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05/18/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 364

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 22:30

Scripture:

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.

Comment:

Who are our enemies?

People are not our enemies, even though they can act like they are.

Eph. 6:12
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood …

The devil and his demons are our enemies.

Eph. 6:12
For we do … wrestle against … principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Eph. 2:2
… the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

1 Pet. 5:8
… your adversary the devil …

The more we realize, and the quicker we recognize, that our real enemy is not the person we see, but the evil spiritual world which we don’t see, the quicker and better we will be able to deal with our problems, e.g. relational problems.

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05/16/2018

The man with a legion – part 4

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 17:32

You can read about the man in:

Matt. 8:28-34
Mark 5:1-20
Luke 8:26-39

Why did the man have extraordinary strength?

The bible doesn’t tell us why the man had extraordinary strength, but it is well known fact that people under the control of demons can be very strong.

Why did the man cry out?

The bible doesn’t explain the man’s supernatural power, nor does it explain why he cried out. But, we can assume that it was because of the evil spirits. Evil spirits can use a person’s voice to cry out, as well as, to speak.

Why did the man cut himself with stones?

Evil spirits steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). We need to realize that evil spirits do not even spare those who they use as their tools.

How would the man have caused himself pain, had he lived today?

There are many ways the evil spiritual world can torment those who they indwell. They can, for instance, make their victims use alcohol and drugs, or cut themselves, e.g. with razor blades.

We need to be aware of the demonic presence behind destructive behaviors in order to help people, in the right way.

05/14/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 363

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:00

Scripture:

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.

Comment:

Our enemies, or God’s?

God has ordained strength to His children, because of His enemies. Who then, are His enemies? The devil and his evil spirits are definitively His enemies, and they hate Him. But, why do they attack us? In order to understand why, we need to realize who we are.

We read in Gen. 1:26-27 that God made us in His image. We are His creation, and He loves us. When the devil and one third of the angels rebelled against God, they were cast out of God’s heaven. They didn’t have a chance against God, nor will they ever have. Since the devil cannot hurt God directly, he attacks God’s creation instead. He attacks God’s beloved people, in order to hurt Him that way.

Another reason why we are being attacked by the evil spiritual world is, we are a threat against them. The truth is, they are afraid of us! God has delegated authority to us, in order for us to execute His will on earth. The evil spirits know that if they don’t succeed in stopping us, God will use us to confine them. To the evil spirits, it’s a matter of freedom or captivity.

When a believer understands his position of authority, he, of course becomes a bigger threat against the evil spiritual world. A believer who is ignorant of God’s Word, or chooses not to obey or do what God wants, is not much of a challenge. And, the bigger threat we are, the more attacks we get. This truth alone might be scary, but the complete truth is, God protects those, who do His will. We are in a far more dangerous position if we choose to disobey God, than if we choose to obey God, and get into a bigger battle.

05/11/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 362

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:00
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Scripture:

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.

Comment:

In order to be used by God in spiritual warfare we need to:

  • be saved
  • have a mouth
  • realize there is an enemy
  • use our mouth to speak commands against the enemy
  • believe that God puts His power on our commands

The evil spiritual world does anything it can to make us believe that spiritual warfare is complicated, and that it is only for a few experts. The Word of God says, casting out demons is a sign that follows everyone, who believes.

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

Regardless of what God has called us to do, and regardless of what vision the local church has, it is absolutely necessary to be active in spiritual warfare. It is a condition for to serve in our personal calling, and essential, for the church to go forth in its vision.

05/09/2018

The man with a legion – part 3

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:00

Why was the man dwelling among the tombs?

For the Jews, touching a grave meant being ritually unclean for seven days (Num. 19:16), so naturally they didn’t go to the tombs without a reason. The evil spirits obviously did all they could to isolate the man from other people.

It is also interesting to note that the unclean spirits led the man to an unclean place.

Mar 5:2
And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit

When the unclean spirits finally left the man, they entered the swine that were regarded as unclean animals.

Why was the man naked?

Luke 8:27
And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes …

The bible doesn’t say why the man was naked, but after he was set free he had his clothes on. That tells us that his nakedness was due to the influence of the evil spirits.

Luke 8:35
Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind …

Since appearing naked offends people, it contributed to his isolation.

How did the fact that the man was fierce affect people?

Since the man was fierce, people stayed away from him.

Mat 8:28
When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.

05/07/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 361

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:57

Scripture:

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.

Comment:

How does God use the mouth of His children?

The scripture says that God has ”ordained strength” out of their mouth. The original text for ‘ordain’ can also mean ‘make a foundation’.

When we speak, God will make our words a foundation for His strength, i.e. He puts His power on our words. It is extremely important for us to understand this truth.

We are tempted to discern from our emotions, whether we have enough strength or not.

  • We may feel, or think, that we have strength, i.e. our own strength, and act from it. But, our own strength will not be sufficient.
  • Or we may feel that we don’t have strength, and therefore we feel, or think, we cannot act.

The truth is, we are not called to act from our own strength.

  • We are called to speak commands
  • It is God’s job, to put His power on our words

When we do our job, we should believe that God will do His job.

When we speak commands against the evil spirits, not just our words reach them, but God’s power. The power of God, put on our words, hit the evil spirits, and they have no chance against it.

05/04/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 360

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 20:44

Scripture:

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.

Comment:

We haven chosen to save Ps. 8 until the end of this series. Ps. 8:2 is a very important scripture when it comes to spiritual warfare.

Who does God use as His tool in spiritual warfare?

He uses His children. The condition for you to be used by God in spiritual warfare is, to be His child, i.e. to be born again.

The scripture is talking about babes and sucklings. In other words you don’t have to be a world evangelist to be used in spiritual warfare. You can be used even as a new born believer.

How does God use His children in spiritual warfare?

God uses our mouth, i.e. what we speak. We cannot wish, weep or sleep away the demons! But, we can speak, in faith, and they have to leave.

The original word for ’mouth’ in Ps. 8:2, can also be translated ‘command’. It is our commands that still the enemy, the evil spirits, not our prayers to God for Him to intervene. The enemy is very much aware of this fact, and therefore he will try to stop us from receiving any teaching about our authority and about our mission to still the enemy.

05/02/2018

The man with a legion – part 2

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 17:30

What do we know about the possessed man?

• He had been a citizen, but he had left the city because of evil spirits (Luke 8:27,29)
• He had his dwelling among the tombs (Mark 5:2-3)
• He was naked (Luke 8:27)
• He was exceedingly fierce (Matt. 8:28)
• He had extraordinary strength (Mark 5:4)
• He was crying out (Mark 5:5)
• He was cutting himself with stones (Mark 5:5)
• He was often seized by the evil spirits (Luke 8:29)

How would we have diagnosed the man, had he lived today?

Doubtless, we would have diagnosed the man as having mental problems. However, the bible says that the man was possessed by evil spirits, and Jesus commanded them to leave the man. When the man had been set free the bible tells that he had his clothes on, and that he was in his right mind.

Mark 5:15
Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind

What does the information, that the evil spirits had driven the man from the city and out into the wilderness, tell us?

It tells us that the evil spirits want to destroy social fellowship. In this case the evil spirits made the man homeless. That in turn tells us that a homeless person might need deliverance, not just food and accommodation for the night.

Luke 8:27
And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.

Luk 8:29
… he … was driven by the demon into the wilderness.

When the man had been set free, he wanted fellowship again. We can see that, because he wanted to follow Jesus (Mark 5:18), and because he began to proclaim, in the city of Decapolis, all that Jesus had done for him (Mark 5:20).

04/30/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 359

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

Scripture:

Ps. 149:6
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;

Comment:

Ps. 149:6 shows us there is no contradiction between worship and spiritual warfare. They work together, and we, the people of God, need to understand the power of worship even more.

Ps. 48:10
According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth …

According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise

Jesus’ name is a mighty weapon, and so is our worship.

unto the ends of the earth

When we speak out Jesus’ name, or sing praises to God, it doesn’t just influence people around us. These spiritual weapons are so mighty, they can reach the ends of the earth when we use them. The limitation is not in the weapons, but how we use them, i.e. how far we reach out, by faith.

Let’s also read from a bible paraphrase, The Contemporary English Version.

Ps. 149:6 (CEV)
Praise God with songs on your lips and a sword in your hand

Praise God with … a sword in your hand

Spiritual warfare is a way of praising God! When we obey God, regardless of whether we make warfare or act in some other way, it pleases Him.

04/27/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 358

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:43

Scripture:

Ps. 148:14 (ESV)
He has raised up a horn for his people …

Comment:

The meaning of ‘horn’ is strength or dominion. God has given His people spiritual strength. We need to realize that if we have received Jesus as our Saviour, we will always have enough strength. We also need to realize where that strength comes from.

Our strength is not determined by how we feel, or by our circumstances. Our strength is determined and given by God.

Ps. 68:28
Thy God hath commanded thy strength …

The strength that God has determined for us is always enough. He will never give us too little strength.

In spiritual warfare we need to realize what strength we have. God always gives us enough strength for the battle.

Isa. 28:6
… strength to them that turn the battle to the gate

The enemy will try to make us doubt that we can conquer him. It is then we need to remind ourselves, that it is God, who has given us our strength.

Ps 28:8 (ESV)
The LORD is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed

We should do what Habakkuk, the prophet, did. Proclaim the truth about your strength. Say to yourself,
The LORD God is my strength…” (Hab. 3:19)

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