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Dealing with the Invisible Barriers That Hinders Productivity and Spiritual Growth (Dominating the Five Self Deadly Enemies)


We often blame Satan and his cohorts for every misery in our lives. Because of this ignorance, we become self-destructive. Like a child washing an electronic laptop in water, such a child destroys the device by his deeds, not knowing the consequences.

That is how some people act. They allow the seed of ignorance to become a barrier in their life, and one of the dangerous people you can ever live with is an ignorant person. Most often, ignorant people are sincere in their dealings.

Such a person might think he is doing the right thing, not knowing the dangers. Like pigs, they love dirty places because that is how they have programmed themselves. You can wash and put them in a clean environment; they will find ways to make themselves and the place dirty.

Such is an ignorant man (in my writing, wherever you see a man, include the woman). I wrote a short book titled the devil is innocent and later changed the title to take responsibility because I thought and felt endorsing the devil.

Many things happen in our life because of the decisions we make. The devil plays a vital role in destroying some things in our lives; I admit that wisdom because I have written several books and articles (Spiritual warfare label) on the devil and its systems.

We must also examine ourselves to see the causes of the problems and challenges in life. If the law court sues you for an offence, they don’t care whether you know the laws or not; they emphasize in their law court that “ignorance of the law is no excuse.”

Such is life; if you fail to take responsibility, you will always walk in depression. To come out of disappointment and depression, occasionally examine your life. Socrates said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.”

This means if you do not find time to ask why things are failing and progressing, you are playing in life. You are likely to produce the same mistakes in life if you fail to examine yourself and the season.

Although some philosophers don’t believe in the system of cause and effect, they think that anything that happens in life results from the decision we have intentionally made. For example, some people believe that you are not happy because you have decided not to make yourself comfortable.

Some people also believe that you are not happy because of some causes. I think that every problem has a reason. In most of my books and articles, I enumerate the causes and provide practical solutions. We cannot point every problem and challenge we face in life to the devil because we have enemies within. In the book of Jeremiah, we see a profound word.


The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Jeremiah 17:9-10 KJV

From the Holy Scriptures, God is making an important declaration to humankind. The Creator of the universe and the things that live in it declares that the heart (soul of man) is desperately wicked.

This means our soul controls our body. The unrenewed soul (mind) is capable of doing unimaginable things. I read some books about serial killers and how they trapped their victims. After reading those books, I concluded that a man without the Holy Spirit could never be trusted.

I think I would have worked as a criminologist, investigator, or psychologist if Christ Jesus did not call and send me into the ministry. Child of God, the Lord knows the heart of humankind, and He has confirmed in his Word that the heart of unsaved is extremely wicked.

This means there are things in our lives the devil has no business in it. Today, some people have developed advanced biological weapons to depopulate the world. Some globalists believe the best way to maintain the world is to reduce the population.

Several physicians, doctors, professors, and researchers have alerted the authorities (World Health Organization) to halt the so-called vaccines because of their dangers to humanity. The inventor of the mRNA vaccines, Dr Robert Malone, and other qualified medical doctors, virologists, and physicians have signaled the world to stop the vaccination because of its irreversible dangers.

These specialists have discovered proven medicines to treat the virus called the corona, yet some people recommend the “vaccines.” Child of God, we cannot blame the devil for every evil because we have humans with the mentality of animals and demons living among us. In the book of John, we see a profound word,  


Now when he [Jesus] was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.

But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men,

And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.


John 2:23-25 KJV

Our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus affirmed the words He spoke to Jeremiah to the Jews at the feast. Christ Jesus did not commit himself unto men because he knew how weak and wicked human beings were.

Christ Jesus decided not to reveal everything about himself to humankind because of their vulnerability. Child of God, we have some responsibility if we want to climb higher in life. In this article, I will share with you five deadly enemies you must deal with because the devil and his cohorts have little or no role to play in that field. Failure to address these enemies is to your detriment.


1. The desires of the flesh

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:16-31 KJV

Apostle Paul describes that the flesh war against the leadership of the Holy Spirit in our life. For more profound revelations, read my book, How to Walk and Live in the Spirit and How to Live and Deal with Enemies.

Our flesh can become enemies to the Holy Spirit if we fail to control it. For example, masturbation, adultery, fornication, witchcraft, hatred, and other evil desires described in the holy scriptures are seeds of the flesh.

If you are caged in the prison of adultery, fornication, jealousy, and other invisible sins, don’t blame the devil because these desires emanate from the flesh. Although demons play a specific role in making people engage in evil deeds, the devil and his cohorts can never access our life until the flesh opens the door.

For example, ants will always gather around food. Until you place the food in a specified area, ants will never come near the place. In this case, the man who placed the food in that jurisdiction is the flesh, and the ants gathered around the food are the demons.

The devil and his cohorts wait for the flesh to open the door. Take responsibility today because you have the power to control the desires of the flesh. Read my book, how to train the human spirit, for a more profound revelation on the strategies to train the human spirit and dominate the desires of the human flesh.

Christ Jesus had the power to deny the crucifixion, but he willfully sacrificed himself (See Luke 22:41-42). That’s willpower. Stop blaming the devil and ask the Holy Spirit to grant you the grace to walk and live-in dominion.

The devil and his cohorts cannot force you to do evil, so take responsibility. Even if they force you to engage in evil things, resist them using the name of Christ Jesus and the Word (Holy Scriptures).

When the flesh tempts you with evil, engage in an activity that will take your mind off the temptation. Associate with people who will help you live in the Spirit (Meditate on 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, 1 Thessalonians 5:22). Create a consistent relationship and fellowship with the Holy Spirit to disarm the traps of the enemy.


 2. The Unrenewed mind

Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:

But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

2 Corinthians 10:1-5 KJV

The human mind is one of the greatest fixed and intangible assets in life. If you invest it with relevant information, it becomes productive. It becomes ineffective, self-destructive, and liable if you feed it with evil information.

Apostle Paul writes to the church in Corinth from the Holy Scriptures that we do not war against the flesh because our battle is spiritual (See Ephesians 6:12). Paul writes that we must cast down every imagination and high thing that rises against the knowledge of God and bring it under the subjection of the Word (Holy Scriptures).

One crucial truth you must realize is that there is an invisible battle taking place in our minds. The devil and cohorts seek to dominate our minds with evil thoughts and desires. Our mind is the playground.

Failure to guard your mind makes you vulnerable to the enemy's attacks. If you don’t renew your mind with the Word of God, you will always think and behave like unbelievers, wild animals, insane people, and demons.

Failure to feed your soul with the Word (Holy Scriptures) makes you faithless, depressed, and wicked in your thoughts. When your mind is empty of God’s Word, Satan and his minions will have dominion over your thoughts, emotions, and desires. Evil friends and ungodly activities will dominate your mind making you self-destructive.

Guard your soul (mind) by feeding it with the Word (See Romans 12:1-2). The more you feed on God’s Word, it nourishes your soul and makes you conform to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Evil thoughts will not control you when your mind is full of God’s Word.

When the Word fills your soul, your decisions will always lead to the perfect will of God (Meditate on 1 Peter 2:2, Hebrews 4:12, Jeremiah 23:29). If the Word dominates your soul, the invisible enemies cannot control you.


3. Secret sins

…Sin is the transgression of the law.

1 John 3:4 KJV

Sin means the transgression of the law (God’s Word). We have types and levels of sin. We have visible sins, great sins, unpardonable sins, little sins, invisible sins, sin against self, sin against God, sin against creation, and sins generated by evil spirits.

We have transgression, iniquities, and trespasses within the seed of sin. Secret sins are sins one engages in purposely to hide from others. This sin often opens the portal for the enemy to access your life.

Secret sins work with invisible sins. For example, masturbation, hatred, and jealousy in the heart are hidden sins or invisible sins. You give the devil and his cohorts the spiritual license to torment your soul when you engage in secret sin.

For example, Cain became jealous of his brother Abel. This sin opened the portal for the devil to control Cain leading to murder. For more profound revelations, read my book, the mysteries of Jealousy.

If you don’t disengage from secret sin, you will always feel unworthy to fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Secret sin will harden your heart, making you unrealistic in life. You will think like a mad person when sin dominates your heart.  

Read my book, Spiritual Keys for life, for more profound revelations on sin. Meditate on these holy scriptures.

every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.


James 1:14-15 KJV

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23 KJV


4. Unforgiveness

We live among imperfect people. No matter your innocence, someone will offend you. I know how it feels when people intentionally offend us. Take it from me; unforgiveness is an invisible enemy you must conquer.

In my book, Spiritual seeds for growth, I have enumerated some practical keys you can use to break the seed of unforgiveness. Holding grudges in your heart leads to bitterness, and bitterness will lead to psychotic and psychosomatic diseases.

If bitterness dominates your heart, you will develop strange diseases in your body and mind. Stop blaming the devil and learn to forgive offenders because you have also offended someone. Maybe I should be specific, you have offended God numerous times.

God has shown you mercies several times, but you have decided to hold grudges in your heart. Can I present to you that the person you are holding grudges against is freely enjoying himself? You cannot drink hot water or poison (tonic of unforgiveness and bitterness) and expect to live. Unforgiveness in your heart has great implications on your health so think twice! Know these truths.

  • You become an enemy to yourself and others when you hold unforgiveness in your heart.
  • Demons will send you a friend request in the realms of the spirit when you hold unforgiveness in your heart.
  • You will attract evil-minded people when you hold unforgiveness in your heart.
  • The Holy Spirit will distance himself from you when you hold unforgiveness in your heart.
  • Righteous and holy vessels will distance themselves from you when you hold unforgiveness in your heart (Meditate on Matthew 18:21-35).


5. Pride

God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

James 4:6 KJV

Pride means rejecting God’s help and depending solely on yourself (absolute independence). Lucifer lost his position in the Celestial City because of pride (See Isaiah 14:12-15). From the Holy Scriptures, Apostle James writes that God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.

This means God will resist you if you reject the Lordship of Christ Jesus and solely rely on your assets (gifts, money, house, family, and business). Child of God, if you don’t want to become an enemy to God, humble yourself.

If you become an enemy to God, the devil becomes your friend, and note that the devil has nothing good for you (See John 10:10). Humility is one of the essential virtues to break the enemy’s defences and attract the Lord’s blessings. Humility is an invisible virtue of the Holy Spirit. Decide to humble yourself in the sight of God, and He will defend you in the realms of the Spirit.

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