Whosoever draws his sword against the prince must throw the scabbard away

“Whosoever draws his sword against the prince must throw the scabbard away.” (English 17th Century Proverb)

A scabbard is a sheath for holding a sword, knife or other large blade or gun, such as a rifle with a bayonet.

There are two princes who are at war. First is Jesus Christ the prince of heaven and the son of God. The other is Satan the prince of the fallen world (John 12:31) and the arch-enemy of God.

There is no scope for being a neutral party. The Bible is very clear about this:

He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad (Matthew 12:30).

Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 4:8).

“The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” (Luke 10:16).

So when you choose the side of the prince of heaven, you’re at odds with the Devil. You must realize that Satan is on one evil mission. Some scriptures about this that tell about the problem by the Devil & the solution:

Violence like a lion:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8)

Pretense by the Devil:

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)

Thieving nature:

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly. (John 10:10)

So know that the Devil is a violent, pretentious thief what must one do?

  • Accept God; Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
  • Resist the Devil; Resist him and be firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. (1 Peter 5:9).

What do I do if the Devil reminds me of my past failings?

Remind him about his future. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Revelation 20:10)

Anything else?

Just keep working on doing the right things as mentioned above. You don’t need to much wisdom. You only need God’s grace which is given to those who keep his word.

Thanks for reading. Christ be with you!

(Note: This is a message I had given to a private audience about 4 years ago and had made a record of this. Suddenly during my prayers I felt like God wants me to share this with you, so that you benefit from it.)

 

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Posted on November 16, 2014, in Discipline, Practical living, Reflections and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Whosoever draws his sword against the prince must throw the scabbard away.

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