Judges 6:2 “And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: [and] because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which [are] in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.”
Judges 6:3 “And [so] it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;”
The word Midian means “strife, discord, contention”; Amalek means “dweller in a valley”, while children of the East means “old, ancient time, antiquity “.
That’s a dangerous combination. Beloved, glean a very important lesson here. When the enemy introduces strife into your life and you don’t check it, he will soon drag you to the valley. Strife pulls a man to the low places of life.
Strife talks about conflicts which breeds unforgiveness, anger, bitterness, hatred and malice. These are all manifestations of strife. Once a man gets into any of these modes, he makes it impossible for even God to help him.
Mark 11:25 “And when ye stand praying forgive if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
Mark 11:26 “But if ye do not forgive neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
God says here in clear terms that before He will listen to you, make sure you are not nurturing unforgiveness in your heart.
Friend, don’t allow “Midianites” around your life. Once they come in they introduce discord, contention and fights. Don’t entertain anyone trying to sow the seed of discord into your life. Recognise him as a Midianite and run from him. Hear this:
Proverbs 22:10 “Cast out the scorner and contention shall go out yea, strife and reproach shall cease “
An honourable man don’t go about sowing strife among brethren.
Proverbs 20:3 “It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling”
Friend, don’t have affinity with a contentious man, their end is usually disastrous.
To be continued…
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