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Wise as Serpents

November 27, 2006

Psalm 119:133  “Order my steps in thy word:  and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” 

Proverbs 9:10  “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

The bible is filled from cover to cover with exhortations to seek true wisdom.  The books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes give us the incredible insight that God gave to King Solomon; testifying that true wisdom comes from the one true God who inhabits all of eternity.   A person can pursue every degree under the sun; covering their walls with diplomas, but if they have no acknowledgment of God, what does it profit?  Especially when this life has run its course and the eternity that was never taken into consideration lies ahead.  Truly the acknowledgment that God “is” constitutes the beginning of understanding.  The devil, who comes to kill and destroy, will use his every device at his disposal in an attempt to obscure the truth of Gods existance and his perfect plan of salvation  through Jesus Christ.

Exodus 36:1  “Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, acording to all that the LORD had commanded.”

The book of Job tells of this man from the land of Uz whose his heart was established through understanding the nature of God.  He understood that God is omnipresent, completly holy, and everlasting.  He realized that his life in this world was ever so brief in comparison to the eons of forever and as a result he never turned away from God.  He lamented the trying circumstances but maintained his integrity.  The devil sought to cause Job to sin.  It backfired in that not only did Job remain faithful to God, the entire incident was recorded and every subsequent generation has had this example of steadfastness in the face of adversity.  Job understood the tricks of the enemy as even Mrs. Job tried to cause him to charge God foolishly.  (The devil doesn’t miss a trick)

Job 38:36  “Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts?  or who hath given understanding to the heart?”

We are admonished to be aware of the tricks of the devil.  This is not to give him undue attention; only to know of the ways that he will attack and to be prepared for it.  Know this; that the attacks of the enemy don’t always come from the direction that you’re expecting them.  Temptations or thoughts can show up at any time of day or night; especially if you have been somewhat negligent in prayer and hiding the word of God in your heart.  Even when in time of prayer, irrelevant thoughts can show up.  One moment, you can be in a state of awesome fellowship with the Lord, and the next thing you know, your mind is somewhere “out there” in the Andromeda Galaxy.  Without continuous diligence; even during prayer or bible study, the imagination can take hold and it’s off to fantasy land.  The devil knows how to manipulate the different law that works in our members and as a result, we must stay on guard continuously.  When you wake up in the morning, don’t step out of that bed until your heart is on the Lord Jesus.  I long for the moment when this corruption puts on incorruption and we shall be like Jesus forever. 

Matthew 10:16  “Behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

You can be certain that the devil knows every single word that’s in the bible.  He knows every pronoun, every comma, and every semicolon.  He knows the correct meaning of every verse, and he knows how to twist each one just enough to cause a person to go astray.  (Ye shall not surely die)  To cause one to “follow after the flesh” instead of following Jesus Christ.  The devil will ALWAYS appeal to the flesh with feigned words.  This is why holiness is so important.  It’s why we absolutly MUST lay aside everything of a sinister intent and search the scriptures daily.  Our adversary, the devil, is playing hardball and he’s playing for keeps.  He doesn’t want you to have that which he forfeited when he began to harbor pride in his heart.  He seeks to deceive “if it were possible even the very elect.”  We are all aware of this continuous struggle and yet we fail to take it seriously on way too many occasions.   

James 4:7-8  “Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.  Cleanse your hands ye sinners; and purify your hearts ye double-minded.”

I Peter 5:8-9  “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking  whom he may devour:  Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

In other words, know that you have an adversary, abide close to the Lord Jesus and resist temptation.  If you are truly born again, remember that “greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.”  Know also that the other saints are facing the same types of battles.

II Corinthians 2:10-11  To whom ye forgive anything, I forgive also:  for if I forgave anything, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;  Lest Satan should get an advantage of us:  for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

Maintain a proper attitude toward the saints as the devil will strive to stir up contention, mixed with a healthy dose of spiritual pride.  Don’t give him an inch.   Maintaining fervent love for the saints and keeping them lifted up in prayer is essential as we’re all in this together.  To truly be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.  Well it’s after 3:00 am and as is often the case at this time of night, I’m starting to nod off.  I need to close this out for now but would urge anyone who reads this to simply seek the Lord Jesus wholeheartedly and know that he is soon to return.  The battle which rages 24/7 in this life will come to an abrupt halt when Jesus appears and we are transformed in a moment.   

II Corinthians 4:17-18  “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:  for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

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