"The moment a person accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and receives God's Holy Spirit, that person is instantly and literally translated from the kingdom of darkness of this world into the kingdom of God's light by God's Holy Spirit of truth. The Apostle Paul describes this process as the "mystery" revealed, which is "Christ in you" the hope of glory.
Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Col 1:27 to whom God was pleased to make known what is the riches of
the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you,
the hope of glory:
God rescued us from the power and bondage of the world, the flesh, the devil, and supernaturally.
Principalities, Powers, World Rulers of Darkness, and Spiritual Wickedness in Spiritual Warfare
Our Spiritual Warfare is Against "Principalities, Powers, World Rulers of Darkness, and Spiritual Wickedness in High Places"
What are the meanings of these terms?
A special note: The purpose for this teaching is that we may begin to
understand the goodness of God as opposed to the evilness of the devil.
These two parameters are often blurred and confused, whereby evil is
wrongfully attributed to God, the Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ. Understanding the goodness of God is first and foremost in
spiritual warfare, in order to build the kind of faith that will move
mountains and fulfill God's promise of victory in our lives.
The Apostle Paul tells us to put on our spiritual armour because our
battle in this world is a "spiritual" one. A warfare that involves the
trickery and power of the devil, as opposed to a human battle. Even
though human beings will certainly play a role in line with the schemes
of the devil, they are being used by these entities for the purposes of
accomplishing evil. Evil spirits are the true power behind those who
oppose the things of God (knowingly or unknowingly).
1 - Prepare Your Heart for Spiritual Warfare
The battlefield or realm in which our spiritual warfare takes place
is in the mind of every believer in Christ. We wrestle, or strive and
struggle in our minds against world systems, the flesh or the carnal
nature, and the devil. The mind encompasses our thoughts (imagination,
reasoning, and intellect) as well as our emotions and will. In all of
these aspects lie the very heart of an individual. By our thoughts and
feelings we determine our will and purpose for our lives. As Christians,
we seek to live by the truth and power of God because they are our
assurance of God's promised victory in each and every situation in life,
and we are not ignorant of the reality of evil, and the destruction
that surrounds our world on a daily basis. It is in this process that we
will encounter a very real spiritual struggle in our thoughts, emotions
and will because the adversary knows that these areas are directly
related to. . .
2 - The Spiritual Armor of God
"And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.” (Luke 22:31)
The Spiritual Armor of God in Spiritual Warfare
When Christians make a commitment to trust their lives to the
promises and power of God, they are still living in hostile territory
that presently is under the influence and power of Satan, sin, and a
fallen world. This leaves the Christian at a disadvantage, in which we
are cautioned in God's Word to put on the whole spiritual armor of God,
because like it or not, we are in spiritual warfare. As Paul has
revealed to us, the true nature of this battle is against supernatural
evil. The purpose of the armor of God is to equip us with the power of
God, in order to stand against the evil schemes and deception of the
devil, who has blinded the minds of those who believe not.
The power of God is released, as we utilize every piece of the armor of
God against evil spirits, who are labeled by Paul as principalities,
powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness on high. We are
asked to prepare ourselves as soldiers in spiritual warfare, because as a
forbearer of God's truth and power, Christians and God's work are
targets of the devil for destruction. The intense hate of the devil, and
his devil spirits against God's creation is unimaginable, but
nonetheless real, he is cruel and merciless; however, he cannot defeat
God, and therefore he uses trickery and deception to defeat believers,
or draw them into vulnerable positions. Some of these positions are:
fear, doubt, confusion, condemnation, temptation through pressure or
pleasure, spiritual blindness, pride, affliction or persecution,
intended to frustrate the purposes of God through His people. He is
cunning and attempts to oppress us in our weakest areas (through our
thought life or other people and circumstances), in which the "unaware"
are led into chains of depression and other forms of bondage.
The Apostle Paul tells us that we actually wrestle against these
forces of evil; Many times we will find ourselves in a literal struggle
from within and without, described by Paul as hand to hand combat
(direct contact) in order to overcome them. However, this wrestling is
spiritual, in which the devil and his demons will take many forms in
order to attack or distract us in our thought life, and disarm our faith
and the power of God. If we believe their lies, then they succeed in
gaining their foothold. The devil and his evil spirits have the power to
manipulate the realms of the world and the flesh, in an attempt to
obstruct God's truth. God has not left us defenseless, and as we will
see, He has provided us with a greater power, providing everything we
need to stand.
3 - Evil Angels Cohabitating with the Women of Genesis? Fastening the Belt of Truth in Spiritual Warfare.
Are the "sons of God" in Genesis 6 fallen angels?
Since it is God's light that dispels the darkness, then as part of our
spiritual warfare it is important to work through even some of the most
controversial and difficult Scriptures, at least to the best of our
ability. Otherwise, we can easily be misled and mislead others into
superstitions and other false beliefs of spiritual consequence. For
example, if we believe that God sends evil spirits to afflict His people
in order that they may grow spiritually, then why resist the devil
since it is God's will? If we believe that everything that happens to us
is God's will, then why pray for deliverance since it is God's will?
When we reflect on these ideas, we begin to realize the implications and
significance of fastening the belt of truth, as we know, the devil's
greatest weapon is "deception."
4 - Abiding Under the Shadow of the Almighty in Spiritual Warfare.
Perhaps there are some of you who are struggling with the same issue as
part of your personal spiritual warfare; I would think that some of us
may find ourselves dancing with devils because we are still holding on
to or trusting in the arm of the flesh. The flesh I'm speaking of is the
fallen nature that we all have to deal with as Christians. The flesh
lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh and this is a
very real struggle and a part of our daily spiritual warfare. If you are
concerned about your spiritual condition, then the Lord is working in
your heart and is drawing you to Him. Listen to the sweet voice of the
Lord Who said,
Isa 30:21 "And thine ears shall hear a word behind
thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right
hand, and when ye turn to the left."
5- The Power of Praise in Spiritual Warfare
Psalm 149: 5-6, "Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing
aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
and a two-edged sword in their hand."
The Main purpose for
writing this post is to emphasize the power of praise in spiritual
warfare, an expression of one of the highest forms of faith, prayer, and
worship, and described in God's Word as a "two-edged sword" for the
Isa 59:19 " . . . When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him."
1Pe 5:9 Whom [devil] resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the
same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the
A Prayer of Petition for the Lord’s Help! “The effectual and fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (Ja. 5:16),”
Psa 34:7 - The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
Important Principles Learned
Aside from verbalizing the name and blood of Christ, declaring the
Word of God and equipping ourselves with the whole armor of God, below
is a summary of some of the most important principles I learned in
1. If you are unsure if God is directing you
in a certain situation, then ask Him for a sign (silently in your mind
not verbally). He always confirms His guidance.
diligent and watchful against the schemes of the devil, especially after
winning a victory, this is when you become the most vulnerable.
3. One remarkable technique the devil uses is to get us in the flesh.
He wins these battles and is his means of distracting us by catching us
in a snare. We cannot lean on our own understanding, or give in to our
emotions, or fight back with our carnal nature. We need to stay on
track and trust God in these situations. We become more skilled with
practice. When we fail we don't dwell on our failures, but we learn
4. The devil has his minions all over the world, we
may even meet one or two on a bus, a train, or a street corner.
Remember that the eyes are the mirror of the soul. One might encounter
an evil that doesn't reflect anything we know of a human soul. Pray and
praise God for His protection and move on, and if need be rebuke that
presence under your breath using the name of Jesus Christ.
5. Always look to God and not your circumstances.
6. Don’t be surprised if a disproportional number of misunderstandings occur in some social situations.
7. I would suggest not telling anyone what the Lord is planning to do in your life, because then, you just told the devil too!
8. Always be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit within.
9. When you feel that you are under an attack “praise God,” praising God in faith is a two-edged sword in your hand.
10. When your not sure if you are under attack, or if there is really
an evil presence, then praise God and if there is an evil presence you
will know it in some way.
11. Do your best and trust God to do the rest.
12. Every worrisome thought that crosses your mind, give it to God in prayer and let His peace rule your heart!
13. Understand that God’s power is according to the situation at hand,
if you are experiencing great power then you are also experiencing a
Sharia law is the legal system derived from the Koran and other writings held as holy by Muslims. It is an oppressive, and sometimes barbaric, set of rules and practices that enforces the role of Muslim men in a male-dominated Islamic society.
It treats women, children, minorities, and non-Muslims as second-class citizens at best, and possessions, "domestic animals," or enemies at worst.
Without fail, societal observance of Sharia law ushers in general oppression that can only be described as a supernatural darkness. For a nation to accept Sharia as its governing influence means regression to a primitive view of life that does not recognize the intrinsic value of each human being as the unique creation of a Creator God.
Severed hands and feet, backs and buttocks laid bare and bloody by the lash, stonings to death, decapitations, genital mutilations, tongues carved out, noses sliced off of faces, acid thrown in faces, and the list goes on. These barbarous acts are not the stuff of fiction, they are punishments proscribed by Sharia law. And their use is practiced in too many countries in the world today.
It absolutely dumbfounds me that women's rights advocates in "enlightened" western nations tacitly approve, by their silence, the utterly barbaric attitudes of Islam and Sharia toward women and children. The same goes for LGBT activists who brazenly try to force their agenda on every person in our society -- where they are already accepted and respected -- yet clam up like rag dolls when it comes to opposing the practices of Muslims.
Some even imply they prefer Islam to Christianity. Of course, they voice those opinions while safely ensconced in a Christian society where they are loved and accepted for who they are. By the way, when a nation falls under Sharia law rule, the gays are the first to feel the wrath of its enforcers.
And in a society that strictly observes Sharia, non-Muslims, even if they receive the protection of the state, are forced to pay a tax (known as 'jizya') just for not being Muslim. Plus, they live under a strict curtailment of their rights and privileges. And if they refuse to pay up, they are either run out or executed.
No, I'm not making this up. This is real. And it is what Muslims want when they say they want an Islamic society under Sharia law. And most importantly, it's not only what they want for themselves, but for everyone else, too, Muslim or not.
This is where Egypt was headed before the military stepped in and removed the Muslim Brotherhood. This is where certain parts of Africa and the Middle East are today. And this is where a city in Syria now finds itself.
The Syrian city of Raqqa, population nearing a quarter-million, was taken into the control of a rebel faction known as "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL). It is so brutal that even al-Qaeda has disowned it. The rebels established Sharia rule. Now, under threat of death, Christians in Raqqa have to pay a tax of $1,000 per person. Poor Christians are required to pay only $250. They cannot pray in public, build new churches, or carry weapons (and they're on the frontlines of a civil war). The Christians cannot even ring church bells. And they must report any hint of threat to the Muslim powers in charge.
ISIL says that if Christians refuse to abide by these rules, "Nothing will remain between them and ISIL other than the sword."
This second class status for non-Muslims is called "dhimma." The Christians in Raqqa are living in "dhimmitude."
Did you know that "dhimmitude" is coming to a nation near you? You may think that Islam is confined to the "Middle East," but 62% of all Muslims live OUTSIDE the Middle East. The last time I checked, 62% constitutes a majority. That means the majority of Muslims live in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and North America. In fact, some analysts predict that certain European nations will be predominantly Muslim as soon as 2050.
Lebanon was once known as "the Switzerland of the East," and Beirut as "the Paris of the Middle East." In 1926, it was 86% Christian. Today, Lebanon is 34% Christian, 66% Muslim. Though it is slowly starting to rebound, the last few decades have seen Lebanon and Beirut completely devastated by civil war as the Muslims have sought to cleanse it of all Christian influence.
"Multicultural" European governments are seeing the same results because they have allowed almost unimpeded immigration from Muslim nations. Now, as violent demonstrations erupt in the capitals of Europe, with Muslims demanding the implementation of Sharia, they are reeling.
Though Paris has been the most prominent city rocked by these cultural convulsions, England has seen its share. Yet, unbelievably, the British are continuing to lead the Western world down the path of Sharia-compliancy. The government has promoted Sharia-compliant financial bonds and allowed the establishment of 85 Sharia courts.
What about North America? Well, there are no official Sharia courts here, yet, but theVancouver Sun points out that the major sources of immigrants to Canada are Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Iraq. In those countries, more than HALF of Muslims agree with the concept of "honor killing." That's a Sharia-accepted practice where the male members of a family are allowed to murder female members whom they perceive to have "disgraced" the family.
Can you imagine a Christian father murdering his daughter because she was seen holding hands with a boy? And doing it legally?
Folks, this is real. This is now. This is where denial of Jesus Christ and our Judeo-Christian values leads. This is what politically correct "multiculturalism" yields. Isaiah lamented the fate of those "who call evil, good, and good, evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness...." (Isaiah ) Is there a better description of Sharia law or an Islamic state? God, through Isaiah, pronounced "woe" upon them.
The curtain is now falling on the Age of Grace. The ancient prophets of the Bible predicted horrible conflicts in the times we are approaching. Make no mistake, those conflicts are taking shape across the world as I write these words.
That's the bad news. The good news is that if you have been genuinely born again, you won't be around to see the really bad stuff happen. We'll be with Jesus Christ in our new heavenly home.
Make sure you're ready to go when He calls.
Don't miss this week's Report here Sunday.
Don't miss this week's Report here Sunday.