THE WEAPONS OF OUR ENEMY SATAN

 


THE WEAPONS OF OUR ENEMY SATAN



      The Bible says that we are NOT ignorant of Satan's devices. However in observing my fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord as well as observing my own life I have found that NOT ALL Christians are in fact aware of and are knowledgeable of the devices or weapons of their enemy Satan. Some Christians in fact BLAME Almighty God for the things in their life that Satan himself is the direct CAUSE of bringing these things that are NOT desired to be in their life. I have said before in some of my other Bible studies that in reality we have only ONE enemy and that is Satan, the devil. Therefore it is VITAL that we know and understand the WEAPONS that he uses against us.

      So let us begin this study in Gods word to learn about the three major weapons that are used by our adversary, the devil, to steal our FAITH and keep us in bondage are FEAR, DOUBT, and UNBELIEF. Now by no means are these three the ONLY weapons of the enemy, but we have to start somewhere. And well for me, when I saw that feeding my FAITH had a direct effect on lowering and eventually eliminating my fear, then this was where I personally began to find greater victory over the enemy. Now I believe that all the weapons of the enemy operate under the umbrella of deception as you will see as you read this study.

First off I want you to see that these three devices of the enemy are very closely related and that every thing begins with just a single thought. Now EVERY thing we hear or read, as we begin to think and ponder upon it, will ALWAYS go in the direction of ONE of three different ways, which are as follows:
One way or direction is that we will direct any one particular thought or group of thoughts to what I call the “TRASH BIN” file or the “ set it on the shelf, think about it later” file. In others words, we will either REJECT completely what we just heard or read, or we will say to our self, "I will have to think about that one some more, but not right at this moment, I am going to continue to believe the way I do for now". Or something along this line of reasoning.

The second direction we will take when we are thinking about what we have heard or read is to send our thoughts to the “RECEIVING” file, which consequently has two sub files or sections. In others words, TWO separate and distinctly different directions or ways of viewing or believing about what we have heard or read.

Now one section of this “receiving” file is labeled “Yes, that is a really good idea!, I like that!, Awesome!”. This section is called the “FAITH” section, which is more on the enthusiastic side that says, "I want to learn more about this topic or subject so that I can make a change in my life to the better". This FAITH side will most always brings GOOD into your life.
However, the other side or section in this “RECEIVING” file contains all the negative undesirable thoughts, BUT until your mind is RENEWED to the word of God you do not ALWAYS perceive these thoughts as being negative and undesirable. This section I like to call the “WORRY AND FEAR” section.
Included in this section can also be found OPINIONS that are formed from bits and pieces of information that you have heard over your lifetime, which become what you BELIEVE, good OR bad, right OR wrong, true OR false. You see, some of what you BELIEVE may NOT be SOUNDLY based upon the WHOLE word of God. It is partly because of these wrong beliefs that keep you in bondage to worry and unbelief, simply because you do not realize that your beliefs are incorrect.
 You see, if you BELIEVE what you have come to know as being the truth, when in fact it is NOT the TRUTH, but you only perceived  or believed it to be the truth, then you will be less likely to accept the TRUTH when it comes before you. This is one of the enemy's greatest weapons, DECEPTION! And what better way to deceive you than to get you to believe that you already know the truth. Satan always uses a little truth to sell his lies to you, so BE NOT DECEIVED! Read and study the WHOLE word of God to PROVE to yourself the TRUTH of God's word.

So now that you know how your brain sorts out what you hear and read we are going to take a closer look on WHY many people have the tendency to spend so much of their time in this “WORRY AND FEAR” section or file in their mind, whereby they are easily overcome by the enemy. 

Well the long and short of the whole matter is simply condensed down to this one point, their computer like mind needs to be ERASED and then PROGRAMED according to God's WAY of thinking. You see, every thing to THEM still seems to be working fine, that is to say, that the glitch in their thinking process is not noticeable or apparent to them. They just know they are not satisfied with the way things are going in their lives, but they do not believe that the way that they BELIEVE is the problem. Their eyes have been BLINDED by the enemy to the knowledge of TRUTH. 

The word of God in Romans 12:2 says it like this,


"And be NOT conformed to this world: but be you transformed (how?) by the RENEWING of your MIND, that you may PROVE what is that GOOD, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”


You see, until our minds are RENEWED with the word of God, we will continue to think like the world, which for the most part believe that they must keep open their “WORRY AND FEAR” file in their computer brain and continue on thinking upon those things that they heard or read assuming that they are the truth, which bring even more thoughts of worry and fear. They ponder over and over on these worrisome thoughts, which produce unwanted emotions of anxiety and fear in them.

This “WORRY AND FEAR” file also has data stored in it that goes way back into their past. And this vast collection of individual files, which they have collected throughout their life are each filled filled with information that ONLY produce FEAR, DOUBT and UNBELIEF in their life.

Now what you need do is to come to UNDERSTAND and FULLY realize that the ONLY section or file that is in your computer like mind, which will be of any use to you to PRODUCE change to the GOOD, is your “FAITH” file. You also need to learn that the “WORRY AND FEAR” file VITALLY needs to be thrown in the trash bin, and then immediately and permanently DELETED from your working memory. Now I realize that nothing is truly gone or completely erased from your memory, BUT you need to close the file on some things, and then send the rest to the "TRASH BIN" or the file that says, "I will think some more about this later" file. 

Now BEFORE deleting the “TRASH BIN” file or “the put it on the shelf, I will think about it later” file, you need to thoroughly go through everything you have heard or have been taught in the past and make absolutely sure that there is not something important that needs to be reconsidered or re-evaluated and moved back into your working memory. For you see, some things that we have considered fro a little bit, but then decide to throw them into the trash bin quite possibly may be what God is trying to get us to see, but because of what we were taught previously we just merely conclude that it cannot be the truth so we throw it out. Sometimes we need to re-evaluate some things that we have learned, when new information or greater understanding is brought to our thought process.

You see, it is what we think and ponder upon that will eventually come to be what we BELIEVE, even if what we CHOOSE to believe is WRONG in God's eyes, but yet we THINK it is the truth. Now it is this wrong belief that we have arrived at through the thinking, and rationalization process, which is what the word of God calls UNBELIEF, because it contradicts his WHOLE word. 

Now we may sincerely believe that we are correct in that which we believe, however, IF what we believe contradicts or is in opposition with the WHOLE word of God, then it is none the less UNBELIEF even though at the time we SINCERELY believed it to be the TRUTH, when if reality it was a DECEPTION from the enemy.

The world may believe that worry, anxiety and fear are a part of life and that is just the way things are. Therefore many, including Christians, are RULED and controlled by their fears, because they truly and sincerely believe that there is nothing that they can do about it, which is what I said before, UNBELIEF. You see, because they have not come to the KNOWLEDGE of the truth, which is that they can be set free from their fear. This is one of the reasons they remain in this state of being overcome by the enemy, because they do NOT BELIEVE CORRECTLY.

Here is how the process works. First we hear or read something. Next we take that which we have just heard of read and we send it  through the thought process. Now you and I may hear or read the SAME exact thing, but perceive it differently. I may immediately direct this information to the “TRASH BIN” file, where I may or may not think about it later. All I know for sure at this point is it does not fit totally with what I already believe, but in some case it merits keeping for awhile, until more information comes in and it can be examined more thoroughly.
 However, you may take this SAME information and after thinking on it for a moment will begin to worry and fret, then the more you dwell upon it you become more and more anxious. Then it is not too long that your anxiety turns into FEAR. And then FEAR will almost and inevitably produce DOUBT, and in turn doubt will invariably lead to UNBELIEF if it is not opposed. Once you reach this stage of unbelief you will become almost unteachable and it will be very difficult to be set free from your bondage of unbelief. Not impossible, but difficult.
 
For example, If through the things you have heard or read you have come to believe, or more precisely you DO NOT believe that you can OVERCOME an addiction of some sort, whether it be drinking, drugs, smoking, pornography, stealing, lying, or whatever it may be, then it would be more difficult to persuade you otherwise, but yet not impossible. So the FIRST step to OVERCOMING anything is we have to BELIEVE that it IS POSSIBLE.

      Even though there are those who do not believe that worrying or being anxious is that big of a deal there are others who truly want to be set free from worry and fear, so let's take a closer look at FEAR, which is one of Satan's most widely used tactics. There are 717 scriptural references in the Bible on this broad subject pertaining to FEAR that give clear instructions to us about how our enemy, the devil uses fear to overcome us. Now if you do not know much about the Bible, that is a lot of space given to any one particular subject, so it must be very important in the eyes of God to teach his people about the dangers of FEAR.

The Bible speaks of basically two kinds of FEAR, but at the moment I only want to focus on the type of FEAR that Satan uses against all of mankind. However, I will just briefly mention that the “FEAR of the Lord” differs from the FEAR that the enemy uses against us. The fear of God, which can best be defined or described as having great respect or reverence. This type of fear will always work to our advantage and will keep us from harm. You can be an EXCELLENT swimmer, and not FEAR water, but yet have a godly RESPECT for raging swift flood waters.

       On the contrary the FEAR that Satan uses as a weapon against us will always bring torment and harm to us if it is not stopped. For example there are some who are literally terrified of water and drowning. FEAR must be disarmed before victory can be produced or made manifest in our lives. Here are three things that we need to be aware of in order to eliminate FEAR from our lives.


    • The first thing we need to know is that God has not given to us the spirit of FEAR. So in other words FEAR comes from our enemy, Satan, and not from God.


The Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7,


"For God has NOT given us the spirit of FEAR, but of POWER, and of LOVE, and of a SOUND MIND.”


It is NOT God’s WILL for us to FEAR, because fear brings torment to our minds, and God wants us to keep our minds sound and at peace. Take a look at Isaiah 26:3


"You will KEEP him in perfect peace, whose MIND is stayed on you, because he trust in you.”


Then look at 1 John 4:18 which says,


"There is NO fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect.”

God does not want us to live or walk in fear. In fact there are numerous verses from God's word which COMMAND us NOT to FEAR! Search out the word of God to prove it for yourself that you have been set free from fear.


    •   Secondly we need to understand that fear is only a thought, a reasoning or an IMAGINATION in the MIND, which is the battle field where the war against FEAR and UNBELIEF is waged.


The mind is where your thoughts, the things you reason, and your imaginations occur. Any one of these three processes can either be good or bad, and therefore must be controlled. You must control your thoughts, and not let your thoughts control you. The crippling emotions of FEAR always begins as nothing more than a thought, and must be controlled before victory can be attained over the enemy.

The process of gaining control of our thoughts can perhaps best be viewed as a battle between two opposing sides. I will call one side “good” and the other side “evil”. The inner man or the spirit of man is teamed up with God, the side of good. While Satan, which is the evil side, goes about seeking whom he may devour by first trying to appeal to the fleshly nature of mankind. Once the enemy finds an unsuspecting target that is ignorant of his devices and which will give him a listening ear, that is to say one who will think and ponder on what he tells them, then the devil begins trying different tactics to deceive or intimidate with worry his newly found prey.

Now obviously, as with any battle, the side that gains and keeps control will ultimately be the victor in that particular battle. Therefore you need to be aware of the enemie's devices lest he should get an advantage over you. And one of the devil's devices is getting you to worry and fret until this worry becomes an overpowering FEAR in your life that controls your thoughts.

You see, if your thoughts are continually filled with FEAR and negative things and are not brought under your control, then the FEAR that you are fearful of, will eventually come to pass in your life, if so be that you remain in that state of fear. Job 3:25 says,
 
"The thing which I greatly FEARED is come upon me, and that which I was AFRAID of is come unto me.”


The margin of my Bible says that the literal Hebrew of this verse reads,


"I feared a FEAR, and it came upon me”.


One could say to this that there is nothing to fear, but fear itself. For FEAR, if it is left unchecked will eventually come to pass. So it is very important to believe and respect what I am teaching you and get fear under your control.

I am sure you have heard someone say, “Don’t let your imagination run wild.”

FEAR is nothing more than a thought, an imagination that we begin to reason in our minds. Don’t let fearful thoughts run wild in your mind! Replace these thoughts of worry and fear with positive faith filled thoughts that you receive from God's word. FAITH comes by hearing God's word.


    • And thirdly we need to realize that we need NOT be ignorant of the devices of our enemy, Satan. For it is by NOT knowing the strategies of the enemy that allows the devil to get an advantage over us.


Proverbs 4:7 says,


"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.”


The mind is also where we perceive things. The word “perceive” means to take notice, to observe, to become aware of, and to achieve understanding. Another one of Satan’s devices is to keep you in darkness. In other words the enemy wants to keep you from knowing the truth, to keep you ignorant of God’s word. So just how does Satan use FEAR against us?

Let’s begin our search for this answer by first getting a better perception of one of the enemy’s devices known as “imaginations”. The American Heritage dictionary defines imagination as the formation of a mental image or notion that is NOT REAL or PRESENT. We need to fully understand that FEAR is only an imagination. FEAR is only a thought in our minds and nothing more! It is ONLY when the REASONING mode of the mind is activated that FEAR becomes a threat.

You no doubt have heard the phase, “Out of sight out of mind” Well I want you to put those mental images that you are or have formed in the theater of your mind out of your “mind's eye” and replace your thoughts by thinking on things that will set your mind free from worry and fear.

Let me explain what I mean by this. Reasoning is the argument or evidence in our mind that produces, or motivates you to action. For example, let’s say that you have been told that if you go out and play in the rain or you get caught in the rain and get soaked that you might get sick. This thought of being sick is not pleasant to you and therefore this thought becomes worry. And then worry if left unchecked will develop into FEAR.

Now let’s suppose you have been caught out in the rain and you have been completely soaked. You begin to think of what you were told about playing in the rain and how getting soaked by the rain will cause you to get sick. Now the FEAR of being wet and getting sick are connected as one thought. In other words the thought has now become a FEAR of having on wet clothes will cause you to have a cold. Now you move to the reasoning mode. You begin to think I need to get out of these wet clothes before I get sick. Now comes the motivation to action and you change into some dry clothes. Soon FEAR sets in again. That is to say, a mere thought comes to your mind, “I wonder if I got out of those wet clothes soon enough? I hope I don’t get sick.”

Now this example may sound trivial to some, but let us suppose what you HEARD at some point in your life that CANCER runs in your family. It may be some other fatal disease that you were TOLD runs in your family. No matter what you were TOLD, if your thinking, pondering and dwelling on the information you heard, what ever it may be. produces an overwhelming fear in your mind, then that fear will eventually become what you truly believe in your heart. It will become an overwhelming ABUNDANCE in your heart if you do not do something to stop it. Some may be saying, so what is the big deal about being fearful over something.

Take a look at the words of Jesus found in Luke 6:45 which says,


"A good man OUT OF the good treasure of his HEART brings forth that which is good: and an evil man OUT OF the evil treasure of his HEART brings forth that which is evil: for of (or because, the reason being is that) the ABUNDANCE of the HEART the mouth speaks.


If you have not already read the study entitled "THE POWER OF YOUR WORDS", then I implore you to read this power packed study into God's word on speaking right words, words filled with FAITH.

You see the more you dwell on these kind of worrisome thoughts the more your FEAR of getting sick or coming down with one of these evil diseases will grow and become a stronghold in your mind, until finally the thing you FEARED has come upon you. Here is an acronym of the word “FEAR” that I once heard that has helped me perceive FEAR for what it truly is.


F ALSE

E VIDENCE

A PPEARING

R EAL


FEAR is nothing more than FALSE EVIDENCE that is only APPEARING to be real! Yes the physical “symptoms” may be present in your body, but in a “spiritual sense” all these symptoms are only LIES from the enemy seeking whom he may devour. For a deeper understanding of what I mean by this please read the studies entitled WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SAVED and BIBLE MEANING OF FAITH.

When you begin to understand that FEAR is only an imagination, then it will be an easy stronghold of the enemy for you to pull down. Look at 2 Corinthians 10:4,5


"(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but MIGHTY through God, to the pulling down of strong holds;)

CASTING DOWN imaginations, and every high thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, (and bringing into captivity EVERY THOUGHT to the obedience of Christ).”


The words “strong holds” here literally mean an ARGUMENT in your mind. The American Heritage dictionary defines stronghold as an area of predominance. One definition of predominate means to be of a greater quantity or influence. Perhaps a good way to illustrate this is to picture a balance scale with FAITH on one side and FEAR on the other side.


                    FEAR                                                                                              



                                                                   FAITH

The side that has the greatest quantity of INFLUENCE will be the side that has or carried the most WEIGHT and will tip the scale to the favor of that side. Therefore, if your FEAR influences you greater than your FAITH, then that FEAR will begin to produce DOUBT, and then DOUBT will eventually become UNBELIEF. The end result will ultimately be defeat for you and victory for the enemy.

However, the reverse of this is as equally true, so don’t let the devil get an advantage over you by keeping you under the bondage of fear! If you feed your FAITH you will automatically starve your FEAR. Soon the greater influence will become your FAITH, and the scale will tip in your favor. Your FAITH will produce peace and joy in your whole being and will give you strength to fight and resist the enemy unto the end and you gain victory over the enemy. NOTHING is impossible to him the BELIEVES.

Now let’s go back to the example of getting caught in the rain and getting soaked. Obviously your desire or intent is not ever to get sick, but you heard once that getting soaked in the rain breaks down your immune system and now the enemy has brought this piece of information to your remembrance and as you dwell upon it you begin to worry that you will get sick. If you continue with this line or direction of thinking this stronghold will become greater in your mind.

Now all the enemy has to do for most people is to get them to sneeze or cough, then all the other lies he has previously planted in your mind through other things that you have heard at one time or another will begin to join in to build an even bigger stronghold, until you are literally controlled by your fear of getting sick.

But you can stop all these lies of the enemy by feeding your FAITH with the word of God, which will produce HOPE in you that says I don’t have to get sick, sickness and disease has no right to come oppress my body, because Jesus bore all my sicknesses and diseases. As this influence of your FAITH becomes even just a little greater than FEAR, then HOPE will begin to change to confidence, which will in turn produce peace and rest that always leads to victory. You will not be concerned, anxious, worried, with getting out of those wet clothes, because you are no longer FEARFUL of becoming sick. But rather your focus of changing into dry clothes is ONLY because you will be more comfortable.

Your confidence now moves to peace and rest, which will bring you victory, because you now understand that it is NOT the playing or getting caught in the rain that has anything at all to do with you getting sick, but rather the FEAR of what you have HEARD and CHOSE to believe, might come to pass as to what is the cause for bringing this evil in your life. Have you ever looked up the word "ILL"? This word "ill" means EVIL of the WORST KIND, to be sick. The evil treasure you have stored up in your heart by those things, which you have worried and fretted over is what the word of God says that causes this undesirable evil in your life. No doubt you heard as a child over and over again, “get out of the rain before you get sick”, or don’t play in the rain, because you don’t want to catch a cold”. These are just words that eventually produced fear in you, because you CHOSE to BELIEVE them. Remember the Bible says


"I feared a fear and it came upon me”.


       As you have seen FAITH and FEAR are opposing forces. And even though they are on opposite sides, they function or operate almost identically. Romans 10:17 says,


        “So then FAITH comes by HEARING, and hearing by the word of God.”


        When you avail yourself to hear and study the word of God, your FAITH, which you already possess, will be stimulated and rise within you. Your FAITH will “increase” if you will, not in quantity, but in intensity and in INFLUENCE. Therefore “feeding” on the word of God is how you feed or develop your faith.

         Now as you feed your faith upon the word of God it will become the greater INFLUENCE on the way you THINK, and at the same time your fearful thoughts will decrease in their intensity and influence. The more you feed your faith by reading and studying God’s word the more influence faith will have in the battlefield of your mind. Soon your faith will become the predominate force, and the stronghold of fear will come tumbling down. God’s word will work on any and every fear, every single time, because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

        In order to be more effective at pulling down the stronghold of fear you must know and understand that fear works in the SAME way that faith works. First you HEAR an evil report, anything contrary to what God says. Then you begin to think about what you have heard. Soon your thoughts will become anxious, and then worry will begin to produce fearful imaginations. These arguments or reasoning in your mind that are filled with fear will now form thoughts of doubt that will cause you to start losing hope. Before long doubt will turn to unbelief, which will ultimately lead to defeat for you, and victory for the enemy.

        Remember I said that there were at least three things that caused the protective hedge that God placed around Job to be removed. The first thing we already discussed as being PERVERSE SPEECH in the study entitled THE POWER OF YOUR WORDS. The second thing is found in Job 3:25, which says,


       “The thing I greatly FEARED is come upon me, and that which I was AFRAID of is come unto me.”
 

        The only thing that will cancel your fear is YOUR faith. Faith will always conquer fear, but if you let it, fear will steal your faith or dominate your faith every time.

        Basically it all comes down to a choice. Are you going to let the devil dominate your life with fear, or are you going to be a doer of the word of God and develop the faith God has ALREADY given you? What are you going to ALLOW your mind to think and meditate upon? Are you going to think on the thoughts that the enemy is trying to deceive you with? Or are you going to BELIEVE the word of God that will set you free from FEAR?

        Then once you are free from fear, you will be saved (sozo), delivered, HEALED, made whole, rescued, protected, set free, and in right relationship with God. Remember FEAR is nothing more than a thought or an imagination in your MIND, and therefore cannot harm you if you do not ALLOW it to remain. But if left alone to grow fear will eventually produce itself. Fear of sickness will eventually produce sickness. Fear of losing your job will eventually produce losing your job. Fear causes you to profess and “prophesy” if you will the things in your life that you are fearing. Fear causes you to speak forth the things you are fearful of, and thereby you are “calling things that are not yet manifested in your life into being” Then when these fears come to pass you say, I told you so, didn't I tell you that this would happen. You see you BELIEVED your fears, SPOKE forth the ABUNDANCE of your HEART, and YOU BROUGHT FORTH of into being that evil treasure, which you feared in your heart.

So be a doer of the word, and cast down those thoughts that are producing fear. In 2 Corinthians 10:5 we are told to

 "CAST DOWN EVERY IMAGINATION that exalts itself against the word of God and BRING EVERY THOUGHT into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”


When something is brought into captivity or held captive it is brought under one’s control and restrained from continuing to bring harm. For example the Bible tells us that we are healed by the stripes of Jesus and that he bore all our sicknesses and diseases.

Therefore if a mere THOUGHT tries to exalt itself above God’s word or goes against what God’s word says by saying to you when a symptom of a sneeze or a cough comes upon you, “You must be catching a cold”, then you are faced with a CHOICE you are going to have to make. Are you going to believe God’s word that says Jesus already bore that cold for you, or are you going to be deceived by the enemy and ALLOW the fearful THOUGHT of catching a cold to dominate your mind?
 

"I feared a fear and it came upon me.”


If your fear of catching a cold or becoming sick is left unchecked, and not brought under control, then the enemy will surely win in deceiving you into accepting that cold or illness.

Rather than listening to the lies of the enemy be a doer of the word of God and bring those thoughts that oppose God’s word by casting them down and bringing them into obedience of Christ.


"Let the redeemed of the Lord SAY so”!


SAY I have been REDEEMED from the curse of the law. SPEAK to the mountain, SAY to those lying symptoms in the name of Jesus you are not allowed in my body. SAY, “Cold you are not allowed in my body in the name of Jesus for with his stripes I am healed. Jesus bore ALL my sicknesses and diseases. Satan you are a liar and there is no truth in you I hold up the shield of faith against you in the name of Jesus.” Then rest in the assurance that God will perform his word with signs following. It is that simple to walk in Divine HEALTH, if you do NOT waver and remain steadfast unto the end of each and every temptation or battle the enemy brings against you.

Another key to VICTORIOUS faith is found in Isaiah 26:3 which says,


"You will keep him in perfect peace whose MIND is STAYED on you, because he TRUSTS in you.”


The word “stayed” here mean sustained, upheld, braced up, steadfast and refreshed. Another meaning of sustain is to be supplied with the necessities or nourishment needed to support the spirit. When your mind remains STEADFAST on God and you lean not unto your own understanding. God will uphold, brace up, support, sustain, nourish, and refresh your spirit through the element called FAITH. However, in order for our minds to remain STAYED on God we need to FEED our spirits on the word of God daily. If you are faithful to read and study God's word daily, he will write his word upon your heart and your mind and it will become that good treasure of your heart.

You see your physical body requires food on a DAILY basis to be nourished and sustained. Likewise it is vital for you to nourish your inner man, your spirit with the word of God on a DAILY basis. Let’s look at the word “refresh” for a moment, and then it will become clear to you on how our spirits are nourished and strengthened in order to become the greater influence. Once your spirit is refreshed to the point of this greater influence it will rise up and take dominion over your flesh. The word “refresh” means to revive, which means to impart health to. Refresh also means to restore, to renew, and to bring back to usefulness or effectiveness. Think of your spirit as being like a rechargeable battery. When a battery in weak or ran down it is of little use and not very effective. It is still a battery, but it is really of no use to you, UNTIL it is RECHARGED.

Likewise we can have KNOWLEDGE or UNDERSTANDING that was once CHARGED UP and ENERGIZED with enthusiasm about what God said in his word, because your heart was filled with ABUNDANCE on this particular subject of God's word. Then over time your focus was on other things and little by little the ABUNDANCE in your heart became less and less. Now you still have the KNOWLEDGE or UNDERSTANDING about God's word concerning healing, but like the battery it has lost its CHARGE and ENERGY. God's word is no less true now than it was when you used this same knowledge to receive your healing before. Only now his word doesn't SEEM to be working. The enemy brings his lies to you and tells you that God does not always heal everyone, every time. NO! NO! A thousand times NO. God's word ALWAYS produces what it is DESIGNED to produce. The reason you have not received your healing is because you need to be CHARGED UP once again to the PEAK of ABUNDANCE in your heart. For you see in order for a battery to be at its’ peak of effectiveness it needs to be charged up to a FULL charge and then REMAIN charged. Simple REMOVING a battery from the SOURCE or where it RECEIVES it's CHARGE and not even using a battery will cause the battery to drain over time. Also being around a negative discharge, such as being "grounded out", this will also drain a battery very quickly and CAUSE it to be of NO USE, UNTIL this battery is RECHARGED. Likewise, or in a similar manner, not using God's word will cause us to lose our proficiency in the scripture, and being around negative people and other Christians who do not share our same enthusiastic belief will also cause our spirits to be drained and therefore we will NOT be ABLE to function in our FAITH properly and EFFECTIVELY, UNTIL we RECHARGE ourselves by RENEWING our minds with the WORD of Almighty God. Jesus said TAKE HEED what you HEAR. And he also said TAKE HEED HOW you HEAR.

The Bible says in Romans 12:2,


"And be NOT conformed to (or fashioned according to, and following the practices of) the world: BUT be you transformed (HOW?) by the RENEWING of your MIND, (WHY?) THAT (or in order that) you may prove what is that good and acceptable and PERFECT WILL of God.”


Remember that it is impossible to please God without FAITH, and faith in God comes only through the HEARING (understanding) God’s word. The word “renew” means to restore, to renovate, to take up again or resume. It also means to repeat so as to reaffirm. Sometimes we think we already know what God’s word says on this subject or that topic, but we need to take another look, a closer look, so that our spirits will be reaffirmed or re-established.

Another meaning of renew is to be replenished and brought into being again. We need to put a fresh supply of God’s word into our minds every day so that our minds will be transformed to think the way God thinks, and so that we will no longer be conformed to the world’s way of thinking.

Before I leave this scripture I would like to touch on the word “prove” which means to test, to try, to examine and to establish as true. Prove also means to be shown to be what is specified or stated by trial or experience. In order to establish God’s word as true in your own spirit you will have to be a doer of the word as if it were true. Put it to the test. God’s word will always be established as true IF you step out in unwavering FAITH and hold fast or endure unto the END. So what does this mean to HOLD FAST and ENDURE unto the END?

It simple means that WHATEVER you are BELIEVING FOR you must CONTINUE to BELIEVE WITHOUT WAVERING or casting away your FAITH or CONFIDENCE of RECEIVING what you are BELIEVING FOR, UNTIL you ACTUALLY have RECEIVED or OBTAINED what you are BELIEVING FOR.

God’s word says that you are healed and that is exactly what it means, but I cannot prove this to you. Only YOU can prove God’s word for yourself. Renew your mind with the word of God DAILY until your spirit man rises to be the greater influence and takes dominion over your flesh. Then out of the ABUNDANCE of your heart your mouth will speak forth God’s word with boldness and unwavering faith. And then God will hasten to perform his word and you will receive what you are standing in faith to receive.

Once you prove God’s word for yourself you will have rejoicing in your heart, and you will have settled it once and for all time that God’s word is what it says it is. Galatians 6:4 says it like this,


"But let every man prove his OWN work (of faith), and then shall he (or she) have rejoicing in himself (or herself) alone and not in another.”


Some times we have faith in other people’s prayers, but don’t have much confidence in our own prayers. In order to grow beyond this point you will have to come to trust in God’s word and know in your heart that God is NO RESPECTER of persons, and that he will do for you what he does for another. But remember God only responds to FAITH, and faith in God only comes through his word.

Think back to the time before you were saved, before you ACCEPTED Jesus as your savior. If you were like me you will probably recall that the first time you heard the gospel (that is the good news of salvation) you did not openly receive it. However the more you were INFLUENCED by the HEARING of God’s word the more you began to think and consider the possibility of what you were HEARING as being the truth, until finally at some point in time you made a CHOICE to believe the word of God that you were HEARING and ACCEPT it into your heart as THE TRUTH. It was only then that you stepped out in FAITH and acted upon God’s word that you actually experienced the joy and peace of being saved (sozo). It was only after PROVING God’s word for yourself that you received the rejoicing in your heart, and that inner witness that assures you that you are truly saved without a doubt.

This same rule or process applies when it comes to RECEIVING healing (sozo), deliverance (sozo), having your needs met (sozo), or what ever else God has ALREADY provided for you (sozo), and you desire to receive, just as it did when you initially RECEIVED your salvation that was ALREADY provided for you. Remember that it is ONLY by the ABC’s of FAITH (accept, believe, and confess) that we are able to RECEIVE from God what he has ALREADY freely given to us all.

Your healing has already been provided for you. Your being SET FREE from your sins has already been provided for you. Your deliverance from all that oppresses you has already been provided for you. All you need to do is RECEIVE it, and the ONLY way to receive it is through FAITH. You can live your life FREE from sin, but the ONLY way to do this is THROUGH FAITH.

Let’s suppose I were to stand before you with a gift in my hand stretched out toward you and say to you, “It is my good pleasure to give you this gift”. What would it take for you to reach out and receive that gift?


    • First you would have to want or desire the gift.

    • Secondly you would have to believe that I am telling you the truth.

    • Then thirdly the only thing left to prevent you from receiving this gift is to reach out in FAITH and take it.


This process for receiving from God that which he has already provided for us is so simple and yet we seem to make it so difficult. Jesus said our faith must be like that of a child, simple and trusting.

The Bible tells us that Jesus has already paid the price of redemption for your spirit, soul, and body. Salvation for your whole being has already been provided for you. Jesus shed his blood for every man, women, and child on this planet. Not one person is excluded from the RIGHT of receiving this gift of salvation, but only those who reach out in FAITH and RECEIVE this gift that has already been given to them will be the only ones to experience the joy of being SAVED (sozo).

Never forget that being saved also includes being healed, and that you have every RIGHT to receive this free gift of healing just as much as you have the RIGHT to receive forgiveness of your sins. God is not the one withholding healing from you; the devil is the one preventing you from receiving what is rightfully yours by keeping you from coming to the knowledge of truth. Don’t be DECEIVED any longer, reach out by faith and receive your healing (sozo).

Remember that without faith it is impossible to please God, and Romans tells us that it is by the foolishness of preaching to save (sozo) them that BELIEVE (those who use their faith that they ALREADY have). The only hindrance that is keeping you from receiving from God is you using your FAITH.

Therefore if your faith is dominated by fear, then spend more time renewing your mind with the word of God. You must continue this process of feeding upon God’s word until your faith becomes the GREATER influence. How will you know when this happens? Trust me, you will know. Just keep putting a fresh supply of God’s word into your spirit every day. This will keep your mind sound and stayed upon the Lord, and then that inner peace will come and rest upon you, but even then you must step out in faith and be a doer of the word of God and not just a hearer only.

In 2 Timothy 1:7 we read,


"For God has NOT given us the spirit of FEAR, but of power and of love, and of a SOUND mind.”


The word “sound” here means self-discipline operating in prudence and wisdom. In short God has given you a “sound mind” or a mind that is able to be self-disciplined and FULLY CAPABLE of being totally controlled by YOU.

In other words you have to CHOOSE whether or not you are going to believe and obey God’s word, or continue to listen to the devil and remain in fear. No one can make that choice for you. Only you have control over your own mind. Not me, not another person, not the devil, and no, not even God has control over your mind. You have been given a FREE WILL and it is always ultimately YOUR CHOICE.

The long and short of it all is that Satan has absolutely no power whatsoever over you at all, IF you are a child of God. The ONLY way that the devil can oppress you is by DECEIVING you into surrendering your rights and power to him. This device of the enemy called deception has perhaps defeated more Christians than any other weapon the enemy has to use against us including fear. Revelation12:9 says,


"And that dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which DECEIVES the whole world…”


Satan is deceiving the world, but YOU need not be deceived as well.

Deception is simply a misrepresentation of the truth. Satan will often use a little bit of truth mixed in with his lies to mislead or misguide your faith. In order to do this the enemy may use a fellow brother or sister in Christ or even a minister of the gospel. Look at 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 which tells us that there are false apostles and deceitful workers TRANSFORMING themselves into the apostle of Christ. Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:15,


"Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing (appearing to be Christians outwardly), but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”


Be not deceived! These false prophets and false teachers are not going to be carrying around signs saying, “Hey! I am a false teacher, so don’t believe anything I say.” No, that is not at all the way it will be. It is YOUR job to get into God’s word and search out for yourself whether or not the things you read or hear are actually the truth or not. We need to be more like the men of Berea who searched the scriptures DAILY to find out if what Paul and Silas were telling them was the truth. You can read about this in Acts 17:11. Also Jude 4 warns us that these wolves in sheep clothing have crept in unaware. The reason why these wolves were allowed to creep in unnoticed is because some Christians do not spend anytime on their own studying the word of God and do not truly know what the Bible actually teaches.

Hosea 4:6 says.


"My people are destroyed (why) for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you…”


Satan has deceived some into believing that God sends sickness and disease upon his people in order to teach them something.

To this I say be NOT DECEIVED!


Some have been deceived into believing that God is in control so everything that happens
 is for your good.


To this I say be NOT DECEIVED!


Some have been deceived into believing that God does not heal everyone all the time and that God heals only those he alone chooses to heal, when and where he chooses to heal them.
 
To this I say be NOT DECEIVED!
 
 
Yet still others have been deceived into believing that if they bear their "cross" of sickness or disease that God will somehow be glorified.

 
 


              To this I say be NOT DECEIVED!

There are many things that we as Christians must suffer, that is the bearing of our “cross’ so to speak, but in NO WAY is sickness and disease on that list.

This brings us to yet another study in God's word that I have entitled “JOY IN THE MIDST OF SUFFERING”. In this study we will take an exhaustive look at the things Christians may suffer and how they can experience JOY in the midst of their suffering. Although having JOY in the midst of suffering may sound like an oxymoron, God truly does desire us to posses JOY and PEACE in the midst of suffering.


Always and forever,

In Jesus Christ our Lord,
Mark

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