Article Library of Christian Thoughts October 22, 2017
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Spiritual warfare refers to an invisible battle in the spiritual realm involving a power confrontation between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness.
The latest craze in popular entertainment has focused on the gross and gory theme of the "Zombie Apocalypse." Drawing a bizarre analogy, I examine how often so-called "Christians" exemplify the living-dead in their hollow religious faith and practice.
Columnist Ana Valeska is tired of that mamby-pamby, spineless jellyfish approach to life and spirituality. If you want to end the cycle of destruction in your life, it's going to take more than a "Gentle Jesus, meek and mild..." type of prayer.
Christians must be on guard against demonic influences, i.e. "fiery darts" being sent into their lives.
DAVID USED 3 DIFFEENT METAPHORS IN PSALMS 124 TO DESCRIBE HIS ENEMIES. HE DESCRIBES HIS ENEMIES AS BEASTS WHO WOULD HAVE SWALLOWED HIM OR DEVOURED HIM IN (VERSE 3); FLOODS OF PROUD WATER IN VERSE 5, AND FOWLERS OR BIRD HUNTERS IN VERSE 7.
Christians must be on guard against demonic influences, i.e. "fiery darts" being sent into their lives.
Massive Call to Prayer for California as received from Chuck Pierce, Cindy Jacobs and others. This is a critical hour and we must rally to stand on behalf of California and our nation.
In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus knew that ahead was Golgotha. Jesus was engaged in a mighty battle through prayer and He wanted His disciples engaged too. The battle has not ended and we should be fighting the spiritual battle with our Lord today.
There is a constant spiritual battle going on for the souls of all men, women, boys, and girls on Planet Earth.
It is not you and you alone against the world. It is you and the Lord God Almighty against the world.
If you were the enemy wouldn't you be trying to cast doubt on God and His Word? The warfare is battled in our mind. Stay focused on the victory...
Update: The Lilburn City Council denied the request for rezoning & special land use permit (for the cemetery). Keep praying as there has been a promise of a lawsuit if denied. This is clearly a legal decision based on zoning criteria that should stand, but we are called to pray it through to the end. It is today as it was in the when Nehemiah declared and instructed those who were rebuidling the wall of Jerusalem. "Then I said to the nobles, the rulers, and the rest of the people, "The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us." (Nehemial 4:19-20) The suburb-of-Atlanta town, Lilburn, that I live in is currently facing a challenging situation over the proposed development of a Dar-e Abbas Islamic Center.
We should understand that Jesus overcame sin for us by shedding his blood upon the cross. Paul wrote, "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God" (Romans 3:25)
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. 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" (Ephesians 6:10-13).
We are not to be ignorant of the devices of Satan; therefore, need to understand the nature of religious spirits. In general, religious spirits are often at work when people use "religion" in defense of their sin.
Perhaps it's not the attack itself, but how the attack affects our thinking. If we enter into warfare and lose a battle, do we begin to think differently about God?
Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life? We secure ourselves against the storms of life by grounding ourselves in the Word of God. We don't need to understand, we just need to hold His hand to have peace in the middle of storms.
Can you identify times in your life when the devil has tried to seize control of your mind with logical, rational strongholds in order to keep you from stepping out to do what God has asked you to do?
Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For the which cause I also suffer these things. 2 Timothy 1:11,12 What are the outside forces that Satan has tried to use to hinder you? Has it been your health, your job, your children, your family, your finances? What is the one thing Satan seems to use repeatedly as he tries to resist you?
(Psalms 146-Psalms 150 begins and ends with "PRAISE YE THE LORD!) Praise and Worship is a type of prayer. In fact praise and worship is the highest form of prayer and one of the most effective forms of strategic spiritual warfare. In our series on Spiritual Warfare, we shared with you that effective spiritual WEAPONS have been given to us by God and are at our disposal.
Notes taken by: Mr. Teyon D. Tramil Effective Spiritual Weapons Require Effective Spiritual Strategies
God has an answer for all of the evil and darkness that is in the world. This was originally written and sent 12.13.1998 - rewritten for today.
Halloween is a holiday representing values which are in direct opposition of the values of Christianity. (Originally sent 10.30.98. Rewritten for today.)
When we were on our last legs as a company my son Jim, worked for me and he had just become a Christian. Jim had heard AJ and me talk about the spiritual warfare we faced in Argentina every time we went with Harvest. We also talked about how we saw the enemy coming against us as we attempted to minister with Harvest in our hometown of Pittsburgh. This exposure to spiritual warfare was good for Jim....
A new nature is implanted at the moment of salvation in every Christian but the old nature is still present.