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Delivered By
Bob Petersen
Delivered On
October 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM
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Battle for the Mind

 

We are in a battle for the minds of people

  • Seeing the truth is hidden from people.

  • Proverbs 23:7 As he thinks in his heart, so is he

 

Two way people are blinded:

  1. They choose to close their eyes to truth and embrace a lie.

    1. They then actually believe the lie over facts and truth.

      1. Examples of this abortion and other moral issues

    2. 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 NAS 8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; 9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. 11 For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, 12 in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

  2. The gospel is hidden to the unbeliever

    1. It’s not that they’ve chosen a lie over the truth, it’s that they are only seeing with their fallen nature and can’t detect the truth.

    2. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 NAS 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
       

Ephesians 6:10-13 NKJV 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

 

Rick Joyner -  The Final Quest: The demonic army was so large that it stretched as far as I could see. It was separated into divisions, with each carrying a different banner. The foremost divisions marched under the banners of Pride, Self-Righteousness, Respectability, Selfish Ambition, Unrighteous Judgment, and Jealousy.

The most shocking part of this vision was that this horde was not riding on horses, but primarily on Christians! Most of them were well-dressed, respectable, and had the appearance of being refined and educated, but there also seemed to be representatives from almost every walk of life. While these people professed Christian truths in order to appease their consciences, they lived their lives in agreement with the powers of darkness. As they agreed with those powers, their assigned demons grew and more easily directed their actions.

I noted that the demons were riding on these Christians, but were not in them as was the case with non-Christians. It was obvious that these believers had only to stop agreeing with their demons in order to get free of them.

The power of the demons was clearly rooted almost entirely in the power of deception, but they had deceived these Christians to the point where they could use them and the Christians would think they were being used by God. This was because banners of Self-Righteousness were being carried by almost everyone, so that those marching could not even see the banners that marked the true nature of these divisions.

As I watched, I realized that these prisoners thought the vomit of Condemnation was truth from God. Then I understood that these prisoners actually thought they were marching in the army of God! This is why they did not kill the little demons of Fear or the vultures—they thought these were God’s messengers!

 

Kris Vallotton: Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against principalities. The Greek word principality comes from the word "origin" or "teaching." In other words, demonic principalities teach people what to think. This results in global mindsets that are antichrist in nature. This explains why brilliant people will believe things that are completely irrational. For example; a fetus is not a baby (not human). The origin of these kind of thoughts is often not logic and reason; instead they are rooted in principalities...what the Bible calls "the spirit of the power of the air". It's nearly impossible to reason people out of mindsets that have their origins in evil spirits. Principalities are overcome through prayer not through logic and reason.

 

Does God send hurricanes?

  • No, but people can give the enemy authority.

  • The enemy is not merciful

    • He came to kill, steal and destroy

 

This is the theology of how principalities get their authority and power to influence.

 

$$ The good of this world has blinded…

$$ gospel is hidden to..


 

I use the pattern of Achan being exposed for the exposing of principalities.

Joshua 7:14-15 NAS 14 'In the morning then you shall come near by your tribes. And it shall be that the tribe which the Lord takes by lot shall come near by families, and the family which the Lord takes shall come near by households, and the household which the Lord takes shall come near man by man. 15 'It shall be that the one who is taken with the things under the ban shall be burned with fire, he and all that belongs to him, because he has transgressed the covenant of the Lord, and because he has committed a disgraceful thing in Israel.'"

 

After Achan is exposed Joshua wisely made the Israelites deal with the principality.

Joshua 7:24-25 24 Then Joshua and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the mantle, the bar of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent and all that belonged to him; and they brought them up to the valley of Achor. 25 Joshua said, "Why have you troubled us? The Lord will trouble you this day." And all Israel stoned them with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones.

 

This battle must be fought in two arenas:

  1. With prayer for the eyes to come open

  2. With words of truth spoken in complete love

 

We christians are great about telling “the truth”

  • But without loving the people and speaking truth harshly we aid the enemy in his blinding and cement the blinded harder in their deception.

 

Here are a couple of my forever prayers:

  1. If I ever stray to the point of falling away You have my permission to do whatever it takes to keep me from it.

  2. If I ever do not receive truth You have my permission to do what is necessary for me to not be blinded.

    1. In this one I have admitted truth but have not been strong enough to apply it right then

      1. I then give God permission to do whatever it takes for me to apply the truth that I’ve seen and have not been able to apply.