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When we think of an "enemy" we often imagine someone on the outside, a person tucked way in the shadows. However, Matthew states that our enemy will often be from our very own households. Those who we are closely acquainted with; friends and families.
Now some of these enemies do not intentionally set out to be an enemy. Those who are close to us are well-meaning and personally invested in our lives. However, they may not understand what God is doing in your life. They may think that you are not using common sense and rationale especially if God is leading you through blind faith.
Even Jesus had to say to Peter "Get behind me Satan!" Matthew 16:23. He then went on to say "you are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns".
This is powerful. Most of our loved ones do not know the mind of God concerning our lives. They may be on "survival" mode while God wants us to thrive. They can often be a stumbling block to us, encouraging us to conform to the status quo.
In closing, hold fast to God and stay on your square. Do not give up on your dreams, keep trekking forth. It may be hard because they may live with you, but press into God and let Him fight your battles. Only God can vindicate you. Most importantly only He has the last word.