I called him for a chat. It was not about him but about the spirit and the seed his actions were releasing. It was one of those tough discussions a senior leader had to make. We put emotions behind, we faced reality. Afterwards, health and progress returned to the group.

Friend, betrayal is a seed that must be dealt with if the acts would not be repeated in and around your life and operations. Perhaps, what the betrayer leaves behind is more dangerous than his or her actions. You need to kill the seed. God dealt with the rebellion of Lucifer and the accompanying spirit/seed, and Heaven is still standing today (Isaiah 14:12-15).

“Moreover you know also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me…” (1 Kings 2:5). One of the wise counsels that David gave Solomon was the counsel to take away Joab (1 Kings 2:1-6). David knew what Joab’s actions caused him and he had to advise his son, Solomon, to deal with it if he would enjoy a peaceful reign. Solomon acted accordingly (1 Kings 5:4).

While we do not go about killing people like they did in the Old Testament, we are supposed to recognize the spirit behind their operations and “kill” such spirits (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). The betrayer, more often than not, leaves a spirit behind in the organization that must be dealt with. Thus, wise Christians must deal with spirits and seeds. This begins with identification and correction.

“Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will you also go away?” (John 6:67). You would have thought that Jesus was sending people away. He was actually killing the seeds of betrayal. When people betray you, they leave some of the people with you confused and undecided. Some are asking, “Could it be that our leader is wrong and wicked? Might this betrayal be right? Are we safe with him etc.?” These are seeds that must be wisely dealt with.

Like Jesus, you kill the seed of betrayal by identifying those already in its web, and helping them sort out their confusions (John 6:66-70). You then engage in teaching, prayers, confrontations and corrections. You also need to set up the right structures to mitigate future occurrence. Remember, if you are betrayed once you are a victim, but if it keeps happening, then you are a volunteer.

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria