Pride goes before a fall….

The spirit of Saul is ego and arrogance. It also pertains to thinking that there is no need for the man of God. Uzziah suffered with this evil spirit as well. “I don’t have to listen to the preacher. Who are they to tell me what is right and good?” This spirit is running rampant in the last day. Ministers serve a vital function. God Almighty ordained the foolishness of preaching to save the lost. These men and women watches vigilantly over God’s flock. They stand in the gap and make up the hedge that often gets overlooked.

The spirit of Saul seeks the destruction of the man/woman of God. It led Saul to seek out witchcraft. Uzziah was lifted in his mind and it ended up destroying him. This end-time spirit is a wicked thing that causes people to believe that they know better than the man of God. It whispers deceitfully that the pastor is seeking to hold you back, that you are ready to take on the world. How many ministers has given heed to this voice and ended up losing their walk with God?

The spirit of Saul is prideful. Scripture tells us that pride goes before a fall. Proverbs 6:16-19 lists the abominations that the Lord hates, listed first is a proud look. To clarify it all, here is the entire list: “A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among the brethren.” Saul ended up killing himself on the battlefield (he fell on his own sword). After Uzziah died, Isaiah reports in Isaiah 6 that, “I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.”

In these last days, Christians must understand that our battle is not against flesh and blood. Our foes do not attack us in the traditional methods that we are accustomed too. We will not arrive to a battlefield and attack each other. Instead, our foes are spiritual. They appear as our desires; they whisper empty promises that lead to heartache and failure. Sure, you may achieve fame or fortune, however, “what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?” The endgame is upon us. We need to pray more now than we have ever prayed before. The Scripture tells us that we should put on the whole armor of God. What is the whole armor of God? Ephesians 6:11-17 states that the whole armor of God is: The breastplate of righteousness, your loins gird with truth, your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit. Verse 13, states that we should put on the whole armor so that we may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Ephesians 6:10 states to “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” To be strong, we must have deep roots. We must have a pastor in our lives. Romans 10:14-15 shows the importance of a preacher. Therefore, it is imperative that we shun the spirit that claims that the preacher is being nosy, or that they are “picking” on us when they preach about something that we have struggled with.  Conviction is of God, condemnation is not. The Word of God cuts to the quick, but God is faithful and just to complete the work that He started in us. s

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