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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Overcoming the Spirit of Midian

Journey of the Sons of God to the Promised Land Today’s Focus: The Spirit of Midian – Overcoming Midian Scripture: Proverbs 10:12; 17:19; 22:10; 29:22,23; James 3:16-18; Matthew 5:9; 44,45; 2 Thessalonians 3:11-14; Philippians 4:6-9 Greetings Sons of God: We know the spirit of Midian is the spirit of strife and contention. So how do we as the sons of God overcome this spirit. Let’s look a couple of Scriptures for the answer. James 3:16-18: For where envying and strife is there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. Proverbs 10:12: Hatred stirreth up strifes; but love covereth all sins Proverbs 17:19: He loveth transgression that loveth strife: and he that exalteth his gate seeketh destruction. Proverbs 22:10: Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease Proverbs 29:22,23: An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression. A man’s pride shall bring him low, but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. When we examine these scriptures and know that there are plenty more we a couple of ways we can overcome the spirit of the Midianite which is strife and contention. We overcome strife by abiding by the wisdom of God that produces peace. Matthew 5:9: Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God. We also overcome strife and contention with love: Matthew 5:44,45: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good and sendeth rain on the just and unjust. We can overcome strife and contention by cutting fellowship with those who keep up strife and contention: 2 Thessalonians 3:11-14: For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. So the Lord has shown the sons of God that we overcome the spirit of the Midianite with wisdom, peace, love and in some cases by cutting fellowship. The end result of overcoming is peace (Philippians 4:6-9). In the next message, we will the spirit of the Edomites. Peace, Love and Grace, Calvin Calhoun, Jr.