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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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04/25/2018

The man with a legion – part 1

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 20:17

Where in the bible can we read about Jesus delivering the man with a legion?

We can read about it in:

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

What is the story in a nutshell?

Jesus came by boat to an area south east of the lake of Galilee. There a possessed man came against him, and Jesus commanded the evil spirits to leave the man. The spirits left and entered into a herd of swine that immediately threw themselves into the lake and drowned.

Another way to put it is, Jesus went to see a man who had a calling from God. The evil spirits had been successful so far in perverting his calling, but when Jesus delivered him, he was totally set free and began his ministry for God.

Why does Matthew mention two possessed, while Mark and Luke mention one?

Mark 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,

Matt. 8:28 (KJV)
And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

(The NKJV says “two possessed men” but the word “men” is not in the original text)

There is a theory, about the difference between Matthew’s story and the stories of Mark and Luke, based on whether they acknowledged women and children or not. Matthew not only acknowledged men, but he also wrote about women and children. Mark and Luke didn’t do that. Let’s take the story about Jesus feeding 5,000 as an example.

Mark 6:44
Now those who had eaten the loaves were about five thousand men.

Matt. 14:21
Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Now, let’s get back to the question why Matthew talks about two possessed. Notice that he says “two possessed”, not “two possessed men”. It might be that the two possessed were a man and a woman.
To make it simple, we will just talk about a man.

04/23/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 357

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:09

Scripture:

Ps. 148:2
Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

Comment:

There are many who believe in angels, but how they relate to angels can vary.

Let’s see what Heb. 1:14 says about angels:

Heb. 1:14
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

Angels are spirits, created by God. They are NOT deceased people, neither dead children, nor dead adults.

The angels have a holy ministry. They will always act in pureness, and according to the Word of God.

The angels are SENT, by God. In other words, we cannot command them to do whatever we want.

The angels are sent to minister to us, and to fight for us. We are not alone in the battle. The Lord and His angel armies are there with us.

04/20/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 356

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 17:58

Scripture:

Ps. 148:1
Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

Comment:

The Hebrew word for praise, in Ps 148:1, is ‘halal’. We have talked about halal before, in parts 312 and 338, and we suggest you read them again (click on the links to go there).

In this part we will talk about our spiritual position. We read that the Lord shall be praised from “the heavens”. That, of course, can mean that the Lord is worshipped in front of His throne in heaven, where worship takes place all the time, but we can also praise the Lord from our spiritual position.

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

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:

Jesus has a position, at the right hand of the Father, far above the evil spiritual world, and you, who have received Jesus as your Saviour, have your spiritual position in Him.

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

Let’s also read from the English Standard Version (ESV):

and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

So when Ps. 148:1 says, “Praise ye the LORD from the heavens”, we might interpret it as we should praise Him from our spiritual position. In that position we are sitting far above the evil spiritual world, and far above all our bad circumstances. It is from that position we make spiritual warfare.

04/18/2018

Satan – part 4

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 09:31

How should we deal with Satan?

The bible tells us to resist him.

Jam. 4:7
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

What position of authority do we, as Christians, have towards Satan?

Every believer has authority over Satan.

Rev. 12:11
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony …

Can Satan cause a problem where there is no solution?

No, Satan cannot cause a problem that our Supreme Commander has not prepared a solution for. We will be able to resist Satan and make him flee.

1 Pet. 5:9
Resist him …

Jam. 4:7
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

What breaks down the power of Satan?

• The blood of the Lamb – Rev. 12:11
• The word of their testimony – Rev. 12:11
• The Holy Spirit in us – 1 John 4:4
• Our faith – 1 John 5:5
• Preaching an teaching – Acts 26:18

Can we bind Satan?

No, God has planned that an angel shall bind Satan at the beginning of the Millennium. But, we can command him to flee.

Matt. 4:10
Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! …

Where will Satan end up?

He will be cast into the lake of fire.

Rev. 20:10
The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

04/16/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 355

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 15:13

Scripture:

Ps. 147:15
He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.

Comment:

When God wants to do something here on earth, He speaks a command. That command is transmitted to us, the believers, by the Holy Spirit. It is then up to us to speak the command, and when we do, God’s action is released.

Isa. 55:10-11
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

The word that goes forth out of God’s mouth shall not return in vain. It will accomplish what God has sent it to do. But, how does God’s word return to Him? It returns when we speak it.

What happens if we don’t speak God’s commands? The answer is, His action is not released on earth. Isn’t God able to make His will happen without our cooperation? Yes He is, but He has chosen to use us.

God doesn’t want the evil spirits to be free to harass and deceive people. He wants them to be bound. That happens when we believers, inspired by the Holy Spirit, command the evil spirits to be bound. If we don’t speak, the evil spirits will remain free. Thus, it is very important, when God sends His commands, that we speak it out quickly.

04/13/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 354

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 18:10

Scripture:

Ps. 147:11
The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him …

Comment:

What does it mean to fear the Lord? It means living in reverence and respect for Him. But, it also means that we do as He says. We cannot live in reverence, and rebellion at the same time.

The enemy knows the Word of God very well, and he tempts us to walk in a way opposite to the one that God has planned for us. His reasons to keep us from fearing God are many.

First, the enemy doesn’t want God to rejoice. God rejoices when we fear Him, so the enemy tempts us into rebellion.

The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him …

Second, fear of God makes a way for us to receive revelation from God. Since the enemy wants to deceive us, he of course, wants to prevent us from receiving God’s guidance.

Ps. 25:12
What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

Third, fear of God means protection, and the enemy wants to sabotage it.

Ps. 34:7
The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

Finally, lets state that fear of God doesn’t mean to be afraid of Him, but to love Him.

1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

04/12/2018

Thought for the Day

Filed under: Thought for the Day — kellporten @ 14:42

Don’t speak about the limitations you see. Don’t speak about the impossibilities you hear people talk about. Don’t speak about the thoughts of unbelief in your mind. Speak about God and His ability!

04/11/2018

Satan – part 3

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 13:12

How is Satan able to use people?

Satan gets control over people because of their choices, their habits and their desires. He uses people’s sin, disobedience, rebellion, selfish nature, and especially unforgiveness, that really opens people up for the enemy.
He is a liar and deceiver, and he uses fraud to have his way.

Does Satan know the future?

Satan knows the bible and its prophecies, and because of that knowledge he knows part of the future. He can also forecast what will happen in the future by what has happened in the past. People can see trends, and so can Satan.

There are invisible evil spirits everywhere, and they gather information that is not available for the general public. Take for instance a person who speculates on the stock market. He can consult a medium in order to know what stocks he should buy. The medium contacts the evil spiritual world, and the spirits who oversee the stock market, companies, and banks will give information about what is said and done in those places. Then the man who received information from the medium might think he has received a revelation about the future.

How much knowledge does Satan have?

Satan has a limited knowledge. He doesn’t fully know what people will say or how they will act, and he cannot read their thoughts. He is also unable to understand tongues.

1 Cor. 14:2
For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

Where is Satan now?

Let’s begin with stating where he is not:

– Satan is not in God’s heaven (he has been cast out)
– Satan is not in hell

Satan rules from the second heaven, and he moves around on earth.

Can Satan be everywhere at the same time?

No, he can only be at one place at a time, which makes him dependent on the demons. Because of his limitation we are seldom confronted by Satan himself.

04/09/2018

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Psalms – 353

Scripture:

Ps. 147:7
Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God:

Comment:

In this teaching series we have talked many times about the importance of worship. BUT, we can never talk about it enough.

So, what is worship? Does it mean to sing in harmony in a choir, or to sing in the bathroom? Both can be worship, and there are also many other ways to worship. However, there is a criterion for genuine worship. Genuine worship needs to come from the heart.

It is a blessing to have a beautiful singing voice, but there are those people who don’t think they can sing. Many have, for different reasons, stopped singing and no longer attend the worship meetings. The tragic truth is, their decision is based on wrong thinking. They base it on how they sound to themselves and others, instead of what is taking place in the spiritual world.

In one of her books, Corrie Ten Boom tells the story about a church which had a worship leader who was not very musical, but his heart burnt for praising God. One day the church got a new worship leader, who was very skilled in music. The members of the church learned how to sing in harmony in a choir, and they thought they really were making progress. Now, every Christmas the church used to have a special worship meeting. But this time, the day after their worship meeting, the overseer was visited by an angel. The angel asked why they hadn’t had a worship meeting. The overseer protested and said that they had had such a meeting, and it had been even better than before. Then the angel said, “We heard nothing in heaven!”

True worship is not about how it sounds to us, but whether or not, it is heard in heaven. It is the attitude of your heart that is heard in heaven. Therefore, you who think you can’t sing, now it is time for you to open your mouth, and be heard in heaven.

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