Answer Every Attack of the Enemy with the Word, Mind Attacks, Spiritual Warfare

Don’t Allow the Enemy to Make You Your Own Worst Enemy – And How to Win the Battles

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God’s sons and daughters can allow the enemy to plant lies and accept them as their own, allowing them to also become rooted. Thus, the enemy can succeed in making a child of God their own worst enemy.

HOW TO WIN THESE BATTLES…

1. Know the Word for yourself, so you are always ready to answer the enemy with it to take every thought (lie) captive and make them obey Christ, the Word.

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

For example, when the mind is attacked with the lie of the enemy:

LIE: “You’re never going to be free from that situation.”

Answer with the promise of God, believing it as fact, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers us from them all,” (Psalm 34:19). Since this promise is for you, you can also boldly and confidently say, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers ME from them all.”

LIE: “You’ll always be sick and lame.”

Answer with a promise of God, believing it as fact, “Be Jesus’ stripes, I WAS healed.” Or, from Proverbs 4:20-22, “God’s Word is life and health to my body, so I speak His Word to my body and it has life and health.”

Note, the enemy will also use people around you to speak his lies, even God’s children, because they don’t know the Word for themselves.

Knowing the Word for ourselves doesn’t mean knowing it second hand through a pastor who may or may not even be interpreting the Word correctly depending on his willingness to fully submit to the Holy Spirit as his main Teacher and Guide through the Word.

We are blessed to live in a time where, as we learn the Word, we can easily search for any promise of God related to our situation online. It’s a great idea to print or write out the promises and put them where you can easily see them, pray and declare them.

2. Know there is an enemy seeking to steal, kill, and destroy, seeking whom he MAY devour.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly,” (John 10:10).

If one is unaware to begin with of the reality of an enemy who isn’t into child’s play but is seeking to steal from, destroy, and kill us, then one can become the thief’s effortless, easily devoured prey.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour,” (1 Peter 5:8).

A child of God doesn’t have to become a MAY. What posture must we stay in to avoid the snake’s devouring? Sober. Vigilant. Readied with the Word. And God says we can be kept in perfect peace through it because our minds are fixed on Him.

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You,” (Isaiah 26:3).

He wouldn’t say it if it were not possible. This will only happen when we get His Word, promises, and truth rooted in us.

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you,” (Philippians 4:8-9).

The Word of God fully equips us for everything the enemy throws at us.

3. Know born again believers are under a new covenant, established and paid in full by Jesus, with new and better promises and that we are no longer slaves but children of God.

“But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises,” (Hebrews 8:6).

God is not dealing with us as He did in the law under a blessing and cursing covenant. Jesus fully fulfilled the law for us and took all its curse upon Himself. E.g. The curse of the law included sickness which Jesus took all of on His body by His stripes.

“I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty,” (2 Corinthians 6:18).

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name,” (John 1:12).

“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ,” (Galatians 4:4-7).

To summarize, it all boils down to knowing the Word for ourselves and walking with the Lord by the Spirit, knowing the full power of God dwells in every child of God.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,” (Hebrews 11:6).

That He is, is the Great I AM who rewards those who diligently – how? – diligently seek Him.

I pray this helps and blesses someone who really needs it. It is the calling of every believer to build up his sisters and brothers.

PODCAST

Are you negotiating with the enemy for your inheritance? God wants you to STAND! – E2S-E2H Podcast – Ep – 2

Are you negotiating with the enemy for your inheritance? God wants you to stand!

The enemy will steal from us what we don’t know what is ours in Christ. Don’t negotiate with that thief any more. A powerful Word from the Lord.

Listen to Podcast Episode 2

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power,” Ephesians 1:17-19.

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to STAND,” (Ephesians 6:13). 

Pray for the Church, Prayer for Pastors

How to Pray for Pastors in the End Times Church

HOW TO PRAY FOR PASTORS FOR THE END TIMES CHURCH

For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

ESTHER 4:14

We can easily discern by what is happening in the church and what isn’t that it is far from God’s will and mostly in compromise. Everything of God – His Word, gifts, prophecy,  giving, etc. – has been twisted and abused by the enemy, driving people into further confusion and deception. Then instead of seeking Him to know His Word for themselves and what He says about matters, giving, the gifts of the Spirit many, not all, are abandoning them altogether out of disappointment, disgust, and all that the twisting His Word and way brings.

But when His Word and gifts are used as He intended, they draw people, heal them, and set them on fire to continue to co-labor with Jesus to help others for the saving of souls and setting free by the power of the Holy Spirit.

So strongly, I’ve heard the Holy Spirit say how terrible the state of the church looks to the lost and how these perversions of God’s truth are keeping them from Jesus. That’s why we must pray.

When in prayer, the Lord gave me Esther 4:14 to speak to me about pastors.

He used it to speak to me about the overall church and the lost to say if pastors today do not obey His voice or are quenching it, so they can no longer hear Him, that He will raise up others in their place. And all they think they are doing or all of God’s truth they are not speaking to “hold on to” and protect “their” church, position, salary or to prevent “members” from leaving is self-deception and will lead to the very thing they fear – losing it all.

It’s not their church, and there’s nothing they can do to hold onto it if God removes them from their position for not taking care of His sheep. For harming them, lying to and deceiving them, and withholding His truth. For not loving them and for being lovers of self.

God has been, is, and will continue to raise up others to replace every false shepherd and prophet, every wolf in sheep’s clothing with sons and daughters of thunder who don’t “look like” or “seem like” God would use them in the eyes of man. Oh, but praise God, He looks on the heart alone.

Let’s pray that every pastor, shepherd, and teacher of the Word …

Put God and His Word first no matter what. No matter if it causes a church split, no matter it offends, no matter if they lose their 501c3 status, no matter if they lose their position.

See and know that they know God is their Source alone. Not donors, etc. Him alone.

Return to their first love Jesus and always have the Lord and His namesake, His reputation, His people, and the lost in mind when they preach and teach.

Obey God as Micaiah who said in 1 Kings 22:14, “As the Lord lives, whatever the Lord says to me, that I will speak.”

Be defenders of the Word like Paul as we defend His Word out of our love for Him, His truth, and people. Everything else leads people into bondage or hell. True love speaks His truth to keep people from these things.

Fear You more than they fear man and be totally delivered from people pleasing.

Be delivered from every man-made side doctrine that adds to and takes away from the Word.

Be delivered from exalting their denominational beliefs above the Word.

Be led by the Holy Spirit.

Teach the full gospel including that the gifts (the ministry of the Holy Spirit) and healing are for today. Perverting the gospel by withholding His truth in any way very serious in the eyes of God and robbing people of freedom.

Make disciples who make disciples who make disciples.

Bow their knees and fully submit to the Lord and everything the voice of the Lord tells them or be replaced by those who will. Souls, lives, His truth and namesake are all at stake here and matter more than pastors being removed from their positions for bringing much harm to His people.

Also pray that…

Every false teacher, prophet, bowed to money and power ones, etc. be exposed and His people learn and study the Word for themselves, so they know that what they are being taught is His truth, that they not blindly accept everything they are taught, and test every spirit as many wolves abound to devour God’s flock in these times.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

One True Gospel - The One of Grace, Uncompromised Gospel

“In Your Face Paul” – The Love of God and People Cares Enough to Tell the Truth

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Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.

GALATIANS 2:11-13

Out of the passionate love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the true gospel of grace, and his brothers and sisters, Paul got in Peter’s face for bowing to those who were mixing the law and grace.

Hmmm. That doesn’t sound like a loving Christ follower according to the standards of some today. I beg to differ. Like Paul, our passionate love for God, the truth of His Word, and the love of our brothers and sisters should compel us to defend His truth no matter how much it may offend.

Paul didn’t want them to re-enter into even one letter of the law and the bondage it brings. A law no one could ever keep. The fire of God’s love for them in him corrected  them and implored them to rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ and to stop preaching two gospels.

Jesus fulfilled every letter of the law, and it is an affront to all He did for us to mix even a letter of the law into justification by faith alone in Christ and His death and resurrection for the forever atonement of our sins.

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed,” Galatians 1:6-10.

No mealy-mouthed, marshmallow foo-foo talk here by Paul. I see much of the church talking around the truth, which is technically a lie, because they are unwilling, and quite frankly don’t love God and people enough to speak His truth and defend it.

He tells them they are perverting the gospel and anyone who preaches anything but the one true gospel should be accursed.

Some ways churches pervert the gospel today by continuing to mix the law and grace (or new man-made laws they’ve concocted) to continue to keep His people in bondage and oppression.

Continue to preach the tithe is required and say things like, “That’s why your financed are cursed because you don’t give the full 10% of your gross income.” Speaking of gross, this is a blatant manipulation of God’s Word, a perversion of the gospel, a mixing of law and grace to ensure they collect the money to pay their salaries and bills. The tithe was part of the law which Jesus fulfilled. We are now called to be cheerful givers. This should be confronted by the people in any church this is being taught just as Paul did.

Teach that one can “lose our salvation.” This is one of the most hideous attacks on the blood of Jesus. I’ve seen comments from unbelievers who’ve said, “Why should I choose Jesus because if I mess up, I’ll go to hell anyway?” People take perversions of the gospel too lightly and few are confronting them as Paul did. Hebrews 10:14 says, “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” Period. Amen.

One truly born again cannot become unborn again. They are perfected forever by one offering. The blood of Jesus is enough. It is finished. Those in Christ have had every letter of the law fulfilled for them by Jesus by faith alone. Once in Christ, God Himself immediately seals us for all eternity and is sanctifying us from glory to glory.

“God puts sickness on His children to teach them a lesson.” Hogwash! I spit on those words and lies against my Lord Jesus Christ. Okay, I just heard myself say that in a Russian accent. This lie too is the mixing of law and grace. Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law. Period. One of the curses of disobeying the law was sickness, and if Jesus redeemed us from all the curses if the law this includes sickness. Because of Jesus, if we get sick, we can pray believing to be healed because since He fulfilled the law, the blessings of Abraham were also made available to us.

Churches who teach God puts sickness on us to teach us a lesson, though we are under grace, are teaching that Christ didn’t really fulfill the law. They are suffering from “the gospel of grace is just to good to be true” syndrome and feel compelled, under the influence of a demonic, religious spirit, to put the law back on people and teach this lie against God. 1 Peter 2:24 says, Jesus “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” Our Lord Jesus atoned for our sins, to deliver us from the entire law, and so we could be healed in every way, including from sickness.

Regarding sickness and disease, this makes me wonder (not conclude) about when Paul says in Galatians 1:9, “Now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed,” that the reason why many believers get sick and stay sick is because they’ve accursed themselves by preaching another gospel (with the law) that teaches God makes His children sick to teach them a lesson for His glory (which is found nowhere in the gospels and is totally opposite of Him fully delivering us from the curse of the law).

Notice I said, “accursed themselves.” By choosing to preach a false gospel by their own free will, could they be accursing themselves by doing so? I will be seeking the Lord more in His Word and in prayer about this revelation that just came to me as I was writing this.

Categorizing sins as greater than the blood of Jesus or calling things sin that are not. E.g. blaming those divorced as, “You get what you deserve,” or “Sorry, you can no longer minister here.”

Does God hate divorce? Yes, because it’s a form of death and greatly hurts all involved. It’s a terrible and tragic thing. But His Word makes provision for it as well as remarriage as long as it’s a legal divorce* and not merely a separation. With a legal certificate of divorce, remarriage is not sin. I must add that we should try everything possible to avoid divorce. But sometimes, it’s not possible, not wise, or even safe to stay married because of adultery and/or abuse.

Sadly, religious men continue to add to the Word and act as the law, taking it upon themselves to elevate divorce and insist people still be punished, condemned, shunned, and excluded, etc. by them. Punishing them for even what God is not. Jesus paid it all.

Those in Christ have all their sins forgiven – past, present, and future (Hebrews 10:14). That’s grace. Unfortunately, there are many other ways today’s churches mix the law and grace or come up with laws they’ve created to add to or take away from the one true gospel.

“But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter,” Romans 7:6

The words of this post are also a call to pray, to fervently cry out for the church and its shepherds, and for ‘Pauls’ to rise up and defend His Word out of love of God and people, for His namesake and for the sake of the lost who are watching and are being driven or kept away by perverted gospels.

Prayer

Father, burn away every false gospel upon the face of the earth and draw every church, every shepherd, every child of Yours back unto Your one true gospel of grace – the finished work of Jesus Christ on behalf of all who’ve confessed Your Son’s name in Jesus’ name, amen.

*Transparency. I edited the categorizing sins, etc section because I knew the section category and example I wanted to use but went back because I felt I needed to reword the explanation better.

Pray for the Church

The Light of God’s Word Vs. Man-Made Denominations, -Isms, and Free Will

Word Vs. Denominations

“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one.”

JOHN 17:20-22

Jesus prayed that we, His church, be one. Why? That the world, the lost, may “believe that You sent Me.” 

It’s no surprise then that the devil, the “principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12) plot, plan, and scheme to divide the church in every way possible.

“And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works,” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

After being led by the Holy Spirit through His Word on the matter of denominations and the myriad of -isms, it is clear that these man-made side doctrines, not in the Word of God, are not God’s will, contradict His Word (John 17:20-22), and were inspired by the enemy, masquerading as an angel of light to the divide the church again, again, and again.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose,” (Romans 8:28).

Because God is good and merciful, He will cause our free will choices to work together for our good.

But truly, umpteen denominations and -isms are not God’s will and passionate desire for us because they divide greatly and do not unite us as one.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133:1).

I can’t take credit for this revelation, but on one of my social media accounts, someone commented that in mathematics, the “denominator” is the bottom number of a fraction which divides. E.g. 1/99, the number 99 is the denominator.

We get the meaning of the word “denominations” from the same root as denominator. Every denomination and other man-made side doctrine outside of the Word are intended to divide His church. Period.

This is not God’s will. No, denominations are man’s free will exercised in opposition to and despite knowledge of John 17:20-22, were inspired by the father of lies, and were often borne of pride, unbelief, intellectualism (interpreting the Word with the natural mind and not being led into the truth by the Holy Spirit), and elitism.

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them,” (Hebrews 7:25).

Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear, with discernment by the Holy Spirit, knows the Lord is calling us to be as one so the lost will know that Jesus is truly the Way, the Son of God, the Hope of glory.

He prays now for His church to wake up and shed our man-made side doctrines and come under His Word and authority alone. To be deceived by the divisive devices of the enemy no more.

“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all,” (Acts 4:32-33).

What happens when the church obeys Him and operates of “one heart and one soul”? We are powerful witnesses for Christ operating with great grace upon us ALL.

“And Micaiah said, ‘As the Lord lives, whatever the Lord says to me, that I will speak,'” (1 Kings 22:14).

His Word shows, corrects, guides, not to condemn because there is no condemnation for those in Christ, but because He desires His best for us. And His best is not a weak, ineffective, divided, and powerless church but one that glorifies Him, destroys the works of the devil in His name, and gets people set free. This is what He showed me in the Word, so this is what I speak or in this case write.

He didn’t pour out His Spirit on us that we cork it up for ourselves. He poured out His Spirit on all flesh so it could flow from us as living water and minister to the world. O that we be one, so the world could really see our beloved Jesus.

Prayer

Father, in light of Your Word, I boldly share these Spirit led words and pray that Your lukewarm church wake up. Wake up so we can be one, in Your will, and an effective, powerful force for Christ by the Holy Spirit, for Your glory. So the world will be drawn unto You by the clear evidence we display “that Jesus was sent by You.” I pray Your church can humble itself and put You and Your Word first for the saving and setting free of many in Jesus’ name, amen.