Each of the threshold spirits has a different approach to truth. Python doesn’t mangle the truth, but hides it in a riddle or ambiguity. Ziz tears truth apart with false accusation or memory reframing. Leviathan distorts and twists the truth in varying degrees, sometimes out of all recognition. Belial inverts and perverts the truth, so evil is paraded as good, and good is denounced as evil. Rachab persuades us that truth is relative, not absolute. Azazel promotes the idea that there are more important ideals than truth, such as tolerance or peace. Lilith, on the other hand, weaponises truth.
She pays particular and peculiar attention to weaponising the truth of God’s Word. Now God’s Word is, in fact, meant to be a weapon: it’s the sword of the Spirit and there to defend us against the attacks of threshold spirits just like Lilith. It’s meant to be deployed for us, not against us.
One way Lilith weaponises God’s Word is by giving it out of season. God’s Word is always true but, when it is delivered in an untimely way, it can raise our hopes high, and so our hearts grow sick with dismay and disillusionment when that hope is too-long deferred.
Another way Lilith weaponises God’s Word is by giving us half a quote or one verse without its complement. We all know John 3:16, but what about the next verse but one?
Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
John 3:18 NIV
Or what about the verse, Galatians 6:2, all too often used to guilt mercy-gifted people into saying ‘yes’ and putting the needs of others above their own: ‘Bear one another’s burdens’? Just three verses further along, there’s: ‘Each shall bear his own load.’ We are deprived of balance when we hear God’s Word out of context.
Another way Lilith can weaponise truth is by encouraging our hearts to misinterpret it: surrender to Jesus is always wise advice. But that can flip easy-over into simply giving up. Lilith’s constant whispering temptation is: ‘Just surrender. No need to involve Jesus in it all. You and I both know you don’t fully trust Him. But you don’t need to. You can make it across the threshold on your own. Just a small sacrifice is needed. I’ll help you.’
Our complicity with Lilith always comes down to this: no need to involve Jesus.
How often do we hear of healing teams going into the streets—but never speaking the name of Lord Jesus—the One whose blood is the power behind the miracles? We not only hear of such silence—it’s often recommended in training. ‘But people will know,’ it’s claimed. How will they know unless we tell them? There are many healing modalities in the world—how will anyone know unless we proclaim the Name of Jesus?
This is Grace Drops and I’m Anne Hamilton. May Jesus of Nazareth be first in your life.
Thank you to Lorna Skinner of www.riversofmusic.co.uk for the background music.
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