“And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you” (Gal 2:4, 5)
Today, who are these false believers? They are people in the church who say that they are saved but they are not. They have a form of godliness, they sound like Christians, but they are not born again. They are religious unbelievers. Ignorantly or not, these people are agents of the powers of darkness. They infiltrate the churches to monitor the true believers. Their intent is to make the true Christians backslide. Their purpose is to deceive the true believers to forsake their freedom in Christ, and go back to the bondage of the devil. The false believers work as spies for the devil. A spy is a man or a woman who secretly watches others for hostile purposes. A spy is employed by one nation to get classified information of strategic value from another nation, to be used later against it. The spiritual spy sells information about you to the devil. That is why the false brethren are dangerous.
I now want to make a special application of the warning against the spying of the false believers. I trust the Holy Spirit to help me and you. Looking into your spouse’s activities without permission constitutes spying. Reading emails, viewing text messages, looking into another’s diary, checking your spouse’s pockets or wallet, all these count as spying as well. Some people go as far as to hire a private investigator to follow their spouse and report back on their activities. Listen to this: all spying is dangerous. It is the work of the devil and his agents! It creates more problems than it solves. Dear sister, you who are spying on your husband… it means that your marriage is already in trouble. Your husband has the right to privacy. If you violate this right, the relationship will be damaged because of lack of trust. Know this: like any sin or activity influenced by demons, spying is very addictive. You will become a slave to the devil of spying. It takes a lot of energy to think of new methods to spy on your husband. Idleness and foolishness are the background of these activities. You need to repent and stop that! You can use your mental energies to improve your marriage thru prayer and faith in the Word of God. Another problem with spying is this: what are you going to do with the information you discover? This information is given to you thru evil spirits whose only work is to destroy your peace, your joy and you marriage. I hope you know that spying won’t prevent your husband from cheating. Your efforts are not helping the relationship, only damage it the more.
See the strategy of the virtuous woman, the godly wife and mother! She does not spy! She watches and prays!
“She opens her mouth with wisdom and on her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness” (PV 31:26, 27)
This is a godly watching done by the leading of the Holy Spirit. This woman is spiritual, faithful, kind, humble, prudent and wise. She is a born again warrior for Christ. She trusts the Holy Spirt to reveal what is needed at the right time. She is not curious or suspicious. She wants to see if there is something to correct so that the family will be better. This is not the watching of a spy, a busy body or a fault finder. The difference is found in her spirit and her attitude. This is my advice: if you love truly your husband and your children, do not spy on them! Pray for them! Counsel them according to the Word of God. Fear God! Trust God for protection and peace! You must watch and pray that you should not fall into temptation (Mk 14:38). Temptation is not a sin. But refusing to be prepared spiritually and falling in the middle of temptation that is sin. The true believer knows how to stay under the cover of God, in the shadow of His wings. Over there, in that secret place of the Most High God there is peace and total protection. The devil will tempt the believer to come out from under the covering, to be rebellious and isolated. Then it becomes an easy prey for the ‘vulture-demons’ waiting outside.
Finally, this is the most important lesson of all: stay and dwell in the presence of God! Do not leave the presence of God! Be filled with the Holy Spirit! Do not grieve the Holy Spirit! God will help you! Embraced in the everlasting arms of God there is eternal safety! To God be all the glory! In Jesus name, amen!