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By Asher Intrater

The first principle of spiritual warfare is humility. Whenever we notice we are in a situation of spiritual warfare, the first thing we need to do is to humble ourselves. Most people associate spiritual warfare with aggressive prayer and shouting at the devil. That may be true, but if we do not understand the role of humility and submission, our spiritual warfare will turn into a massacre.

James 4:6-7, 10
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore, submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.

Notice in these verses that submission and humility are a necessary part, or prerequisite, in resisting the devil. The resisting of the devil is dependent upon the parallel activity of humbling ourselves.

The reason for this is that the very character of the devil is tied up with pride. Pride is the motivation of the devil. Therefore, it is also the area that he is an expert in. If you have pride, you have an open door for the strategies of the devil. Your pride becomes an easy target for the devil’s attacks.

When the devil came to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, he appealed to them through spiritual pride (“You will be like God” – Gen. 3:5) and intellectual pride (“Knowing good and evil” – Gen. 3:5). Intellectual and spiritual pride are still the roots of demonic activity today. When we resist these two kinds of pride by humbling ourselves and submitting, we close the door to the devil’s activities.

That demonic pride can lead to rebellion and division. The Bible tells us that when Satan decided to attack God, his rebellion was fuelled by his pride.

Ezekiel 28:17
Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom.

The word for “lifted up” here is “gaavah,” and is similar to the root of the word pride, “ga’avah.” Pride can lead us into bad attitudes towards those around us, especially those in authority over us, eventually causing division. Most division in the church is caused by pride. If one of the parties will humble themselves, the divisions become minimal.

Give No Place to the Devil

Yeshua taught us that any kingdom divided against itself will fall (Luke 11). The devil wants to make God’s kingdom fall. He does this by inspiring division and rebellion. Division and rebellion find their source in pride. Pride is the fertile ground for the devil’s seeds. When we humble ourselves, we deny the devil that ground.

Often pride is a cover up for personal insecurity, or fear of rejection. When a person is insecure, he may puff himself up like a “blowfish” to compensate for the lack. A person who can humble himself is actually reflecting a degree of psychological wholeness and inner strength.

One of the symptoms of pride covering up insecurity is the tendency for a person to become “offended.” Sometimes a person wants to hide his pride and insecurity by saying “I’m very sensitive.” It’s hard to find a word for “offended” in Hebrew. One way to say it is “wounded pride” or “honor insulted.” A person who does not have much pride is not easily offended.

Sometimes the person who is so sure that he is right, is the very one who is in pride and being the source of the problem. The offended person, the smartest one, the most anointed one, or the one causing a division, may be the one through whom the devil is working. If this fits you, get off of it.

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By | 2018-07-04T12:34:25+00:00 July 4th, 2018|9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Elhanan July 7, 2018 at 10:39 am - Reply

    The use of the God-given faculty of the sound mind is not to be confused with pride. Superstition and speculation in theological declarations are more suited to pride, IMHO.

  2. john-michael July 7, 2018 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    I’m confused as to what the reader is supposed to “get off of”? “If this fits you, get off of it.” What is that a reference to?

    • Smyle July 21, 2018 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      The person who is in pride and a source of a problem.The offended person, the smartest one, the most anointed one, or the one causing a division, may be the one through whom the devil is working.

    • bj Harris July 22, 2018 at 1:24 am - Reply

      “Get off of it” refers to the English saying, “Get off your high horse.” As with most English sayings, this probably is a Biblical reference. Naaman came to Elijah to be healed, but when he was told to wash in the Jordan, he got up on his big war horse and chariot in prideful anger and said the rivers in Syria were better to wash in.

    • Hacu July 23, 2018 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      I see it is a reference to the previous sentence: “…may be the one through whom the devil is working.” – and to the topic in general.

      So, we should turn away from our pride and not let it control our feeling and behavior; otherwise we risk being used by the devil (causing confusion/ division) rather than being in God’s use for good purposes.

  3. Christina Zurich July 7, 2018 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Dear Asher
    I thank you very much for this teaching. I’m listening your teaching weekly online. And often you speaks just on the subject I’m working on. So the Holy Spirit don’t know any border!
    I read your book Alignment, it is a great blessing for me! I think it is very important for our generation. I hope for a translation in German. Perhaps I saw a aspect of alignment in a vision I had last summer in Jerusalem . I saw on the Mount Olives a big group of white horses and riders to line up. Bevor them the LORD Jeshua as commander. Later the riders to be given a sword.

    I’m connected in prayer for revive -israel.
    Next Sukkot, is there again a gathering in Jerusalem ?

    The Lord bless you again and again!
    Shalom

  4. Immanuel July 11, 2018 at 1:13 am - Reply

    this is good stuff. this is savory bread. thanks.

  5. Claudia Barrington July 14, 2018 at 2:34 am - Reply

    Great article! I have a website, and tried to put the URL in the box, but it won;t let me. Thanks though!

  6. Vicky July 18, 2018 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Amen on your teaching. Thank you Asher.

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