When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
Winston Churchill

Daily Devotional

Matthew 5:30 And if thy right hand offends thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

It is possible to be the biggest enemy of your success. I have observed that the majority of us, unknowingly, tend to do the complete opposite of what is needed to create our success. Saul’s successes depended on his obedience, but he practiced disobedience. Samson needed to surround himself with the right people to harness his potential; but he instead sought the company of those that did not have his best interests at heart.

The children of Israel are possibly the best example of being an enemy of their success. They needed to have faith that they would possess their promised land but instead they allowed fear to get the better of them. As a result, they would repeatedly declare their fear that they would die in the wilderness before reaching their promised land. They used their mouths to kill their dream and that which they declared came to pass. 

 If the enemy is within, and very often it is, to create change you must first change.  The first step then is to look within to identify the ways of thinking and habits that are counterproductive to your success.   Having identified those traits that must change, the next step is to leave them behind. Matthew 5:30 says if thy right hand offends thee cut it off or leave it behind. The scripture specifically mentions “if thy right hand offends thee” because it was highlighting the fact that whatever needs to go, may seem as if it is important to you, but if it is hindering you, you have to leave it behind. Be willing to make the sacrifice.

Life Application: Conquer the enemy within by identifying your bad habits and leaving them behind by finding and memorizing scriptures that relate to those areas of weakness.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I will not be my enemy through any negative words nor actions. I declare that I will continuously speak life and not death over my life and my circumstances. In the name of Jesus, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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