More on Spiritual Adultery and Robbery by Guest Blogger Judy Kennedy.
I’m so grateful to have Judy Kennedy as my guest blogger today.
SHE WILL ADD A LITTLE MORE MEAT TO THE BONES AND A GREATER DEPTH OF UNDERSTANDING. WE WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THE SPIRITUAL RAMIFICATIONS OF PTSD, THE RESULTS OF SPIRITUAL ADULTERY AND THE DESTRUCTIVE CONSEQUENCES, SPIRITUAL ROBBERY.
Judy Kennedy is a gifted lyricist, musician, worship leader and advocate for the broken and hurting suffering from PTSD. The lyrics she’s written for Vietnam veterans and their families have touched lives in a profound way and promoted the healing that can only be found in a relationship with Jesus.
AS I ELABORATE ON WHAT GOD HAS SHOWN ME FOR MANY YEARS REGARDING THE SPIRIT OF HARLOTRY, I AM SEEING THE CORE OF THIS TEACHING MANIFESTING BEFORE MY VERY EYES IN A MOST PRECIOUS MEMBER OF MY FAMILY. THE RESULTS ARE DEVASTATING.
HOSEA 4:11—Harlotry, like wine and new wine, have stolen my peoples’ hearts, minds and spiritual understanding.
Harlotry defined in the Hebrew, Chaldee dictionary is: adultery, infidelity, idolatry, whoredom. From 2181 in this dictionary: The Jewish people were regarded as the spouse of Jehovah. Harlotry was to commit idolatry, to cause to commit fornication continually, to fall into whoredom or go a-whoring; to be or play the harlot.
The book of Hosea begins with God telling Hosea to take for himself a harlot and her children of harlotry because His land (Israel) has committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord. He wants Hosea, His prophet, to understand what He is going through, how His bride is cheating on Him, so that Hosea may gain a heart to call His people back to Him (God).
In John 1:1-3 we see that God and His Word are one in the same.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him and without him was not anything made that was made.”
We know that this scripture refers to Jesus, born out of God, being sent from God in Heaven to the Earth and walking among us as Jesus, the son of God and our Savior. But He, the living Word, is also God.
We are the bride of Christ if we have accepted Jesus as Lord just as the Jews were regarded as the spouse of Jehovah. But He, Jehovah, is also the living Word. The Word is God, our husband.
SO WHAT IF WE, KNOWING WHAT THE WORD SAYS TO US, DECIDE THAT WE HAVE A VALID REASON TO IGNORE OR DISOBEY THE WORD, OUR GOD AND HUSBAND. HMMMMM.
We are His spouse. Now we have chosen to reject His Word, our Lord and Savior, Adonai, our Husband.
LET ME PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE TO CLARIFY.
The Bible says to forgive others for their sins against you that your sins may be forgiven. If you don’t forgive then God won’t forgive you. But what about me? I have been cheated on and abused by this man that You are telling me to forgive, Lord. Surely this does not apply to me! I don’t have to forgive him because he doesn’t deserve it. He has wounded me in so many ways. A woman can only take so much, right? Uh huh. Know what I just did? I don’t have to stay with this man or be in love with him. But if I choose not to forgive him because he has done too much to me, I have just made an idol of my wounds i.e. idolatry AND adultery. I was more faithful to my wounds than to my God. They carried more weight and importance than His Word. I justified disobedience and unfaithfulness to God, my mate, because my wounds made me the exception to the rule, God’s commands, for another word, my own way.
So if we have rejected the Lord, our husband, for another, have we not just committed adultery? And have we not also committed idolatry? Does Hosea 4:11 then apply to us? Does the enemy have the right now to steal our hearts, minds and spiritual understanding? And how does this happen?
Satan prowls around like a roaring lion seeing whom he may devour. He is a liar who comes to kill, steal and destroy. He is always waiting for an open door in a believer’s life by which he may enter and steal our abundant, blessed life.
But he isn’t omnipotent or omnipresent. So how can he do this? Pretty easily since he has countless evil minions who do his bidding, sort of like mob bosses and the thugs they hire. The particular mob boss we will deal with in this story is the Spirt of Harlotry and her gang. Let me tell you a little story to help you understand.
One evening Dave, a nice Christian man, sits alone at home bored and watching TV. Oh, there it is again, that ad for on demand adult entertainment. Dave has resisted it in the past but tonight his wife is out of town so he decides he’ll just check it out one time. Nobody will ever know. That is nobody but the harlot and her gang who are slithering around in the grass in front of his porch where they watch him through the windows.
On comes the porn station and Dave becomes so engrossed in the scene before his eyes that he is unaware of the spiritual invasion taking place in his Christian home. Overjoyed with his sin-dabbling, the Spirit of Harlotry throws open his front door and swoops in with her gang of demons. Before he realizes what has hit him they have bound him up right in his chair as they proceed to steal his heart, his mind and his spiritual understanding.
Although the ropes used to bind him are invisible to the human eye, they are very real. He is bound. All that is left of Dave is a big bag of flesh. They have stolen his ability to love with a Godly love, leaving behind only lust and self-love. They take his mind, his wisdom, and he can no longer make any wise decisions. His mind will function simply to meet daily bodily needs. Last they take his spiritual understanding, the act which gives them the greatest pleasure of all. Now he can’t hear God’s voice or understand God’s word. For all purposes he looks the same but the man of God is now gone.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO STUDY THE RESULTS OF BEING LED ASTRAY BY THE SPIRIT OF HARLOTRY AND TAKE SOME STEPS TO REGAIN OUR HEARTS, MINDS, AND SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING IN THE NEXT FEW POSTS. IN THE MEANTIME:
Lord, I pray these words from a woman who is watching this very result in someone she loves with everything in her will touch our hearts. That You will use it to reveal areas where we have allowed Harlotry to steal our heart, mind, and spiritual understanding. And that You will begin to work repentance in our hearts for all the ways we have gone after other lovers, casting You aside, and doing our own selfish will. Have Your way with us, sweet Jesus. Amen.