The Kingdom Warriors' Blog

11/16/2016

The enemy’s weapons: Provocation

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:08

Let us take an example to explain what we mean by provocation. Imagine a person who is normally calm and has a lot of patience. Then that person meets someone who says something really offensive, and the calm person explodes in anger. He has allowed himself to be provoked. The other person’s words caused him to react in a way that was not normal for him.

Is it just words that can provoke?

Actions can also be provocative. Imagine for example, you’re driving, and someone makes a wrong move. Instead of being completely harmonious, you suddenly become greatly upset. You have allowed yourself to be provoked.

Why does the enemy try to provoke us?

The enemy is trying to provoke you to get you off balance, and make you say or do things that you would never say or do. Much has been said and done because people have allowed themselves to be provoked, and the enemy can use those words and actions to harm people.

How does the enemy go about getting us to feel provoked?

The enemy can, for example, inspire someone to say something that you perceive as unpleasant, but it does not mean that you automatically allow yourself to be provoked by it. Therefore, the enemy attacks your mind and “helps” you to become upset. The enemy might try to get you think about how rude the person acted towards you, and if you accept that idea from the enemy, he then tries to make your emotions ‘burn’ in order to eventually make you explode with anger.

How should we deal with the enemy’s weapon provocation?

People can’t provoke us if we make the right choices. We can choose whether we should allow ourselves to be provoked or not. In order to stop the enemy from being successful in provoking us we must meet certain conditions.

First, we must realize that it is our choice, to decide how it should be. This in turn means that we should not blame others when we are provoked. The Word of God shows us that we should forgive.

Luke 6:37
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Second, we need to realize that the enemy is out to attack our thoughts and feelings. Therefore, instead of accusing others, or end up in self-pity, we need to take authority over the spirits who are trying to provoke us.

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