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The belief in and use of supernatural forces to predict future events or bring about a specific result
THERE IS VICTORY IN CHRIST
Jesus… God declared us not guilty through Christ death on the cross. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (Which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). Matthew 27:46
Satan is your enemy behind the scenes conducting a Spiritual War against the Saint. “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Cor. 15:57
This word does not appear in the Bible. The use of such words as darkness and spiritual hosts of wickedness is inherent to the definition of occult.
Deuteronomy 18: 10-13
“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
13 Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.”
The Christian Struggle
(3 sections of Ephesians)
Christ and the Church
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
Satan uses confusion as a weapon. “Don’t give in to confusion regarding the real source of a believer’s struggle, don’t hate people understand your true enemy.
“But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.” 1 Corinthians 14:38
The Christian’s Warfare
…”take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12
The Armor of God
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
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, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Scripture: Ephesians 6:12
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
“There is a natural fascination with the supernatural realm. Satan probably capitalized on that by manifesting his OVERT activity, so as to draw minimal attention to his COVERT activity-lying, which is where he spends the majority of his effort. “
John Mac Arthur, Jr.
OVERT: The Church of Satan
types of Occult practices (forbidden by scripture)
Black and White Magic (Ex 7:11), Witchcraft and ritual physical abuse, blood sacrifices and areas in the illicit drug culture, practice of dealing with evil spirits.
The use of the horoscope and predicting events from the alignment of the planets
Fortune telling, punishable by death (Lev. 20:27: Law of Moses) lucrative practice in Philippi (Acts 16:16), soothsaying foretelling without the Holy Spirit.
Incantations, spells or charming, in conjunction depending on supernatural forces (contrast sleight of hand page 486) practice of magic arts
Ouija boards to contact the dead, contacting the dead through the use of a medium After the death of Samuel and the Lord didn’t answer Samuel: “Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.” (I Sam 28:7)
Conclusion: “It is not necessary to know every device that Satan uses to try to defeat Christians. But understanding his strategy is important, and strategy is to divert, confuse and deceive believers.” Page 487
TAKE THE OFFENSIVE
THE SWORD OF SPIRIT
Paul did not want the Church at Ephesus to live in fear; instead, he wanted them to be sure of the truth and stand firmly on THE WORD OF GOD.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” II Tim. 1-7
To discover a counterfeit the rule is to study the truth; THE WORD OF GOD.
Clerks are require to study Treasury Notes in order to detect counterfeits
Try the spirits by the WORD OF GOD.
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” I John 4:1-3
“…The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy…”
Trust in Him!
I serve God in spirit, soul and body with praise, in worship and with my time and substance. I render all to Christ and abide obediently under the leadership of our local assembly. My prayer for my Pastor is that, God give him strength to lead his flock in adverse times and seasons of lack into more prosperous times and away from our enemy. Satan has been bound concerning the souls that belong to Christ and the Spirit of Increase is released into our lives. Saints are given true promotion, but along with that came persecution.
Be released – Be released – Be released. Satan the blood of Jesus against you repay exponentially of that which you destroyed. With praise in my spirit, I pray continually for the next thing to break like the wind that rushed in at Pentecost or like the bursting forth of great waters causing breakthroughs deliverance is eminent. I won’t complain but will thank God for dispatching His angels of war, to bring everything that enemy to my feet and all he has taken: until relationships, credit, rank, position, seed, fruit, provision, resources, stamina and strength are restored. Restoration is now in season in the name of Jesus. It was all a setting up for my season of restoration. So as God judges the quick and the dead let us render our selves fellow laborers to one another with this one thing in mind God is going to save his people. “Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity . . . trust in the Lord, and do good . . . . And verily thou shall be fed,” you can make it.