Where do we get our wisdom? If this seems to be a foolish question for followers of Yeshua, perhaps we are assuming instead of discerning. YHVH has given us incredible minds and great capacity for wisdom, but does our wisdom come from ourselves and our Creator? Are we ever influenced by hasatan’s workers without being aware? Could we be listening to the enemy and thinking it is our own wisdom or wisdom from YHVH?
A most enlightening book entitled War on the Saints has just come to my attention. Jessie Penn-Lewis wrote the book with Evan Roberts, a great revivalist during the Welsh revival. The book was originally published in 1912, but through the efforts of Hannah Lowe, was reprinted unabridged in 1973. There have been several printings since then.
This is a relevant book for the last days, since it reveals our greatest vulnerability to evil as well as our ignorant compliance with hasatan. War on the Saints resonated with me from the beginning because of my experience in spiritual warfare. My own awakening to the truth occurred one day in 2008 when I “woke up” and realized that I was on a spiritual battlefield, fighting against trained soldiers who had very sophisticated equipment while I was ill-prepared and poorly armed. It was a frightening day but a turning point for me. Since then I have learned more about spiritual warfare and realize that I still have much to learn.
War on the Saints educates YHVH’s children on the tactics that hasatan uses on humans. Many followers of Yeshua today are more focused on the physical realm and remain largely ignorant of the spiritual warfare that is going on around us. This is evidenced by the emphasis on physical preparation for end times’ challenges. Scripture repeatedly warns us about the latter days, but does not advise us to worry about our physical welfare.
Many followers of Yeshua are being swayed by the multitude of prophecies and “revelations” pouring forth today. The greatest threat we face is deception coming from the spiritual realm, and many of us are plunging headlong into the very thing we need to avoid at all costs. Yeshua told us not to worry about what we will eat or drink or wear or even about what we will say when we face persecution and trial (Matt 6:25, Luke 12:11-12).
How can we be truly wise in these last days? Two Hebrew words used in Scripture provide the answer. The word chokmah (wisdom) concerns obeying YHVH and relying on His wisdom and binah (understanding) comes from knowledge of YHVH gained by spending time with Him. Our focus should be on correctly following Scripture and spending quality time with our heavenly Father. When we spend time with YHVH and His Word, we gain His wisdom. Our own wisdom is no match for our enemy. Human wisdom is influenced either by YHVH or the enemy and too often followers of Yeshua have assumed that all spiritual revelation comes from YHVH.
Note that Yeshua was not immune to bouts with the enemy even after His baptism. Yeshua met the enemy’s challenges by correctly quoting and applying Scripture. Yeshua spent many hours, sometimes even whole nights communing with His Father. We should follow the example of our Teacher. The enemy is well-versed in Scripture and is able to subtly but powerfully distort it in efforts to confuse or distract us. We should be aware that as we grow and mature in our relationship with YHVH, the enemy changes his tactics to meet our new level of spiritual sophistication. The enemy is not only an accuser and tempter, but first and foremost a deceiver.
Scripture warns us repeatedly to be wary of being deceived (partial list: Dan 6:35, Matt 24:4, Luke 2 :8, 2 Cor 11:3, Col 2:8, 2 Tim 3:13-14, Titus 3:3-6, Heb 13:9, James 1:22, 1 John 4:1). It is easy for us to be deceived, especially if we remain ignorant of the spiritual realm and the tactics of our enemy. There are two things that make us especially vulnerable: (1) ignorance or misunderstanding of the spiritual realm and (2) passivity. Our ignorance and passivity enable the enemy to wreak havoc without detection in our congregations and communities, as well as in our individual lives.
Many of us do not realize the levels of deception that hasatan utilizes. For example, for people who are still controlled by their flesh, hasatan influences them to lust for fleshly desires. People who have more control over their flesh will not fall for such tactics, so hasatan moves to other wiles, such as attempting to influence our intellect and reasoning. In the last days, the greatest deception will occur because of faulty doctrines (2 Cor 11:3-4).
YHVH’s people are the strongest when they are the most aggressive in fighting and withstanding the enemy, such as the Israelites under Moses and Joshua, or the early church under the apostles. When we are actively on guard against the enemy we are the strongest. When we are ignorant and/or passive concerning spiritual warfare, the enemy is able to accomplish horrendous evil through followers of Yeshua. Many of our predecessors have done horrendous things in the name of Yeshua, no doubt thinking that they were pursuing righteousness. Examples: the Crusades, Christian persecution of the Jews.
People tend to avoid learning about how the kingdom of darkness functions. It can seem frightening, but the most frightening thing we can do is to ignore them and pretend they don’t exist. We inadvertently assist Hasatan and his followers as they work undetected to wreak havoc among us. I urge you to get a copy of War on the Saints and read it for yourselves. Then prayerfully seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help acquire wisdom and understanding from YHVH alone, so that you can detect and discern the subtle work of hasatan and refuse his evil influence. We cannot afford to live in ignorance or passivity, especially now.