By Sandy Mittelsteadt
Faith Contributor, Valley Ag Voice
You may ask: What is the Spirit of “Amalek?” In Jewish tradition, Amalek is pure evil. It is the spirit that inhabits those who lack the fear of God. Amalek is the power of darkness and evil in our world.
Amalek is now at work in America. Amalek is stirring up hatred. The Spirit of Amalek has at its core a love of lies. Amalek’s father is the father of all lies and liars. These liars believe that if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The Nazis knew this to be true. A lie can only be perpetuated when dark forces safeguard it from the light. Light is the mortal enemy of liars and their lies, because it brings out the truth.
Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:12 that “… we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” And God warned his people, the Jews, in Deut. 25:17 — 19: “Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God. Therefore, it shall be, when the LORD thy god hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it.”
Amalek has also been at work in modern times. Amalek was the spirit behind anti-Semitism. The demonic spirit of Amalek seeks opportunities to twist the thinking of people. It delights in people who hate others, live in despair, lie to one another, steal from others, love destruction, and start wars. It especially hates the truth of the Bible, righteous people, and peacemakers. For this cause, Isaiah 62:1 states: “For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness.”
To keep the spirit of Amalek away from your door and to keep you standing against the “wiles of the devil,” put on the armor of God as described in Ephesians 6:14-17: “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breast plate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.”
Once we have put on the armor of God, it is up to us, as believers, to pray and open our mouths, and speak. That’s how you can play a big role in breaking the curse of Amalek. The Bible in Matthew 5:9 says that peacemakers are blessed. Tell others of God’s great love, mercy, and compassion. As for me, I am going to tell others about my favorite verse in the Bible — John 10:10: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I (meaning Jesus) am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
I am not going to ignore that evil exists. In fact, Second Timothy 3: 1-5 says: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” I acknowledge that the spirit of Amalek is still in the world today and working mightily in America right now.