Spiritual Warfare- Important book

In Ephesians 6:10-18 we see the armor of God. there are 6 pieces which is the # of man. To make a complete armor the 7th piece in inferred which is knee pads for prayer .Eph 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
One thing Baptists are lacking in is spiritual warfare. On thing charismatics go overboard in is the same subject. I prefer to stand in the middle even though I am an independent baptist. I can learn from anyone though.
Out of all the pieces of armor 5 are for defense. Prayer can be for defense also. Prayer can be an offensive weapon. also. It has two sides. As does the sword as shown in this verse:  Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And in this one:   Psa_149:6  Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; And finally this one:   Rev_1:16  And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

So we conclude that the sword in Ephesians 6 can be used as a defensive weapon and an offensive weapon.
Most Christians (and I admit that often I neglect to use the sword in the correct manner and allow things to chop me down that would not if I would take hold of my weapons and especially the sword and stand and fight like this person: Jer_48:10  Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.

 Now how did jesus Christ deal with warfare and satanic temptation from others or straight at him as an arrow: WE know this , but if you are like me you just feel stupid speaking out loud like a nut so we allow ourselves to fall victim even if we know the Devil's devices'

 Mat_4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Mat_4:6  And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Mat_4:7  Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Mat_4:10  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Luk_4:4  And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Luk_4:8  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Mat_16:23  But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Our Kingdom is a spiritual kingdom: Hence:    Rom_14:17  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
As Ephesians states we are wrestling spiritually against wicked powers:
1Co_4:20  For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power

This was my introduction, now onto the meat of the matter. First off I do not want to say that I agree with everything in this book I am going to recommend. Since any book but Bible is man written so is fallible. But I love this book since it lays out sins that bring on stronghold and shows you how to pray for them out loud using the sword of the Spirit in defense and also as an offensive weapon. My husband has liked the book so well he is using it in teaching the boys at the boys home he works and ministers at.

The book using scripture covers every strong man mention in the bible.  Starting with spirit of Divination and ending at spirit of death, it covers lying spirit, seducing Spirits. Spirit of fear, spirit of bondage, seducing spirits, Spirit of antichrist. I6 spirits in all. I will link here to Amazon and you can check out table of contents first page, back cover, a sample page, etc. I bought the book at a christian book store and not amazon.

Since I have depression, anxiety connected to bipolar, I suffer a lot with :

  1. Spirit of Heaviness
  2. Spirit of Infirmity
  3. Spirit of Bondage and
  4. Spirit of Fear      

Now I am not saying that every connection to my bipolar and its fall out is caused from the devil ( That is a charismatic problem sometimes) I am saying that my physical illness moves over into my spiritual life and the devil does do what he can to mess with it and then it needs to be fought on that level. He will drive what physical affliction I have over the top and cause me to go into unbelief, fear, lies, etc.
I would deal with it ( and admit , I do not do this myself at times) First spiritually as the book says and prayer making sure I had on the armor above. If after you do this and find no relief, I would think it was in the physical realm and still need prayer for God's comfort and help through it.
This is not only for those that have a mental illness, but this book can help anyone that have given to different sins and need deliverance. Say the Familiar Spirit: Under this chaper you see a tree with the basic ways you gain the stronghold  and how the devil's clutches may wrap you up until you end up in Necromancy at the top of the tree with witchcraft. (This is not sins or stronghold I have ever struggled with) all of us are bent to certain sinful behaviors of which Satan uses to get his foothold in us.

Strongman Book
Anyway the book shows the sins under each chapter in tree form which is user easy to grab and see the need. It describes in easy to read form with verses the manner we get caught up in each spiritual wickedness and it ends with how to pray for deliverance. I have seen this work on others by praying out loud when I saw certain sin behaviors (especially in my kids)

So in conclusion I recommend this book for serious warfare to be able to stand. (especially if you struggle as I do in victory.)


Probe Ministries: A Pilgrim's Progress: Suffering in the Life of John Bunyan - RIGHTLYCONCERNED.COM

Probe Ministries: A Pilgrim's Progress: Suffering in the Life of John Bunyan - RIGHTLYCONCERNED.COM 

This is follow up to my post on Bipolar Blast #8 and John Bunyan. More on his life and suffering-even as born again Christian. Very interesting article.

Bipolar Blast# 8 /John Bunyan

Many great Christians-so I am in good company- have been dealt the providential hand of bipolar. One of greatest and most often read christian classics is Pilgrim's Progress. Written by John Bunyan in jail while persecuted for preaching the Gospel. At the time of his life I do not believe it was known what plagued Bunyan so terribly in his mind, but in later years- the facts being gathered were studied and conclusions were drawn and he was  believed to have extreme bipolar and a type of ocd. The positive of this all is how mightily God used John's thorn to accomplish the might to His name's praise. I count it such joy to know I can take my place beside such a hero of faith as himself. Is an article explaining ling the form of bipolar John dealt with called scrupulosity (first time I heard it called by that one)

I am including a follow up post also that goes over Bunyan's sufferings in a post I am adding today called "Suffering in the Life of John Bunyan. This article is part of this post, but to share it on blogger was easier just to put it on a new post.
 It is a blast to think you have such a thing in common with someone so blessed and used of God, that it compels you to be lifted above the torments bipolar puts in your path upon thinking of this partnership in sufferings not only with Christ but with an author and strong in faith Christian such as this. (BTW- Pilgrim's progress is only his most famous book, he also authored many others) I may list them in  alter posts. Fascinating and did not know this myself until my undertaking today.


Obsessed Man Collects over 20,000 Bird Ornaments | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities

Obsessed Man Collects over 20,000 Bird Ornaments | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities 
I collect things. I have lighthouses, antiques, glassware, dolls. Like my blog states" at the beginning a pinch of this, a kick of that. Nothing major and I do not settle on one thing to collect. I am all over the board. This fellow has taken a bird collection to almost a hoarding issue.( Check it out. ) I guess that is why it is on oddity Central. pretty extreme.


What is Wrong?- bipolar blast # 7

Find myself at rock bottom. Having no place to stand. God is my rock, but I am falling. like I am on sand. maybe I think to highly of myself, but it seems I am getting this:Mark 5:31  Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.  Psalm 44:15  My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,
I know it fellowship with Jesus Christ and his suffering, but I guess in this testing before the presence of my God and the enemy, I am not handling it right at all.

I am totally disturbed about my messy house to the point of  Idolatry and leaving off thankfulness. I do not only want to love and obey God when I am feeling good on manic side of bipolar, but here I am with what I hate. No knowing which promise to claim and wondering where is God?
Was Elijah somewhat bipolar because I sure fit with him. He is my favorite Bible character because of this. Except maybe the maniac of Gedara. I guess I am being threatened by Jezebel in a spiritual manner.
God has told me when I am irritable bipolar manic and depression with panic, I actually fall into a lighter form of the maniac because I get out of control and darkness covers me. I panic out of control. It use to be far worse because I did not know then as I do now that it was a spiritual force driving the anxiety of bipolar and now I know not to allow it to get this far. but it has.
Psalm 107:10  Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; spiritual chains and iron. That only I can cast off. I look for help from my family, but:

Psalm 38:11  My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
And then I say to God:
Psalm10:1  Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?

I hate going by feelings because this is also true:
 Rom_10:8  But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
And this:James 4:8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. And this:

Hebrews: 7:19  For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

The lacking elements in me with these 3 verses: Faith, Wavering and double mindeness -hope gone.

 Just wonder what or where I fell , Am I not standing? Am I backslid, do I praise, do I sing, I want to run until I burn out and disappear. I really just want to live as I was working to by every word that proceeds out of mouth of God and love him with heart soul and mind. do not understand why I just am not able or maybe I am and my feelings are what I am going by. Do not know.

Give me a couple weeks and maybe I will back on the Mountain. So confusing and god is not the author of that. I do not even want mountain if I cannot obey in the valley. Even tried to fast today to break the chains and failed to even do that. Chocolate won out.
Nothing more to say, but I do have a book to recommend. probably best fiction book I ever read as far as a Christian book goes. I want to get it again. I found it in library In WA state. Pretty amazing since the library there really has few offerings for christian. I used to do Moody reading club way back and they had done that book-after I had read it -for their book reading and was amazing I turned on the program the day they were discussing it.
Everyone should read:

rating didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it it was amazing (my current rating)
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review This is one of the best christian books I have ever read. Really gets behind the scenes of what may have transpired to bring about the maniac of Gadara's devil possession. Great insight into spiritual behind the scenes workings.It is so good that it was used in Mid Day book discussions when the professor that moderates that group usually only does classics. This book is HOT!

The above is my review and rating for Good Reads.

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