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08/18/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 289

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:33

Scripture:

Ps. 144:2
My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust …

Comment:

my deliverer

Jesus came as our deliverer. He came to destroy the works of the devil.

1 John 3:8
… For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Jesus, who was sent by the Father to destroy the works of the devil, has given us the same mission.

John 20:21
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

God wants to deliver people today. He wants everybody to be saved, i.e. delivered from eternal damnation. But, He also wants to deliver everyone from sickness, poverty, depression, loneliness and much more. In that deliverance process He has chosen to use us, the believers.

We need to realize that salvation and deliverance go hand in hand. When we see a person in need of change, we normally pray, and of course, that is the right thing to do. But we must also be ready to command every evil spirit, attacking the person, to leave.

When we speak commands against the evil spirits, we release God’s power for deliverance. Jesus is the Savior and the Deliverer, but we must not forget that He has chosen to act, through us.

08/16/2017

Spirit-soul-body – part 1

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 19:17

Man – three but still one

You could say that man, just like God, is three in one. You consist of spirit, soul and body but you are still one single person.

It can be expressed like this: You are a spirit, you have a soul and you live in a body.

Can the division of man, into spirit, soul and body, be found in the bible?

Yes, one example for that division can be found in 1 Thess. 5:23.

1 Thess. 5:23
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Isn’t the spirit and soul of man the same thing?

No, the bible talks about God’s Word being able to separate the spirit from the soul.

Heb. 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit …

If the soul and the spirit were the same, it wouldn’t be possible to separate them, would it?

Why is it important to understand that we are spirit, soul and body?

Since our spirit and our soul are two different parts, it is important that we know how to distinguish between them, and it is also important that we know how they work. It will, have significance when we look upon the question, ‘Can those who are saved have demons?’. It will also be important when we talk about the difference between being possessed, and being demonized.

The outer and the inner man

Finally in this post we want to look at another way to separate man, there is an outer and an inner man. Your body is your outer man, while your spirit and soul are your inner man.

08/14/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 288

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:27

Scripture:

Ps. 144:2
My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust …

Comment:

my high tower

The original text uses a word meaning ’being too high’. David says he is safe because of a position OVER the enemy. We have that position too. In the previous part we said that, spiritually seen, we are seated “in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6). Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father. It is not possible to go any higher, and there is no safer place.

Eph. 1:20-21
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

We need God’s protection from our enemies in the spiritual war, and at the same time we need to realize that we have a position of authority over the evil spiritual world. But, we also need God’s protection from ourselves. King David, who wrote Ps. 144, also wrote Ps. 61.

Ps. 61:2
… lead me to the rock that is higher than I

We must never enter into spiritual warfare in our own power and ability. We can be tempted to fight in the flesh, but there is no victory in that. The fight must be fought from a position far above our own ability, i.e. our position “in Christ Jesus”.

08/11/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 287

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 16:31

Scripture:

Ps. 144:2
My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust …

Comment:

my fortress

David called God his fortress. A fortress is a fortified building surrounded by walls, and we understand that David saw God as his protection.

David also talks about being surrounded and protected by God in Ps. 139.

Ps. 139:5
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.

When the attacks are coming against us, we can easily feel alone and abandoned, but spiritually we are surrounded by God. That doesn’t mean we are never attacked, but with God’s protection it is easier to handle the attacks.

Now, let’s have a look at another scripture which talks about God surrounding us.

Eph. 2:6
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

We, who have received Jesus into our lives, have been seated ”in Christ Jesus”. Jesus, who has been seated “far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion” (Eph. 1:20-21), is surrounding us. It is from that safe position that we are fighting.

08/09/2017

The authority of the believer – part 7

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 17:26

What should we do with our authority?

As a believer you have…

• the right to all that God has planned for you to have, and
• the right to be able to do all things God has planned for you to do
God wants to build you up to the point where you have access to all that God wants for you. At the same time there is a thief who wants to steal all this from you.

Joh 10:10
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: …

The thief, that is, the devil and his spirits, will do everything and anything to take from you the things that are rightfully yours. The list of what they want to steal from you is almost unending. Let’s mention three examples here:

• The enemy wants to steal your health, and at the same time make you believe that God wants you to be sick.
• The enemy wants to steal your economy, and make you believe that you don’t deserve better.
• The enemy wants to steal your relations with people, and make you blame yourself or others.

Jesus gives you authority to push away the enemy from your life, and He gives you the right to take back all that has been stolen. But not only that. He also gives you the authority to cast away the enemy from others in your surroundings, so that they too can be built up. Finally, Jesus also gives you authority to serve Him in the fullness of the calling he has given to you.

08/07/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 286

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:11

Scripture:

Ps. 144:2
My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust …

Comment:

In Ps. 144:1 David talked about God, who taught him to fight, and here he describes God even more in depth.

My goodness

In other scriptures the original word for ’goodness’ has been translated:

  • Mercy
  • Kindness
  • Lovingkindness
  • Goodliness

The Swedish bible from 1917, besides what is listed above, also translates the word as:

  • Glory
  • Love
  • Friendship

God has all the characteristics listed above, and many more. Unless we are firmly established in God being all that, i.e. that He is good and only good, we won’t have the right starting point for spiritual warfare. It is when we see God’s goodness that we can expose how evil the enemy is, and also understand God’s eagerness to set people free.

It is important that we remind ourselves about God’s goodness, but at the same time it is important that we realize that we are called to use the authority which has been given to us. It is from God’s unlimited goodness, mercy, kindness, lovingkindness, love, friendship and power, that we are able to fight in the right way.

08/04/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 285

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 15:00

Scripture:

Ps. 144:1
… Blessed be the LORD my strength …

(Swedish version: “… Blessed be the Lord, my rock …”)

Comment:

From a perspective of spiritual warfare, let’s have a look at some meanings of the Lord being a rock.

God doesn’t change. He is only good, and He only does the right thing

Deut. 32:4
He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

From the truth that God is constantly good, we get stability and security in our lives, and it will be much easier to realize that God isn’t behind our problems. The enemy is.

God is our refuge and our protection

Ps. 18:2
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

When we realize what a strong protection we have, the enemy cannot scare us as much as as he has before.

We stand on a rock, not on a quagmire

Ps. 40:2
He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

It is important that we walk on solid ground when making spiritual warfare, and in our entire walk with God.

When the church is built on the rock, it can handle the storms

Matt. 7:25
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

When Jesus is allowed to build the church, the attacks of the enemy cannot stop it.

08/02/2017

The authority of the believer – part 6

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School,Uncategorized — kellporten @ 22:10

What is our position of authority?

In the last post, we said that those who receive Jesus get a position of authority at the right hand of the Father. We will look a little closer at that later, but first we will look at Jesus’ position of authority.

Jesus’ position of authority

Jesus is sitting right now at the right hand of the Father.

Eph. 1:20
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

The fact that Jesus is sitting at the right hand of the Father means that He has a position over the evil spiritual world.

Eph. 1:21
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Our position of authority

In Ephesians, in the second chapter, we can read about OUR position.

Eph. 2:6
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

We live physically on earth, but our position of authority is in Jesus Christ at the right hand of the Father. Therefore, we, just like Jesus, have a position of authority over the evil spiritual world.

07/31/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 284

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 15:00

Scripture:

Ps. 144:1
A Psalm of David. Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

Comment:

The LORD is a man of war, and He wants to teach us to fight.

Exo. 15:3
The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.

Jesus, our Lord, is the King of kings, the shepherd, the slaughtered lamb, the healer, the deliverer, and much more. But, He is also a man of war, which many believers tend to forget.

Let’s have a look at some Scriptures that show us that God does fight:

Deut. 20:4
For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

Ps. 24:8
Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

Isa. 42:13
The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.

Jesus will return as a man of war.

Rev. 19:11
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth … make war.

The people of God need to get much more revelation about the spiritual war. God wants to teach us to fight in the right way against the enemy, i.e. the evil spiritual world (Eph. 6:12). He wants to teach us about the weapons we have been given, and how to use them.

2 Cor. 10:4
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds

There will be a time, and let’s hope it comes soon, when the people of God will fight willingly.

Ps. 110:3
Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power …

(Swedish version: “Your people will come willingly when you gather your army …”)

07/28/2017

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 283

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 15:00

Scripture:

Ps. 143:12
And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.

Comment:

… for I am thy servant

David served God and yet he suffered from attacks. We might think that being attacked is a sign of being out of God’s will. But, an attack many times can be proof that we are acting in the right way.

We must realize that serving God means we are going to be attacked. To serve God is not going to be a dance on roses, and we have not been promised it will be easy.

John 16:33
… In the world ye shall have tribulation …

Jesus didn’t promise the disciples a walk free from problems, but He encouraged them to be of good cheer anyhow. Let’s read on in John 16:33:

… but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Our service for God must not be based upon trying to avoid problems. It must be based on obedience to God in spite of the problems. Through obedience to His commands we become Jesus’ friends.

John 15:14
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

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