Chapter 34

know whom you are fighting


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(Mark 4:13-17)  And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables? The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side [i.e. no conflict at all], where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground [conflict between men and men]; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended [“fall away” Luke 8:13].

1.       affliction = Gk: pressure:--anguish, burdened, tribulation, trouble /// to crowd:--afflict, narrow, throng, suffer tribulation, trouble.

2.       persecution = Gk: (to flee); to pursue; by impl. to persecute:--follow (after), (suffer) persecute (-ion), press toward.

3.       (Mat 5:11)  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

4.       (Mat 5:44)  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

5.       (Mat 10:23)  But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

6.       (Mat 23:34)  Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

7.       Commentary: demonically infested men persecute (pursue) and bring pressure upon us, but dwell outside our minds, and we are called not to fight them but to forgive them, or more properly to fight them by forgiving them. “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” (Luke 23:34).


(Mark 4:18-20)  And these are they which are sown among thorns [conflict between sheep saints and demons] [some thorns are already dwelling in the hearer’s heart]; such as hear the word, And the cares [distractions] of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in [i.e. more thorns enter in], choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful [“bring no fruit to perfection” Luke 8:14]. And these are they which are sown on good ground [victorious conflict between shepherd saints and demons]; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

1.       choke = Gk: to strangle completely, i.e. (lit.) to drown, or (fig.) to crowd:--choke, throng /// to wheeze, i.e. to throttle or strangle (drown):--choke, take by the throat.

2.       Commentary: evil spirits (demons) bring pressure upon and are supernaturally strong enough to pierce us; they dwell inside our minds in collective strongholds of thoughts. We are presently called upon to “Resist the devil [and his demons], and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7).

(2 Cor 10:3-5)  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal [fleshly], but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

1.       pulling down = Gk: demolition; fig. extinction:--destruction /// to lower (or with violence) demolish (lit. or fig.):--cast (pull, put, take) down, destroy.

a.       (Mat 11:12)  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

2.       strong holds = Gk: (mean. to fortify, through the idea of holding safely); a castle (fig. argument):--stronghold. [thoughts]

3.       Commentary: In the message of 01-06-08 entitled "Seed and Bread; Alpha and Omega, we taught that good angels are both the messengers of God, and the message of God, i.e. good angels are godly thoughts that enter into our mind and dwell there. Whereas evil angels are both the messengers of Satan and the message of Satan, i.e. evil angels are Satanic thoughts that enter into our mind and dwell there. However, in both cases, ""ANGELS ARE THOUGHTS.""  


(Eph 6:10-18)  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word [rhema] of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

1.       spiritual = Gk: non-carnal, i.e. (humanly) ethereal, or (demonically) a spirit, or (divinely) supernatural, regenerate, religious:--spiritual.

2.       (Heb 4:12)  For the word [logos] of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

3.       Commentary: the logos word has a distinct “man” application, whereas the rhema word has both a “man” application and a “demon” application.


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