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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

#3 Ground-level Spiritual Warfare


C. Peter Wagner is going to share with us next about the 
ministry of casting out demons.

The first time Jesus sent out his 12 disciples, "He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out (Matt. 10:1). (Google image, Jesus teaching His disciples).


When the 70, whom Jesus sent out in Like 10, returned from their mission, they said with great joy,

   "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name"
    (Luke 10:17).

When Philip evangelized Samaria,

   "unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of 
    many who were possessed" (Acts 8:7).

All these are instances of ground-level spiritual warfare.

Ground-level spiritual warfare is the most common variety we find in the New Testament, and it is the most common variety practiced by Christians today.

Groups and individuals involved in "deliverance ministries"; by and large are engaged in ground-level spiritual warfare.

In modern times we have seen a good bit of this in the United States, particularly among Pentecostals and charismatics, and missionaries of all stripes have brought back stories of it from the mission fields.

In parts of the world such as India, most converts in some village churches have been delivered from evil spirits.

Throughout lands such as China, Nepal or Mozambique, effective evangelism is all but inconceivable without an accompanying ministry of deliverance.

Most books in Christian bookstores on spiritual warfare deal with ground-level warfare.

Although they are relatively new to some of us, deliverance ministries have been going on around us for some time and a good number of Christian leaders, although not nearly enough in my opinion, have accumulated considerable expertise in the field.




#3 Ground-level Warfare 
By C. Peter Wagner 
(pgs. 16, 17) Regal Books









Let’s pray:
Praying together

   Father,it does seem that we are going to experience some of 
this, the closer we get to the fullness of Your Spirit's indwelling 
our churches.
   I ask that You make us ready for dealing with this problem that the early church faced on a regular basis.
   It seems, from what we're told, folks the world over deal with it often, and are finding You faithful in helping them get the victory over the enemy of the souls they deal with.
   I'm asking for more understanding on the subject, so am looking forward to the posts gleaned from Wagner's book, WARFARE PRAYER.
   May we be open to what he will be sharing, so we can be prepared for Your Spirit's guiding us in our participation and understanding of it in our churches
.
   I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.



Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 126:3 "The LORD hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad."


Today’s quote:
 
Mother Teresa - "In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love."

Some thoughts today: The key to understanding God's plan of salvation is found in the book of Romans. It is perhaps the most important book in the New Testament.

- Romans is a bomb shell on the present presentation of the modern "gospel."

- Have love that comes from deep inside; God's love. 1 Cor. 13. It can save your marriage...

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5th- Sunday's post:  But I Don't Feel Like Forgiving!
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3 comments:

  1. Jean, I want you to know that your blog inspired me to buy C. Peter Wagner's book, Prayer Shield. In fact, I bought a copy for every member of my prayer team. Thank you for getting your message out. Ever so quietly you are helping many of us strengthen our roots in Christ.

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    1. It's refreshing to know the posts are helping folks get connected with Mr. Wagner's fine work. Thank your for responding, my friend.

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  2. Thanks Jean for your heart felt devotionals.

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