I would like to start a series of posts on “our enemies in warfare”, it is going to deal with ‘enemies’ that affect our everyday life and our walk with Elohiem. As Paul says in:
Ephesians 6:11-13 Put on the complete armour of Elohim, for you to have power to stand against the schemes of the devil. Because we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against authorities, against the world-rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual matters of wickedness in the heavenlies. Because of this, take up the complete armour of Elohim, so that you have power to withstand in the wicked day, and having done all, to stand.
Paul clearly says here that our battle is not against flesh and blood, that is humans/ the physical, but our battle is against principalities and the rulers of the dark. In other words, our battle is spiritual too! Our choices and actions determine how these principalities and dark rulers can affect us. We are going to see that when we do certain things that are abominable in God’s eyes that we actually open up a doorway for that spirit to affect us. As our verse says; we need to take up the full armour of God to stand against the schemes of the devil. The enemy “the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour”.(1 Peter 5:8) Some people do not believe in a devil or spirits, but Scripture says they are real and if you believe they are real or not will make no difference. Truth is they are real and want to keep you from seeing the Light that is in Messiah and the Truth of His Scripture. 2Cor 4:4 in whom the mighty one of this age1 has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, so that the enlightening of the Good News of the esteem of Messiah, who is the likeness of Elohim, does not shine on them. Footnote: 1See Lk. 4:6. There are many examples and admonitions in Scripture regarding this. We read in the scroll of Daniel for example: 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me for twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief [of the celestial] princes, came to help me, for I remained there with the kings of Persia.
We find another example in Job: Job 1:6-12 And the day came to be that the sons of Elohim came to present themselves before יהוה, and Satan also came among them. And יהוה said to Satan, “From where do you come?” And Satan answered יהוה and said, “From diligently searching in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” And יהוה said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Iyoḇ, that there is none like him on the earth, a perfect and straight man, one who fears Elohim and turns aside from evil?” And Satan answered יהוה and said, “Is Iyoḇ fearing Elohim for naught? “Have You not made a hedge around him, and around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out Your hand, please, and strike all that he has – if he would not curse You to Your face!” And יהוה said to Satan, “See, all that he has is in your hand. Only do not lay a hand on himself.” And Satan went out from the presence of יהוה.
This is not a new concept in Scripture for Deuteronomy says: Deu 32:16-17 “They moved Him to jealousy with foreign matters, With abominations they provoked Him. “They slaughtered to demons – not Eloah – Mighty ones they did not know, New ones who came lately, Which your fathers did not fear.
The greek word for devil in this verse is explained as follows by the low-nida lexicon: “an evil supernatural being or spirit – ‘demon, evil spirit.’ pneu/ma: ‘they brought to him many who were demon possessed and he drove out the evil spirits’ Mt 8.16. ‘he drove out many demons’ Mk 1.34. ‘the evil spirits begged him’ Mt 8.31. ‘one of you is a demon’ Jn 6.70. For another interpretation of dia,boloj in Jn 6.70, see 88.124.
While in a number of languages the Devil may be spoken of as ‘the chief of the demons,’ sometimes the demons are simply called ‘the spirits of the Devil’ or ‘the servants of the Devil.’ In a number of languages the difficulty in terminology for demons is not the absence of a term, but the abundance of different terms for different kinds of demons, each one of which may be responsible for particular kinds of human behavior, for example, insanity, depression, epilepsy, sex perversion, and violent assault. Sometimes demons are classified as ‘those of the home’ and ‘those of the forest,’ in which case the latter are normally regarded as more violent and virulent. When there is an abundance of different terms for demons and no generic term for all types of demons, one can usually select a class of demons which parallels most closely the descriptions of demon activity in the NT and use such a term with appropriate contextual qualifications so as to suggest that such a term is to be understood in a general sense.”
With this in mind let’s begin with our first enemy – The spirit of pride:
1. The Symptoms of pride
God hates pride, it is absolutely a trait of satan himself. Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished. (Pro 16:5 NAS)
6 As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, And being satisfied, their heart became proud; Therefore, they forgot Me. 7 So I will be like a lion to them; Like a leopard I will lie in wait by the wayside. (Hos 13:6-7 NAS) From these we can see that God views pride in a serious light, because pride CAUSES us to depart from God. Let’s look at:
The symptoms of a proud person:
- Pride makes you feel special.
- It concentrates on your rights and not your responsibilities.
- It leads away from a serving heart.
- You have a lofty view of yourself.
- It produces ungratefulness.
- It produces a hardness of heart.
- It makes you envious of what others have.
- It cares more of what people think than what God thinks.
- It does not admit to being wrong or failure – they try to cover up their mistakes secretly.
- It steals God’s Glory.
- It brings division.
- It is selfish, and prefers his interests to yours.
- It blame shifts.
- It produces an un-teachable spirit.
- It produces sarcasm.
- It is perverse – stubbornly doing the opposite of what is required.
- It mocks – makes fun of by imitating – and laughs at.
- It leads to independence and rebellion against authority.
- It produces judgementalism.
- It is very critical.
- It produces impatience.
- It is proud of it’s organization or denomination.
- It produces sectarianism- part of a church who say only their way will get you into heaven.
- It compares yourself with others.
- It produces disloyalty and a lack of commitment.
A proud man will not ask for help and is discontented. A proud person can’t cast their cares on God, they HAVE TO do it on their own until THEY decide they will be satisfied with God’s answer. A proud man won’t wait for God to promote him but quits the job and rather he says: “I’m not putting up with this anymore”. Think of all the time spent in anger because others won’t do what you want! Pride is seen in those who stand on their rights rather than their responsibility. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (Jam 4:6 NAS)
“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way, And the perverted mouth, I hate. (Pro 8:13 NAS)
“Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food, and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy.“Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it. (Eze 16:49-50 NAS)
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. “All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.” (Mar 7:21-23 NAS)
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever. (1Jo 2:16-17 NAS)
Characteristics of prideful people.
- They cannot be quiet and listen to others.
- Pride always has to let others know how much knowledge, power or possessions they have.
- Pride cannot receive.
- Pride brings the conversation around to what or who they know.
- Pride is not interested in others – it’s all about me, myself and I.
- Pride interrupts others and assumes they are interested in hearing what he has to say.
- Pride is blind to others feelings.
- Pride calls at an inconvenient time not considering if you want to listen or not.
- Pride always has to be better than others.
- Pride seeks attention.
- Pride wants to impress.
- Pride won’t ask for directions; they’d rather get lost.
- Pride is an expert at everything.
- Pride wants the best of everything.
- Pride does not want to suffer for the sake of Messiah.
- Pride likes to be the giver which makes them feel important.
- Pride has always seen or done things better.
The traps of pride
1.Pride in power.
‘Thus says the LORD, “Indeed, those who support Egypt will fall, And the pride of her power will come down; From Migdol to Syene They will fall within her by the sword,” Declares the Lord God. (Eze 30:6 NAS)
2.Pride in knowledge – puffed up.
Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. (1Co 8:1 NAS)
3.Pride in appearance – clothes, physique, beauty, hair, house.
Now in all Israel was no one as handsome as Absalom, so highly praised; from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no defect in him. And when he cut the hair of his head (and it was at the end of every year that he cut it, for it was heavy on him so he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head at 200 shekels by the king’s weight. (2Sa 14:25-26 NAS)
4.Pride in achievement
5.Pride in talent
6.Pride in sexual ability
7.Pride in heritage
8.Pride in self
9.Pride in one’s own strength.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself; but rather to think ABOUT yourself less.
If we can’t see the pride in our lives then it will be our undoing and destruction. Therefore we must ask Father to reveal to us the pride hidden in our hearts. We must repent of it and trust in Father to help us overcome. Pride will break your relationship with Father as it ALWAYS leads away from God.
I hope you found this post useful and next time we will look at another enemy in warfare. Please feel free to comment below on what your thoughts are.
Shalom till next time.