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Discover the Book - Oct. 1, 2008

  • 2008 Oct 01

Our Defense Against Demons

1 Corinthians 10:14-22


  • IMAGES: Worshiping any image is a place for demon intrusion. That is the most literal and obvious kind of a place for demon intrusion, the kind so frequently denounced in the Old Testament. It is the kind in which a person makes an image with his own hands and then “falls down before it and worships; he also prays to it and says, 'Deliver me, for thou art my god”' (Isa. 44:17). Even statues or other images of Christ are not to be revered or worshiped. Only Christ is to be worshiper, not likenesses of Him. They do not represent Jesus Christ, no matter what our claims and intentions are. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Even non-liturgical Christians should be on guard, whether in public worship or private devotions, about associating any place, picture, or pattern of worship too closely with God. It is easy for such a thing to come between us and Him, though we may think it helps draw us closer.
  • ANGELS: Worshiping angels is a place for demon intrusion. Paul warns, “Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self–abasement and the worship of the angels” (Col. 2:18). When, overcome with awe, John fell at the feet of the angel who was speaking to him, the angel said, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God” (Rev. 19:10). Angels are created beings and, whether holy or fallen, are not to be venerated or worshiped.
  • DEMONS: Worshiping demons is a place for demon intrusion, and is closely associated with worshiping images, behind which are often demons. In Satan cults demons are worshiped directly. Speaking of the Tribulation, John foretells that “The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood” (Rev. 9:20).
  • DEAD PEOPLE:  Worshiping dead people is a place for demon intrusion. Referring to a place for demon intrusion that Israel learned from Moab, the psalmist wrote, “They joined themselves also to Baal–peor, and ate sacrifices offered to the dead. Thus they provoked Him to anger with their deeds; and the plague broke out among them” (Ps. 106:28–29). We do not worship human beings, whether they are alive or dead, saintly or otherwise. Even the great heroes of Scripture—such as Abraham, Moses, David, the prophets, Mary, or the apostles—are never to be worshiped. That is a place for demon intrusion
  • SELFISHNESS: Supreme loyalty in our heart to anything other than God is a place for demon intrusion. Every person is tempted with ambitions, desires, possessions, recognition, and a host of other such things that easily can become idols. “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,” Jesus said (Matt. 6:21). The greatest heart treasure, or heart idol, is self.
  • GREED: Covetousness is a place for demon intrusion. Those who covet or are greedy worship at the shrine of materialism, one of the most popular and powerful idols of our day But Paul says, “For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolator, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (Eph. 5:5; cf. Col. 3:5). Acts 5:3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? (NKJV)
  • LUST: Inordinate desire, or lust, is a place for demon intrusion. Paul speaks of “enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things” (Phil. 3:18–19). The person whose mind, desires, longings, and appetites are set on fleshly things is an idolater.
  • AMUSEMENTS: exposing your mind to Satanic ideas and stories must be constantly avoided. Some examples are:
    1. Movies that follow the theme of Satan and his demons. Science fiction that portrays superhuman powers available from cosmic sources leave unguarded minds open to endless fantasies about what if . . . 
    2. Television programs dealing with the occult directly or indirectly.
    3. Music that popularizes demonic activities, words, and mantras.
    4. Plays promoting contact with demons.
    5. Games which encourage contact with demons and their related activities should be avoided and burned! (This is the scriptural method of with such things.)
    6. Literature. The feeding of one's mind on the lewd information and photographs so widely and easily available gives a ground of entrance for the demons of sensuality.
    7. Actual Occultic Practice A list of those things which bring with them demonic contact: black magic, astrology, fetishes and talismans, fortune-telling, seance meetings, witchcraft, palmistry, spiritism, ESP (extra-sensory perception), pictures of witches and occult propaganda, voodoo dolls, candles with occult significance, incense, excessive superstition, religious practices that highlight the emotional, cults, Satan worship, tarot cards, ouija boards, crystal balls, black cubes and related occult practices.

A Defense Against Demons

  • We must Confess Jesus Christ as Personal Lord and Savior. (John 12:46) Full deliverance comes only through personally claiming His blood and His victory at Calvary on your behalf.
  • We must Cancel All Occult/Demonic Practices. Name the sin specifically and burn every trace of any tangible paraphernalia.  A total removal and destruction is the only cancellation that God accepts. Acts 19:11-20 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. 13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds. 19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed. (KJV)
  • We must Claim God’s Promises. Hebrews 2:14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, (NKJV); 1 John 3:8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (NKJV)

We Must Use Our Armor

Ephesians 6:11-18 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places.] 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints -- (NKJV)

  • Belt of Truth.  Implement of battle hung from the belt which held the soldier's robe together.  This means "honesty," "truthfulness," "integrity," and "sincerity.  Duplicity brings defeat!.
  • Breastplate of Righteousness.  This was a heavy piece of armor that completely enclosed the body.  This means personal, daily righteousness maintained by confession of sin. Impurity will bring defeat!.
  • Shoes of Peace.  Soles of the soldier were impregnated with heavy, spike-like hobnails which gave him a good footing.  This carries with it the idea of "readiness" or "peace of mind.” Anxiety brings defeat
  • Shield of Faith.  It was a portable door which the soldier hid behind.  The shield served as the buffer from the flaming darts of the enemy.  Faith extinguishes all the flaming missiles of the evil one. Doubt brings defeat!
  • Helmet of Salvation.  The meaning of the helmet is assurance of salvation. Lack of assurance brings defeat!

Offensive Equipment (Vv. 17b, 18)

  • Sword of the Spirit.  Memorizing the Scripture is essential to effectiveness in battle.
  • Prayer.  This includes petition at all times for others as well as yourself.
  • Alertness.  The good soldier must be ever alert.



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