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We do not need to argue about Jesus the Savior, first of all Jesus is the Savior. What does it mean?

1. JESUS SAVES US FROM HELL: John 3:16 said, “For God so love the world that He gave His one and only begotten son…. that whoever believe in Him… will have eternal life. The only key to heaven is by believing in Jesus Christ, not by works so that no man may boast. We cannot enter heaven by our good works or human endeavor, but ONLY by believing in Jesus Christ, this is the grace of God, and grace is grace. Believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and you will enter heaven.

2. JESUS SAVES US FROM SINS: First of all, Jesus did not come to condemn sinners neither came to shame sinners, but to save sinners. Because of the cross and the resurrection of Christ we can live a new life. Jesus save us from jealousy, pride, drug addictions, alcoholism, judgmental, blasphemous words, covetousness, love of money, selfishness, abuses, wicked heart, gossip, lack of love.

3. JESUS SAVES US FROM POVERTY: There is no poverty in heaven, and poverty doesn’t come from God, our heavenly Father is rich, He has in abundant, God wants to bless us all. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it in abundant”. The Bible is filled with how much God wants to bless us.

4. JESUS SAVES US FROM SICKNESSES: There are no sicknesses in heaven. By His wounds we are healed, He came to bind up the broken hearted, there are no pain and sorrows in heaven, Jesus Christ died on the cross that we may be healed from every kinds of sicknesses.

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Therefore Jesus Christ came to save us from hell, sins, poverty, pain, sorrows, and sicknesses. He came to bring heaven down to earth, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done, as in heaven so on earth.

– David Chawngthu

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What does it mean to be first? Let’s look at what does it mean to be first.

It seems great to be first, Bible Dictionary state that “First” means “Proton”, which means First in time, place, order, rank and importance. That sounds great on paper.

Let’s look at what does it really mean to be first, to be first means to be persecuted, to be first means to be misunderstood, to be first means to be mistreated, to be first means to suffer, there are many different other things that it carries to be first, to be first also means that to fight the largest strongholds of the Devil.

History:

There are several things history tells us about people who were the first people, for example, the 12 Apostles and the early Believers of Christ were the first to be persecuted for preaching the Gospel, all the 12 Apostles were persecuted, except for John they all died in Martyr. They were the first people Jesus sent out to preach the Gospel to the nations.

Martin Luther first carry out the truths of “Justification by Faith”, that we are saved by grace and not by works, he was the first to face the persecutions along with those who believe those truths God has revealed from the scripture.
The first people who believe that the Bible is for all people not only for the Priests were greatly misunderstood and persecuted by the religious spirit of those days.

William Booth the founder of the Salvation Army was another, he carried the truths in his heart, for the lost souls, the least and the last, he brought in people from the streets, and the poor people from the streets, the church at that time did not like it, he was the first to face great persecutions along with those other who were first to believe the truths, so they need to have their church service in a hall. They were even mistreated on the streets when they were preaching the Gospel.

In some areas, the first people to preach the Gospel and the first believers are looked down, despised, mistreated, persecuted. Some of them might even be told to leave their villages, others knocked out from their own homes, and another might even be beaten up, and still another might even be killed. And in some other place the first Christians were not allowed to take water from the stream, which was their main source of water for their village, even though after many years of persevering the whole village believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. So, people who were first often face many cruel persecutions, cruel evil mistreatments, and resistance from the enemy, Satan.

The first to work Miraculous healings, miracles, signs and wonders, and other Spiritual gifts can be accused as a demonic works, works of witchcraft, or other ways of being misunderstood.

Satan hates it when his land is invaded, he will use every possible means to fight the Advancement of God’s Kingdom. If we look at different history of people who were first in different things in Advancing God’s Kingdom, even as we have look some of the few history of people who were first, we will find that they often face great hardship, if not at least in the beginning of the years.

So, looking at some few history above, and looking at the things that are still happening around the world today, to be first, people need to have a very high rank that demons recognize it in the Spiritual realms. And to be first is not an easy work, to be first it is a tough work, and to be first is not something really desirable.

 

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– David Chawngthu

Spiritual Warfare would be incomplete without Advancing the Kingdom of God and without Intercessory prayer. We can say that these two are the things that summed up Spiritual Warfare as a whole. When we Advance the Kingdom of God, having Intercession in that city or region is absolutely necessary if we are ever to Advance the Kingdom of God, it is not only for prayer warriors, an Intercessory prayer is what everyone can do and can get involve in.

Some definitions of Intercessions?

– Praying and Mediating on behalf of another,
– Carrying someone else’s burden, Intercessions lead us out of ourselves,
– Pleading for a specific people group or nation,
– Intercessory prayer is a prayer directed, energised, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to pray for others, a region, land or nation.
– Identification with the one you are praying for, feeling the pain whatever they are going through and asked God for Mercy.

To lead an Intercession is a tough job, you need to have lots of strength especially to be an intercession leader, by the grace of God I have had as one of my responsibility of being an Intercession leader in one of the batch in Discipleship Training School, Ywam Siliguri some years ago in 2009, it took a whole lot strength, but we cannot neglect intercession, especially if we are Advancing the Kingdom of God, because the demonic strongholds need to be bind by Intercessory prayers time after time.

Intercessions can be done alone or in group, and is powerful, it is fighting against the forces of darkness, and praying to God on behalf of others, land or nation.

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How to do Intercession?

1. Ask the Lord, what country, nation, people group or area He want you to pray,
2. Ask the Lord what prayer points He want you to pray,
3. You can write down those prayer points you felt the Lord is giving you,
4. Pray those prayer points as you felt led by the Holy Spirit,

Abraham Interceded for Sodom: (Genesis 18:22-33)

Abraham stand before the Lord, approach God, and stand on behalf of Sodom, saying, “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked if there are 50 righteous people in the city?………..”

The Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account.”

Then Abraham continue to plead the Lord, “Suppose there are 45 righteous, will You destroy the whole city because of five?”

The Lord replied, “If I find 45 there, I will not destroy”.

Abraham continue to plead the Lord, “For the sake of 40”, “For the sake of 30”, “For the sake of 20”, “For the sake of 10”. The Lord replied Abraham the same way, “For the sake of 10, I will not destroy”.

And this is Intercession, Abraham stands before the Lord, pleading the Lord on behalf of Sodom, and the Lord even said, “I will not destroy even for the sake of 10 righteous people”. We can also do Spiritual Warfare in Intercession by binding the strongman in the region, and proclaiming the Lordship of Christ that “Jesus Christ is Lord”. You can do at home, church, or by prayer walk, with prophetic actions, you can go to the mountain in nearby city and have intercession for your city. You can also pray for the region, city or nation the Lord sent you, for the Kingdom of God to come on earth.

Important things to know in Intercessory Prayer:

If you pray for China, don’t let your prayers go here and there in Russia or India while you pray for China, it might be 15 minutes, 1 hour or even a day of Intercession, you need to stand on behalf of China for that period of time, just as Abraham Interceded for the city of Sodom, at that moment Abraham did not pray for the land of Canaan or other towns and cities, but for Sodom. Intercessory prayers are important even in Advancing the Kingdom of God.

Some experiences:

Even though we also used to have a regular Intercessions in our outreaches while we were in Ywam, and also have seen countless of people who gave their life to Christ. I find one of our intercession interesting in 2008, I was leading an outreach in the Himalayan region of India, in Sikkim. It was a hilly area, one day our team were climbing up a hill for about an hour to preach the Gospel to the people living in that top of the hill, as we were climbing up we also have an intercession on the way, even though it was not formal, it was an informal intercession for that village and out of our heart and passion, we were throwing Holy Spirit bomb as we climb up. As we reached the village, I remember the first family where we preached willingly gave their life to Christ at once.

Sometimes we may not see the results at once, but God will always work in one way or another as we intercede, and Intercessory prayers are powerful.

There is also another powerful testimony on Intercession that one of our leader in YWAM shared to us, they were having Intercession in Shillong, India, and there was also a magician who came to Shillong at that moment to show his magic, as this Ywam teams were having intercession there, the magician could not work anything, so he need to leave the place, that is the power of Intercession. Therefore Intercessions are important.

– David Chawngthu

When reading the word “Witchcraft spirit”, we may be curious or attrack our attentions, but when it comes to practical, it is easy for many of us to neglect them, so it is important to put them into practise.

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As a believers of Christ, whether we want it or not, we are constantly in battle, we all are in warfare, therefore it is important to know our enemies. This time we will be writing about the signs of a witchcraft spirit, the works of a witchcraft spirit.

Some signs and works of a witchcraft spirit –

1. Slavery and mistreatments are part of witchcraft spirit, Abraham Lincoln did a great job on this while he was on this earth.

2. When fathers and mothers control and lock up their children in a bathroom or toilet, or even in a room, this is a witchcraft spirit.

3. When teachers in schools tried to control their children by punishments and abuses, this is unGodly Authority and is a witchcraft spirit.

4. When you receive a prophetic word, and try to control others with that prophetic words and by force, we need to be aware of the witchcraft spirit. At the same time, the Lord may told you to cause the future, or told you to confront, or you believe you need to confront someone. Eg. The Lord told Nathan to confront David, the Lord told Samuel to confront Saul. The Lord may also told you to act to the prophetic words, those type are not what we are saying.

5. Acting rebelliously to the voice of the Lord, especially when God give divine commands, or simply acting rebellion to God’s voice. Eg – Saul was rebellion to the voice of the Lord, to the command the Lord gave him, Samuel said to him, “Rebellion spirit is the same as the spirit of divination”, which is the spirit of witchcraft.
Therefore, rebellion to the voice of the Lord especially when the Lord divinely command us to do something is a spirit of witchcraft.

6. When fathers, mothers, guardians or anyone else thought that they still got their God given authority upon their married children.

7. When elders, fathers, mothers, teachers, pastors, teachers, guardians tried to control the future destiny of their children. Eg – While God has a plan for them to be a business man, trying to make them a Pastor. Or, while God has a plan for them to be a school teacher, forcing them to become a Pastor, or forcing your children what educational lines they must be taking, they all are witchcraft spirit.

We can suggest them but not force them, they need to go their own hearts desire and how they believe God has called them.

8. Any type of controlling others abusively is already a witchcraft spirit. For example – Kidnapping, rape, forcing your childing to marry someone you like not what they like, abusive disciple – abusing in the name of a discipline.

Even Pastors and servants of God do not have any authority to abusively control, if they do, that is a witchcraft spirit.

One of the main works of a witchcraft spirit is controlling, controlling others unnecessarily, or abusively, even their personal life, especially adults, without the Holy Spirit and without the blueprint of heaven, we need to be aware of this witchcraft spirit in this situation.

– David Chawngthu

When we Advance the Kingdom of God, we are going for war in that area or region, there will be resistance and persecutions from the demonic forces of hell, usually the religious spirits, traditionalism, and leviathan spirit. The Devil will use many different tactics to steal, kill, and destroy you, and the Advancement of God’s Kingdom. The foundation for Advancing the Kingdom of God is “Jesus Christ is Lord of heaven and earth”.

The greatest warfare in the Kingdom of God is the Advancement of the Kingdom, the greatest resistance from the demonic forces of hell, the greatest persecutions, the greatest attack. Advancing the Kingdom of God doesn’t only fight one demon, but many demons, the demonic rulers of that place. If we are going to Advance the Kingdom of God, whether we want it or not we are going to wage war against the gates of hell in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Let’s look from the Old Testament and from the New Testament –

Jesus said in Matt 10:34, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
“ ‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

All through the verses in Judges 1:1-18, we find that Judah Advanced the Kingdom of God and wage war.

Vs1 – The Israelites asked the Lord, “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?” The Lord answered, “Judah shall go up; I have given the land into their hands.”

Judges 20:18 Now the sons of Israel arose, went up to Bethel, and inquired of God and said, “Who shall go up first for us to battle against the sons of Benjamin?” Then the LORD said, “Judah shall go up first.”

Zech 10:3-4 – For the LORD of hosts has visited His flock, the house of Judah, He will make them like a royal war horse/ majestic/ like a proud horse in battle. From Judah will come the cornerstone.

The Apostle Paul said, “Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked”. (2 Cor 11:23-27)

These were what the Apostle Paul faced in his Advancement of the Kingdom of God, at the same time we can believe that Paul was not that poor while he was serving the Lord, because he told that he was eager to serve them. In Gal 2:9-10, when the Apostles, James, Peter and John asked only one thing to Paul and Barnabas as they were going to the Gentiles, that was “to continue to remember the poor”, and then Paul said, “that was the very thing I was eager to do”.

Because of the fall of men in the beginning of time, the earth needs redemption, Satan’s scheme has not change from the beginning of time, “to steal, kill and destroy every part of us and everything in this world”, and Jesus Christ, by His dead and resurrection, came to redeem everything on this earth.

The Apostle Paul taught us on warfare, “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. THE WEAPONS we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds”. (2 Cor 10:3-4)

We might be serving the Fatherless and the motherless, we might be helping the homeless and the street kids in our areas in Jesus name, they are part of warfare, heaven on earth. There are many works to be done on this earth, God wants to touch the last one out there, at the same time He want to touch the whole region with His Kingdom.

Some other great weapons of our warfare are, “The name of Jesus Christ, prayer, intercession, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, preachings and teachings the word of God and revelations, declarations, prophesying, praise and worship, preaching the Gospel, and more”.

For one more example of Warfare, we would use TNT (Thutak Nunpuitu team) in Mizoram India, we can translate their ministry name as “Living the Truth Team”. Today their ministry is serving over 1000 fatherless and motherless, addicts, and the disables by faith and the generous gifts of people. They are providing foods, shelters and schools.

If their ministry had not been established, the state of Mizoram in India and Aizawl City would be filled with beggars and homeless unlike today.

Rev 5:5 says, – The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered/ triumphed.

Spiritual Warfare Advancing

 Advancing the Kingdom of God itself is a Warfare, and the foundation for Advancing the Kingdom of God is “Jesus Christ is Lord of heaven and earth”. If we are going to Advance the Kingdom of God, whether we want it or not we are going to wage war against the gates of hell in the Name of Jesus Christ. And we wage war by the blueprint of heaven, what is up there in heaven, we bring that down here on earth, and Advance the Kingdom of God.

– David Chawngthu

This is important to know for all believers that there are different levels of Spiritual Warfare. We might be able to put them in 3 or 4 levels of Spiritual Warfare. Right now we are putting them in 3 levels of Spiritual Warfare, so that we would know that there are different levels in Spiritual Warfare.

1. Personal Level Warfare: This is about our personal warfare personally. It could be sickness, sex problem, sin, greed, pride.

2. Corporate Level Warfare: In corporate level of Warfare there are leaders, rulers, and people in Authority.
For examples – Fathers and mothers in a family, School principal and teachers, Pastors of a church, Organizational leaders, ministry leaders, and other leaders, rulers and Authorities.

– Father and mother abusing their children (not in a whole region)
– School principal and teachers abusing their students in school (not in a whole region of schools)
– Father and mother who think they still got their God given Authorities to their married children (not in a whole region)
– Many students getting rebellion in a school.
– Sicknesses spreading in a school or church.
– Providing for the neighborhood in need.
– Greed spreading in a church or in a denomination.

3. Regional Level Warfare: This has the greatest influence. It touches a whole region and generations, beyond churches, beyond organization, and beyond local communities.

– When the whole region is filled with cheating one another and greed,
– When families in a region are likely to have at least 1 drug addicts in their family,
– Some cultural systems where step parents thought they got Authority over their step children’s inheritances (Pro 23:10).
– School principals and teachers abusing their students in school (In the whole region of schools),
– Some cultural systems where fathers and mothers who think they still got their God given Authorities over their married children,
– When miraculous healings are happening greatly and shake the whole region or state,
– When Advancing the Kingdom work shake the whole region with the Kingdom,
– When your vision is to reach out many lost souls in your region, or working to save 1 million souls,
– Bikers reaching out bikers to bring transformation among Bikers in a region or country,
– A ministry that has a vision to reach out to all the 100’s and 1000’s of street kids in their region,

In this level of Warfare, you advance the Kingdom of God and wage a war for the whole region or country. When you Advance and wage war for a whole region, your Warfare will increase. You will be the target of the demonic enemies attack for waging a huge war against the Kingdom of darkness.

God will usually use His Apostles and Apostolic teams to advance His Kingdom in this level of Warfare. Even in the darkest places of this earth and even in communist countries, where God sent them, the Kingdom of God are still Advancing. It is important for the people of God to stand with them in prayers.

For another example for this level of Warfare, we would use TNT (Thutak Nunpuitu team) in Mizoram India, we can translate their ministry name as “Living the Truth Team”. Today their ministry is serving over 1000 fatherless and motherless, addicts, and the disables by faith and the generous gifts of people. They are providing foods, shelters and schools.

If their ministry had not been established, the state of Mizoram in India and Aizawl City would be filled with beggars and homeless unlike today.

This level of Warfare is the Advancement of the Kingdom of God, and this is the greatest level of Warfare and the highest level of Warfare in the Kingdom of God. Spiritual Warfare, demonic attacks and persecutions will greatly increase; Demonic attacks and Spiritual Warfare will come from regional, that can greatly increase your corporate Spiritual Warfare and even your personal Warfare, at the same time the Kingdom of God Advanced.

– David Chawngthu

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Spiritual Warfare demons are real1

Even though by the grace of God, I’ve got several encounters with angels, even seeing them with my own physical eyes, I’ve also encountered countless of warfare in my life and in our works for God.

One incident was while I was 7yrs old, 5 demons physically fought me in my bed, I saw them with my own eyes and they fought me physically, they were around 3.5 fits each, they were all black in colors. At that moment I was too young to know what is fear.

Another incident was in 2005, the first time we ever step out into serving God since 2000, a demon came in front of my face, face to face. At that moment I’ve got a very little knowledge on how to wage war, I quickly covered my face with a thick blanket saying to myself, “I’m already born again, I’m already born again”, even though it was not the way to wage war, that was only self reminder that I was already born again. Anyway it was amazing that I can see through the blanket, I saw the devil clearly with my own physical eyes, it was face to face encounter with that demon.

If you know Prophet John Paul Jackson who died in 18th Feb 2015, he used to see demons in people, sometimes while preaching, he would cast those demons away and the demons would flee away and people would be healed of their sicknesses, that was amazing. You can browse on net and watch those testimonies and experiences of seeing demons, they are interesting.

Therefore demons are real, at the same time the word of God said, “God doesn’t give us the spirit of fear, but of love, of power, and of a sound mind”. (2 Tim 1:7)

How to wage war against the enemy? (Weapons of Warfare)

Among many weapons of warfare, these are 7 powerful ways to wage war, they are weapons of warfare –

1. The Name of Jesus Christ: In those type of situations where the devil encounter you, fought you, or try to bring fear in your life, or any type of warfare, even as we Advance the Kingdom of God (Advancing the Kingdom of God itself is a warfare against hell, and the Greatest warfare of all is the Advancement of the Kingdom of God), the most powerful weapon of warfare is the Name of Jesus Christ. The Name of Jesus Christ is the Highest Name, the most powerful weapon of waging wars, and is the Name that is above every other name. (Phil 2:9)

2. Prayers: In everything with prayer (Phi 4:6)

3. The word of God: The word of God is the sword of the Spirit, it is living, alive, active, and powerful. Revelations from God’s word are powerful.

4. Declarations: Declaring the Lordship of Christ is a great warfare, declaring breakthroughs, declaring victory, declaring freedom. Eg – “I/ We declare breakthrough in Jesus Name in your situations”, “I/ We declare the Lordship of Christ over this land”.

5. Prophesying: Ezekiel prophesied and commanded the dried bones and they came to life.

6. Intercessions: Praying on behalf of others, this can be done on behalf of ministry, church, region, land, or a country. Abraham prayed on behalf of Sodom and Gomorra.

7. Praise and Worship: Praise and Worship are part of warfare, a powerful weapon to wage war. While Paul and Silas were having praise and worship in prison, suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. (Acts 16:25-26)

– David Chawngthu