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Spiritual Warfare Against Demons Breath of Life International Church, 2012
Adversaries of the Saintso The World o a system of thinking and values that oppose God’s Trutho Sinful Nature/Flesh o that nature within us that opposes God’s Willo Satan o a spirit being who opposes God’s Rule
The Spirit Realm God Holy(Holy Spirit) Angels Spirit of Demons Man
1st Sphere Angels DefinedSERAPHIM CHERUBIM OPHANIM• Closest to the • Full of knowledge • God’s chariot throne of God • Keepers of God’s • Full of submission• Bearers of love and secrets and peace light • Tasked with great • Carry out God’s• Worship (chanting feats (i.e. expelling judgment Holy, Holy, Holy…) men from Eden) • Pass messages to • Charioteers of God, men and lower steering the angels Ophanim • Described as wheels with many eyes and glowing light
2nd Sphere Angels DefinedDOMINATIONS VIRTUES POWERS• Rule over angelic • Maintain aspects of • Favorites among orders the natural world men• Regulate duties of • Bestow material • Maintain borders lower angels blessings (miracles) between heaven• Middle • Called on to and earth management combat the • On guard against between 1st and 2nd enemies of salvation demonic attack spheres • Power over celestial • Chaperone souls• Zeal for the bodies, seasons and from the mortal to maintenance of weather the immortal God’s authority
3nd Sphere Angels DefinedPRINCIPALITIES ARCHANGELS ANGELS• Guide and • Execute • God’s protect nations, important messengers to towns and cities missions to men men• Watch over • Protect the • Protect souls religion and Church and families politics • Guard God’s from attacks of ministers the enemy • Also known as guardian angels
Demonic Assignment Demons, Influencers, Satan Devils, Runners, Evil Spirits Messengers Command Imps, ghosts and King of Hell demonic activity apparitions Oppression & Solicit worship and Possession Father of Lies influence thought (i.e. python, incubus/succubus) Character altersPrince of this world Ex. Beelzebub, Baal (control, pride, etc.)
Demonic Strategy Temptation• Attempts to make • Uses the mistakes people believe of one’s past to lies • Entices and discourage and encourages men condemn• Genesis 3:4 to sin • Revelation 12:10 • Matthew 4:1-10 Deception Accusations
Classes of Demonic Spiritso Foul/unclean spirits o Afflict the mind and soul of man o Unclean thoughts, depression, immoral acts, etc.o Lying spiritso Spirits of deception o Often manifest miracles and signs to deceive God’s people; divination o Active in the local churcho Deaf and dumb spirits o Inhibit the acts of human subjects o Often disguised or classified as mental disabilityo Spirits of infirmity (sickness and disease)o Spirits of seduction o False doctrines and the occulto Spirits of divination (familiar spirits) o Connection with the dead
Satan, the Ultimate Enemyo Isaiah 14:12-17 o Downfall caused by pride o Destroyed nations o Fallen from heaveno Ezekiel 28:12-17 o Was a model of perfection o Wise and full of beauty o Heart was full of prideo Revelation 12:3-9 o War in heaven (Michael vs. the dragon) o A third of the stars (angels) cast to earth o The dragon and his angels (demons/imps)
Who is Satan?o 2 Corinthians 4:4 o The god of this worldo Luke 4:5-6 o Power and jurisdiction over the kingdoms [and systems] of this worldo Job 1:1, 6-12; Daniel 10:2-21 o A hindrance to God’s peopleo Zechariah 3:1-2 o An accuser of God’s people
The Armor of Godo Helmet of SALVATIONo Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESSo Girdle of TRUTHo Shoes of the GOSPEL of peaceo Shield of FAITHo Sword of the Spirit (WORD OF GOD)o Cloak of ZEAL (Isaiah 59:17)
Supernatural Weaponso 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 o Weapons are not carnal; mighty through God o Pull down strongholds o Cast down imaginations; thoughts into captivityo Mark 16:17 o Devils are cast out by believerso Revelation 12:11 o The blood of Christ overcomes o The word of testimonyo Hebrews 4:12 o God’s word is powerful and sharpo Matthew 17:21 o Fasting and prayer overcome demons
Warfare Responsibilitieso Cast out demons o Matthew 10:6-8; Mark 16:15-18o Bring deliverance to captives o Luke 4:14-18o Trample on serpents and scorpions o Luke 10:19o Power and authority over all demons o Luke 9:1o Power over unclean spirits o Matthew 10:1o Destroy the works of the devil o 1 John 3:8
The Mindset of a Soldiero 2 Timothy 2:4 o No cares for the things of this world o Desire to please God o Prioritizes responsibility of being a soldier o Good/successful at warFighting is not good enough. You areexpected to WIN!
Wrestle | War | Fighto Revelation 13:7 o Satan rages war against God’s holy peopleo Daniel 7:25 o The enemy desires to oppress (wear down) God’s peopleo Ephesians 6:11-18 o Stand against Satan’s wiles (trickery) o God’s people are called to fight against: o PRINCIPALITIES (magistrate, ruler ship) o POWERS (supernatural forces) o RULERS OF DARKNESS (worldly, evil rulers) o WICKED SPIRITS IN HIGH PLACES (celestial iniquity)Avoidance is NOT an option. You MUST FIGHT!
Resist | Rebuke | Command o 1 Peter 5:8-9 o Be sober and watchful o James 4:7 o Resist the devil o 1 John 4:4 o The Holy Ghost is greater and more powerful o Luke 8:28; James 2:19 o Satan and his demons are tormented by Christ o Rebuke and command him to go, in Jesus’ name o No need to beg, plead or negotiate with the enemy
Stages of Demonic Influence •Temptation, based on lusts, thoughts or direct demonic Foothold/Transmission communication, designed to draw us away from the things of God •Habits and mental rehearsals are formed based on aManipulation/Stronghold foothold that was not thwarted (i.e. pornography, pride, greed, etc.) •External control, gained by the enemy, to keep an Oppression/Yoke individual in a state of instability; control of thoughts and emotions •A breakdown of sanity and reason due to the compulsive Obsession/Bondage nature of the individual and their loss of control (i.e. addictions, such as drugs, alcohol, sex, etc.) •Demonic control is manifested to the point that theDemonization/Possession individual lacks control and his/her own will has no power; requires external intervention for deliverance