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Edition 111. February 28th 2012
Series: Overcoming the world the flesh & the demonic
Overcoming the demonic (3 of 3)
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Overcoming the demonic
This is the third in a three-part series
Note: This is the third in the series, but each posting takes the top spot on the page. You should start reading this series from edition 109, which is the first in the series.
►It's important to know exactly how to defeat the enemy and walk free from his devices. Prophetically, the attacks of the enemy will (and are already) intensifying. Satan gets to the believer through the world, the flesh and the demonic. The attacks in all three of these areas are increasing.
Revelation 12:12 ..."Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that his time is short."
The great end-time onslaught
The world champion deceiver, Satan is intensifying his attacks and activities today. He has believers in his sights as well as the world at large.
If he can bring down, defeat or neutralise God's own children, then he has won in these areas.
Let's have a look now at the way Satan get's to the believer, through his direct attacks and through the demonic.
Firstly and perhaps the biggest method of attack is to mess up and change God's word. This he does so that he can replace it with his own word.
Satan does this in many ways, but perhaps the most subtle is the changing of Bible itself. There are many variations and translations. Some are just fine and stick to the original texts. Some have been terribly influenced by the minds of the translators. The New International Version (NIV) and its latest version (TNIV) are perhaps the worst.
The New International Version (NIV)
I recently read: "The New International Version of the Bible...Satan's choice!"
There are 64,576 words omitted. Entire verses have been omitted and many changed so that the original meaning is changed. Here are some key verses removed by the NIV relating to our subject.
Mark 10:21 "Take up your cross, and follow Me" is removed.
Luke11:4 "Forgive us of our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us and do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one." This last section is removed.
Matthew 17:21 "However this kind (demon) does not go out except by prayer and fasting." This entire verse is removed.
Matthew 18:11 "For the Son of man has come to save that which was lost." Entire verse is removed.
Mark 9:44 "Where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched." (hell) Entire verse is removed.
Romans 13:9 "You shall not bear false witness." is removed
Colossians 1:14 "In whom we have redemption through His blood even the forgiveness of sins..." This is removed
1John 4:3 "Christ is come in the flesh" is removed.
Revelation 1:11 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last" is removed.
Revelation 5:14 "Him that lives forever and ever" is removed
Revelation 14:5 "before the throne of God" is removed.
Revelation 21:24 "of them which are saved" is removed.
The NIV attacks the following doctrines: The virgin birth, fasting, The deity of Christ, The atoning death of Christ, The resurrection, the ascension, The Bible as truth. The second coming. Doctrine of hell. And many more. Other major doctrines are simply perverted. (See the link also in the previous edition on the subject)
As you look at the above verses that I've selected among the thousands that the NIV has mutilated, note that these ones in particular deal with the enemy. This is why Satan has removed them from this Bible. Also, bear in mind that this is only a very small sampling on omissions and errors. Please see the previous two editions for some more.
Isaiah 59:14 "...truth is fallen in the street."
Identifying the enemy.
Satan and his host of demons are invisible spiritual beings. Only with the knowledge of God's word and discernment of spirits can we see into this realm.
To see, identify and deal with devils and demons one must be fully equipped as a believer, operating in the gifts of the Spirit, through and as a result of the baptism in the Spirit.
Interestingly, those that reject the baptism of the Spirit are almost universally blind to these things.
Satan's main aim is to delay his own judgement. He wants to attack and bring down all God has and is doing. This is no different from his first appearance in the garden. "Has God said?" was his word back then. Questioning God's authority, with the power of human reasoning is the way he works.
We must know that Satan is a great deceiver. He comes as an "angel of light" in many disguises. He has his own belief system and doctrines.
1 Timothy 4:1 "Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons."
1 John 4:6 "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."
The above verse shows us that both truth and error are actually rooted in spirits! False doctrine is a spirit of demons.
As far as Christians go, his main area of attack is to interfere with and obscure the cross of Christ. He can't get at the believer's spirit directly, but that's his aim.
Satan can and most certainly does try to interfere with God's plans. Disunity and division in the church is one of his success stories.
One of the big questions many have is this. "If God is so powerful and loving, why is the devil and his demons still around and so powerful.?" That's a perfectly legitimate question. The answer is that we can't see the fullness of what's happening in the spirit world, we can only see into it partially.
We are only entitled to know what God has revealed to us. None of us has all the answers, but we do have more than enough for a gloriously wonderful life of victory right now.
Satan's secret key to success.
If there is no law against speeding on the roads, you can't get caught for breaking the speed limit. The funny thing is that no one in their right mind would want the laws of the road removed. "There would be anarchy on the roads" they would tell you.
If there is no law identifying sin, there is no sin and if no sin, then no need of the cross of Christ! If there is no preaching of the law, there is no need for repentance.
The preaching of the law doesn't save you, but it identifies that you need salvation and points you to Christ. Remove the preaching of coming judgement and the law and why do you need repentance and salvation?
Today sinners (and many church members for that matter) don't "flee from the wrath to come" quite simply because they don't know anything about it! Unbelievers today have no reason to repent! They come into the church on the false pretences that God loves them so much that they have nothing to fear. This is entirely the fault of spineless, spiritually sick preachers.
I despise the Methodist church today, but not the Wesley brothers who founded it. If you want to do some research, they were Jew and Israel loving, spirit-filled believers. They would turn in their graves if they could see their church today!!
John Wesley said this: " Before I can preach love, mercy and grace, I must preach sin, the law and judgement!"
Are you starting to see what Satan's secret to success is?
Today traditional preaching (and it is everywhere you look) removes sin, hell, judgement and the law. They preach and teach love, self-esteem, self-motivation and happiness. All of which the world can give you. But the world can't give you righteousness and the fear of God, which you are going to need pretty soon!
When last did you hear a preacher using the law and judgement to bring people to Christ?
"Consider both the goodness and severity of God" says the Bible.
Today the church teaches that God is a God of love. Yes He is, but He's much more than that! He's also a God of supreme holiness. He also created hell. To say that He is a God of love and there is no judgement or eternal hell, is to create a god in your own image! Unfortunately that god is Satan himself.
In fact the very creation of hell is love in action. The glorious future creation is of purity, holiness and with no sin. Let's go back to our laws of the road analogy. The judgement and pain of the traffic fine is actually part of the creation of a loving considerate safe environment.
You see, the great tragedy of the church today is that its ministers are servants of the people. The masses of the people are servants of the god of this world.
Satan's secret key is to use church ministers to remove the law, coming judgement and hell. These ministers have themselves capitulated to the devil and his doctrines of demons. Their gospel is the gospel of the demonic, in Jesus name!
There is no fear of God in much of the church today and there is no hatred of sin and love of holiness and righteousness!
The funny thing (or not so funny) is that if there is no preaching on judgment and hell it is not going to make those things go away! You can turn your back on an angry lion, but you're an idiot if you think he's not going to bite your head off!
Romans 12:9 "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor (hate) what is evil. Cling to what is good."
Proverbs 8:13 "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate."
But we must be careful how we behave in hatred for sin and the love of righteousness. Ephesians 4:26-27 "Be angry and do not sin...give no place to the devil" Romans 12:17 "Repay no one evil for evil."
Isaiah 26:9 "...For when your judgements are in the earth, the inhabitants of the earth will learn righteousness."
This verse above, seems remote and impossible, but it is coming soon. It will fully be accomplished at the and beyond the second coming. But before that, great destruction will come.
Jeremiah 17:17..."You are my hope in the day of doom."
The removal by Satan of the law and judgement is his way of creating anarchy in the world. In much the same way anarchy and division are brought into the church.
Characteristics of demonic attacks against Christians
Satan and his demonic host do not want you to walk in victory.
The Christian under the influence of the devil and demons will be characterised by many of these things (also found in the unsaved). The presence of any of the following characteristics does not necessitate demonic involvement, but it could be. If these character traits are besetting and enduring you can pretty sure that there is demonic involvement.
In the following, I've given you the problem confirmed by a verse followed by a verse or two on the answer to the problem:
●Stress instead of peace. Isaiah 48:22 "There is no peace", says the Lord "for the wicked." John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."
●Depression and anxiety as a recurring problem. Proverbs 12:25 "Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad." Psalm 34:17-18 "The righteous cry out and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart"
●Fear and torment. Job3:25 "What I greatly feared has come upon me..." Psalm 23:4 "Though I walk through the shadow of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me.." Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life." Philippians 4:6 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God which surpasses understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
●Instability and inconsistency in your beliefs and faith. Ephesians 4:14 "that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine..." Isaiah 33:6 "Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times and strength of salvation. The fear of the Lord is His treasure."
●Spiritual blindness, ignorance of the Bible, and lack of insight especially into prophetic things. Galatians 3:1 "O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified." 2 Peter 1:19 "We also have the prophetic word made more sure, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts." Matthew 13:16 "But blessed are your eyes, for they see and your ears, for they hear."
●Gullibility. Galatians 1:6 " I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different gospel." 2 Thessalonians 2:9 "The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power signs and lying wonders." Mark 13:22 "For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive if possible even the elect." Colossians 2:8 "Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ." Psalm 32:8 "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go."
●Involvement in the occult and pagan-rooted practises and traditions. Isaiah 8:19 "And when they say to you, "Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter," should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead among the living?" 1 Timothy 4:1 "Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons." The celebrating of pagan festivals like Christmas and Easter by true Christians, shows that they are blind, gullible and involved with the occult.
●Trusting in the multitude of mixed religions and manmade opinions. Jeremiah 17:5-8 "Cursed is the man who trust in man and makes flesh his strength, whose hearts depart from the Lord."
●Confusion instead of clear understanding. James 3:15-17 "The wisdom from below is earthly sensual and demonic, for where envy, self seeking and confusion exist, every evil thing will be there..."The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and hypocrisy." 1Corinthians 14:33 "For God is not the author of confusion but of peace..."
●Constantly giving in to temptations and a lack of restraint in fleshly things. Hosea 4:1-2 "There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land (or human heart)...they break all restraint..."
●Bad habits and addictions. Psalm 107:17 "Fools because of their transgression were afflicted."
●The love of evil and wicked things. Proverbs 28:4 "Those who forsake the law (word) praise the wicked."
●Besetting failure. Everything you touch or set out to do fails. I'm not talking about having a bad day, but failure as an enduring issue. 1 Peter 5:8 "Be sober be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like an angry lion seeking whom he may devour."
●Besetting health problems can fit in here, but not always. Many times people have health issues and use their faith to fly high above them and not be brought down by them. Proverbs 4:20-22 "My son give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those that find them and health to all their flesh."
●Constant thoughts of anger and hostility. Of course it's no problem to be "angry and sin not", but constant thoughts of anger or losing one's temper are a problem of satanic origin. Psalm 119:165 "Great peace have those that love your law (word) and nothing causes them to stumble."
●Pride, ego, arrogance, the desire to control. Proverbs 16:5 "Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord." Proverbs 16:18 "Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall." James 3:14-15 "But if you have bitter envy and self seeking in your hearts, do not lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic."
●An excessive desire for worldly entertainment and the pursuit of material excess. 1 John 2:15 "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world the love of the Father is not in him, for all that is in the world- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." James 4:4 "Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." Colossians 3:2 "Set you mind above and not on things of this earth."
●Computer games and a great many modern idols lead to obsession. James 4:7 "Submit to God resist the devil and he will flee from you."
Hebrews 13:20-21 (amp) "Now may the God of peace, the author and giver of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that Great Shepherd of the sheep by the blood, strengthen, complete, perfect and make you what you ought to be and equip with everything good, that you may carry out His will..."
Deep deception and darkness:
There is no comfort in numbers! The crowd is not always right. Crowd psychology will lead you to hell. Please learn to stand out from the crowd! Be a strange oddball in the eyes of the masses! Do not "measure yourselves by yourselves"
Satan's power of deception is not to be underestimated. He will deceive the whole world. All the world's leaders will give their authority over to him, not far from now.
Revelation 12:9 "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world..."
Revelation 17:13 "These are of one mind, (the nations) and they will give their power and authority to the beast."
Revelation 18:23 "And the light of the lamp shall not shine in you (Babylon) anymore...for by your sorcery all the nations of the earth were deceived."
John 9:4 "I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is the day; the night is coming when no one can work."
John 12:35 "A little while longer the light is with you: Walk while you have light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light..."
Isaiah 5:20 "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter."
Yes deep darkness is coming. The tribulation period, not far from now, will be the worst time ever of deep spiritual darkness, BUT in the midst of the dark the light of God will shine. This is true for those who get saved in the tribulation period, but it's also true in a much broader sense now. How amazing are these three verses?
1Thessalonians 5:4 "But you brethren are not in darkness so that this Day should overtake you as a thief."
Isaiah 29:18 "In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of the obscurity and out of the darkness"
Isaiah 42:16 "...I will make darkness light before them..."
We are in a period of time that is unique in world history. It is about to get far worse and we must be prepared. We must know and be aware of the great deceptions that are just starting to intensify now, never mind the old ones that have been around us for ages.
1 John 4:1 "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone into the world."
2 Timothy 4:3-5 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they heap for themselves teachers; and will turn their ears away from the truth and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things..."
Here is a video clip on the new "Slosh Fests" within the church. Ministers get drunk and conduct services leading the so-called "drunk anointing." Many of these are offshoots of the "Toronto blessing" and are now part of the "Emergent Church" movement. Here is Satan and his demons at work in the church.
This is a shocking insight into a section of the end-time church, destined for hell. It makes me so angry! The tragedy though is that so many gullible people are being swept into this and other similar deceptions.
Demonic activity in replacement theology:
There are many "doctrines of demons" out there. These are entire doctrines or philosophies built on selected verses at the exclusion of others or built on pure error and deception.
If God has a plan you can be sure Satan has a counterfeit plan. God's plans for Israel, the Jews and Jerusalem are all under attack by a great many churches.
I'm not going to go into all the details of replacement theology here, as I've dealt with it in many previous editions. In a nutshell it believes that God has finished with the Jews and the land of Israel. God has replaced Israel with the church, they maintain.
Replacement theology is the standard position with whole Interfaith movement. Their intention is to bring about world peace. A Jewish state, stands in the way of this and of course, God's word and plans. The good intentions of those believing replacement theology will turn into war against Israel.
The truth is that God will complete His work with the Jews. He is already starting to lift the veil of temporary blindness on the Jews.
Replacement theology is not just a doctrine of demons, it is a pathway to hell. It's well worth reading what God will do to those who come against His plans for the Jews and Israel.
Jeremiah 30:16 "Therefore all those who devour you, shall be devoured..."
Isaiah 51:22-23 "See I have taken out of your hand (Israel) the cup of trembling, the dregs of the cup of My fury; you shall no longer drink it. But I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you..."
Zechariah 12:3 "And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; and all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces"
Zechariah 12:9 "It will be in that day that I will seek to destroy all nations that come against Jerusalem."
Joel 3:2 "I will gather all nations, and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgement with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land."
It will be a shocking and frightening thing for the nations of the world, led by Satan as they come against God's plan for the Jews.
But here is a truly wonderful exception:
Isaiah 52:8 "For your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord brings back Zion."
The above verse speaks of God's ministers and workers seeing eye to eye on this whole issue. Although there is incredible resistance to God's plans, there is a fast growing powerful bunch who see it God's way. This is especially true amongst Messianic believers.
The poor youth of today
►Have a look at the video clip above the picture a little further up. It relates to the youth as well.
If Satan can get at the youth, he potentially has an entire generation in his hands and this is just what he is doing. Today the youth have one war cry and that's "me, myself, I"
The parents are to blame largely. They are guilty of producing instant, pop-up, digital-brained products of the devil's world.
There is such incredible ignorance within the youth today of Biblical truths. They've been completely filled with the god of this world and his ways.
At the top of the homepage on the left hand side is a logo for the Blue Mountain College. This is an incredible college that I have an association with. It's part of a Messianic fellowship called Alon. www.alon.org.za Read some of the testimonies of the kids and parents of the college. This place is the exact opposite of what's around today in the schooling systems.
The youth of today have incredible potential in the hands of God. The devil knows this full well!
In the coming days, I believe that the youth will be a prime tool in God's hands as He delivers and assembles an entire army for His purposes.
Your keys to victory.
The most important key to victory over the devil and his demons is the cross of Christ and you taking up your own cross daily!
The cross and shed blood of our Lord defeated the enemy, but we need to enforce that defeat until the ultimate fulfilment of Satan's casting out to hell.
It's through the power of the cross and shed blood that we legally enforce his defeat in our lives now. Taking up our own cross daily actively denies Satan's access to our lives.
But we must also speak this into reality.
Your heart before our Lord must be soft, broken and contrite. Your heart before the devil must be hard and impenetrable.
Your mind must be set against the winds of this world and steadfastly set with our Lord and His word.
Active resistance against the ways of the world and it's god are needed today like never before. Take a stand against the devil. I'm not talking about going into the world with a machine gun. I am talking about your own heart and soul and your belief system.
Tozer said "Truth and error travel the same highway" Truth grows strongly in a well cultivated heart.
"Resist the devil and he will flee from you". "He goes around like an angry lion seeking whom he may devour". "Give no place to the devil".
Knowing God's word today is more important than ever, yet it is the most neglected aspect of modern Christendom,
You can't seek God never mind know Him if you do not know the terrible condition of your own heart. As the true light of God shines into our hearts, we will see our desperate need for Him. Only then can we truly repent and move forward with soft hearts before our Lord. This is the road to wonderful fruit.
Fasting is a powerful and much needed tool to accompany your prayer life on your road to victory. In fact there are some powerful demon spirits that will only respond to fasting!
Fasting is not only a powerful tool for fighting the enemy, but it is also a very powerful method of securing your faith in our Lord. It is also a secret way of having your spiritual eyes opened by our Lord to new realms of knowledge, understanding and wisdom.
Today fasting is greatly neglected, but it is vitally important.
Mark 9:29 "So He said to them, "This kind (demon) can only come out by prayer and fasting."
1 Corinthians 7:5 "Do not deprive one another (in marriage) except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to prayer and fasting; and come together again so that Satan doesn't tempt you, because of your lack of self-control."
Isaiah 58:6 "Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free and that you break every yolk."
Let me ask you this: If the answer to the satanic problem behind the world, the flesh and the demonic, is the cross and you ignore or reject it, how can you ever be free?
Our great and glorious Messiah is coming soon. Are you ready to meet Him? Have you set your heart and soul after our King without wavering? Are you free, or do you at least have a desire to be truly free indeed?
The key verses for this three-part series are:
Revelation 12:12 "Rejoice of heavens and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you having great wrath, because he has short time."
2 Timothy 3:1 "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves..."
These things are coming, believe it or not. But our Lord has provided the way to victory.
The overall purpose of this three-part series is not only so that you can know how the enemy works to obstruct believers, but so that you can move forward in victory. It's so that you can be strong in the Lord in the face of coming storms. It's to set your heart and mind after our Lord in a radical new way" as the love of many grows cold" all around us. It's so that you can be a pillar in our Lord's temple!
The purpose of this series is so that you can be free and so that you can lead others to freedom and victory.
The Bible says clearly that where "sin abounds, grace does much more abound." My friends, we are at the beginning of the end and at that time where sin is greatly abounding. Our job as believers is to make use of the wonderful grace of God to eat into the abounding sin and bring many to our Lord and set them free.
Psalm 32:8 "...I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye."
Jeremiah 7:23 "Obey My voice and I will be your God." You have only one choice. You can obey Gods word and have Him as your God or reject Gods word and you will be obeying Satan's word with him as your god...like it or not!
Isaiah 32:17 "The work of righteousness will be peace and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever."
Isaiah 55:6-7 "Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts, let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God for He will abundantly pardon."
Psalm 30:5 "His anger is but for a moment, His favour is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."
Here's a painting by the old master Rubens depicting the fall of rebellious angles.
The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace
Shalom and grow in grace!