Applying The Bible Today 2: Ghosts and Spirits


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Pastor Peter Hurricks applies the bible to answer the common question of "What does the bible say about ghosts and spirits?".

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Applying The Bible Today 2: Ghosts and Spirits

  1. 1. Bible Readings: 1 Samuel 28:3-20 (page 212) Luke 11:14-28 (page 735) 1 Applying the Bible 2 What does the Bible say about ghosts and spirits?
  2. 2. ✤ “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,” (John 13:3, NKJV) ✤ “So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, . . . . .” (Numbers 35:33, NKJV) 2 Sin can pollute and leave its mark on physical things
  3. 3. ✤ “‘Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:31, NKJV) 3 God prohibits us from trying to contact or use spiritual powers unless it is through Jesus
  4. 4. ✤ Jesus said: “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.” (Luke 11:24–26, NKJV) 4 Attempting to contact or use the spirit world is like opening a door to invite the spirits to occupy your house or body
  5. 5. ✤ “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23, NKJV) 5 Man is made in the image of God 3 natures: body, soul, spirit
  6. 6. ✤ “His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; In that very day his plans perish.” (Psalm 146:4, NKJV) ✤ “In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”” (Genesis 3:19, NKJV) 6 When a person dies their spirit and soul leave the body and this physical world
  7. 7. ✤ “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgement,” (Hebrews 9:27, NKJV) 7 Man dies once and then awaits the Final Judgement
  8. 8. ✤ “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” (Revelation 1:18, NKJV) ✤ “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18, NKJV) ✤ “For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.” (Romans 14:9, NKJV) 8 No departed spirit/soul can return to the physical world unless it is permitted by Jesus
  9. 9. ✤ The appearance of the real spirit/soul of Samuel is unique in Scripture. ✤ This incident can not be used to justify consulting spiritualists, mediums, fortune tellers because Saul’s action was condemned. ✤ The woman was expecting one of her “familiar” spirits to appear, instead God allowed the real Samuel to appear shocking the woman. 1 Sam. 28:11-12 9 1 Samuel 28: Saul consults a medium, someone who communicates with spirits
  10. 10. ✤ If the information about the future does not come from God it can only come from evil spirits. ✤ The demonic spirits want people to accept a path of life determined by them. ✤ Truth is mixed with lies to make the deception more powerful. 10 Wanting to know the future
  11. 11. ✤ God has a plan for your life and He will reveal it as you need to know it. He wants you to trust Him. ✤ “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 11 Wanting to know the future
  12. 12. ✤ All people have a measure of protection by God’s grace. ✤ This protection ends if people seek to contact the spirit world. ✤ Those who have Christ in their lives and are walking in obedience have nothing to fear from evil spirits. ✤ Jesus has given all believers His authority to bind and cast out evil spirits. 12 Are we in any danger from evil spirits?
  13. 13. ✤ Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your Name.” And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:17–20, NKJV) 13 Jesus has given us authority to help those oppressed by evil
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