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This Bible Study is only at the point of somewhat being my personal notes so far. But nonetheless these things below have some extremely useful Bible verses concerning Spiritual Warfare to memorize and always quote in prayer and fighting. Please keep in mind to take these things seriously and be disciplined to especially quote these out loud to violently attack satan during times of prayer, in the morning and the evening.
[Note: If you can think of other Bible verses that could be helpful here, please email me with your thoughts.]
Mat_10:1 Jesus gives authority to His disciples (and see Mar_6:7 Luk_9:1; as well as Luk_10:19-20 below)
Mat_28:18 Jesus has all authority, so we have confidence to go with what Hes given us. (also compare Mar_16:15-18 for power authority)
Luk_10:19-20 WEB Behold, I give you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. Nothing will in any way hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, don't rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
The Keys of the Kingdom: Mat_16:19, Mat_18:18-19;
Pro_28:1 WEB The wicked flee when no one pursues; But the righteous are as bold as a lion.
Mar_5:36 WEB But Jesus, when he heard the message spoken, immediately said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Don't be afraid, only believe."
1Jn_4:18 WEB There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment.* He who fears is not made perfect in love.
*[In other words, fear is for those who have the judgment of God looming over their head, But not for those who have real Love from God]
2Ti_1:7 Jos.Trans. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Rom_16:20 WEB And the God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Jesus says about satan:
Joh_12:31 WEB Now is the judgment of this world. Now the prince of this world will be cast out.
Jas_2:19 WEB You believe that God is one. You do well. The demons also believe, and shudder.
Mar_12:29-31 WEB Jesus answered, "The greatest is, 'Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one: 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. 31 The second is like this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
A Declaration to Oppose the Devil
Php_2:5-11 WEB Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, didn't consider it robbery to be equal with God, [a better translation would be didnt consider equality with God something to be held onto] 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name; 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jas_4:7-10 EMTV Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter change into mourning and your joy into dejection. 10 Be humbled before the Lord, and He will exalt you.
1Pe_5:5-9 EMTV ...And all of you...be clothed with humility, because "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares about you. 8 Be sober, be watchful; your adversary the devil walks about as a roaring lion, seeking someone he may devour. 9 Resist him, being steadfast in your faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
2Co_10:3-6 EMTV For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty by God to the pulling down of strongholds, 5 casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to avenge every act of disobedience, whenever your obedience is fulfilled.
Eph_6:10-18 EMTV Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the stratagems of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies. 13 Because of this, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having accomplished all things, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 through every prayer and petition, praying in every season in the Spirit, being watchful to this same thing with all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints--
People can often get really confused when you start talking about spiritual warfare, and it can get so bad to the point that they think you are talking about casting out a demon every time you resist a demonic temptation. But this is not the case at all.
The Bible does make a distinction between being tormented and being possessed. It is only reasonable from this that we also treat these two different cases as two different types of fights, especially when seeking the freedom for each demonically attacked person in question.
In addition to these common confusions, there are many other misunderstandings concerning how to treat a person when and if they are actually completely possessed.
Here are some verses that we can use to help us see some distinctions that God makes in the Bible for us to use when doing spiritual warfare:
Some demons came out with a shriek -- fully demonized
· Lunatic son
Others influenced people without/before demonizing them / fully breaching them
· 1Ch_21:1 Satan persuaded/motivated [LXX: ἐπέσεισεν stirred up (ABP)] David to take a census
· Spirit of jealousy: Num_5:14, Num_5:30; (TSK: Pro_6:34; Son_8:6; Zep_3:8; 1Co_10:22) -- not always bad!
· Jesus to Peter: Get behind me Satan
· The devil [τοῦ διαβόλου]/satan had already put it into the heart of Judas: Joh_13:2
· Satan [ὁ Σατανᾶς] enters Judas (after receiving a piece of bread from Jesus): Joh_13:27; Luk_22:3
Notice the different levels of interaction with the devil putting things in peoples hearts vs. entering them.
2Pe_2:7 CAB and He rescued righteous [δίκαιον] Lot, who was oppressed [καταπονούμενον] by the indecent conduct of lawless men [ὑπὸ τῆς τῶν ἀθέσμων ἐν ἀσελγείᾳ ἀναστροφῆς]
2Pe_2:7 καὶ δίκαιον Λὼτ καταπονούμενον ὑπὸ τῆς τῶν ἀθέσμων ἐν ἀσελγείᾳ ἀναστροφῆς ἐρρύσατο·
2Pe_2:8 (for that righteous man [ὁ δίκαιος], living among them day after day, tormented [ἐβασάνιζεν] his righteous soul [ψυχὴν δικαίαν] by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds [ἀνόμοις ἔργοις])--
2Pe_2:8 βλέμματι γὰρ καὶ ἀκοῇ ὁ δίκαιος, ἐγκατοικῶν ἐν αὐτοῖς, ἡμέραν ἐξ ἡμέρας ψυχὴν δικαίαν ἀνόμοις ἔργοις ἐβασάνιζεν·
2Pe_2:9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation and how to keep the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,
2Pe_2:9 οἶδε Κύριος εὐσεβεῖς ἐκ πειρασμοῦ ῥύεσθαι, ἀδίκους δὲ εἰς ἡμέραν κρίσεως κολαζομένους τηρεῖν,
Second Peter Summary
· 2Pe_2:7 Lot in Sodom (καταπονουμενονG2669) painfully toiled down*
· 2Pe_2:8 tormented [ἐβασάνιζεν] G928 (βασανίζω torcher) < G931(βάσανος base torcher stone)
* This Greek terminology speaks of being laboriously worn down by painful toil due to being around dis-arrangement / fig. ungodliness.
Luk_6:17 CAB And having come down with them, He stood on a level place, with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases,
Luk_6:17 καὶ καταβὰς μετ᾿ αὐτῶν ἔστη ἐπὶ τόπου πεδινοῦ, καὶ ὄχλος μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ, καὶ πλῆθος πολὺ τοῦ λαοῦ ἀπὸ πάσης τῆς ᾿Ιουδαίας καὶ ᾿Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ τῆς παραλίου Τύρου καὶ Σιδῶνος,
Luk_6:18 a οἳ ἦλθον ἀκοῦσαι αὐτοῦ καὶ ἰαθῆναι ἀπὸ τῶν νόσων αὐτῶν
Luk_6:18 as well as those who were tormented [TSBοχλούμενοιG3791 / AἐνοχλούμενοιG1776] by [TSBυπο Aαπο] unclean spirits [πνευμάτων ἀκαθάρτων], and they were being healed [καὶ ἐθεραπεύοντο].
Luk_6:18 b καὶ οἱ TSBοχλούμενοιG3791 [AἐνοχλούμενοιG1776] ἀπὸ [TSBυπο Aαπο] πνευμάτων ἀκαθάρτων, καὶ ἐθεραπεύοντο·
Act_5:15 CAB so that they were bringing the sick and placing them on couches and pallets, so that as Peter was passing, at least his shadow might overshadow some of them.
Act_5:15 ὥστε κατὰ τὰς πλατείας ἐκφέρειν τοὺς ἀσθενεῖς καὶ τιθέναι ἐπὶ κλινῶν καὶ κραβάττων, ἵνα ἐρχομένου Πέτρου κἂν ἡ σκιὰ ἐπισκιάσῃ τινὶ αὐτῶν.
Act_5:16 And also the multitude from the surrounding cities were coming together into Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those who were tormented [ὀχλουμένους] by unclean spirits [ὑπὸ πνευμάτων ἀκαθάρτων], who were all being healed.
Act_5:16 συνήρχετο δὲ καὶ τὸ πλῆθος τῶν πέριξ πόλεων TSBεἰς ῾Ιερουσαλήμ φέροντες ἀσθενεῖς καὶ ὀχλουμένους ὑπὸ πνευμάτων ἀκαθάρτων, οἵτινες ἐθεραπεύοντο ἅπαντες.
Summary of Luke 6 & Acts 5
· Luk_6:18 - tormented (TSBοχλούμενοιG3791 / AἐνοχλούμενοιG1776) by unclean spirits
· Act_5:16 - tormented (οχλουμενουςG3791) by unclean spirits
The above word used for tormented, [ἐνοχλούμενοι / οχλουμενους (ochloumenos)] means this in the sense of being mobbed, or, being jumped and overwhelmed by a crowd, especially seeing that even the primary root for this word means crowd (ὀχλέω - ochléō, as in Strongs G3793: ὄχλος - óchlos, crowd).
Matthew 4 Being Demonized is distinguished from be tormented
Mat_4:23 CAB And Jesus went about all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every illness among the people.
Mat_4:23 Καὶ περιῆγεν ὅλην τὴν Γαλιλαίαν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς διδάσκων ἐν ταῖς συναγωγαῖς αὐτῶν καὶ κηρύσσων τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τῆς βασιλείας καὶ θεραπεύων πᾶσαν νόσον καὶ πᾶσαν μαλακίαν ἐν τῷ λαῷ.
Mat_4:24 And the report of Him went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all those were ill [κακῶς], suffering with various diseases [ἔχοντας ποικίλαις νόσοις] and ·[griping/holding-together] torments [βασάνοις συνεχομένους (comp. Luk_8:37)], and those who were demon-possessed [δαιμονιζομένους], epileptics [σεληνιαζομένους], and paralytics [παραλυτικούς]; and He healed them.
Mat_4:24 καὶ ἀπῆλθεν ἡ ἀκοὴ αὐτοῦ εἰς ὅλην τὴν Συρίαν, καὶ προσήνεγκαν αὐτῷ πάντας τοὺς κακῶς ἔχοντας ποικίλαις νόσοις καὶ βασάνοις συνεχομένους, καὶ δαιμονιζομένους καὶ σεληνιαζομένους καὶ παραλυτικούς, καὶ ἐθεράπευσεν αὐτούς·
Luk_8:36 CAB And those also who saw reported to them how the demon-possessed [δαιμονισθείς] man was healed.
Luk_8:36 ἀπήγγειλαν δὲ αὐτοῖς οἱ ἰδόντες πῶς ἐσώθη ὁ δαιμονισθείς.
Luk_8:37 Then the whole multitude from the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to go away from them, because they were gripped [συνείχοντο (comp. Mat_4:24)] with great fear [φόβῳ μεγάλῳ]. And He got into the boat and returned.
Luk_8:37 καὶ ἠρώτησεν αὐτὸν ἅπαν τὸ πλῆθος τῆς περιχώρου τῶν Γαδαρηνῶν ἀπελθεῖν ἀπ᾿ αὐτῶν, ὅτι φόβῳ μεγάλῳ συνείχοντο. αὐτὸς δὲ ἐμβὰς εἰς πλοῖον ὑπέστρεψεν.
(A) Demonized (by demons)
δαιμονιζομενουςG1139 - (same word as discussed again below)
Luk_8:36 - This word is used to describe the man possessed by the legion of demons
(B) Tortured (by demons)
συνεχομενουςG4912 - to hold / press together or pressure, or, figuratively, to torture.
This torture word, as used in Mat_4:24 above, is also used for the influence upon the people after the demons of the demoniac were cast out:
Luk_8:37 - these people gave into their fear torture/ pressure
Though these people were not demonized the same way the demoniac was, they did give into the torment of fear since the daemons were still there, having been left over from being cast out of the demoniac.
We see from above that Lot was Righteously Hurting without any sin being attributed to him, as he lived among very wicked people, which certainly involved many demonic things on their behalf. We can understand from this that there is no inherent sin on our part in the face of the on slot of wickedness against our souls. We too may be in a situation like righteous Lot.
A summary of the Scriptures above (and many others throughout the Bible) can communicate to us that the next level of demonic attack is gaining a strong hold (2Co_10:4-5) in a persons soul and mind. In this condition, the victim is vulnerable to being tormented by the unclean spirits, whether they are a believer or an unbeliever. This is why Jesus said:
Joh_14:30 EMTV the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.
So also we must pull down strong holds (2Co_10:4-5), and resist the devil (Jas_4:7), lest his painful opposition to us becomes a condition of mobbing torment.
By the time a person gets so wickedly overrun from the unresisted opposition and unsound temptation from the devil (Joh_13:2), that they enter into possession (Joh_13:27), then they are considered apostate from the faith (Act_1:25) and disqualified as Jesus disciple, until and unless there may be repentance and freedom unto life.
If a disciple is under the pressure of demons, though not yet demonized, they can directly exhibit satan in different ways. But what must we do if we ever find ourselves in this case? We must repent quickly that our soul may be spared, so that we never enter into the demonization like Judas did!
Mar_8:32-33 WEB He spoke to them openly. Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. 33 But he, turning around, and seeing his disciples, rebuked Peter, and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you have in mind not the things of God, but the things of men."
We see here that Peter was rebuked after having given into the opposition put in his soul directly by satan, and that these very words of satan himself came out of Peters mouth, after having previously spoken directly from the Father (Mat_16:16-19). We also see it indirectly implied that Peter repented, in that he continued faithfully walking with Jesus after this, and we know from history that Marks Gospel is essentially that of Peter, which means that Mark heard the story we just read from Peters own preaching, and that in the end of his life Peter also faithfully obeyed Jesus unto the point of taking up his very own literal cross, which he had previously discouraged Jesus from taking in this passage above when speaking by the devil!
So even if we have serious issues, there is hope if we repent like Peter did. But if we do not quickly repent, then there is the very real and fearful possibility of ending up demonized:
Joh_12:4-8 WEB Then Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, one of his disciples, who would betray him, said, 5 "Why wasn't this ointment sold for three hundred denarii, and given to the poor?" 6 Now he said this, not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and having the money box, used to steal what was put into it. 7 But Jesus said, "Leave her alone. She has kept this for the day of my burial. 8 For you always have the poor with you, but you don't always have me."
Mat_26:12-16 WEB For in pouring this ointment on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Most assuredly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of as a memorial of her." 14 Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests, 15 and said, "What are you willing to give me, that I should deliver him to you?" They weighed out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From that time he sought opportunity to betray him.
We see that Peter repented when he was rebuked for speaking from satan, but Judas hardened his heart and spurned the rebuke he received for his wickedness, and ended up fully demonized. Which destiny will we serve if we find ourselves in such faults?
Mat_15:22 - Canaanite woman with terribly demonized daughter
terribly: "evil-ly": κακωςG2560 - kakos
demonized: δαιμονιζεταιG1139 - daimonízetai
Mat_17:15 - Son called a Lunatic
Greek: σεληνιαζεταιG4583 (selēniazetai): moon struck a term for something demonic (compare: Mat_17:18 below).
In English: "Lun-" in the word Lunatic is the same stem as used in "Lunar" (pertaining to the moon). We can see that our English word originally retained the same moon struck idea, which those in Bible days, including Jesus Himself, understood and applied as something demonic:
Mat_17:18 - Jesus rebuked the spirit in the Lunatic calling it a demon (δαιμονιονG1140)
Mar_9:17 - Also called: Having a spirit... (lit. having a spirit unspeaking: ἔχοντα πνεῦμα ἄλαλον)
Mar_9:25 - ...that unclean spirit
(τω πνεύματι τω ἀκαθάρτῳͅG169)
Luk_9:39 - a spirit takes the son (λαμβανειG2983)
Luk_9:42 - called a demon (δαιμονιονG1140), and an unclean spirit (τω πνεύματι τω ἀκαθάρτῳͅG169)
Most of the examples mentioned above are cases where the victim was unwillingly demonized, but there are also a good number of examples of how to treat people much differently if they are willingly participating and cooperating in their demonization:
Lev_19:31 demonized people associated with / similar to wizards (i.e. wizards are people who are willingly demonized); Same affect, but one is willingly participating and the other may not be.
Lev_20:6 / Lev_20:27 A man or woman with a divining/ familiar spirit, or a wizard (Heb.)/ charmer (Gr.)
Greek: (1) With a spirit: εγγαστριμυθος
ἐνG1722 (en) + γαστρὶG1064 (gastri) + μῦθοςG3454 (muthos) =
In + Blowel-ed + Myth or fig. fortune teacher (see: G3453), or, Fortune Teller.
These first two words (ἐνG1722 + γαστρὶG1064), if left alone, mean pregnant. In this case, the person is pregnant with a demon which lies about a persons future.
(Compare: 1Sa_28:7-9; 1Ch_10:13-14; 2Ch_33:6; Isa_19:3-4)
So in the Old Testament, such people were killed, but though we do not kill people at all under the New Covenant, the same principals of opposition are applied:
Act_13:6-12 - Barjesus: willingly possessed
But the unwillingly demonized are set free:
Act_16:16-18 - Slave girl: unwillingly possessed
Girl said to have a spirit of Python (Πύθων - Púthōn;): divination or fortune-telling.
The Gaderine Demoniac was Unwillingly Demonized, But the People were Guilty
The Demoniac was healed, but the people were left in fear of the demons which were cast out!
The Full Story
Jesus would not completely drive out the legion from the region of the GadarenesMat (_8:31-32; Mar_5:10, Mar_5:12-13; Luk_8:31, Luk_8:33) because the fearful people were clinging to the demons that tormented the previously possessed man (Mat_8:34; Mar_5:15-18 (compare Mar_5:21); Luk_8:35-37; (compare Luk_8:40))
Isa_29:4 WEB You will be brought down, and will speak out of the ground. Your speech will mumble out of the dust. Your voice will be as of one who has a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and your speech will whisper out of the dust.
Isa_29:4 CAB And your words shall be brought down to the earth, and your words shall sink down to the earth, and your voice shall be as they that speak out of the earth, and your voice shall be lowered to the ground.
Isa_29:4 καὶ ταπεινωθήσονται οἱ λόγοι σου εἰς τὴν γῆν, καὶ εἰς τὴν γῆν οἱ λόγοι σου δύσονται· καὶ ἔσται ὡς οἱ φωνοῦντες ἐκ τῆς γῆς ἡ φωνή σου, καὶ πρὸς τὸ ἔδαφος ἡ φωνή σου ἀσθενήσει.
Do you see that they treated people differently from Deuteronomy to the book of Acts, depending on weather they were willingly or unwillingly demonized? If we pay attention and consider these things thoroughly, we can see that there is some definite sense where Moses, The Apostles, and a number of cases in-between, treated some possessions differently than others.
There are countless reasons that we should do spiritual warfare, but below I would like to give a general challenge toward all of these things, temporarily making special use of the temptation of fear as a primary example of all the demons that we must fight.
In light of the Scriptures given above I would like to exhort the readers to consider the challenge given to us to step out into the extreme walk of following Jesus. This walk will definitely and necessarily take you into the spiritual realm, interacting with spiritual and supernatural things that you never imagined!
This fight is not for the fearful, but for the redeemed who have decided to follow Him who is supremely courageous:
Rev_21:8 But the cowardly, and unbelieving, and sinners, and abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and drug users, and idolaters, and all who are false shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."
If you have been unwilling in the past to follow and obey because of fear, now is the time to repent of fear and your previous ways of life, and take Jesus head on and believe Him to deliver you in the midst of these things.
So many people experience so many problems, and all the more do we see this as our foolishness and sin increase in our world and in our churches, and as our sin increases, our social accommodations and sanctions for our sin also increase. We protect the things most that hurt and kill us the most. But out of all this mess, there are a few people who eagerly seek to resolve their guilt with God by repentance, and fight and stand for truth, committing their whole life to obey the extreme mandates of Jesus.
For those who come to Jesus, there is still the reality that they often face many problems and conflicts with living, and they struggle to guide their life in a way that is consistent with one who follows Jesus. Now what is a real Christian to do after they have met the extreme call to forsake all to follow Jesus, when they afterward feel themselves pressured and tormented by internal conflict that seems to slavishly compulse them toward unbelief and even disobedience? This is where Spiritual warfare comes in.
Among the very first resolutions and commitments needed when facing such ailments, to resist the attacks opposed toward us, is the basic need and resolution to consider such oppositions as spiritual fights, not physical ones. As I have told so many in these cases, you have to commit to never resort to physical means again to sooth spiritual problems. (This includes Anti-depressants, TV, music, other winding down for the day entertainments, food, other physical alternative means, and all other counterfeits). Such problems are spiritual, and they need to be treated that way. If you treat them as physical, then you basically have no hope of standing in the end when all is said and done.
Inasmuch as any person ever goes unto a counterfeit to solve their spiritual problems, to this same degree they always forfeit the true. It is certainly true that God is merciful and pities us in our ignorance when we do not realize what were doing, but we know that upon the reception of the knowledge of truth, we are all the more held accountable to fight what we previously indulged in, and accepted in our ignorance.
Who is the author of fear? It is the same one who authored doubt. Such things weary us unto sin if we give in. But there is no sickness or condition that is morally neutral, which also compulses us toward sinning. And while we humans are prone to go about sinning and being tempted with sin, we absurdly are also prone to go about trying to diagnose such things as Physiological or Psychological problems. We sin and become slaves of sin, and we become so deluded that we deny the personal evil we serve every day!
But the Scriptures are definite on this matter:
2Ti_1:7 EMTV For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Did you notice that God calls it a spirit? We have no right to call it or treat it as anything else. I hope you know very well that there are many Scriptures to this effect; fear does not come about apart from Satan and his angels, since he authored it and they are the promoters of it. If fear comes, the Bible calls it a demon and so should we.
I hope that its clear from this that I would like to distinguish falling into sin sharply with being tempted and opposed by sin. In the case of fear and anxiety attacks, I know very personally the feelings of attack that many face. I also know that a person can resist such attacks with all the strength that they have, and still be overwhelmed and over flooded to the point of helpless despair. I do not describe these attacks as sin, because it is the evil attacking a person which is evil, not the broken victim. But such attacks from the evil will be our own evil if we give into them, if we accommodate them, if we agree with them, if we do not resist them. We ought not to welcome, help and own the evil who presents himself to us, but we ought to fight him.
If we pamper such attacks with physical remedies we are agreeing with the lie that opposes us, as though a personal evil were not actually pressuring us to an evil belief. When we fear and describe it as a physiological or psychological condition, then we justify the devil who temps us as though he were not sinful in his work. What kind of agreement is this that we are making? Is this not wrong? Does this not shoot ourselves in the foot by not holding him guilty who seeks our life?
Perhaps in your lifetime you are familiar with what it means to be angry at a human and to lift ones voice to its height in rage against them. In most every case like this, this is a great evil, and a perversion of right things. But what are those right things which it perverts? Because a perversion can never be stronger or more profound than the right thing that it is twisting, since darkness can never overcome light (Joh_1:5).
The rage of (vocal) anger against a human being is the perversion of what we ought to be doing instead when it comes to the devil. Do you remember that Jesus dealt vocally with the devil when He was tempted in the wilderness (Mat_4:1-11)? He did not pray in His heart against Satan when He was attacked, but as Satan spoke to Him in whatever form the temptations came, Jesus responded to this verbally with great might and authority from the Scriptures.
Mat_4:10 EMTV Then Jesus said to him [the devil], "Get behind Me, Satan!...
Mar_8:33 EMTV But when He had turned and saw His disciples, He rebuked Peter...
Mat_16:23 EMTV ...and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block unto Me, because you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."
Mar_1:24-25 WEB "Ha! What do we have to do with you, Jesus, you Nazarene? Have you come to destroy us? I know you who you are: the Holy One of God!" 25 Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet, and come out of him!"
(Also see other examples of Jesus strictness with demons: Mar_1:34, Mar_3:11-12, Mar_9:25; Luk_4:35, Luk_4:41)
Mar_1:27 Then they were all amazed, so that they were disputing among themselves, saying, "What is this? What new doctrine is this, that He commands even the unclean spirits with authority, and they obey Him?"
Luk_4:36 And amazement came upon all, and they spoke among themselves, saying, "What is this word! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out."
Act_16:17-18 This girl, following after Paul and us, was crying out, saying, "These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation." 18 And this she did for many days. But Paul, being greatly annoyed and turning around, said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And he came out in that very hour.
(Notice that the Apostles understood that we were supposed to confront the devil just like Jesus did. Compare: Act_4:13)
It is time to fight! No longer are we allowed to play around with the spiritual forces that play with us to seduce us unto their desired end, to bring us to sinful unbelieving destruction. It is time to embrace Biblical Spiritual Warfare, so that we can actually resist the evil that all other humans are allowing to compulse, dictate, and define their lives.
I urge you: Fight! And let us finally see Jesus kingdom working again on earth:
Mat_12:28 CAB But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.
(Also see: Luk_11:20)
So many people simply inherit beliefs and values from others, and the complacency of this leaves us with a society of extremely shallow people.
While most people are content to simply be a complacent and predictably shallow product of their culture, passionate leaders are usually birthed out of striving through their beliefs and internalizing values so that they have a personal zeal for what they believe.
The shallow people have not thought through what they have inherited, but they are usually willing to outsource this responsibility to leaders who can seem to successfully motivate them from the personalized zeal these leaders have developed.
And this affords a very big and profound problem that very few people come to realize.
The answer that is given to a shallow society is that they need to personalize and internalize their faith in order to be passionate about it, but no one ever seems to concern themselves with considering the vanity of being personally convinced with what is made of flesh.
personalizing and internalizing what you want to believe does not make it more true, it just makes you more committed and even potentially passionate and zealous you might be toward what you believe, no matter whether it may or may not be true.
and this is a big problem because "zeal without knowledge is not good" and "love is not zealous" in that dirty way.
being more personally and enthusiastically persuaded about something that you believe, without it being based on absolute truth, is evil, filthy, and sinful lawlessness.
Zeal without knowledge (truth) is a sure foundation for every injustice.
You have often heard me speak of an oracle or sign which comes to me, and is the divinity which Meletus ridicules in the indictment. This sign I have had ever since I was a child. The sign is a voice which comes to me and always forbids me to do something which I am going to do, but never commands me to do anything, and this is what stands in the way of my being a politician.
"What then is Love?" I asked; "Is he mortal?" "No." "What then?" "As in the former instance, he is neither mortal nor immortal, but in a mean between the two." "What is he, Diotima?" "He is a great spirit (daimon), and like all spirits he is intermediate between the divine and the mortal."
Symposium, By Plato
Here are some additional verses (like Homework) that you can be reading and thinking about when fighting the Devil
Joh_3:3 born again/ perceive the (spiritual) kingdom
Dan_12:10 only the wise will understand
Eze_28:11-19 - prince of Tyre...You were in...the paradise of God...you were with the cherub; I set you on the holy mount of God...stones of fire...You were faultless...you have been cast down
Isa_14:7-23 - Hell from beneath is provoked to meet you...Lucifer...fallen from heaven...you have said in your heart, I will go up to heaven...
1Co_13:12 - 3rd Heaven
Heb_11:3 - the invisible made the visible
Neh_9:6 - God made it all
Col_1:15-16 - Jesus (i.e. God) made it all
2Pe_2:10 - reverence it
Col_2:15 - disarmed!
Eph_1:19-23 - above all authority...unto the Assembly
Eph_3:9-12 - communicating superiority to the Spiritual realm!
1Pe_3:22 - current victory
1Co_15:24 - Ultimate Victory
2Co_10:3-5 - the weapons of our warfare
Rev_12:3-9 - war in heaven
Eph_6:11-14 - Whole Armor
Isa_54:17 - No weapon;
Mal_4:3 - you shall tread down the wicked;
Luk_10:19 - I give unto you power;
Rom_8:38-39 - no separate from love;
Jas_4:7 - ... Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.;
1Jo_4:4 - greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world;
2Co_2:11 - not ignorant
2Ti_2:3-5 - a good soldier
Eph_6:11-17 - the whole armor of God
1Pe_5:8-9 - be vigilant a roaring lion resist steadfast;
1Jo_5:4-5 - overcome the world
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On one hand: all you got to do is stand -- Armor of God
On the other hand, Resistance includes aggressive attack (best defense is a good offence)
Church People Often Assume Passive Resistance, but this is not the idea
Spiritual resistance does not mean shallow and simple, gritting your teeth
Examples of aggressive resistance: 2Ch_20:12; Act_13:8; Psa_17:8
Just stand your ground: Heb_12:4; Job_41:11
Amor of God
There is a shield, a sword, and thats just the beginning!
The gates of hell will not prevail against Jesus called-out-Assembly
· this is not passive
· in this description, gates are not hopping off their hinges to go attack the camp of God
· This shows that the righteous terrorize evil so much that even when they think they have a safe retreat by running back into their city, their gates cannot keep them protected against the aggressive and terrorizing attack of the righteous
OT Blessings: may you have/posses the gates of your enemies
Swiftly / Quickly Getting Re-Connected
This is A Mini-Help & Orderly Teaching that Can Make Warfare Much Swifter than You Thought
· On One Hand: This is like a mini-Spiritual-Warfare in a nutshell.
· On the Other Hand: For the sake of particularity, we are not necessarily covering all the vital ground needed from the whole Spiritual Warfare teaching/realm
· I could wish that I could have taught everyone these vital principles by example a long time ago (which might have been the ideal of how these things should be taught by default), but now, by teaching in this way I am giving you a chance to believe me first, and I am determined in this occasion to redeem the situation to teach these needful things (weapons) in the way of an orderly memorial, so that if you do take occasion to believe, you can also now more effectively teach others in these strengths as well. (The ideal did not originally happen, but now we hope to make the redemption of it even bigger than it would have originally been at the beginning.)
Get Zealous for Spiritual Warfare!
· Dont let spiritual ruts endure.
· By far, zeal/indignation is the greatest need in spiritual warfare -- although that is not the main thing we are talking about here.
· Be sure to tend fire and add faith-zeal to the basic helps we are giving here
· Take care of things
· Zeal and indignation are the main needs for spiritual warfare, but make sure that you are not jealous for the wrong things, because if you are, then you will be disconnected.
· The spiritual realm is very meticulous, and at some point we have got to get this thing right.
· Dull aches of feeling guilty / worthless / like a failure
· Can you think of others?