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Spiritual Warfare? (Part one)

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Loyal
Spiritual Warfare? (Part one)

1Pe 5:8 Be on your guard and stay awake. YOUR ENEMY, THE DEVIL, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack. (ERV)

All Born again Christians have a common enemy that is constantly looking for a way to attack us for to “steal", “kill”, and or to “destroy” us! (John 10:10)

If the devil can "steal" the "word " from us it makes it much easier for him to kill, and destroy!

This enemy is invisible to our physical eyes, and he looks for a way to “express” himself in the physical world through our bodies! God himself is also “invisible” to our physical eyes and he wants to express himself to the physical world using our physical bodies!

2Co 4:11 We are alive, but for Jesus, we are always in danger of death, so that THE LIFE OF JESUS CAN BE SEEN IN OUR BODIES THAT DIE. (ERV)

Spiritual growth begins to happen once we discover, and believe through the Word of God that we actually died on the cross with Jesus Christ, and it is no longer I who lives but Christ lives in me! (Gal 2:20) The world needs to “see” Jesus in us because he is invisible to them. The world wants, and needs "evidence" that God is real!

The Devil seeks to manifest himself in the same way, and his number one target is man's mind!

The Devil can speak lies to our mind, and then try to deceive us into thinking they are our own thoughts. If he can accomplish this he can control our outward actions! Just look at all the mass shootings we have had in the past year! Normal minded people would never do that!

We find in scripture Satan deceived King David into doing something that was not good.

1Ch 21:1 Now SATAN, designing evil against Israel, PUT INTO DAVID'S MIND the IMPULSE to take the number of Israel. (BBE)

We should always be wary of "impulsive" thoughts! An impulsive thought is in not thinking through the consequences of one's actions! This is what a "violent" person does!

We also find Satan putting into Judas Iscariot's mind the thought to betray Jesus!

John 13:2 So [it was] during supper, SATAN HAVING ALREADY PUT THE THOUGHT OF BETRAYING JESUS in the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son,(AMP)

If people really knew where a lot of their thoughts come from, most likely they would never do them!

How can we determine the "source" of certain thoughts, and how can we combat them once we find out they are not ours?

Here are some of the qualities of good thoughts.

Php 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS.

Once a determination has been made, how can we get rid of certain thoughts?

2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, WE ARE NOT WAGING WAR ACCORDING TO THE FLESH.
2Co 10:4 For THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT OF THE FLESH BUT HAVE DIVINE POWER TO DESTROY STRONGHOLDS.
2Co 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and TAKE EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE TO OBEY CHRIST,

The King James translation for verse 5 says.....

2Co 10:5 CASTING DOWN IMAGINATIONS, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and BRINGING INTO CAPTIVITY EVERY THOUGHT TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST;

To be able to cast down wrong thoughts requires one to possess “THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, and understand it” which comes by way of the Word of God. The “knowledge of God” is NOT just knowing what the Bible says! It is knowing, and understanding what it means! That only comes when the Lord God speaks to you when you read it! Prayer is absolutely vital!

Jesus said the Devil can only "steal" the word that you do not understand!

Mat 13:18 "Listen! Here is the meaning of the story of the farmer.
Mat 13:19 People hear the message about the kingdom but do not understand it. Then the evil one comes. He steals what was planted in their hearts. Those people are like the seed planted on a path.


This is why we are told to bring every thought into the “captivity” to the “obedience of Christ” The word, “Christ” means, “anointing” That means we are to bring every thought into the obedience of what Jesus says the scriptures mean, not what we say the scripture means!
 
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Brother, my enemy is not invisible; he is deemed prince of this world and he is everywhere, using the majority of this worlds people and items that are here. This is why God gives us discernment of spirits. Do we know Him yet? His character, His Spirit. It is very easy to see and hear the prince of this world for his character, and his spirit is abundant.
Bless you brother.
 
Loyal
Brother, my enemy is not invisible; he is deemed prince of this world and he is everywhere, using the majority of this worlds people and items that are here. This is why God gives us discernment of spirits. Do we know Him yet? His character, His Spirit. It is very easy to see and hear the prince of this world for his character, and his spirit is abundant.
Bless you brother.
Sister, our enemy is only invisible to those who are in darkness. Whatever makes things visible is light.
 
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Greetings,

does the following help?

So then, by their fruit you will recognize them.

Matthew 7:20


Bless you ....><>
 
Loyal
Greetings,

does the following help?

So then, by their fruit you will recognize them.
Matthew 7:20


Bless you ....><>
Absolutely! The entrance of God's Word gives light (Ps 119:130) that exposes darkness if we have the light of the knowledge abiding within.
 
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