Military Deception in Spiritual Warfare- Are you armed?

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Military deception, have you ever heard of it?

Military deception is an attempt to mislead your enemy based on creating an artificial fog of war. This can be achieved by using visual deception, psychological operations, information warfare and tons of other deceptions.

There are two forms in particular I want to direct your attention to today; Feigned Retreat and The Trojan Horse tactics.

Feigned Retreat is leading the enemy through a false sense of security into a pre-posititioned ambush.

The trojan horse tactic may be one you’ve heard of before. This is the art of gaining the opponent to a fortified area under false pretense to later admit a larger attacking force.

Trojan Horse

Doesn’t Satan, the adversary to all things righteous and good, use these methods against God’s people? Aren’t his efforts increasing in these last times because he knows his time is short (Rev 12:12)?

Isn’t the enemy wroth with the people of God and doesn’t he want to make war with this same people(Rev 12:17)?

Doesn’t the bible warn us:
Be sober, Be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. – 1 Peter 5:8 kjv

If the bible gives such bold warnings.. why then are we still unaware and unprepared for the attacks of the devil, dear brethren?

Is it because many of us have closed our bibles? Is it due to the fact we choose to take the beautiful verses of peace in the bible and deem them as profitable for instruction but ignore the things that are contrary to our doings?

It is my solemn belief that one of Satan’s goals in these last days is to numb christians to the voice of the Holy Spirit through the prosperity messages being taught by many televangelist and even a large number of local pastors and speakers.

We tend to see rebuke as a bad thing that only breaks people down; so we tend to only talk about the pleasant messages of the Gospel. You know, Jesus walked on water, Feed the multitudes, healed the sick, etc… . Which are all great topics to discuss but there is more to the gospel message than just the miracles of the first advent of our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is also rebuke and instruction in righteousness and a solemn message to every member of the body of Christ to carry the gospel to the four corners of the earth before the probation of mankind ultimately ends.

I think the enemy is trying to take the message of present truth away from the church. Paul makes this statement in Hebrews 10:26:

“For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin,”

What a sobering statement. Paul is saying, even after Jesus had been crucified for our sins, that if we continue to sin willfully after knowing the truth about Jesus Christ, then there remains no more sacrifices for our sins.

This is contrary to what is being taught to many today. To some, are being taught that the commandments of God are no longer of any effect to new testament christians because Christ nailed the old covenant to the cross.

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And I agree that there were some laws nailed to the cross which were a shadow of Christ to come, but the moral law (10 commandments) weren’t a shadow of Christ’s coming, or His ministry on earth, or even as His work as our great High Priest in heaven, but instead the commandments which were apart of the old covenant as well are the very character of God written out on stone tablets and in the new covenant are written on stony hearts.

In fact, the bible tells us that breaking the commandments is actually the definition of sin( 1 John 3:4) so if we say the commandments were nailed to the cross then it is now impossible to sin. Which Paul makes it very clear that we can still choose to sin even after accepting Christ (Hebrews 10:26)

Now after covering that I can now explain why I say the devil looks to numb us to the voice of the Holy spirit that we no longer feel guilt for our sins.

First, we need to take a look at what the Holy Spirit’s work in our life is to be.

John 16:8 kjv- And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of Judgement.

Notice what it says the Holy spirit would do for the world. It didn’t say when He comes you would get that Mercedes you always wanted nor does it say He would rebuke the devil’s attempt to keep you from getting that $500,000 house you feel you rightfully deserve does it beloved?

No the scripture says the job of the Holy Spirit is to “reprove the world of sin.”

What does reprove mean?

Reprove- Reprimand, rebuke, reproach, scold, admonish, or chastise.

So in other words the job of the Holy Spirit is to lead us away from sin. We hear Him as a still small voice and through the inspiration of the Holy scriptures but if we don’t read for ourselves and if we only hang on the words of spiritual leaders; when they speak contrary to the spirit we won’t know it and we begin to quiet the voice of the Holy Comforter.

Why is it so important that we don’t quiet the voice of the Holy Spirit?

All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. – Matthew 12:31 kjv

What does blasphemy mean according to the Holy bible?

Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. – John 10:32,33

We see that one definition of blasphemy is taking the purgatives of God being only a man. We know Jesus could do this because He was God but for any other man it’s blasphemy.

Let’s take a look at another definition.

And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying,Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sinsbut God alone? – Luke 5:21 kjv

We see that claiming the ability to forgive sins being a man also is considered biblically to be blasphemy.

So how do you blasphemy the Holy Spirit. It’s not one individual act that blasphemes away the Holy Spirit from an individual, but continually denying His work in one’s life. Thus putting your own selfish purgatives above the that of God’s and forgiving yourself of your sins which cannot gain you salvation.

The Holy Spirit’s work is to guide us to the truth(Jesus)(John 16:18) that we can approach His Omnipotent feet and receive mercy and forgiveness for our sins, but you’ll never feel the need for this mercy if you quiet the Holy Ghost and believe that it no longer matters what you do you’re already forgiven for it and there are no consequences.

Please don’t get me wrong our Lord is abundant in mercy and lovingkindness but we are not to take advantage of His grace but instead repent which means to confess and forsake our sins and put our best foot forward in not continually committing the same sin.

Because if we stop listening to the Holy Spirit and feel like this is just the way I am so be it, then that cherished sin can become unpardonable and the devil can be successful in His Military Deception using his own form of Feigned Retreat to steal away your salvation.

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Ooltewah SDA Pastor faith strengthened from persecution in the Soviet Union

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Imagine growing up in a communist society where you’re constantly ridiculed for your faith.

When the leaders in your life such as the Principle and teachers constantly call you up in front of your peers to scold you about how ridiculous your beliefs are.

Try to envision a place where the unregistered leader of the church of your country can be imprisoned majority of his life for being faithful to Christ and close out his days in an Yakutia camp.

This was every day life for Peter Kulakov, who has recently became the senior pastor at Ooltewah Seventh-day Adventist Church, as a child growing up in the Soviet Union.

Reflecting on his childhood Peter disclosed that baptisms were conducted in the dark and bibles were hidden under the double floor of an outhouse.

This is likely due to the confiscation of religious properties which is well-associated in Soviet history since the revolution after 1922.

Peter’s family is no stranger to persecution and ridicule. His father and grandfather both did jail time for the testimony of Jesus and His uncle died in a Soviet prison.

In such European territories it is considered shameful and a disgrace to be a christian and mocking and scrounging are sure to follow all that will accept Christ.

Upon entering the military in 1992 Kulakov appeared before a counsel of officers and boldly declared he could not serve on Sabbath(Saturday) because it was a violation of his conscience and beliefs.

Many were in disbelief at his boldness, as it was well known no one gets days off in the military, yet Peter stood firm on his foundational beliefs.

Afterwards Kulaov moved to the U.S.A. seeking religious freedom and has since then Pastored churches in Indiana and Metro- Atlanta.

In his first 3 weekly sermons at Ooltewah; Peter has shared the stories of the persecutions of his childhood and early life.

Instead of being resentful however Kulakov says he is grateful for the persecution in his upbringing because it has strengthened his faith and prepared his for a lifetime in ministry.

Peter has not forgotten his Russian roots. He has a faith-based television program that broadcasts in Russia, and visits Eastern- Europe several times a year to hold evangelistic meetings.

The story of Peter Kulakov can be an inspiration to us all. When facing various trials we tend to say “why me?” However, Peter’s attitude exemplifies that the persecution has prepared him to better serve the Lord.

You know, it makes me think of this verse in the bible.

And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. – Acts 5:41 kjv

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Lesson on humility and the power of God

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Oppression of The Multitude

In the days of Gideon, Israel was oppressed by many nations for their disobedience to God and constant backsliding, but God so loved Israel that when they humbled themselves He’d raise a judge to deliver them. In this particular lesson, the nation was Midian’s vast and powerful army. Judges 7:12 says they were with as many camels as the sand by the sea(meaning a lot of camel and men).

Many are Called; Few are Chosen
Interestingly enough, Gideon’s army began with 32,000 men. The Lord told Gideon this is far to many they’ll begin to think they got the victory with their own hand( cf Judges 7:2) Church history shows us that a lot of times when there is a great increase in the church and powerful works are being done as a result of the resources available, the people of God begin to become a little self-righteous and within themselves begin to think their good works will earn them a place of favor with God. God wanted it to be understood without a shadow of a doubt, it was indeed Him who delivered them from their oppressors, so He commanded Gideon to send 22,000 of his soldiers home which left him with 10,000 soldiers still.

Gathering the Wheats & Tares
The Lord again said to Gideon, nope, you got too many here, I need the most obedient & humble of servants to carry out My will and deliver my people from the hands of anguish(paraphrasing) So the Lord tested the soldiers by the water and made a divide between the soldiers that lapped water like a dog( humble christians) and the ones who would only fall to their knees to drink( prideful christians). Of those, 300 soldiers, lapped water like a dog; the remaining 9,700 soldiers drank from their knees to drink (cf. Judges 7:4-5)

The Awesome Saving Grace of God
The 9,700 prideful soldiers were sent home and God used 300 men of lowly hearts and humble obedience to conquer the uncountable multitude of the wicked by the hand of their own swords. There are a few morals to this story. The most important is serve the Lord with reverence and trembling, with all humbleness and you’d be amazed at the wonderful and great things He can do
through you for His kingdom.