Spiritual Warfare

The things I am about to share with you over the next few posts are uncomfortable. Uncomfortable for you to consider and, quite frankly, uncomfortable for me to share.  That is because I will no doubt be labeled by some as a conspiracy nut, or as just plain nutty. Then again, I am a stay-at-home-home school-homesteading mom who wears a head covering (1 Cor. 11) and doesn’t “do” santa or the Easter bunny, doesn’t watch TV, and a gentile who observes Hanukkah. I suppose I am already considered odd, even by Christians, so I may as well lay it all out on the table. 🙂 I am half-joking, but this is serious business.  
Over the next few posts I am going to share with you some videos I have been praying over. I pray for discernment and wisdom. I recommend you do the same. I pray that God not allow me to be deceived nor to naively go down any unnecessary rabbit holes. The response has been MORE videos and information that corroborates and expands upon the previous videos. So. Here we are.

There is one important thing we need to understand about spiritual warfare: It isn’t necessarily how most of us in the West consider it to be. Remember the old cartoons that would have a little devil pop up on one shoulder and an angel on the other? That is about the extent of how many people view spiritual warfare. 

Real spiritual warfare isn’t a cartoon! 

There is an unseen war raging all around us and most people aren’t even aware of it. There are legions whose main goal is to keep mankind in the pit of darkness and to stave off the worship and knowledge of the One True God Jehovah and His Son Yeshua Ha Mashiach. Their job is an easy one where unbelievers are concerned,  but these legions aren’t interested in those they have already captured. They want those who claim to be Christians and those who are searching. Meanwhile, those who profess to know Christ are sitting idly by, unaware they are in the middle of a war or if they are aware it is a vague awareness as demonstrated in the old cartoons.

Mostly, American Christians are just too comfortable. We are comfortable physically,  yes, but we are also comfortable in our willful ignorance of the real battle. We are so comfortable that we aren’t engaged in the warfare at all. Instead we are playing footsie with the enemy and don’t even know it! We, too, are among those who call evil good and good evil. We have become so comfortable in our traditions and with the world that we cannot recognize the enemy, even when he has us by the throat!

And he does have us by the throat! 

If we aren’t thinking of spiritual warfare as a cartoon then we go the other extreme and think of it as obvious demonic activity. While evil is certainly becoming more “in your face”, it is only because we opened the door to it by ignoring our “little” sins and dipping our toes into the world’s pool. 

There are many reasons for this but I will give just a couple. Somewhere along the way, Jesus stopped being Lord. Well, He didn’t stop; we stopped serving Him as Lord.  The Gospel became watered down (a subtle but effective weapon of the enemy) and the Holy Bible became merely a blue print for moral living, rather than the Living (and literal) Word of God that is sharper than any two-edged sword. 

Allow me to close this introductory post with a few key verses we need to arm ourselves with as the Lord opens our eyes to the battle around us. It is my prayer that all believers wake up to the schemes and weapons of the enemy so we may be as wise as serpents, harmless as doves and fully devoted to the work set before us. Also take time to watch the linked video below the Scriptures. Maranatha!


For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 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,….II Corinthians 10:3‭-‬5 NKJV

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. I Peter 5:8‭-‬9 NKJV

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:10‭-‬12 NKJV

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which  is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1‭-‬2 NKJV

https://youtu.be/0FOvMmCoHk4

An Open Letter to the Liberal/Progressive Christian.

This has been weighing on my heart for several days, but time is almost up, so I must share this. What I’m about to say is not easy for me, because I know there is a good chance I will be viewed as judgemental or accused of not having all the facts. Still, it MUST be said and I pray that you truly are as open minded as you claim liberals are, and that you heed this message. 

The ear that hears the rebukes of life Will abide among the wise. He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding. Prov 15:31‭-‬32 NKJV

   To open I would like to ask you to take a look at a few verses of Scripture.

“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass:  “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.  Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow  that woman  Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.  And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.  Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.  I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. “Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden.  And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ — as I also have received from My Father;  “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’

Rev 2:18‭-‬29

I understand that many of you intend to vote for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. I read your reasons; how you think she is best qualified to lead this nation. You support her inclusion of those you think are oppressed. She is a champion of women, you say. She will lead this nation, and thus the world, closer to unity and peace. I admire your compassion in regards to the less fortunate. 

I am also reminded of the first few verses of the above passage. 

I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience

Many of you have such big, loving hearts. You’d give the shirt off your back to anyone who needed it. You finance and volunteer at Soup Kitchens and homeless shelters. You befriend and mentor unfortunate children who are just shy of being orphans. You give of your time, skill and finances to many charitable organizations. You believe in Jesus’ sermon on the Mount and “be-attitudes”. You want to ease pain and oppression. You love people, all people, and want to meet them where their needs are.

I get that. I deeply respect that. What better way to share the Gospel and love of Christ? Jesus praises the church for this.

BUT, pay attention to the Lord’s rebuke.

You’ve allowed Jezebel to influence you. You have fallen under a great deception. Somehow you think America should be governed by a woman who thinks it is okay to murder an unborn child, even hours before it would be born. You somehow are at peace with all of the lies, corruption and controversy surrounding her. She has been accused of pedophilia. Her angry tantrums are reported by several inside sources. She will do or say whatever she needs to in order to have her way. Go back and read the books of Kings and tell me that isn’t who you want representing your nation….your very selves. It is obvious; Hillary is influenced by the same demonic spirit that controlled Jezebel. It is common knowledge that HRC’s mentor was Alinsky, who acknowledged and praised Lucifer and his rebellion against Jehovah.

Secondly, let me remind you of what Jesus said to the church in Pergamos.

But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.  Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.  Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it. ” 

Rev 2:14‭-17

In short, you have compromised with the world. You have mistaken tolerance for love. There are even some among you who say there are many paths to God.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14

If you do not believe that, you are not a follower of Jesus. You may do lots of wonderful things, but you do not belong to Jesus.

23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me. John 

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7

You cannot pick and choose which words of Jesus you want to follow. Plain and simple. 

But, if I may quote Hillary, WHAT DIFFERENCE AT THIS POINT DOES IT MAKE? You may say, “We are talking about politics. We aren’t electing an elder of the church.” True. But who you vote for is a reflection of your values, YOUR character. A vote for Hillary is your way of saying you approve of her position on key moral issues, such as abortion, pedophilia, honesty and on Jehovah God Himself (if she shares Alinsky’s view, which there is no evidence that she does not).

No, there is no holy candidate. There is no one righteous on earth, outside the blood of Jesus. Yes, everyone has skeletons and everyone sins. This isn’t an endorsement for Trump. This isn’t really about Hillary. This is about YOU claiming the name of Christ and what that means.

We are told to abhor that which is evil. We are instructed to live holy lives. Followers of Jesus are the light of the world, shining truth into the darkness. We have no fellowship with darkness. 

We either follow Jesus and His complete word, or we don’t.  There is no room for compromise. Very soon God is going to separate the sheep from the goats. Follow the Good Shepherd. Hear His voice.

I also pray you not suppress the Holy Spirit for this is your “Joshua moment”:

“Now therefore, fear the Lord , serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord ! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord .”

Joshua 24:14‭-‬15 NKJV

Love Your Neighbor Enough to Speak Truth

The following article is a must read for today’s Christian. Step away from the ear ticklers and embrace the Truth. 

If this were 1999—the year that I was converted and walked away from the woman and lesbian community I loved—instead of 2016, Jen Hatmaker’s words about the holiness of LGBT relationships would have flooded into my world like a balm of Gilead. How amazing it would have been to have someone as radiant, knowledgeable, humble, kind, and funny as Jen saying out loud what my heart was shouting: Yes, I can have Jesus and my girlfriend. Yes, I can flourish both in my tenured academic discipline (queer theory and English literature and culture) and in my church. My emotional vertigo could find normal once again. 

Continue by clicking below.

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/love-your-neighbor-enough-to-speak-truth

Witches and Wizards But What About God? | Sonny Day Devos

The following is from Sonny Day Devos by Sonny Childs. Link at bottom of page.

“Are all witches bad?” He asked me one day.
“’Some wizards are good.’ That’s what the kids say.”

“Are vampires real?” “Do ghosts come at night?”
“Are graveyards haunted?” “Is Halloween right?”

He wanted to know, “Does God really care?
Should I think it’s cool or should I beware?”

I drew him aside and opened the Book.
In First Peter three (3:11), that’s where we should look.

It’s there that we find a very small word.
Eschew is a term (King James Version) perhaps you’ve not heard.

It means to avoid, to run far away,
Do not get involved, do not even play.

The devil is wise. He knows how to win.
If you get too close, he’ll draw you on in.

When you start to play with powers of night,
Temptation is strong to turn from the right.

Satan has always wanted attention.
To pull you from God is his intention.

When our attention is focused on him,
It’s stolen from God and faith will grow dim.

Idolatry is the sin we commit.
We insult the Lord without knowing it.

Don’t trust in the stars. Don’t call a psychic.
Don’t play Ouija boards or use black magic.

Don’t focus on death or haunted graveyards.
Don’t worry ‘bout ghosts or use tarot cards.

Vampires, warlocks, and sorcerers, too.
Skeletons, zombies, and witches’ black brew.

These things are not good. They pull you away.
They’re demons of night. We’re children of day.

Witches are evil. They cannot be good.
They trust in the devil, not God as they should.

All wizards are bad even dressed in white.
They are disguising the powers of night.

The devil will try, as in “Red Riding Hood,”
To beautify sin and make it look good.

The Bible has told of wolves dressed as sheep.
If you get too close, on you they will leap!

Whenever power is not from the Lord,
It comes from the devil and his demon horde.

When curious minds are focused on this,
He draws them in closer to share his abyss.

Now this is the way that Satan gets in.
Through curious folks he leads into sin.

Before we conclude, one thing you must hear;
Satan can’t harm you when Jesus is near.

Think about good things, name six or seven.
Push out the bad thoughts, focus on Heaven.

You can’t stop living ‘cause Satan is here.
Never allow him to spoil your cheer.

Happy-faced pumpkins are fine to be sure.
In fact, there’s no problem with anything pure.

It’s fine to dress up, parade down the streets,
Go to the neighbors, collect all the sweets.

But…

With all the good things we have to explore,
There’s never a need to knock Satan’s door.

Don’t ever get close. Just stay far away.
Don’t even imply you’re like him in play.

Devotional

1 Thessalonians 5:5-6, 22 (NKJV)
“5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch… 22 Abstain from every form of evil. (KJV – “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”)

Why does darkness make us uncomfortable? Why does light relieve that discomfort? It is because “sons of the light” are not designed, physically or spiritually, to dwell in darkness. It is the opposite of our nature.

That last sentence of the passage above is especially useful at Halloween; “Abstain from every form of evil.” While common sense dictates that we cannot completely divorce ourselves from the world in which we live, we can choose to lessen our interaction with the dark side.

Q: If the only path to safety forced you to cross a room with poisonous snakes gathered against the wall on the right, on which side of the room would you walk? How far over on that side of the room would you walk?

Abstain from every form, every appearance of evil.

http://sonnydaydevos.com/witches-and-wizards-but-what-about-god/

If you identify as a Christian and plan to vote for Hillary

Please keep in mind her role model was Saul Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals. In the “Personal Acknowledgements” section of his book, Alinsky wrote the following:

Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very
first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to
know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which),
the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and
did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.

—SAUL ALINSKY

Do you really think a follower of Christ should support someone whose role model spoke so highly of the enemy of men’s souls? The great deceiver?

If you truly do belong to Jesus, then you have the Holy Spirit within you. If you have the Holy Spirit within you, you will recognize the need to flee from such a person as would give Lucifer the slightest praise. If you see nothing wrong with the above quote, then you either have suppressed the Spirit so much you don’t recognize Him, or you don’t have Him at all. In either case, you need to repent and abhor that which is evil.

Source of quote is from a PDF version of the book, Rules for Radicals, found at:

http://archive.org/stream/RulesForRadicals/RulesForRadicals_djvu.txt

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Does the above look at all familiar?

 

 

One of the best messages I’ve heard in a long time

I need to Google this man, Justin Peters. The following is the second video I’ve seen of him and it is good, solid, sound teaching.

In this video, topics covered are: the Gospel, moralism, seeker sensitive churches, the “religious right”/politics and church discipline.

May you be as blessed by this as I am.