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A leader keeps his plans as dark as night

Tue, 1 Dec 2015 Source: Dag Heward-Mills

A good leader seeks to know all about his enemy. You must assume that your enemy is trying to know a lot about you. You must keep as much information from him and let him know only what you want him to know. Without your systems of privacy and secrecy in place, your plans, purposes and pursuits can easily fail.

Jesus spoke in parables intentionally. It was no accident. He wanted to keep His enemies in darkness. The Pharisees were so hard-hearted and so wicked that they murdered Jesus Christ in cold blood when they had the chance.

And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. For this people’s HEART IS WAXED GROSS, and their EARS ARE DULL of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Matthew 13:10, 13, 15

When you have an enemy you must keep him in darkness about your life. It is important not to be open to a hard-hearted destroying devil. Keep your plans as dark as night when you are dealing with the enemy.

It is important to have secrets that are well kept from disloyal people who do not appreciate your love and care for them. You must have a system that protects the privacy and secrecy of vital issues. As Christians, having secrets sounds a little unbiblical and even immoral. We teach a lot about confession, openness and honesty. Because of this, having secrets and keeping secrets seem to be a bad thing.

Yes, having secrets and keeping secrets in a civilian world is often evil. However, when you enter the realms of war, it is necessary to have secrets and guard them well.

When there is a war going on, there are certainly occasions and reasons for keeping people in the dark. Enemies must be kept in the dark and must be given little information. Knowledge must be kept away from them and secrets must be kept from them. Don’t let everyone know everything when you are at war. Secrets are not always evil. On several occasions, the Scripture exhorts us to keep secrets.

… a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

Proverbs 29:11

Three Times We Learn to Keep Secrets

This Scripture teaches that it is foolishness to speak your whole mind. A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards. Proverbs 29:11 The apostle Paul said that he had had revelations of things, which were unlawful to share. In other words, it was wrong to even speak about them. It is a sin (unlawful) to even reveal things that God has allowed you to know.

I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, WHICH IT IS NOT LAWFUL FOR A MAN TO UTTER.

Corinthians 12:2-4 Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father but does not know the day or the hour of His return. The Father has kept that secret from the Son, even though He sits by Him. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

Mark 13:32

Jesus Christ intentionally kept information and knowledge from the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Because they were hard-hearted evil men, it was necessary to keep them in the dark. A leader must keep his enemy in the dark otherwise he will lose the war!

Columnist: Dag Heward-Mills