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07/25/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 230

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Scripture:

Prov. 26:12
Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

Comment:

We believers need boldness, based on who we are in Christ, to make spiritual warfare in the right way. At the same time, it is extremely important that we retain our humility. If we lose it then we are in trouble. The enemy knows that and he is therefore trying to make us fall into pride. Pride was the devil’s original sin, and he is trying to get us to sin in the same way.

No one is totally perfect. No matter how far we have come in the sanctification process, there is more that God wants to deal with in our lives. The enemy is just trying to get us to look at all the defects in our lives, and make us think that we are not good enough, or he is trying to make us feel that we have come so far on the road so we don’t need more sanctification. It is the latter version that Prov. 26:12 is talking about.

To be wise in one’s own eyes, that is to exalt ourselves and not see our flaws, will have devastating effects. The Bible says that pride goes before destruction.

Prov. 16:18
Pride goes before destruction …

The problem with pride is that if you’ve gotten into it, it is difficult to accept correction. Such a person may say that he listens to God but not to people. God often speaks through people, many times through those, who are insignificant in the eyes of the world.

1 Cor. 1:27-29
27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,
29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.

07/21/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 229

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Scripture:

Prov. 26:4
Do not answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him.

Comment:

When we encounter people who speak and act foolishly, we should not respond to them in the wrong way. If we respond to them, e.g. by getting annoyed at their mistakes, we are behaving just as foolish as they are. The same applies if we, out of pride, disregard them. God wants us to love all people, even the most foolish.

Mark 12:29-31
29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL, THE LORD OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE.
30 AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ This is the first commandment.
31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

The fact that we are supposed to love people with the love of God doesn’t mean we should accept everything. The love of God rejoices in the truth.

1 Cor. 13:6
does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

Now, let’s have a look at Prov 26:5.

Prov. 26:5
Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes.

How do we “answer a fool” in the right way? The answer is that we, in a loving way, are to help him see the truth. We also need to fight against the evil spirits who seduced him to think and act foolishly.

07/18/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 228

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Scripture:

Prov. 26:2
Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, So a curse without cause shall not alight.

Comment:

Many argue that Prov. 26:2 should be interpreted to mean that Christians will not suffer from curses, provided that they do not commit any graven sin. But the experience of many believers is that they have been affected by a curse.

Why do Christians suffer from curses?

Prov. 26:2 says that a curse “without cause” shall not alight. Therefore we need to find out the causes for a curse.

One reason for a curse is sin, and who is living a life totally free from sin?

1 John 1:8
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

In order for us not to open the door for curses to enter we need to recognize and quickly confess our sins before God.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Jesus gives us the authority over all the power of the enemy

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Jesus gives us the authority over all the power of the enemy. When we use that authority, Jesus promises us that nothing shall hurt us. However, what happens if we do not use the authority?

Prov. 26:2
Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, So a curse without cause shall not alight.

If we do not use the authority that Jesus has given us, i.e. if we don’t resist the enemy, we will not be protected from the curses. When we are disobedient to Jesus, we have to take the consequence. It’s time for us to repent and take spiritual warfare very seriously. Then there will be a protection from curses.

07/14/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 227

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Scripture:

Prov. 25:28
Whoever has no rule over his own spirit Is like a city broken down, without walls.

Comment:

The walls around the city were to protect it against attacking enemies. The scripture speaks of a city that lacked walls and was broken down. The enemy apparently had been given free access to the city. The result was, it had been destroyed.

The scripture compares the broken city with a man who can’t control his mind. Such a person has no protection for his soul, and the enemy can therefore cause him great harm. It is therefore important that we rule over, i.e. control, our emotions and thoughts.

How can we be in control of our mind? The answer is, we shouldn’t, but we should let Jesus control it through the Holy Spirit. It is up to us to give Him access to our soul.

Rev. 3:20
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

The Holy Spirit does not break into the soul. He knocks, and it is up to us to open up to Him. When the Holy Spirit gets access to an area of our soul, He creates order there, and gives us strong protection.

So what has this to do with spiritual warfare? The answer is that spiritual warfare is not just about attacking the evil spirits, but also about defending against their attacks. And since the soul is one of the main battlegrounds in the spiritual war, we will soon get into trouble unless we allow the Holy Spirit to have full control.

07/11/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 226

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Scripture:

Prov. 25:26
A righteous man who falters before the wicked Is like a murky spring and a polluted well.

Comment:

As believers we should never give in to the evil spiritual world.

The scripture talks about ”a righteous man”. If you have received Jesus as your Savior, you have also received His righteousness. At the same time you have received the Holy Spirit, and He is described as rivers of living water.

John 7:38-39
38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive …

The flow of the Holy Spirit within us is healthy and life-giving, and it’s supposed to flow from us to the people around us. Of course, it is God’s will that there should only be the Holy Spirit’s water and nothing else flowing out from us, but if we compromise with the attacks of the evil spirit world, we can also become channels for the evil. As believers, we can therefore be channels for both the Holy Spirit and the enemy. Then we run the risk of becoming murky springs.

We should never compromise with the evil spiritual world. Jesus has given us the authority to command the evil spirits attacking us, or others in our environment, to back off.

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give you the authority … over all the power of the enemy …

Use the authority that has been given to you, otherwise you compromise with the enemy. God, who wants to make you His uncompromising tool for people to be saved, healed and restored, wants you to be a clean spring, a flow of living water.

07/07/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 225

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Scripture:

Prov. 25:21
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;

Comment:

People may behave hostile against us, and then we are told to help them in their need. It can be difficult for us to obey God in this, because in the flesh we would rather distance ourselves from those who treat us badly. Why then are we told to do good to our enemies? Rom 12: 20-21 gives us the answer.

Rom. 12:20-21
20 Therefore “IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM; IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP COALS OF FIRE ON HIS HEAD.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Verse 20 talks about heaping coals on someone’s head. This does not mean that we are trying to torment the person, but our goodness makes him get a bad conscience. Then we read in verse 21 that we defeat the evil by doing good. This is the answer to the question why we should do good to those who are hostile towards us.

It is important that we understand that it is not people, but evil spirits who are our real enemies.

Eph. 6:12
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

People can be the tools of the enemy, but it is the evil spirits behind people’s behavior who are our real problem. When we do good to the people who treat us badly it will be harder for the evil spirits to use them against us.

06/30/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 223

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Scripture:

Prov. 25:5
Take away the wicked from before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness.

Comment:

Jesus, the King of kings, has made us kings.

Rev. 1:5-6
5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

We need to get rid of “the wicked” if we are to serve God in the right way. That means, among other things, not to be guided by worldly thinking. Unfortunately, this world’s way of thinking and doing things has a big influence on the church. There must be a change in order for the Kingdom of God to expand.

To get rid of “the wicked” also means that we need to expose religious spirits and command them to leave. What religious spirits inspire us to think and do, seem to be really good to begin with, but their final intention is to destroy. The religious spirits have the same principal leader as the occult spirits, i.e. the devil. The only difference is that the religious spirits adapts to the church in order to attack from within.

It is about time for the believers, and for the churches, to fight against the evil spiritual world. We have received authority and we must use it. Then the Lordship of Jesus will manifest in our nation.

06/27/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 222

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Scripture:

Prov. 25:4 (ISV)
Purge the dross from the silver, and material for a vessel comes forth for the silversmith.

Comment:

Let’s here interpret silver as speaking the right words.

Prov. 10:20
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver …

It is important for us to speak what is right. Just like silver can be mixed with dross, what we speak can sometimes be mixed with wrong words.

Imagine that you are praying for your city, proclaiming the breakthrough for the Kingdom of God there. Then imagine that you meet a friend and say: “It is so spiritually dark in our city. I wonder if we will ever experience a revival here?” By talking like that you break the effect of what you prayed before.

God wants to use you in the spiritual battle, and He wants you to be an effective tool. Therefore He wants to help you stop speaking what is negative and what is filled with disbelief. In that process you have a responsibility to think about what you say. Choose to speak by faith, and close your mouth for the incorrect words!

06/23/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 221

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Scripture:

Prov. 25:2
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

Comment:

The Word of God is always the same, but it is significant that we allow the Holy Spirit to reveal it to us. When a scripture “opens up” for us, we see things we haven’t seen before, even though we have read the scripture many times before.

God can hold back a revelation. It is not necessarily revealed to the large and established churches and preachers.

Luke 10:21
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.

What revelation was Jesus rejoicing over? What was it that the father had given to “babes”? We find the answer in Luke 10:17.

Luke 10:17
Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

God chose not to give the revelation, of our authority over the evil spirits, to “the wise and prudent“, but to the “babes”. In other words, it was not the theologians who got the understanding, but those who followed Jesus and did his will.

There is a risk that we receive from God only what the ‘large’ churches and preachers have first approved. This applies especially to teaching about spiritual warfare, and it is an explanation why there is such ignorance and delusion concerning our mission to deal with the evil spiritual world.

06/16/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 220

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Scripture:

Prov. 24:25
But those who rebuke the wicked will have delight …

Comment:

If we look at the original text for this scripture we see that “rebuke” can also be translated “judge”.

We have a position of authority because of Jesus ‘ victory, and we are called to use that authority against the evil spiritual world. We have the right, and the responsibility, to stop evil spirits from stealing, killing and destroying. But, in order to do so, we must identify the evil spirits.

In order to judge the wicked we have to look behind the way people behave. We need to realize that behind a person’s bad behavior there is often an influence from the evil spiritual world. This does not mean that we whitewash a person’s responsibility, but in order to administer justice we need to see the whole picture.

When there are evil spirits involved, they must be rendered harmless. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8), and He has given us the same mission.

Many think they will have problems if they fight against the evil spiritual world, but God’s Word says quite the opposite. Those who rebuke the wicked will have delight.

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