Spiritual Warfare: The World, the Flesh, the Devil & the Glory of God
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1. Why the World, Flesh, and Devil in Spiritual Warfare?
2. Principalities-Powers-Rulers of Darkness Wickedness
3. Battlefield of the Mind (Part I): Prepare Your Heart for War
4. Battlefield of the Mind (Part II): Spiritual Armor of God
5. Evil Angels Cohabitating with the Women of Genesis?
6. I Abhor the Devil and Don't Understand Why I Still Dance with Demons
7. The Dragon and the Sword of Praise in Spiritual Warfare
Post 1 Why the World Flesh and Devil in Spiritual Warfare
Spiritual Warfare and the "World"
The moment a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and receives God's Holy Spirit, that person is instantly and literally translated from the kingdom of darkness of this world into the kingdom of God's light by God's Holy Spirit of truth. The Apostle Paul describes this process as the "mystery" revealed, which is "Christ in you" the hope of glory.
Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated
us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Col 1:27 to whom God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
God rescued us from the power and bondage of the world, the flesh, the devil, and supernaturally. . . Continue reading
Post 2 - Principalities, Powers, World Rulers of Darkness, and Spiritual Wickedness in Spiritual Warfare
Our Spiritual Warfare is Against "Principalities, Powers, World Rulers of Darkness, and Spiritual Wickedness in High Places"
What are the meanings of these terms?
A special note: The purpose for this teaching is that we may begin to understand the goodness of God as opposed to the evilness of the devil. These two parameters are often blurred and confused, whereby evil is wrongfully attributed to God, the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Understanding the goodness of God is first and foremost in spiritual warfare, in order to build the kind of faith that will move mountains and fulfill God's promise of victory in our lives.
The Apostle Paul tells us to put on our spiritual armour because our battle in this world is a "spiritual" one. A warfare that involves the trickery and power of the devil, as opposed to a human battle. Even though human beings will certainly play a role in line with the schemes of the devil, they are being used by these entities for the purposes of accomplishing evil. Evil spirits are the true power behind those who oppose the things of God (knowingly or unknowingly). We read,. . . Continue Reading
Post 3 - Battlefield of the Mind 1 - Prepare Your Heart for War
Prepare Your Heart for Spiritual Warfare
The battlefield or realm in which our spiritual warfare takes place is in the mind of every believer in Christ. We wrestle, or strive and struggle in our minds against world systems, the flesh or the carnal nature, and the devil. The mind encompasses our thoughts (imagination, reasoning, and intellect) as well as our emotions and will. In all of these aspects lie the very heart of an individual. By our thoughts and feelings we determine our will and purpose for our lives. As Christians, we seek to live by the truth and power of God because they are our assurance of God's promised victory in each and every situation in life, and we are not ignorant of the reality of evil, and the destruction that surrounds our world on a daily basis. It is in this process that we will encounter a very real spiritual struggle in our thoughts, emotions and will because the adversary knows that these areas are directly related to. . . Continue Reading
Post 4 - Battlefield of the Mind 2 - The Spiritual Armor of God
"And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you,
that he may sift you as wheat.” (Luke 22:31)
The Spiritual Armor of God in Spiritual Warfare
When Christians make a commitment to trust their lives to the promises and power of God, they are still living in hostile territory that presently is under the influence and power of Satan, sin, and a fallen world. This leaves the Christian at a disadvantage, in which we are cautioned in God's Word to put on the whole spiritual armor of God, because like it or not, we are in spiritual warfare. As Paul has revealed to us, the true nature of this battle is against supernatural evil. The purpose of the armor of God is to equip us with the power of God, in order to stand against the evil schemes and deception of the devil, who has blinded the minds of those who believe not.
The power of God is released, as we utilize every piece of the armor of God against evil spirits, who are labeled by Paul as principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness on high. We are asked to prepare ourselves as soldiers in spiritual warfare, because as a forbearer of God's truth and power, Christians and God's work are targets of the devil for destruction. y eacute; 19786Chass y eacute; 911205e The intense hate of the devil, and his devil spirits against God's creation is unimaginable, but nonetheless real, he is cruel and merciless; however, he cannot defeat God, and therefore he uses trickery and deception to defeat believers, or draw them into vulnerable positions. Some of these positions are: fear, doubt, confusion, condemnation, temptation through pressure or pleasure, spiritual blindness, pride, affliction or persecution, intended to frustrate the purposes of God through His people. He is cunning and attempts to oppress us in our weakest areas (through our thought life or other people and circumstances), in which the "unaware" are led into chains of depression and other forms of bondage.
The Apostle Paul tells us that we actually wrestle against these forces of evil; Many times we will find ourselves in a literal struggle from within and without, described by Paul as hand to hand combat (direct contact) in order to overcome them. However, this wrestling is spiritual, in which the devil and his demons will take many forms in order to attack or distract us in our thought life, and disarm our faith and the power of God. If we believe their lies, then they succeed in gaining their foothold. The devil and his evil spirits have the power to manipulate the realms of the world and the flesh, in an attempt to obstruct God's truth. God has not left us defenseless, and as we will see, He has provided us with a greater power, providing everything we need to stand.
Let's take a look at our Christian manual on spiritual warfare, and the Apostle Peter's conflict with the forces of darkness. Continue Reading
Post 5 - Evil Angels Cohabitating with the Women of Genesis?
Are the "sons of God" in Genesis 6 fallen angels?
Since it is God's light that dispels the darkness,
then as part of our spiritual warfare it is important to work through even some of the most controversial
and difficult Scriptures, at least to the best of our ability. Otherwise, we can easily
be misled and mislead others into superstitions and other false beliefs of spiritual consequence. For example,
if we believe that God sends evil spirits to afflict His people in order that they may grow spiritually, then
why resist the devil since it is God's will? If we believe that everything that happens to us is God's
will, then why pray for deliverance since it is God's will? When we reflect on these ideas, we begin to
realize the implications and significance of fastening the belt of truth, as we know, the devil's greatest weapon
A main reason for publishing this post is to dispel any fear
or sensationalism that fallen angels have or ever had the power to cohabitate with women and propagate
a freak offspring of part divine and part human entities, as some believe, the fallen angels' offspring
being labeled as "giants" in the book of Genesis.
A second reason for writing this post is to avoid chasing the wind in our quest to find answers as we attempt to gain an understanding of God's truth about our world and the problem of good and evil. God tells us . . Continue Reading
Post 6 - A Response to "I abhor the devil and don't understand why I still dance with demons. Pray for me!
Abiding Under the Shadow of the Almighty in Spiritual Warfare.
Perhaps there are some of you who are struggling with the same
issue as part of your personal spiritual warfare; therefore, I decided to publish a personal experience I
had years back. I hope that by sharing this experience, those who are struggling in these areas will make
a decision to jump off the fence onto the side of the Lord. I would think that some of us may find ourselves
dancing with devils because we are still holding on to or trusting in the arm of the flesh. The flesh I'm
speaking of is the fallen nature that we all have to deal with as Christians. The
flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh and this is a very real struggle
and a part of our daily spiritual warfare. If you are concerned about your spiritual condition,
then the Lord is working in your heart and is drawing you to Him. Listen to the sweet voice of the Lord Who said,
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."
I am going to share an experience I had some years ago as part of an outreach for Christ. Through this Christian program of dedicating a year for Christ, I relocated to another state for that year and shared a room with another Christian female. One night she was sitting up in her bed reading a book as I fell into a deep sleep. Soon after, my sleep was abruptly interrupted by an overwhelming presence of evil and heavy oppression that I could not speak or lift myself up from my bed. I was now aware of my friend still sitting up in her bed, however she was unable to assist me in my struggle. This evil spirit had a message for me and vehemently uttered the words "I HATE YOU!" So intense was its hate that I could never do this moment justice in an imitation of this experience, but I understood without a doubt the entity's hate for God and His people. Struggling for a few seconds more and. . . Continue Reading
Post 7 - The Dragon and the Sword of Praise in Spirtiual Warfare
The Power of Praise in Spiritual Warfare
Psalm 149: 5-6,
"Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand."
The Main purpose for writing this post is to emphasize the power of praise in spiritual warfare, an expression of one of the highest forms of faith, prayer, and worship, and described in God's Word as a "two-edged sword" for the saint.
The best way for me to demonstrate the power of praise in the believer is by sharing my own experience,
which in a moment of praise, opened the floodgates of heaven and delivered me out of trouble. We can often feel abandoned
in this life and question our faith in the love of God as we witness the exercise of evil in the world. However, what I
hope to be a major source of encouragement to the readers of this post is to share my glimpse into the heart and glory of
God and to say "yes" as believers, we are seated in the heavenlies with Christ.
Secondly, there are those who have an affinity towards Christ, but struggle to understand how sin is a part of their human nature and for this reason put off their decision for Christ. I believe this post will also help to answer that question.
The setting from which my story emerges begins at my workplace. An occult group began to surface and grow, and I believe their practices opened a porthole of negative influences for the powers of darkness to operate. For example, there were reports of strange animal behaviors toward some of the workers. Even a casual mention of the “blood of Jesus” caused an unnatural reaction in some of the occult members. Although it is not unusual to hear about daily tragedies, loss of life, and sickness, however these seemed to increase in frequency for those associated with this workplace, as well as in-house fighting and backstabbing. Coincidence? Perhaps! However, it was under these circumstances that led to one of the greatest spiritual battles of my life, but also to the greatest experience of the love, faithfulness, power, and glory of God! The events I am about to share transpired.
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