There is a potential for Judas to exist in every camp, but, this revelation didn’t take the Messiah by surprise. Your Judas’ and Benedict Arnold’s serve a purpose, and if for nothing else other than to show that the enemy can transform himself into an angel of light, to keep us grounded in recognizing that we ought not to trust in man, but only in God. (2 Cor. 11:14) As the scripture doth also says, “have NO CONFIDENCE in the FLESH.” (Phi. 3:3) Yehoshua stands as an example for us that if we are divinely hooked up to the Master the presence of the enemy in our camp won’t hinder Yah’s will from being accomplished. As with Judas even the enemy has a script. (Psa. 41:9)
In Godfather II, Michael Corleone was coined saying the above quote. It has erroneously been ascribed to the teachings of Sun Tzu in the Art of War, but regardless, it is a quote that is widely used, yet doesn’t represent the life I would want to live. Our enemy is the world, and I really don’t want to keep the world that close to me. But my husband is my friend, by this logic, I would need to keep the world closer to me than my husband. Therefore, I want to upgrade this quote to more accurately paint the picture I see in scripture;
“Keep your friends close, and your enemies close enough to hear, without being close enough to reach.”
While that is an original quote from yours truly it bears the sentiment I see in the word. We can’t be ignorant of satans devices. (2 Cor. 2:11) If we are we give him an advantage over us. The more you know about your enemy the better prepared you are to fight, and know that often times that enemy is the war within your own member. The same flesh led decision that Eve made, we are all subject to making, and our greatest enemy is our ignorance of Satan’s schemes. For we do not fight as one who beats the air, we know how the enemy will target us, and for that cause we must keep under our flesh so we don’t get swept away with him. (1 Cor. 9:26)
The bible instructs us to be as wise as serpeants yet harmless as doves. (Matt. 10:16) Consider the wisdom of the serpent, he was able to convince Eve out of something she already had. If she had acknowledged him as an enemy, she would have made a wiser decision. Let’s face it, how much advice would you take from someone you knew was out to destroy you? Yet Satan has persuaded many people to love him, and to hate God. Thus broad is the way that leads to destruction and “many” there be that find it. (Matt. 7:13)
Take note: the flesh always looks for one who will cater to it, and what is wrong will always put the needs of the flesh before the Spirit, and therefore what feels right is often wrong, and what feels wrong to the flesh is usually that which pleases the Spirit. (Rom. 7:19) The world is our enemy, the scripture teaches us that.
These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. (Joh 15:17-21)
Lack of knowledge of Him who sent Yehoshua (which is the heavenly Father) will be the cause of this hatred. However, we are instructed to preach the Gospel to the lost, knowing that some will receive, some will refuse, and others may attack you for your faith.
If the world was our friend he wouldn’t tell us to be of good cheer for overcoming it. Who do you think the devil will use to cause us tribulation? (John 16:33) Who did he use during the time of the Holocaust? Constantine? Martin Luther? Civil Rights movement? It’s all the same, it was people. Why should the devil use new tricks when the old ones still work? The price of selling your soul to the devil is embracing the spirit of hatred that he has embraced through self deception.