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10/20/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 307

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 15:33

Scripture:

Ps. 144:14-15
14 … that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

Ps. 144:14 (Swedish version)
… when no crack has been made in the wall and nobody has to leave as a prisoner, when no complaining is heard in our streets

Comment:

… when no crack has been made in the wall …

We need protective spiritual walls around our cities. In Part 305 we said that we build protective walls by taking common responsibility in prayer, and by seeking the unity of the Holy Spirit among the churches. Let’s now look at some more factors.

We need to believe that torn down walls can be built up again

Neh. 1:3
And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.

Perhaps, if the spiritual protective wall around your city is as torn down as the physical wall in Jerusalem was, then think about the fact that they managed to build up the wall again. In the same manner it is possible to once again build up the spiritual protective walls around our cities. But, we need faith in order not to give up!

The churches need to work side by side

Neh. 3:15-16
15 But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of Colhozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and the wall of the pool of Siloah by the king’s garden, and unto the stairs that go down from the city of David.
16 After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the half part of Bethzur, unto the place over against the sepulchres of David, and to the pool that was made, and unto the house of the mighty.

Just like there were teams working side by side in the days of Nehemiah, the churches need to work side by side now. Churches need to do the work that they have been called to do, instead of looking at other churches with suspicion and jealousy.

The warfare aginst the common enemy unites

Neh. 4:18-20
18 For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.
19 And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another.
20 In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.

The battle should not be between churches, but against the evil spiritual world. We will not have a perfect unity, i.e. a protective wall with no cracks, until each church in the city rises up and takes the fight against the real enemy. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all churches stand together from the start. Those who are awake will have to start fighting, and others will follow later. But the end result should be that all the churches in the city form a united front against the enemy.

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10/18/2017

Can believers have demons?

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:28

We have now come to a very important part in this course. The opinions are divided about whether believers can have demons or not. We will try to shed some light over the matter, but first a short repetition.

In the previous post (Possessed, demonized or under the influence?) we said that people can get attacked both from the outside and from the inside by evil spirits. We also said that attacks from the inside can be the result of either possession or demonization.

Can a believer get attacked by demons from the outside?

The answer is: Yes! We cannot escape the evil spirits’ influence from the outside.

Can a believer be possessed?

In the post Spirit-soul-body – part 2 we stated that the Holy Spirit moves into our spirit when we receive Jesus as our Savior. Before that you could say our spirit was dormant. Demons and the Holy Spirit will never exist in the same place, which means the demons will not be able to enter the spirit of the believer.

When a person is possessed by evil spirits they are completely controlled by them. Therefore a saved person cannot be possessed, since the evil spirits can’t have full control. They obviously can’t control the spirit of the believer since the Holy Spirit dwells there. The same goes for the areas of the soul where the Holy Spirit has gained access.

Can a believer be demonized?

A person is demonized if evil spirits influence one or more areas in his soul. This is also true with believers. In the areas of the soul, where the flesh is in control, i.e. where the Holy Spirit hasn’t been let inside, there can be evil spirits. Notice that we say there CAN be. Just because we are carnal in some areas of our life, doesn’t automatically mean that we have evil spirits inside of us.

10/16/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 306

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:14

Scripture:

Ps. 144:14-15
14 … that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

Ps. 144:14 (Swedish version)
… when no crack has been made in the wall and nobody has to leave as a prisoner, when no complaining is heard in our streets

Comment:

… when no crack has been made in the wall …

In the previous part, we spoke about how one builds a spiritual protective wall, and we will continue on that theme.

When we think about a protective wall, we probably think about an obstacle that the enemy cannot get through. But another way to keep the enemy away is to ensure that he dare not come close to you.

The enemy does not fear unsaved people. They are no threat against him, since they belong to his kingdom. But when we receive Jesus as our Savior, we receive authority over the evil spiritual world. From that time on we become a potential threat, i.e. we have the capacity to be a threat, but we are not necessarily an actual threat.

In order to become a real threat against the enemy, we not only need to be saved, we also need to 1) know that we have an enemy, 2) know that we have authority over the enemy and 3) use our authority. It is then that we become a real threat against the enemy.

When we get used to dealing with evil spirits as soon as they appear, the evil spiritual world will gradually avoid attacking us. We will then have a situation where the enemy avoids us, and that way we become a protected area.

When we consistently continue to deal with evil spirits, not only regarding ourselves, but also, for example, regarding the family, the evil spiritual world will have to stay away from it. That way, the family will become a protected area.

In the same way, a church can become a protected area, and a church can ct so that a city becomes a protected area. In the extension, many churches together can ensure that a nation becomes safe.

A condition for making protected areas, whether individuals, families, churches, cities or nations, is, of course, that we are consistent in dealing with the evil spiritual world. If not, we give the evil spirits a signal that an attack might work. It is up to us to prove to them that it does not pay to attack!

10/13/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 305

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

Scripture:

Ps. 144:14-15
14 … that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.

(Swedish version)
14 … when no crack has been made in the wall and no one has to leave as a prisoner, when no complaining is heard in our streets
15 blessed is the people who have it that way, yes, blessed is the people whose God is the LORD

Comment:

… when no crack has been made in the wall …

David said that people are blessed when no crack has been made in the wall. In his days they built walls around the cities as a protection against attacks, and in the same manner we need spiritual walls to protect our families, churches, cities and nations.

How do we build protective spiritual walls?

As personal believers we build protective walls through prayer, a God-fearing life, and surrender to a local church.

As a family we build protective walls through prayer and divine orders.

As a church we build protective walls through prayer, biblical surrender, and seeking the unity of the Spirit, i.e. obedience to the Holy Spirit.

We build protective walls around our cities by common prayer and by seeking the unity of the Spirit between the churches.

Finally, we build a protective wall around our nations when we take a national responsibility for prayer, and when we seek the unity of the Spirit on a national level.

10/11/2017

Possessed, demonized or under the influence?

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:49

In this post we are going to try to sort out the terms for the different ways, in which evil spirits attack us.

First, we need to understand the difference between inner attacks and outer attacks.

Inner and outer attacks

Evil spirits can either attack us from the inside, or from the outside. Coordinated attacks can also occur, where different spirits attack simultaneously from the inside and from the outside. But basically, we can divide the attacks into inner, and outer attacks.

Inner attacks

Evil spirits can get inside of us, but first let us establish the fact that they cannot do this, if there is no way in. We will discuss the ways they can get in later.
The attacks of evil spirits from the inside can be total or partial. A total influence, where evil spirits take control over a person completely, we call possession. A person who is possessed cannot control what he does, or what he says.

When evil spirits have a limited influence over a person from the inside, we say they are demonized. When a person is demonized, he is aware of what is happening, and can control his behavior, except in the area where the demons are.

Outer attacks

When evil spirits attack us from the outside, one could say that we are under their influence. We are influenced by them, without them being inside of us.

Evil spirits can have an influence over separate individuals, and also over groups of people, for example all the inhabitants in a geographical area.

10/09/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 304

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:42

Scripture:

Ps. 144:11 (ESV)
Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners, whose mouths speak lies and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

Comment:

Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners …

God saves us from ”foreigners”, i.e. the evil spirits, through deliverance.

David turns to God and asks for deliverance. But it is somewhat different for us. Of course, it is still God’s power that sets us free, but we, as believers, are commissioned to release that power. Jesus has given authority, over the evil spiritual world, to each and everyone who has received Him as Savior. When we speak orders in Jesus’ name, we release the power of the Holy Spirit and the evil spirits must back off.

We also need to use our authority in order to rescue unsaved people who are in the hands of the enemy.

2 Cor. 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

A good prayer to pray, in order for unsaved people to become open for the gospel, is the following:

“In the name of Jesus I command every hindrance, for …’s salvation, to leave”

… whose mouths speak lies …

We discussed, in part 297, how the enemy uses lies. Click here to read that part again

10/06/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 303

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:38

Scripture:

Ps. 144:10
… who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword.

Comment:

Jesus has disarmed the enemy.

Col. 2:15
And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Jesus won a total victory over the devil and his evil spirits. He said: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matt. 28: 18). But he has not liberated us from being attacked. We are going into battle in what could be called “cleanse-up” phase. The battle is won, but the enemy has not stopped fighting. It is up to us to bind the evil spirits who are active here on earth and in the “middle heaven”.

But how can the evil spirits continue to fight if they are disarmed? They use our passivity and our disobedience. We have been commissioned, on the basis of Jesus ‘ victory, to deal with the evil spirits. But if we do not do what we are supposed to do, we are allowing the evil spirits to continue their destructive works. And if we put our weapons to the disposal of the evil spirits, they can do a lot of harm.

What do we mean by, “put our weapons to the disposal of the evil spirits”? We have received spiritual weapons, which are intended to be used against the enemy. One such weapon is our mouth, which we are called to use for commanding the enemy to leave and for praying for people. But, if we use your our mouth to criticize people, the enemy benefits from it.

Let us stop lending our weapons to a disarmed enemy! It is time for us to use our weapons in the right way, so the enemy will be completely defeated.

10/04/2017

Carnality or evil spirits? – part 3

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:17

Should we deal with our flesh, or should we deal with evil spirits?

In part 1, we mentioned the common expression “You can’t blame everything on demons”, and we said that “Everything that is wrong is not because of demons. We must realize that people’s carnality can cause a great deal of trouble as well”. So, what will it be, should we deal with our carnality, or should we deal with evil spirits? The answer is: Both!

How do we deal with carnality?

In the previous post we talked about how to deal with carnality. Let’s review:

Rom. 8:13
… but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

When we allow the Holy Spirit to take over the reign over our soul, area after area, the flesh is forced to stand back.

Therefore, to deal with carnality is allowing the Holy Spirit to transform every area of our lives.

How do we deal with evil spirits?

We deal with evil spirits in different ways, depending on if they are inside or outside of us. If the evil spirits are on the inside of us they need to be cast out, but, if they are outside of us, their influence needs to be broken.

10/02/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 302

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 15:05

Scripture:

Ps. 144:10 (ESV)
who gives victory to kings …

Comment:

Jesus gives us victory.

In the previous section, we noted that Jesus is the King of Kings, and that every believer has a royal, i.e. ruling, position, on earth. In this section, we will focus on the fact that Jesus gives His victory to us.

Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, and He completed His part on the cross. Jesus’ mission was to take the ruling authority from the devil.

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

Jesus has given us the mission to carry out this victory by casting out, and binding, the evil spirits in His name.

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

When we carry out the mission that has been given us, it is important to realize that we are not fighting for victory, but FROM the victory! Jesus’ victory is our starting point. It is because of Jesus’ victory that we have victory.

Rom. 8:37
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

09/29/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 301

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:42

Scripture:

Ps. 144:10 (ESV)
who gives victory to kings …

Comment:

Jesus is the King of kings.

Rev. 17:14
… for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings …

Who are the kings that Jesus is King over? We might think of all the rulers of the world. But the fact is that everyone who has received Jesus as Savior is a king.

Rev. 1:6
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

It is important that we view ourselves from the position we have in Jesus. We are ‘kings’. That doesn’t mean we should act as kings against each other. Our royal power is against the evil spiritual world. We should rule, not the enemy.

The evil spiritual world can only act as long as we allow it. Therefore the enemy tries to make us view ourselves in a wrong way. If we accept the lie that we are weak and just have to wait for a better time in heaven, we will be no threat against the enemy. But as soon as we realize that we have received authority, and start using it, the evil spirits will be forced to back off from people, churches and geographical areas.

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