In the Bible, we find a commandment from God to those who believe in Him. Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
God tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. When we become born again, we now have to learn to think the way God would prefer us to. So how do we do that? Well, in this post I’m going to share with you some tried and true tips to transform your mind for Christ.
Meditate On And Study The Word Regularly
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
– Hebrews 4:12
According to the above scripture, the word of God is alive and full of power. It’s sharper than a sword and can divide the soul from the spirit. In other words, the Bible can transform our lives by separating our personal desires from that of God’s. Read more
Believe it or not, the Bible does mention astrology. Sometimes it uses the term ‘star-gazer’ or ‘monthly prognosticator.’ Nevertheless, it’s in there and God definitely has something to say about astrology. If you enjoy reading horoscopes or love to identify with your sign, you may not like what He says about it. However, it’s still an important topic that needs to be addressed. In this post, we’re going to answer the question, “Is astrology demonic?”
When I discovered what God’s thoughts were on astrology and how He spoke about it, I quickly made a decision that I would no longer associate with any of that stuff. I never really cared for it so it wasn’t too hard. Yet, I know some people who are really into the monthly signs and what horoscopes say.
Let’s take a look at the first scripture I want to mention about astrology. This scripture is very straightforward and there’s no mistaking what God meant here.
All scriptures are taken from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.
“When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you.“ Read more
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:17
One of the greatest blessings God has given us is our new life in Christ. When we accept Christ as our personal Savior, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. We become new creations and are born again. Therefore, it only makes sense that we focus on what’s ahead of us in life instead of what’s behind us.
However, that’s not always easy. The Bible calls the enemy the accuser of the brethren. (Revelation 12:10) He wants us to remember our past, especially our failures. If he can keep people living in their past, they will be ineffective in their present and that will affect their future. We cannot allow the enemy to steal our future.
Yet, the past isn’t a bad thing. It serves us a great purpose. We can learn many valuable lessons from our past and we should refer to it for guidance. For example, when I was 14 I was in a very horrific car accident. A drunk man attempted to walk across a highway-type road that had five lanes of traffic. The car in front of us barely missed him and unfortunately, my mom couldn’t stop the car fast enough. The man died upon impact. Read more
A demonic stronghold is a mental fortress taken by demonic forces in the mind of people. There are many different types of demonic strongholds. I’ve written a post about 12 different demonic spirits– all of which can set up a stronghold.
Before we get into how to remove demonic strongholds, it’s important to understand that only God can remove them. By ourselves, we do not have the power to go up against demons. It’s spiritual warfare that has to be fought in the spiritual realm. Also, God is the only force in the universe that’s powerful enough to defeat these beings.
However, God is not a spirit that anyone can use. His power is only available to those who have a relationship with Him through salvation. Therefore, only a believer in Christ can use the force of God to expel evil forces.
Now that we’ve established the ground rules for casting down demonic strongholds, we can get into the process of doing so.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
– 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 Read more
There are many demonic spirits, but in this post, we’re going to talk about 12 of the most common ones. These can usually be found at the foundation of all demonic activity.
As a Christian, you cannot be possessed or fully ruled by an enemy. However, you can be harassed, oppressed, and beat down by failing to cast out these spirits. All they need is a little bit of access to set up a stronghold in your mind to reign from.
A stronghold is formed by a wrong pattern of thinking by the believer. After a stronghold is formed, it can be used by an unclean spirit to influence a believer’s actions, habits, and lifestyle. This is why it’s incredibly important to be able to recognize these spirits and tear down these strongholds.
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
– Philippians 4:8
Core Demonic Spirits
The Lying Spirit
“We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”
– 1 John 4:6 Read more
When we become aware of the satanic attacks that are all throughout the earth and the evil that permeates every society, it makes us wonder why the Lord allows His people to suffer attacks. While some attacks are non-threatening, others are utterly devastating. So why would God allow this to happen? I’ve come up with at least four reasons God would let His people come under attacks and benefits of spiritual warfare.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing“
– James 1:2-4
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
Benefits of Spiritual Warfare
Spiritual warfare makes us better at using scripture. In Ephesians chapter 6, we see the armor of God listed. He provides us with many tools to remain safe from the enemy’s attack. However, there is only one offensive tool in that list. It’s the weapon we have to fight with- the Word of God. Read more