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07/18/2018

The man with a legion – part 9

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 15:20

What happened to the man after the evil spirits left him?

After the evil spirits left the man, he was totally changed. The bible says that he was clothed and in his right mind. When Jesus was about to depart, the man wanted to go with Him, but Jesus told him to go and tell the people, living in that area, what the Lord had done for him.

Luke 8:35
Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind …

Mark 5:18-20
18 And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him.
19 However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”
20 And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.

What was the reason that caused the man to change?

The reason why the man changed was, Jesus commanded evil spirits to leave. It was not tranquilizers, or counseling, that brought the man back into his right mind, it was deliverance.

Why did the evil spirits enter into the man and drive him away from people?

First, we can state that evil spirits always want to harass and destroy, e.g. relationships.

The answer to the question, why did the evil spirits enter the man, is that there must have been open doors for them. However, the bible doesn’t tell us what kind of doors.

We will answer the question, why the evil spirits drove away the man from social fellowship later, but let’s first look at another question.

Did the man have a calling, from God, upon his life?

The bible says nothing about the man’s calling, except that Jesus sent him to be a witness. Yet, let’s ponder about what it would mean if he did have a calling from God from the beginning of his life. That would explain why the evil spirits didn’t want him to have contact with people.

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07/16/2018

Spiritual Warfare in Proverbs – 7

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:17

Scripture:

Prov. 1:8
My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother;

Comment:

The evil spirits use young people’s liberalization process.

While growing from a child into an adult, young people start making their own decisions out of their own responsibility. They no longer automatically walk in their parents leading. That change can come in different ways, and sometimes there is no liberation. The latter means they will live in captivity, and live a very limited life. However, here we look at what happens when young people rebel against their parents.

Young people must not rebel against their parents in order to become free persons. They can listen to their parents’ advice, and then make their own decisions. But, on the other hand, if they rebel against their parents, and resist their ideas in order to feel free, it will be very destructive.

1 Sam. 15:23
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry …

The evil spirits use young people’s need for freedom, and ’help’ them cross borders into rebellion. The result of what was meant for ‘freedom’ opens them up for demonic influence and leads to demonic captivity.

To honour one’s parents, regardless of whether they are good parents or not, is a protection.

Exo. 20:12
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you

The evil spirits try to make young people rebel against their parents, and in that way place a curse over themselves. It is important to confess rebellion as sin, and not until that is done, will the curse will be broken.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

07/10/2018

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 21:55

Note that ALL who had gathered in the upper room on the day of Pentecost were filled by the Holy Spirit. And then we read in Acts 4:31 that ALL were being filled at the prayer gathering, in order to get boldness to preach. We can be assured that at least some of those who attended the meeting on the day of Pentecost also attended the later gathering. If that was the case, it means they were being filled again! To be filled with the Holy Spirit, then, is not a one-time event. The Holy Spirit wants to fill us over and over again.

07/09/2018

Spiritual Warfare in Proverbs – 6

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 22:39

Scripture:

Prov. 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Comment:

… But fools despise wisdom and instruction

Our carnal mind, i.e. everything within us that the Holy Spirit has not been allowed to take control over, neither can, nor wants to, receive God’s wisdom and instruction.

Rom 8:7
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

Our carnal mind wants to have its own way. We want to make decisions without the interference of God or man. Instructions become something negative, and can easily be looked upon as control, but that way we miss God’s good purpose for His instruction.

1 Tim. 1:5
Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith,

The evil spirits try to make us refuse and not respect God’s wisdom and instruction. They know that we have no authority, unless we submit ourselves to God and to His orders.

Jam. 4:7
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

To have our own way, and don’t receive instruction, is foolishness. We are involved in a spiritual war whether we want to be or not, and it means disaster if we loose our authority.

07/06/2018

Spiritual Warfare in Proverbs – 5

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 15:25

Scripture:

Prov. 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Comment:

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge …

All knowledge is founded on fear, i.e. respect, for God. It was that respect the devil tempted Adam and Eve to let go of.

Gen. 3:1-6
1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;
3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ “
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

As long as Adam and Eve put God’s orders first, everything went well. But, when they allowed their own judgment to come before the respect for God, it became a disaster.

In our days, the evil spiritual world tries to make people question God. One biblical truth after another is questioned and rejected, and tragically, Christians, as well as people of the world are compromising with the Word of God.

We need to realize that there is a spiritual war going on concerning the respect for God. And we also need to realize that the church is meant to stand up to defend the truth.

1 Tim. 3:15
… the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Even more of the respect for God will disappear from the society, as well as from the believers, unless the Body of Christ, the church, fights against the evil spiritual world and its lies.

07/04/2018

The man with a legion – part 8

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:25

Why did the evil spirits want to enter into the swine?

The bible says that the evil spirits in the man were unclean spirits. The swine were regarded as unclean animals, and that probably attracted the spirits.

Why did Jesus allow the evil spirits to enter into the swine?

First, let’s note that evil spirits can enter into animals. But why did Jesus allow them to enter into the swine? Some different theories are:

1. If the owners of the swine were Jews, and they were raising the swine to eat, it was a violation of God’s law. If they were raising them to sell, it was a wrong way to receive an income. In both cases, the death of the swine must have been a sharp correction.
2. It might have meant that the struggle would be easier for the man, during the deliverance, if the spirits had somewhere to go.
3. It could also be that Jesus wanted to demonstrate how evil the spirits were. They killed the swine after they entered them by making them drown.

There are probably more theories than these. The fact remains that the bible gives no explanation.

Where did the evil spirits go when the swine died?

Spirits don’t die, so they were present even after the swine had died. The question is, where did they go? Yet, let’s look at something else first.

Why did the people want Jesus to depart from their region?

Mark 5:15-17
15 Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.
16 And those who saw it told them how it happened to him who had been demon-possessed, and about the swine.
17 Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region.

The reaction of the people in that region was negative. They wanted Jesus to leave. Normally, when Jesus performed miracles, many people gathered around Him, wanting Him to heal, and deliver them. Here they acted in a different way. You would think that they would be grateful that the possessed man had become normal, but of course, the loss of the swine could be the reason why they wanted Jesus to leave.

Now, let’s go back to the previous question, i.e. where did the evil spirits go? The swine had drowned, so the spirits had no place to reside. At the same time, there came a lot of people, probably disappointed and upset about the loss of the swine. Since disappointment and indignation can open the door for evil spirits to enter a person, it could have been that the evil spirits took the opportunity to change residence. That would explain why the people were hostile towards Jesus.

07/03/2018

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 21:35

The Holy Spirit leads us to where He wants us to go, but it may not necessarily be to “green pastures”. He can also lead us into the “desert”. He did so with Jesus (Matt. 4:1). Are you ready to obey the Holy Spirit even if He leads you where you don’t want to go? It saddens the Holy Spirit if we do not do as He says. He has come as our Helper, and He has the best for us. When we stand against Him, and choose our own ways, it makes Him sad.

07/02/2018

Spiritual Warfare in Proverbs – 4

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 15:24

Scripture:

Prov. 1:3
To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;

Comment:

To receive the instruction of … judgment

What kind of instruction of judgment does the bible give us? The bible instructs us to proclaim God’s judgment over the evil spiritual world. God is the judge, but we are called to proclaim His judgment and to release His power.

God has already pronounced the sentence over the evil spirits. Therefore, we carry out God’s judgment when we speak commands and cast them out.

A scripture that clearly shows our mission to speak commands against the evil spirits is Ps. 8:2.

Ps. 8:2
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

The power is God’s, but it is we, His children, who are to speak the commands. That way God’s judgment is carried out. We were once held captive by the evil spirits, but now, we are used by God to send them to prison, at least for a time. The final judgment is carried out by Jesus. He will cast the evil spirits into the lake of fire.

06/29/2018

Spiritual Warfare in Proverbs – 3

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:45

Scripture:

Prov. 1:3
To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;

Comment:

To receive the instruction of … justice …

The original word for ”justice” (The Swedish version and English Standard Version says “righteousness”) comes from a word which can be translated “having the right on your side”.

In spiritual warfare it is very important that we know we have the right on our side. The evil spirits try, in many ways, to make us think we don’t have the right to confront them. Here we will look at what might be the most common of them.

When a person is about to be delivered, it is not uncommon for the demon to insist that it has the right to stay, since the person has allowed it to be there. Unfortunately, many who assist in deliverance accept that lie, and people will not be set free. The truth is, we have the full right to cast out the demon, since we are commissioned by the Lord to render all evil spirits harmless. Because of Jesus’ victory, we have the right on our side.

Let’s now go back to Prov. 1:3. We see that, through the Word of God, we receive instruction of righteousness. Do we really need such instructions? Yes, righteousness is a gift, but we need the Holy Spirits’ instruction in order to live out the righteousness that has been given to us. We need to be constantly reminded that we have the right on our side.

06/27/2018

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 13:00

The wind blows where it wants. Have you tried to tell the wind in what direction to blow? Of course not! It is the same way with the Holy Spirit. We cannot tell Him what He should do. Our part is to listen to Him and do as He says.

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