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10/15/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 27

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 12:42

Scripture:

Prov. 3:29 (ESV)
Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who dwells trustingly beside you.

(neighbour = associate; friend; husband)

Comment:

Do you ever get irritated at your spouse without knowing why?

The enemy wants to destroy safe relationships, especially Christian families. In order to do that, the enemy sends thought darts into us. We can easily receive them as our own thoughts, without realizing they are demonic attacks. Let’s have a look at some of those thought darts.

  • We have already mentioned that we can suddenly get irritated at our spouses. Things we normally would not care about become mountains and make our emotions rise up.
  • Jealousy is another form of thought darts. Jealousy can be totally unwarranted, and yet seem credible.
  • Lustful thoughts about other men, or women, are the opposite of jealousy thoughts. The enemy tries to make you look at other persons in a wrong way. Even though you know it is wrong, the temptation can be strong.
  • The enemy can also send thoughts that it would be better for you and your spouse to separate. Thoughts that you would do much better on your own can turn up inside of you.

The list could be much longer, but we want to give you some examples for you to understand where those thoughts come from. Do not receive them as your own. Instead you need to fight against the evil spirits who are behind the thoughts.

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10/12/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 26

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:25

Scripture:

Prov. 3:28
Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you.

(Swedish version: “…, even though you could help at once.”)

Comment:

To be honest, do you sometimes promise a person to pray for him, thinking you will do it later, and then forget all about it? Afterwards you might pray a short prayer, hoping God will hear your prayer anyway, thinking that He is not limited by time.

The enemy is very much aware that your prayer can stop his work. Therefore he tries to hinder you from praying. He doesn’t want to tell you not to pray, so he will use deception to delay your prayer.

If the enemy is successful in making you postpone your prayer, he will then try make you forget about it. He can, for instance, make you think that it is better to pray when you are alone, when you don’t have a lot of people around you. He can also remind you of a lot of things you should do first, before you pray. It all may seem very reasonable, but the main purpose is, to stop your prayer.

Most of the time we can pray at once, even if we have to make the prayer short. Jesus said that it is not because of many words our prayers will be answered.

Matt. 6:7-8
7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

When we pray for people, let’s do it immediately, without delay.

10/10/2018

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

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:22

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.

How does God use us in spiritual warfare?

God uses our mouth, i.e. the words that we speak.

Ps. 8:2
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants …

How can our words conquer the enemy?

It is not our words that conquer the enemy; it is the power that God adds to our words. One could say that our words become transporters for the power of God. When our words reach the evil spirits, the spirits are hit by the power of God.

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

Should we speak to God or to the enemy?

The answer is, we should speak to both.

We always need to have fellowship with God, and we should talk to Him about everything. But, we also need to speak commands against the enemy. Like we have previously stated, God is using our words as transporters for His power.

It is important for us to understand that we have a function of releasing God’s power against the enemy. Too many times we have asked God to do what we are called to do.

What do we mean by ”asked God to do what we are called to do”

’Spiritual warfare’ is not asking God to deal with the enemy. We have often thought our job is to tell God what needs to be done, and we have expected God to act without our contribution. But, we are called to command the enemy to leave, and God contributes with His power.

10/08/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 25

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:02

Scripture:

Prov. 3:27
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

Comment:

We probably think about practical or economical help when we read the scripture above, but here we will look at it from a spiritual warfare-perspective.

There are so many people who suffer from the enemies’ attacks against them, and most of them have no clue what is behind their suffering. It can be relationship problems, depression, thoughts about suicide, just to name a few. We, who have had our eyes opened to the spiritual war, and know about the authority God has given us over the evil spirits, have an enormous responsibility.

We have received authority to cast away evil spirits, not just from our own lives, but also from our fellow man.

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

Our responsibility isn’t just about casting out evil spirits. We have a very important task to teach people about the spiritual war, i.e. helping them understand what their problems are actually about.
It’s also very important to help people see their spiritual position of authority from receiving Jesus in their lives. If they haven’t yet received Jesus, our biggest responsibility is, of course, to lead them to salvation

10/05/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 24

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:58

Scripture:

Prov. 3:11
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:

Comment:

The word that has been translated to “chastening” can also be translated as “instruction”, “adjustment” and “reproach”.

It’s incredibly important that the Lord is allowed to instruct us in all the things we do. As you know, in this series we are talking about spiritual warfare, and it’s incredibly important to be led by the Holy Spirit when we act against the evil spiritual world.

Ps. 32:8
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

God wants to show us where to go and how to act, and it’s important that we listen to Him, and do as He says.

James 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Spiritual warfare starts with submitting to God. It’s not only about receiving Jesus in our lives; we also need to submit to God’s Word. It is based on this submission that we can effectively stand against the devil.

The devil’s original sin was rebellion against God, and he wants us to fall in the same sin so we won’t be able to stop his works. Therefore we need to embrace it when it says “despise not the chastening of the LORD”.

10/03/2018

Out of the mouth of babes (Ps 8:2) – part 1

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

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.

What does Ps 8:2 tell us about spiritual warfare?

Ps 8:2 is a very important scripture when it comes to spiritual warfare. It talks about:

• The conditions for us to be used, by God, in spiritual warfare
• The authority that has been given to us
• The character of the enemy
• How we should deal with the enemy

What are the conditions for us to be used by God in spiritual warfare?

There are several conditions for us to be used, by God, in spiritual warfare:

• We need to be God’s children, i.e. we need to be born again Christians
• We need to realize we have received delegated authority
• We need to know that there is an enemy
• We need to speak commands against the enemy

Why does Ps. 8:2 speak about babes?

Ps. 8:2 refers to suckling children. From a spiritual viewpoint we interpret that as someone who has received Jesus into his heart, but is just a babe in his spiritual maturing process. That means, we can be used by God as soon as we are saved. We don’t need to wait for a certain level of maturity. Spiritual warfare is for everybody.

(To be continued)

10/01/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 23

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

Scripture:

Prov. 3:9
Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

Comment:

To honor the Lord with our belongings, and to give Him the first of all that we earn, can of course mean several things, but here we’ll talk about the importance of paying tithes.

Does tithing have anything to do with spiritual warfare? Yes, absolutely! We can’t be successful in spiritual warfare if we’re living under God’s curse. Curse??? Yes, you read correctly.

Mal.3:8-9
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

To sin against God, in this case, stealing form Him, means stepping out of His protection.

“I thought tithing was only in the OT”, you might have heard someone say. Not at all! Jesus talked about it.

Matt. 23:23
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Jesus says that we ought to pay tithes as well as doing the other things He mentioned. One should not substitute the other.

In the spiritual war it’s incredibly important to have God’s protection. Don’t let the enemy trick you out of the protection, by making you not pay tithes to your church.

09/26/2018

Jesus’ mission concerning the evil spiritual world – part 2

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:47

What kind of mission has Jesus given to the believers?

Jesus has given us the same mission He had; 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.

John 20:21
So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

Jesus is now acting through His body, the church, to destroy the works of the devil.

What instructions did Jesus give the disciples regarding the evil spirits?

The disciples were told to cast out evil spirits.

Matt. 10:1
And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out …

What does Mark 16:15-18 tell the believers to do with the evil spirits?

We are told to cast out demons, in the name of Jesus.

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

What is Jesus doing now?

Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father, waiting for us to complete our mission.

Hebr. 10:12-13
12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,
13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.

The proper translation of Hebr. 10:13 is: “from that time waiting till His enemies have been made His footstool”.

What happens when Jesus returns?

When Jesus returns He will ultimately deal with the devil and the evil spirits.

Rev. 20:10
The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

09/24/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 22

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 21:16

Scripture:

Prov. 3:7
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.

Comment:

In this scripture we find three important truths which we need for the battle.

Do not be wise in your own eyes

It’s when we receive Jesus into our lives, and when we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, that we become really wise. Trusting in our own judgement is not enough, in spiritual warfare or in anything else. The Word of God tells us to totally trust in the Lord.

Prov. 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

The enemy comes with ‘reasonable’ arguments, and we will be deceived if we judge the arguments from our own understanding. We need to be established in the Word of God, and we need to listen to the Holy Spirit.

Fear the LORD

We need to have a holy respect for the Lord. To neglect what He says, and to choose just what we like, or not, in the Word of God, will lead to defeat in the spiritual battle. The defeat might not come immediately, but it will come. So, it is very important that we see Jesus as the Holy one.

depart from evil

We cannot play with sin, and it is dangerous to get close to the sin of the world. We need to depart from it. On the other hand, we should not depart from the battle. The Word of God tells us to resist, and make the enemy flee.

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

1 Pet. 5:9
Resist him, steadfast in the faith …

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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