I believe that evil exist. I believe that even good people are influenced by evil spirits. Talking about that with refs from the Scriptures and how you can get back into the Light.
Darkness is the absence of light. Evil is the absence of God. What makes a quiet “normal” person commit a heinous act? What pushes a person to commit suicide? What would motivate a person to kill their entire family, children especially, and then kill themselves? What would possess a young person of an affluent family to murder their parents, their classmates or a bully?
You’ve heard talk of spiritual warfare in church before I am sure. Lets go a little deeper. Talking about demons and their influence over this world and more importantly how to protect get back to God.
The Bible reading goes to the end of Joshua’s life in the Old Testament. Music from Aretha Franklin. Our music license is pending. (thank you for donating to get that going for the year)
The “secret” I believe to getting away from demons, is to praise God. Nothing gets in between God and your praise. When God turns His face toward you, demons tremble, and flee. Being grateful, thankful and praising God is important. It is the one thing that makes us different from any other being of His creation. We can choose not to give Him anything. Knowing He exist is not enough. Like the demons and fallen angels that know Him but choose not to worship Him.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.every.
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things to God and the Father in the …
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication …
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord …
Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I …
Psalm 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, …
We are to be thankful for what God has done:
He has “answered me…[and] become my salvation” (Psalm 118:21).
He has redeemed us. “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
He has qualified us “to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light” (Colossians 1:12).
We are to be thankful for who God is:
“He is good; His love endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).
He is “faithful and just” (1 John 1:9).
The Bible indicates that people can be possessed by demons but that the demons respond and submit to Jesus’s authority:
In the synagogue, there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, 34 “Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” 35 “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. 36 All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!” 37 And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area. (Luke 4:33-35 NIV)
When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” 29 For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places. 30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. 32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. 33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. (Luke 8:27-33 NIV)
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