Friday, June 28, 2013

God Thinking XXI - Know Your Enemy 5

"God wants you to know about your enemy, his boundaries, his abilities and his inabilities; not to get to know him better, but to empower you against the wiles of the wicked by revealing the truth about what he can and cannot do. 

There is no excuse for Christians not understanding the boundaries imposed on their enemy.  
Here are some truths extracted from 37 years of studying scripture: 

Every idle word - every impure thought

every word of gossip - every unkind word

every demeaning or discouraging remark

every word spoken out of anger

every negative and pessimistic word

all give satan tools to work with.
he will enter any door, any mouth, any opportunity, any mind, that is left open for him.  satan cannot win the war for your soul, but he is not in it to win the war for your soul, he is in it for the sheer joy of desecrating the people of God.  Once you understand this about satan you have been empowered to protect yourself and your family from him.
For those who think it is some kind of game and they want to dabble with the spirit world on their own terms, without understanding or abiding by sound truths from the Word of God, here’s a story from the scriptures that is quite revealing.

Acts 19:11-16
“And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
V12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
V13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
V14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
V15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
V16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so they fled out of the house naked and wounded.”

This event took place 23 years after Jesus ascended into heaven. This is no funny matter.  There are many people that think they can cast out demonic forces because they speak the name of Jesus.  But to speak the name of Jesus without the indwelling Holy Spirit and an understanding of how satan operates has no efficacy."
Excerpt from God Thinking XXI - Know Your Enemy by Keith C. Powell Copyright 2013

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