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06/21/2017

Introduction to spiritual warfare – part 6

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 17:55

Spiritual warfare in a nutshell

There are a few basic statements to describe spiritual warfare:

• There is an evil spiritual world
• The purpose of the evil spiritual world is to harm us
• We are in the middle of a spiritual war whether we want to be or not
• Jesus has called us to deal with the evil spirits
• We have spiritual weapons to fight with
• God wants us to be aware of the war and of our weapons
• We fight from a position of victory, thanks to Jesus

06/19/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 272

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:41
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cripture:

Ps. 143:9
Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies …

Comment:

David became a king and won great victories, but he never forgot that God was his strength. As for us, we should never forget, no matter how skilled we become in spiritual warfare, how totally dependant we are on God. However, there is a big difference between David’s situation and ours. The difference is Jesus, who came and won an eternal victory for us. We, who live now, can act from that victory. We do not fight FOR victory, but FROM the victory.

God saves us, from our enemies, the evil spirits, but He does that, through us. The power is His, but He uses us as channels for His power to be sent against the enemies. The power is released when we speak. When we command the evil spirits to back off from us and others, it is our words, but the power is God’s.

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.

06/16/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 271

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 15:41

cripture:

Ps. 143:8
… I lift up my soul unto thee

Comment:

The spiritual war takes place in the soul, more than anywhere else. The war goes on whether we want it or not, and it is always better to know we have an enemy, than to pretend he doesn’t exist.

Evil spirits seldom show themselves openly. It is more effective for them to send thought darts against us, so we start believing lies. It can be thoughts that we are failures, worthless, abandoned, never will be able to serve God, never will be healed, and many more. It is easy to start believing such lies, and it can be difficult to see there is an enemy behind them.

God knows us inside and out, and he also knows the enemy. We can be deceived, but the enemy cannot deceive God. Therefore we need to bring every thought to God. 1 Thess. 5:21 says that we shall test everything. The scripture is talking about prophecies, but we also need to test our thoughts. Is the thought from God, or where does it come from?

When David said, “I lift up my soul unto thee” he meant he was praying. We need to pray too. In prayer we can talk to God about everything, and we can expect Him to show us what is right or wrong when we pray and read the Word of God. When we see that we have received a lie from the enemy, we need to renounce the lie and command the enemy to leave.

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

06/14/2017

Introduction to spiritual warfare –part 5

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:00

Is the enemy defeated or not?

Has the enemy already been totally defeated or not?

The enemy is disarmed

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

Jesus disarmed the enemy. That is, He took the authority, the right to reign, from the enemy. But, He didn’t take away the enemy.

The enemy is still here

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

James wrote that we are to resist the devil. This scripture was written after Calvary, after the resurrection, and after Jesus had sat down on the right hand of the Father.

1 Pet. 5:8-9
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

It doesn’t say that we should resist steadfast in the faith, because we have a flesh, although we need to deal with that too, but it tells us that we need to resist steadfast because of our enemy, the devil.

It would be pointless to resist someone who is already totally defeated. But what really happened was that Jesus “disarmed” the evil spiritual world. In other words; Jesus took the authority from the devil and his spirits, but they are still here and they influence this world “illegally”. It is our job to stop them!

06/12/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 270

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:00

Scripture:

Ps. 143:8 (NIV)
… Show me the way I should go …

Comment:

Serving God, means to follow Him, and His way.

In order to become effective in spiritual warfare, like in every other service for God, we must be aware of the guidance of the Holy Spirit. What seems to be right, can in the end, turn out to be wrong.

There are those who say we are free to do what we think is best, that is within God’s limitations of course. We could compare it with a football field, where you have to stay within the field, but you can place yourself wherever you think is the best. Such a thought might seem good, but we must understand that God has planned our lives in detail. He has a special position for each of us.

God doesn’t call you to serve Him, and then watch you struggle to get there. He has a plan for every single step, for every part of the way. Of course that doesn’t mean you are forced to do exactly what God has planned. You have a free will and the right to make your own choices. But, in order to get into the fullness of God’s plan you need to listen to Him and obey Him.

Out of our eagerness to expand the Kingdom of God, we may easily act out our own ideas and calculations, but that way we loose power. It’s only when we act according to God’s plan that we become effective.

Isa. 30:21
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

06/09/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 269

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:00

Scripture:

Ps. 143:8 (ESV)
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust …

(Swedish version: “Let me in the morning experience your grace, for in you I trust …”)

Comment:

Faith is not about having a lot of spiritual muscles, but it is all about trusting in the Lord.

It is when we trust in the Lord that we can expect to receive God’s ability. The evil spiritual world knows that very well, and many of their attacks aim to make us doubt. The attacks are most often done through “thought darts”. Suddenly the thoughts are there, and we think they are our own thoughts and pursue the ideas.

Are the following thoughts familiar?

  • I will never make it
  • I wonder if I am really saved?
  • What if God doesn’t exist?
  • I am stuck, and I will never be free
  • I have prayed for so long, but it seems like God doesn’t want to heal me

We could have made the list longer, but what the examples have in common is, the enemy attacks with thoughts of doubt. We need to learn what doubt really is.

Jam. 1:6-7 (ESV)
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;

The enemy tries to make you doubt so you will not get answers to your prayers. Refuse to receive such thoughts!

Let’s do what David did. He trusted in God, and expected Him to give him His ability. The more we choose to trust in God, the more faith we will have, and the more difficult it will be for the enemy to attack us with doubt.

06/07/2017

Introduction to spiritual warfare – part 4

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:00

Spirits, do they exist?

The answer to the question; ‘do spirits really exist, or is it just superstition?’ is, of course, very important when talking about spiritual warfare. Obviously we cannot fight something that isn’t real!
If spirits are real however, it would be a mistake not being aware of them.

The Bible shows us that there are spirits

Our position, that spirits really do exist, is based on the Word of God. We look upon the Bible as the absolute truth and the Bible talks about angels, and demons.

The Bible describes many confrontations between Jesus and demons. To state that Jesus, the son of God, acted out of superstition and drove out spirits that didn’t really exist, would be very close to blasphemy. That is, of course, if you believe in Jesus.

If there are two demons behind a bush, don’t just look for one!!

There is a statement that is very common. It is about not seeing demons in everything. Have you heard it said: “We shouldn’t look for demons behind every bush”? And what is the result of this comment? Now people don’t look at all, and the only ones who benefit from this, are the demons.

Isn’t there a risk that we blame our own carnality on spirits?

The Bible tells us that we have a flesh. Should we blame demons when we, in reality, should deal with our carnality? Absolutely not! There is no conflict between the Holy Spirit sanctifying us, and obeying Jesus when he commands us to cast out evil spirits. It is not either – or, but both!

06/05/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 268

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:00

Scripture:

Ps. 143:8
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love …

(Swedish version: “Let me in the morning experience your grace …”)

Comment:

It is important to have the right view about what grace is.

Grace is a gift from God. We do not deserve it. If we did, it would be a salary, not a gift.

Rom 4:4
Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

(Swedish version: “ … not because of grace but something he has earned”)

Grace also means God’s ability. There is a limit for our ability, but God’s ability is unlimited. It’s grace when God lets us act beyond our ability, that is, he gives His ability to us. Paul gives us examples of that.

1 Cor. 3:10
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation …

1 Cor. 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

David, in Ps. 143:8, says; ”Let me in the morning experience your grace”. We can interpret the scripture as if he asked for God’s ability from the beginning of the day. We should also ask to experience God’s grace early in the morning.

06/02/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 267

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:00

ripture:

Ps. 143:7
… lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

Comment:

When we read, ”them that go down into the pit” we might think the scripture is talking about the dead. But the word ‘pit’, in the original text denotes a hole, especially in the meaning of a prison, a dungeon.

Who are they that go down into the pit? To answer, let’s have a look at the story about the man from the land of the Gadarenes, or ‘The man with a legion” which he is usually called. When Jesus took authority over the demons in the man, they asked Jesus not to send them into the deep.

Luke 8:31
And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.

Evidently, the demons were afraid of being sent into the deep, i.e. the pit. They were also aware that they could be sent there, or they wouldn’t have asked Jesus not to send them there.

In Revelation, chapter 9, we read about something that will take place in the last days. It says that the bottomless pit will be opened, and from there will come out a lot of locusts. Those locusts are generally interpreted as demons.

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.

We said that the pit is a prison for evil spirits. In Rev. 9 we see them being let loose again for a short period, before they are thrown into the lake of fire.

You might say, ‘But Jesus didn’t cast evil spirits into the pit.’ You are right. The explanation is, casting evil spirits into the pit is the task for the church, not for Jesus.

David said he didn’t want to be like them that go down into the pit. That goes for us too. Let’s not be like the evil spirits who God has planned to put in jail.

05/31/2017

Introduction to spiritual warfare – part 3

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:00

Spiritual warfare is for everyone

In the previous part we referred to Mark.16:17, and now we are going to look at that scripture again.

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

The first thing we will take notice of in this passage is that Jesus doesn’t say that He will cast out devils himself, but that it is the believers’ job.

Second, Jesus says that they will cast out devils in His name. The name of Jesus is a powerful weapon.

Third, Jesus talks about every believer, and that is what we will emphasize in this part. Jesus doesn’t say casting out devils, i.e. spiritual warfare, is for just a few people who have been given that gift, but it is a sign which will follow all those who believe.

Jesus assigns this mission to every one of us – we all are to deal with the evil spiritual world. But he does not only assign us the mission, he also gives every believer the capability to carry it out.

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