October 13, 2017
This journey of understanding spiritual warfare has been constructed by the Holy Spirit, I believe, with the intention of directing us into the way of life. Spiritual warfare is a strong basis whereby we must acquire, so we, without wavering, will remain standing.
I think of it like learning a drivers’ manual and how important it is to know the signs, guidelines and rules. For example, the line or lines in the middle of the road indicate that you are to stay on your side of the line. A double line indicates you are not to pass the car in front of you.
These lines aren’t there to be mean by making our lives difficult. That double line isn’t there to prevent you from reaching your destination on time. It’s there to help you reach your destination, safely.
Remember, “safety rules.” Although, as a driver you can ignore the double line and do what you want, keep in mind, when you do, you take the risk of jeopardizing your life and the life of another driver. The rules set for a driver are there to protect and prevent casualties.
As a believer, the Word of God is our “drivers’ manual for life.” Understanding spiritual warfare is one of those necessary guidelines, so we may successfully reach our destination set by our Heavenly Father.
We have been looking at the phrase “blind fools” under the topic of, “Understanding Spiritual Warfare.” Jesus called the Pharisees, “blind fools,” and the Holy Spirit wanted to camp around that rebuke so we can get a better understanding of how important it is.
According to Titus 3:3, we were all foolish once. “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.”
Last time we covered three characteristics of a fool, which are: a fool is unteachable, fools are undisciplined with their temper and they are undisciplined with their tongue.
Here are the remaining three characteristics of a fool, along with how to recognize them, especially in ourselves, but also, in others, so we may better deal with them.
Three more characteristics of a fool:
“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding,
but only in expressing his opinion.”
Proverbs 18:2, ESVB
“The wise are cautious and avoid danger;
fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.” Proverbs 14:16, NLTB
“Doing wrong is fun for a fool, but living wisely brings pleasure to the sensible.” Proverbs 10:23, NLTB
“Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,
but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” Proverbs 28:26, ESVB. The KJV says “heart” in the place of “mind.”
A fool has no scope for wisdom. They ever plunge ahead while taking pleasure in speaking their own mind and voicing their opinions with confidence.
Trusting in our own mind can label us as a fool. Our mind consists of our thoughts, feelings or emotions and our will, generally our strong will. All of these areas are not to be trusted. That can put us in a place of trusting ourselves more than the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 3:5-8 gives us an instruction with a promise, instructing us not to depend on our own mind. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones.”
Also, Proverbs 26:12 states that it is very serious when we are wise in our own eyes. “Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” ESVB
“Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.” Proverbs 17:24, NLTB
“The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get.” Proverbs 21:20, NLTB
“Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom when he has no sense?” Proverbs 17:16, ESVB
“Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work.” Proverbs 21:25, NLTB
“Some people are always greedy for more,
but the Godly love to give!” Proverbs 21:26, NLTB
A fool is undisciplined with material and financial resources. When it comes to making economic decisions, it takes being focused on what is wisdom, causing us to be sensible and level headed. We can live by faith, but we can’t live on it. It takes hard work, planning and determination. “He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” Proverbs 10:4, NKJVB
Notice Proverbs 21:26 says, “…but the Godly love to give.” That is because the wise know and understand the law of reciprocity, sowing and reaping. God wants us to be wise, cheerful givers, yet He may require of us at times to give it all, and yet most of the time only out of the overflow, but not all, every time.
In Leviticus 19:9-10, God told the Israelites to harvest the fields for themselves and leave some to provide for the stranger and the poor.
Let discretion keep us in everything we do. Proverbs 2:11.
In 1 Timothy 5:8, we are admonished to provide for our own house first.
The last character is the scoffer. The scoffer or scorner is classified as the worst form of a fool.
“A proud and haughty man— “Scoffer” is his name; he acts with arrogant pride.” Proverbs 21:25, NKJVB
“Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. Do not reprove a scoffer or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.” Proverbs 9:7-8, ESVB
“Answer not a fool according to his folly,
lest you be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.” Proverbs 26:4-5, ESVB
“Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
for he will despise the good sense of your words.” Proverbs 23:9, ESVB
“A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.” Proverbs 14:6, ESVB
What is a scoffer, scorner or to be scornful?
As a noun, the definition of scoff is: an expression of mockery, derision, doubt, or derisive scorn; jeer. As a noun, scorn is defined as; open or unqualified contempt; disdain: a derisive or contemptuous action or speech.
As you can see, a scorner is someone who sows contempt and belittles the ways of wisdom, and even God Himself. A scorner has no delight in the Word of God.
The Bible is very clear about how to deal with people with such arrogance. “Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out and quarreling and abuse will cease.” Proverbs 22:10, ESVB
I think sometimes we all need to be mindful of how to drive ourselves out of the presence of a scorner! Their disposition can be contagious. Jesus dealt with the Scribes and Pharisees very differently than the common people. He was wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove. The love of God is a given, but when it comes to dealing with people, that requires different strategies and know how.
The counter part of a fool is wisdom. In the book of Proverbs, we are instructed to recognize foolish behavior and the paths it can lead us down.
Helpful hints for success in life:
Don’t allow a fool to get the best of you, lest you be like him. Pr. 26:4, 26:1,5
Don’t teach a fool. Pr. 23:9
Don’t marry a fool. Pr. 31:10,31
Abigale was married to a fool.
Don’t hire a fool. Pr. 26:10
Don’t allow yourself as a parent to tolerate foolish behavior. Pr. 22:15
Beloved, the only hope for a fool and yes, even a scorner is the redemptive power of the blood of Jesus Christ. His blood can transform and make alive our spirit man, causing us to become a new creation on the inside, enabling us to walk out of the ways and paths of darkness.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
1 Corinthians 2:14, NKJVB
We have all played the role of a fool and at times have fallen back into those old patterns and paths. When we do, we need to remind ourselves to choose wisdom.
I want to be counted on the side of being a “fool for Christ,” someone who let go of their selfish ambitions, opinions, and prideful ways.
Hebrews 12:14 says, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”
This wraps up “blind fools” under the topic of “understanding spiritual warfare.” Next time, I want to talk about Jesus’ instruction on “bewaring of covetousness.”
I’m looking forward to see what the Holy Spirit reveals in this next teaching.