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Spiritual warfare is the Christian concept of fighting against the work of preternatural evil forces. It is based on the biblical belief in evil spirits, or demons, that are said to intervene in human affairs in various ways. Various Christian groups have adopted practices to repel such forces, as based on their doctrine of Christian demonology. Prayer is a common form of spiritual warfare among Christians. Other practices may include exorcism, the laying on of hands, fasting, and anointing with oil.
A Religious war or Holy war (Latin: bellum sacrum) is a war primarily caused or justified by differences in religion. In the modern period, debates are common over the extent to which religious, economic, or ethnic aspects of a conflict predominate in a given war.
Mortal means something which is subject to death e.g. humans. Other living creatures are also subject to death.
The Immortal on the other hand, is something which never dies i.e. which is eternal.
What does the Bible say about spiritual warfare?”
There are two primary errors when it comes to spiritual warfare—over-emphasis and under-emphasis. Some blame every sin, every conflict, and every problem on demons that need to be cast out. Others completely ignore the spiritual realm and the fact that the Bible tells us our battle is against spiritual powers. The key to successful spiritual warfare is finding the biblical balance. Jesus sometimes cast demons out of people; other times He healed people with no mention of the demonic. The apostle Paul instructs Christians to wage war against the sin in themselves (Romans 6) and warns us to oppose the schemes of the devil (Ephesians 6:10–24).
The Believer’s Integrity – A soldier in Paul’s day had a leather girdle or belt that he tightened about his waist to protect his loins and carry his weapons of warfare, such as a dagger or sword. The belt also held his tunic together so it wouldn’t be snagged. In Christian armor, it is integrity that holds everything else together. If you do not have integrity in the big and small things of your life, you are going to lose the battle. Would people say that you are a woman or man of integrity? If not, then you cannot win the battle.
The Believer’s Purity – The breastplate of a soldier was sometimes made of woven chain and used to cover the soldier’s vital organs. For the Christian, the breastplate is righteousness.
The enemy wants to attack you not only with lies, but also with impurity. He wants you to read filthy magazines, watch immoral movies, and engage in all temptations of the flesh. The bottom line is that Satan wants to get into your heart and mind. He’s looking for a crack in your armor. And don’t be fooled. Satan knows where that crack is. Is your heart pure before God? If not, then you cannot win the battle.
The Believer’s Tranquility – A Roman soldier’s would have hobnails on the sole, very much like football cleats because when they were fighting they needed solid footing from which to move.
Unless you have a solid footing of peace, you can never make war. Sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it? When Satan comes against your tranquility, he throws out stones and briars of doubts and discouragement to cause you to stumble. Do you have peace right now? If not, then you cannot win the battle.
The Believer’s Certainty – The Roman soldier’s shield measured approximately two by four feet and was made of wood covered with leather. In that day, soldiers dipped arrows in oil, then lit them and shot them at the enemy. These shields were vital to protect the solider from getting burned.
Satan is going to fire flaming arrows of doubt at you. He wants to place subtle doubts in your mind about God and His Truth. He knows a spark can ignite a big fire. You will need to feed your faith and starve your doubts. Are there any seeds of doubt in your mind today? If there are, then you cannot win the battle.
The Believer’s Sanity – A soldier used a helmet to protect his head because if his head was wounded, he wouldn’t be able to think. Every believer needs to have the mind of Christ under the control of Almighty God.
When a person is saved, for the first time he has his right mind. A person with out the Spirit in the Lord Jesus Christ has a form of insanity. They do not operate with the mind that God made them to have. The most important thing for you to have at all times is an assurance of your salvation. Do you know that you are saved? If you aren’t, then you cannot win the battle.
The Word of God – When we are tempted, the most effective weapon that God has given to us as believers is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Jesus modeled this so beautifully during His temptation in the wilderness. When the devil tried temptation after temptation against Him, Jesus used the sword of the Spirit. Jesus spoke the Word of God to Satan. In Luke 4:1-13, Jesus responded, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord God only. Him only you shall serve.” and again brought the Scripture back into context, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” The sword of the Spirit works. Memorize Scripture and use the Word of God to defeat Satan’s lies and attacks.
God has a plan for our lives. The enemy has a plan for us too. We just have to decide which voice we’re going to listen to, and who we’re going to choose to follow each day. And chances are, if we don’t make a determined choice to follow God, we may eventually fall into the evil one’s trap. God gives specific instructions in his Word, he gives us all we need to stand strong in this life. Yet all too often we race through busy, full days, ill-equipped, unprepared, or simply not aware of what we’re up against, or who the real enemy even is.
If you’re a believer living like salt and light in this dark world, you won’t go for long without encountering obstacles and attacks he’ll hurl straight your direction. This battle is real, it’s intense. Focusing here today, putting on His armor, staying alert, and praying, that God will equip believers everywhere to “stand strong.”
I open my heart to love & creative inspiration, I choose to create happiness in every new day.
I see the value in my everyday life. I am open to abundance.
I open myself to deeper experiences & happiness, I know that i am the loving family that i need.
I am strong, free, and i choose peace and able to choose what honors me.
I open my life to wonderful people in beneficial connections in my personal and professional life.
I release fear, i move forward with trust and courage.
I release pain and past, i live with compassion for myself and love heals & renews me.
I have the power to overcome any obstacle. I am strong, confident, & self-directed.
I open my heart to spiritual truth, deeper connection with the Holy Spirit. I accept Holy guidance and inspiration.
I have dignity and awareness.
I open my heart to caring connection.
I choose to see and appreciate , and value all around me. I am attracting more to be grateful for.
I am patient and flexible and willing to receive in surprising ways. I am responsible for my life. I take action towards my happiness.
I let go of fear and worry. I will live in peace.
I will make relaxation a daily part of my life.
I let go of lack. I let go of jealousy. I let go of envy.
I am flexible and persistent and prepared in taking steps toward my goals.
All that i need is already apart of me.
I release stuck energy, old habits, and restrictions on my life daily. My life will be open to reality.
I am honest with myself & others, I attract honesty, integrity and support.
I am receiving peaceful and kind treatment that i deserve in my life. I will make reasonable requests, set boundaries, and make my expectations clear.
It is safe and comfortable for me to move on, i consider my options and take actions on my behalf.
I’m achieving great things within myself.
I have powerful energy and a world full of possibilities.
I will relax and connect with my wisdom and power.
I will attract more love and tenderness to myself.
I am strong and focused, i have the power.
I am strong, safe, and stable and i will secure myself with the Holy Spirit.
I am open to a healthy state of mind and a physical healthy state of being.
My personal vision guides me, my thoughts are peaceful and in a clear state of decisions.
The world supports me in my financial goals.
I am emotionally calm and peaceful and i attract healthy and stable people.
I am comfortable with all my emotions. I will honor and express in healthy ways.
I will learn new things.
I will open up to wisdom in my mind and heart.
I will live a centered life, i will take care of myself.
The powerful healing of eternal love is with me and will forever be wit me. I am whole.
I have strong intuition with the Father GOD, Son Jesus Christ & Holy Spirit.
My magic happens when i live in consciousness & eternal truth.
May Peace Be with Me all the Days of my life.
Do you suffer from phone anxiety?!
Start by trying to Figure out what’s causing the fear of talking on the phone: Are you concerned about saying something embarrassing? Are you fearing rejection? What are your thoughts that are going through your head before making a phone call. What kinds of things are you telling yourself.
The Most important factor is getting to the root of the exact fear about making phone calls. Always Aiming for positive self-talk is a must, Afterwards try to understand what’s driving your fear, try to change what you’re telling yourself about talking on the phone. Example: Think about times when you have made phone calls & didn’t say anything embarrassing or negative. Now, self-talk by saying something like, “I have made several successful phone calls without embarrassing myself. I am capable of having a successful phone conversation.”
Chronic fears of making telephone calls may be an indicator of a deeper issues, such as social anxiety. A great tip, Try seeing an experienced anxiety therapist, to identify any issues to develop some skills to overcome it. There are treatments for social anxiety. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques, exposure therapy, & social skills training, these type of techniques may be a great help for you to identify anxious thought patterns.
Try to face your fears. Try to develop strategies for managing social situations. Managing your phone calls daily, try to decide when you want to make your calls. Spread out your calls or make them all in one day, whatever works best for you. Limit yourself to one or two calls per day can help with pressure of making phone calls. Determine the best time of day for your phone calls & only try to make phone calls when you feel at your best, feeling confident makes a difference. Consider the purpose of your call, prepare so that you’re able to accomplish the goal. If you need to make a call to find out information, make a list of questions. If you need to communicate important info to a friend, coworker, family member, write down what you need to communicate.
Try screening calls. Answer calls from people in your contact list, or just allow calls to go to voicemail, then you can think exactly how you want to respond without the pressure.
Remember to always toTake a deep breath & Relax.
Salmon good for protein, vitamin D, potassium, omega 3s, and B vitamins, tryptophan, an amino acid linked to converting serotonin in the brain.
Lentils good for B vitamins, which are linked to reducing irritability and depression since they also contribute to the production of serotonin.
Bananas affect tryptophan.
Yogurt is high in probiotic bacteria, means it helps break down nutrients for absorption into the body. Including yogurt in your diet can help with your body’s intake of nutrients from other foods.
Liver is best known for its high content of vitamin B12, protein, iron (which is thought to play a role in the production of serotonin and dopamine), potassium, and many other vitamins and nutrients.
Berries are Rich in vitamin C, berries of all sorts also offer antioxidants, fiber, potassium and digestive enzymes.
Spinach, Kale, Collard Greens, and other dark green vegetables, Spinach in particular also has iron, calcium, potassium, and omega 3s among others.
Sweet Potatoes are good food for mood-boosting is the antioxidant beta-carotene which protects the body’s cells and has also been linked to improving brain function.
Eggs good for vitamin D, omega 3s, and that mood-linked B12 vitamin.
Brazil Nuts good for vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, and provides tryptophan.
TIPS TO DO
Relaxing Shower, Hot water. Contact a loved one , phone call, online conversation or even email to someone you love. Deep breathing exercise, breath for in 5 seconds, exhale for another 5 seconds, repeat as needed. Listen to Brainwave audios, traditional meditations for stress relief , special frequencies. Dance for few, minutes of dancing can make you feel happy, partly due to the release of endorphins, also to flood positive energy neurotransmitters in your body listening to your favorite tunes. Look for inspiring photographs, movies, artwork, books, quotes etc. Recite to yourself or out loud “mood boosting affirmations” or even writing them down into a journal etc. Getting rid of clutter, cleaning up your living & work space, Lighting incense or scented candles. Last, but not least, try Hugs & kisses, whether a friend, partner, family member, pet, Your body will respond by releasing “love” hormones like oxytocin. You’ll feel calm, safe, content, & happier.
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