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11/23/2016

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 213

Scripture:

Ps 139:20
… thine enemies take thy name in vain

(Swedish version: “… they have brought your cities into disaster”)

Comment:

The Swedish version tells us some important truths, and we will have a look at each of them.

your cities …

Every city, and every nation, belongs to God. Let’s have a look at a couple of scriptures that shows that:

Ps. 24:1
The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof …

Ps 89:12
The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine …

The nations belong to God, and thus also the cities. You might ask, “But didn’t Adam and Eve give the nations of the earth to the devil?” The answer is, they gave away the right to rule, but they had no authority to give away the ownership.

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.

When the devil tempted Jesus, he didn’t say that the nations had been turned over to him. He said he had been given the authority over them. That authority was later taken from him by Jesus, and now the authority belongs to Jesus and those he delegates authority to.

The truth about our cities is that they belong to God. The evil spiritual world is occupying them illegally, and the evil spirits will continue to do so until we, the believers, use the authority that has been given to us.

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10/31/2016

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 207

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms — kellporten @ 15:04
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Scripture:

Ps. 138:7
… thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies …

Comment:

When David wrote, “thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies” we might think he expected God to fight for him, while he was just watching. The truth is, David had to make warfare. But, he expected God to be there with His power.

It’s the same thing in our battles. God doesn’t fight them for us. Our job is to speak commands against the evil spirits, that way we are releasing God’s power against them.

What does ”stretch forth thine hand” mean? Let’s compare it with our human body. The hand is a part of the body. It’s not located on the head. It’s the same thing with the body of Christ. The church is the body, and Jesus is the head. When God stretches forth His hand here on earth, He does it through the church.

When we speak commands against the evil spirits, God puts His power on our words, and the spirits have to subdue to His power. That way God’s hand is stretched forth against our enemies, the evil spirits.

07/04/2016

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 184

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms — kellporten @ 17:01

Scripture:

Ps. 126:5
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Comment:

After sowing comes harvest, even when the sowing is done in hard circumstances.

To sow in the spiritual realm can mean several things, i.e. witnessing, praying, offering, speaking a friendly word etc. This scripture is a promise that those who sow, even when it’s done in tears, WILL reap, and they will reap in joy.

When a farmer has sown a seed, he doesn’t immediately see the result. It takes time before he can see the sprout, and even more time before it’s time to reap. In the same way, many times we have to wait for a long time before we see the change we have prayed and fought for. But, when the breakthrough comes, there is a great joy.

The enemy knows about the law of sowing and reaping, and some of his attacks are meant to make us feel discouraged and wanting to give up. If we receive those thoughts, and as a result, stop expecting a harvest, there is a big risk that the enemy steals the harvest. That is not what God has planned. He wants us to trust in Him, and hold on until the harvest is ripe.

Tears can also stand for difficulties and losses. The enemy sometimes attacks until we droop beneath the pressure. God wants His soldiers to keep on fighting even under such circumstances, but we need to stand together and support each other in the battle.

08/07/2015

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – part 85

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms — kellporten @ 08:21
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Scripture:

Ps. 31:11 (ESV)
Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street flee from me.

Comment:
Problems in relationships can be due to attacks from the evil spiritual world.

Most people have problems in relationships in one way or another. The reasons may appear in many ways, but we seldom think of the problems as demonic.

In Ps. 31:11 David says it is because of his enemies that he is an object of dread to his acquaintances. He says, “Because of all my adversaries …” He doesn’t say his neighbors are difficult, or that his acquaintances don’t understand him. He realizes there is something outside of the relationship that makes it bad, namely his adversaries. Who were his enemies? Of course David had problems with men, but in those days, just like in our time, men were just tools for the real enemies. Eph. 6:12 says we do not wrestle against flesh and blood (men), but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

How do the demons act when they attack a relationship? They attack in many ways. They know our weaknesses and use them in an effective way. We can for instance be short tempered, or we can have a tendency to step aside. We can be slow to forget things that have been done to us, or we can easily become downhearted. The evil spirits can and will use our weakness to build walls between people.

Often the demons are working together. One person in a relationship is attacked in order to make him react in a certain way, while the other person is attacked to get a counter reaction. In that situation an attempt to find a solution by discussing the problems might end in total chaos.

The evil spirits can ’help’ people twist what others are saying, or the way they act. Sometimes we can say something that we think is harmless, while the person we are talking to might react in a totally unexpected way. Sometimes a ‘Hi’ can be enough to make a person wonder what we meant by that.

Attacks on relationships often are very painful, even when we know what is behind them, but it’s still a great advantage to know the real reason for them. And to take authority over the evil spirits is the best way to make an end of the relational problems. Just don’t forget to forgive the person who became the tool for the attack.

10/31/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – part 25

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms — kellporten @ 13:01
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Scripture:

Ps. 5:9 NIV
Not a word from their mouth can be trusted, their heart is filled with destruction. Their throat is an open grave.

Comment:

This part is not really meant for you who belong to Jesus in the first hand, but for those who believe they will benefit by serving the devil. On the other hand, you need to see clearly the truth given here if you get into a situation where you will help people who quite consciously have been serving the devil.

The devil is a thief who wants to steal, to kill and to destroy (John 10:10). He is really after everyone, even after those who serve him. He will not show them any mercy. There is no mercy or justice in the devil. All there is, is evil. Taking sides with the devil in order to avoid attacks is totally useless. In the beginning it might seem as if the devil gives benefits, but in the long run it always leads to misery and destruction.

We want to recommend the book He came to set the captives free by Rebecca Brown. It is about a woman doctor who helps one of her patients (who has been deeply involved in occultism) to be set free. Even if there are different opinions about the book, and you have to read it with discernment, it still describes very clearly how the enemy attacks one of his own.

09/22/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – part 15

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms — kellporten @ 16:10
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Scripture:

Ps. 3:1
… LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

Comment:

We are involved in a war where we have many enemies.

According to Eph 6:12 men are not our enemies but the evil spiritual world. There are many evil spirits, and they attack us in many different ways. We should recognize and know the tactics of our enemies.

It has often been said that we should not over-emphasize the influence of the evil spiritual world, and that we instead should deal with our flesh. The consequence will be that we will not see the demons except for the times when they manifest in a totally possessed person.

The first step in overcoming an enemy is to identify him. We need to know the evil spirits exist and that we have the authority to overcome them. If we ignore them, we will face the consequences.

Do we need to be worried since there are so many spirits? Absolutely not! He who lives in us is greater (1 John 4:4). We are protected in the middle of the war. We are on the victory side!

09/15/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – part 14

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms — kellporten @ 14:51

Scripture:

Ps. 2:2-3
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

Comment:

There are principalities, trying to influence the leaders of a nation.

Have you heard about ‘territorial spirits’? There has been an intense debate concerning that subject. Many presume there is no such thing as territorial spirits, and since the resistance against that subject has been so strong we can suspect that it is important.

Let’s study Eze. 28 verses 2 and 12-13.

Eze. 28:2
Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

Eze. 28:12-13
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Verse 2 is speaking of ‘the prince of Tyrus’. From the context we understand that here it is refering to a human ruler. But when we read in verses 12 and 13 about ‘the king of Tyrus’ we see that it is referring to someone who was in the Garden of Eden. We understand that here it is speaking of the devil. From this we understand that there were both a human and a spiritual ruler over Tyrus.

It is very important that we understand that the evil spiritual world is conducting strong spiritual warfare against the leaders of a nation. Politicians and other decision makers on every level of society are being influenced by this invisible war, and because of that entire nations are being influenced.

09/12/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – part 13

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms — kellporten @ 13:16

Scripture:

Ps. 2:2-3
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

Comment:

Who are ‘the kings of the earth’ and who are ‘the rulers’?

The scripture of course can be understood in several ways, but here we teach ‘the kings of the earth’ mean worldly leaders, from a leader of a nation to an official of any kind, and by ‘the rulers’ we mean the spiritual hierarchy that invisibly influences and tries to rule over ‘the kings of the earth’.

The text is speaking of a revolt against God in the system of the world, and the rulers of the evil spiritual world are behind it. They ‘counsel together’ in order to achieve it.

Lets now look at verse 4: “He that sits in the heavens shall laugh …“.

It’s a great comfort to realize that God isn’t even worried. He laughs at the attack, not because he doesn’t care, but because he is so much stronger than the enemy.

09/08/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – part 12

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms — kellporten @ 14:04

Scripture:

Ps 1:6
… but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Comment:

The way of the ungodly shall perish.

This truth has three meanings:

  • Unsaved people are on their way to destruction
  • Evil spirits want to lead us to destruction
  • The evil spirits will end in the lake of fire

We shall have a closer look at the two latter alternatives.

Evil spirits want to lead us to destruction

The intention of the evil spirits is to bring us away from God. Satan and his spirits are enemies against God, and they want to hurt him by hurting us, his creation. So, when we are receiving all sorts of attacks from the evil spirits, there is nothing strange about that. What is wrong is when we allow those spirits to torment us, since we have the authority to send them away.

We also need to be trained in discerning the attacks of the evil spiritual world. We don’t always immediately understand that we are under an attack. The evil spirits might come with suggestions that seem sensible and profitable. The idea they offer might even seem to be from God. Then we need the gift of discernment. The Holy Spirit has come to help us, and when we listen to His voice we will be able to expose the enemy.

The evil spirits will end in the lake of fire

There is no rescue for Satan and his spirits. They are lost, and the end will be the lake of fire. Nothing can change that. The question is how long it will take before Jesus returns and makes his final sentence over them. That depends on how the body of Christ, the church, responds to His will.

09/05/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – part 11

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms — kellporten @ 18:14

Scripture:

Ps 1:6
For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Comment:

The Lord knows the way of the righteous

He has a close relationship with the righteous during their walk. Jesus said that he will always be with us. (Matt 28:20).

The Lord knows the way of the righteous

Let’s remind ourselves that we have received the righteousness of Jesus as a gift.

The way of the ungodly shall perish

The way that the evil spiritual world wants to lead men leads to destruction. The evil spirits whisper their advices to us, and it can be tempting, or seem smart to follow them. We must know what the end will be.

For the wages of sin is death …” (Rom 6:23).

The evil spirits, the ‘ungodly’, are on their way to destruction. Let’s not follow them!

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