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 on: Today at 07:19:31 AM 
Started by Porter - Last post by Porter
 By His Spirit, and through the means of Ray's writings, we can be assured that the Kingdom of God has come to us.

Mat 12:28  If I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.
Mat 12:29  How can someone enter a strong man's house and steal his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.

"Well, just like almost everything else Christians adopt as truth, their knowledge of demons and spirits is equally eschew.  First, Jim, always remember the basics:

    "...for it is not ours to wrestle with blood and flesh, but with the sovereignties, with the authorities, with the world-mights of this darkness, with the spiritual forces of wickedness among the celestials" (Eph. 6:12).

So it is NOT the physical that is our biggest problem (flesh and blood), being overweight, etc.

Next we must understand that demons are FALSE DOCTRINES -- "doctrines of demons" Paul calls them. So anything that would influence us to believe in, follow, or be persuaded by any such things are demons influences.

So when we speak of "anger" we are in the realm of the spirit. James says, "Whosoever is ANGRY with his brother is a MURDERER"! WOW! "Be angry and SIN NOT--do not let the sun go down upon your ANGER" is another."

The strong man in Jesus' parable represents our former lawless, stubborn selves, where we once believed we possessed something of value and even many "somethings" of value. That which we thought was of value, was the belief that we had a will that was able to thwart the will of God. The belief in this strong man has its roots in our nature and is promoted by the false doctrines of the Church, sent by men that are of the seed of Satan. Demons are false doctrines, and demons are false messengers of pride and darkness wherein we once made our home. There are many demons; therefore there are many false doctrines.

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; but the one (that's Jesus) now restraining will do so UNTIL he (the lawless one) is out of the way,
2Th 2:8  and then the lawless one will be revealed. The Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath of His mouth and will bring him to nothing with the brightness of His coming.

If we are now coming out of these false doctrines (which once ruled our hearts) sent by Satan and his demons, then truly, the Kingdom of God has come to us. If a Kingdom is where One rules from, and if the Kingdom is in the heavenly invisible realm, then we too reside in the same heavenly realm under Christ's power and authority. Let's continue to endure until the lawless one is out of the way. Though for now, the lawless one, this so-called strong man, is only being tied up and restrained. We endure and wait patiently as Christ plunders the strong man of all he has.

What else is great about the fact that the Kingdom of God has come to us?

 on: Yesterday at 02:47:05 PM 
Started by Dennis Vogel - Last post by Dennis Vogel
And another:

 on: Yesterday at 02:14:44 PM 
Started by Dennis Vogel - Last post by Dennis Vogel

 on: Yesterday at 07:45:14 AM 
Started by Porter - Last post by Porter
As of late, the Spirit has impressed on me the importance of resisting the devil and his temptations. I've never thoroughly understood this idea, until the Spirit began making me more aware of the moments where I am being tempted in my heart and mind. So, these last few months, whenever I've been tempted to think of something sinful, I would call out to Jesus to help me with the full understanding and through confession to Him that I cannot do it myself. So far, so good, I thought. That's not to say it's been easy, as these forceful pulls of the flesh command my full attention as Christ brings into obedience my every thought and emotion. Nevertheless, Christ has fought and overcome for me each time.

However, these last three days and especially yesterday have been spiritually much more challenging and demanding than the last few months. I've been in tremendous physical pain for the last three days, to the point I began wishing for death. These overwhelming bouts of pain can last a good two, to three hours at a time and I have to endure these bouts of pain at least twice a day. Even when the pain subsides, there is always a lesser lingering pain that can last all day. I would rather not take painkillers, as I'm afraid they might interact with my heart and thyroid meds negatively. So, I'm feeling like I'm between a rock and a hard place once again.

Now, I'm not here to complain about the pain, or to try to make you feel sorry for me. I am here to say how much harder it was to resist temptation during the intense pain. My guard was completely down, I couldn't concentrate on that which I was supposed to be resisting due to the pain. The sinful thoughts began trickling in, and I sinned in my heart. I just could not resist the overwhelming irritability that came with the pain. It's like sin and the devil took advantage of me in my weakest moment. Everything within my sight was offending me to the point I had resentment and hate, as if everything in my sight was the cause of my pain. I was begging Jesus the whole time to have mercy on me to make these thoughts stop, and He made them stop, then the pain began to stop. I cried like I haven't cried in a long time afterward, to the point that even the crying became painful. It felt like some part of me died, I was so ashamed and so sad. Suffice it to say, I don't want to go through that again. The physical pain and emotional pain was too much. I know the devil inflicted this evil on me, but at the behest of the Lord. So, I rejoiced eventually, knowing that it creates godly character.

Today, I've been thinking an awful lot of all of you. It is said that when one part of the body suffers, the entire body suffers with it. I don't claim to fully understand this, but I'm almost inclined to believe that what this means is that we are all suffering greatly for Christ at the same time. So, I ask, how do we carry each other's burdens?

  Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you won't be tempted also. Carry one another's burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing, he is deceiving himself. But each person should examine his own work, and then he will have a reason for boasting in himself alone, and not in respect to someone else. For each person will have to carry his own load. The one who is taught the message must share his goods with the teacher. Don't be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don't give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith. - Gal 6:1-10

If anyone has anything to add to this to help aid in my understanding, please feel free to do so. Let us not stop praying for one another so that the faith, hope, and love may never be extinguished.
Peace and God bless you all.

 on: May 24, 2023, 03:30:01 PM 
Started by Dennis Vogel - Last post by ZekeSr
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 on: May 16, 2023, 08:26:04 AM 
Started by Wendy - Last post by Dennis Vogel
Very sorry Wendy

 on: May 16, 2023, 07:24:21 AM 
Started by Wendy - Last post by Dave in Tenn
God be with you and fill this void with Grace.

 on: May 15, 2023, 08:35:55 PM 
Started by octoberose - Last post by Musterseed
I probably got that wrong and backwards. I should never quote anything by anyone
without checking first.
Itís probably what you said Dave. I donít know if I read it or heard Ray say it in
one of his audios. Thanks for the correction.

God Bless You All 💕

 on: May 15, 2023, 08:02:49 PM 
Started by octoberose - Last post by Dave in Tenn

...Like Ray said ,Ē we are not physical beings living in a spiritual world, we are
spiritual beings living in a physical world...

In the context of this discussion, can you point out a place Ray said that?  Maybe he did and it just didn't register with me.  But I do remember a similar quote to the effect that 'we are not spiritual beings having a physical experience, but physical beings having a spiritual experience.'  That one did register with me.  So it kinda feels like a little "Madonna" (We are spirits in a material world) has entered the building.   :-\ 

 on: May 12, 2023, 09:49:55 PM 
Started by octoberose - Last post by Porter
Wow, Pamela, I think you're right.

Eph 4:8  For it says: When He ascended on high, He took prisoners into captivity; He gave gifts to people.
Eph 4:9  But what does "He ascended" mean except that He descended to the lower parts of the earth?
Eph 4:10  The One who descended is the same as the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.

Paul was quoting and expounding on Psalm 68:18.

Psa 68:18 You ascend on high, You capture captivity, You apportion gifts among mankind, And also for the stubborn, to tabernacle with Yah Elohim.

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