John 14:15New King James Version (NKJV)
If you love Me, keep My commandments.
Greetings All For HIM Members and Brothers and Sisters in Christ! Donnie Ojemann the “Emancipated Inmate” and “Warrior Husband” here to share the Good News with all those who are incarcerated yet set free by the precious gift of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
John 21:17 (NKJV) He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.
This month I am compelled to share this message about Double Agents that has been weighing on my heart. First let us give definition to the term “double agent” for a clearer understanding.
A double agent is a person who pretends to be loyal to a particular side of opposing forces while acting in secret on behalf of their sworn enemy. This person does not always do a good job of disguising his duel loyalties and the revelation of this can be damaging to the hearts of those he professes to have loyalty with – namely the body of Christ (you and I).
Let’s begin to break it down. Any of our Brothers and Sisters who profess Christ yet still indulges in all the “benefits” of a worldly life.
When we come to Christ we know the need for healing from past hurts, addictions, broken relationships within our families, pride, lust and all the other damage the devil has fostered in our lives. As young believers we come running to God swearing loyalty to receive His love and healing (God’s benefits).
“I swear I’ll attend every Church service, every Bible Study and prayer circle, if only You’ll answer my prayers.”
However more immediate desires usually take the place of the true needs like:
“God please don’t let my girlfriend, fiancé or wife leave me before I get out of prison, I can’t live without her. God please send me some commissary money. God please do away with this disciplinary case I just received.”
Or the most common:
“God please just grant me parole and I’ll do all Your Word says I should.”
As God’s Children we should be obeying God’s Word because we love Him, not because we might get a benefit out of obeying. Jesus tells us:
John 14:15 If you love Me, keep My commandments.
Many times when Church, Bible Study or Prayer Circle are over, the last “amen” is said and the last hand shake is finished – the double agents run and jump the fence right back into the enemies camp. They are looking for the best of both worlds and have convinced themselves they cannot live without the benefits the devil has to offer in exchange for their betrayal of Christ and the body. The rest of his Brothers and Sisters in Christ look on stunned at their betrayal ready to judge and sometimes secretly even envious at the stumbling block.
Have you let the worldly things we all know that are available to us right here in prison like: lust and sexual immorality, alcohol and drugs, gambling and greed, theft and extortion, pride and rebelliousness turn you into a double agent for the kingdom of darkness?
God’s Word says “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” Romans 6:16 NKJV
If we are reaping the benefits (receiving payments) that come from the enemy then we are employed by the enemy – enlisted in his army.
There was a double minded man in the Bible who claimed loyalty to Jesus in front of all of his brothers but his own selfish desires led him to the enemies camp. This double agent, Judas Iscariot, had a love of money (greed) and all that it could do for him.
Matthew 6:24 New King James Version (NKJV) No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
We know Judas was bound by greed and served the enemy in hopes of receiving the benefits. Judas loved money – however the sin varies with every double agent (lust, filthy communications, rebellion, chemical addictions, etc). Judas showed his love of money even when his brothers, the disciples looked on.
John 12:3-6New King James Version (NKJV) 3 Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. 4 But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, 5 “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.
Judas was exposed as a “thief” in verse 6. The disciples lived with Judas daily and observed his behaviors just as we are forced to do with one another while incarcerated.
Imagine the pain felt by Jesus and the disciples as they watched Judas knowingly continue to scheme to fill the treasury bag so he could steal from it. They looked to their brother to be an example of integrity, instead Judas brought despair and temptation among them. Judas was a double agent, who wanted all the benefits of following Christ and the benefits of the enemies camp too! Sin brings forth more sin, Judas found this out when his greed lead him all the way to betraying Christ to the chief priests for 30 pieces of silver.
That same hurt and disappointment Judas’ brothers felt is the same we feel today when we see our Brothers and Sister in Christ representing the enemy’s camp.
Our actions, speech and even the way we dress proclaims our loyalty to Christ or the enemy of our souls. Watching our Brothers and Sisters in Christ indulging in sin is a heart wrenching experience and can be a temptation or stumbling block to some.
So what are we to do about thee double agents among the flock? We are to bring their behavior to their awareness ministering in love, never condemning. God’s Word instructs us how.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 New King James Version (NKJV) 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. 15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.
Let’s break this scripture passage down:
Warn those who are sinful. We do this by bringing up the behavior that is effecting their walk and the body of Christ to their attention – in love.
Minister to those who are easily led to temptation by Sharing the Word of God with those who do not have understanding
- Be long-suffering with your siblings – not quick to condemn
- Do not be evil or hateful to those who sin against you
- Seek the goodness of God for yourself and for your Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Now if we have reached out to our Brothers and Sisters in Christ to no avail, God gives more instructions:
Matthew 18:15-17 New King James Version (NKJV) 15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
I am not sharing these scriptures to cause division in the body of Christ, but to help each and every one of us to live an Overcoming Abundant Life in Christ.
2 Peter 3:14-18New King James Version (NKJV) 14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
Brothers and Sisters, I encourage you to always lead by example as Christ did, representing the Kingdom of God.
Ephesians 4:23-24 (NKJV) 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Let our loyalties be clear in all that we do and not let ourselves give the appearance of or become a double agent for the enemy of our soul.
Stand strong my Brothers and Sisters – Let Christ live through us, for we can do nothing on our own. But we can…
…do all things through Christ who strengthens us! Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
Compelled by the love of Jesus, I am All In, All For HIM,
Donnie W. Ojemann