A DEEPER LOOK AT SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Good Monday morning dearly beloved of the Lord. We are coming into the month of October this week and I wanted to share a video from Evangelist John Ramirez on the reality of spiritual warfare. I warn you, he is real and very raw in his testimony, but I so believe we all need REAL LIFE testimonies of deliverance from deep darkness. I believe this type of testimony stirs us out of complacency and compromise. He came to know Jesus after being taken to hell by the Lord. I've also heard him say that no one ever evangelized to him, and told him how much Jesus loved him. We have got to do better as the people of God.
I may share a few of his videos if the Lord leads me to this month, because I believe these are timely to hear as we move through October. I urge you to take time this week to listen to this man's testimony. You will not be the same after hearing him, I promise you.
Much love and blessings.
Ephesians 6:10-13 "In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]."
SCRIPTURES FOR PRAYER AND FURTHER MEDITATION:
2 Corinthians 11:14- "And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light."
James 4:7 "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."
Luke 10:19 "I have given you authority to trample upon snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will hard you."
1 Peter 5:8 "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour."
1 Thessalonians 5:6 "So then, let us not be like those who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober."
1 John 5:3-5 "For the [true] love of God is this: that we do His commands [keep His ordinances and are mindful of His precepts and teaching]. And these orders of His are not irksome (burdensome, oppressive, or grievous). For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. Who is it that is victorious over [that conquers] the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact]?"
1 John 5:18-19 "We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one."
I John 5:21 "Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts."
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 "For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasoning's and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), Being in readiness to punish every [insubordinate for his] disobedience, when your own submission and obedience [as a church] are fully secured and complete."
Psalm 91 AMPC "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust! For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent. For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service]. They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot. Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never]. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.
Thank you Jesus! We believe, trust, and rely on you.