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October 26, 2017, 5:21 PM

What is spiritual warfare


For those of you who are old enough to remember, in the 1970 the comedian Flip Wilson had a TV comedy show and one of his favorite skits involved his alter ego Geraldine Jones who often declared that "the devil made her do it." This became a very popular saying during the '70's and 80's. Whenever someone did or said something that was not acceptable they would explain the action with "The devil made me do it."

So is it possible for the devil to make things happen in our lives? Or is this just a nice little saying or thought to stop one from feeling guilty about something they have said? Or is it a way of passing the blame to someone or something else when they have acted inappropriate?

There has long been an interest in the things of the spiritual. Many ancient civilizations went to great lengths to protect them selves from the influence of evil spirits. Many traditional observances have been borne out of these rituals and acts. But does these evil being truly exist as so many people believe? And are these beings capable of influencing our lives? Ancient Indian tribes had many different evil spirits that they believed could hinder an influence people places and things.

In order for one to believe that there are evil spirits they must first believe that there are demons. Many references are made into day’s society about people dealing with their personal demons. Can a person have a Personal Demon?

Before we draw a conclusion to that question let’s first find out what is a Demon?

Demons are evil spirits that belong to a satanic kingdom ruled by Satan and operating on earth and in heavenly places. The Greek word for Demon is Diamonion as is defined (Strong’s Concordance #1140) as:

  • the divine power, deity, divinity
  • a spirit, a being inferior to God, superior to men
  • evil spirits are the messengers and ministers of the devil

There are many places in the Bible that gives us a look into the world of the Demonic and their activities. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that ‘we wrestle not against flesh and blood (humans) but rather against rulers of the darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places.’

From the reference above we see that there is a battle being raged and it is not with humans. In yet another Bible reference, Luke Chapter 17:15-18. We read a storywere a man came to Jesus because his son whom he called a lunatic needed healing. Jesus rebuked the devil and he departed and the child was healed from that moment. In the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel chapter 16 we read were an evil spirit troubled the king of Israel Saul.

Consider the above references and then decide is there a spiritual warfare? Can evil spirits influence the lives and actions of people? If so what do we need to do to make sure we are victorious in this battle.




October 24, 2017, 12:18 PM

Is there a supernatural or spiritual world?


 

With so much emphasis today on things unseen, it makes one wonder if there truly is a world that is unseen by humans. Are there really ghost and if so do they actually hang around in houses, museums and ancient restaurants? Are these ghost or paranormal entities influencing people, places and things?

If we were to ask one hundred people these questions we would possibly get one hundred different answers depending on their culture, traditions and of course their religion or lack of.

But to truly get an idea to the answer we must first turn to the world’s oldest known book the "Bible". Let's first talk about an unseen world, does it exist? The Apostle Paul states in 2 Cor.4:18 'While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.' The apostle implies that there is an unseen world that cannot be seen and that this world lasts forever. Now Jesus said in John 4;24 "God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality)." Amplified Bible Here Jesus is telling us that God is a spiritual being. Does that make him a Ghost? In a way it does because the Holy Spirit is the spirit of God in the earth realm. But when we read the account of the creation in the book of Genesis we see that God gave them (man) dominion over the earth realm so that makes the operation of spirits in the earth illegal. Only a flesh and blood body possessing creature can have control of this earth. Thus, for any spirit to operate in the earth it must possess a body.

So what about ghost influencing people? Once again lets look at our authority on the subject. In the book of Luke Jesus tell this disciples ' When the unclean spirit is gone out of man, he walketh through dry places seeking rest; and finding none he saith I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in and dwell there and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Lk 11:24-26

No where in the scripture do we find a place that states these spirits are hanging around houses or other inanimate objects but every time a spirit is mentioned it is mentioned in regards to being in a person. So yes there is a supernatural unseen world with unseen spirits good and evil. 

 




October 17, 2017, 5:02 PM

Life changing Experience to be a Christian


When one becomes a Christian, there are obvious lifestyle changes that occur some voluntary and others involuntary. Voluntarily we start striving to live a life of faith to please God. Because the Bible says that without faith it is impossible to please Him. What does that mean? Simply that we now start to look to God for things that we had previously depended on from ourselves and others. Once we have become a Christian there are some things in our lives that we no longer have a desire to do, some places we no longer desire to go, and some people that we no longer desire to be around, "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”. 1 Corinthians 13:11 But the question “Does becoming a Christian require a change in your lifestyle?” The answer is simply yes. Does that mean now your life should be boring and mundane? Does that mean you should walk around as if you have a halo over your head and wings on your back? Or that you should be judgmental of everyone you meet because they are not conforming to your set of beliefs and adhering to the same standard that you do? No! What it means is you are living a life that is pleasing to God you are not living a life devoid of God but one that has put Him at the front, center and rear of everything that you do, think and say. Once you start to do those things your whole lifestyle changes involuntarily.

In the Book of 2 Corinthians Paul reminds us that "Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." So if being in Christ ( Christian) all things have become new 2 cor. 5:17 this could only conclude that ones life style has also become new. That means no matter how terrible, miserable or depressed your old life style was, now it has been erased and you can start all over. You can now begin to build on the life that you really want to have.

Many times we are led to believe that you have to stop doing this, and stop doing that, but the Bible is very clear on the things that are unpleasing to God, the things that are sin.. "sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. “Gal. 5:20-21 Now if your lifestyle includes those things you definitely need to change them.  The idea that you have to stop everything in life except attending church services and Bible study, is not what it means to be a Christian.  It doesn't mean that you cannot attend certain entertaining events, watch certain movies or listen to anything other than Gospel music and Hymns.  Once you become a Christian you will be building a relationship with God and you will know by the leading of the Holy Spirit what things to omit in your life and what things to retain.

Barbara Smitherman, is an ordained minister and pastor.  she is also the author of "Engaging the Sons of Darkness", "Does the Bible really say Women can't Preach", and "The Symbolic language of the Bible."

·         Amazon.com: Engaging the Sons of Darkness (9781606960110): Barbara Smitherman: Books
Amazon.com: Engaging the Sons of Darkness (9781606960110): Barbara Smitherman: Books

·         Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center - McAlester Oklahoma

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June 13, 2016, 2:00 AM

Reversing the Curse


We are all taught the importance of the work of the cross of Calvary.  We all understand that Christ died on the cross so that we could have a right to the tree of life, that we could be reconciled to the Father.  But I want us to know that there is much more power in the Blood of Jesus than we may know or recognize.  It could be that because of our life long teachings we have not gotten a true understanding to the magnificent impact of the power of the blood of Jesus.

We have been taught that Jesus went to the cross to save mankind from sin but there is a lot more to it than that. Right here we are going to learn just what really happened that day thousand years ago that is still impacting our lives today.  We are going to learn about the seven places Christ shed his blood prior to being hung on that old rugged cross and the significance of each place.

The first place Christ shed his blood was in the Garden of Gethsemane; Here He won back and revered the curse on our will power. Luke 22:42  Adam in the Garden was weak and hd no will power to fight off the enemy and had symbolically declared his own will above God's will in disobeying God's word. Now Jesus puts God's will above His own. In effect storing man's will power to defeat the enemy.

The second place  Jesus shed His blodd was at the whipping post here He reversed the curse on our health Isaiah 53:3 It was the custom to receive 40 lashes but Jesus received only 39 symbolic of the 39 major disease categories of man.

The third place Jesus shed His blood was when the crown of thorns were place on His head. here he reversed the curse of poverty. Genesis 3:17 now the curse was removed off of the ground and now men could once again prosper in the land the Lord had given them.

The fourth place Jesus shed blood was when they pierced His hands  This reversed the curse of lost dominion.  Here our dominion was restored over the things we touched.

The fifth place Jesus shed His blood  was when they pierced his feet. This removed the curse of lost dominon of wehre we walk upon the earth. Deuteronomy 11:24

The Sixth place Jesus shed his blood was when he was pierced in the side and blood and water ran out this is an indication that his heart had been stabbed this reversed the curse of lost joy His heart was broken that we may have joy.

And last but absolutely not least the seventh place Jesus shed his blood was in his bruising (bleeding under the skin) this reversed the curse of inner hurts and iniquitis. Isaiah 53:5

There is much more to the crucifixion than just Jesus dying for our sins He also reversed every curse that was laid on man due to the fall in the Garden of Eden.  Now we know that Satan has no power over us and we have the power and authority to defeat our enemy. Praise God