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11/20/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 316

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 17:09

Scripture:

Ps. 145:6 (ESV)
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds …

Comment:

There is a need for more preaching about God’s power.

Notice that the scripture above doesn’t say we should speak about God’s awesome deeds. Of course, we should do that, but this scripture tells us to speak of God’s might, His power.

It is important that we understand how mighty God is, because the enemy does everything to make us view God as powerless.

How much power does God have? Jesus said he has received ALL power.

Matt. 28:18
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

When we receive Jesus as our Savior, we also receive His power.

Eph. 1:19
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

(Swedish version: How exceedingly great His power is in us who believe …)

Jesus wants to use us, the believers, as channels for His power. The enemy wants to make us believe that God has no power, and he also wants us to believe, we have no power. It is necessary to expose that lie.

How do we release God’s power, in order to change our circumstances, and the circumstances of others? We pray, we worship, we preach, and we speak commands to the enemy. The power of God is released through our mouth. And, we also lay our hands on the sick and transmit God’s healing power.

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11/17/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 315

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 17:03

Scripture:

Ps. 145:5
On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

Comment:

To meditate on God, how good, mighty and wonderful He is, is an active combat operation against the enemy.

The enemy tries to give you a wrong view of God, and he also tries to make you forget Him completely.

Let’s have a look at some typical lies from the enemy:

  • ”God is far away from me”. Wrong! Jesus promised to be with us always (Matt. 28:20).
  • ”God doesn’t know what happens to me”. Wrong! The truth is, God knows precisely what happens to you (see Ps. 139).
  • ”God doesn’t want to help me”. Wrong! Jesus gave His life in order to help you.
  • ”God cannot help me because I have done too much wrong”. Wrong! As soon as you confess your sin you are forgiven and cleansed (1 Joh 1:9).

Instead of receiving the lies that the enemy sends, we need to meditate on God. The more we fill our minds with thoughts about God’s goodness and majesty, the harder it will be for the enemy to reach us with his lies.

We normally think of God, and his goodness, because we want to have fellowship with Him, not as often with the intention to fight against the enemy. Yet, good thoughts about God become a mighty weapon, keeping the enemy and his thoughts away from our minds.

11/16/2017

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 17:36

We are often tempted to think too limited of our life with God. He has sooo much more for us! Past failures and disappointments have led many of us to stop longing. We dare not hope anymore, for fear of becoming even more disappointed. When this happens we need to look at Jesus. We need to look at His power and His ability, instead of looking at our own failures.

11/15/2017

Prayer, demands, commands and proclamation – part 1

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

What do the terms prayer, demand, command, and proclamation really mean? In this part we will look at prayer.

Prayer

We could describe prayer as, conversing with God. Conversation is normally a dialogue, i.e. both parties getting a chance to talk. Prayer consists talking to God, as well as, listening to Him.

To a lot of people prayer is just a way to present our wish list to God. We figure out how we want things to be, and then we tell God about it. And granted, We can and should come to Him with our wishes.

Phil. 4:6
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Just be aware that we cannot wish away the devil and his spirits.
Prayer can also be a way to express our troubles to God. King David often did so in his psalms. But just complaining won’t change our difficult situations. It isn’t the difficult situation that makes God act – it’s our faith.

Prayer is therefore, like we said, a conversation with God. It’s so important that we live in fellowship with Him, and prayer is a big part of that fellowship.

Prayer in tongues

We cannot talk about prayer without talking about prayer in tongues. There are those who claim that speaking in tongues isn’t for our time. Among others, the Jehovah’s Witnesses claim this, and they base it on 1 Cor. 13:8.

1 Cor. 13:8
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

It is apparent in the scripture above, that tongues will cease. It certainly says “whether there be tongues, they shall cease”, but, it is mentioned in connection with, the knowledge vanishing away. The next time someone from that sect claims that speaking in tongues has ceased, you can ask him if he has any knowledge…

Why are Jehovah’s Witnesses and others against speaking in tongues? Because the devil is scared to death of it. When you speak in tongues you create panic in the enemy camp.

11/13/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 314

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:07

Scripture:

Ps. 145:4
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.

Comment:

It is important to share knowledge about spiritual warfare with the younger generation.

The older generation in the churches has a responsibility to share what they know, as well as their experiences, to the younger generation. It is important for the youth to hear about what God has done in times past. It builds up their faith. But when it comes to spiritual warfare, the older generation has little experience and so they have nothing to share. There needs to be a change in order for the youth to be equipped for the war they are involved in.

Is it really ok to speak about spiritual warfare with the youth? Doesn’t it take mature Christians to handle such teaching? Let us see what the Bible says:

Ps. 8:2
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

The Bible says that God is releasing His power against the enemy, through His children. Note that it speaks of ‘babes and sucklings’! If we apply that to the church, we can think about born again babies in Christ.

We must ask ourselves if we want our youth, who are involved in the spiritual war, just as we are, to have knowledge about it or not. Who would allow young people to be at a place where there is a physical war going on, without telling them about the risks?

It’s our opinion that the young generation has an important role in spiritual warfare.

Ps. 127:4-5
4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

We could paraphrase Ps. 127:5 as:
Blessed is the church that has a lot of young people who have learned to command the enemy to back off.

11/10/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 313

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:32

Scripture:

Ps. 145:3
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

Comment:

The enemy tries to limit our view of God.

From the very beginning the devil has tried to make man follow his ideas, instead of trusting in God and following His instructions.

Gen. 3:1-4
1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

The Word of God says that we should trust in God more than in our understanding.

Prov. 3:5-7
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

The enemy tries to limit our faith in God’s power. The evil spirits try to make us see God as an old man sitting at the edge of a cloud, scratching His head, and wondering how to solve our problems. Or, they may try to give us a picture of God as a passive spectator with His arms crossed, not caring about what happens. If we receive those lies we will loose our courage. But, if we believe in God’s power and proclaim it, we will receive confidence.

Ps. 66:3 (ESV)
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.

11/08/2017

Jesus’ mission, and ours, concerning the evil spiritual world – part 2

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 18:17

Jesus passed the mission on to us

We have established that Jesus completed His mission, but, and this is important, He did what He was supposed to do, but He didn’t do, what we are supposed do. We too have a function in God’s plan to destroy the works of the devil.

Jesus passed the mission, to destroy the works of the devil, on to us. It happened when Jesus appeared in front the disciples after His resurrection.

John 20:21
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Jesus said “as my Father hath sent me …”. How did the Father send him? The Father sent Him to destroy the works of the devil through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus then said “even so send I you.”, i.e. He sent the disciples, and consequently, we, as believers, are sent to do the same thing He was sent to do, namely, to destroy the works of the devil.

How should we carry out the mission to destroy the works of the devil?

Later in the study we will look in more detail at what it means to destroy the works of the devil. Here we are simply establishing that the devil and his spirits have to be stopped from destroying God’s creation.

What are the works of the devil?

We cannot make a complete list of the works of the devil, but here are a few: disease, economic shortage, relationship problems and abuse.

But if someone ends up in economic difficulties, isn’t that the person’s own fault?

Of course everybody has a responsibility for the choices they make. But we need to be aware of the evil powers at work to lure people into making wrong choices. We have a mission to stop those powers.

Ps. 82:4
Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

A person who is economically careless, and who is also influenced by evil spirits, will not get his economy in order no matter what he does. He needs deliverance.

11/07/2017

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 17:41

Many believers ask God if He has any power. We shouldn’t wonder or doubt. God HAS power. We are called to expect His power, and we need to reach out for, and use that power.

11/06/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 312

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 17:35

Scripture:

Ps. 145:2
Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.

Comment:

We need to praise the Lord every day.

Praise is not meant just for praise meetings. Praise is a weapon we need to use every day. It makes the enemy flee, and it helps us focus on Jesus.

Praise can mean various things, from calm worship, to wild enthusiasm. When David wrote “I will praise thy name”, he used the Hebrew word halal. That word stands for wild worship.

What is meant by wild worship? One way to explain it is, to do things we didn’t dare do before. For some it might mean lifting ones hands, and to others jumping and dancing. Doesn’t the latter mean we make praise a show? No, not if it is done with an honest heart and inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Let me tell you about an occasion when we practiced halal in a meeting. The worship leader played intensely on the piano, and we were shouting hallelujah while jumping around with lifted hands. An older lady sat on a chair, since she had a pain in her legs. But she ‘jumped’ inside, in her spirit. No one prayed for her, but during that wild worship she was totally healed in her legs.

When you feel down, and everything seems tough, why not try some halal? You do not necessarily have to shout and jump around. You can do what the old lady did, shout for joy on your inside. You will notice how the enemy flees when you use the powerful weapon of praise.

11/03/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 311

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 11:52

Scripture:

Ps. 145:1
… I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.

Comment:

I will bless thy name for ever and ever

The word “bless”, in this scripture, can also be translated “kneel down”.
We need to kneel down for the name of Jesus. It is by His name that miracles take place, not by our own power.

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

Have we forgotten what power there is in the name of Jesus? Do we hide from the evil spirits, or do we use the power of the name of Jesus to cast them out?

Jesus tells us there is enough power in His name for us to command the demons to leave, and since He has given us the mission to deal with them, we cannot ignore spiritual warfare.

David said, ”I will bless thy name”. To bless the name of Jesus means more than to sing about it, even though it is important to do that too. To bless the name of Jesus means, more than anything else, to prove that we believe in the power of it.

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