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10/18/2017

Can believers have demons?

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:28

We have now come to a very important part in this course. The opinions are divided about whether believers can have demons or not. We will try to shed some light over the matter, but first a short repetition.

In the previous post (Possessed, demonized or under the influence?) we said that people can get attacked both from the outside and from the inside by evil spirits. We also said that attacks from the inside can be the result of either possession or demonization.

Can a believer get attacked by demons from the outside?

The answer is: Yes! We cannot escape the evil spirits’ influence from the outside.

Can a believer be possessed?

In the post Spirit-soul-body – part 2 we stated that the Holy Spirit moves into our spirit when we receive Jesus as our Savior. Before that you could say our spirit was dormant. Demons and the Holy Spirit will never exist in the same place, which means the demons will not be able to enter the spirit of the believer.

When a person is possessed by evil spirits they are completely controlled by them. Therefore a saved person cannot be possessed, since the evil spirits can’t have full control. They obviously can’t control the spirit of the believer since the Holy Spirit dwells there. The same goes for the areas of the soul where the Holy Spirit has gained access.

Can a believer be demonized?

A person is demonized if evil spirits influence one or more areas in his soul. This is also true with believers. In the areas of the soul, where the flesh is in control, i.e. where the Holy Spirit hasn’t been let inside, there can be evil spirits. Notice that we say there CAN be. Just because we are carnal in some areas of our life, doesn’t automatically mean that we have evil spirits inside of us.

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10/17/2017

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 17:20

Many make grace an excuse for not doing the will of God. But grace does just the opposite! It leaves us without excuse. Grace is God’s ability where our ability runs out. If all we have is our own ability, we could say that we are not capable of doing what God wants. But since He gives us His unlimited ability when He calls us to do something, there is no excuse for not obeying him.

10/16/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 306

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:14

Scripture:

Ps. 144:14-15
14 … that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

Ps. 144:14 (Swedish version)
… when no crack has been made in the wall and nobody has to leave as a prisoner, when no complaining is heard in our streets

Comment:

… when no crack has been made in the wall …

In the previous part, we spoke about how one builds a spiritual protective wall, and we will continue on that theme.

When we think about a protective wall, we probably think about an obstacle that the enemy cannot get through. But another way to keep the enemy away is to ensure that he dare not come close to you.

The enemy does not fear unsaved people. They are no threat against him, since they belong to his kingdom. But when we receive Jesus as our Savior, we receive authority over the evil spiritual world. From that time on we become a potential threat, i.e. we have the capacity to be a threat, but we are not necessarily an actual threat.

In order to become a real threat against the enemy, we not only need to be saved, we also need to 1) know that we have an enemy, 2) know that we have authority over the enemy and 3) use our authority. It is then that we become a real threat against the enemy.

When we get used to dealing with evil spirits as soon as they appear, the evil spiritual world will gradually avoid attacking us. We will then have a situation where the enemy avoids us, and that way we become a protected area.

When we consistently continue to deal with evil spirits, not only regarding ourselves, but also, for example, regarding the family, the evil spiritual world will have to stay away from it. That way, the family will become a protected area.

In the same way, a church can become a protected area, and a church can ct so that a city becomes a protected area. In the extension, many churches together can ensure that a nation becomes safe.

A condition for making protected areas, whether individuals, families, churches, cities or nations, is, of course, that we are consistent in dealing with the evil spiritual world. If not, we give the evil spirits a signal that an attack might work. It is up to us to prove to them that it does not pay to attack!

10/13/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 305

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 11:11

Scripture:

Ps. 144:14-15
14 … that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

(Swedish version)
14 … when no crack has been made in the wall and no one has to leave as a prisoner, when no complaining is heard in our streets
15 blessed is the people who have it that way, yes, blessed is the people whose God is the LORD

Comment:

… when no crack has been made in the wall …

David said that people are blessed when no crack has been made in the wall. In his days they built walls around the cities as a protection against attacks, and in the same manner we need spiritual walls to protect our families, churches, cities and nations.

How do we build protective spiritual walls?

As personal believers we build protective walls through prayer, a God-fearing life, and surrender to a local church.

As a family we build protective walls through prayer and divine orders.

As a church we build protective walls through prayer, biblical surrender, and seeking the unity of the Spirit, i.e. obedience to the Holy Spirit.

We build protective walls around our cities by common prayer and by seeking the unity of the Spirit between the churches.

Finally, we build a protective wall around our nations when we take a national responsibility for prayer, and when we seek the unity of the Spirit on a national level.

10/12/2017

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 12:13

God is about to raise up the church to become what it is meant to be. It is not God’s will that the body of Christ should be an odd phenomenon in society. We are not meant to apologize for being Christians. We are here to change the world. And we can do it!

10/11/2017

Possessed, demonized or under the influence?

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:49

In this post we are going to try to sort out the terms for the different ways, in which evil spirits attack us.

First, we need to understand the difference between inner attacks and outer attacks.

Inner and outer attacks

Evil spirits can either attack us from the inside, or from the outside. Coordinated attacks can also occur, where different spirits attack simultaneously from the inside and from the outside. But basically, we can divide the attacks into inner, and outer attacks.

Inner attacks

Evil spirits can get inside of us, but first let us establish the fact that they cannot do this, if there is no way in. We will discuss the ways they can get in later.
The attacks of evil spirits from the inside can be total or partial. A total influence, where evil spirits take control over a person completely, we call possession. A person who is possessed cannot control what he does, or what he says.

When evil spirits have a limited influence over a person from the inside, we say they are demonized. When a person is demonized, he is aware of what is happening, and can control his behavior, except in the area where the demons are.

Outer attacks

When evil spirits attack us from the outside, one could say that we are under their influence. We are influenced by them, without them being inside of us.

Evil spirits can have an influence over separate individuals, and also over groups of people, for example all the inhabitants in a geographical area.

10/10/2017

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 18:10

The name of Jesus gives us power to prophesy, to cast out demons, and to perform miracles. But, it is only the close relationship with Jesus, and the obedience to Him, that will lead to an eternal life with Him.

10/09/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 304

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:42

Scripture:

Ps. 144:11 (ESV)
Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, whose mouths speak lies and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

Comment:

Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners …

God saves us from ”foreigners”, i.e. the evil spirits, through deliverance.

David turns to God and asks for deliverance. But it is somewhat different for us. Of course, it is still God’s power that sets us free, but we, as believers, are commissioned to release that power. Jesus has given authority, over the evil spiritual world, to each and everyone who has received Him as Savior. When we speak orders in Jesus’ name, we release the power of the Holy Spirit and the evil spirits must back off.

We also need to use our authority in order to rescue unsaved people who are in the hands of the enemy.

2 Cor. 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

A good prayer to pray, in order for unsaved people to become open for the gospel, is the following:

“In the name of Jesus I command every hindrance, for …’s salvation, to leave”

… whose mouths speak lies …

We discussed, in part 297, how the enemy uses lies. Click here to read that part again

10/08/2017

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 14:50

David continued to serve Saul, even after his big victory over Goliath, but it eventually became impossible because Saul wanted to kill him.
The ‘David people’ will follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Eventually, there will be a separation between ‘the David people’, and those who follow their own ambitions and their own ideas. The latter will attack the ‘David people’ but they will not be able to conquer them.

10/06/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 303

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:38

Scripture:

Ps. 144:10
… who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.

Comment:

Jesus has disarmed the enemy.

Col. 2:15
And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Jesus won a total victory over the devil and his evil spirits. He said: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matt. 28: 18). But he has not liberated us from being attacked. We are going into battle in what could be called “cleanse-up” phase. The battle is won, but the enemy has not stopped fighting. It is up to us to bind the evil spirits who are active here on earth and in the “middle heaven”.

But how can the evil spirits continue to fight if they are disarmed? They use our passivity and our disobedience. We have been commissioned, on the basis of Jesus ‘ victory, to deal with the evil spirits. But if we do not do what we are supposed to do, we are allowing the evil spirits to continue their destructive works. And if we put our weapons to the disposal of the evil spirits, they can do a lot of harm.

What do we mean by, “put our weapons to the disposal of the evil spirits”? We have received spiritual weapons, which are intended to be used against the enemy. One such weapon is our mouth, which we are called to use for commanding the enemy to leave and for praying for people. But, if we use your our mouth to criticize people, the enemy benefits from it.

Let us stop lending our weapons to a disarmed enemy! It is time for us to use our weapons in the right way, so the enemy will be completely defeated.

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