Saturday, March 17, 2018

Defeating the Enemies of the Soul Series - Part 6 The Hivite


Genesis 2 NKJV
21  And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.
22  Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
23  And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.”

God created the man and woman and set them in the Garden of Eden and gave them His guidelines by which to live. Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, subdue your enemies and have dominion over all creation. And God said to them, “do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” However, the subtle serpent, that master evil spirit behind all our enemies, tempted the woman with something she wanted … a better life! She got too focused on what she wanted and failed to consider the impact it might have on others. The serpent never asked her to eat, he just showed her something she wanted. That same devil is still on the loose today …

Genesis 3
6  So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

13  And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

20  And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.

Before we go further into the study of our next enemy, I feel it prudent to affirm that we are not focusing on women either having a problem or being a problem. We are reading about Eve this morning, not because she is a woman, but because she was the first person in the Bible to fall prey to the next enemy on the list in Exodus 3:8.

Satan was on the earth when Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden. He embodied every evil trait and tempted Eve to sin. When she doubted God and they disobeyed Him, Adam and Eve were born-again, from life to death, into sin, and became natural and worldly. Through Jesus we have been restored to faith and are now born-again by Christ into righteousness and have become spiritual beings. Those nation enemies faced by the children of Israel in the Promise Land were empowered and controlled by satan and each one represents a spiritual enemy we still face in life today.

God’s hope is that we will not allow the temptations of the devil to influence, dominate, control or destroy our lives. Today however, like in the Garden of Eden, we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the evil spiritual forces of this world. (Ephesians 6:12)

We are in a spiritual war. And, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to obedience to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

Once again it is important to note that the Old Testament accounts of the Children of God conquering the Promise Land were not written for their sakes but for ours. The Bible was written to be used as a roadmap for the Born-Again child of God. It shows us the way of life, the temptations along the way, how to defeat every enemy and how to recover if we fall.

This morning, enemy number 5: The Hivite

Joshua 9
1 ¶  And it came to pass when all the kings who were on this side of the Jordan, in the hills and in the lowland and in all the coasts of the Great Sea toward Lebanon — the Hittite, the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite — heard about it,
2  that they gathered together to fight with Joshua and Israel with one accord.
3 ¶  But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai,
4  they worked craftily, and went and pretended to be ambassadors. And they took old sacks on their donkeys, old wineskins torn and mended,
5  old and patched sandals on their feet, and old garments on themselves; and all the bread of their provision was dry and moldy.
6  And they went to Joshua, to the camp at Gilgal, and said to him and to the men of Israel, “We have come from a far country; now therefore, make a covenant with us.”
7  Then the men of Israel said to the Hivites, “Perhaps you dwell among us; so how can we make a covenant with you?”
8  But they said to Joshua, “We are your servants.” And Joshua said to them, “Who are you, and where do you come from?”
9  So they said to him: “From a very far country your servants have come, because of the name of the LORD your God; for we have heard of His fame, and all that He did in Egypt,
10  “and all that He did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan — to Sihon king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who was at Ashtaroth.
11  “Therefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spoke to us, saying, ‘Take provisions with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say to them, “We are your servants; now therefore, make a covenant with us.”’
12  “This bread of ours we took hot for our provision from our houses on the day we departed to come to you. But now look, it is dry and moldy.
13  “And these wineskins which we filled were new, and see, they are torn; and these our garments and our sandals have become old because of the very long journey.”
14  Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the LORD.
15 ¶  So Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them to let them live; and the rulers of the congregation swore to them.
16  And it happened at the end of three days, after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were their neighbors who dwelt near them.
17  Then the children of Israel journeyed and came to their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and Kirjath Jearim.
18  But the children of Israel did not attack them, because the rulers of the congregation had sworn to them by the LORD God of Israel. And all the congregation complained against the rulers.
19  Then all the rulers said to all the congregation, “We have sworn to them by the LORD God of Israel; now therefore, we may not touch them.
20  “This we will do to them: We will let them live, lest wrath be upon us because of the oath which we swore to them.”
21  And the rulers said to them, “Let them live, but let them be woodcutters and water carriers for all the congregation, as the rulers had promised them.”
22 ¶  Then Joshua called for them, and he spoke to them, saying, “Why have you deceived us, saying, ‘We are very far from you,’ when you dwell near us?
23  “Now therefore, you are cursed, and none of you shall be freed from being slaves — woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God.”
24  So they answered Joshua and said, “Because your servants were clearly told that the LORD your God commanded His servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you; therefore we were very much afraid for our lives because of you, and have done this thing.
25  “And now, here we are, in your hands; do with us as it seems good and right to do to us.”
26  So he did to them, and delivered them out of the hand of the children of Israel, so that they did not kill them.
27  And that day Joshua made them woodcutters and water carriers for the congregation and for the altar of the LORD, in the place which He would choose, even to this day.

Joshua and the Children of Israel may have fooled themselves into thinking that the Hivites would become their slaves but the rest of the Bible tells a different story. Israel became the slaves of the Hivites. Every time the Hivites got into trouble or had a need all they had to do was to call Joshua or any of the future Judges or Kings and say, “Remember, you promised to take care of us … someone is bothering us or we need something … would you come and take care of it … after all, you gave us your word …”

It’s amazing what that spirit of the Hivite can get others to do for them. The Hivite is a selfish, deceptive liar whose major concern is what they can get to make their life better. No wonder God wants us to make no covenant with a selfish person. Selfish people will consume your life and imagine what’s best for them is best for everyone. After all, they imagine, “if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be in this situation.”

That’s exactly what Adam said when questioned about his sin in Genesis 3: “It was the woman You gave me God!” The Hivite spirit sees everything from their single selfish perspective.

There is a spiritual force in this world that wants to make you selfish or bring you into bondage and under the thumb of someone who is selfish.

The nature of the Hivite is to tempt us to make life all about me. It’s either a blindness or a self-deceiving spirit that keeps a person from seeing the impact and affect of their actions on others. They are very in tune with what they want and feel they need. The nature of the Hivite is to mother and nurture the self-centered life and to blame others for the problems they cause. It doesn’t have to be a bad heart to be a bad habit.

Seeing we are talking about the Hivite, why did we read from Genesis 3? You may have noted that when God introduced the female to the man, Adam called her woman. But, after she was tempted to doubt and fell into the sin of disregarding and disobeying God’s Word and decided she was going to do what she felt was best for herself, in other words, after she made life all about what she wanted and made Adam eat of the forbidden fruit as well, then Adam called her name Eve.

Interesting to note: In the Hebrew language, the word “Hivite” comes from the word Eve. Eve was tempted and deceived, and she embraced that spirit of doing what she wanted and trying to get something for herself and then she blamed it all on the devil. That’s the spirit of the Hivite and we have all been tempted to be selfish and to have our reasons why.

How can I identify the Hivite when he speaks to me?

Here are some of the voices of the Hivite …
·        It’s not really my fault. (When it really is …)
·        It would be better for me. (Without considering the other person)
·        The Hivite spirit can lie or deceive if it benefits them but they expect others to tell the truth and to keep their word.
·        They are masters at turning the tables and shifting the blame even when they caused the problem.
·        They feel, “As long as I’m ok, it’s ok.”
·        They tell others, “How can you charge me or be mad at me? I was just doing what I thought was best.” (Best for who?)
·        The Hivite spirit wants you to focus on what others are doing to you instead of what you did to them.
·        “Can’t you see … this is about me!”
·        “Yes I did do that, but I had a reason.”
·        “Surely you’re not going to use that against me.”
·        “I can’t believe you would do this to me.”

What can I do to defeat this enemy?
·        Don’t make covenant with a selfish person. (Joshua 9:14; 2 Cor 6:14)
o   Since some people can be deceptive, how do you know?
o   Give it a year … you’ll know! (Joshua 9:16 – Not just 3 days …)
·        Defeat every temptation with the Word of God. (Luk 4:4; Eph 6:11ff)
o   God puts people together in relationship first for what they can give and not for what they can get. Don’t make it all about you.
o   Listen to yourself …
§  Check yourself
§  Challenge yourself
§  Change yourself through prayer and God’s help
o   If the loving, caring, giving people who have made a long-term investment in your life tell you that you are self-centered … you may be self-centered. (Joshua 9:22)
·        Accept responsibility for the problems you cause. (Psalms 51:4)

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