Another sign that you are encountering the words of a demon is by their demeaning tone and prideful arrogance. Within, they harbor the same sin as satan himself, the sin of pride. In their ranting, you hear words that suggest they have knowledge and hear from God “better than you”, as though they alone have access to a hidden Wifi to communicate with God and secret knowledge only they know. In reality, we know the network of knowledge they claim to possess comes straight from hell and the source leads to the apple of rebellion, the juice of temptation that Adam and Eve tasted in their first bite.
We can and should pray for brethren who are caught in the sin of pride and perhaps unknowingly have allowed their voice to be used by demonic forces against you, a child of God and therefore against God. Yet, it’s not enough to stop there… while it may be easy to point out the sin of a brother; it’s much harder to examine our own. It usually starts out good and we respond in a Godly way but as the hurl of insults keep coming, it becomes more difficult to stand in God’s peace, restraining our own tongue and simply raise the shield that wards off all the fiery darts the enemy can possibly muster. The tongue is as paraphrased from James 3:5, “a small member yet able to set a great forest ablaze by such a small fire.”
In examining our response to a striking tongue, we learn of the chinks in our own spiritual armor, which is in likeness our Spiritual second skin. It should be snug against us, able to secure our soul from the evil of this world. Psalm 39:1 says, “ I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence” By responding to insults, we add fuel to the fire and engage in a battle that we need not participate in as its already been won. In returning fire, I recognize that I personally got a bit lax and unleashed the bridle on my own tongue. The battles in this world are enough without engaging in petty squabbles the enemy uses to provoke us into battle against one another and keep us distracted from his schemes. Instead of contributing to the discord sewn by the enemy, I choose to use my lips to proclaim His praise! Amen!
Psalm 119:171-173, “My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes. My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right. Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts”.
©By S. A. Tower, 2016