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07/18/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 228

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Scripture:

Prov. 26:2
Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, So a curse without cause shall not alight.

Comment:

Many argue that Prov. 26:2 should be interpreted to mean that Christians will not suffer from curses, provided that they do not commit any graven sin. But the experience of many believers is that they have been affected by a curse.

Why do Christians suffer from curses?

Prov. 26:2 says that a curse “without cause” shall not alight. Therefore we need to find out the causes for a curse.

One reason for a curse is sin, and who is living a life totally free from sin?

1 John 1:8
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

In order for us not to open the door for curses to enter we need to recognize and quickly confess our sins before God.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Jesus gives us the authority over all the power of the enemy

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Jesus gives us the authority over all the power of the enemy. When we use that authority, Jesus promises us that nothing shall hurt us. However, what happens if we do not use the authority?

Prov. 26:2
Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, So a curse without cause shall not alight.

If we do not use the authority that Jesus has given us, i.e. if we don’t resist the enemy, we will not be protected from the curses. When we are disobedient to Jesus, we have to take the consequence. It’s time for us to repent and take spiritual warfare very seriously. Then there will be a protection from curses.

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07/11/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 226

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Scripture:

Prov. 25:26
A righteous man who falters before the wicked Is like a murky spring and a polluted well.

Comment:

As believers we should never give in to the evil spiritual world.

The scripture talks about ”a righteous man”. If you have received Jesus as your Savior, you have also received His righteousness. At the same time you have received the Holy Spirit, and He is described as rivers of living water.

John 7:38-39
38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive …

The flow of the Holy Spirit within us is healthy and life-giving, and it’s supposed to flow from us to the people around us. Of course, it is God’s will that there should only be the Holy Spirit’s water and nothing else flowing out from us, but if we compromise with the attacks of the evil spirit world, we can also become channels for the evil. As believers, we can therefore be channels for both the Holy Spirit and the enemy. Then we run the risk of becoming murky springs.

We should never compromise with the evil spiritual world. Jesus has given us the authority to command the evil spirits attacking us, or others in our environment, to back off.

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give you the authority … over all the power of the enemy …

Use the authority that has been given to you, otherwise you compromise with the enemy. God, who wants to make you His uncompromising tool for people to be saved, healed and restored, wants you to be a clean spring, a flow of living water.

06/02/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 216

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Scripture:

Prov. 24:16
… the wicked shall fall by calamity.

Comment:

In this teaching series, we have chosen to interpret the “wicked” as evil spirits. Of course, there are other interpretations, but here we see the text from the perspective of spiritual warfare.

Are you used to thinking that the evil spirits shall fall, or are you focused on how successful the spirits are that torment us? Many believers don’t think about evil spirits at all, but those who are aware that they exist are probably focused on how “strong” and “dangerous” evil spirits are. The question is: Are they strong and dangerous? The answer is: Both Yes and No. Evil spirits can harm people, but not in every case. Let us look at some examples.

  • Evil spirits can easily hurt those who are not saved. It is only when we receive Jesus that we are able to resist them.
  • Evil spirits can harm us when we are saved, if we choose to live in sin and don’t repent.
  • Evil spirits can harm us when we are saved if we don’t use our authority and drive them away.

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Jesus has given us the power to resist the enemy totally. When we fully use that power, the enemy will not be able to harm us.

Now let us go back to Prov. 24:16. It says that the wicked falls when calamity comes. What makes the evil spirits fall?

  • First, the evil spirits will fall and be cast into the Lake of fire when Jesus returns.
  • Second, every believer who walks with Jesus, and who uses his authority over the evil spirits can make them fall.

We need to become accustomed to the idea that we are dangerous for the evil spirits. We are called to make them fall.

05/23/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 214

Scripture:

Prov. 24:12
If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?

Comment:

Prov. 24:12, shows us that we cannot claim ignorance, and it is connected to verse 11.

Prov. 24:11
Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.

Ignorance, of the importance of spiritual warfare in order to rescue people in our surroundings, is no excuse before God. For those who are willing to see the truth, the Bible is full of information on spiritual warfare. We read about how Jesus went about setting people free who were demonized. He did this to set them free, and as an example for us to follow. Let us look at some Bible passages that clearly show that we are supposed to take the battle against the enemy:

Mark 16:17
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

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

1 Peter 5:8-9
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

It is time for the body of Christ to wake up for the responsibility to make the enemy flee and thereby set people free.

04/04/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 202

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Scripture:

Prov. 22:3 (NIV)
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

Comment:

The prudent see danger

It is wise to see that we are in a spiritual battle. We do not choose to be in the battle, but we are whether we like it or not. It is a battle between two spiritual kingdoms. We, as believers, belong to the Kingdom of God and since the kingdom of darkness fights against the Kingdom of God, we automatically get involved in the battle. That is very important for us to realize.

The prudent see danger and take refuge

Seeking refuge in the spiritual battle does not mean avoiding the fight. It’s not about trying to hide from the enemy, and hope he doesn’t see us. We are being sheltered when we use the weapons that God has given us. We have been given the authority to command the enemy to back off, and the more we use that authority, the more sheltered we become.

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

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Jesus’ promise, that nothing will hurt us, is linked to the fact that he has given us the power to resist all the power of the enemy.

the simple keep going and pay the penalty

It is very unwise to ignore spiritual warfare. If we, as Christians, proceed without using the authority that has been given to us, we are taking a serious risk. We have a ruthless enemy who can only be stopped by the power of the Holy Spirit released through us, the believers.

03/28/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 200

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Scripture:

Prov. 21:30 (NIV)
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.

Comment:

Sometimes we hear believers, even spiritual leaders, warning people not to make warfare against the evil spiritual world. They argue that the forces we challenge are too strong. It’s probably out of the best of intentions that they warn, but it is actually a real disservice. The effect of the alerts is that too often people choose not to fight at all, and the result is that the evil spirits are free to continue to attack.

Can the evil spiritual world overpower us? The answer is: Yes and No. Yes, the enemy can overpower us, if we are fighting in our own strength, and No, the enemy can’t overpower us, if we fight on behalf of God.

Prov. 21:30 clearly shows how totally superior God is compared to the enemy. However wise the enemy may act, and however the evil spirits may cooperate in battle, they don’t have a chance against the Lord.

It would be both foolish and harmful to fight in our own strength, and without God’s guidance, but why would we want to? We have the Holy Spirit, the strongest power of the universe, within us.

Eph. 1:19 (AMP)
… the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe …

That power is given to us by Jesus in order to resist the enemy. With that power we can overcome not only single demons, but all the power of the enemy.

Luke 10:19 (NIV)
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

02/28/2014

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 194

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Scripture:

Prov. 20:18
… By wise counsel wage war.

Comment:

Spiritual warfare is no game. Our enemy has had thousands of years of practice to deceive people. We cannot deal with such opponents, with our own power and ability. But, Jesus has already won the victory. Therefore, we are not fighting for the victory, but from the victory.

Jesus, who has won the victory, has given us authority over all the power of the enemy.

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

The fact that we have authority is one thing. How we use it is another thing. We are not supposed to fight the way we think we should. We need the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

John 16:7
Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

Jesus, our Supreme Commander, has sent the Helper, the Holy Spirit, to us. He will help us fight in the right way. As long as we listen to Him, and follow His instructions, we will be His tools to defeat the enemy. But, if we choose our own way, we risk being defeated.

12/27/2013

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 178

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Scripture:

Prov. 18:21
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Comment:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue

Do we really understand how much power there is in our words? What we say has the power to release death or life.

Jesus has given us authority, power, over all the power of the enemy.

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

So how do we release the power that God has given us? We do it by speaking words.

Ps. 8:2
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

those who love it will eat its fruit

What kind of fruit do you want from the words you speak? You want to see good fruit, don’t you? What it takes is, you have to speak words inspired by the Holy Spirit. Those words set people free and will make the enemy flee.

11/30/2012

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 81

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare in Proverbs — kellporten @ 15:06
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Scripture:

Prov. 12:7
… the house of the righteous will stand

Comment:

God has meant our homes to be safe and strong. Yet we see families being split, and family members being hurt. The reasons are many, but we need to see who is behind the problems.

John 10:10
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy …

The enemy tries to destroy whatever he can, even our homes and families. You might wonder why God allows it? The answer is, God has given us, the believers, the authority to drive away the enemy. We are not defenseless.

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give you the authority … over all the power of the enemy …

God has given us the authority to drive away the enemy from our homes and families. The question is, do we use the authority? We have received authority to command evil spirits to leave, but God doesn’t force us to use it. It is up to us to decide whether to use the solution that God has given to us, or to allow the enemy to continue his harassments.

04/20/2012

Spiritual Warfare in the Book of Proverbs – part 20

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Scripture:

Prov. 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Comment:

To trust in the Lord is always very important. Trusting in the Lord, is faith, and without faith, we can’t get born again, or be sanctified, and we can’t be winners in the spiritual battle.

The enemy often attacks our mind, by coming with thoughts and arguments, so we should not make spiritual warfare. He does this in many different ways, and we will give you a few examples.

  • The enemy can utilize other’s overactions and mistakes when it comes to spiritual warfare, and “help” us be “reasonable”.
  • The enemy can also make us start doubting if anything really does happen when we command the evil spirits to leave. Sometimes it feels like we are hitting in the air.
  • The enemy can also try to make us considerate. “Surely you can’t tell a person that evil spirits are behind his problems? That person might be offended!”

Let’s go back and talk about trusting in the Lord. We need to put His Word before our “wise” thoughts. This is a necessary choice that we have to make.

When Jesus says …

  • “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils …” (Mark 16:17)
  • “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)

… we need to trust that Jesus knows what He is talking about.

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