Luke 15:25-30 (28) – “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. (NIV)

Today’s Bible reading tells the story of the prodigal son who asked for his inheritance and went away. After squandering everything, the boy returned home, and the dad threw a party. When the elder brother heard of his brother’s arrival, he became sorrowful. He refused to join the celebration and even questioned their father’s decision to kill the fattened cow. There are a few things to note from this older son’s action.

When his brother was prematurely asking for his inheritance, why did he not rebuke or advice him? Secondly, since his brother left, did he attempt to look for the naive boy? Thirdly, why was he angry and not rejoicing that his brother was restored to the family? Finally, why was he trying to let their dad see the reasons why the boy shouldn’t be celebrated?

Beloved, this is the ‘Elder Brother Spirit’ at work. It is a spirit that is powered by the ‘Demon of envy and tradition’ (James 3:14-15). This force does not only possess relatives but could manipulate anyone in a position of influence. As you advance in life, watch out for the people with this spirit because they can go any length to destroy you through misleading counsels, unholy wishes and diabolic means. Many houses of worship now compete and rejoice at the downfall of other assemblies. Brethren pray evil prayers in the name of Jesus, not knowing they are led by jealousy and anger.

If you happen to be like the elder brother to the prodigal son, you must repent and amend your ways. Do good to your juniors, encourage them, pray for them and give them the benefit of doubt. As a Church or minister of the gospel, imitate Apostle Paul to seek the development of God’s people (1 Corinthians 11:1). And it shall be well with you!


Hymn: Jesus Saves — Priscilla J. Owens (1882)

1. Spirit of envy, pride and wickedness, ravaging my life. Holy Spirit, flush them out! (Mention)

2. Lord Jesus, please possess me with a heart like Yours.


1. Powers covering my glory from shining, scatter!

2. Father, let the gathering of the evil elders against my life, nation and the Church, be destroyed!

3. Anybody, any institution assigned to mislead me, spiritually, maritally, and financially; be exposed!


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