Understanding Spiritual Warfare, Part VII

We have talked about the fact that God may send an evil spirit at times in our direction, if we refuse to repent. Let’s take a closer look at this. The Bible teaches that God will not give His glory to another (Isaiah 42:8). In other words, if we act in ways that dishonor God, God will remove His covering/protection from us. We will suffer. You see, God has no choice but to allow us to be tormented and afflicted by the demonic realm in such instances — we are not glorifying Him, we are not establishing His kingdom, but our own. We are actually dishonoring God, and people are suffering for it (because we are not being a “light” like we are supposed to). God has no choice but to take action.

He looks down and he spots an individual. “There’s a man who is not doing My will. Go get him, “He says to an evil spirit — who must obey Him just as much as the good angels must obey Him. The spirit goes, does its job of tormenting, and the man either repents or doesn’t repent. If he doesn’t repent, he suffers. But if he does repent — oh, what a glorious sight that is to behold! Here’s the words of God to the man who is willing to repent and turn away from his evil deeds.

“Turn to my reproof, Behold, I will pour out my Spirit upon you. I will make my words known to you.” (Proverbs 1:23). These are actually the words of “widsom,” as portrayed in the proverb, but can be rightfully applied to God — because God is the source of wisdom. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,” as we also read in the book of Proverbs. (Proverbs 1:7).

But if we don’t repent, just the opposite is true: “Because I called, and you refused; I stretched out my hand, and no one paid attention; And you neglected all my counsel, And did not want my reproof; I will even laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes, When your dread comes like a storm, And your calamity comes on like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come on you. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me, Because they hated knowledge, And did not choose the fear of the Lord. They would not accept my reproof. So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, And be satiated with their own devices. For the waywardness of the naïve shall kill them, And the complacency of fools shall destroy them. But he who listens to Me shall live securely, And shall be at ease from the dread of evil.” (Proverbs 1:24-33).

What contrast between the man who is willing to do God’s will, and the man who isn’t. Which category do you fall into today? Choose the one belonging to the man who repents when he does wrong. God will then “pour out” His Spirit on you, as it says in Proverbs 1:23.