20And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Cognate: 5333 phármakos – properly, a sorcerer; used of people using drugs and "religious incantations" to drug people into living by their illusions – like having magical (supernatural) powers to manipulate God into giving them more temporal possessions. (Drugs open you to demonic attacks)
Luke 8:27 When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs.
Job 1:10 Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.
The Bible is explicit:
We live in a world of distinct opponents; our very lives are a battle. Yet too many Christians lose more battles than they win and endure
their walk with God rather than enjoy it because they don't recognize the enemy when they see it. More importantly,they have no idea how to respond. While society tells us we can react simply, the truth is that a wish, a hope, and a prayer are not the best responses to attacks from those who stand between us and the Father. Christians must be strategic in their reactions to these clearly defined enemies, learning how to fight biblically and effectively rather than just sincerely. In Spiritual Warfare, Dr. Karl Payne - pastor of Leadership Development and Discipleship at Antioch Bible Church and Chaplain for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks - has written a guidebook for defense that is simple, biblical, and transferable.
The Demonic World
The Invisible War examines what every believer needs to know about Satan, demons, and spiritual warfare, offering a balanced look at this controversial subject. This provocative book will help Christians understand what the Bible says about these threats and will show them how they can safeguard themselves and their families through prayer. Now available in trade paper, The Invisible War offers a balanced look at what is going on in the spiritual realm and what believers can do to defend themselves.
Romans 8:14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
16 - Discipleship 102 (satan & demons Pt1)
17 - Discipleship 102 (satan & demons Part 2)
The Armor of God
Ephesians 6: 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
The Armor of God, Introduction
Much has been written concerning the ‘armor of God’ and spiritual warfare. Some say that there is no such thing as spiritual warfare and some, going to the other extreme, see every difficulty of life as a direct attack from Satan. In a series of seven articles, I would like us to look at the ‘armor of God’ we read about in the sixth chapter of Ephesians. I will not focus as much on the ancient usage of actual armor as I will focus on the meaning and application of the passage. I will only speak of the actual physical armor when it helps explain a spiritual truth. It is my intention that, as the Christian reads this series of articles, he or she will be strengthened in their walk with Jesus in practical everyday ways. (Full article)
Belt of Truth: 5 Daily Spiritual Warfare Tips
If you have not already done so, you might want to read the first in this series of articles entitled: The Armor of God, Introduction. Truth is essential to our existence. We base our decisions on what we know, and if what we know is not the truth, we will make very bad decisions. The gas gauge in our cars must tell us the truth, so we do not run out of gas. Our doctor must know the truth about our physical condition, so that he can correctly prescribe the treatment. We want the truth from our spouses, so that our marriage can be all it was meant to be. (Full article)
Breastplate of Righteousness: 5 Daily Spiritual Warfare Tips
As with the other pieces of the soldier’s armor, the breastplate was designed to protect certain areas of his body. The breastplate protected his upper torso, most notably his heart. The spiritual Breastplate of Righteousness also protects the spiritual heart, the center of one’s relationship with Jesus. The Bible instructs believers to, “…put on the breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14b ESV). In this article, I would like to study just what that means to the Christian seeking to live for God. A couple of related articles included in this series that you might want to read before continuing here include: The Armor of God, Introduction and Belt of Truth (Full article)
Sandals of Peace: 5 Daily Spiritual Warfare Tips
Ephesians 6:15 says:“…and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace” . The third piece of the believer’s spiritual armor is his shoes. There is an emphasis in this verse on peace. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9 ESV). We are put off by any so-called Christian organization or group that advocates violence as a means of getting its message heard. The reason we recoil at this is because our message is a message of peace; it is illogical and counterproductive to try to spread a message of peace by using violence. Peace is a very important element in the message of the good news of Jesus Christ. (Full article)
Shield of Faith: 5 Daily Spiritual Warfare Tips
The fourth piece of the Armor of God is the “Shield of Faith”. Faith is an essential element of Christianity. The Bible tells us that it is impossible to please God if we do not have faith (Hebrews 11:6). The Bible also tells us that the righteous shall live by faith (Romans 1:17; Habakkuk 2:4; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). Faith is such an important part of the armor that it protects all of the other pieces of the armor (1 John 5:4). Let us take a closer look at this thing called ‘faith’ to make sure we understand it. (Full article)
Helmet of Salvation: 5 Daily Spiritual Warfare Tips
The next piece of the spiritual armor of God is the helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17). The helmet, both physical ones and spiritual ones, protect the head. The spiritual helmet protects the mind of the believer; the thoughts and ideas the Christian has in his head and that which he dwells upon. Let us look deeper at this idea of the mind. (Full article)
The Sword of the Spirit: 5 Daily Spiritual Warfare Tips
The final piece in the Armor of God is the Word of God, “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication” (Ephesians 6:17-18 ESV). The Word of God is synonymous with the mind of God. It originates in God and it is communicated to us by God. Because He loves us, He tells us what He wants us to know. In Old Testament times, God spoke directly to the Prophets and had them write down what He told them (2 Peter 1:21). (Full article)