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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.

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10/04/2013

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 154

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in Proverbs — kellporten @ 09:00
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Scripture:

Prov. 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

Comment:

Pride led to the fall of the devil, and of course the evil spirits try to lure people into the same sin. From the scripture above we see that pride leads to destruction, and haughtiness will cause us to fall.

The Word of God says we need to hate pride if we want to live in fear of God.

Prov. 8:13
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.

It is important for us to understand that we can and should rejoice in who we are, in Christ. It is not prideful to speak and act from our position of authority in Christ. But it is prideful to say that we are useless, because such talk is opposite to what the Word of God says. And obviously it’s prideful even to think we know more than God.

In conclusion, we can say, that while the enemy is trying to get us into pride because of our own ability, with the intention to make us fall, God wants us to have our identity in Christ and make the enemy flee.

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

10/22/2012

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 70

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in Proverbs — kellporten @ 16:37
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Scripture:

Prov. 11:2
When pride comes, then comes shame …

(Swedish version: When pride cometh, then cometh contempt)

Comment:

Pride and contempt are not necessarily caused by demons but they can be. And even when they are not caused by demons, there is a risk that pride and contempt open up doors for demons to enter.

Spirits of pride make way for spirits of contempt, and they also make way for destruction.

Prov. 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

Sometimes spiritual warfare is very practical. When Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, He showed them a way contrary to pride and contempt. We too, need to bend our knees and serve, instead of being served. That way we will be protected from going astray.

08/06/2012

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 48

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in Proverbs — kellporten @ 15:06
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Scripture:

Prov. 6:16-17
16 These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look …

Comment:

The first thing mentioned that the Lord hates is, a proud look. There is a saying that the eyes are the mirror of the soul, and truly enough, you can often see in people’s eyes that they have a problem with pride.

Pride is the total opposite to Jesus’ redemption work. He humbled Himself for our sake.

Phil. 2:6-8
6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

It is important that we keep ourselves humble in our walk as believers. That goes for spiritual warfare too. Pride goes before destruction says the Word of God.

Prov. 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

Pride was the sin that made the devil fall, and he, of course, tries to tempt us with the same sin. But, he also has a special purpose for it. He knows that if we become proud, it will be hard for us to humble ourselves before God. Then we will not be able to make the devil flee.

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

06/08/2012

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 33

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in Proverbs — kellporten @ 07:00
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Scripture:

Prov. 3:34
…He … gives grace to the humble.

Comment:

In spiritual warfare, like in everything in the Kingdom of God, humbleness is very important. Therefore, we need to understand what humbleness is.

¨Humbleness is, for instance, to look at oneself and others the way God looks at us, and it is humbleness when we put the Word of God before our emotions and opinions.

The scripture is also talking about grace, and here, let’s define grace; as God’s ability, at the end of our ability.

We can paraphrase the scripture in the following way:

God gives His ability to those who don’t rebel against Him but submit to His Word.

Let’s also say that the opposite of humbleness, is pride, and being prideful is disastrous.

Prov. 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

The enemy uses our pride to defeat us, but we can use humbleness, and receive the ability to conquer the enemy.

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