Spiritual Warfare is real

I finally did something that has been a dream for me.  After writing, editing and praying,  I finally pressed publish, and my book,  8 things you need to know BEFORE engaging in Spiritual Warfare is now available for free for a limited time at Amazon.

This is a beginners guide for those called into spiritual warfare. Many times we don´t know where to start, and these simple but yet powerful truths will guide you on the right track.

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What Satan is not and who Jesus is

Like it or not as believers, we are in a spiritual war.  We really can´t escape it. Once we accepted Christ into our hearts we changed kingdoms.  We converted from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light.

Many believers believe the lie that satan cannot touch them once they have accepted Jesus. This is simply not true.  While we do have the victory, satan still fights.  He does not respect his defeat on the cross, and tries everything he can to hinder and oppose us.

1 Peter 5:8-9  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.

Satan still seeks us.  He is on the hunt, on the prowl and never gives up.

But we have some good news.

While satan does have some power, he is not all powerful like  King Jesus.  Here is a list of what satan is NOT.

    • Satan is not omniscient (knowledgeable of all things).  He has tremendous knowledge, but he does not know everything like God does.
    • Satan cannot read our mind.
    • Satan is strong only to those over whom he is master.  His power is limited by the power of God  (see Job 1:10-12)
    • Satan is not omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time).  He is in only one place at one time.
    • Satan is not omnipotent (all powerful).  The power of God within us is more powerful than the power of Satan.

 

1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

When people say that satan is after them they are referring to demons and not Lucifer himself.  Satan has a great host of demon spirits that he dispatches throughout the earth to do his will and accomplish his purposes.   Fact:  there are more angels than demons.  Angels outnumber demons 3 to 1. I think that is great news!

Let´s see what Jesus did for us.

He died on the cross so that we may have  eternal life and live a life of abundance

Jesus overcame the enemy. We too can overcome satan’s host. He has given us the authority to do so  Luke 9:1

Jesus intercedes for us as we are engaged in spiritual warfare. This means He is talking to the Father on our behalf as we battle:  Romans 8:34

Here are some of Jesus´ titles:

  • He is the Captain of the Lord’s Host
  • Deliverer
  • Faithful and True
  • Head over all things
  • Messiah
  • Savior of the World

If you are feeling defeated in battle, remind yourself of these truths. I have had to do this and call on others for prayer when weary. Being in the battle can be tiring, but once we praise God for what he has done for us, the battle becomes easier.

Remember, we are on the winning side!

 

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How to cleanse your house of evil spirits

Have you ever entered a home and the back of your hairs stands out on end, and you feel goosebumps? Do you live in a home where you toss and turn and cannot have a good nights sleep?  Have you considered your house could be inhabited by evil spirits?

How to cleanse your house of evil spirits

Believe it or not, this is not unusual. While many people do not believe in evil spirits, they do exist because we live in a natural and spiritual world.

In the natural world, we can see, feel, hear and touch, but with the spiritual world, we can sense and in some cases smell. If you have the gift of sight, then you can see into the unseen spiritual world.

How can you tell if your house has “other” occupants?
Here are a few indicators.

  • You may see shadows or catch something moving out of the corner of your eye.
  • You could fear entering a room, or even walk down the hallway of the house.
  • There is an object in the house you do not like,  and can´t explain why.
  • You hear footsteps, and there is no one there. Yes I know, creepy.
  • There is contention, arguments or even sickness within the family members.
  • You begin to have evil thoughts or even bad dreams.

What is possibly causing this?

The most common are objects.

Or demons residing in the home.

Also…

A visitor, who is contaminated by an evil influence and cursed the home.  Yes, this happens too, not nice.

Cleansing your home of an evil influence is actually quite simple. It is not a long drawn out process and you don´t need experts to do this.

Here are a few steps that will guide you through the process.

Come before the Lord, repent of any sins known and unknown and begin thanking  Him.  The demons are legalist, and we don´t want them to use anything against you.

Focus on Jesus,  asking for the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. Ask the Lord to stir up the gifts inside of you, for clarity and discernment. Don´t worry if you don´t flow in these gifts, believe the Lord will show you what needs to be done, and He will do it.

If you can, have two to three other people that flow in the revelatory gifts (hear and see in the spirit realm) to pray throughout the house with you.

Prayer to cleanse objects and the home:

“I sever and remove every original curse and spell, with all backups and replacements from this (object, room, etc) with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth who came in the flesh, send them to the Abyss, and purify it with the fire of the Holy Spirit. Let any demons attached to it be sent to the Abyss.”

Say this prayer throughout the house and over objects, and when you are finished, declare blessings. If you like, you can anoint the walls, windows, and doors with any house oil while saying these prayers.

Note: After cleansing the object(s), ask the Lord if you are to throw it away or if you can keep it.  Trust in the Lord, He will direct you.  It is not always necessary to get rid of them.   Once they are cleansed of the attached demons,  many times you are able to keep the object.

Last but not least, ask the Holy Spirit to fill the house, rooms etc.,  and for the presence of God to take over and fill the house with His peace and presence.

This process will not take hours, and it is very effective and most of all fun!

 

7 ways to grow your faith

We live in a very busy world. Everywhere we go, people and things are vying for our attention. It could be the latest cell phone, tablet, or book to read, the choices today are endless. Our families complain because we don’t spend time with them, our boss wants more of us, and we go to bed tired.

Our time is valuable.

Grow your faith

If we are not careful, neglect can set it. We need to be intentional about what is important to us,  how to prioritize and learn to say no to what is not beneficial in our lives.

One of the relationships we should never neglect is our relationship with God. We should not allow our spiritual growth to languish.  This should be on the top of our list.

But where do we begin? How do we grow our relationship and faith with the Lord?

Here are a few tips. It is up to you how long you would like to spend in each section.  Doing just a few of these a few days of the week and consistently, you will notice a change begin to happen inside of you.

Here they are:

Read your Bible. Yes, a very common one, but one that is often overlooked. Reading or hearing the word has become very easy. There are excellent Bible apps and even audio versions of the Bible.

Resist the sins of the flesh. The world is full of advertisements, and the world portrays evil as good. Sexual sin, pornography, addictions are strongholds. It’s best to avoid them then fall into their trap.

Help where you can in your church. Our pastors and leaders need us. Helping, even in the most minimum of way brings gratitude to your heart. If you see a void, fill it. If unsure, ask and it will be given to you.

Learn to surrender. We love to hold onto things, to be in control of our lives, family, and circumstances. But there is One who holds our future in His hands, and He really does know best. In a struggle, surrender to God and peace will fill your heart.

Practice gratitude. Thanking and giving thanks with a sincere heart causes the enemy to flee seven ways. Even when things are not going well, I am sure you can make a list of many things to be grateful for. Go ahead, say them out loud, and experience the gratefulness that fills your heart

Practice love. Learn to love like Jesus did. Avoid strife, gossip, and contention, and learn to walk away from arguments.

Learn to hear God´s voice. Yes, you can hear God´s voice and receive peace and guidance. There are many excellent books and teaching if you are unsure where to begin. I would like to recommend Mark Virkler Book, 4 Keys to Hearing God´s voice.

I hope these are useful for you. If you know of other tips, please share them in the comments, I would love to hear from you.

 

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What is the Gift of Discernment of Spirits?

As a young child, we lived with certain “activity” in the home which I deemed normal.  I knew nothing else, and felt what I experienced was part of life. When I accepted the Lord, I learned what we were going through was actual demonic activity.

Because I had experienced this side of the spiritual world, I knew it was real.

Discernment of Spirits

When I accepted the Lord, the gift of discernment of spirits was automatically given to me.  I am sure I had it before, as I was able to sense my surroundings. There were times where  I could see, feel and smell the demonic.

What is the gift of discernment of spirits, exactly?

This gift allows the Christian to know for sure whether a given behavior originates from a divine, human or satanic source.

In other words, whatever is going on, you can tell what type of spirit is behind it.

As with all spiritual gifts, it is wise to grow and develop them.  Here I list a few helpful tips to grow in the gift of discerning of spirits. This can also apply to other gifts of the spirit.

  • Read you Bible and become knowledgeable in the word.  Satan would love to plant doubt and confusion, much like what he did with Eve in the garden when he said:   “Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?”
  • Confirm what you are sensing with others around you.  It´s o.k. to make a mistake. Recognizing these mistakes will only cause you to grow, and the Lord allows them to shape and mold you.
  • Make sure you don´t judge, calling it discernment.  Learn to listen, and don´t fall into judgment.
  • Have your heart right before the Lord. Our filter is our heart, so a heart of purity is needed with any spiritual gift.
  • Operate your gift in love.  Some people with this gift can operate in coldness and be very firm.  Remember, we do not fight against flesh and blood, so please operate in love at all times.
  • True discernment is based on love, false discernment is based fear and not trusting.

Here is a Biblical example of the gift of discerning of spirits in operation.

Act 16:16-18  Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.”  And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.

What this girl was saying was true, but the Apostle sensed the spirit behind what she was proclaiming was not of God.  Of course, he was right.

Grow your gift

If you have this gift or any other spiritual gift, water it and have it grow.   How?   Ask God to increase your gift.  Look for opportunities to use them.  Look for others with this gift and learn from them.  Join a prayer/intercessor group.

This gift is very important, it is part of God´s gift to us to protect us from error, of which I am very thankful for.

 

 

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How to avoid your love from growing cold

More than ever, we live in a busy world.  Not only a busy world but a world where evil is increasing.   Every day there is a shooting,  killing and terrorism is mounting.  Because of this, it is quite easy to be fearful, worried and stressed out.

This can cause us to be extra cautious with our time, our lives and places we visit.  It can also bring about cold love.

 

What is cold love?   The best I can describe it, you lose passion.  I am not talking about a passion between husband and wife, but a passion for serving and loving your brothers and sisters in Christ, and love as Christ loves us.

The Good News Bible says this:  Matthew 24:12  Such will be the spread of evil that many people’s love will grow cold.

The spread of evil.  We see this today.  Because of this evil, love will grow cold.  

I hope I don’t find myself in that category.

Because of the busyness of life,   we find ourselves stressed, and without time for friends, family, much less intimacy with God.

It is unavoidable that at some time in your life you were hurt.  People are human, we fail, we lash out, we hurt those around us.  The hurt and bitterness play a role in having your love grow cold.

To avoid having cold love, forgive the person who hurt you and repent of your attitude. God gives you a way out of the pain, it´s called love.  Choose to embrace His love, healing, and forgiveness.

This process brings health and wholeness to all areas of your life.

When there is love, there is commitment.   The measure of your love is found in the depth of your commitment.

Please don´t allow the past hurts of your life determine your future. Don´t withdraw from being committed to loving.

Use opportunities to grow.  When you stumble over the hurt and pain that has been caused by others, do you get back up and continue loving, or do you allow that painful experience to hold you back from giving your all?

Don´t let the enemy win. God gave His best for us, His only son. I cannot think of a greater act of love.

I don’t know where I would be if it were not for the commitment of my friends, family, and church towards me.  Because they have shown me love, I chose to do the same, and hope to influence others around me with the pure love of Christ.

Remember, God is not looking for perfection, just obedience, and a willing heart.

Christ accepts us in our imperfections, we should do the same with those around us.

While the enemy would love for us to see these setbacks as problems, make it a problem for him, don´t fall for it. Choose not be filled with hurt, anger, and bitterness, instead, choose to be filled with the love of Christ.

Show the devil love wins.  Remember, the highest form of love began on the cross.

Are you giving out of your abundance?

When you think of giving, do you think of money?  This is usually the case for most people, but do you know you can give something far more valuable than money?

In the 9th chapter in book of Acts, Ananias was called by God to go see Saul of Tarsus.  Saul of Tarsus would persecute the Christians, and his reputation went before him. Ananias did not want to pay him a visit, but the Lord assured him he (Saul)  was a chosen vessel of God, to bear His name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.

Ananias obeyed, and in doing so, he prayed for Saul. What happened next was awesome.  Saul, who was blinded on the road to Damascus, regained his sight, arose and was baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Ananias did not offer food, clothing or housing.  He did not offer Saul money. Instead, he prayed for him, and Saul received healing.

I have come across many a Ananias in my life.  These were people that encouraged me, prayed for me, provided words of wisdom, and correction among many other things.   Because I have been received so much from others, I look for opportunities where I can give back.

I do not know how much of a relationship Ananias had with Saul throughout the years, but one thing is sure. Ananias was instrumental and a key part in Saul´s life, who later became the Apostle Paul.

What would have happened if Ananias did not obey God?

So I ask myself, how have I been an Ananias to others that cross my path?  Do I  meet their needs, do I pray for them, invite them to a cup of coffee or lunch?  Do I offer counseling, advice, encouragement or correction?

What would our lives be like if we choose not to offer of our abundance?   I think it would be a lonely life.   We all have something of value to offer; good conversation, guidance, prayer, support, and correction when needed.

Where would I be today had it not been for the many Ananias that have crossed my path?

I do know this.   All we have is from God, and He loves it when we give it away.  When we give, God loves to give back more.

Are you giving out of your abundance?  If not try it, it will bring joy and fulfillment to your life.