Acts 19:11-12 And God wrought special miracles by thehands of Paul: so that from his body were broughtunto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and thediseases departed from them, and the evil spiritswent out of them. 13 Then certain of the vagabondJews, exorcists, took upon them to call over themwhich had evil spirits the Name of the Lord Jesus,saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paulpreacheth. Review 4
14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew,and chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And theevil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, andPaul I know; but who are ye?It was common, especially among the Jews, forpersons to profess or to try to cast out evil spirits. Ifwe resist the devil by faith in Christ, he will fleefrom us; but if we think to resist him by the usingof Christs Name, or His Works, as a spell orcharm, Satan will prevail against us. Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary 5
16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leapedon them, and overcame them, and prevailed againstthem, so that they fled out of that house naked andwounded. The demon made the possessed man supernaturally strong.Never attempt to cast out demons in your own strength or power; you will lose. Do only, but always what the Holy Spirit tells you to do. 6
The demon not only defeated them; he also humiliated them, sending them naked into the street.2 Corinthians 10 4 (For the weapons of our warfareare not carnal, but mighty through God to thepulling down of strong holds;) 7
Ephesians 6 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong inthe Lord, and in the Power of His Might. 11 Put onthe whole armor of God, that ye may be able tostand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For wewrestle not against flesh and blood, but againstprincipalities, against powers, against the rulers ofthe darkness of this world, against spiritualwickedness in high places. A man is out of control, beating his wife and children. But he has a spiritual problem that a fist can not fix. 8
What can we do?Ephesians 6 14 Stand therefore, having your loinsgirt about with truth, and having on the breastplateof righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with thepreparation of the Gospel of peace; 16 Above all,taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall beable to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the Swordof the Spirit, which is the Word of God: 18 Prayingalways with all prayer and supplication in theSpirit, and watching thereunto with allperseverance and supplication for all saints; 9
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about withtruth, ("having on the belt of truth") To be strong to fight spiritual warfare, a believer must live a life of honesty, integrity, and honor. Protect your heart14bhaving on the breastplate of with right living. righteousness; James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 10
15 Andyour feet shod with the preparation of theGospel of peace;When we know the Word of God and live by it, we will stand without stumbling. We can fight the good fight without fear of failure. Trust God enough to live by His Word. 11
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewithye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of thewicked. Absolute trust in God and His Word enables us to live and walk in the Power of the Holy Ghost.Those who trust God live our lives His Way.We are not afraid, and we cant lose. 12
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the Swordof the Spirit, which is the Word of God: Faith in our present and future deliverance(salvation) enables us to stand strong for Jesus.The Word of God is our only offensive weapon. Know it and live it with confidence. 13
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplicationin the Spirit, and watching thereunto with allperseverance and supplication for all saints; Praying includes worship and asking.Watching means to stay awake and on guard. Perseverance means we are persistent; Never give up. Supplication means to ask of God. 14
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