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06/13/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 219

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Scripture:

Prov. 24:23 (ASV)
… To have respect of persons in judgment is not good.

Comment:

We might think that having respect of a person means to condone people who are celebrities or have power positions. Here we shall interpret it a little different.

We are so used to convict a person for the mistakes he makes, without seeing the evil forces that were behind the person’s actions. To convict a person that way is wrong. Many times there is a demonic reason behind a person’s actions, and for us to be able to evaluate the situation properly, the demons must be exposed.

It’s so easy to get upset when someone says something offensive, and it is near at hand to demonstrate one’s indignation by responding in the same way. But, that way the evil spirit will have a double victory. First, they inspired the person to speak offensive words to you, and then they are clapping their hands when you become their tool toward that person. It’s like getting mad at the crowbar if a burglar breaks into your home, instead of dealing with the thief who used the crowbar.

John 7:24
Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment

We need to search for what is behind, in the invisible, before we judge a person. Only then can we make a correct judgment.

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06/09/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 218

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Scripture:

Prov. 24:21 (ISV)
My son, fear both the LORD and the king, and don’t keep company with rebels.

Comment:

Rebellion has characterized the devil ever since he tried to put himself above God.

Isa. 14:12-14
12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!
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.’

Part of the enemies plan is to get us into rebellion. Rebellion opens the door for evil spirits to enter, and it prevents us from serving God. Prov. 24: 21 shows us how to protect ourselves against this.

fear … the LORD

The Word of God exhorts us to “fear” the Lord, which does not mean to be afraid of Him, but having a holy respect for Him. We need to understand that it is rebellion against God when we question his Word, and interpret it the wrong way, so that black becomes white.

fear … the king

The Word of God tells us to honor authorities.

Rom. 13:1
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.

don’t keep company with rebels

We need to avoid having fellowship with people living in rebellion. Contrary to making an ecumenical cooperation, regardless of faith, there needs to be a separation between those who honor and follow the Lord, and those who do not.

06/06/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 217

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Scripture:

Prov. 24:20 (ESV)
… the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.

Comment:

The devil and his spirits are headed for relentless destruction. They’re not going to die, but they will be tormented in the lake of fire forever.

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.

Those too who follow and worship the devil, and those who do not repent and receive Jesus, will end up in the lake of fire.

Rev. 20:15
And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

We need to have compassion and pray for those who are deceived by the enemy, especially for those who “knowingly” serve the darkness. Since Jesus has given us authority over all the power of the enemy, we have a responsibility to drive away the spirits who have blinded these people.

Luk 10:19
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

06/02/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 216

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Scripture:

Prov. 24:16
… the wicked shall fall by calamity.

Comment:

In this teaching series, we have chosen to interpret the “wicked” as evil spirits. Of course, there are other interpretations, but here we see the text from the perspective of spiritual warfare.

Are you used to thinking that the evil spirits shall fall, or are you focused on how successful the spirits are that torment us? Many believers don’t think about evil spirits at all, but those who are aware that they exist are probably focused on how “strong” and “dangerous” evil spirits are. The question is: Are they strong and dangerous? The answer is: Both Yes and No. Evil spirits can harm people, but not in every case. Let us look at some examples.

  • Evil spirits can easily hurt those who are not saved. It is only when we receive Jesus that we are able to resist them.
  • Evil spirits can harm us when we are saved, if we choose to live in sin and don’t repent.
  • Evil spirits can harm us when we are saved if we don’t use our authority and drive them away.

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Jesus has given us the power to resist the enemy totally. When we fully use that power, the enemy will not be able to harm us.

Now let us go back to Prov. 24:16. It says that the wicked falls when calamity comes. What makes the evil spirits fall?

  • First, the evil spirits will fall and be cast into the Lake of fire when Jesus returns.
  • Second, every believer who walks with Jesus, and who uses his authority over the evil spirits can make them fall.

We need to become accustomed to the idea that we are dangerous for the evil spirits. We are called to make them fall.

05/26/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 215

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Scripture:

Prov. 24:15
Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not plunder his resting place

Comment:

We need to be aware that the enemy is trying to destroy our homes. The enemy wants to divide and destroy all relationships, especially family relationships, and unfortunately he often succeeds.

The evil spirits are looking for weaknesses in the relationships, to create a crack they can use to achieve separation. Often, the parties in a relationship are not aware that there are spirits behind separation. Instead they blame each other. That way the enemy goes free and can continue to destroy.

We need to be much more aware of what is going on. Not until we realize that there is a spiritual war in which the enemy wants to destroy the relationships can we begin to fight back.

When the parties stop fighting each other, and instead fight side by side against the real enemy, the way will be paved for God’s restoration of the relationships.

05/23/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 214

Scripture:

Prov. 24:12
If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?

Comment:

Prov. 24:12, shows us that we cannot claim ignorance, and it is connected to verse 11.

Prov. 24:11
Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.

Ignorance, of the importance of spiritual warfare in order to rescue people in our surroundings, is no excuse before God. For those who are willing to see the truth, the Bible is full of information on spiritual warfare. We read about how Jesus went about setting people free who were demonized. He did this to set them free, and as an example for us to follow. Let us look at some Bible passages that clearly show that we are supposed to take the battle against the enemy:

Mark 16:17
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

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

1 Peter 5:8-9
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

It is time for the body of Christ to wake up for the responsibility to make the enemy flee and thereby set people free.

05/19/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 213

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Scripture:

Prov. 24:11
Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.

Comment:

Spiritual warfare is not about an exciting activity, but to save the people from ruin.

John 10:10
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy …

The evil spirits seek to steal, kill, and destroy. They want to steal all of the blessings that God has for us, and they want to kill our spiritual life. Ideally, they want to kill us physically, but they can only do that if we receive their deceiving thoughts.

When we begin to understand the importance of spiritual warfare, we at same time have a greater responsibility for the people in our neighborhood. It is not just about ourselves being set free, but it is just as much about saving those who we get in contact with. There are so many who don’t have a clue why they are tormented in their minds and bodies. Not only do they need to receive Jesus if they are not already saved, they also need help to understand what is attacking them.

Saving people from demonic attack is not about bursting in upon them, roaring for the demons to leave. It is, above all, to help them understand what is going on, and to show them what authority we, as believers, have.

05/16/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 212

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Scripture:

Prov. 24:10 (NIV)
If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!

Comment:

We all sometimes face tough challenges, and then it can be easy to lose heart. In such situations we might think it is justified to feel depressed and to pity ourselves. But we need to be aware that such behavior steals the power of God from us.

We believers always have, even in the most difficult situations, the greatest power of the universe within us. The problem is that we are tempted to focus on the jar of clay, rather than on the treasure.

2 Cor. 4:7 (NIV)
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

Since Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to live in us, we can always be victorious regardless of our circumstances.

Rom. 8:37 (ISV)
In all these things we are triumphantly victorious due to the one who loved us.

The enemy knows very well that we, the believers, can defeat him. Therefore he tries to steal our courage. The enemy cannot limit the power of the Holy Spirit, but if he is able to make us lose our courage, our function as channels for the power will decrease.

05/12/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 211

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in Proverbs — kellporten @ 13:55
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Scripture:

Prov. 24:6
for by wise guidance you can wage your war …

Comment:

We need guidance in spiritual warfare. Unless the Holy Spirit guides us, we at the best just beat the air.

1 Cor. 9:26
Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.

Spiritual warfare is not about doing something that looks awesome and exciting. It is not a game but a real spiritual war and we need to be led and instructed in what we do. However, there is also another side of the story. There are those who believe that they are unable to fight and therefore never use their authority. It’s like sitting down on a battle field, just hoping that things will go well.

The Holy Spirit is our Helper, and we need to expect and use His guidance in spiritual warfare, as well as in everything else.

John 14:26
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things …

With the guidance of the Holy Spirit “you can wage your war”. And win the war.

05/09/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 210

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Scripture:

Prov. 24:3
Through wisdom a house is built, And by understanding it is established;

Comment:

The church isn’t being built by human wisdom, but by the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of wisdom. It is Jesus who shall build His church, and it is up to us to listen to the Holy Spirit in order to receive work orders.

Matt. 16:18
… on this rock I will build My church …

To let Jesus build His church is not just about accepting the calling to establish a church. It is about following His instructions all the time.

The church needs not only to be built, but it also needs to be defended. There is a thief who wants to steal, kill, and destroy the life in the church. Therefore, it is important that there is an understanding of the spiritual battle. A church that is not aware of its mission to fight against principalities and powers (Eph. 6:12) will not be able to persist for any length of time.

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