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04/18/2018

Satan – part 4

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 09:31

How should we deal with Satan?

The bible tells us to resist him.

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

What position of authority do we, as Christians, have towards Satan?

Every believer has authority over Satan.

Rev. 12:11
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony …

Can Satan cause a problem where there is no solution?

No, Satan cannot cause a problem that our Supreme Commander has not prepared a solution for. We will be able to resist Satan and make him flee.

1 Pet. 5:9
Resist him …

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

What breaks down the power of Satan?

• The blood of the Lamb – Rev. 12:11
• The word of their testimony – Rev. 12:11
• The Holy Spirit in us – 1 John 4:4
• Our faith – 1 John 5:5
• Preaching an teaching – Acts 26:18

Can we bind Satan?

No, God has planned that an angel shall bind Satan at the beginning of the Millennium. But, we can command him to flee.

Matt. 4:10
Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! …

Where will Satan end up?

He will be cast into the lake of fire.

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.

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04/16/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 355

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 15:13

Scripture:

Ps. 147:15
He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.

Comment:

When God wants to do something here on earth, He speaks a command. That command is transmitted to us, the believers, by the Holy Spirit. It is then up to us to speak the command, and when we do, God’s action is released.

Isa. 55:10-11
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

The word that goes forth out of God’s mouth shall not return in vain. It will accomplish what God has sent it to do. But, how does God’s word return to Him? It returns when we speak it.

What happens if we don’t speak God’s commands? The answer is, His action is not released on earth. Isn’t God able to make His will happen without our cooperation? Yes He is, but He has chosen to use us.

God doesn’t want the evil spirits to be free to harass and deceive people. He wants them to be bound. That happens when we believers, inspired by the Holy Spirit, command the evil spirits to be bound. If we don’t speak, the evil spirits will remain free. Thus, it is very important, when God sends His commands, that we speak it out quickly.

04/13/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 354

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 18:10

Scripture:

Ps. 147:11
The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him …

Comment:

What does it mean to fear the Lord? It means living in reverence and respect for Him. But, it also means that we do as He says. We cannot live in reverence, and rebellion at the same time.

The enemy knows the Word of God very well, and he tempts us to walk in a way opposite to the one that God has planned for us. His reasons to keep us from fearing God are many.

First, the enemy doesn’t want God to rejoice. God rejoices when we fear Him, so the enemy tempts us into rebellion.

The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him …

Second, fear of God makes a way for us to receive revelation from God. Since the enemy wants to deceive us, he of course, wants to prevent us from receiving God’s guidance.

Ps. 25:12
What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

Third, fear of God means protection, and the enemy wants to sabotage it.

Ps. 34:7
The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

Finally, lets state that fear of God doesn’t mean to be afraid of Him, but to love Him.

1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

04/12/2018

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 14:42

Don’t speak about the limitations you see. Don’t speak about the impossibilities you hear people talk about. Don’t speak about the thoughts of unbelief in your mind. Speak about God and His ability!

04/11/2018

Satan – part 3

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

How is Satan able to use people?

Satan gets control over people because of their choices, their habits and their desires. He uses people’s sin, disobedience, rebellion, selfish nature, and especially unforgiveness, that really opens people up for the enemy.
He is a liar and deceiver, and he uses fraud to have his way.

Does Satan know the future?

Satan knows the bible and its prophecies, and because of that knowledge he knows part of the future. He can also forecast what will happen in the future by what has happened in the past. People can see trends, and so can Satan.

There are invisible evil spirits everywhere, and they gather information that is not available for the general public. Take for instance a person who speculates on the stock market. He can consult a medium in order to know what stocks he should buy. The medium contacts the evil spiritual world, and the spirits who oversee the stock market, companies, and banks will give information about what is said and done in those places. Then the man who received information from the medium might think he has received a revelation about the future.

How much knowledge does Satan have?

Satan has a limited knowledge. He doesn’t fully know what people will say or how they will act, and he cannot read their thoughts. He is also unable to understand tongues.

1 Cor. 14:2
For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

Where is Satan now?

Let’s begin with stating where he is not:

– Satan is not in God’s heaven (he has been cast out)
– Satan is not in hell

Satan rules from the second heaven, and he moves around on earth.

Can Satan be everywhere at the same time?

No, he can only be at one place at a time, which makes him dependent on the demons. Because of his limitation we are seldom confronted by Satan himself.

04/09/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 353

Scripture:

Ps. 147:7
Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:

Comment:

In this teaching series we have talked many times about the importance of worship. BUT, we can never talk about it enough.

So, what is worship? Does it mean to sing in harmony in a choir, or to sing in the bathroom? Both can be worship, and there are also many other ways to worship. However, there is a criterion for genuine worship. Genuine worship needs to come from the heart.

It is a blessing to have a beautiful singing voice, but there are those people who don’t think they can sing. Many have, for different reasons, stopped singing and no longer attend the worship meetings. The tragic truth is, their decision is based on wrong thinking. They base it on how they sound to themselves and others, instead of what is taking place in the spiritual world.

In one of her books, Corrie Ten Boom tells the story about a church which had a worship leader who was not very musical, but his heart burnt for praising God. One day the church got a new worship leader, who was very skilled in music. The members of the church learned how to sing in harmony in a choir, and they thought they really were making progress. Now, every Christmas the church used to have a special worship meeting. But this time, the day after their worship meeting, the overseer was visited by an angel. The angel asked why they hadn’t had a worship meeting. The overseer protested and said that they had had such a meeting, and it had been even better than before. Then the angel said, “We heard nothing in heaven!”

True worship is not about how it sounds to us, but whether or not, it is heard in heaven. It is the attitude of your heart that is heard in heaven. Therefore, you who think you can’t sing, now it is time for you to open your mouth, and be heard in heaven.

04/06/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 352

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:10

Scripture:

Ps. 147:6
… he casteth the wicked down to the ground.

Comment:

In this teaching series we have chosen to interpret ”the wicked” as the evil spiritual world (see part 1).

How does God cast the evil spirits to the ground? He sends His power, the power of the Holy Spirit, against them. And in order to do that, He uses us. He doesn’t send His power directly from heaven against them, but He sends it, through us, the believers. That is, if we obey His instructions.

When we speak commands against the evil spirits, the power of the Holy Spirit is released against them. That’s the way God has meant it to be.

We also have the ability to hinder the power of God to flow from us. That happens when we refuse to make spiritual warfare, and because of that don’t speak any commands. But, even when we realize that the evil spirits must be stopped, we can, due to wrong teachings, be deceived into asking God to cast down the evil spirits without doing our part, i.e. speak commands.

Let’s sum up:
God casts down the evil spirits. He does that with the power of the Holy Spirit, and we are channels for that power. The power of God flows from God, through us when we command the evil spirits to back off.

04/04/2018

Satan – part 2

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 15:27

What is the origin of Satan?

Lucifer, who later became Satan, was created by God who has always existed.

How long has Satan existed?

No one knows how long Satan has existed, but we know that he had to be created before man, since, he had already fallen when he tempted Eve in the garden of Eden.

Was the angel, who was later called Satan, in the garden of Eden before the fall of man?

Yes, it seems so.

Eze. 28:13
You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering …

When did God create the garden of Eden?

God created the garden of Eden after he created man.

Gen. 2:7-8
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
8 The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.

Has Satan always been evil?

No, God has never created anything to be evil.

What was Satan’s nature before he became evil?

He probably had a high rank, maybe the highest among the angels. Some claim that he led the praise in heaven.

How did Satan become evil?

All we know is that he rebelled, and he wanted to have the same power as God.

Isa. 14:13-14
13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’

It could have been that Satan became jealous of Adam and Eve because of their ruler-ship over the earth.

Does Satan have power?

Satan has supernatural power, but it is limited. In 1 John 4:4 we read that He who is in us (the Holy Spirit), is greater than he who is in the world.
We need to realize that Satan and his demons have real power, but that power has to be within the limits that God has set. Satan and his demons can hurt people who are not filled with the Holy Spirit.

How is the power of Satan compared to the power of God?

Rev. 20:1-3 shows comparison between the power of God, and the power of Satan. At the beginning of the Millennium an angel will bind Satan and cast him into the abyss. Neither the Father, nor Jesus, nor the Holy Spirit will bind him. It will just take an angel to do it.

What characteristics does Satan have?

• He has power, although limited
• He is cunning (Eph 6:11)
• He is an experienced liar – the father of lies (John 8:44)
• He can transform, e.g. into a snake (Gen. 3:1) or an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14)

What methods does Satan use?

• He tempts (Gen. 3:1-5; 1 Thess. 3:5)
• He deceives (Rev. 12:9)
• He lies (John 8:44)
• He blinds people’s minds (2 Cor. 4:3-4)
• He takes away the word that is sown (Mark 4:15)
• He counterfeits the Word of God (Gen. 3:4-5)
• He uses the Word of God with an evil purpose (Matt 4:6)
• He sends unclean thoughts against us (1 Cor. 7:5)
• He tempts us into pride (1 Tim 3:6)

Does Satan work in the open?

Most of the time Satan works unseen, through people.

03/28/2018

Satan – part 1

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:09

Does Satan exist?

Satan is real, he is an intelligent spiritual being, but how do we know that?

• The bible, the true Word of God, mentions Satan a lot.
• Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). It goes without saying that the Son of God didn’t fight an imaginary enemy.

Is Satan a being, with horns and goats’ feet, walking around with a trident?

No, 2 Cor. 11:14-15 says that Satan can transform himself into an angel of light, and that his servants, the demons, transform themselves into ministers of righteousness. There is a risk of having a superstitious view of the enemy. (more…)

03/26/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 351

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 21:54

Scripture:

Ps 147:6
The LORD lifteth up the meek …

Comment:

The word for ‘lift up’, in the original text, could also be interpreted ’restore’. Therefore, we can say, The Lord restores the meek.

What does it mean to be meek? Are we meek when we say, I am just a worm? Absolutely not! To be meek before God is to say what He says, and to look upon ourselves the way He looks upon us. God doesn’t see you as a worm. He sees you as valuable.

Matt. 13:45-46
45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Jesus, the merchant man, found you, and He gave His life to buy you. Do you then believe He sees you as worthless? Of course not! The price that was paid for you, the valuable pearl, was the highest price possible, the blood of Jesus.

It says that the Lord lifts up, or restores, the meek. Doesn’t He want to restore everybody? Yes He does, but He can only restore those who cooperate with Him. He cannot restore those who rebel against Him, those who walk their own way.

What does this have to do with spiritual warfare? The answer is, the enemy knows very well that God can, and wants to, restore us. Since the enemy is a thief (John 10:10), he wants to steal our restoration. He will do that by making us look down on ourselves, and by making us refuse to obey God.

To minister restoration, means to help people get the right view of themselves, because of what Jesus has done for them. It also means to lead people into obedience to God and His Word, and to fight for those who the enemy is trying to deceive.

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