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Proverbs 3:31

Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.


The word oppressor in this verse is the same word used in the bible to describe the humanity or body of flesh that our spirit lives in. It is the only place that it is translated as oppressor. Galatians 5:17, “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”


There is a struggle we are all faced with inside as the oppressor tries to rule over the Spirit of God living within us and the Spirit tries to rule over the oppressor. It seems to be an endless struggle at times that we will never win. When we keep our eyes focused on the flesh it appears to be a battle that is impossible to win. However as we lift our eyes off of the oppressor, off of humanity, and place them upon the beauty, grace and love of Jesus Christ, we will discover a power, freedom and peace that we never imagined exist.


In the Garden of Eden it was when Adam’s wife, Eve, began to look upon the Tree of Knowledge that she lost the battle between the oppressor and the Spirit. It was when she began to envy the knowledge of good and evil that the way of the oppressor was able to rise up and rule over her. Genesis 3:6, “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”


When the faults and shortcomings of our flesh raise their ugly heads in our life we should surely repent and make things right between us and the LORD and between us and whoever we have offended. However if we make the beauty, grace and love of God our focus, instead of the oppressor, the Spirit of God would gain supremacy in our life and the oppressor would not rule never as often as it sometimes does.