We have a very clear explanation of that question in the following verses.

Remember, however, before we look at those verses, the idea of submission has already been introduced in relation to one another. The word “submission” is not in the Greek of verse 22, but it is supplied from the previous sentence (verse). There is a mutual submission of the wife to her husband and the husband to the wife. The husband is to submit to the wife by leading her. How is the husband to lead the wife?

  1. Because the wife is to submit to her husband “as to the Lord,” it stands to reason that the husband is to lead his wife in the way that the Lord leads the church.
  2. How does the Lord lead the church? While the Lord does have authority over the church, he exercises that authority for the church’s benefit. Likewise, Christian husbands will exercise their authority/headship for their wife’s benefit. Notice the how Jesus’ headship benefits the church:
    • Jesus loved the church—he demonstrated that love in his actions. Christian husbands will love their wives and demonstrate that love in their actions.
    • Jesus demonstrated his actions in sacrifice for the church—he gave himself up for her. Christian husbands will sacrifice themselves for their wives (e.g., energy, resources, even their own lives).
    • Jesus did this for the church’s own good—that he might sanctify, cleanse her, and present her to himself as a glorious church. Therefore, Christian husbands will exercise their headship for their wife’s good, never for their own good.
    • Notice that more is written in this passage about a husband’s leadership than a wife’s submission. There is FAR more responsibility placed upon the man than on the woman. It is my belief that it would be easier to be a woman than a man with these requirements!

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2. The Legal Rights Issue

The 2nd big area of debate you will find as you start to research this topic is on the legal rights issue.

Many people argue that nowhere in the Bible does Jesus or the apostles talk about any kinds of legal rights that demons may have to attack us. Jesus just tells us to cast out demons, and they thus believe that you just go in there and take your authority and start commanding the demons to come out and leave the person without trying to find out what their legal rights may have been to be able to attack this person in the first place.

Again, our take on this is that Jesus tells us to cast out demons, but He does not tell us exactly how to do it. And again, this is where you fall back on the verse that it is the job of the Holy Spirit Himself to be our Teacher and Guide in this life. And one of the areas that I believe that the Holy Spirit will help teach us and guide us is in the area of having to deal directly with demons who are attacking people.

I remember when I first saw this big debate occurring as I started to research this topic years ago, that my common sense really kicked in.

The Bible tells us in the story of Job that we all have some kind of a basic protective hedge surrounding us. If we did not have some kind of basic protective hedge surrounding us with the Lord, then these demons would be attacking all of us non-stop, 24/7. We would all be under constant attack and we would be doing nothing but battling demons all of the time.

If we really do have some type of protective hedge from the Lord surrounding us and protecting us, and then someone manages to have demons abnormally attacking them – then my conclusion is – that there has to be some type of specific reason that this has been allowed to occur with these demons – and that specific reason will be their legal right.

For instance, if a Christian decides they are going to start doing drugs like cocaine, heroin, or meth, they then will have committed a direct willful sin against the Lord.

And if God decides to sovereignly allow their basic hedge to break down because of this direct willful sin against Him, then the demons will be able to see that big hole occur in their protective hedge and they will then waste no time in barreling right through that hole to launch an all-out attack on that person and his life.

The door opener for the demons to be able to come directly after that person in the first place was them engaging with drugs that are directly forbidden by the Lord. That door opening activity has now given the demons full legal right to be able to come directly after that person with a severe type of an attack.

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1. Can Demons Live on the Inside of a Christian?

The first big area of debate that you will come across is whether or not Christians can actually have demons living and operating on the inside of them.

Many will say that once you are saved and born again, that there is no way that a demon can enter in on the inside of you.

We have now been bought back by Jesus Christ Himself and He now “owns” us. Thus, there is no way that a demon or a group of demons can enter in on the inside of a Christian.

At first glance, this appears to be a very logical and valid argument. But in the actual fields of combat, the deliverance ministers who do this on a very regular basis, have found out that Christians can get demons on the inside of them if the appropriate legal rights have been given to the demons to be able to enter in.

Here is their reasoning, and for the record, we do fully agree with this reasoning. The Bible says that we have three parts to our being – body, soul, and spirit. When we get saved and born again, the Holy Spirit comes to live in our human spirits.

It is our human spirit that is instantaneously regenerated and born again at our conversions. Our souls and our bodies are not regenerated at this new birth, it is just our spirits. Please refer to our article, “Regeneration by the Holy Spirit,” on the actual verses on all of this.

What happens in the spiritual realm is that if the appropriate legal rights have been given to the demons to be able to enter in, they will then move into the body and soul of the person. The demons will not be able to enter into the spirit of a Christian because the Holy Spirit is already living there.

One deliverance minister uses the analogy of the Temple that the Jewish people built for God the Father back in the Old Testament to illustrate all of this.

In that Temple built for God by the Jewish people, there were three main parts to it – the Outer Court, the Inner Court, and the Holy of Holies. The manifest presence of God was only in the Holy of Holies, not in the Outer Court or the Inner Court.

In the same way with all of us, the Outer Court of the Temple represents our physical bodies, the Inner Court represents our soul, and the Holy of Holies represents our spirits.

Just as the manifest presence of God was only residing in the Holy of Holies, in the same way the Holy Spirit is only residing in our human spirits, which is the innermost part of our beings, just like the Holy of Holies was the innermost part of the Jewish Temple.

The Bible also tells us that our bodies are now the temple of the Holy Spirit. Some people believe that the word “bodies” means that the Holy Spirit is actually living in the human body itself. But if you use this Jewish Temple analogy, which I believe is analogous to our human-spiritual makeup with the Lord, I believe that our physical bodies are now His temple due to the fact that our physical bodies now actually “house” our human spirits where the Holy Spirit now lives in – just like the Outer and Inner Courts “housed” the Holy of Holies where the manifest presence of God was really at.

This big debate on whether or not a Christian can have a demon living on the inside of them has been going on forever in the Body of Christ and obviously will never be resolved anytime soon until Jesus comes back down for His millennial rule and He then finally lets all of us know who had the correct interpretation on all of this. But until then, each Christian will just have to make their own call on all of this.

After studying all of this at length over the years, it is just my own personal opinion that these deliverance ministers are correct in their assessment in that demons can enter into Christians if the appropriate legal rights have been given to them to be able to enter in. And this will now lead us right into the next topic of debate – the issue of legal rights.

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How to be a blessing to those around you

Blessings could be defined as the origin of favors and graces or even as an instrument of blessing.

Genesis 12:2-3
“I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a source of blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you, and all the families of the earth will be blessed in you.

From this verse, we can see that the Lord does not only want to bless us, but He wants us to bless all the people around us. He wants our blessing to have an impact. He wants to bless us so that we can bless in our turn.

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2. God Direct us

Divine direction is another great sign When God wants to move you to a bigger Blessings, When God rebukes or corrects us to direct us, He doesn’t leave us directionless.

If we are walking with God, we are more likely to see the path that He has for us, and besides, He lights the path by His Word because the Bible acts like a light in the darkness and this can keep us from stumbling (Psalm 119:105).

If you have hid God’s Word in your heart, or memorized Scripture (Psalm 119:11), it’s like you’ve got a flash light for every curve in the road and every hazard in the way. Without the guidance of God’s Word, we are depending on ourselves.

It’s like taking a long journey without a map, GPS, or smart phone to a place you’ve never been, however, if you abide in Christ and in His Word, you can ask for anything within God’s will (John 15:4-5, 7), including directions on the path of life. When God corrects you, He also directs you, and directs you into something better.

We know that God works all things together for our very best and it doesn’t matter whether it’s good or bad (Rom 8:28)

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The Blessings/Rewards Of Faithfulness

How does faithfulness rewards a man, what are the blessings or rewards of faithfulness?
1. Divine placement in authority; Anyone who is faithful must be positioned in authority, just like in the case of Joseph the son of Jacob (Genesis 39:4-6)
And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.

2. Divine promotion and progress: Faithfulness at your current level is what qualifies you for promotion to the next level.

3. Divine provision, welfare and comfort.
With all of this read, I pray that God will endue you the grace to be faithful and grant you inner strength to be able to say No to every form of compromise, in Jesus name. Amen.

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THE POWER AND BLESSINGS OF FAITHFULNESS

Faithfulness at your current level is what qualifies you for promotion to the next level.

Faithfulness is one of the most rewarding virtues on earth.
Faithfulness is what transform men to a position in life where they never imagine to be, as it attract the God’s attention, the bible speaking in; ,PROVERB 28:20 A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. KJV
A faithful man abounds with the blessings of God and receive favour from God. God is committed to the faithful.

Faithfulness provoke God attention, it enthrones men an bring men to an unexpected position in life.

 

Unfortunately, faithfulness has become one of the rarest and scarcest virtues on earth today. It is so scarce that the bible says in _,Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?KJV

Nevertheless, there are faithful people in the bible like Daniel, the bible records Daniel as faithful, Daniel 6:4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.

What then is faithfulness?

Faithfulness equals undivided loyalty and attention towards God.

Faithfulness is absolute and unwavering commitment to God and man, on this note, you must make a personal decision to be faithful in your dealings with your fellow men.

Faithfulness equals consistency of character, it equals trustworthiness and dependability. And lastly, faithfulness means performing to expectations.
Note: Keep the company of faithful people.

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Moving Beyond Feelings of Rejection

Moving beyond feelings of rejection involves letting go of one’s dependence on others to define one’s identity. Though this is simple to say, it is often difficult to do since the ego-self has had much time to respond in an emotionally reactive way to the actions or non-actions of others, without knowing that another way was possible.

This ego-self has been with human beings for a very long time, and so any undermining of its habits involves determination, assisted greatly by an authentic experience that there is another way to live. If the authentic experience of the ‘other way’ is profound enough, the struggle to get past the ego’s premises can be won in an instant.

The way of independence is the way of inner growth – the realization of the wholeness of the self. Each self is capable of experiencing this wholeness which is not dependent upon external circumstance, but on an inner perception of truth. Independence is a relative term, since we are also communal beings who share energy and soul connections with each other that are profound. But soul connections and being dependent are two very different things. Dependency is an emotional bond that has to do with karmic influences that shape identity. Soul connection is a positive bond, created out of love and joy, where two or more feel their inner kinship and identity of soul purpose.

The way of overcoming vulnerability to rejection is the way of turning to the Divine for all needs, and not just the Divine without but the Divine within.

Believe that your wholeness already exists within you and it will be a starting point to stabilize yourself in relation to the responses of the world, whether positive or negative. This stabilization is an essential part of spiritual growth, and is greatly aided by a regular connection with one’s higher self.

Beloved ones, the vulnerability to hurt is within your own power to change, to limit, to dissolve in the light of greater truth. This does not mean that there will not be some residual sadness when love’s purposes are turned away from by others, but that this sadness will be a Divine sadness based in compassion, not one that reflects on the personal self.

Julie Redstone is a teacher, writer, and founder of Light Omega, a center for spiritual teaching and healing in Western Massachusetts. She is also the author of , a journal/blog for spiritual awakening. The purpose of Light Omega is to create an understanding of the sacred transition into light that the Earth is presently going through and the changes this will bring to individual and planetary consciousness.

Julie Redstone is a teacher, writer, and founder of Light Omega, a center for spiritual teaching and healing in Western Massachusetts. She is also the author of The Art of Being Present, a journal/blog for spiritual awakening. The purpose of Light Omega is to create an understanding of the sacred transition into light that the Earth is presently going through and the changes this will bring to individual and planetary consciousness.

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Healing Family Relationships — Love and the Gift of Spiritual Awareness

Bringing healing to family relationships can be one of the most difficult aspects of the spiritual healing process. The reason for this is that we choose to incarnate within our specific families for the purpose of healing and growth, which often challenges us deeply to the core of our being.

For many of us it may feel as though healing is exactly the opposite of what we are receiving with our families, as we endure the difficulties and limitations of our relationships with our parents and siblings.

Before incarnating, we choose families which can bring to the surface specific issues and themes that our soul wishes to explore, learn about and heal. Often these issues are challenging and bring to the surface discomfort that we would prefer go avoid rather than face. Some people deal with this discomfort by placing blame on their parents or the situation they were born into, which provides a temporary outlet for the emotional pain they have experienced, but ultimately prevents the free flow of love, light and healing in the heart.

As we grow personally and spiritually, there comes a time when we are called to release ourselves from the emotional pain we have carried from our childhood. There are steps in this process, which may taker a shorter or longer time, or which may involve many lifetimes of learning.

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“Isn’t it still better to masturbate than to commit fornication?”

The easy answer to this question would be, “Yes, it is better to masturbate, because at best it corrupts only one person. It certainly is the lesser of two evils.” However, why would a loving, holy, all-powerful God abandon you to a situation in which you have to choose any evil, whether it be “lesser” or “greater?” To really answer this question, we must again go back to God’s original plan for sex.

First of all, masturbation will not truly relieve the sexual pressure that one may feel. It may for a short moment, but in the long run it only creates a deeper desire and capacity for sex, which will lead to more masturbation. If you let yourself become enslaved to a sexual high, you will find that you need to go to increasingly extreme acts to maintain the same degree of excitement. There are even ungodly sex therapists who recommend masturbation as a way of increasing sexual desire, not lessening it. This creates a vicious circle, like the junkie who craves a “fix,” but is only temporarily satisfied. The more he indulges in his dependency, the more ensnared by addiction he becomes. This is the nature of all sin. That is why Jesus declared that all who sin become a slave to sin (John 8:34).

Furthermore, masturbation usually involves fantasy, visualization, and often pornography. The Bible is very clear as to what God expects of us in these areas of fantasy and lust. It teaches that we must not look lustfully at each other nor should we behave in such a manner as to entice others to lust after us.

“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust upon a girl. I know full well that the Almighty God sends calamity on those who do” (Job 31:1-3, The Living Bible).

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).

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