The second day of our seminar, Pastor Daniel Kouadio opened a major issue that he called our greatest enemy: our character. Describing Moses’ character, he showed us that anger was part of Moses bloodline as part of a curse to pronounced against Simeon and Levi on their anger (Genesis 49:5-7). Now, after being raised up in the palace by Pharaoh, and despite having the authority over the people as the prince of Egypt, Moses killed a soldier who would have certainly obeyed him has he given the soldier an order (Exodus 2:11-12) and was forced to run away to the desert. My brother, my sister, God can truly change your character only in the wilderness, just like he was able to change Moses’ character in the desert for 40 years, where he learned to manage the sheep, before he was going to be sent out of Egypt with the people of God. Yet and still, Moses’ anger was stronger than him, and after seeing what Israel had done while he was in the mountain with God, and despite the fact that while he was there, God who is omnipresent had seen what the people were doing and wrote the tablet of the Ten Commandments and told Moses to communicate them to the people, Moses, broke the tablet out of anger (Exodus 32:19) and later, he struck the rock instead of following God’s instructions, and after calling the people ‘rebels’ out of anger (Numbers 20:7-13).
Now, let’s look at another trait of character that can follow us through our family bloodline: Abraham lied that Sarah was his sister (Genesis 20:2), and later his son Isaac did the same thing lying that his wife Rebekah was his sister (Genesis 26); later, his son Jacob lied to him that he was his brother Esau (Genesis 27:1-4); and later Jacob’s sons lied to him that Joseph was lost (Genesis 42:36)… as we read all this it appears that lying was in the bloodline, and therefore in their bloodline.
This brings us to say that our deliverance cannot take place without our character being changed first. That is the reason why we are given weapons in Ephesians 6:11-17. Looking into these weapons, what do we learn? The Bible says: “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (verse 11). Now what are those weapons? The belt of truth (verse 14), because truth will always avoid you humiliation; “the breastplate of righteousness” (verse 14). The breastplate is there to protect your heart. The Bible says “For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander” (Matthew 15:19). So, what is in your heart can actually destroy you or build you up. The Bible also says: “your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace” (verse 15), which means the Gospel can help you move ahead and overcome obstacles of this life. We are also asked to have faith (verse 16) in the Lord who gives us assurance in the fight and above all and finally to protect our head with “the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit” (verse 17).
Overall, these weapons are all related to our own character, as they summarize who we are when we are living in truth and with confidence and trust in God; they also show the determination and zeal that comes from the Word God or the courage to face obstacles, because God wants us to act like soldiers before the enemy’s attacks. Yes, victory is possible in Christ when your character is rooted in Him. Stay blessed in the name of Jesus.