I feel it is very important that we understand how real the demonic forces are in this world today.
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.
We have many people who come to church who are bound with strongholds, and they need deliverance. Many Christians today battle in their mind, and they are ashamed to talk about it. Why? Because they are afraid of being judges by others. The Bible gives us specific instruction concerning spiritual warfare.
Eph 6:13-18– 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.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
2 Cor 10:3-6– For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
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;
6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
So, I ask myself why aren’t we seeing Christians getting completely delivered from the powers of Satan. Yes, people are getting delivered from addictions, but their minds remains a playground for the enemy to sow havoc.
I feel that we are in dire need of the Gift of Discerning of Spirits operating in the church today.
Many Christians have opened their spirits up to evil forces by getting involved with satanic worship without even realizing that they have invited Satan to come into their life. Although many do, we as God’s children should not be entertaining the spirit of witchcraft through worldly activities such as ungodly movies, Video Games, and horoscopes. Within our own strength we cannot fight the demonic forces, and this is why we need to be full of the Holy Ghost. Jesus has given us the power to cast out devils in His Name! We must understand that greater is He that is within us, than he that is in the world.
I praise God I know the truth today! However, I only know as much truth as God has revealed to me. In paraphrasing Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life, and no man can come to the Father unless the Spirit of God draws them. I believe that God is raising up an army of people who will walk in his power and spiritual authority. There’s way too much religion out there, and not enough of Jesus. God is calling His people into a deeper relationship with him. It is the Spirit of God that gives life.
2 Cor 3:6–Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
John 10:10–The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
I refuse to sit back and let the thief (Satan) steal, kill, and destroy. Jesus gave us power and authority when He died on the cross.
Mark 16:15-18– And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18.They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Matt 16:18-19– And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Jesus made a show of all of the dark powers when He died at Calvary.
Col 2:14-15– Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
And nothing can separate us from him.
Rom 8:34-9:1–Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Praise God we are on the winning team!
Until next time,
Pastor Melinda (Mindy)