Weekly Devotional - How 2 Conquer The Disembodied Spirits
Just Another Messianic Weekly Dose of Encouragement entitled: How 2 Conquer The Disembodied Spirits!
October 7, 2016
By Rabbi John Wesley A. II
This messianic weekly dose of encouragement for today deals with how to conquer the disembodied spirits. Of course most everyone knows there are (10) Ten Disembodied Spirits which are the antithesis of The (10) Ten Word Utterances from Yah on Mount Sinai. Our memory verse is Mark 14:38 NLT “KEEP WATCH & PRAY, so that YOU WILL NOT GIVE INTO TEMPTATION. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak."
If I keep watch and pray then no temptation from the devil will overcome me. This is not only a promise from Yeshua (Jesus) but even more directly from our Heavenly Father himself. Remember what Yeshua said: John 5:19 NASB “Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, THE SON CAN DO NOTHING OF HIMSELF, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.” And again Yeshua states this pertaining to speaking exactly what he hears the Father say: John 14:24 NLT “Anyone who doesn't love me will not obey me. And remember, MY WORDS ARE NOT MY OWN. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.
This is an extremely powerful passage of scripture which is often overlooked. Instead of us using the acronym WWJD, what would Jesus do; WDJDS (What did Jesus’ Dad say) and/or WDJDD (what did Jesus’ Dad do) are so much more biblically accurate for us to emulate. And yes I do want you to focus on the capitalized words (to include those that are highlighted) but please don’t miss the rest of the spiritual richness found in this passage: John 14:24 in the “A” part: “Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. …” The reverse is also true; “Anyone who doesn’t obey me will not love me. ...” This is quite a bit more than just food for thought wouldn’t you say!?! But I need to get off this rabbit trail and refocus us back to the “KEEP WATCH & PRAY …” part of today’s devotional.
Keep Watch is a term which in the Greek language (Gr. 5083) is summed up by one word “Téreó” pronounced (tay-reh'-o). It is used as an action verb and defined as … I keep, guard, observe, watch over. In the Hebrew language (Hr. 8104), this is the same word that the first Adam knew to be one of his first of two commandments. He was told of Yah in Genesis 2:15 KJV “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and TO KEEP IT (Hr. 8104).” The hebrew word TO KEEP IT in this passage is “Shamar.” Here are just a few of the many biblical uses of this word in old testament scripture: attend (4), being careful (1), beware (8), bodyguard* (1), careful (32), careful to keep (1), cares (1), charge (4), confine (1), confined (1), defending (1), did (1), diligently keep (1), doorkeeper* (1), doorkeepers* (4), gatekeepers* (1), give heed (2), giving heed (1), guard (20), guarded (7), guards (4), guardsmen (1), have charge (1), heed to yourself and keep (1), heeds (1), hoarded (1), indignant (1), keep (156), keeper (8), keepers (2), keeping (10), keeps …
Please note: the critical question to be answered pertaining to these definitions is what is “IT” that must be guarded?” It (no pun intended) is possible that a person may not understand that there is something which needs to be guarded in the tranquil garden of Eden!?! So what we need to know is what “IT” is ... so we can properly guard and protect “IT.” King David knew the answer to this arduous question: Psalm 119:11 KJV “THY WORD have I HID IN MY HEART, that I might not sin against thee.”
Did you figure it out yet? Oh! Oops! Sorry I made it so easy this time; but this is too important to miss. You see, it is, was, and will always be our obedience to His word which is the essence of everything. No! Not for the sake of doing “IT” because He said so, but rather for the sake of enjoying & maintaining a RICH/HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP. Think about it for a second; it is only the earthly relationships that you cherish or deem important that are protected and monitored most in your life. These are the ones you “TREASURE.” Oh and before I forget; … the hebrew word used in this passage for “... I HID IN MY HEART …” is Tsaphan (Hr. 6845) pronounced (tsaw-fan'). Although it is only used 31 times in the old testament, the definition will allow you to have that “Oh! Snap! I get it now” moment pertaining to this devotional. The definition is as follows: ambush (2), authority (1), conceal (1), concealed (2), hid (1), hidden (1), hide (2), keep them secretly (1), kept (1), lurk (1), restrain her restrains (1), saved (1), secret place (1), stealthily watch (1), store (1), stored (5), stores (1), stores away (1), TREASURE (2), TREASURED (3), TREASURES (1).
Another translation of psalm 119:11 makes this point abundantly clear in the New American Standard Bible which says it this way; “YOUR WORD I HAVE TREASURED IN MY HEART, That I may not sin against You.
There is so much in this word definition which is note worthy like the word AUTHORITY which is HIDDEN and CONCEALED. Hmmmm!?! Don’t even look at the ancient semitic & modern hebrew meanings of the letters for this word “Tsaphan” in hebrew (צָפַן). It is off the charts!! I mean chain, or even train works here. Smile! Tomorrow we’ll discuss how to use this word in defeating “The Spirit of Rejection;” which is one of the (10) ten disembodied spirit. Shalom shalom.