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02/19/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 340

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 12:27

Scripture:

Ps. 146:3
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

Comment:

The Word of God tells us to subdue to the authorities of the nation, and to pray for them.

Rom. 13:1 (ESV)
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

1 Tim. 2:1-2
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

If we should subdue to the authorities, why does Ps. 146:3 tell us not to trust in “princes”? The answer is, there is no contradiction between subduing to the authorities, and not trusting in them.

1 Tim. 2:2 tells us to pray for all that are in authority, “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life”. We see that the prayer for the authorities makes the difference. It is naive to believe that the authorities automatically do their job, and make the right decisions, if we don’t pray and command the influencing spirits to leave. Unless we use the authority, which has been given to us, to command the evil spirits who influence the politicians on any level in the society, there will be disastrous consequences.

We cannot, and must not, trust that the authorities will do the right things. It doesn’t mean we are to be suspicious. Unsaved politicians cannot handle the spiritual war.

As a consequence of what we have just said, if there are wrong decisions made, e.g. wrong laws, we cannot at first hand blame the politicians. The body of Christ has not used its authority.

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02/16/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 339

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 15:42
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Scripture:

Ps. 146:2
While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

Comment:

Praising and worshiping the Lord must be a choice from our will. The author of the Psalm says: ”… will I praise” and ”I will sing …”.

There is nothing wrong in having our emotions involved when we praise and worship, but it is wrong, if we allow our emotions to decide WHEN we will worship.

Many times we might not feel like praising and worshiping the Lord. If we allow our emotions to guide us, we can easily decide not to worship. On the other hand, if we choose to praise and worship, i.e. if we put our will before our emotions, although our emotions make objection, our emotions eventually will catch up with our will.

Why do we talk about this in a series about spiritual warfare? Because it is very common that the enemy attacks our emotions in order to stop us from praising and worshiping. If we make it a habit to praise and worship no matter how we feel, we will be much better prepared for that type of attack from the enemy.

02/14/2018

Angels – part 4

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 20:13

What function will the angels have when Jesus returns?

The angels will not just accompany Jesus when He returns. They will gather together the believers into heaven, and they will also gather “the sons of the wicked one” to be burnt.

Matt. 25:31
When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him …

Matt 13:30,38-39
30 … and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn
38 … the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.
39 … the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.

Can the angels of God perform physical things here on earth?

Yes, an angel rolled back the stone from Jesus’ grave.

Matt. 28:2
And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.

An angel opened the prison doors and brought the apostles out.

Acts 5:19
But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out …

Are there angels in charge of nations?

The bible says that the angel Michael stands watch over “the sons of your people”, i.e. over Israel.

Dan 12:1
“At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people …

Are we to worship angels?

No, angels are not to be worshiped.

Rev. 19:10
And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! …

Can we call for angels to help us?

We should first, and foremost, trust in God and His solutions. When Daniel was cast into the den of lions, he was not hurt because he believed in God (Dan 6:23). The solution at that time was, God sent an angel to shut the lions’ mouths (Dan 6:22). However, Jesus said He could pray to the Father and He would provide Him with more than twelve legions (72,000) of angels (Matt. 26:53).

Should we call for angels to teach us, deliver us, etc.?

Absolutely Not! That can open us up for demons.

02/13/2018

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 17:34

Let’s liken the soul with a house with many rooms. God wants to enter each room of our soul, but He doesn’t kick in the doors. He knocks and leaves it up to us to open (Rev. 3:20). How do we open the doors? We do that by allowing the Holy Spirit to make the changes He knows need to be made in our lives.

02/12/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 338

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 19:35

Scripture:

Ps. 146:1 (ISV)
Hallelujah! Praise the LORD, my soul!

Comment:

The word hallelujah is a combination of two Hebrew words, ‘halal’ and ‘Yah(weh’). The latter is a word for God.

The word ‘halal’ is very interesting. It means praise, but not just any kind of praise. Halal is wild praise. It can mean jumping, playing instruments like maniacs, and shouting for joy. But, of course, it is most important that everything is done according to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

So, hallelujah means much more than we normally think. It is wild, devoted worship, and praise to God.

Notice that David tells his SOUL to praise the Lord. Most of the time, halal does mean loud worship, but we can also ‘halal’ in our inner man. There are situations where it is not wise to shout and jump, but we can always make strong worship within us.

What has all this to do with spiritual warfare? To make halal, regardless of whether it is loud so others can hear, or on our inside, it is a strong weapon against the enemy. When the enemy attacks our soul, and we respond with wild worship to God, the enemy must back off.

We know people who have received their healing, and revelation about God’s plan for them, as a result of halal.

02/09/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 337

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 21:03

Scripture:

Ps. 145:21
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD …

Comment:

It is good to speak, or sing, the praise of the Lord. When the enemy tries to break down our courage, it is time to praise the Lord. Think about Paul and Silas when they were put in jail. They didn’t complain, thinking life was not fair, nor were they angry at God. So, what did they do? They sang praises.

Acts 16:25
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

The result was, an earthquake set them free.

Acts 16:26
And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

Not only were Paul and Silas set free, but the jailer and his family also received Jesus and were baptized. None of that could have had happened if Paul and Silas had got into self pity.

We cannot have our focus on the problems, and at the same time praise the Lord. When we praise Him, we focus on Him, not on the problems. That way the chances for the enemy to hurt us by fear and depression decreases a lot.

We need to make a decision, even before we get into trouble, to praise the Lord whatever happens. Say what David said, “My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD”.

02/07/2018

Angels – part 3

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

How much knowledge do angels have?

The angels have a lot of knowledge, and since they don’t die, they must have a lot of experience.

2 Sam. 14:20
To bring about this change of affairs your servant Joab has done this thing; but my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of the angel of God, to know everything that is in the earth

Even though the angels know allot, their knowledge is still limited. They don’t know everything. Only the Father knows everything.

Matt. 24:36
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.

What do the angels do?

• They protect us

Ps. 91:11-12
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

Exo. 23:20
“Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.

• They minister to us

Matt. 4:11
Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

Hebr. 1:14
Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?

• They bring messages to us, from God

Luke 1:26, 28
26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

• They praise and worship God

Luke 2:13
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

Hebr. 1:6
But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.”

Rev. 7:11
All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,

• They accompany us when we die

Luke 16:22
So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom …

• They perform the judgments of God

2 Sam. 24:16
And when the angel stretched out His hand over Jerusalem to destroy it …

Acts 12:23
Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.

02/05/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 336

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

Scripture:

Ps. 145:20
The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

Comment:

… all the wicked will he destroy …

In this teaching series we have chosen to interpret “the wicked” as the evil spiritual world, but it can also mean unsaved people. Let us begin with a reminder where the unsaved are going when they die.

Rev. 21:8
But the … unbelieving … shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone …

The fact that the unsaved are on their way to the lake of fire should give us no rest. God wants everybody to be saved (1 Tim. 2:4), so we need to be much more concerned about their salvation.

Now if we return to our interpretation that “the wicked” are evil spirits, we can know that God wants to destroy them. They too will eventually be thrown into the lake of fire, but what does God want to do with them in the meantime? Does God mean for the evil spirits to be free to harass people until the day of Judgement? No, God wants to stop them. He wants to render the evil spirits harmless, and He has decided to use the church, the believers, as His tool for that.

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

We shall cast out evil spirits wherever we find them. Mark didn’t specify from where the evil spirits should be cast out, so do not think in a limited way. Spiritual warfare is not only about delivering people, it can also be about delivering a geographic area.

The Word of God not only tells us to cast out, or send away, the evil spirits, but that we shall also bind them.

Matt. 18:18
Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven …

Allow God to use you as His tool to render the evil spirits harmless.

02/02/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 335

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:56

Scripture:

Ps. 145:20
The LORD preserveth all them that love him …

Comment:

Who are they, that love the Lord? They are those who have received Jesus as their Savior, and have also received the Holy Spirit.

Rom. 5:5
… the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

The Holy Spirit has filled our newborn inner man with God’s own love. That love flows from us back to God, all the time. So, when it says “them that love him” it isn’t talking about something emotional, but it talks about the fact that we have God’s love within us.

The Bible very clearly shows that God preserves those who have received Jesus into their life. But we have to realize that we must do what God has told us to do. God does His job, but He doesn’t do our job for us.

There are demonic attacks behind many of our problems, and it is our job to command the demons to back off. The Holy Spirit is in us, to help us do that. When we release the power of the Holy Spirit, the evil spirits have to back off. But, if we are inactive, the enemy can keep on harassing us and others, and then it will seem like God doesn’t protect us.

In conclusion, we are under God’s protection when we have received Jesus as our Savior, and when we use the authority He has given to us, to release the power of the Holy Spirit against the evil spirits.

01/31/2018

Angels – part 2

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 18:38

What do angels look like?

• They can be visible and invisible
• They can take the shape of a human (Gen. 18:2)

Matt. 28:2-3
2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.

Do angels have a physical body?

No, not in the way we have. The angels have a spiritual body. However, they can take the shape of a human.

Hebr. 13:2
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.

Do angels have wings, and can they fly?

At least some of the angels have wings and can fly.

Isa. 6:2
Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings …

Rev. 14:6
Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven …

Do angels marry?

No, angels don’t marry.

Matt. 22:30
For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven.

Do angels have their own language?

Yes, the bible speaks about the tongues of angels.

1 Cor.13:1
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels …

Do angels die?

No, angels are eternal spiritual beings.

Luke 20:36
nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels …

Do angels become involved in things on earth?

Yes, the angels are very interested in what is happening to us.

Luke 15:10
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents

How do angels appear?

God’s angels can appear in different ways:

They can appear in dreams while we sleep

Matt. 1:20
But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

They can appear to us when we are awake

Luk 2:8-9
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them …

Can angels be at more than one place at a time?

No, they cannot.

Dan 10:13
But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.

The angel who was a messenger of God sent to Daniel could not come to him, while he was fighting the evil spirit called “the prince of the kingdom of Persia”.

Do angels always arrive in a calm way?

No, angels can even cause earthquakes.

Matt. 28:2
And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.

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