He was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life in prison, as reported by the news in May, 2019. Three people gave testimony that he was at home when the crime was committed. His fingerprints didn’t match any taken at the crime scene. He didn’t even fit the description of the criminal, but he was serving a life sentence in prison since 1982.
He was just exonerated of these charges through the initiative of own advocacy legal group who dug deep to find the truth.
Do you know who your enemy is?
Sometimes you feel the enemy is everywhere! David celebrates a momentous occasion for his kingdom when the ark of the covenant finally resides in the capital city. His wife, Michal, disdains him for his “antics.” The moment he enters the door of his home, it’s as if he is showered with ice water. The enemy has infected his spousal relationship.
Paul has been working with the church of Corinth for some time, but he has had to deal with them firmly. He asks that they take good care of Timothy. “See that he may be with you without fear…let no man despise him: but conduct him forth in peace” (1 Corinthians 16:10-11). It sounds like the enemy has influenced a spiritual relationship.
David speaks of the deep pain and sorrow in his life “for it was not an enemy that reproached me…but it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance” (Psalm 55:12-13). Again, the enemy has injured a special relationship.
Who is the enemy? Is it Michal or the cranky church member in Corinth or David’s close friend? They are not the enemy. Satan is the real enemy and he gains ground in defeating you the longer you look at your relational antagonist as if they are the enemy. He has you distracted from the real target. You and your spouse are allies brought together by God to defend your home against the enemy. The sad thing is that Satan is so sly he triggers your fleshly weakness and exploits you to cause more damage. Some of the people you know may have “given place to the devil” by setting “up idols in his heart” but they are not the enemy.
We find some great advice. “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity” (1 Corinthians 16:13). You look out for the enemy and you treat one another with charity. Refresh your memory about charity by reading 1 Corinthians 13. When you are overwrought, consider what gave David courage, “As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me…Cast thy burden upon the Lord and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:16, 22).
Don’t fall for his scheme. Satan is tricky and he will lead you to believe your spouse, your friend, or another church member is the enemy. Don’t believe it for a second. Put on the armor of God and be prepared to stand against your enemy. The enemy is Satan.