gaThe reason Jesus can raise the church to such an exalted position of authority is that He Himself was raised triumphantly from the dead and enthroned in Heaven over all principalit fies and powers. In other words, Jesus is firmly in charge. Paul wanted the church at Ephesus to understand this, so he prayed for the church. Paul was praying that the church at Ephesus would understand what they had and who they were associated with. He was praying that the church would understand what took place when Jesus Christ was raised from dead. What happened is that the risen and ascended Christ now possesses all authority in Heaven and on earth ( Matthew 28:18 ). He is in charge of the universe. Paul goes on to say that Christ is exalted far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come. and He put all things in subjection under His feet ( Ephesians 1:21-22 ). Like a conquering general, Jesus has His foocctttt on the neck of His enemies. Everything and everyone on earth and under the earth is subject to Him. God the farther raised jesus and seated His Son at his right hand, the place of ultimate authority. He runs the show. Many say that the united state is the only superpower left in the world today. That makes the president the most powerful man in the world. But the reality is that there is only one superpower in this universe, and it’s the Kingdom of God. And since Jesus Christ is sitting in the position of authority in this Kingdom, Let me say it again. He is in charge
Before we turn to another major section of our study, I want to note briefly the four areas that demons target in their activity of carrying out satan’s agenda. Satan is employing his demons in an attempt to destroy individual lives. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour ( 1 Peter 5:8 ). Satan wants you and me and the unsaved world, and he will use any method he can. He wants to keep the unsaved blinded to the truth and the saved ineffective for Christ. Satan’s is also using his demons against the family. Satan attempted to destroy Adam’s family, and then he tried to create hell’s substitute for the family in ( Genesis 6, ), Satan and his army will do anything they can to get into a family and break up ( 1 Corinthians 7:5 ). A third target of Satan and his demons is the church. Satan tries to wipe out the church externally by stirring up persecution, and he goes after the church internally by creating strife and disunity. When Ananias and Sapphira sinned, Peter said that satan filled their hearts to lie to the Holy Ghost ( Act 5:3 ). Fourth, Satan wants to destroy society itself. We saw earlier that the nations are controlled by demons ( Daniel 10 ). Some governments are so demonized that the leaders have no conscience about killing their people, and there is no justice in the system. The culmination of satanic and demonic influence over world government is found in ( Revelation 18 ), with the fall of Babylon, the last form of godless government. Satan’s influence in world affairs is great, and his goal is total chaos, anarchy, and destruction. tune in next sunday to get a word from the Lord.
The Bible refers to a second group of demons who are permanently imprison because of the exceptionally gross nature of their sin. According to ( Jude 6, ) these are angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode. They are being Kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day. Peter writes of these demons that God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment ( 2 Peter 2:4 ) What is the proper abode of angels? Heavenly places, the spiritual realm. These angels left that sphere when they came down to earth to commit an especially wicked sin. We referred to that sin earlier, the time when these angels cohabited with women and produced a mutant race of giants ( Genesis 6:1-4 ). This was Satan’s race that he hoped would take over. But God found a faithful man in Noah, defeated Satan, and destroyed this evil race of men. For leaving their proper abode after creation and committing that sin, these angels were cast into eternal fire and eternal judgment, locked up with no possibility of release or parole forever.
The bible reveals two basic categories of demons: those who are not yet permanently judged and are free to move
about doing Satan’s will, and a subclass of demons who were imprisoned for their particular sin. The first category
is the one we are most familiar with, those demons who are free to move about at Satan’s bidding and carry
out his purposes. When I say they are free, I am using that term in a relative sense. Demons are under the ultimate
control of heaven, as Jesus made clear on a number of occasions when he told demons what to do and they
had to obey. Back in ( Luke 8, ) our original text, the demons Christ cast out of the man not only had to leave
him when Jesus commanded them to, but they had to ask Jesus permission to go into the pigs. But since
God has chosen to let these “free” demons operate for the time being, they are able to carry out Satan’s
commands. Even in this we can see a reminder that Satan is not the equal of God. Satan can’t be everywhere
at the same time, he doesn’t know everything, and he is not all powerful. So he needs the demons as his
agents to carry out his will. The difference is that God uses his angels by choice, not out of necessity.
I want to make one more observation before we leave this category. In ( Luke 8 ) the demons inhabiting
this man begged Jesus ” not to command them to depart into the abyss ( v. 31).This is the place where all demons
that are active now will ultimately be sent ( Revelation 9:1). But these demons were worried that Jesus would send
them there ahead of time, we might say, so that they would be out of commission. Jesus did not send them to the,
abyss, of course, but allowed them to enter the pigs. There is no record in scripture of Jesus consigning an active
demon to this prison during His earthly ministry. But the demons knew that Jesus had the power to order
them into the abyss, and they were worried. Let me compare this to the children’s game of dodge ball
Once you get hit with the ball, you lose and you’re out of the game. You are active until you are hit and then
that’s it. The demons knew that anytime Jesus showed up, He had prerogative to take them out of the game
permanently. They didn’t want that, but they never doubted Jesus power to do it. We don’t need to
doubt Jesus power over hell either. Tune in next week on the category, demons who are imprisioned.
Demons are also perverted beings. When they rejected God and lined up with Satan, they earned” a special name. Not only
are they called demons, but Jesus called them unclean spirits. They pervert everything they touch. Demons pervert the truth
of God ( 1 Timothy 4:1). They want you and me to believe a lie because their leader, Satan is the father of lies. Paul says
they want to pervert God’s goodness and make it into something that is all prohibition and denial of the things God created.
That’s why John tells us to “test the spirits” ( 1 John 4:1 ). Testing the spirits means knowing which ones are exalting Jesus
and which one’s are not, because that’s always the test. Demons can’t handle the presence of Christ. They can’t handle
the cross or the blood of Christ, or anything that has to do with him. They leave when Christ is exalted. Demons are
also eager to pervert humans sexual relationships ( 1 Corinthians 7:5 Revelation 18:2-3 ). sometime they have even
been able to mix perversion with religious devotion, as in the worship of Aphrodite practiced in Corinth. Demons
are perverted, but the problem is they don’t always appear to be so. They want to make their perversion as
attractive as possible, even using a twisted version of God’s word against people. That’s why you must always
measure what you hear by the word, not by how well it was said or the fact that the person saying it was
holding a Bible. Tune in next week and learn more about how demons are trying, and will ruin your life.
The demons of hell are powerful beings. The demons who possessed the man Jesus healed in ( Luke 8 ) were forcing him to do violent
things, and they gave him superhuman strength. He could break chains as if they were strings. No doubt the demons would have eventually
killed him, since demons can even drive people to want to commit suicide ( Revelation 9:3-6 ). Many cases are recorded of people on
drugs having so much strength that it takes a small army of people to restrain them. That’s not just the chemical in the drug working
on them. Drugs and sorcery or witchcraft of any kind are vehicles for demonic activity.
The first thing we learn is that demons are personal beings. That is, they display the primary attributes of personality. for example, demons possess intellect.
in the story before us in Luke 8, they recognized Jesus and were able to speak and reason using this man’s voice ( Luke v.28 ). Demons also have emotions.
They begged Jesus not to torment them ( v.28 ). Since demons do not have bodies of their own, the torment they feel would apparently be in the spiritual
or emotional realm. The third aspect of personality we see in demons is that they have a will. In verses 32-33, they expressed their desire to enter
into the herd of pigs that was feeding nearby. We also know that demons have a will because they exercised that will when they chose to follow
Satan in his rebellion. So it’s not surprising that they were able to make a choice here, but note that they had no power to do what they wanted to do
without Christ’s permission. When we see people committing evil, strange, or destructive acts, the usual assumption is that they are insane or
mentally unbalanced. The demoniac of Luke 8 certainly appeared to be insane, even dangerously insane. Living among graves without clothes
is a crazy thing to do. But in reality this man was possessed, not just insane. That’s why when we are dealing with people who have certain emotions,
mental, or spiritual problems, we must consider whether a demonic influence is being exerted on that individual. If we are dealing with a serious
spiritual warfare issue and it is not addressed, then we will never be able to fix what is wrong. The personal nature of demons is important
because they are often portrayed on television shows or in films either as some sort of impersonal evil force or as something make – believe
to be dismissed. It’s part of satan’s deception to cause people not to take him or his hench men seriously. It is important that we know
about satan and his bag of tricks. Spiritual warfare is not a game, it is not something to be played with. These preachers don’t preach
or teach about satan because a lot them are his. They are fooling a lot of people in this world. tune in next week for some more
information about this devil.
The well – Known biblical story of Jesus encounter with the demon- possessed man in ( Luke 8:26-39 ) tells us pretty much all we need to know about the nature of demons
( Jesus) was met by a certain man from the city who was possessed with demons, and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but
in the tombs. And seeing Jesus, he cried out and fell before him, and said in a loud voice, What do I have to do with you, Jesus, son of the most high God? I beg you
don’t torment me” ( Luke 8: 27-28 ). This man was demon possessed, demonized, which is a better translation of the Greek term used here and throughout the
gospels. When Jesus showed up, This man went into torment. Why? Because Jesus and the demons can’t be in the same place at the same time and get along.
Somebody has to move when Jesus shows up. As we examine these fallen angelic angels, we learn some important things about the nature of demons.
continue to tune in each week and learn more about these beings. This is something Satan don’t want you to know. He don’t want you to know
who is the cause, and why this world is in the mess that it is in. Keep on reading each week and your eye’s will be opened to things they don’t
teach you in these church buildings.
One of the most basic realities of spiritual warfare is that Satan isn’t operating along. He has his own army of spirits beings called Demons who obey him and carry out his agenda. A demon is a fallen
angel who followed Satan in his rebellion ( Revelation 12:4 ). and now assist Satan’s program of opposition to God’s purpose, program and people. The existence of demons
has generally been either denied or caricatured by the world. Hollywood has always been fascinated by demonic, and many of the popular movies produced over the last few years
have featured demon- like forces or aliens bent on destroying the earth. But the Bible’s teaching about the true nature and purpose of demons has been largely rejected
by the world and even by many theologians and preachers. Credit Satan with doing a number on the minds of many people. We know that one of his best moves
is to camouflage himself so that people don’t know he’s there. But the Bible teaches that demons are real, and we need to understand their operation and their purposes.
We don’t need to fear demons, but because they are active troops in Satan’s army we need to know more about them so we can be more alert and experience greater
success in spiritual warfare. The Bible says that God created countless hosts of angels. Since one- third of the angels followed Satan in his rebellion and were judge
with him, you can imagine the vast array of demons Satan has at his command. According to ( Matthew 12:24-26 ), demons are part of Satan’s kingdom- and
notice that Jesus says there is no division in that realm. Satan is not about to cast out Satan. This is very important to understand. One reason that Satan’s
demonic regime is so successful and so powerful is because it is so unified. There are no benedict Arnold demons. These beings have been forever confirmed
in unrighteousness, just as the good angels who did not follow Satan have been forever confirmed in Holiness. No demon gets up in the morning
and says, I don’t feel like being a demon today. I want to repent and turn back to God, Demons are loyal to their evil leader, Satan. So let’s learn
more about these created, fallen angelic beings who help Satan push his agenda on the earth and in the Heavenly realms. God bless you tune in
next week and learn more about these created beings.
Finally, the Devil wants to deflect you and me from accomplishing the will of God by frustrating God’s will for our lives.
Satan even tried to frustrate the accomplishment of God’s will in Jesus’s life. God the Father’s will for His son was the Cross, but, in the wilderness temptation the devil tried to get Jesus to take the easy way. Satan also used one of Jesus’s own disciples to try to turn him away from the cross (Matthew 16:21-22). Imagine Peter rebuking Jesus, trying to tell him where he was wrong.
Only Satan could have thought of an attack this bold. Jesus knew who was behind it, because he told Peter, get behind me, Satan
(Matthew 16:23). Jesus was saying, get behind me Devil. I have to go to the cross. Peter, Satan is using you, one of my children, to stop me from doing my Father’s will.
If satan wasn’t afraid to try to turn Jesus away from God’s will in going to the cross, do you think he will leave us alone?
Of course not. As a matter of fact, Jesus went on to say in this same passage, if anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (Matthew 16:24).
Satan tried to get Jesus to focus on the suffering, of the cross and thus to avoid it. Our enemy will do the same to us. Let’s face it.
The cross does involve suffering. It’s an instrument of death. Bearing my cross means I am willing to identify publicly with Jesus Christ and accept anything that goes with that identification.
Taking up the cross, means I will bear the scars of being identified with Christ.
You say, but that can be hard. Only if you don’t see the resurrection that follows crucifixion. Ask any Olympic athlete if it’s hard preparing for the games. Ask him or her if there is any pain or suffering involved in four years of training. But then ask the winner of an Olympic gold medal how it feels to stand on that platform and receive that medal.
He or she will tell you all the pain and hardship was worth it. You and I are going to experience some tough times in following Christ. But when we step onto the winner’s stand and receive the crown from Jesus Christ, we will say, it was worth it. Don’t let satan deceive and distract you from accomplishing God’s will.