Warfare & Vexation

Overcoming Things That Vex

2 Corinthians 10:4 (KJV) “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”
(NIV) “The weapons that we fight with are not the weapons of the world, on the contrary, they have Divine power to demolish strongholds.”

Warfare refers to our military service or the expedition that the Lord sends us on.  It refers to ministry service, apostleship.  The great commission is “the sending out” … (Mark 16:15-18) The weapons God has given us are not void of Divine power.  Any evil force that comes against the saints will fall under the power of the weapons God has given to us.  Jesus redeemed us and gave us freedom and the power to maintain that freedom. Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn, this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me saith the Lord.”  Satan has no weapon that can prosper against the saints.  He does not want the Christian to know that he has been defeated.

In warfare the oppressor is not always visible, but the effects are real and visible. Often the Christians can’t see where the attack is coming from. Satan is trying to rob them of all that God has provided for them through Christ. One of Satan’s methods of attack is through his spirit of vexation.

The purpose of this lesson is learning how to overcome vexation.

Vexation in Scripture

Vexation is anything that causes distress:  irritations, distractions, restlessness, troubles, annoyances, deception and lies, harassment, arguments, violence, abuse, suppression, maltreatment, cramped in lifestyle, confusion, afflictions, no where to turn, alarmed, exasperated, possessed with devils, possessed by people, tossed like a paper in the wind, tortured, worn out by overworking, getting burnt out, and pressure.  Vexations cause inner wounds.  Often they take a long time to heal.

Satan’s vexations come whenever he sees true worship.  Read Isaiah 7:5-9.  A group of people decided to vex Judah.  Syria (name means “haughty one”) along with backslider Ephriam took evil counsel to make a breach in Judah and to set up their king Tabeal (name means “good for nothing”).  Spiritually, Judah symbolizes praise and celebration of God.  These enemies were challenging Judah’s worship and wanted to silence it. This spirit exists today as well.  There are influences that want to silence worship.  They try through the spirit of vexation.  The Lord said, “It shall not come to pass.”

Satan’s vexations come when he sees the work of God going forward.  Read Nehemiah 6:1-14.  Nehemiah and the builders were moving forward in the wall building.  The enemies resented it and began to vex through distractions, innuendos, deliberate mischief, and discreditations.  They wanted to cause fear.  Nehemiah by the Spirit stood fast in the Lord his God. Very often when the Christian is progressing in God, there will come evil enemies to vex.

Satan’s vexations come when he sees God’s people coming into their inheritance.  Read Numbers 25:17-18.  God told Moses to vex the Midianites, because the Midianites were vexing Israel and hindering the journey towards Canaan.  God used the word “wiles”.  Midian was using “wiles” (deceits, treachery, conspiracy).  God said, “Moses, smite them.”

Satan’s vexations come when the Christians are in affliction.  Read Job 19:2.  Job was vexed by his own three friends while in his affliction.  They failed to recognize the spiritual warfare.  They accused Job of sin.  None of these three were edifying at all.

Satan’s vexations come when there is jealousy between two parties.  Read Isaiah 11:13.  Judah was vexing Ephriam, because Ephriam was envious of Judah.  People in the church who just want to worship are often vexing to those who want works.  Remember Mary and Martha.  Martha envied Mary, because she sat at Jesus feet. Mary was a vexation to Martha’s spirit, because she was doing all the work in getting some lunch for the group. (See Luke 10:38-42)

Satan’s vexations come when people rejoice in another’s misfortune.  Read Acts 12:1-17.  Herod stretched his hand to vex the leaders of the new testament Church.  He had James killed, and when he saw that this pleased the Jews, he went after Peter.  Herod was striking at the leaders to deal a mortal blow to the Church.  He failed.  People in our day also strike at the leadership and rejoice when they see people leaving the Church.  They are aligned with the spirit of Herod and the devil in these vexations.

Vexation can and will come because of disobedience to the word of God… Deuteronomy 28:15-20… The Lord did the vexing here because Israel disobeyed His word… (Job also refers to

God’s vexations Job 27:2) Not all vexation is of the devil… The Lord will cause vexation if we are disobedient to the word of God … A lot of N.T. Christians think that they are incapable of disobedience because they are under a better covenant… A Christian who has disobeyed the word often has trouble in the conscience… they are restless … bored… agitated … convicted…

Chasing a false expectation can cause vexation in a person’s spirit… Ecclesiastes 1:14-17 … 2:11, 17,22,26… 4:4, 6,16… 6:9…Pursuing after vanity can cause vexations… One of the major causes of vexation is “the wandering of the desire” or “the chasing after the wind”… (6:9) The “wandering of the desire” is simply “fantasizing”… Proverbs 28:19 talks of “the person who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty” (NIV) A fantasy is “a wandering desire”. It will waste away your life … cause vexation of spirit… Fantasies are never achieved… There is a difference between a fantasy and God given desires…

Adversity brings vexations in the form of strife… 2 Chronicles 15:3-5…Israel lost the presence of God and with this loss they lost their teaching priests and thereby they lost the knowledge of the word of God… They were vexed because they had no guidance and direction… They lost their rest as well…

Listening to filthy conversation can vex the soul… 2 Peter 2:7-8… Lot was vexed by hearing and seeing filthy conversation by the people of Sodom… The city was filled with “unprincipled men” (NASB) These practiced “sensuous conduct”… This filth that comes through the mouth is rampant in our society … and to think they have to eat with that mouth.

Illness can vex you physical body… Psalm 6:1-3… David was ill… he said that his bones were vexed … ie … he was hurting all over … including his soul … His attitude was affected.

Rebellion will bring vexation… Isaiah 63:10… When Israel rebelled against God His Holy Spirit was vexed… Rebellion grieves and quenches the Holy Spirit… (I Thessalonians 5:19-20… Ephesians 4:30)

Sexual lust can cause vexation … or unfulfilled sexual desires… 2 Samuel 3:2 … David’s son Ammon was vexed because he fell in love with his sister… Through treachery he raped her forcibly… Absalom by treachery killed Ammon … When desires are unfulfilled anger and hatred flares up to the point where people are injured and killed…

Loss of a loved one will cause vexation … 2 Kings 4:27… a mother’s soul was vexed because of the loss of her son… Elisha by the word of the Lord promised her this son… It’s hard to raise a son or daughter to a certain age only to lose them through death or a tragedy…

Unjust treatment of the poor and the homeless and the fatherless brings vexations… Ezekiel 2:5,7,29…God accused Israel of vexing the poor and the homeless and the fatherless by neglecting to meet their needs…

Unjust treatment brings a vexation…

The devil can cause vexation in the children … Matthew 15:22… 17:15 … a woman brought her daughter and a man brings his son to Jesus and said, “they are vexed by the devil”… A lot of the problems that children are having may be a “vexing” spirit of the devil”.

Weapon Systems That God Has Given Us

The Lord has opened up His amoury and brought forth His weapons… Jeremiah 50:25.

These weapons can be used against vexations:

The word is a weapon … Matthew 4:1-11 … Luke 4:1-11 … Jesus said to the devil … “It is written”… Satan loves to use scripture wrongly … He tries to divide people over concepts of truth… The word of God is a weapon…It is a sword (Ephesians 6:17) Jesus said, “The words that I speak, they are spirit and they are life” (John 6.63) Hebrews 4:12..tell what the word can do… Satan divides people by getting them to emphasize one truth only … such as … Faith people verse grace people … power people verses doctrine minded people… Satan caused Eve to doubt the word of God … Use the Word against the devil and against the things that vex… Remember that the word is also “a seed”… When King Tut’s tomb was opened they found some seed … it was a seed for 1500 years … the people planted that seed and it grew … time had nothing to do with it as far a growing … So also the word of God … time has not destroyed it…

Love is a weapon … 1 John 4:8 … God is love … ie … God is Agape … The agape love of God is full of excellence in character … it is righteous … it is measureless … It is full measure love and not half way love… In Songs of Solomon 8:6-7 there was no enemy or circumstance that could destroy “agape” love… Agape love has a purpose… It is taken from a root word meaning “total”… ie…full measure … it’s a love that “wills” to love … God so loved the world from His head … ie … from His will … God willed to love us…He purposed to love us. He chose to love us. It was not God’s emotional love that saved us … It was agape love … He deliberately loved us … He willed to love us … When we love like that we too will win many victories… Note … John 13:34-… By agape love people will know that you are genuine Christians.

The Name of Jesus is a weapon… Matthew 1:21 … “Thou shalt call His name Jesus , for He shall save His people from their sins-“… Mark 16:17… “In My name you shall cast out (forcibly eject devils) … Acts 3:6,16… “Faith in His name” … Philippians 2:9-11… “Every knee bows to the Name of Jesus” … Proverbs 18:10″The name of the Lord is a strong tower-“… Use the name of Jesus to defeat the enemy.

The Holy Spirit is a weapon … I John 2:27 … the anointing teaches… Isaiah 10:27… destroys the yoke… Zechariah 4:6… “Not by might … but by My Spirit” … Isaiah 59:19… when the enemy comes … the Spirit of the Lord rises up to block his progress… Luke 4:18-19 Jesus was anointed to deliver people … Acts 1:8 … the believers have power when they are filled with the Spirit…

The blood of Jesus is a weapon… Revelation 12:11 … “They overcame the antichrist forces by the blood of the Lamb.”

Fellowship is a weapon… Matthew 18.20… “where two or three are gathered in My name.” Deuteronomy 32:30… “If one can chase a thousand, two can chase ten thousand” … Ecclesiastes 4:9-12… “two are better than one … if one falls the other can lift him up”… The Lord commanded the blessing in the fellowship (unity) of the brethren … Psalm 133.

Fasting and prayer are weapons … James 5:16… Luke 18:1… Mark 11:22… Isaiah 58…

Knowing who and what we are in Christ is a weapon … identification … Galatians 2:20… “the life I now live … I live by the life giving principles provided for by the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Giving of tithes and offerings is a weapon … Malachi 3:8-il…The Lord rebukes the devourer…

Our testimony is a weapon … Revelation 12:11 … The devil cannot stand against true testimony… The purpose of our Baptism in the Holy Ghost is to be a witness (testimony)… Acts 1:8…

Music is a weapon … Elisha calls for a minstrel … 2 Kings 3:15… music created a habitation for the presence of God… The powers of darkness was broken so that the word of God can be released… 1 Samuel 16:16, 18:10 …

Praise is a weapon… Psalm 22:3… Psalm 145-150 .. Psalm 50:23… Psalm 69:30-32…

Clapping your hands is a weapon… Job 27:22-23 … Clapping is a hissing to the devil … he doesn’t like it… (Lamentations 2:15 also)

Joyful noise and gladness is a weapon… 2 Samuel 6:14-16… Acts 3:1-5… leaping and praising and laughing and dancing are weapons .

Shouting is a weapon … Joshua 6:5-15 … God says “SHOUT”… 1 Samuel 4:5-6… Psalm 47:1-5 Folks who practice self-defense … Shout…

Uplifted hands is a weapon… Exodus 17… Aaron and Hur held up Moses hands and the enemy was destroyed… (Lamentations 5:12,3:41… you can lift up your heart by the raising up of your hands … Psalm 63:4 )

Dancing before the Lord is a weapon … Judges 21:21… dancing women … Psalm 30:11 your mourning turned to dancing … Isaiah 61:3…

Speaking in tongues is a weapon … Acts 2:1-4… 1 Corinthians 14:14 … tongues edify…

Marching together is a weapon … 2 Samuel 5:23-24…The sound of marching feet in the mulberry trees… (2 Kings 7:6)

Other weapons…Communion or the Lord’s supper … The five fold ministries … Prayer cloths…

2 thoughts on “Warfare & Vexation”

  1. These teachings on the Truth have been revelation s for me. Thank you for sharing and for your Obedience to the Holy Spirit. God Bless you b

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