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10/18/2013

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 158

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in Proverbs — kellporten @ 15:58
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Scripture:

Prov. 17:14
The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.

(Swedish version: Beginning of strife is like opening a water gate …)

Comment:

We have talked about strife before in this series (see part 28). Here, in Prov. 17:14, we are told not to get into needless discussions since they easily lead to strife. It’s easy to begin an argument, but it is not so easy to stop it. Therefore we need to be cautious what we say to each other. Sometimes it can be better to give in, but we should never, renounce God’s truths.

The evil spiritual world is often behind strife, and inspires us to get into it. Therefore it is important for us to take authority over those spirits who are involved, and command them to leave.

Prov. 26:20
Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.

The word ’talebearer’ can also mean ‘whisperer’. Evil spirits whisper into our ears, trying to get us angry at our counterpart. They help us think we cannot be silent and accept what has been said. In order to stop strife, it is therefore better to go aside and take authority over the evil spirits who are involved. Command the spirits to leave you as well as your counterpart, and proclaim the blood of Jesus as protection over your conversation. Pastor Yonggi Cho once told about how he uses this method when their board meetings heat up. He then leaves to go to another room to pray. When he comes back the atmosphere in the room has changed.

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