Saturday, June 4, 2016

Spiritual Warfare on the Personal Level

Isaiah 40:28-31King James Version (KJV)
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

If you get worn out, don't give up on God. I had a bad spiritual test recently with an aunt dying, that I never was able to get out of the clutches of wicked people. She had a very hard life, because of wicked people around her, but unlike me who walked, she stayed.

 I found out she died, and the feelings I dealt with were very difficult. This is someone I was prevented from calling or writing to and would not respond to any of my reaching-out. I do believe she died rejecting Jesus Christ, but have no way of knowing for sure.

The coldness and cruelty of some people overwhelmed me. She was banned from the family cemetery and even after she died, some extended family called her rebel and black sheep. I never saw her rebel, if anything she stayed in far too long and got broken down by them. She served as a warning to me.

 She was angry at me for becoming a Christian around 10 years ago. She was a very sad broken down person. Dealing with grief, I felt overcome. I felt helpless all these years and felt like "evil had won" when she died. I had imagined a time of reconciliation or even succeeding in reaching out but had failed due to my own limited resources. The whole thing has been very painful for me. I had to sit down and think, she also had her choices to make and unlike me did not walk away from the family members who were cruel and cold. I felt extremely weary.

I had to crawl out of a lot of darkness to even find the light of Jesus Christ. This aunt was lost to the darkness. Wicked people holding mind sway over someone. Watching someone being destroyed and them allowing it to happen, without fighting back was very hard. This event also has told me that I have to part ways from the few I still had contact with. I'm not even telling some, I'm just quietly going. I don't see love or compassion with many of them, they only care about success and station. It's like evil is an infection. It seriously does work that way. It is scary to see people so easily influenced by those they see as more "powerful."

I have spoken about other betrayals too that have happened but this is not an easy world to be a Christian in.  When you get upset make sure to wait on the Lord. Don't sin. I had a few sins to repent of. I was so upset. I had to wait on the Lord and just sit back, One person asked me even, "How can you have faith when all these bad things keep happening"? I said whatever choice is there?  One thing we have to watch our own grief when it comes to faith and spiritual issues, it can be a challenge. I was scared, I was wondering why God was allowing some things to happen?

I ended a friendship of 30 years duration acouple months ago. Spiritual divisions will come with friends. God showed me a few things about her that were very scary. In the last few months before the end, she had gotten in deep with following the Dalai Lama. I had witnessed to her and had hoped for the best but instead things got worse and worse. She was a long distance friend from college.

She refused the gospel way too many times and I knew there was no hope and had no choice to walk. I had hung in there too long. I face this now with another friend who rejects God and seems to live for the material world. While I enjoy some time with her, she doesn't realize the growing division we have because of this. I even said to her direct, "Why are you living for these material possessions"? She is of means and wanted to buy a bigger house to hold more "stuff". Then there are the church friends, its hard to know what to say. Some I can slowly reach out and succeed but often they are recommending pastors and others to me I know are false. One wants to be loving but here it's hard to know where to draw the lines. I do think with some of us, we will be facing a LOT of DIVISIONS. It's tough. Very hard. I am not someone walking around banging my bible every minute. I do not appear as a pious do-gooder. I have major faults but sometimes I have been troubled thinking, "Will anyone be left?". With the family, the evil was real, I saw destruction of others and lies right in front of my face, but with average folks, sometimes I am not sure what to think.

I do believe people are waxing more cold and doing it quick. People are so closed down now and some are lying more to your face. It's scary. I don't have a family anymore except the family of God. My eyes were opened to some new evils, among those who have shut down and their souls sold out to the system.

 I plan to write a new article soon, that will be about some of the changes and mandates I am seeing in society, it will be called "Reforming Personalities for the New World Order".


Grammy G said...

I feel your pain. It is why we must keep focused on the Lord and remember Who He is. It is easy to be weighed down by the affairs of this world, but we serve a Risen Lord Who is our source of joy. He is foolishness to the world of SELF consumed people who have made designer God's of themselves and systems that work for themselves, forgetting the importance of the need to be in relationship with others. Bless you dear one, you are not alone and Jesus gave us reassurance to get through these times.

MichaelL65 said...

Dude, it sounds like you are absolutely miserable! Maybe stop complaining and get a real life and live it. Maybe people can't stand to be around you because you have a martyr complex.

Anonymous said...

BB I'm glad you decided to stay out of the lion's den. When people see us as their scapegoat they will not stop at any abuse. It's worse with the mean sweet cycle as our guards are let down thus we can find ourselves in the jaws of lions. I believe spiritual warfare is at its core. We are surprised even more when they are believers who we generally trust to be loving and kind. If a believer has not allowed God's Holy Spirit to work due to a rebellious heart, then we may see this type of evil and manipulative behavior play out. For the unbelieving world which values temporary treasures and accolades... pride is the helium which lifts them into orbital heights of arrogance. Jesus said we are to regard others more important than ourselves. This is a striking contrast upon those who only think highly of themselves while others are positioned beneath their feet. When they come against Christians who are walking with Jesus and are empowered with His Holy Spirit, well this creates a problem for them. How do you smear Jesus or crush His Spirit? I think the attacks can get more vicious because His light shines on their dubious ways. Esau gave away his birthright for a bowl of beans. So where your treasure is, your heart will be also.

Bible Believer said...

Bible Believer said...
Thank you Grammy. It is true we have to remember not to be weighed down with the affairs of this world which will "wear down the saints". Thanks for saying I am not alone.

MichaelL is probably a past "enemy" posting here but pretending to be male. They like to write condemning spirit responses, of "you complain too much". That is one thing the NWO is doing to people where "happiness" is a contest and if you fail in your happiness mandates and are too serious or sober, they will malign you. People in selfie culture do not have much patience for any what they should is "negativity". It does not surprise me that Michael L tells us he or she is an ex-Chrsitian. That's your last two posts "Michael L", I can tell who it is too.

Bible Believer said...

Thank you I am staying out of the lion's den and I have dealt with a lot of enemies. They will not stop at any abuse, it is true. Many of them are willing to cross all lines too. Spiritual warfare is at it's core, especially when God reveals them to you. I did end up in the jaws of lions and have to pray for protection now.
Some do present themselves as loving and kind and will pretend to have compassion or share in burdens and it will be all lies. Their entire lives are lived for stature and status, and winning over others so yes with pride as the fuel to keep it going. I agree we are to regard others more important as ourselves, and too flee the wicked, but we are entering days where there are a lot of wicked and they are presenting themselves as wolves in sheep clothing. Many have the mandate to crush others and even if you walk in peace away, they will not leave you alone. They will send other false people against you. I agree about Jesus's light shining on their dubious ways. With the aunt, I cried and cried, and then had more revealed to me with her death. They did not care about her and were cold and clinical and dishonored her even in death. Wicked people treat others like "nothing" to be cast away. This is against God. I was overcome even by the waste of it all and how I had been silenced, so yes let the wicked go on about living their real lives, they are getting their rewards now.

Abigail said...

John 6:63-68 Jesus said "'It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not.' For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who would betray Him. And He said,'Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto Me, except it were given unto him of My Father.' From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him. Then said Jesus unto the 12,'Will ye also go away?' Then Simon Peter answered Him, 'LORD, TO WHOM SHALL WE GO? THOU HAST THE WORDS OF ETERNAL LIFE. AND WE BELIEVE AND ARE SURE THAT THOU ART THAT CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.'"

I find Peter's words to echo my own at this time of lonely, one-day-at-a-time following of our Shepherd through an uncertain and scary world. BB, I grew up in a dysfunctional family system also and have paid dearly for leaving. Perhaps, like me, your sensitive nature stems from your difficult childhood. God used your pain for good that way. However, if your parents (like mine) burdened you with responsibility for their unhappiness or blamed you for their bad behavior and choices (even if it was a subtle feeling of guilt they allowed you to bear when the responsibility was their own) it is time for you to put that burden down and allow God to heal you. I have found a website for children of personality disordered families called Out of the FOG (stands for fear, obligation, and guilt) to be incredibly helpful to me in overcoming my parent-imposed role of taking responsibility for everyone else's bad actions, moods, and choices. God can change people's hearts, but your words and actions do not. God can USE your words and actions, but only if the other person is willing to have His Spirit work on his or her heart to change it. Dysfunctional people resist change. Even if their role is to be a pathetic scapegoat or martyr (sounds like your aunt's role), they take comfort in playing that consistent role. Thank God that He showed YOU how to change and break free of your role and that your soft heart was willing! Your aunt's choices were her own and if anything you could have said or done would have rescued her, God would have used you to help her. Sadly, most people take comfort in the spiritual darkness and abhor the initial discomfort necessary when seeing God's light of truth. It's not your fault that anyone chooses to turn from the light and resists your help in shining it at their dark-accustomed eyes.People don't listen or not listen because of what you say or do perfectly or imperfectly. The verse above makes that clear.You aren't perfect. Maybe your family finds that unforgivable and impossible to work with. God does not! Keep shining your light, and leave the results to God!

Anonymous said...

Our spirit grieves as does God's over mankind. He is so patient with the wicked as He wants all to be saved. More than ever we have to be discerning about relationships. Can we enter in with our eyes closed just because they are believers? No way as many are entangled in their flesh. Tears like rain replenish and restore. I think more and more beliebers should be weeping over our present day Nineveh and as BB said hearts that have grown cold.

Bible Believer said...

Glad you quoted Peter's words there too Abigail, yes they are echo our own. This world is getting scarier and scarier. I even think back ten years ago when it seemed things were nicer, and know it is just not me thinking this way. Sorry you grew up in a dysfunctional family system too Abigail, I know it is painful. This verse rings true, as some of us find the system is corrupt to the very edges.

God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

I have paid too for leaving. In this world with family being a giant idol of many those who are childless and family-less have a rough road to go down. WWII killed off most of my husbands family and his parents died young in their mid 60s.

I had the extremes of what you describe and have heard of Out of the Fog before, it is a good website. Yes I have struggled with taking responsibility for the bad actions of others, having had this imposed on me. Thinking somehow I have been at fault for encountering so many wicked people. I dealt with some heavy situations, including people free of consciences who are very wicked.

It is true, nothing we can say or do, will change these dysfunctional people. I tried and with the last few am walking away. They all renounced God--and with some I don't mean in average secular person fashion but beyond....where there was definite signs of reprobation. Some of the relatives are even "connected" but won't go into too much depth about that here, but let's just say some of what I have found out about the world system, has opened my eyes about a few things.


Bible Believer said...

Yes my deceased aunt played the "pathetic" scapegoat and martyr, she was extremely passive. She did things were I would have saw the streets years ago. She was of full mind but became dependent on others and really never left home. She lived next door to relatives in a broken down trailer and later a better one they provided for her. I used to think when I was young, "Why don't you leave?" But it took me years to fully break away myself. I needed God's help to do it too.

It's true I was trying to rescue her years ago, and even ask her in different ways "Be an ally" with me, but it failed. Wicked people had the money and resources, both of us became very disabled very young. [Evil families can bring illness and do]

I sent her tracts and other things too, and remember being told "Don't you send her another box of books, she doesn't want it!" They did everything to keep us apart and to silent me but sadly she made her choices and never stood up and took their abuse life long.

I agree many take comfort in spiritual darkness. One thing I do remember at shared family events, she would start to avoid me, where I would walk up to her and she would walk away, this definitely worsened after I became a Christian. The whole room became angry at me when I said I was against abortion and use of human embroyes [I did not bring up the topic]

Thank you for saying to me, that is not my responsibility what the people choose to do, you are right. That is their free will and the rest is under God's control and doing. Thank you for your kind words. I do feel more freedom walking away and know it had to be done. My husband even told me, "You did what you could, she made her choices."

Last anon, it is true we do grieve the same way. Yes we have to be careful whoever we enter into relationships with. I do think of the lost relationships, even with the friend of 30 years, she grew worse the closer she got into false religion. I agree God is patient with the wicked and gives them many chances. We face our own wickedness but some don't even want to face what the earlier commenter said about the initial discomfort of examining themselves.

One thing I have noticed among the worldly set, is that crying or feeling sad is "bad" to them. The closed down emotions are scary. They want false smiles for those who embrace the delusions of Satan. God would understand tears too.

Unknown said...

i must respond to this post

Anonymous MichaelL65 said...
Dude, it sounds like you are absolutely miserable! Maybe stop complaining and get a real life and live it. Maybe people can't stand to be around you because you have a martyr complex.

June 5, 2016 at 1:53 AM

Followers of Christ do not seek to "get a life" but to.....

Mark 8:35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.

We do not seek a life in this world....for His Kingdom is not of this world. For it is written by James that...Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

a word of encouragement to bible believer...

James 2:5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

Jesus stated that he may not find any faith on the earth at His return. It will get worse

But our King said this...

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Grammy G said...

Michael, your response to someone who is obviously being real and transparent with feelings was not at all loving or edifying. You need to apologize and repent. I will be praying that you do. We are to mourn with those who are mourning! Please reconsider your post, you will give an account for it one day.

Grammy G said...

BB-we must be relational in the Spirit and not in the flesh. We don't HAVE to do anything that violates the Holy Spirit. My dad died in 2006 and I did not go to his services, as I couldn't go and listen to a preacher who didn't know him speak lies about him, or his relatives who never helped me in escaping abuse say what a good man he was. But before he died, after much prayer and not having seen him for 15 years, I went to see him and forgave him for what he did to me for 16 years. I told him about Jesus and told him of his need to make it right with the Lord and left it in his hands as to what he would do. A day before he passed, I went back to see him and he had such a peaceful look on his face and opened his eyes and then smiled at me before drifting off again. I know I will see my dad again, but his relatives and my own brother who refuse to speak to me-now that is a different story. Two people were set free that day! Forgiveness is necessary for healing and for some, Salvation. My dad would have never gone to the Cross had I not forgiven him because of guilt. I don't need the judgment of family, as what I did was the most loving thing one can do and the world will never understand it. I pray for them all, but God has to change them, not me. Blessings to all who suffer from unloving family relationships. Hurting people do hurt people!

Bible Believer said...

I agree thank you anon, those who love this life and want to "get a life" are of this world. Everything now is being made about the life, and success, station and "fun" in this world. Many are angry at those who speak against the world and do not love the world. I had one detractor yell at me for "speaking against the world", it is true friendship with the world is enmity with God.
Thanks for the James 2 verse too.

Yes Jesus did state that, it is getting worse as well. We must all remind ourselves of eternity and being with Christ, and be of "good cheer". Thank you Grammy G. I have not attended services too, [in my family most were Catholic]. I am glad you were able to witness to your father and have forgiveness. I witnessed the gospel and left one avenue open for some of those I walked walked away from so I had tried. In this case I am happy you were able to speak with him and He was set free as well. Sorry your brother and other relatives do not speak with you but its true God has to change them not you. In my case, there was overt evil and rejection of the gospel, in many cases but I must not blame myself, I can only do what I can do. I am glad you reached out to him. Yes blessing to everyone who has dealt with these things.

Anonymous said...

The world normally finds wind in their sails. We as believers can find ourselves fighting storms as the disciples did. But Jesus gives us the ability to walk on water. Everything about Jesus opposes our societies ideologies and value systems. So when we find ourselves in the midst of a turbulent wind we know that Jesus can calm any storm. I think the most difficult part is how we react to each trial or opposition. Sometimes we find ourselves in the whirlwind of emotions before we have stepped back and allowed Jesus to calm our hearts or cover us in His peace. When we encounter evil aggression we need to realize that principalities of darkness are at work. We don't have to fight our opponents rather be in prayer that we enter not into temptation or get entangled with their wicked behavior.

Blizzard of Bugs said...

Stay strong BB. The Lord is good.

Bible Believer said...

Thank you anon, yes the world has winds in their sails and we have storms some long lasting. I agree everything about Jesus is against this societies ideologies and value systems. It's true I have been dealing with a whirlwind of emotion. I have been under heavy heavy spiritual attack and some came into real life. With evil aggression and betrayals, we need to flee the wicked. It's true there are many principalities of darkness at work. Scripture warns us about those. God bless you too. Agree no revenge, no fighting...just get away. I encountered someone wicked yesterday and kept my silence completely, it was not easy, there is a time where words will only complicate a situation but I had no other choice.

Thank you Blizzard of Bugs. :)

Anonymous said...

This tradition of man looks like Halloween with all of the costumes for this ritual. It's funny how false religions 'ritualize' everything, disregarding the simplicity of Jesus, the Christ. Oh, how important man regards himself with different than purity ring/purity culture rituals.

Leave it to man made religion to take a few Scriptural verses saying it is better not to marry, and make a pagan ceremony/ritual out of it.....totally pagan and a twisting of our Holy Scriptures. What about the verses that say it is better to marry so as to prevent the lusting of others in desiring satisfaction?