Spiritual Warfare Ammunition

I have written on the subject of Spiritual Warfare within the family in past articles, but it is something worth revisiting on a regular basis. As the bible plainly states:

Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

As you can read Spiritual Warfare encompasses more than just with the family. So today, I will post a scripture from Ephesians 5. This scripture makes one become introspective and frankly it is a spiritual slap in the face, that we all need once in a while. Please read;

Ephesians 5 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Be Imitators of God
5 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

3 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 4 and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14 For this reason it says,

“Awake, sleeper,
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine on you.”
15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Have You Had A Religious or Spiritual Experience?

What is a spiritual experience anyway? What theologians come up with as a most agreed upon definition would be “a concurrence or encounter with someone or something that would not be considered a material experience.” Now these “experiences” usually will leave a perception of God or some other religious explanation. It would be something that the person would experience by hearing, seeing or just an overwhelming perception of something powerful.

In all honesty, sometimes the experiences can be overly subjective. I have had a couple of “experiences” that could have material explanations however I feel strongly that the experiences I had were not “material” even though one or two could be explained materially.

So how would you know if the said experience is indeed a legitimate Spiritual or Religious event by definition? You must see if that experience stands up to scripture. It cannot contradict the Word of God. That would be the acid test. There are visions from Satan as well, designed to trick you into believing something that defies the Lord. In my opinion, such visions of UFO’s, Ghosts of loved ones and many so-called paranormal activities, including the Marion apparitions are a directly demonic and set to trick you and take you away from the Lord.

God warns us about such demonic activity and deception from Satan. We are to stand up against it in Spiritual Warfare.
Ephesians 6: 10-18 (NIV)

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Spiritual Warfare and Division in the Family

If you really want to know if there is a Devil and Demons at work, just profess to be a follower of Jesus Christ to family and friends. And believe me you will notice them all very quickly. It is not for the faint of heart!

Biblically Jesus said in Luke 12: 51-53

51 Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; 52 for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

As you can read by Jesus’ own words that following Christ can and will divide you from your Family!

Why is it that such scripture is seldom taught? Jesus even says in Matthew 10: 36

36 and A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THE MEMBERS OF HIS HOUSEHOLD.
Even deeper into the scripture it is written in 1 John 3: 12-15
12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.
13 Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

This scripture is very clear that Gods sheep are “scattered” not only amongst nations but within families as well! So if Gods children are mixed in with non-Christian family members, we must come to the spiritual awareness that if they are not of God who are they of? As Christians we are not meant to hate our family members or anyone for that matter, but Love them. I have read somewhere that a family divided is the Devils Playground. Does it have to be? As we can see from the above scripture 1 John 3: 13-15 that Gods children do not run in the family! It is not genetic.

What does God say to those families? God simply by scripture states that he does not want to save entire families. Jesus said in Matthew 10: 21-22

21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22 You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.

We must as a soldier for Christ stand up to the injustices in this world be picking up Christ’s cross and following his word by action! Scripture tells us to love our enemies (unbelievers) which ultimately might be your own family members! We must pray for them to see the truth.

Not too long ago I could see my regeneration start to happen. I was watching a television show with a friend, and I used to think it was “entertaining” and “funny”…I was disgusted beyond belief! I then started to scoff at it and did not find it too “entertaining” etc. From an Apologetics point of view we must defend the Christian faith! We will soon distinguish between the Wheat and the Tares!
Division will happen! It is scriptural and I leave you with one from 1 Timothy 1: 1-5

1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, 3 men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; 5 for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

God Bless!

Brian Mason