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12/15/2018

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 20:07

Jesus said that everything is possible for the Father, and we need to take that truth to our hearts. But the fact is, we do not always see the manifestation of that truth. Sometimes things seem to go totally wrong. How come?

We need to understand that God, for whom everything is possible, has given us authority over the devil and his spirits. If we do not act from our authority, and thus indirectly give the enemy permission to steal, kill, and destroy, it will look like God cannot help us. But God is not the problem. We, as believers, are. We need to command the enemy to leave.

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12/14/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 36

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

Scripture:

Prov. 4:14-15
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on.

Comment:

In order to successfully fulfil our mission to advance the Kingdom of God, by taking authority over the evil spirits, we need to walk in God’s way, not in the ways of the world. We cannot be part of a demonic system, and at the same time fight against demons.

The Word of God says that even though we live in the world, we should not live like the world. We are involved in a spiritual war, and we cannot wage war as the world does.

2 Cor. 10:3 (NIV)
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.

In order to avoid walking in the ways of the world, we need to be led by the Holy Spirit. We need to listen to Him, and we need to allow Him to change us.

Rom. 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

11/28/2018

How should we view the attacks from the enemy?

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 12:21

Is the battle we are involved in, always something evil?

Let us first note that only evil comes from the kingdom of the devil. In this sense, the attacks we suffer are evil. But, it is also true that God can use, or rather reverse, the enemy’s vicious attacks to do something that will help us.

Does sickness, depression, poverty or things like that come from God?

No. It is very important to realize. that God is good, and from Him comes only that which is good.

How can we know that God never sends sickness upon us?

Jesus showed us what the Father is like. Jesus said: ”He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

Now, let’s look at what Jesus was like, and what He did.

Acts 10:38
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Jesus healed them ALL. Among all these people we can be sure that there were those who needed to come closer to God. Yet Jesus healed everyone. That way Jesus showed us that it was the Father’s will that no one should be sick.

But what about the fact that God can use the attacks of the enemy?

He uses them, but He never sends them.

Why does God allow attacks to come against us?

God allows attacks to come against us because He wants to make us strong.

Let’s see how Jesus began His ministry. After He was baptized by John the Baptist, He was filled with the Holy Spirit and immediately led into 40 days of battle, with the devil, in the wilderness.

Luke 4:1-2
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil …

Jesus was attacked, but He conquered the attacks, and now let’s see how Jesus left the wilderness:

Luke 4:14
Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee …

Notice the difference. Jesus was led into the wilderness ”filled with the Holy Spirit”, but He left the wilderness “in the power” of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus received power by conquering the attacks, and the same principle goes for us too.

So, how should we view the spiritual battle?

We need to realize that the attacks come from the evil spiritual world, and that they are meant for evil. But, we also need to realize that we become spiritually strong by facing the attacks and conquering them, with the help of God.

11/26/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 35

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 23:18

Scripture:

Prov. 4:2 (NIV)
I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.

Comment:

God is teaching us through His Word. As long as we keep to what the bible says, we will have the right balance in spiritual warfare. But, as soon as we start compromising with the Word of God, and follow our ideas instead, we risk going astray.

Ps. 119:105
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

The Word of God directs us. Whether we are making spiritual warfare, or doing something else in our service for God, it is important that we follow God’s instructions. We are not called to create ‘smart’ activities. Our task is to walk on God’s path. On that path He has prepared everything He wants us to do, and it is there we find the power and the solutions we need in order to fulfill our purpose.

Eph. 2:10
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

11/21/2018

Out of the mouth of babes (Ps 8:2) – part 5

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:20

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.

Are we facing a superior enemy?

The answer is, Yes and No. When we fight against the evil spiritual world in our own strength we cannot conquer the enemy. But, God doesn’t leave us defenseless. He has given us the possibility to act from HIS power. That power has already conquered the enemy.

Ps. 8:2
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength …

How should we deal with the enemy?

In Psalms 8:2 God shows us how to deal with the enemy. The scripture says that God wants to “silence” the enemy. (The Swedish bible says ‘destroy’).

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.

In the original text the word that has been translated “silence” is shabath, meaning ‘cease to exist’. Let’s have a look at some other ways that shabath can be translated, and we will get a picture of how we should deal with the enemy.

• Dethrone
• Put an end to
• Throw away
• Get rid of

How does God want us to deal with the evil spiritual world?

God wants His power to be released against the enemy by our words. Gods plan is not just to drive back the enemy; He wants to render the enemy harmless. There is a difference between casting a demon out of a person and stopping that demon from harming people ever again.

11/19/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 34

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 17:01

Scripture:

Prov. 4:1
Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding;

Comment:

Father, in this scripture, might refer to God, as well as to our earthly parents. Either way we look at it, gives us important information.

God, our Father, wants us to listen to Him and to give attention to what He says. Here it speaks of instruction (with the meaning of exhortation), and it is not always easy to receive God’s instruction. We would rather take His blessings. But, His instructions will helps us into the fullness of His plan for us.

As for our parents, the bible shows how important it is that we honour them in order not to come under a curse.

Deut. 5:16
‘Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

What has this to do with spiritual warfare? The first answer is, we cannot make spiritual warfare, looking at it as an exciting activity. It is something the Lord breeds us into. There are those who claim that it is maturity, not to look at spiritual warfare as important, but it is just the contrary. God instructs us to become mature spiritual soldiers. Therefore, it is of great importance that we listen to His instructions, and keep them.

The second answer is, we need to understand that we will never become effective soldiers in the spiritual war if we rebel against our parents. This is true regardless of whether they treat us good or not.

11/16/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 33

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:12

Scripture:

Prov. 3:34
…He … gives grace to the humble.

Comment:

In spiritual warfare, like in everything in the Kingdom of God, humbleness is very important. Therefore, we need to understand what humbleness is.

¨Humbleness is, for instance, to look at oneself and others the way God looks at us, and it is humbleness when we put the Word of God before our emotions and opinions.

The scripture is also talking about grace, and here, let’s define grace; as God’s ability, at the end of our ability.

We can paraphrase the scripture in the following way:

God gives His ability to those who don’t rebel against Him but submit to His Word.

Let’s also say that the opposite of humbleness, is pride, and being prideful is disastrous.

Prov. 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

The enemy uses our pride to defeat us, but we can use humbleness, and receive the ability to conquer the enemy.

11/14/2018

Out of the mouth of babes (Ps 8:2) – part 4

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 21:51

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.

Our enemy or God’s enemy?

Ps 8:2 says that God adds His power to our words because of His enemies. Therefore, they are fundamentally God’s enemies. But, since we are created by God, and the enemy is attacking God’s creation, we too are enemies of the enemy. The evil spirit world is very much aware that we, the believers, are channels for God’s power. Therefore we are being especially attacked.

Who are our enemies?

We cannot emphasize enough that people are not our enemies, the evil spirits are.

Eph. 6:12
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

1 Pet. 5:8…
your adversary the devil …

It is important for us to fight against our real enemy – the evil spiritual world.

What is our enemy like?

The word enemies, in Ps. 8:2 is translated from the original Hebrew word tsarar. Tsarar means to cramp. It can also be translated …
• Besiege
• Afflict
• Bind
• Distress
• Narrower
• Oppress
• Pangs
• Shut up
• Vex

Ps. 8:2 thus pictures the enemy as attacking, tormenting and limiting us.

John 10:10
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy …

11/02/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 32

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 22:50

Scripture:

Prov. 3:33
The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked …

Comment:

In this teaching series we interpret ”the wicked” as evil spirits. From that aspect we interpret “the house of the wicked” as the devil’s house. That house is also spoken of in Mark 3:27 where it is called “the strong man’s house”.

Mark 3:27
No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.

The ”strong man” is the devil, and the “strong man’s house” is everything that is under the devil’s control. In Luke 11:22 we read that a stronger, i.e. Jesus, overcomes the devil.

Luke 11:22
But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.

Jesus overcame the devil, and now we can divide his spoils. We could say that God has put a curse on the devil and his evil spirits, and we are God’s tools to carry it out.

10/29/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 31

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:44

Scripture:

Prov. 3:32
For the perverse person is an abomination to the LORD, But His secret counsel is with the upright.

Comment:

His secret counsel is with the upright

Jesus is secretly counselling those who have received Him as their Saviour. This means He has an intimate relationship with us.

This scripture clearly shows what an fantastic starting position we have in the spiritual war. Jesus, who has already taken the authority from the devil and the evil spirits, is secretly counselling us. He has promised to be with us all the time.

Matt. 28:20
… I am with you always, even to the end of the age …

The enemy is very much aware that Jesus is with us, but he is trying to make us doubt it. If he can make us think we are alone in the battle, and make us look at our own ability to resist the evil spirits, he can easily neutralize us. It is therefore important for us to keep reminding ourselves that we have a close relationship with Jesus, all the time, and that we have the mission to cast out evil spirits.

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

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