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  1. I enjoyed reading that... God bless
  2. It's quite remarkable how people refuse to acknowledge Satan when the bible clearly tells us to be careful and resist his evil ways. Knowing God and your own weaknesses is a smart thing to do. But refusing to know about Satan's devices is spiritual suicide. Most people haven't a clue about his devices and think they are free from evil while Satan actually has a big control of their lives. Satan attacks us through our minds, our bodies, our environment, our consciousness, our peers and more.
  3. DustyRoad that is a lovely story and you are such a beautiful writer, so much so u brought a tear to my eye a couple times. I find there isn't enough talk about spiritual warfare among Christians. It's unheard of in this secular society. Who are your favorite experts on this topic? Im enjoying the works of Neil T Anderson at the moment as well as Fulton Sheen. I grew up in a Catholic family and left God for 15 years. I reached rock bottom financially and was a failure in the eyes of society. I had a break up which tore my heart and made me devise a suicide plan. By the time I got back to God, Satan had made a stronghold within me, making me a slave to drug and porn addiction. I was incarcerated for traffic offenses. It was stressful, traumatic, depressing and evoked feelings that are unexplainable. It was the most difficult time of my life. There I faced the biggest demonic torment in my life. It is so true that he gets you when you are weak. In prison he manifests temptations in every form imaginable and some unimaginable. For example should I play basketball? No. A physical sport is a potential fight. A provocation. And if you retaliate your sentience will just increase. I could of got into a fight over my sneakers, because of my snoring even because of an orange. The guards provoke you, if you snap your in the hole. There are drugs and other contraband to tempt the soul. Then there is the mental battle. Such horrible thoughts of revenge I had for when i was released. Satan prowls the prisons like a lion looking to attack the weak and vulnerable. Luckily I had just read the New testament before going in. Certain passages came to mind to help me through it. I would be always asking myself "what would Jesus do in this situation" and his spirit would tell me through the words of the bible in my mind. Turn the other cheek, love your enemy, beware of evil temptation, etc. So just as I saw evil lurking in prison so too did I find our Lord. He seemed easier to reach in prison without the baggage of society. Although I had cemented my faith in God I still hadn't cemented my faith in Jesus. And so when I was released I lapsed back into my sinful ways. In jail i found the blood of Christ. I only sheltered in the spear wound on his body yet that trickle of blood was enough to give me the strength to stand up against sin. Now iv gone into the wound going towards the source of the blood, to his sacred heart. And so step by step, day by day my Godly armour grows stronger. I win some battles and then loose one but it's progress. The light gets brighter as i keep my focus on Gods will. 20 years in the wilderness, im deep in enemy territory. Romas 7:14- describes my war like only Paul can. "In the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command satan and all evil spirits to release their hold on me in order that I can be free to know and choose to do the will of God. As a child of God who is seated with Christ in the heavenly places, I declare that every enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ in my presence be bound. Sand and all his demons cannot inflict any pain or in any way prevent God’s will from being done in my life today because I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ.
  4. Thank you to the people that made a post, I really enjoyed reading them. We are agreed on what the bible says about the Nephilim but it's interesting to ponder what we don't know about them. Has anyone ever heard of the ancient Sumer-Babylon texts known as the Epic of Gilgamesh? Within it's story there is an account of the great flood and gods know as the Anunnaki. So there a school of thought which suggests the Nephilim of the bible are the Anunnaki of the Epic of Gilgamesh or are connected. Gotquestions.com is a favourite recourse of mine and has this to make us ponder on https://www.gotquestions.org/Anunnaki-Nephilim.html
  5. Never run or turn your back on the devil. That signifies defeat. Instead put on the full armor of God and stand up against him face to face. Resist him and he will run from you.
  6. Who were the Nephilim? These are only two passages in the bible that mention the Nephilim and one that mentions the Anakites who are descendants of the Nephilim. "The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown." Genesis 6: 4 (NIV) "We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” Numbers 13: 33 (NIV) "The people are strong and tall—Anakites! You know about them and have heard it said: “Who can stand up against the Anakites?” Deuteronomy 9: 2 (NIV) All over the world we find megalithic structures that defy explanation. Were they built by the Nephilim? Cultures all around the world have stories of giant beings that lived on earth. Are they the Nephilim? All around the world we have found remains of people with elongated skulls. Are they the Nephilim? The Nephilim seem to be a bit of a mystery. Does anyone have any thoughts on them?
  7. Spiritual warfare is almost taboo as many people won't discuss it so im happy to see a forum just on this. 20 years of living a life of sin has plunged my spirit into addiction of drugs and pornography. Romans 7:14-20 describes my battle with temptation like only Paul can. I've learnt a lot and I've noticed the Holy Spirit intervening, helping me win battles. I keep praying for forgiveness, thanks and assistance. I try to learn and understand the bible more and more. I turned against God for so long, i suspect Lucifer will always be there, tempting me when I'm feeling down. sad, anxious, depressed, angry, etc. This link is part 1 of 6 videos on Spiritual warfare by Allen Parr. I especially like the way he describes all the parts in the armour of God which Paul speaks of. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5gmh_nc_-E&t=1s The next link is an interview with Neil Anderson, a best selling author on spiritual freedom with 'Victory over the darkness", "The bondage breaker", The steps to freedom in Christ" and "Daily in Christ" and over 100 books. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaEmHwjWgO4
  8. The desire itself isn't a sin, that's Satan tempting people. Acting on that temptation becomes a sin. A person that recognizes, repents and tries to correct their sinful nature will get favour in God's eyes. A person that rejects the word of God and goes about proudly living a life of sin will get cast into the lake of fire.
  9. JAG that is absolutely brilliant mathematics. I will take it on board if u don't mind. This is my favorite bible passage when I'm suffering... "I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked." 2 Corinthians 11:23-27 Add to this JAG's mathematical formula with prayer and I will be able to keep getting up when I fall.
  10. Thank you for the warm welcome. May God's grace, peace and mercy be with you through Christ our Lord.
  11. Hi im a 41yo male living in Australia. I grew up in a Catholic family. From my mid teens I rejected God and lived a life of sin, identifying myself as an atheist. By my late 20's i started to think that a God is possible, identifying myself as agnostic. Slowly over time I moved closer to God. Now I have faith in God and Jesus. I pray daily to God and I read the bible. Thanks
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