No sane person would see a car approaching and run straight into it - that would be consciously walking into danger. As we need to be wise in the natural and not expose ourselves to unnecessary danger, the same principle applies in the things of the Spirit.
Matthew 10:16 Says ?Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves?.
Serpents never unduly expose themselves to attack.
Proverbs 27:12 says ? A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished?.
Lets look at Jesus as an example. The book of Matthew gives us an account of when Jesus withdrew himself knowing what evil plans the Pharisees had.
Matthew 12. 14 ?16 states: ?Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all? And charged them that they should not make him known.
I am convinced that if Jesus did not walk in wisdom He would have gone to the cross before His time. But Jesus is wise and walked in wisdom.
Lets look at another account in the book of John. John 11:45 ?53
Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
Jesus did not see danger and walk into it. Despite the fact that Jesus came to die for us, it took Judas Iscariot to betray Him. Jesus walked in wisdom and God protected Him. Everything that happened to Him was in accordance with God?s will.
How do we expose ourselves to attack?
By not listening to the Holy Spirit whom has been sent to be our guide (John 16 ; 13).
By not putting on the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6:11- 17).
By going to places that God does not send us to (Exodus 33 ; 15 - 16).
Yes there will always be attacks from the enemy and God will always defend us and protect us, but lets not expose ourselves foolishly to the enemy.
Remember that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, Eph 6. 13.
Thank God for victory in Christ Jesus. Thank God for the provision of wisdom in Jesus, and lets thank God for the blood of Christ that is speaking for us, and the name that is above every other name. The name of Jesus.
Lets abide in Him and listen to His warnings.
19 August 2006