Thursday, November 13, 2014

BIBLE | Fighting the Good Fight: How a demoniac fights like a Christian

This post tells you how to fight like an angel, even when you feel like the Devil, and provides God's answer for fighting demons while keeping your soul. How? By giving you God's inspired-instruction for handling the inevitable anger that comes from seeing your own countrymen betray the land you love, as well as the anger that comes from watching humans hurt humans at the behest of demons, to name but two of the many sources.

Anger is the path to destruction
Anger is Satan's #1 weapon for distancing a Christian from God, in that one's anger, if unchecked, can lead to unholy conduct; consequently, of all emotions, anger is the most-oft addressed in the Bible. Here are key verses dealing with anger, as found in the Scriptures:

On the consequences of anger:
For man’s anger does not promote the righteousness God [wishes and requires]. [James 1:20]
Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing. [Psalm 37:8]
A man of wrath stirs up strife, and a man given to anger commits and causes much transgression. [Proverbs 29:22]
Do not be quick in spirit to be angry or vexed, for anger and vexation lodge in the bosom of fools. [Ecclesiastes 7:9] 
He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is hasty of spirit exposes and exalts his folly. [Proverbs 14:29]
On the benefits of subduing anger:
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his [own] spirit than he who takes a city. [Proverbs 16:32]
Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense. [Proverbs 19:11]
On avoiding anger:
Make no friendships with a man given to anger, and with a wrathful man do not associate. [Proverbs 22:24]
A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger. [Proverbs 15:1]
Fathers, do not irritate and provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to resentment], but rear them [tenderly] in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord. [Ephesians 6:4]
Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath. [Ephesians 4:26]
On the characteristics of a true child of God, as they relate to anger management:
I desire therefore that in every place men should pray, without anger or quarreling or resentment or doubt [in their minds], lifting up holy hands. [1 Timothy 2:8]
A [self-confident] fool utters all his anger, but a wise man holds it back and stills it. [Proverbs 29:11]
But now put away and rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, bad feeling toward others, curses and slander, and foulmouthed abuse and shameful utterances from your lips! [Colossians 3:8]
Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind). [Ephesians 4:31]
On the characteristics of a child of Belial, with respect to lack of self-control and anger:
Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), party spirit (factions, sects with peculiar opinions, heresies). [Galatians 5:20]
On characteristics of God’s anger, which one should mimic in all respects:
For His anger is but for a moment, but His favor is for a lifetime or in His favor is life. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. [Psalm 30:5]
But He, full of [merciful] compassion, forgave their iniquity and destroyed them not; yes, many a time He turned His anger away and did not stir up all His wrath and indignation. [Psalm 78:38]
The Lord is long-suffering and slow to anger, and abundant in mercy and loving-kindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and fourth generation. [Numbers 14:18]
How anger factors into the life of a demoniac
The Voices Demons don't hide one iota of the intent of their engagement with me, which is to anger me into making mistakes I can't live with; they even give a name to their campaign of anger-inducing harassment and violence, specifically, anger management ritual.

Following are just some of the recent posts that describe (and show) some of what constitutes an anger management ritual for demons and their people:
Although these posts are spaced a little over a month apart, they collectively represent what I am subjected to for days and weeks at a time on a regular basis, for years now, by demons and their people.
NOTE | In other words, they mean to describe all other incidences similar to the one they talk about, in addition to the one they talk about.
As you can surmise, maintaining self-control—a fruit of the Holy Spirit, by the way—in a world like mine can be a real challenge, a challenge that I have failed to meet on a number of instances, resulting in grave consequences to my freedom and relationships.

"Please help me take a bite out of evil today"
As I pointed out in Your God-prescribed duty to those in mortal danger, it's everyone's job to warn those in mortal danger, which this blog does in spades; but, on a personal level, I believe that this is what God called me to do, and the dedication to the iBook version of this blog explains why:
I dedicate this publication to God, and, of course, Jesus Christ. 
To God, for answering my oft-repeated prayer: “Please help me take a bite out of evil today.” [Psalm 140] He answered that prayer every time I prayed it; the number of posts and the date they were published coincide with how often and when each prayer was answered. The posts themselves show the results [Proverbs 15:29].
To Jesus Christ, for planting footsteps I can actually follow: that is to say, the footsteps of a courageous truth-teller [1 John 4:15]. God did not give us a spirit of timidity [2 Timothy 1:7]; you stood up to those who were wrong in your time [Matthew 23:33] and I would be remiss not to do the same in mine [Matthew 16:24-26]. I count it all joy at having suffered for doing so [James 1:2-3; 1 Peter 4:13], in that now we have a starting point to that common bond without which my soul would surely die [John 15:5].
NOTE | This dedication also serves as gratitude for a life of constant sorrow and torment, in that it always results in godly wisdom [Ecclesiastes 7:3-13].
The fact that, to this very day, God still answers my prayer to take a bite out of evil—which, by the way, means to uncover new facts about the demonic agenda that very day, and to disseminate those facts in an effective, efficient and convincing way—is proof enough to me that this blog is my personalized, God-given calling for now. The fact that demons persist in their attempts to provoke my anger means to me that they recognize this, too, and that they feel anger is the best means by which to dissuade me from being of service to God and the people He so clearly loves (i.e., my readers).

Self-control is the path to eternal life
When you're receptive to God's instruction and care, the Word comes to you whenever you need it, wherever you are. In these overwhelming times, when demons and their people have greatly intensified their efforts in order to stymie my ongoing, highly successful effort to inform the world of their agenda and activities, I received a very apt, relevant message through Joyce Meyer this evening.

In Fight Like a Christian - Pt 3, she said:
How to fight like a Christian—when someone misuses us, mistreats us, when someone abuses us—the answer to it is not to try to get them back, it's not to return evil for evil, but it's to trust God, and do good. Put our trust in God, "God, you're our vindicator. I trust you to deal in the proper way with people who have mistreated me, and I'm going to continue to do good." 
Added by me: As for God, His way is perfect! The word of the Lord is tested and tried; He is a shield to all those who take refuge and put their trust in Him. (Psalm 18:30 AMP)
I'm not going to turn away from my God-given assignment to deal with all the mean people in the world; I'm going to stay focused on what God has called me to do. I'm going to keep helping people, and when I help people, I'm sowing a seed, then, for my breakthrough in life. 
Let's say that there's a hundred different people called to do different things in the kingdom: to help the poor, be missionaries, preach the gospel, worship leaders, whatever... So, let's just say a hundred little demons are sent out from Hell everyday, one assigned to each one of those called, anointed Christians, and all that demon's job is, is to set them up to get them upset—to offend them, to put people in their way that will mistreat them, to hurt them—and, so, if these hundred Christians don't understand what I'm talking about today or what God teaches in His Word, then they're going to spend all their time fighting these battles. They are going to stay angry all the time, they're going to complain all the time, they're going to get bitter and resentful, and they are not going to accomplish what God has called them to do. 
It's very easy to understand that we war not with flesh and blood, but with principalities and powers and wickedness in high places, and we are in a war, and we do need to fight, but we need to learn to fight like a Christian. The only way you can overcome evil is with good; you cannot fight evil with evil; you cannot fight anger with anger. The only way to overcome evil with good. 
God does not stop being good because the world is evil. 
Now, we do have to fight a fight; we are at war. The body of Christ is said to be an army, the army of God; and, there's places in the Bible where we are referred to as soldiers in the army of God. 
In 1 Timothy 6:12, Paul said to Timothy that he was to, "Fight the good fight of faith." So, when you're being attacked, one of the ways to fight is just to stay in faith, and to keep saying, and keep saying, and keep saying, "God, no matter what is going on in my life, I trust You." 
"Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold of the eternal life to which you were summoned, and to which you confessed the Great Confession of Faith before many witnesses."
No such thing as coincidences
If that message wasn't meant for me, then I'm a monkey's uncle. There is no such thing as luck, coincidence, or happenstance and the like in God's universe. Everything is too important for that. I truly believe that God spoke to me today through the Word, acknowledging my biggest challenge, and offering the solution.

Right now, I'm facing major life obstacles that are not easily overcome, even without the army of darkness breathing down my neck. Pray for me, that I don't take a wrong turn along the way.

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