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03/18/2019

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 53

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:40

Scripture:

Prov. 6:16,19
16 These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
19 A false witness who speaks lies…

Comment:

Lies come from the devil. God never lies, but the devil is the ‘father of lies’.

John 8:44
… He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

To lie is to make the enemy prosper. We do that every time we live, and speak, in the wrong way.

The church is called to be the pillar and ground of the truth.

1 Tim. 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

We are called to expose the lies of the enemy, by living, and speaking, the truth of God. To make the enemy prosper is totally opposite to our mission for God, and God hates that.

An important part of spiritual warfare is, standing up for the truth without compromise. We must never compromise with the truth, even if it costs us to be truthful.

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03/15/2019

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 52

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:19

Scripture:

Prov. 6:16,18
16 These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
18 … Feet that are swift in running to evil

Comment:

Verse 18 speaks about ”Feet that are swift in running to evil”, and we need to understand the difference between falling in sin and running to the sin.

The bible says that we all have sinned.

1 John 1:10
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

The solution for sin is confession.

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.

There is a great difference between fighting against sin and falling, and wanting to sin, i.e. not fighting at all. It is the latter that God hates.

Inside of us, the believers, we have the Holy Spirit. That means, we have the strongest power in all universe living in us. His power is meant to be released through us against the evil spirits who bring temptations. We are called to fight against those evil spirits, instead of playing with the temptations they bring.

1 Pet. 5:8-9
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

03/09/2019

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 23:07

Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our  God, Until He has mercy on us. (Ps. 123:2 NKJV).

How does a servant look to his master’s hand? Does he expect to receive something? No, the servant is aware of his master’s signal, so he can quickly serve him. In the same way the Word of God tells us to look at Jesus. Our attention should be more on obeying Him than on receiving from Him.

03/08/2019

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 51

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

Prov. 6:16,18
16 These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
18 A heart that devises wicked plans …

Comment:

Martin Luther once said that he could not stop the birds from flying over his head, but he could stop them from building a nest in his hair. His comment suggests that we cannot stop evil thoughts from coming to us, but we can stop them from being part of our lives.

Prov 6:18 talks about a heart devising wicked plans, and how the wrath of the Lord rises up because of that. We must realize where these plans come from, and how they reach us.

The evil plans come from the kingdom of darkness. We also have a flesh which rebels against God, but the origin of the evil thoughts is from the kingdom of darkness.

How do those plans, and thoughts, reach us? The enemy shoots thought darts into our minds. Suddenly a thought turns up, which seems to be our own, but it actually comes from the kingdom of darkness.

We are involved in a spiritual war, whether we want to be or not. And lots of thought darts come against us. Those darts can be loaded with temptations, unclean thoughts, religious opinions and much more, but God wants to help us identify them as they really are. We should not be surprised when the thoughts come, and there should be no condemnation for having them. The enemy attacks should be no surprise, or wrong. But we must not receive the thoughts from the enemy as our own thoughts, and start meditating on them.

When Prov. 6:18 speaks about devising wicked plans in our hearts, it means we receive the thoughts of the enemy as our own thoughts, meditate on them, and act on them. That could lead us down the wrong path.

God wants us to use the gift of discerning of spirits, so we can recognize and separate what comes from Him from what comes from the enemy. But, He has also given us His Word. When we read the Word of God, and meditate on it, it will be hard for the enemy to deceive us.

03/06/2019

Spiritual weapons: The name of Jesus – part 1

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 19:13

The name of Jesus represents everything that Jesus is. His name represents all His power, and His authority.

Matt. 18:20
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them

Jesus said, He is there with us, when His name is used. His name has the same power as if He was with us in person.

The disciples preached about the name of Jesus

Acts 4:12
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved

Acts 8:12
But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.

The disciples were aware of the power in the name of Jesus

Acts 3:6
Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”

Acts 4:10
let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.

We should use the name of Jesus when we cast out evil spirits

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

Jesus told us to use His name when casting out evil spirits. When we proclaim the name of Jesus it works like a power of attorney. It is like Jesus Himself is casting out the spirits.

The evil spirits must obey Jesus, and they must obey us when we use His name.

Luke 10:17
Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

Apg 16:18
And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.

02/27/2019

Spiritual weapons: the blood of Jesus – Part 3

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:37

How does the enemy attack our speech in order to limit the power of Jesus’ blood?

The evil spiritual world will try to influence our speech in two different ways:

• They will try to get us not to speak at all
• They will try to get us speak against God’s truth

What happens when we do not speak commands against the enemy?

The word of God says that we overcome the evil spiritual world through the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony (Rev. 12:11). When we choose not to speak out commands against the enemy, it means that we choose to remove the function that releases the power of Jesus’ blood.

How does the enemy try to make us fail to speak commands against the enemy?

The evil spirit world tries to silence us by trying to get us to receive the following thoughts:

• the thought that we must learn to live with limitations in our lives
• the thought that we should suffer in silence
• the thought that spiritual warfare is wrong
• the thought that it is dangerous to challenge evil spirits

Why does the enemy try to make us speak against God’s truth?

Our words are creative. We can change things by what we say, whether what we say is right or wrong, good or bad. Therefore, the enemy is trying to make us speak against God’s truth. In order to release the effect of the blood of Jesus; we must speak what is true according to God’s word.

How does the enemy try to make us speak against God’s truth?

The evil spirit world is trying to make us say “the truth” about how we feel, instead of saying what God’s Word says. To say that we are healed by Jesus’ stripes, when disease is ravaging our bodies, often feels like we are telling a lie. But it is important to realize that God’s word is the real truth.

The enemy also inspires us to speak out failure and judgment upon ourselves and others. What we do is we release curses, ie the exact opposite of releasing the power of the blood of Jesus.

How do the evil spirits react when we talk about the blood of Jesus?

Evil spirits want to work as (inconspicuously) unnoticed as possible, but when we talk about the blood of Jesus, it will be difficult for them not to manifest. They cannot stand to hear about it. Therefore, it is an effective way to reveal the presence of a demon.

What should we proclaim Jesus’ blood over?

We can proclaim the blood of Jesus over everything.

You can, for example proclaim the blood of Jesus over …

• yourself
• your family
• your home
• your possessions
• your friends
• your city

Previous parts:

Part 1
Part 2

02/25/2019

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 50

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 22:14

Scripture:

Prov. 6:16-17
16 These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 … Hands that shed innocent blood,

Comment:

What blood is more innocent than that of a newborn baby? We must realize that abortion makes the wrath of God rise up.

The purpose for this part is not to put an extra burden on those who have chosen to be a part of an abortion. Instead, we want to show what is behind such a decision. Factors like the child’s health, the parents’ economy, not wanting to have a child, etc. may seem to be a way to explain the decision concerning abortion. But people are seldom aware that evil spirits might be involved in all of the excuses used to abort a baby.

The evil spirits want to steal, kill and destroy.

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

The evil spirits cannot just kill, they have to use humans as their tools. Therefore they sow thoughts into our minds, in order to make us do the evil they have planned. Things like that happened even in the time of the OT, it is not something new.

Ps. 106:37-38
37 They even sacrificed their sons And their daughters to demons,
38 And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with blood.

Notice it says that the land was polluted with the blood of the children. Thus, the evil spirits gain a double victory because of abortion. The baby is killed, and the land is polluted.

It is time to fight against the spirit of death, and any other evil spirits involved in abortion. And it is also important to ask God to forgive and cleanse our land.

02/22/2019

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 49

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 20:04

Scripture:

Prov. 6:16-17
16 These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 … A lying tongue …,

Comment:

Lying is typical for the devil.

John 8:44
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

We need to realize that the enemy is behind the temptation to lie.

Acts 5:3
But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?

The Word of God shows us that we risk ending up in the lake of fire if we lie. We don’t get into the lake of fire just because we lie now and then, even if that too is a sin, but we get into the lake of fire if we keep on lying, i.e. a more permanent kind of lying.

Rev. 21:8
But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

In order to be effective in spiritual warfare, we need to stop lying. We cannot have the lying behaviour of the devil if we want to make him and his underlying demons flee.

Eph. 4:24-25
24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore, putting away lying, “LET EACH ONE OF YOU SPEAK TRUTH WITH HIS NEIGHBOR,” for we are members of one another.

02/18/2019

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 48

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 17:26

Scripture:

Prov. 6:16-17
16 These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
17 A proud look …

Comment:

The first thing mentioned that the Lord hates is, a proud look. There is a saying that the eyes are the mirror of the soul, and truly enough, you can often see in people’s eyes that they have a problem with pride.

Pride is the total opposite to Jesus’ redemption work. He humbled Himself for our sake.

Phil. 2:6-8
6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

It is important that we keep ourselves humble in our walk as believers. That goes for spiritual warfare too. Pride goes before destruction says the Word of God.

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

Pride was the sin that made the devil fall, and he, of course, tries to tempt us with the same sin. But, he also has a special purpose for it. He knows that if we become proud, it will be hard for us to humble ourselves before God. Then we will not be able to make the devil flee.

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

02/15/2019

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 47

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 22:14

Scripture:

Prov. 6:16
These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:

Comment:

We will have a look at some of the things that God hates, but first, lets state the fact that the evil spiritual world works full time to make us do these things.

What are the things that God hates? Prov. 6:17-19 lists seven things.

  • a proud look
  • a lying tongue
  • hands that shed innocent blood
  • a heart that devises wicked plans
  • feet that are swift in running to evil
  • a false witness who speaks lies
  • one who sows discord among brethren

There are, of course, more things that God hates.

Why do the evil spirits want to make us do the things that God hates?

  • First, in order to hurt God. The evil spirits want to hurt Him as much as possible.
  • Second, the evil spirits want us to open doors so they can enter into us. They cannot enter just like that, there must be an open door, and we open doors when we do things that God hates.
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