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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Spiritual Warfare In The Modern Church

Joseph and Potiphar's wife Gen. 39:14, Samson and Delilah Judges 16:4-21 and Jezebel and Ahab 1 Kings 16:30. What do these three Old Testament love stories have in common? Each presents The Church with a powerful familiar spirit, a demon, working in the lives of women against the order established by Almighty God. The spirit of Potiphar's wife is the scorned spirit, the rejected lying adulterous spirit, that utterly destroys innocent lives and moves on as if nothing has happened. We all know the story. A wife so taken by the handsome young house-boy that she will have him in her husband's bed. When he rejects her advances she lies and says he tried to rape her. Her husband has him put in prison where he is all but forgotten until God intervenes.
Then there is Samson and Delilah. Delilah in Hebrew means weak. Yet she causes the destruction of the most powerful man who had ever lived. Delilah's is a seducing, nagging, you don't love me because you don't respect me enough to tell me your innermost secrets spirit. After Samson's secret of the honey is revealed he tells the Philistines that they would never have guessed the correct answer if they had not known his "heifer" intimately. Then there is Ahab a weak King of Israel that marries Jezebel, the daughter of a high priest of Baal, for political reasons. She is inhabited by the most vicious spirit of all. A dominating, controlling, murdering spirit that hates Gods' order and those who serve God. These spirits are called "ruler spirits".

Ruler spirits are those that appear as strong women. Notice I say appear. Because truly strong women in Christ don't have a problem with men taking the lead in their families. The characteristics of ruler spirits are basically the same. Whether in the home,The Church or the work place. Does something as impersonal as a t.v. program easily escalate into a disagreement that's not an argument but with obvious tension to get a point across a flash point? Do you have days or weeks where you rarely have a civil conversation but the phone rings and the conversation is light. You reprimand the kids and she (it) "reprimands" you in front of them. What about your "church"? Are women controlling your church? Most Modern Churches are men deficient and for good reasons. In the coming weeks we will explore, research and eventually offer real solutions to destroy all "ruler spirits". By the Power of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we declare victory in Jesus name Amen...

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