Presentation on theme: "Behind Enemy Lines Strategies for Life in satan’s territory"— Presentation transcript:
1Behind Enemy Lines Strategies for Life in satan’s territory Understanding the Works of DemonsLuke 4:31-37
2The works of satan/Demons Keep us or take us outside God’s will.Defeat us with his condemnations.Weaken us spiritually in his fallen world.Hinder the work of the Church through disharmony and false teaching.Steal, silence, the joy of the Lord.Inflict illness through his presence.
3What is “spiritual warfare”? The action of satan (or his fellow angels or demons) to hinder or disrupt the plan of God in the lives of believers, the church or the world.1 John 3:8, “…Son of God came for this purpose to destroy the works of the devil.”
4What is a demon? Matthew 25:41 - angel of satan. satan is the “first” of this kind. Matt 12:24Referred to as:Unclean spirit, evil spiritDemonAngel of the devilDemons who are not God; new godsGentile thought- spirit of deceased person. (Josephus). Ghost.
5Satan “types” and demonic hierarchy Rulers, authorities, powers, dominions on earth; and in the heavenly places.Ep 1:21, 3:10, 6:22, 1 Peter 3:22, Daniel 10False deity. Deut 32:16-17Antichrist. 1 John 2:18, 22-23; Rev 13:10-18Demon. 81x in NT and OT.
6Demons have human–like Characteristics Fear. Luke 4:34, 8:28; James 2:19Reason. Luke 4:34, 8:28-30, Ezek 28:17Morally responsible. Mt 25:41; Jude 1:6Sometimes named. Luke 8:30, Rev 9:11
7Demons have satan–like Characteristics Destroyer, destruction.Luke 8:26-33; Matt 27:5Supernatural power? Acts 19:14-16Prefers to hide. Ezek 28:12. John 8:44Ability to identify believers spiritually (not by sight). Luke 4:34, 8:28, Acts 19:15. Rev 12:17
8Demons have satan–like Characteristics Desires to reside in a human host:Luke 11:24-26Goes out of a person.“waterless places.”Luke 8:30-31“abyss” is the “bottomless pit.” Luke 8:30-31, Rev 9:1-2; 11Must have a door. Matt 16:23, Ep 4:26-27
9Can a Christian be indwelt by a demon? Argument: the Holy Spirit and a demon cannot be present in the same individual.A demon cannot control a “place” that has been yielded to the Holy Spirit.1 John 4:3-4
10The meaning of “possessed” Greek verb, passive tense – to have.Literally, v33, “…a man who had an [evil] spirit…” KJV, ESVNot “owned” by the [evil] spirit”Under the power or influence of …Cain – 1 John 3:12 (of the evil one)
11Demons have these weapons Our fears.Our ignorance. (Western only)Our knowledge. (Western only)Demons lie to us in our own voice.Their lord satan has the world’s microphone.Demons know our buttons (the flesh).
12Where does the occult fit in with demons? Leviticus 19:31, 20:6-7Deuteronomy 18:9-14Isaiah 8:19
13Does the bible suggest that demonization was temporary? Authority to cast out. Matt 10:1, 3:15, Luke 10:18-19Paul warns multiple times.John warns about antichrist, satan, end-times activities. 1 John 2:18, 22-23; 4:1fEvery NT book. Hebrews 2:14.
14Does the bible suggest that demonization was temporary? Jesus mentions 17x; casts out 9x; in synopticJesus’ final prayer for believers is that they be kept from the evil one. John 17:15
15When should a deliverance be done? Only after a complete surrender to the Lord.Luke 11:24-26In the faith that Christ is greater.1 John 4:4