comes death, or the things that take you over, you will wish that you were dead.
Remember, David trusted his Kingdom in his sonís hand, and itís only natural that you want whatever you have to be passed on to your children. David allowed Absalom to judge the people, whereby he judged the people, but he used his office to steal the hearts of the people to himself and turned them against his own father, the King.
We have to be careful in whom we entrust the people of God and the things of God to. Anybody just canít come in our midst (titled or untitled) and speak to us. They must share our vision, given by God. We must all speak and believe the same things. Itís not about winning people to us, but to God and when we do it any other way, God will destroy it. He will have no one before him or over him. Whoever is bringing the word of God, no division should come, and no one should lead the people to them. Itís all about God.
That spirit of sowing seeds of discard is destructive, it a stink in Godís nostrils and you are on your way down. Itís an abomination and God hates it. Absalom was guilty of everything Proverbs 6:16 says. These six things doth the Lord hate; ye, seven are an abomination unto him. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among the brethren.
Donít get caught up in the death trap, beware of the enemy in us, the enemy in the church, the enemy in the house its a destroyer, it is as powerful as you allow him to be. Remember he doesn't just come in, but you invite him in, you open the door for his entrance.
David trusted his Kingdom in his sonís hand, so as God trusted Satan with the angels in heaven.
How many times do we trust things into the hands of others? We trust our Sunday School into the hands of the Superintendents, we trust our churches in most cases in the hands of the Deacon or Pastor, we trust our children in the hands of the school personnel, we trust our neighbors to watch our houses when we are gone, we trust our children to walk to the store around drug dealers, we trust our co-workers around our desks and work, we trust our husbands or wives to go and come, to be around other people, but do we really trust God.
Some of the people we put our trust in is an enemy to the house, but listen, our whole trust should be in God always. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. Iíve realized that some of the very people that you walk with everyday are apt to be used by the Devil at anytime. He uses the closest people to us, because they are the ones that will hurt us the most, your husband, your wife, your children, and the church people.
People in the church or the world can steal the hearts of the people to themselves and cause all kind of havoc for another person. The boy, Absalom ran his daddy completely out of the house. Sometimes people with like kinds of spirits will run people away from the church with their jealousy, envy and strife. David had to flee for his life. He would have died at the hands of his own son had not the anointing been upon his life.
God said he would be an enemy to your enemies,
He would still the enemy, He will set a table before you in the presence of your enemies. They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow down before him and his enemies shall lick the dust
He will make you wiser than your enemies
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful and you will die, ask Judas.
Donít fear your enemies, the Bible says, so shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west and his glory from the rising of the sun, when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
Deliverance will be from the Lord, thatís why it pays to stay with God, stay on his side, and stay in Godís will.