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Summary: Wickedness is an abomination unto God, so are they which practice it.


Dr. D. K. Olukoya

Psalm 74:20: “Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.” This means that there are places on earth that are dark and the Bible recognizes them. The only place on earth that light shines is the church of God. The Bible says, “Ye are the light of the world.” What is done at the dark places of the earth are wickedness and cruelty. It is from the dark places that wicked stones are thrown at the sons of men. In those places, there are no friends, even if you said that you belonged to them, they are still your enemies.

Somebody vomits witchcraft into a woman and pushes her to the market place to confess that she is a witch. The old woman goes to the market and says, “Behold, I have eaten twins and their legs are in my mouth.” And people at the market said, “Abomination.” The same person who put witchcraft into her and sent her to the market place to confess tells his children to pick up stones and stone the woman.

It is a useless activity to serve the devil. If you call yourself a witch, wizard or familiar spirit, you are wasting your life and at the end of the day, you will land in hell. So, it is a senseless thing to do. It is a certificate of destiny demotion. Think about it.

If you are to be a battle-axe for the Lord, you will face a lot of problems. The Bible says that they who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus must suffer persecutions. If you do not want to be a battle axe for the Lord, if you just want to be a mediocre Christian, if you want to warm the benches and be quarrelling with people who sit beside you or even fight people at the car parks to the extent of tearing their clothes, and at the end you say, “amen,” no problem. But know that at the end of the day, you will go to hell fire, the home of unprofitable servants.

Personally, I have faced many problems in my life, but I overcame them all. You cannot become God’s general without confronting adversity and afflictions. You cannot become a world general without fighting any war. Afflictions and adversity have no friends. Adversity is that unwanted enemy who continues to knock at our door in the middle of the night calling us again and again to come and fight.

Somebody was tired of reading stories in the newspapers, which he called bad news. So, he decided to publish his own newspaper to carry only “good news.” But to his amazement, people were not buying it and within a short time the newspaper folded up.

The news media, you would find out, specialized in publishing pains and adversity. They know that people are ready to read them, to feed themselves on negative sensational painful news. For example, the caption, “Girl burns herself to death after she was jilted by a boyfriend,” will attract the attention of many people. But a headline such as, “Man celebrates 90th birthday,” would not have such an effect. Many people would say, “Eh, this one should die and go.” The devil is cleverly feeding the whole world with the negatives. If you want to run an advert that will attract the attention of many people, just put a naked woman in it and you would succeed. The message will sink in their brain because the devil has programmed women like that.

However, in spite of the adversities, we have a promise that we are conquerors. Isaiah 54:17: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servant of the Lord and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.” It does not matter what the weapon is, the Bible says that the prosperity of the weapon shall be withdrawn completely.

Proverbs 28:10: “Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit, but the upright shall have good things in possession.” What the Bible means here is that the enemy will fall into his own pit. Proverbs 26:27: “Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.” There is something called boomerang. It is a small stick, when you throw it at a person and it misses its target, it will come back to you who threw it. Proverbs 11:8: “The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked cometh in his stead.” Ecclesiastes 10:8: “He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.”

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