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Great posts everyone! Very informational and encouraging! These posts were just what I needed right now. Thank you so much and God Bless you.

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i have dealt with the dark side for a good part of my life. I would disagree that any of the authority was given back to us that Satan managed to get in this world. We as humans have no authority in the spiritual realm whatsoever and everyone who attempts to enter that realm and fight will learn that lesson very quickly. The only authority or power that we can effect comes directly from the Holy Spirit, and that's not something to take lightly. A true Christian who is in step with the Holy Spirit has no fear from the spirit world at all, but the devil sometimes can convince your neighbor that you need your backside kicked physically.

Long story short from my perspective is that if the Holy Spirit is not directing you to interfere in the Spirit world, you should not be involved......... If he is not directing you to deal with the Spirit world you might want to find out why. Hope that makes sense....... I'm on antihistamines..

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That's a good post Other One.......I would add to it by saying that those of us who have had to fight the demonic have most likely had no choice

We all should put on the armor of God (Ephesians) and spiritual warfare is likened to a wrestling match in Ephesisans...and that is NOT the same as

a sucker punch and your opponent goes down........it is continual

I would not advise anyone to go poking around in that world......if you think you have the devil by the horns, he has already run you through

Even the angel said "The Lord rebuke you!"...as Other One said, we do not have power other than through the Spirit of God

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Before I start with Spiritual Warfare, I need to lay down some Biblical Context:

We will start in Genesis:

Genesis 1:26-30(NASB)(emphasis mine)

26Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

27God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

28God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

29Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;

30and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food"; and it was so.

So what is the point I want to make in this passage? God gave Adam and Eve delegated authority to rule over the Earth. We all know how this story ends, the devil comes in the form of a serpent and Adam and Eve eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and they fall because of sin. The devil had no authority over the Earth before the fall. So how did he get his authority?

When Adam and Eve came into agreement with the devil’s assessment of reality, they sinned. And because there was no atonement for sin at the time, they were separated from God and their agreement with the devil essentially handed over their delegated authority over the Earth to the devil.(John 12:31, John 14:30, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Matthew 4:8-10)

Next I will give some basic groundwork to what spiritual warfare is.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5(NASB)(emphasis mine)

3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,

4for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

5We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

So according 2 Corinthians spiritual battles happen in our mind and thought life. Why is this the case?

In Matthew 4:8-10 Jesus is tempted by the devil, as the devil offers Jesus all of the kingdoms of the world if he bows down to him and worships him. The devil still had the authority and rulership over the Earth from Adam and Eve. But after the resurrection of Jesus, He says to His disciples in Matthew 28:18 "...All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me

If Jesus now has “all authority” over the Earth, this means that the devil now has no authority. Jesus took back Adam and Eve’s authority from Satan. He was able to do this because their sin was now completely atoned for.

So the question you probably have now is: “How then is the devil able to do so much evil on the Earth?”

The question to ask is: How did the devil gain authority in the Garden of Eden?

He hasn’t changed his strategy at all. Look at 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 again. The battle is in our mind. The weapons formed against us are thoughts and speculations that exalt themselves above the knowledge of God. Why are these weapons used? Because the devil needs your agreement in what he wants to do before he has authority to do it. Jesus gave back authority over the Earth to humans. Before Jesus dies on the cross He states the following to His disciples:

Matthew 16:19(NASB)

19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

So the devil is able to steal, kill, and destroy when humans come into agreement with what he says(thoughts, emotions manifested from thoughts).

This is what 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 is talking about when it says the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. The fortresses that it is referring to are areas in our thought life that we are in agreement with the devil. The devil builds on your current agreements with him, to bring in more deception into your life. Essentially the agreement with the devil(fortress) is a place where he can hide in your life and have authority in that area of your life. This fortress is what the enemy hides behind to assault you with more lies, to try to gain more ground in your life.

So to review: The devil is only able to operate on the Earth through human agreement.

So what does this mean?

The devil is only able to operate in your life through your agreements with his lies, and the agreement of lies that the people in authority over you believe(ie: parents, teachers, government authorities).

This is why it is so important to constantly be studying and filling your heart and mind with the Word of God. The Word of God is what reveals deceptions you are believing, that allow the enemy into your life, and the lives of those under you.

Hebrews 4:12(NASB)(emphasis mine)

12For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

For this to work though, you need to be born again and filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s help is a necessity in understanding the Bible and to know how it applies to everyday life.

The current situation we face is having a whole world of people where most people are not born again, and the devil is able to wreak havoc over the Earth because people are constantly in agreement with him. But God has given believers the keys to His kingdom. God’s Kingdom is superior to this kingdom(the Earth), and Jesus tells us to model our prayer like this:

Matthew 6:9-10(NASB)(emphasis mine)

9"Pray, then, in this way:

'Our Father who is in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

10'Your kingdom come

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

So then we are to bring the dominion of God’s Kingdom to Earth(God’s government/way of doing things), whether it be through the salvation of others, loving the unlovable, giving all of your possessions, or worshiping Him through praise. In the words of Matthew 6, His "...Kingdom Come...Will be done...On Earth As it is in Heaven." So if it is happening in heaven it should be happening here. If it is not happening in heaven it shouldn't be happening here. When God’s kingdom is brought to Earth it enforces what Jesus did on the cross and destroys the work of the devil in our lives, and in the lives of others. Spiritual warfare cannot be won by human strength as 2 Corinthians 10 tells us, but as indicated, only by divinely powerful weapons. And we have no divinely powerful weapons by ourselves. But we do have God's Word; whether it is from the Bible, something God has spoken to you recently, or something God told you before. God always backs up His Word with the resources of His superior Kingdom. But just reciting God's word isn't enough!

His Word Becoming Who We Are:

When we read the Bible, have relationship with Him through prayer(conversation), and meditate on what He has said or is saying, it opens our hearts to receive His Word and Truth. Truth that we only believe conceptually or intellectually will falter when tested. But Truth that has become a part of us deep down in our core, our very being, and heart can never be shaken. This is why we are not only supposed to hear and read the Word but receive it implanted into our hearts(James 1:21). And as James 1 describes the Word of God given to us will be tested but proven true to us by experience through perseverance in the testing trial. Once we have God's Word truly implanted in us, because it has proven to be true under testing and trial, no argument, emotion, or lofty thing will ever be able to get us to doubt what God has said. And we are then able to stand firm, in boldness, and in confidence against the devil's lies. When we are able to fully believe God's Word deep in our very being, we are finally actually fully capable to "Submit...to God" which is when God uses His divinely powerful weapons, giving us what we need to "Resist the devil" causing him to "flee from you"(James 4:7) Until we truly believe what God has said and have the faith to believe it, it is impossible to submit to God(specifically submitting to what He has said to us). As Hebrews 11:6 says it is impossible to please God without faith.

God brings every believer through this process for our benefit, that His Word would literally become a part of us, so that we would become the walking Word of God. God's plan is that we would literally become the image of the Living God. The devil has no weapon that works against this kind of believer.

Blessings,

Machew

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... If he is not directing you to deal with the Spirit world you might want to find out why. ...

I didn't take the OP as offensively battling demons, but rather as daily living. How many thoughts run through our minds that do not line up with God? (Fears, discouragements, accusatory thoughts towards the brethren, temptations, etc.)

I believe this is what the OP was tackling.

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good post!

I find it strange alot of Christians don't believe the devil is a real person, that his abilities to manifest inside a human as we see in the actions of Judas, conspiring with the Pharisees to betray Jesus (they had no idea the were making a deal with the devil himself)

or satans ability to manifest himself as an angel of light (possibly what Joseph Smith experienced)

or as a talking snake in the garden of Eden, we see demons entering pigs and people

yet to alot of Christians, they have this notion that demon possesed people all act like the girl portayed in the movie "The Exorcist"

and that their heads spin around and are spewing projectile vomit

when in reality we see satan entering Judas and he calmly makes a deal with men who should of been able to discern such an evil presense as the devil himself, yet they are completely unaware who they are dealing with

much like the man in the synogog with the evil spirit who Jesus cast out, Its plainly seen that only Jesus was able to see this man was not alone in his spirit

my point is that demon possessed and people with evil spirits can walk amongst us, work with us, have jobs in high positions, even high governmental jobs, and nobody would be the wiser

personally I think this kind of thing has always been going on from the days we see king Saul being led by an evil spirit to pin David to the wall

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The hardest thing to grasp seems to be that the devil's main tool is deception. and after that seduction (not necessarily meaning sexual)

Both deception & seduction are ongoing processes that require participation and an interest by the one under the influence of demonic 'teaching' spirits

I don't know how many times we read in scripture of people being deceived......began in the garden with Eve and has only gained momentum

The problem with deception, is that those who are (deceived) will very often not put their false gods and wrong teaching under the strong light of truth and the Holy Spirit

There is no protection for people who insist on doing their own thing, following after signs and wonders (which will be the trademark of the anti-Christ) and oohing and ahhing

after anything they 'think' is supernatural...

BTW, demon possession is not the correct translation from what I understand in studying the subject and reading about it...it is actually the person having the demon and not the

demon having the person..which makes perfect sense when you think about it...Christians are not possessed yet I believe that they absolutely do have demons and need to

deal with it...and I realize that makes some people rather angry but until I admitted my own need, years ago, I could not understand why the devil had so much ground in my life

Today, after living through one very large and several smaller paradigm shifts, I proceed with caution and can only advise anyone else who enters into the spiritual realm via

praying in tongues or like gifts, to be wary and exercise discernment.

The devil (and his demons) comes as an angel of light after all. If he showed up with an ugly face and cursing God, there would be no problem...but he quotes and distorts

scripture and gives lying dreams and visions because he knows that people like that sort of thing....so, if you don't understand what the devil is capable of, and you think

that God would not allow such things because you are a Christian, then, you are off guard and have your door open so to speak

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Before I start with Spiritual Warfare, I need to lay down some Biblical Context:

We will start in Genesis:

Genesis 1:26-30(NASB)(emphasis mine)

26Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

27God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

28God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

29Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;

30and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food"; and it was so.

So what is the point I want to make in this passage? God gave Adam and Eve delegated authority to rule over the Earth. We all know how this story ends, the devil comes in the form of a serpent and Adam and Eve eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and they fall because of sin. The devil had no authority over the Earth before the fall. So how did he get his authority?

When Adam and Eve came into agreement with the devil’s assessment of reality, they sinned. And because there was no atonement for sin at the time, they were separated from God and their agreement with the devil essentially handed over their delegated authority over the Earth to the devil.(John 12:31, John 14:30, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Matthew 4:8-10)

Next I will give some basic groundwork to what spiritual warfare is.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5(NASB)(emphasis mine)

3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,

4for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.

5We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

So according 2 Corinthians spiritual battles happen in our mind and thought life. Why is this the case?

In Matthew 4:8-10 Jesus is tempted by the devil, as the devil offers Jesus all of the kingdoms of the world if he bows down to him and worships him. The devil still had the authority and rulership over the Earth from Adam and Eve. But after the resurrection of Jesus, He says to His disciples in Matthew 28:18 "...All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me

If Jesus now has “all authority” over the Earth, this means that the devil now has no authority. Jesus took back Adam and Eve’s authority from Satan. He was able to do this because their sin was now completely atoned for.

So the question you probably have now is: “How then is the devil able to do so much evil on the Earth?”

The question to ask is: How did the devil gain authority in the Garden of Eden?

He hasn’t changed his strategy at all. Look at 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 again. The battle is in our mind. The weapons formed against us are thoughts and speculations that exalt themselves above the knowledge of God. Why are these weapons used? Because the devil needs your agreement in what he wants to do before he has authority to do it. Jesus gave back authority over the Earth to humans. Before Jesus dies on the cross He states the following to His disciples:

Matthew 16:19(NASB)

19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."

So the devil is able to steal, kill, and destroy when humans come into agreement with what he says(thoughts, emotions manifested from thoughts).

This is what 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 is talking about when it says the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. The fortresses that it is referring to are areas in our thought life that we are in agreement with the devil. The devil builds on your current agreements with him, to bring in more deception into your life. Essentially the agreement with the devil(fortress) is a place where he can hide in your life and have authority in that area of your life. This fortress is what the enemy hides behind to assault you with more lies, to try to gain more ground in your life.

So to review: The devil is only able to operate on the Earth through human agreement.

So what does this mean?

The devil is only able to operate in your life through your agreements with his lies, and the agreement of lies that the people in authority over you believe(ie: parents, teachers, government authorities).

This is why it is so important to constantly be studying and filling your heart and mind with the Word of God. The Word of God is what reveals deceptions you are believing, that allow the enemy into your life, and the lives of those under you.

Hebrews 4:12(NASB)(emphasis mine)

12For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

For this to work though, you need to be born again and filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s help is a necessity in understanding the Bible and to know how it applies to everyday life.

The current situation we face is having a whole world of people where most people are not born again, and the devil is able to wreak havoc over the Earth because people are constantly in agreement with him. But God has given believers the keys to His kingdom. God’s Kingdom is superior to this kingdom(the Earth), and Jesus tells us to model our prayer like this:

Matthew 6:9-10(NASB)(emphasis mine)

9"Pray, then, in this way:

'Our Father who is in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.

10'Your kingdom come

Your will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

So then we are to bring the dominion of God’s Kingdom to Earth(God’s government/way of doing things), whether it be through the salvation of others, loving the unlovable, giving all of your possessions, or worshiping Him through praise. In the words of Matthew 6, His "...Kingdom Come...Will be done...On Earth As it is in Heaven." So if it is happening in heaven it should be happening here. If it is not happening in heaven it shouldn't be happening here. When God’s kingdom is brought to Earth it enforces what Jesus did on the cross and destroys the work of the devil in our lives, and in the lives of others. Spiritual warfare cannot be won by human strength as 2 Corinthians 10 tells us, but as indicated, only by divinely powerful weapons. And we have no divinely powerful weapons by ourselves. But we do have God's Word; whether it is from the Bible, something God has spoken to you recently, or something God told you before. God always backs up His Word with the resources of His superior Kingdom. But just reciting God's word isn't enough!

His Word Becoming Who We Are:

When we read the Bible, have relationship with Him through prayer(conversation), and meditate on what He has said or is saying, it opens our hearts to receive His Word and Truth. Truth that we only believe conceptually or intellectually will falter when tested. But Truth that has become a part of us deep down in our core, our very being, and heart can never be shaken. This is why we are not only supposed to hear and read the Word but receive it implanted into our hearts(James 1:21). And as James 1 describes the Word of God given to us will be tested but proven true to us by experience through perseverance in the testing trial. Once we have God's Word truly implanted in us, because it has proven to be true under testing and trial, no argument, emotion, or lofty thing will ever be able to get us to doubt what God has said. And we are then able to stand firm, in boldness, and in confidence against the devil's lies. When we are able to fully believe God's Word deep in our very being, we are finally actually fully capable to "Submit...to God" which is when God uses His divinely powerful weapons, giving us what we need to "Resist the devil" causing him to "flee from you"(James 4:7) Until we truly believe what God has said and have the faith to believe it, it is impossible to submit to God(specifically submitting to what He has said to us). As Hebrews 11:6 says it is impossible to please God without faith.

God brings every believer through this process for our benefit, that His Word would literally become a part of us, so that we would become the walking Word of God. God's plan is that we would literally become the image of the Living God. The devil has no weapon that works against this kind of believer.

Blessings,

Machew

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Discussion is meaningless if there is no personal growth.

Spiritual growth requires scriptural instruction and rebuke.

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Discussion is meaningless if there is no personal growth.

Spiritual growth requires scriptural instruction and rebuke.

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Why would you say that discussion is meaningless if there is no personal growth?

Really not sure what your point is...Hi by the way :)

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i have dealt with the dark side for a good part of my life. I would disagree that any of the authority was given back to us that Satan managed to get in this world. We as humans have no authority in the spiritual realm whatsoever and everyone who attempts to enter that realm and fight will learn that lesson very quickly. The only authority or power that we can effect comes directly from the Holy Spirit, and that's not something to take lightly. A true Christian who is in step with the Holy Spirit has no fear from the spirit world at all, but the devil sometimes can convince your neighbor that you need your backside kicked physically.

Long story short from my perspective is that if the Holy Spirit is not directing you to interfere in the Spirit world, you should not be involved......... If he is not directing you to deal with the Spirit world you might want to find out why. Hope that makes sense....... I'm on antihistamines..

I totally agree, if the Holy Spirit is not directing a person to interfere in the Spirit world, you should not be involved.

Whenever I think of authority in this way, I think of an ambassador. And ambassador does not have an army to enforce what he says. He is a representative of the ruler who has the army. So, as long as the ambassador is speaking what he knows the ruler wants, he has the authority and the army of the ruler will back him up.

When I was young, around 10 years old, I was going to be home alone for two nights. (Times were different back then). Anyway, the first full day alone, I noticed the house seemed warmer then usual. As time went on, it kept getting warmer and warmer and the furnace was on, so I checked the thermostat. It already said 78 degrees but was set at 72. I turned the thermostat all the way off, but the furnace kept running. I was getting concerned as I could not turn the furnace off, and clearly it was going to keep running on and on. I called the gas company and asked them some questions, and they said they should probably send out a repair man. Did I want them to? I said yes. The repairman showed up and fixed the furnace and I signed that the work had been done.

All of this story points to something I have always thought applied in scripture. I was only 10 years old. I did not have a job, and had no money of my own so I could not pay the bill. I also did not own the house. Or the furnace. My father owned the house and furnace and he paid the bills. Why did I have authority to call the gas company and tell them to send a repair man, and then sign for the bill? Because I was my fathers daughter. I had authority to act in my fathers interests even if I didn't have the power, or money or anything else, I could speak in my fathers name, since I was doing what he would have wanted done.

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Discussion is meaningless if there is no personal growth.

Spiritual growth requires scriptural instruction and rebuke.

From my phone...

Why would you say that discussion is meaningless if there is no personal growth?

Really not sure what your point is...Hi by the way :)

Thankyou and God bless

My purpose was to try and lend support to the post in response to OneLights' critique.

We discuss to meet an objective. If that personal objective is not met than 'our' efforts were in vain.

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The point I was making is that these forums are not for people toteach, but to discuss. The post I quoted was a teaching post where no discussion was encouraged.

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When Adam and Eve came into agreement with the devil’s assessment of reality, they sinned. And because there was no atonement for sin at the time, they were separated from God and their agreement with the devil essentially handed over their delegated authority over the Earth to the devil.(John 12:31, John 14:30, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Matthew 4:8-10)

 

Thank you for writing this.   This has been niggling at the back of my mind for months and I couldn't properly conceptualize it.

 

Also, does spiritual warfare consist of demonic harrasment? Or does demonic harassment necessitate a deliverance?

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Aside from the commonly understood approach there are three more vicious weapons against the rulers of wickedness that get set aside, yet IMO they are essential and very powerful...

 

Practicing agape' though it is often contrary to the will of our flesh...

 

Entering into His rest...knowing what this means and no longer striving to obtain righteousness outside of by faith...as we are in Him who said "it is finished"!

 

Prayerfully sharing the gospel...not that if you do not accept Jesus you go to hell as if this is a punishment for not doing so, but that all have sinned and are already going there...Jesus is the redemption/pardon/savior...one makes Him seem to be the cause of condemnation the other the release from it...

 

In His love

 

Paul

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Dearest OtherOne,

     I couldn't have said it any better myself,,,,and I must say I used to practice in the occult ,in witchcraft and have much experience in these matters.....we have zero power or authority that was given back to us,we have zero authority in that realm!.....if for one minute anyone is convinced that they are some kind of mighty warrior then they are being deceived....Someone once told me that if you are not running into the enemy as you go down your path then you are walking on the same side of the street as the enemy,possibly unaware!

    Don't misunderstand me.....in Christ Jesus we have ALL authority to access the Power of the Holy Spirit (He is the power that works in us)...Better be in right relationship,in step,armored up,in spirit and know that it is the Lord that rebukes them,binds them,casts them out etc...

      Exactly,I say "exactly"as you say....if the Holy  Spirit has not directed you into warfare then you have no business being involved.I found out in a most terrifying way and that is a whole other story for another time......I  see people giving the enemy too much credit as the enemy is like a little annoying gnat up against the power of the Holy Spirit and I see people underestimating the powers of demons.....the full armor of God is best and resist the devil and he will flee unless you are assigned warfare......

       No demon in hell wants to be around when you are worshipping God.....spend much time on your knees and delight the Lord......we don't choose what we are called to do and not everyone is used for Spiritual Warfare

                                                                                                         With love,in Christ-Kwik

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When a woman is raped, her natural instincts towards reproduction and sex are taken advantage of, tortured, and devastated.

College fraternities across America have been accused of engaging in party-related rape behaviors that often go unpunished.

When social governance fails in addressing problems of everyday crime and punishment, humanity becomes vulnerable to the sins of moral apathy.

The dissemination of moral apathy creates a spiritual warfare landscape in which gluttony and lust become idolized as heretical symbols of compromise and sloth.

This is why modern era lingo-labor Hollywood (USA) movies such as "Johnny Mnemonic" (1995) could potentially serve as social psyche symbols of intelligence colloquialization.

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This is why modern era lingo-labor Hollywood (USA) movies such as "Johnny Mnemonic" (1995) could potentially serve as social psyche symbols of intelligence colloquialization.

 

It would be great if you posted a few bible references instead of just posting film biographies in you posts.   :thumbsup:

 

Hollywood has it's place but the Bible is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions.   :)

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When a woman is raped, her natural instincts towards reproduction and sex are taken advantage of, tortured, and devastated.

College fraternities across America have been accused of engaging in party-related rape behaviors that often go unpunished.

When social governance fails in addressing problems of everyday crime and punishment, humanity becomes vulnerable to the sins of moral apathy.

The dissemination of moral apathy creates a spiritual warfare landscape in which gluttony and lust become idolized as heretical symbols of compromise and sloth.

This is why modern era lingo-labor Hollywood (USA) movies such as "Johnny Mnemonic" (1995) could potentially serve as social psyche symbols of intelligence colloquialization.

 

 

Perhaps we could use the word of God to explain spiritual warfare/ what it entails / how to win in it ?  I think our main focus should be on what God says about the matter and what God tells us to do.

Eph 6:8  Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Eph 6:9  And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

Eph 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Eph 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Eph 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Eph 6:19  And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

Eph 6:20  For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Eph 6:21  But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:

Eph 6:22  Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

Eph 6:23  Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Eph 6:24  Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen

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Amen, Brother Paul!  Well said.

 

Yours in Christ,

PrairWarur

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Amen, Brother Hippie!  Save some Fruit Loops for me!

 

If I might add, and Ephesians is very good and teaching Scripture, btw;

 

Daniel 7:13-28

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Son of Man Presented

13 “I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a Son of Man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.
14 “And to Him was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations and men of every language
Might serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.

 

 

(This establishes Christ's authority.)

 

 

Matthew 11

25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. 26 Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. 27 All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

 

 

(Christ declares His authority and the right to reveal to whom He pleases.)

 

 

Romans 14

For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

 

(That He has authority over the living and the dead.)

 

Ephesians 1

20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,

 

Phillipians 2

9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

 

(At the mention of His glorious Name all will bow ...)

 

 

Matthew 16:

19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.”

 

(Sharing His authority with believers, saints, those sealed by the Holy Spirit ...)

 

 

Mark 3

And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach, 15 and to have authority to cast out the demons.

 

 

(I am His disciple!  Aren't you?)

 

 

Mark 16

 

17 These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues;

 

Luke 10

17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” 18 And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.”

 

I praise God my name is recorded in heaven!

 

Jesus taught on and on about authority over demons.  He also taught about the kind that come out only by "fasting and prayer."

 

 

Jude 1

But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

 

 

Dressing daily in the armor of God with all authority given us by Christ Jesus and simply saying, "the Lord rebuke you!"  And it is done for us. amen

 

 

Christ restored us through His blood.  What the devil took away, He made new again.  We are redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb of God and the devil hates that!

 

Finally, brethren, be strong in the Lord and the power of His might!

Put on the whole armor and fight the good fight!

 

Your servant in Christ Jesus,

PrairWarur

 

PTL

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Get thee behind me, satan!

James 4:6-8

But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit therefore to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

 

Praise God!

PrairWarur

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Thank you, everyone for your input.  Very informative and meaningful.

I was one of those Christians who believed, but did not want to get involved.  God had other plans, however, and called me to duty.  You know,  He doesn't take NO for an answer!

He equips the called.  Praise God!

 

Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts.

 

In Christ,

PW

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Matthew 16

Peter’s Confession of Christ

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” 15 He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.” 20 Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.

Jesus Foretells His Death

21 From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. 22 Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”

Discipleship Is Costly

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds.

 

The gates of hell will not prevail!  Amen and praise God!

 

God always accomplishes that which He has set out to do!  His Word does not return to Him void ....

 

We serve a mighty God!

Each day we pick up our cross and follow Him.

What a privilege it is to do this!

God holds you perfectly in the palm of His nail scared hand.

 

Happy to be in His service,

PrairWarur

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