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  • Spiritual/Psychological Warfare Part 3 "Words as Weapons"

    This is the third installment of this Study. Sorry for the delay on it, but due to the nature of this particular topic of the Study, I’ve tried to be careful in “my” wording of things, and have only intended my words to be that of exhortation and to remind us of how powerful our words are. But there is One, Who’s Words are far more powerful than ours and satan’s.

    Job 19:1-3 Then Job answered and said, (2) How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words? (3) These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.

    We know from Job 1:6-12 satan was given leave or the opportunity to test Job. Job’s friends had been reproving Job about his “wicked ways” that must be the reason for all this he was going through. In essence they were kicking Job while he was down as the saying goes. Not literally of course, because we see from chapter 19 verse 2 they were doing this with words.

    Job 19:2,3 (NKJV)
    (2) “How long will you torment my soul, and break me in pieces with words? (3) These ten times you have reproached me; you are not ashamed that you have wronged me.”

    Many times we can feel like Job when it comes to friends, brothers, and sisters in Christ when we are going through something. Peter’s faith was tested when he had told Jesus he would follow Him even to death, and then denied knowing Jesus three times.

    Look at Ephesians 6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked”. When someone takes a jab at us verbally it can feel like a fiery dart no? Paul is not talking about literal fiery darts; he’s talking about words and actions of another as one of the types of fiery darts the enemy uses. Designed to shake or destroy our faith in God!

    Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

    Words are powerful are they not? It’s not our tongue muscle that literally kills or brings life, it’s the words that come out of our mouth. Jesus said in Matthew 15:11 “Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.” What is it that comes out of the mouth that Jesus is talking about? Verse 18 “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.” Mark 7:21-23 Jesus explains what these things are:

    KJV -
    21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

    22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

    23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

    NIV –
    21For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.'

    If a person is belittled all their life as a child and young adult, it will have a negative effect on their self-esteem will it not? They can and often do feel as though they aren’t worthy of anything and often times that life can end in suicide.

    This is all because of someone, the actions of someone through words, has distorted this person’s impression of self-respect, and can often give the impression that nobody loves them so why go on. This happens everyday in our society and it follows right along with Proverbs 18:21 doesn’t it? It is through the tongue that this happens.

    Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

    How else does it happen? Gossip, sarcasm, slander, backbiting, and strife just to name a few. Why do these things happen? Ego, envy, prejudiced, just to name a few, also better known as “self”. All those things Jesus said in Mark 7 are within or can be within the heart. These are just some of the manifestations of those things. All tricks from the enemy to tear a person down and cause the person doing it to fall as well. He’s tricky, he’s been watching, and studying our behavior from long before we were born.

    Look at Romans 1:28-32 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (29) Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, (30) Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, (31) Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: (32) Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

    These are all actions and behaviors we can and do exhibit. These are all “self” motivated actions.

    Compare Mark 7:21-23 referenced earlier and Romans 1:28-32. They go hand in hand don’t they? Prior to Jesus saying what He did in Mark 7:21-23, look back at verses 14-16

    14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:

    15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

    16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

    It’s not what goes in, it’s what comes out of our mouths that gets us in trouble isn’t it? Compare Mark & and Romans 1:28-32 again.

    Lets look at the definition and comparisons to a few words we recognize as being used as weapons. Definitions courtesy of Dictionary.com

    Slander - a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report: a slander against his good name.

    Slaughter - the brutal or violent killing of a person.

    Backbite - to attack the character or reputation of (a person who is not present).

    Why these three first? Gossip is one of the biggest problems we face. It’s easy to get sucked into a conversation that is intended to “kill” or “slaughter” the reputation of another through “slander”.

    Insults – 1.) To treat or speak to insolently or with contemptuous rudeness; affront.
    2.) To affect as an affront; offend or demean.

    Potshots - 1.) A casual or aimless shot.
    2.) a random or incidental criticism: to take a potshot at military spending in a speech on taxation.

    These two work well together don’t they? Generally speaking an insult is intended to get a rise or “reaction” from the person it is being hurled at, simply because we ourselves have been allowed our “flesh” to rise up, as the Christian saying goes.

    A potshot is basically a shot fired in the “general” direction of the target, without aiming directly at the target to achieve a bullseye or “on target” shot. Our words can thinly veil the shot taken. We haven’t come right out and said it, but we’ve suggested, hinted to, or pointed at, what we are shooting at. This is a “potshot” comment.

    Satan is called “the accuser of the brethren” in Revelation 12.

    v. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

    Recognizing whom we are serving can be difficult at times. We are reminded time and time again that we can’t serve two masters. Romans 6 speaks of this in more detail if you want to take a moment and read that chapter. But recognizing whom we serve is paramount in our walk with the Lord. The question we should ask ourselves before we say something, either in verbal or written form is, does this glorify Him? If He were standing right next to you would He be proud of what you just said?

    A potshot statement or comment can come from you yourself having been fired upon. It is like a reflex action or shot and is generally a “wild” shot in the dark, so to speak. It’s fired in the general direction of where the shot at you came from. It’s going to miss the target or bullseye; but it is likely to produce a flesh wound if you get close enough. Which in turn invites return fire of the same kind in hopes of producing another flesh wound on the opposing side.

    In Matthew 12:36 Jesus reminds us that we will be held accountable for every idle word we speak.

    36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

    If our words have neither value nor any power, then there would be no need for Jesus to say this. Our words come from our heart, whether they are spoken or written, it’s still what’s in our heart.

    God’s Word is the final authority and has far greater power and effect than our words ever could.

    Hebrews 4:12,13
    12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

    13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

    God’s Word doesn’t make flesh wounds; it goes all the way to the soul and spirit and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. We are naked before Him because He’s looking at our heart, we can’t trick Him.

    Psychology uses what are called “Word Association” techniques to get an idea of how the person’s thought process works. Most folks are familiar with these techniques, but for those that aren’t. The psychologist or psychiatrist will say a word, and you are suppose to respond with the first word that comes to mind, some examples could be:

    Psychologist: Mosquito
    Person: Bite
    Psychologist: Evil
    Person: Hitler

    Just to give a couple of examples. God doesn’t have to go through this routine, He already knows. We won’t be able to hide anything from Him. He will know who we’ve been working for. It will be either Him or the other guy. The choice is ours.

    In Part 4 of this study we’re going to be looking at “Psychological Warfare”. And how these two parts (Part 3 and 4) can go hand in hand.

    • dljc
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      dljc commented
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      Originally posted by Diggindeeper
      Jesus said in Matthew 12:36:
      "That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment."

      We don't take this seriously enough, do we? I offer my Signature on this board, my very favorite in all the Bible, as a companion passage to go with what Jesus said:

      Malachi 3:16-17
      16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

      17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

      When we speak, or even THINK, about the Lord, it is written down in a book called The Book Of Remembrance.

      I really appreciate this study this far, and look forward to the next installment!
      Thanks Diggindeeper, and thanks for the reference to the Book of Remembrance. It will include every word and even every thought. Kind of like a DVD/Video of our life story including our thoughts.

    • moonglow
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      moonglow commented
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      I wish every board member (and everyone that wants to join) was required to read this. Here we get a 'free' membership with only a few rules to follow...and half the time people don't read the rules. So I don't think it would be too much to ask to have them read this.

      Great study. Words can and do hurt, or encourage. Lift up or pull down.

      A child that grows up being told he is stupid all his life and won't amount to anything, becomes that because they believe it. A child spoken too with love and affection and told he is worthwhile...grows up to love others.

      God bless

    • dljc
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      dljc commented
      Editing a comment
      Originally posted by moonglow
      I wish every board member (and everyone that wants to join) was required to read this. Here we get a 'free' membership with only a few rules to follow...and half the time people don't read the rules. So I don't think it would be too much to ask to have them read this.

      Great study. Words can and do hurt, or encourage. Lift up or pull down.

      A child that grows up being told he is stupid all his life and won't amount to anything, becomes that because they believe it. A child spoken too with love and affection and told he is worthwhile...grows up to love others.

      God bless
      Moonglow,

      If we only realized just how powerful our words can be with children and adults.
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