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09/30/2013

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 153

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in Proverbs — kellporten @ 13:29
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Scripture:

Prov. 16:17
The highway of the upright is to depart from evil …

(Swedish version: The highway of the upright is to flee from the evil)

Comment:

At first glance, the scripture above could be interpreted as we should keep away from evil spirits, and from spiritual warfare, but that is not what is meant by “depart from evil”. It says we should depart from evil, not that we should depart from the evil spirits. They should depart from us.

We should flee from the evil in the sense that we are to keep away from doing what is evil. There are those who are trying to get as close to the limit of the permissible as possible, but it is a dangerous road. We need to keep ourselves far away from temptations and doing what is evil.

As for the evil spirits, we are not supposed to flee from them. They are supposed to flee from us.

Jam. 4:7
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

It does not say that we should flee from the devil, but it says that we should resist him, and then he will flee from us. But note that we first need to submit ourselves to God. We are to depart from evil. Part of our submitting to God is to keep away from things that don’t please Him. In other words, we need to keep away from evil, in order to be able to make the evil spirits flee.

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