Introduction <ul><li>“ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” </li></ul><ul><li>Romans 12:21 </li></ul>The bible describes satan as a “fallen angel”. 7 And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Revelations 12:7
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. Ephesians 6:11-12 Introduction
<ul><li>1) The Bible. </li></ul><ul><li>2) Other Christians. </li></ul><ul><li>3) Makes sense of the world. </li></ul>8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:8-11 1. Why believe the devil exists?
Mistaken views: Disbelief. Unhealthy interest. <ul><li>“ Occult” means “hidden things”. </li></ul><ul><li>Going where we weren’t meant to go. </li></ul>
Why do people get into occult activity? <ul><li>Spiritual hunger.... </li></ul><ul><li>You can’t be spiritual without being focused to a spiritual force. </li></ul><ul><li>God or Satan? </li></ul>
w h y d o p e o p l e g e t i n t o i t ? “ I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them,” those who come to me will never be hungry. Those who believe in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35
<ul><li>We are made with a need for God. </li></ul><ul><li>Only Jesus can meet the need. </li></ul><ul><li>Our craving should be for him. </li></ul><ul><li>God wants to help us. </li></ul><ul><li>Peace comes through Jesus. </li></ul>Why do people get into occult activity?
W h a t a r e t h e r e s u l t s o f o c c u l t i n v o l v e m e n t ? When you mess with the occult, it will mess with you! Depression Suicidal tendencies Compulsive behavior
s o . . . a v o i d i t “ don’t let the people practice divination or look for omens or use spells or charms, and don’t let them consult the spirits of the dead. The Lord detests people who do these things.” Deuteronomy 18:9
<ul><li>He’s the destroyer </li></ul><ul><li>“ ..he comes to steal, kill and destroy” John 10:10 </li></ul><ul><li>Stops you believing. </li></ul><ul><li>Makes you doubt </li></ul><ul><li>Tempter </li></ul><ul><li>Accuser </li></ul>2. Devils tactics?
<ul><li>We’re safe in the light. </li></ul><ul><li>“ ...For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,” Colossians 1:13 </li></ul><ul><li>Satan defeated. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus’ authority given to ordinary Christians like you and me! </li></ul>3. What’s our position?
<ul><li>Wear the right clothes! </li></ul><ul><li>13 Therefore put on the full armour 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, </li></ul><ul><li>15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace . </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit , which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:13-17 </li></ul>4.Defending ourselves?
And attack... Prayer. “ The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. “2 Corinthians 10:4 Action.