I wrote down this topic 5hrs ago, and looking at it again just before writing, it seems a bit strange. Why will someone want to make God his enemy? Even if you don’t believe in God, or believe that he exists, I doubt if you’ll want him as an enemy. Would you? I wouldn’t want to too, but there are many of us who in many ways, set out to make God our enemy. Or literally set up ourselves to force God’s hands to move against us.
First of all, I’ll like to make it clear that I’m not interested in looking at this topic from a different philosophical angles. I don’t intend to waste time on the existence of God or His absence. Neither do I want to attribute the Universe to unidentified forces. I am certain and convinced, that there is a God in heaven, and he rules and reigns in the affairs of men. I believe that this God is a loving God, who made humanity in his image and cares about what he created us to accomplish. This God however is also a principled God, who does not act on whims and emotions, but based on clearly explainable principles. In the words of Albert Einstein – God doesn’t throw dice! He has ways, they are only above our ways.
There are quite a number of ways to make God your enemy, in fact, I doubt if they are exhaustive. I’m going to be share the ones that have been revealed to me, and hope that you will work to make God your friend, and not your enemy.
1. To get access to power without fundamentals (Case Study – Tower of Babel)
There is tremendous power available to any that truly desires power in the universe. Power is the ability to make choices, it’s the ability to have whatsoever you desire. When you have power, you enter a realm of limitless possibilities, you discover that you can do and have anything in this world that you so desire. It’s a realm where you understand “the secret” and know how to replicate your successes. If you get to have this kind of power without fixing your fundamentals, you are about to get yourself God, as an enemy. By fundamentals I mean the basics of living right, living by God’s instruction and standards, living true to his purpose for your life. He that gets gear before he gets wit, is but a short time the master of it. If you get that which propels you high before you learn how to control it, you will be propelled into your destruction. It happened in the Tower of Babel, humanity embarked on a project that had the capacity to get them access to power without fundamentals, God decided to come against them, by scattering their language. Men wanted to be in touch with the heavens on their own terms. They wanted to establish a tower that reaches to the heaven (typical of prayer), but on their terms. Real acceptable prayer ought to start first with “Thy will be done…”. Communication with God and requests from man, must be on God’s terms. That’s fundamental.
Gen 11:6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Gen 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
Don’t rise faster than your character! Don’t access power without dealing with the basics. The life that will grow tall, must be planted deep. The buildings that scrape the skies most certainly scrape the depts. Are your fundamentals tight? Do you have unmanaged sin? Do you want to embark on building a tower on your terms? Are you dealing with God on your terms? Is your christianity a convinient one? Are you serving God on your terms or on his?
2. Be entrusted by God with power and go against his will. (Case Study – Balam Numb 22:12-38)
God’s gifts and callings are without repentance. What it means is when God gives, even if you backslide and derail, his gifts to you remain. It hence means that when God gives a gift – talent, opportunity or privilege, he does it on trust, on trust that it will always be used for his will. When you go against his will, even when it seems you do it with his alignment, He is actually against you.
Balam, in one of the funniest almost catoonlike stories in the bible embarks on a journey to use his gift – his ability to declare a thing and have it established. In this story, his donkey was empowered to see an Angel of God in their part, with a sword. The bible captures the encounter like this…
Num 22:22 And God’s anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.
This donkey in order to protect Balam’s life, after a lot of bashing by Balam, spoke. The Lord had set an ambush against Balam because he was going against his will. One can read the text and wonder why it was this same God that asked him to go ahead in the first instance. The truth is, there are times, that God gives us a go ahead when our heart truly desires, but that which we desire is not his will for our lives. Balam got the answer he wanted to hear – Go ahead now, and act based on my leading when you get there. He was answered based on the idol in his heart.
Balam had asked God the first time, and he told him clearly. These are people I have blessed, you can’t curse them. When your gifting becomes opposed to people whom God has blessed, you are heading in the wrong direction.
If not for his donkey, his life would have ended in that Journey, and it would have been God’s doing. He had made God his enemy, he had power God entrusted upon him and he was moving in a direction contrary to God’s will.
Are you entrusted with any gifts or talents? Do you know how to speak emotively? Are you skilled? Are you annointed? Are you rich or about to be? Do you have potentials? Are you moving in line with God’s will? Are you living it right? Are you cashing in on your gifting by sleeping around? Are you getting rewarded from doing illegitimate things?
3. Double Standards (Case Study -Installed Idols Ezekiel 14:3-13, Ananaias)
In Ezekiel 14, the bible talks about people who come to enquire of God but engage in different kind of sins, or have preconcieved priorities. He says when people come like this, he will give them answers that they want to hear (similar to the case with Balam).
God hates double standards. It’s less confusing if a man is evil and is notorious for being evil, but when a man wears the reputation of being good, and practices evil, God is not pleased. To wear the cloak of sheeps and be a wolve is plain deceptive and incures divine wrath.
Eze 14:8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
God doesn’t take it lightly when people practice double standards. God says in the cases where people like this come to a prophet to seek for direction, God himself will give them the answers that their idols deserve. The answer will give, will end up making a sign and a proverb of anyone who practices such.
Do you live a double life? Do some people think the world of you and yet to some other people you are the wicked world? Are you known as inspiring somewhere and destroyer somewhere else? Do you sing with the saints and merry with the players? Is your life complicated? Do you engage in activities God has no pleasure in, yet enquire of him?
4. Doing what God hates (Prov 6:16)
Pro 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
Pro 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Pro 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
Pro 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Wrong doing has one special attribute, it’s like a cancer, it makes every life form it touches same as it. Human beings have lost breats, uterus and even life in trying to detach a cancerous segment of the body. It’s the same with sin, it’s difficult to isolate the sin from the individual. It’s difficult not to attach the part of the body that has it with the hate. I’ll like to look at a few of these things in current day english.
A proud look – When you eyes hit a proud look you know, when you give one you know. It’s that look that comes from the feeling of “I have arrived”, “won kere si number wa”, “It’s all about me”, e.t.c. God hates a pride, and it’s a cancer of the eyes.
A lying tongue – Lying is lying, and it doesn’t have colours. We kid ourselves when we define some has having lighter shades than the other. When you lie, you are trying to cover up something, how big is that thing? All things are plain before God and lying means you are not ready to open. God hates lying and the lying tongue. If you lie, God is not your friend. That’s cancer of the tongue.
Hands that shed inocent blood – Nothing actually typifies this like abortion, there are however people who go all the way. Cancer of the hand.
A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations – Experts say there is no mind as imaginative as a guy trying to arrange a babe. Creativity enters a new gear in the plan for sin and wickedness. Or is it how to cheat someone else, rob someone else, or do something bad? God hates that heart. Cancer of the heart.
Feet that run to mischief, false lying witness, and the sower of discord… God hates all these activities and his wrath is released against those that practice them.
I know there is no sane mortal that wants to set the Founder of the Universe against him/herself. The way to be God’s friend is to live by his standards, to honor and fear him. It’s not impossible you find yourself in any of these positions, the way forward is to seek God and seek counsel. The way forward is to settle down with God, and ask for his mercy.
See, the only reason people do wrong things, is because the don’t truly desire to do otherwise. The same secret we use to attract wealth is the same one we use to live right. Stop manufacturing excuses, buckle up and live right!