Sir Godfrey Gregg ROMC, OHPM
Grand Commanding Officer
Now, please take note of these verses within Proverbs. There is something deep with a person bound by this Jezebel spirit.
Bitterness took root, opening up the door to control, seduction and revenge.
“The lips of an adulterous woman [rebellion, the world] drip with honey. Her kiss is smoother than oil, but in the end, she is as bitter as wormwood, as sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet descend to death. Her steps lead straight to hell” (Proverbs 5:3-5).
Evidence of Wormwood’s Work
The account of Job’s struggle (aka spiritual warfare) is renowned.
Job not only had to deal with the spirit of Leviathan (monarch over the children of pride within chapters 3:8 and 41).
Job complains about bitterness too!
Do you know anyone who could say something like this or feel this way?
“As a servant earnestly longs for the shade and the evening shadows, and as a hireling, who looks for the reward of his work, so am I allotted months of futile [suffering], and [long] nights of misery are appointed to me. When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise and the night be gone?’ And I am full of tossing to and fro till the dawning of the day… My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope. Oh, remember that my life is but wind (a puff, a breath, a sob); my eye shall see good no more…He shall return no more to his house; neither shall his place know him anymore. Therefore, I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul [O Lord]!
…When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint, then You scare me with dreams and terrify me through visions so that I would choose strangling and death rather than these my bones” (Job 7:1-15).
There is something at war with Job’s soul and flesh. Job was in the mists of spiritual warfare, battling Wormwood (bitterness) and Leviathan (pride)!
Satan attacked Job with two powerful “principalities and powers” because God gave Satan access to do so.
This was to test Job’s faith – his reliance upon God and not take his wife’s advice: “Renounce God and die!”
Job overcame and was victorious. God knew Job’s heart, while under intense spiritual warfare he would remain faithful – all the way to the end. Job “overcame” and was rewarded with much more than Job had before. God rewarded Job for overcoming! (Revelation 12:11?)
Now, please read these verses of Lamentations 3. The writer is much like Job. It is a description of the effects of the “great star, burning like a torch” in the souls of men and women during the last days. God’s wrath is poured out upon the earth – and for some believers (Revelation 2 and 3), maybe it is to “Repent”.
“I am the man who has experienced suffering under the rod of God’s fury. God has driven me away and made me walk in darkness instead of light.
He beat me, again and again, all day long. He has
made my flesh and my skin waste away. He has broken my bones. He has attacked me and surrounded me with bitterness and hardship. He has made me live in darkness, like those who died a long time ago. He has blocked me so that I can’t get out.
He has put heavy chains on me. Even when I cry and call for help, he shuts out my prayer. He has blocked my way with cut stones and made my paths crooked. He is like a bear waiting to ambush me, like a lion in hiding. He has forced me off the road I was taking, torn me to pieces, and left me with nothing. He has drawn his bow and made me the target for his arrows. He has shot the arrows from his quiver into my heart. I have become a laughingstock to all my people. All day long they make fun of me with their songs. He has filled me with bitterness.
He has made me drink wormwood. He has ground my teeth with gravel. He has trampled me into the dust. My soul has been kept from enjoying peace. I have forgotten what happiness is… Remember my suffering and my aimless wandering, the wormwood and poison.
My soul continues to remember these things and is so discouraged… I said, ‘I’ve lost my strength to live and my hope in the Lord.’ Remember my suffering and my aimless wandering, the wormwood and poison. My soul continues to remember these things and is so discouraged” (Lamentations 3:1-20,