21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his possessions are safe. 22 But when a stronger man attacks and conquers him, he takes away the first man’s armor on which the man relied and divides up his plunder.
10 Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. 13 For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand.
The only way the devil can defeat you is by convincing you first to take off your protection, the Full Armor of God.
In the Book of Luke, Jesus illustrates that a strong man has to be stripped off his armor first to conquer him. Satan understands that tactic and zooms in on the Christian’s armor, a refuge of protection that to defeat the Christian, he has to detach him from the Full Armor of God.
How does the devil convince the believer to abandon his armor?
The Belt of Truth-The devil has to convince you that the Bible has errors so that you won’t rely upon it or have trust in God’s Word. The Word of God teaches you what is right and wrong. A deviation from this will make you have a hard time distinguishing what pleases God and what doesn’t.
The Breastplate of Righteousness-By failing to understand God’s will, knowing God’s standard of right and wrong, false, and the truth, you will not be able to live a life of righteousness. Righteousness means to live according to God’s conduct [His character] as found in the Scriptures.
Fitting Your Feet…The Good News of Peace-By not being grounded in the Truth, we will not share the true freedom of the forgiveness of sins that a person can find in Jesus Christ. If we do share what we think is the Truth, we will be deluding the person even further away from the actual Truth as the Scripture has laid it out.
The Shield of Faith-Trusting in the promises of Scripture protects us from being hit and destroying our trust in Jesus Christ. The shield is vital to our safety and our continual progress in doing God’s will.
The Helmet of Salvation-Doubt is one of the devil’s strongest weapon in his armory. By removing the helmet which protects you from doubting God’s promise to you of having eternal life, the devil’s purpose is to make you feel that Jesus has abandoned you.
The Sword of The Spirit-The sword which is the Word of God is an offensive weapon to cripple or destroy the opponent by a strike. The sword can also be used as a defensive weapon by blocking the other weapons hit. God’s Word stops false doctrine in its track and counters [striking back] by revealing to the person the Truth and the lies he or she is preaching. The swords strike on a person is for saving them from the lies of the devil, but for a demon, it is to destroy their lie and progress. Without this weapon, there won’t be a possibility to defeat the enemy.
If we allow doubt to sneak in our hearts about the Scriptures pertaining to any vital doctrine who God [the Godhead] is and the plan of salvation, we will be stripped from our protection and in danger of imminent destruction to our faith.
I was following a fellow believer by the name of kenzelsfire who has deviated greatly from sound doctrine. My duty as a watchman on the wall is to warn you, my brothers in Christ, of a landmine that is detrimental to your faith in the truth. She wrote a post stating that the Holy Spirit is a female, introducing to Christians a goddess. Kenzelsfire said that she got the revelation from the Spirit of God. The question is, how do you know it was the Spirit of God? The answer is through the Holy Word of God. We know that the Holy Spirit will only lead you to Scripture…
John 14:26 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and will cause you to remember everything I said to you.
The dialogue we had together was about the person of the Holy Spirit. Her position is that the Holy Spirit is a woman and my position is that the Holy Spirit is referred to in Scripture as he and him.
[Spaniard said] What happened to you? Your last post was bizarre, strange, and unbiblical. The Holy Spirit is female really, where in Scripture is this found? The Holy Spirit in the Book of John and in 2 Thessalonians is used as he and him. You also said that you don’t trust the holy Scriptures anymore. That is exactly how the serpent deceived Eve. The serpent convinced her to reject the Word of God, read Genesis 3. You have fallen very deeply. Your message is unbiblical and very deceptive. I will pray to the Lord Jesus Christ to bring you back to His Living Word from the doctrine of demons. You believe a message from some spirit over God’s Word, that is sad.
[kenzelsfire said] Spaniard, I must say your response really does surprise me. I thought of all the bloggers out there that have studied the Scriptures the evidence of The Holy Spirit/Ruach Hakodesh as female would have been evident to you. I too am surprised, a bit disappointed and sorry to hear your (initial) response. I do always appreciate prayers. To address some of your concerns. I most certainly DO Trust The Lord and The Logos of His Word. I do read The Word and I’ve been studying and utilizing the KJV, Septuagint, NLT, NIV, HCSB and researching using The Strong’s Concordance along with Blueletter Bible (and on occasion eSword.) As for The Holy Spirit, though the Scriptures have been written to reflect The Spirit as He/Him…in The Strongs – as I studied the origins of the writings and dug into church history there is much that has been hidden from us in regards to how the religious councils sought to change the gender of The Spirit from he to she…[for the full comment click on the link: Full comment
[Spaniard said] There is absolutely no evidence in holy Scripture that would support your position in regards to the Holy Spirit being a female. The relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is that the three are Yahweh. Since God exists as three persons and God is male how can the third person of the Trinity be female? That doesn’t make any sense because it is not supported in Scripture. If you hold to Scripture like you claim why are you deviating from it?
The answer she gives next is that she believes that the Bible has been tampered with and it cannot be trusted. That is the kind of theology you will get if a professing Christian rejects the inerrancy of Holy Scripture.
[kenzelsfire said] Think carefully about what you are saying though, Spaniard. I haven’t shared any of this lightly. The reason you can find no evidence of the Spirit as feminine is because it was removed from and written OUT of the scriptures. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t taken the last year or two to search it out for myself. The KJV is written utilizing a very thick form of old English and James Strong wrote and compiled the Strong’s Concordance for that reason. Most of the Words in the KJV can be referenced in the Strong’s concordance and have a root in Hebrew/Greek. If those who read the KJV aren’t incorporating this resource as part of their Bible study there is much being missed and overlooked. God is Male yes. Jesus is God’s Son, yes. Jesus told us if you have seen him you have seen the Father. Both God and Jesus are male… …But God made male and female to reproduce, two men cannot produce an ovum and neither can two females. I’m not sure how I’m deviating from Scripture. In Genesis 2 woman was given to man and man cleaved to her. If we read the scriptures without Spiritual Eyes there are many things we will miss, this is where all of Hosea 4 applies.
Her theology on the Godhead is constructed from a lack of faith in the Scriptures, so it gives room to a deceptive spirit to implant an inaccurate description of who God is and how He has revealed Himself in the Scriptures. She continues to deny the infallibility of God’s Word to support her demonic doctrine…
[kenzelsfire said] It is a part of recorded history that the Bible, through translations have been changed. Jeremiah 8:8 makes that clear. As far as everything I’ve come across, the original scrolls weren’t numbered. Numbering and Chapter/verses were added by men/men… …When I realized God’s Holy Word had already been altered I went directly back to God/Jesus/Holy Spirit – asked for forgiveness in not understanding the biases in the Bibles and prayed that the Holy Spirit would teach me. Step by step and word by word The Ruach has led me by the Spirit into that understanding. Now, everything that I hear in life or see – I try to view it through the “filter” of Holy Spirit.
This person is being directed by a deceptive spirit [a demon] which is leading her further away into a dangerous place that is full of darkness, away from the truth of God’s Word. Her soul is an immediate danger and the longer kenzelsfire stays in that belief, the harder it will be to come out of thelie. This is a prime example of why I stress so much in my blog to hold on to what Scripture declares about itself...
1Peter 1:23-25 23 You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of the grass; the grass withers and the flower falls off, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word that was proclaimed to you.
…so people won’t believe in a false doctrine like kenzelsfire has and abandon Jesus. This is my answer to Jeremiah 8:8…
[Spaniard said] In response to Jeremiah 8:8, all those who reject God’s Word go to that passage and twists it to look like a pretzel. And of course, forget what Jesus said about His Word that it cannot be broken in John. In Jeremiah 8, please read the context, the phrase lying pen does not suggest that they have changed Scripture as verse 9 says that they have rejected the Word of God and show to have no wisdom. How can they reject that which they have changed? They were teaching a false message just like the time of Jesus with the Pharisees who rejected the Word of God for their traditions not that they changed but didn’t preach from it. Jesus said in Matthew 4:4 that men does not live on bread alone but on EVERY WORD that comes from the mouth of God. Jesus said three times, it is written. Jesus trusted in Scripture and used it to combat the devil. You, on the other hand, have rejected it.
[kenzelsfire said] Jesus did say His Word would not pass away but you gotta understand, what he was speaking about was the SPOKEN word. The Words God used to speak his creation into existence. It’s all about Genesis 1. If we can’t believe in and understand His creating in Genesis 1 we will stumble over the rest of his instruction book.
Here kenzelsfire has added an interpretation that is not found and is foreign to the text of that passage in Scripture, His Word will not pass away, to mean something other than what it is saying in its context. Jesus was talking about the fulfillment of prophecy [Matthew 24:34-35] and everything will take place just how it is written in the Scriptures. Jesus said inMatthew 24:14… “14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
Jesus is declaring that His Word will endure or carry on all the way to the end. How can people get saved if indeed the Scriptures are corrupted? No one can get saved. Either we believe Jesus Christ or we believe another spirit like kenzelsfire and start to redefine everything in the Scriptures.
[kenzelsfire said] And I beg to differ, I’ve not been deceived and the best I can do is to pray that at some point Yeshua will open your Spiritual eyes because there is a difference between looking through our physical eyes and our Spiritual eyes… …In regards to Matthew 4:4 Man lives on EVERY WORD that comes from the mouth of God. This is referring to The Logos…we read the Word of God but Trust the Spirit to lead us onto all truth and test the Spirit based on 1 John 4:1.
Look at this, this woman wants my eyes to be open to, basically, reject the Bible as the inspired and inerrant Word of God. Who is she praying to? Not to the real Jesus because she is deviating from God’s Word. When a person is deceived, they will say outrageous things and won’t even take the time to actually ponder on what just came out of their mouths. Kenzelsfire is speaking out of two mouths, on the one hand, she said that the Bible has been changed, and now she instructs me to test everything with God’s Word, what a contradiction. But if you notice, she said to read the Word of God but to allow the Spirit to direct you. Essentially she is saying if the Spirit [a false deceptive spirit] gives you another understanding of any given passage of Scripture to believe it, even if it goes against the text or if it is not even found there because the spirit supersedes the Word of God. My brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, pray, read, and study in-depth the Word of God so that you won’t be led astray.
Ephesians 4:13-14 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God—a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature. 14 So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes.
Paul gives a warning to the church in Ephesus, not to be led astray by false teachings. The way a Christian matures in Christ is by knowing the truth which makes us grow in the faith. People will come in claiming to be believers in Christ to persuade you to abandon sound doctrine. Once you are not in the truth, you will be a sitting duck.
For those who are in Jesus Christ and believe in the truth of God’s Word
11 And do this because we know the time, that it is already the hour for us to awake from sleep, for our salvation is now nearer than when we became believers. 12 The night has advanced toward dawn; the day is near. So then we must lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the weapons of light. 13 Let us live decently as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in discord and jealousy. 14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires.-Romans 13:11-14
The closer we get to Christ, through His Word and prayer, the more we become like Him. The sinful desires within our flesh will be weakened and our passion for God’s will, shall be ignited and set on fire.
Make an effort every day to seek the Lord Jesus Christ.