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07/25/2017

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 15:00

In the same way that Joshua and the people had to drive out the enemy from the land that God had given them, so the church must also fight in order for a nation to be set free.

07/24/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 282

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:17

Scripture:

Ps 143:12
… destroy all them that afflict my soul …

Comment:

The attacks against the soul from the enemy must be exposed.

We have all had troublesome thoughts and feelings. What we might not often realize is, the evil spiritual world can be behind those thoughts and feelings.

The soul is the main battlefield in the ongoing spiritual war. We are being attacked in our souls by evil spirits much more than we normally realize. That doesn’t necessarily mean we have evil spirits inside of us. Most of the time the attacks come from outside of us, as influences.

The attacks against the soul can come in many different ways. Let’s list some of them:

  • Fear
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Thoughts about death
  • Thoughts of inferiority
  • Obsessions
  • Feelings of being abandoned
  • Feelings of rejection
  • Confusion
  • Abnormal fatigue
  • Anger

The list could go on and on, but these are examples of how we can be deceived to think that the attacks of the enemy are natural.

Let’s have a look at confusion. Have you ever been very confused? You barely know what you are saying or doing, and the result can be everything from feeling confused to total disaster. In those situations it is easy to blame oneself, by feeling stupid or being a failure. If it was really an attack of confusion, the evil spiritual world uses the attack a second time to make you feel stupid. They make you blame yourself for the confusion they attacked you with.

God wants you to walk in freedom! He wants to set you free from every attack on your soul from the evil spiritual world. The starting point is that you realize the tactics of the enemy, and that will help you from receiving the attacks as something natural. The next step will be to command the evil spirits, who caused the troublesome thoughts and emotions, to back off from you.

07/21/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 281

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 19:43

Scripture:

Ps. 143:12
And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies …

Comment:

… of thy mercy …

David pleaded for God’s mercy when he wanted to get rid of his enemies. We can see that he was totally dependent on God, which is very important in spiritual warfare.

Even James realized that he was dependent on God. When he wrote about resisting the devil, he began by telling us to submit ourselves to God.

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

Only when we are submitted to God, will we be able to resist the devil. And we cannot expect to make the enemy flee if we are rebelling against God.

There is another aspect of David pleading for God’s mercy. Not only did he realize his total dependence on God. He also expected God, with His unlimited ability, to be with him in the battle. We also should expect God to be with us in the battle.

Jesus has given us authority to make the enemy flee, and when we use that authority, the power of God is released. Therefore, when we command the enemy to leave, we should expect him to flee as a result of our commands, not because of our own power but because of God’s enormous power.

07/19/2017

The authority of the believer – part 4

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 20:06

God’s rescue plan

God had a rescue plan to restore what had gone wrong through the fall. He sent his own son, Jesus Christ.

Jesus came 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.

Jesus, the son of God, had to become man, and die a vicarious death, to render the devil powerless.

Hebr. 2:14
Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil

(Swedish version) … that through death he might render powerless him that had the power of death …

Jesus took from the devil the authority Adam and Eve had surrendered.

Col. 2:15 (ESV)
He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

After the resurrection Jesus could triumphantly state that he had all authority, both in heaven and on earth.

Matt. 28:18
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

07/17/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 280

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 17:24

Scripture:

Ps. 143:12
And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies …

Comment:

”cut off mine enemies

The original Hebrew word for ‘cut off‘ can be translated ‘disappear’. Thus, the text could be paraphrased “make my enemies disappear”, and actually that is what it is all about. The evil spirits are eternal beings, so they cannot be totally destroyed. In the end they will be thrown into the lake of fire, but even there they will not cease to exist. They will be tormented there for ever.

Rev. 20:10
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Jesus will see to it that the evil spirits are eventually sent into the lake of fire. But, before that there will be a period of time where the evil spirits temporarily disappear.

There is a kind of prison for evil spirits, and the bible calls it the bottomless pit. Even Satan will be sent there, during the Millennium.

Rev. 20:1-3
1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

At the end of the thousand years, the prison will be opened, and the evil spirits will be let loose for a short period of time.

Rev. 9:1-3
1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

07/15/2017

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 17:32

God’s intention for us is breakthrough, personally, for the church and ultimately for the Kingdom of God. But, and this it is important for us to understand, that we need our brothers and sisters in the church in order to make the breakthrough. This applies especially when it comes to breakthrough for the nation. It takes the church to break through in a nation, not just individual Christians.

07/14/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 279

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 17:07

Scripture:

Ps. 143:12
And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies …

(Swedish version: “Root out my enemies for the sake of your mercy …”)

Comment:

… mine enemies …

We must never forget who our real enemies are. Eph. 6:12 says we are not fighting against flesh and blood, i.e. men. We fight against evil spirits.

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

The evil spirits often use people to attack us. Since we see and hear the person who is a tool for the attack, and don’t see the spirits who influence him, we easily forget the latter. That way the evil spirits attain two victories for their attacks. They hurt us, and they make animosity between us and the person they are using for the attack.

The bible tells us to love people who act as our enemies.

Luke 6:35
But love ye your enemies …

When we allow the love of God, which He has given to us through the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5), to flow out from us to those who are used by the evil spirits, we are protected from getting caught in the trap of the enemy.

07/12/2017

The authority of the believer – part 3

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 15:11

The devil was given the authority over the earth

When the devil, whose only purpose is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10), took over the authority, it was nothing less than a catastrophe. The good plan of God was replaced by the devil’s evil plan.

Do we know for sure that the devil was given the authority on the earth?

We can see that the devil received the authority when we read the story about Jesus being tempted by the devil.

Luke 4:5-6
5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

The word in the original text, which has been translated “power” in Luke 4:6, is exousía, which means authority.

Why didn’t God stop the devil from taking the authority on earth?

God couldn’t step in and stop the devil from taking the authority. God had given the authority to Adam and Eve, but He had also given them a free will. Had God stepped in to stop the devil, He would have violated their right to choose.

What was the consequence of the devil gaining authority over the earth?

It was a catastrophe when the devil took over the authority. As the devil started to reign, all evil entered the world. Sickness, death, violence, abuse and wars are just a few examples of what the devil introduced to the world. None of these things existed in the beginning, when all was good.

Gen 1:31
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

07/11/2017

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 17:20

A preacher said: “the aim of our fight for freedom is the freedom of individuals in free churches in a free nation”. A nation is not free unless the churches are free, and the churches will not be free unless the believers are free.

07/10/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 278

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:44

Scripture:

Ps. 143:11
… bring my soul out of trouble …

Comment:

The soul is the battle front in the spiritual war. We seldom realize that the problems in our mind have to do with the war. Just like in a common war, we are attacked by the enemy. But, in the spiritual war we don’t usually see or hear the attacks, but we do notice the feelings and thoughts which the enemy sends as darts against us.

Have you ever had dark thoughts come to you suddenly? It was likely an attack. If you were not aware that you could be attacked that way by the enemy, you probably tried to shake off the thoughts, or you might have wondered if you were getting sick.

When we know how the evil spiritual world acts, it is much easier to expose what is behind the thoughts and emotions in our soul. That doesn’t mean we will never be deceived, since our enemy is the father of lies (John 8:44), but at least it will be harder to deceive us. Most of all it means, it will be almost impossible for the enemy to keep us deceived for a long time.

David prayed, ”… bring my soul out of trouble …”. You and I are in a totally different situation, since David lived before Jesus atonement. We can say, “Jesus has saved my soul!”

How do we receive from the saving work of Jesus? First and foremost by receiving Him as our personal Savior. But, then we also receive and use the authority he has given to those who believe.

John 1:12
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

(”power” = exousia = right, authority)

God gives His children authority, so they, in the name of Jesus, can command every attacking spirit to leave. That is how God brings us out of the trouble due to the attacks of the evil spiritual world. However, it is necessary for us to be aware that the evil spiritual world is the problem. Thinking we are just having a ‘bad day’, prevents us from using our authority.

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