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09/21/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 21

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 12:41

Scripture:

Prov. 3:5
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

(Swedish version: Count on Him in all your ways, and He shall make your paths straight.)

Comment:

Count on Him …

What does it mean to count on Jesus? It can, of course, mean that we should count on the fact that He sees us, hears us, and intervenes to help us. But, it can also mean that we trust in His power, when we command the enemy to back off from ourselves and from people around us.

Count on Him in all your ways

Jesus has promised that He will be with us always, to the end of time (Matt 28:20). He is with us all the time, and in all circumstances. We might not always notice, but He is there.

When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego were thrown into the fiery furnace, God could have easily extinguished the fire. Instead, Jesus went with them into the fire, and they came out of the trial unharmed. He does the same for us. He doesn’t take away our trials, but He walks with us, through them, and He sees to it, that we come out of them.

He shall make your paths straight

Jesus makes our paths straight, but we need to understand how He does that. He gives us authority and guidance to command the hindrances to leave the path set before us. There is no trial hard enough, that our authority cannot make the enemy flee.

Rom. 8:37
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

We are more than conquerors, thanks to Jesus’ victory.

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09/19/2018

Jesus’ mission concerning the evil spiritual world – part 1

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:18

For what purpose was Jesus manifested (according to 1 John 3:8)?

Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil.

1 John 3:8
… For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

Jesus didn’t come here just to save people. He also came to stop the devil and his spirits. Those two missions are, of course, linked together.

Has Jesus destroyed the works of the devil?

The answer is, Yes and No. Jesus has conquered the evil spiritual world and He has disarmed it. At the same time we know, from what the bible tells us, that the devil will continue his work until the return of Jesus. There will be a pause during the thousand years and then he will be bound.

How is it that the devil keeps on working even though Jesus has conquered him?

According to Matt 28:18 Jesus took the authority to rule on earth from the devil. The devil therefore has no longer a legal right to act on earth, but that doesn’t mean he ceases his work. The difference is, what he is doing now is illegal, and the church, the body of Christ, is able to stop him.

How did Jesus treat the devil?

After having been baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus immediately got into confrontation with the devil. The devil used scriptures, trying to tempt Jesus, and Jesus answered by quoting scriptures. Finally Jesus commanded the devil to go, and at that moment, the devil had to leave.

Matt 4:10-11
10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan!…”
11 Then the devil left Him …

How did Jesus treat evil spirits?

Jesus cast out evil spirits from the people He met.

Mark 1:39
And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons

09/17/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 20

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:29

Scripture:

Prov. 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Comment:

To trust in the Lord is always very important. Trusting in the Lord, is faith, and without faith, we can’t get born again, or be sanctified, and we can’t be winners in the spiritual battle.

The enemy often attacks our mind, with thoughts and arguments, in order to prevent us from making spiritual warfare. He does this in many different ways, and we will give you a few examples.

  • The enemy can utilize other’s overactions and mistakes when it comes to spiritual warfare, and “help” us be “reasonable”.
  • The enemy can also make us start doubting if anything really does happen when we command the evil spirits to leave. Sometimes it feels like we are hitting in the air.
  • The enemy can also try to make us considerate. “Surely you can’t tell a person that evil spirits are behind his problems? That person might be offended!”

Let’s go back and talk about trusting in the Lord. We need to put His Word before our “wise” thoughts. This is a necessary choice that we have to make.

When Jesus says …

  • “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils …” (Mark 16:17)
  • “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)

… we need to trust that Jesus knows what He is talking about.

09/14/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 19

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:18

Scripture:

Prov. 3:1 (ESV)
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments,

Commentary:

do not forget my teaching

It is important that we don’t let go of, or forget, the teaching of God’s Word, not least concerning spiritual warfare. It is crucial that we have the foundation of the Bible. God’s Word guides us, so that we don’t go wrong.

Ps. 119:105
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

The first thing the evil spirits will try to do is to make us blind to their existence. The second thing is, they try to make us ignore them, and want nothing to do with them. If this fails, the next step is making our spiritual warfare derail. After this the enemy can point at the things that went wrong and create scepticism towards everything that has to do with spiritual warfare.

let your heart keep my commandments

When we read about keeping God’s commandments, we might think of God’s ten commandments, or the commandment of love. But there are more commandments, and one of them is that we, as believers, shall cast out demons. It’s a mission we have received from Jesus.

Mark 16:17
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils …

It’s important that we, as believers, know this, and that we are obedient to Jesus’ command.

09/12/2018

Trusting in God, versus fighting the enemy

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 18:35

What does it mean to trust in God?

To trust in God means to be confident in Him. That is what faith is. Faith is not just believing that God exists, (even the evil spirits do that). Faith, more than anything else, is to be confident in God.
Trusting in God also means to have confidence in the bible, the World of God.

Should we trust God to deal with the evil spirits without our cooperation?

No, God does His job, but He will not do our job.

What does it mean that God does His job?

Through Jesus, God has already conquered the evil spiritual world.

Col. 2:15
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

If God has already conquered the evil spirits, then why can’t we just believe that the job is done?

We must understand that just because Jesus conquered the devil and the evil spirits, it does not mean that they ceased to exist. Jesus´ victory doesn’t stop the spirits from attacking us. Jesus took the devil’s authority, his legal right, away from him. Adam and Eve gave their authority to the devil, and from that point on the devil had the legal right to rule on earth. Jesus’ redemptive work at Golgotha, took the right to rule from the enemy, and gave it back to man. He keeps on attacking, but what he is doing is illegal.

What is our job?

Our job here on earth is to release the effect of Jesus’ victory. When He returns, He will finish dealing with the enemy, but here and now we have a function in His plan to deal with the evil spiritual world.

Jesus said, right before the ascension, that the believers should cast out evil spirits. He didn’t say that He will cast them out, but that we, the believers, should.

Mark 16:17
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons …

Why doesn’t God deal with the evil spirits without our cooperation?

The answer basically is, He is God and He does whatever He wants to. We have no right to have opinions about what He has decided. We are supposed to respond with obedience. After that has been said, we can also state that, right from the beginning, God gave the rulership on earth to man.

How can we combine our trust in God, with spiritual warfare?

We need to realize that without Jesus we can do nothing. It is when we trust in Him that we can conquer the evil spiritual world. We need to let trusting in God go hand in hand, with taking authority over the enemy.

John 15:5
… without Me you can do nothing.

09/10/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 18

Filed under: Uncategorized — kellporten @ 16:39

Scripture:

Prov. 2:22 (ESV)
but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the treacherous will be rooted out of it.

Commentary:

In this series about spiritual warfare in the Book of Proverbs we have chosen to see “the wicked” as evil spirits. However, we are aware of the fact that the most natural way to view both “wicked” and “treacherous”, is as people who have chosen not to receive Jesus as Savior, or who have chosen to abandon their faith.

the wicked will be cut off from the land

There’s a big step between having the faith for casting out evil spirits from people, and casting out evil spirits from a nation. The latter is a dizzying thought, and it’s easy to deem it impossible. But, is it really impossible? Let’s look at a couple of important aspects:

Your nation belongs to God

Deut. 10:14
Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’S thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.

Adam and Eve gave away the dominion over the earth, but they couldn’t give away the ownership, since the earth belongs to God.

We believers have received the authority, and the mission, to cast out evil spirits

Mark 16:17
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils

Notice that Jesus doesn’t specify from what evil spirits should be cast out of. It’s easy for us to think that Jesus meant for us to cast out demons from people only, but He never said that.

Can your nation be completely free from the influence of evil spirits? We leave that for you to decide, but we believe that, in this time, God is bringing people together who are willing to engage in spiritual warfare for the freedom of our nations.

Lastly, let’s make it clear that our borders should not be closed to people, coming from other nations, who are in need of safety. Our borders should be closed to evil spirits, not to people!

09/07/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 17

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 18:03

Scripture:

Prov. 2:14
Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;

Commentary:

This scripture speaks of those who “delight in the frowardness of the wicked “. These, who delight over evil, can be either evil spirits or people who are deceived by their flesh and/or evil spirits.

frowardness” in the original text means fraud, deception, or perversion.
The evil spirits rejoice when the truth is perverted. They try to twist the truth in the Word of God in order to deceive us. Today we see the truth of God’s Word being twisted in one area after the other, and we need to understand that this attracts the evil spiritual world. Communities, where the evil spiritual world is allowed influence, are drawn into spiritual decay, and therefore will attract more and more evil spirits.

The good message is that the Holy Spirit gives us wisdom not to believe the evil spirits’ perversion of the truth. When we follow the Holy Spirit, and let Him enlighten the Word of God for us, we won’t end up going the wrong way.

09/05/2018

Spiritual mapping – part 2

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:39

What is the procedure for spiritual mapping?

We can divide spiritual mapping into three main branches:

1. Field studies
2. Background studies
3. Revelation from God

All three branches are equally important. They complement each other, and working together, they should lead to prayer and proclamation.

What are field studies?

Field studies can mean many different things, but in simple terms, it means to move around looking for things that might be of importance.

Here are some examples how you can do field studies in a community:

Read the local newspapers
When we read newspapers from a ’spiritual warfare viewpoint’ we can get a lot of information. Look for advertisements about occult gatherings, or articles about certain people, or associations. At first glance, a newspaper article may seem nice and inoffensive, but we need to be open to what the Holy Spirit wants to show us in the article. Sometimes we may feel led to look for information about a person mentioned in an article, and then find out that the person has, for instance, been involved in the occult.

Look for simple messages
There are message boards where people advertise and inform the community about different things. Most of the time they want to buy or sell something, but there can also be invitations to séances or healing sessions etc. Remember to check the message boards at the libraries and hospitals.

Search on the Internet
You can receive a lot of information via the Internet.

Study statistics about the community
Search for various forms of statistic material about the community, e.g. statistics about crime, unemployment etc.

Look in the telephone directory
You can find a lot of information in the yellow pages.

Walk the streets
Look for occult bookstores, nightclubs, or whatever that attracts your attention.

08/31/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 16

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 22:55

Scripture:

Prov. 2:11-12
11 … understanding shall keep thee:
12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil ...

Comment:

The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of wisdom, will save us when evil spirits try to tempt us to walk the wrong way.

Isa. 11:2
… the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

The Holy Spirit is our Helper, who wants to lead us into the whole truth. We need to calm down and listen to His voice, instead of trying to figure out what seems to be the smartest thing to do.

John 16:13
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth …

Therefore, it is God’s wisdom, not our own, which saves us from the way of evil. Our own wisdom can lead us completely in the wrong way.

Prov. 3:5-8
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

The wisdom of the world can even be demonic, and lead us into the way of evil.

James 3:14-15
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

08/29/2018

Spiritual mapping – part 1

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:03

What is spiritual mapping?

Spiritual mapping is a way to discover the spiritual reality behind the visible.

What do we mean by ”spiritual reality behind the visible”?

“Spiritual reality behind the visible” means that there is more than we can see with our eyes, or hear with our ears. There is a spiritual reality that we cannot discover with our physical senses. That reality is active, and it is sometimes a direct cause for what we see around us.

Let’s take an example. Suppose there is an exceptionally high rate of suicide in a city. We can know about the suicides, and we can also study the problem through statistic material. However, the reason for the high rate of suicides could be that spirits of death are influencing the city, and that is something you cannot see with your physical eyes.

Why do we need to discover the spiritual reality?

We need to discover the spiritual reality because it affects what we see around us. If we are content with acting only from what we can acknowledge with our senses, we will try to deal with the problems without realizing the cause for them. We can compare this to a doctor giving anaesthesia without trying to find the cause for the pain.

Let’s get back to the example about the high suicide rate in a city. When believers notice the problem, they will probably start praying that the suicides should stop. That is, of course, not wrong. But, if the suicides are caused by spirits of death, that kind of prayer will not be effective. They need to expose the spirits of death and command them to leave. When those who are praying take this step they will make progress, but it is still not enough. They need to find out why the spirits of death have gathered in the city. If there are spiritual openings, attracting spirits of death, it will not be enough to deal with the spirits that are present at the moment. It will also be necessary to find the primary cause for the openings, and to shut them.

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