Hi folks. I want to talk about how the enemy will attack us in the workplace. Satan is an opportunist. If he gets the chance he will use coworkers and/or customers to lash out at you. Have you ever had a coworker who was overly hostile towards you for no real reason? Sometimes it’s just a case of a bad attitude but sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s a demon using that individual to get at you. Have you ever had a boss who seemed to have it in for you even though you know for a fact that you are doing a good job? If you’re a Christian and your boss is not there’s a good chance the man is being used as a puppet. The first thing to keep in mind is that your enemy isn’t the puppet it’s the evil thing pulling the strings.
There are two strategies that I have found that work well to combat this situation. The first is prayer. A simple prayer asking Jesus to remove anything that is allowing the enemy to work against you in the workplace is very effective. Word it based on your situation. The Lord doesn’t leave His soldiers hanging out to dry. The second strategy is basic spiritual warfare using the authority of the Lord’s name. In the mornings you can take a moment when all parties involved are at the workplace, that is when the puppet is in the building. Step off someplace where no one else can hear you and take authority over the demons in the name of Jesus and command them to stay out of your business in the workplace. Command them to keep their noses out of anything that you are involved in. You can say it quietly but you must say it out loud so the demons can hear it. They will still hear it if you say it quietly, demons have great hearing. This is also very effective.
I once was stuck working with a man who was under demonic oppression. The demons used him at every opportunity. I’m an HVAC service tech. A few years ago I was working for a local company installing heat pumps and gas furnaces. My helper left the company and had to be replaced. The man that was hired to be my new helper turned out to have some serious doors open which the enemy used to lash out at me. The guy was a professing Christian and I am sure he really was a believer. However he was like a lot of Christians. He didn’t know about demons and how they work behind the scenes to create problems for Christians. The man was a Lumbee indian and he actively took part in tribal religious activities. He didn’t see this as being in conflict with the worship of the Lord Jesus and had no idea that this was a demonic door. I tactfully tried to get at the issue a few times but was unsuccessful. I actually liked the guy but the enemy had their claws in Him. The Lord told me through the Holy Spirit what was going on so that I could deal with it appropriately. There were several times when the man made an effort to stab me in the back and later would be talking to me as if it had never happened. All of his thoughts were not his own including the one causing his hostility towards me. When someone is under demonic oppression and the enemy is implanting thoughts and urges into a person’s mind those thoughts don’t register clearly in the persons memory. They will not realize at the time that the thoughts are not their own and will usually act on them. But later the demonic implanted thoughts will not be clear in the victims memory. Not like their own thoughts will be. The man didn’t have a clear memory of having caused me any headaches. Thanks to discernment of the spirit I knew this and dealt with the man accordingly. I could actually tell when the enemy was manipulating him. Once the Holy Spirit made me aware of what was up I began to take the defensive. Every morning when I said my morning prayer I would make a point to ask the Lord Jesus to remove anything that would allow the enemy to use my co workers against me. When I arrived at the workplace and once my helper was there I would take authority over the demons in the name of Jesus and command them to stay out of my business in the workplace. I did this in the parking lot where other people wouldn’t hear but the demons would. I could then actually get the job done while working with the man and not have issues. I did this for several months every day. I wanted very much to sit down with the man and talk about what was going on but until a victim realizes on their own, what’s going on and wants to break out, all you can do is pray for them. The guy finally got himself fired. I did my best to do right by the man and never told the boss he was a problem. It’s not as if I could say to the boss ‘hey it’s not really his fault he’s under demonic oppression’.
I hope this article is useful to someone. Just remember the person isn’t your enemy, the demon manipulating them is.
Parker Palmer was right when he defined community as “that place where the person you least like is.” What is true for communities in general seems especially true in the workplace.
Just about everyone has someone they work with who drives them nuts. Maybe it is a coworker in a similar position. Harder still when the crazy-making person is a boss or someone “higher up”. These are the folks who can, for a whole variety of reasons, make an otherwise good work day miserable.
In some communities (like church), you can at least make efforts to avoid the people who get on your nerves. But at work it’s harder. Work tends to happen almost every day and unlike volunteer organizations, our assignments can force steady interaction with those we would prefer to avoid. Then we carry them with us in our down time, wasting precious energy on pretend arguments with them in our cars, showers and beds. Nothing makes for a work-weary soul more than a day with a “workplace enemy”.
The Hardest of Teachings
Carmelite nun, Therese de Lisieux, knew much about getting along with others. She writes,
One sister attracts you; another sister – well, you’d go a good long way round to avoid meeting her. Without knowing it, she is your persecuttress… Her behavior to be sure, suggests that she isn’t too fond of me; yes, but ‘What credit is it to you if you love those who love you?’ (from Autobiography of a Saint)
She refers to one of Jesus’ difficult teachings about loving our enemies. On a challenging scale, I’d put this one right up there with trusting God more than money. Just loving your friends is no big deal – anyone can do that, he told his disciples. I’m calling you to love even those people who persecute you. To pray for those who treat you poorly, to do good to those who hate you. (Luke 6)
No problem Jesus. Piece of cake.
Assuming you were going to try to love your workplace nemesis, I have a few thoughts.
I have always been helped by the distinction between liking and loving. Liking means enjoying being with someone, hanging out with them, sharing interests. That’s hard to imagine when thinking about my enemies.
Loving on the other hand has more to do with respecting, valuing, and treating people with justice and mercy. Loving means trusting that, no matter how outrageous the behavior, this person too carries the image of God. It may involve less time around the water cooler but more prayer. When all is said and done, it is possible to treat someone fairly and respectfully, without liking them.
Loving my enemy at work also does not mean being a doormat. Loving may mean confronting or challenging untruths and inappropriate behavior. Think of Jesus. Pharisees seem to push his buttons. They were constantly making his job harder. When they challenged his healing on the Sabbath or tried to paint him into a theological corner, he didn’t roll over. Rather he challenged them, confronted, and generally refused to let them get in his way. Jesus loved the Pharisees, even died for them, but he didn’t let them sabotage his work.
Enemies as Gifts?
At another church, I was constantly irritated by Steve. Unfortunately, Steve had a position of leadership in the church, so I had to deal with him all the time. Like a boat lashed to a dock in choppy water, we were constantly banging into each other. I remember putting off phone calls, avoiding him whenever possible and spending way too much time in pretend arguments. Sometimes it felt like he lived with me, but Steve and I were not buddies.
Looking back on it, I can see that Steve was a gift to me. Pain in the neck though he was, Steve helped me to grow in ways others could not. This is part of the miracle and mystery of faith, that God can use even our enemies to help us grow. Our enemies help us to know ourselves better – they show us things about ourselves we may not want to see. As our buttons get pushed, we can ask ‘why?’ What is this person revealing to me that needs healing in my life?
As Jean Vanier writes in Community and Growth, “We can only really love our enemies and all that is broken in them if we begin to love all that is broken in our own beings.” I have found that if I am willing to take an enemy into my prayer life, and simply hold them there, new insights emerge. My antagonists drive me to pray, as I need patience, courage to confront, or help in letting go of fixing them.
The irony of all this praying is that I often start to feel more compassion and less anger toward them. I can’t say I ever grew to like Steve, but I do feel as if eventually I was able to love him. A little anyway.
Whether You Speak or Keep Silent…
Speak in such a way that you can still hear what the other is saying, and that he or she will still be ready to hear you. Whether you speak or keep silent let it proceed from the peace of the Lord. (Rule for a New Brother, Fr. Dr. H. van der Looy)
We will always run into people who push our buttons. If our workplace enemy quits or moves to a new job, a new one will eventually take their place. Call it Murphy’s Law of Community Living, enemies abhorring a vacuum, or the natural result of our living in a fallen world. Learning how to love our enemies is a lifelong call.
There is no one way to deal with enemies, no template that is always the right thing to do in every situation. The best advice might well be that from Dr. van der Looy, to let whatever we do proceed from the peace of the Lord. That is enough.
Written by Doug Wysockey-Johnson Excerpted from Faith At Work Magazine. faithatwork.com Used by permission. Content distributed by WorkLife.org > Used for non-profit teaching purposes only.
Posted on Tue, January 24, 2017 by WorkLife
How to Deal with Workplace Enemies as Kingdom Ambassadors
Enemy – “A person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary or opponent.” – Dictionary.com
If you have not done so already, at some point in your work experience you will encounter an enemy. You will come under the fire of a person or persons who for some reason or the other do not like you, hold a grudge against you, or even hate you, and who will not hesitate to demonstrate this to you in some tangible way. As Kingdom citizens we are not exempt from the attacks of workplace enemies.
Over the years I have seen, and in quite a few instances been, the recipient of many types of antagonistic behavior maliciously unleashed in the workplace; some of you probably have too.
I have seen persons:
Ignore others as if they do not exist just because they don’t like them
Purposefully spread gossip about others to damage their reputations
Craftily hinder others from effectively carrying out their duties
Unnecessarily report others to their superiors in an effort to get them reprimanded or fired
Place others on difficult shifts in order to frustrate them to the point of leaving a job
Deny persons favor or help that could easily be given to them
Needlessly embarrass others
Physically fight others
I wish that I could say that Believers were never perpetrators and or active participants in such behavior, but unfortunately to our shame, this has not been the case.
It is not always easy to deal with enemies in the workplace. When someone attacks us in some manner at work, no matter how saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost we may be, if the situation gets “hot” enough, at some point our flesh wants to spring into action and retaliate.
It will tell us things like, “Don’t get mad, get even”, “Fix their business”, “Give them a piece of your mind”, “Don’t take that, cuss them out”, “Punch him”, “Slap her”, “Slam down the phone”, “Get him fired”, “Don’t even look her way anymore”, etc.
To make matters more difficult, sometimes others who are privy to situations often add fuel to the fire by making comments or suggestions like, “I noticed how Mr. Seymour put you down in the meeting again; if I were you I’d deny his vacation when he comes to request it” or “Every time you say good morning to Ms. Brown she ignores you, I don’t know why you waste your time speaking to disgusting people like her.”
If we are honest, sometimes these types of responses are very tempting, but all the while somewhere inside, we can sense the Holy Spirit warning us against such a path, and urging us to take the higher road.
So the question is, as Kingdom Ambassadors, what are we to do when we encounter enemies in the workplace? How are we to handle them? How have you been handling them?
As with any other situation that we may face in any area of our lives, when we encounter an enemy in the workplace, the first thing to do is to pray. Pray for strength and guidance and then search the Bible to see what the Word, the constitution of God’s Kingdom, has to say about the situation.
Once we find the relevant scriptures, with the help of the Holy Spirit, we need to read, study, meditate on (which Biblically, actually means to murmur and mutter to oneself), verbalize, memorize, and apply them to our situation daily.
When it comes to dealing with enemies in the workplace, there are many relevant and helpful scriptures with powerful Kingdom principles.
Today we will just look at three, which in and of themselves, if applied would tremendously impact our lives, our enemies lives, as well as the lives of others who may be observing the situation, all to the glory of God.
In Matthew 5:43-48, Jesus, our King admonishes us to handle our enemies in a specific way. Jesus states,
“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” (The Message Bible)
In Matthew 6:14, 15, Jesus states,
“For if you forgive people their trespasses , neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.” (Amplifed Bible).
In Romans 12:19, the Apostle Paul writes,
“Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” (New King James Version)
Hold on a minute now. Are you are saying that I am supposed to love, forgive, pray for, give and be kind to Marilyn, the woman who keeps undermining me and to Gary, the man who keeps insulting me at every meeting?
Are you saying that I am not to get back at them or treat them as I think they deserve to be treated because of their actions toward me? Yes! Based on the authority of the above scriptures, that’s exactly what I am saying.
Jesus set the ultimate example of how to deal with an enemy in the way that he dealt with Judas. From before the foundation of the world was laid He knew that Judas’ would betray Him, yet he still discipled Judas, fellowshipped with him, fed him, washed his feet, and ultimately called him his friend.
Wow! What a way to treat an enemy!
How could Jesus do all of that for the man who would betray him? How could He call him “friend”?
He could call him friend because in carrying out his role as an enemy and betraying Jesus, he was actually carrying out God’s purpose.
Hmm…..could it be that the enemy you are encountering at work is a part of God’s purpose for your life?
Could it be that God is allowing the situation in order to stimulate changes in your character? Could it be that He is endeavoring to cultivate a higher level of spiritual maturity in you in some area; perhaps to further develop patience, kindness, gentleness, and/or self control? Could it be that the person is in your life as a “fruit cultivating tool”?
When you encounter an enemy in the workplace, be encouraged to meditate on relevant scriptures and prayerfully look at your situation. Ask yourself,
What may God be trying to work out of me?
What aspect of Christ’s character might He be seeking to develop in me?
What has been coming to the surface from within me as a result of the person’s actions toward me?
Is it God-like or flesh-like?
Is there a spirit of retaliation and vengeance dominating my thoughts, words, and/or actions toward this person, or is there love, forgiveness and a sense of peace in spite of their actions, knowing that vengeance belongs to the Lord?
To be effective Kingdom Ambassadors in the workplace, to be effective representatives of Jesus Christ and of the Kingdom of God, we must agape our enemies; we must love them with the God-kind of love.
Remember, according to Ephesians 6:12, it is not flesh and blood that we are fight against but spirits so if we must war, let’s use the weapons of prayer and praise. If we must fight, let’s fight the good fight of faith. If we must do something, let’s by the power of the Holy Spirit, let our actions be governed by the Word of God.
NB – For more, click the “work” tag and then click the post “An Unorthodox Way to Deal with Workplace Enemies”.
MIDNIGHT PRAYERS: 30 PRAYER POINTS AGAINST ENEMIES OF PROGRESS By Evangelist Joshua Orekhie
Brethren, Tonight, we are to declare total war against the enemies of our progress. If we look at it, we will discover that enemies have hindered the progress of many people. They are moving but they are still in one spot. They are working, but they are eating like an elephant. Is that the plans of God for your life? The devil is cheating so many believers. So tonight, we would rise up at 12 am to take this midnight prayers without excuse. Time:12:00 am – 2:00 am)
Job 5:19 says, ”He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.”
Galatians 6:17 says, From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”
TAKE THIS DECLARATION: Say it after me: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come before you in the name of Jesus. I cannot take these prayers without asking for Your mercy and forgiveness. O Lord, I know that I am not worthy of these prayers tonight, forgive me of my sins, mistakes and my secret lifestyle. I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I repent from my sins today. I confess them to you now in the name of Jesus. Father, Whatever spirit that is making the practice of sin an interesting thing in my life, let it be blotted out in Jesus name. Save me by Your precious blood shed in the Calvary. Show me a sign now that you have forgiven me and shower mercy upon me (Wait a little). Thank you Jesus. So help me God, in Jesus name.”
PRAYER POINTS AGAINST ENEMIES OF PROGRESS 1. I pull down every altar of wickedness erected against my destiny, in the name of Jesus.
2. Coven of witchcraft in my neighbourhood, assigned to kill my destiny, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.
3. Holy Ghost, coordinate my life for effective and efficient performance, in the name of Jesus.
4. My breakthroughs tied down in this environment, be released by fire, in Jesus name
5. I refuse to be stagnant, in the name of Jesus.
6. Holy Ghost, connect me to miracles, signs and wonders, in the name of Jesus.
7. Altars of the wicked, surrounding me, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.
8. Spirit of follow follow, escorting me to anywhere I go, who told you I need you? So
therefore, go blind and be paralysed in Jesus name
9. Every ancestral dream projected into my sleep, be destroyed by fire, in the name of Jesus.
Evil powersMidnight Prayers 12:00 am 10. Devil, you have no power over me and my health, so therefore, leave me alone, in the name of Jesus.
11. My delay blessings, be released by fire, in Jesus name
12. Thou power of GO SLOW in my life, catch fire, DOUBLE ACCELERATION, locate me, in Jesus name
13. ANCESTRAL EVIL VEIL, covering my destiny, catch fire, catch fire, catch fire, in Jesus name. My glory burning in the evil pot, jump out by fire, in Jesus name
15. Thou arrow of strange sickness waiting for me at the edge of my miracle, CLEAR AWAY BY FIRE, in Jesus name
16. I jump out of every evil pit of darkness of my father’s or mother’s house, in the name of Jesus.
Enemies of progress in my place of work, receive destruction, enemies of progress in my environment, receive disgrace, enemies of progress against my achievement, scatter by fire, enemies of progress against my wealth, die, enemies of progress against what the Lord is doing for me, die in shame. enemies of progress against my ministry and career, receive double disappointments, enemies of progress against my plans to travel out of the country, scatter by fire, enemies of my success, enemies of progress against my blessings, be destroyed in Jesus name.
17. Unbroken evil covenant, break by fire, in Jesus name
18. Strongman sitting comfortably on my blessings, be unseated by fire, in Jesus name
19. Generational battles, curses and problems, shall not swallow my destiny, in the name of Jesus. Collective bondage in my foundation, break and release me by fire, in Jesus name.
20. I recover every blessings of the day and night the enemy stole from me, in Jesus name
21. Angels of my blessings, where are you? I am available, locate me by mercy, in Jesus name
22. O God arise and repair any kind of damage done to my life and body by the enemy, in Jesus name. Evil words spoken into my life that is affecting me, go back to sender in Jesus name
23. Spirit of thou shall grow old in my father’s house, die, in Jesus name
24. Declare this and say, ”My life and destiny, you are not designed for stagnation and limitation, in Jesus name.
25. Spirit of rising and falling, expire tonight, in Jesus name
26. I send evil arrow back to the sender, in Jesus name.
27. O Lord, correct my grandmother or grandfather (if any), broadcasting my success or failure in the village, in the name of Jesus.
28. Sickness of any kind, Long term infection in my body, my life is not your candidate, flush away by the blood of Jesus.
29. Whatever I lay my hands upon will flourish, expanded, enlarge and move forward, in Jesus name.
30. Thank you Jesus for answering my prayers. Pray for Evangelist Joshua, ministry and partners worldwide in Jesus name.
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