Souls Possessed with Evil Spirits

Your INVISIBLE Enemy = "His NAME is Destroyer!" "They will not recognize him (Satan) as their enemy, that old serpent, but they will consider him a friend, one who is doing a good work." 5 T 394

"Those who turn from the plain teaching of Scripture and the convicting power of God’s Holy Spirit are inviting the control of demons." The Desire of Ages, p. 258.2

James 5:15
  • Amplified Bible
    And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

"Some, I saw, had erred in praying for the sick to be healed before unbelievers. If any among us are sick, and call for the elders of the church to pray over them, according to James v, 14, 15, we should follow the example of Jesus. He put unbelievers out of the room, then healed the sick; so we should seek to be separated from the unbelief of those who have not faith, when we pray for the sick among us. Then I was pointed back to the time that Jesus took his disciples away alone, into an upper room, and first washed their feet, and then gave them to eat of the broken bread, to represent his broken body, and juice of the vine to represent his spilled blood. I saw that all should move understandingly, and follow the example of Jesus in these things, and when attending to these ordinances, should be as separate from unbelievers as possible." {The Present Truth,  November 1, 1850, (Vol. 1, #11)}

Father in Heaven, may Your "Holy" Spirit touch my mind as I read this website. Send Your "Holy" Spirit to open the words of truth to me that I may be victorious over the devil and his angels.  But most of all, help me to think, talk, and act like You in every aspect of my life. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Prayer is heaven's ordained means of success in the conflict with sin and
the development of Christian character. It's only possible to develop Christian character if we are possessed by Jesus and NOT possessed by the devil who is a evil spirit. We cannot be a TRUE Christian while possessed by the devil or his seducing spirits that TRY to seduce us to sin. We can hold onto Jesus and NOT sin, by abiding in Jesus CONSTANTLY!

The Gospel of the Kingdom !

     "When Christ sent out the twelve disciples on their first missionary tour, He bade them, "As ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is 
at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." Matthew 10:7-8.
     To the Seventy sent forth later He said: "Into whatsoever city ye enter, . . . heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come 
nigh unto you
." Luke 10:8, 9. The Presence and power of Christ was with them, "and the Seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name." Verse 17.

     After Christ's ascension the same work was continued. The scenes of His Own ministry 
were repeated.
 "Out of the cities round about" there came a multitude "unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: 
and they were healed every one." Acts 5:16.
     And the disciples "went forth, and preached (proclaimed the Glad Tidings) everywhere, the Lord working with them." "Philip went down to the city of Samaria,
and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake. . . . For unclean spirits . . . came out of many that 
were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city." Mark 16:20; Acts 8:5-8. 

     Luke, the writer of the Gospel that bears his name, was a medical missionary. In the Scriptures he is called "the beloved physician." Colossians 4:14. The apostle 
Paul heard of his skill as a physician, and sought him out as one to whom the Lord had entrusted a special work. He secured his co-operation, and for some time Luke accompanied him in his travels from place to place. After a time, Paul left Luke at Philippi, in Macedonia. Here he continued to labor for several years, both as a physician and as a teacher of the gospel (the Glad Tidings). In his work as a physician he ministered to the sickand then prayed for the healing power of God to rest upon the afflicted ones. Thus the way was opened for the gospel message. Luke's success as a physician gained for him many opportunities for preaching Christ among the heathen. 

It is the Divine plan that we shall work as the disciples worked. Physical healing is bound up with the gospel commission. In the work of the gospel, teaching and 
healing are never to be separated.

     "And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world (your town and neighborhood), and preach the Glad Tidings to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized (with the Holy Spirit - For ye must be born again . . . ref: John 3:3-7, and Titus 3:4-5), shall be saved ! . . . And these signs shall follow them that believe. In My name (authority and power) shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new languages; They shall take up (loose the hold of) serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; and they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover !"
Mark 16:15-20

Note:   We encourage you to take the time to look up the Hebrew and Greek definition of the gospel words of "Saved" and "Salvation."

     The work of the disciples was to spread a knowledge of the gospel (the Glad Tidings - ref: Luke 1:67-79). To them was committed the work of proclaiming to all the world the good news that Christ brought to men. That work they accomplished for the people of their time. To every nation (and denomination) under heaven the gospel was carried in a single generation. The giving of the gospel to the world is the work that God has committed to those who bear His name. For earth's sin and misery the gospel is the only antidote. To make known to all mankind the message of the grace of God is the first work of those who know its healing power.

Grace = (G5485, 5463), the Divine Influence upon the heart and It's reflection in the life, benefit, favour, gift

     When Christ sent forth the disciples with the gospel message, faith in God and His Word had well-nigh departed from the world. Among the Jewish people, who professed to have a knowledge of Jehovah, His Word had been set aside for tradition and human speculation. Selfish ambition, love of ostentation (vulgar display of wealth and success designed to impress) , greed of gain, absorbed men's thoughts. As reverence for God departed, so also departedcompassion toward men. Selfishness was the ruling principle, and Satan worked his will in the misery and degradation of mankind.

     Satanic agencies took possession of men. The bodies of human beings, made for the dwelling place of Godbecame the habitation of demons. The senses, the nerves, the organs of men were worked by supernatural agencies in the indulgence of the vilest lust. The very stamp of demons was impressed upon the countenances of men. Human faces reflected the expression of the legions of evil with which men were possessed.

     What is the condition in the world today? Is not faith in the Bible as effectually destroyed by the higher criticism and speculation of today as it was by tradition and rabbinism in the days of Christ? Have not greed and ambition and love of pleasure as strong a hold on men's hearts (a stronghold) now as they had then? 

     "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (fleshly, weak), but mighty* through God to the pulling down
of strongholds. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself (rises in opposition) against the knowledge (knowing) of God . . . for this is Life eternal, that they might know Thee, the Only True God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou has sent ! . . . . and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience
of Christ !"       II Corinthians 10:4-5, John 17:3

     In the professedly Christian world, even in the professed churches of Christ, how few are governed by Christian principlesIn business, social, domestic, even religious circles, how few make the teachings of Christ the rule of daily living. Is it not true that "justice standeth afar off: . . . equity cannot enter. . . and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey"? Isaiah 59:14, 15.
     We are living in the midst of an "epidemic of crime," at which thoughtful, God-fearing men everywhere stand aghast. The corruption that prevails, it is beyond the power of the human pen to describe. Every day brings fresh revelations of political strife, bribery, and fraud. Every day brings its heart-sickening record of violence and lawlessness, of indifference to human suffering, of brutal, fiendish destruction of human life. Every day testifies to the increase of insanity, murder, and suicide. Who can doubt that satanic agencies are at work among men with increasing activity to distract and corrupt the mind, and defile and destroy the body?
     And while the world is filled with these evils, the gospel is . . . . the power of God unto Salvation to every one that believeth ! . . . too often presented in so indifferent a manner as to make but little impression upon the consciences or the lives of men.       ref: Romans 1:16

     Everywhere there are hearts crying out for something which they have not. They long for a Power that will give them mastery over sin, a Power that will deliver them from the bondage of evil, a Power that will give health and life and Peace. Many who once knew the power of God's Word have dwelt where there is no recognition of God, and they long for 
the Divine presence.

     The world needs today what it needed nineteen hundred years ago--a revelation of Christ. A great work of reform is demanded, and it is only through the Grace (Divine Influence) of Christ that the work of restoration, physical, mental, and spiritual, can be accomplished.  
- Ministry of Healing p.139-143

     "Our condition through sin is unnatural, and the power that restores us must be supernatural, else it has no value. There is but One Power that can break the hold of evil from the hearts of men, and that is the power of God in Jesus Christ. Only through the blood of the Crucified One is there cleansing from sin. His Grace alone can enable us to resist and subdue the tendencies of our fallen nature !" - Ministry of Healing p.428

Deuteronomy 9:5 It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the LORD your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Ezekiel 36:25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.
Matthew 3:11 "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
John 3:5 Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.
Romans 11:14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Ephesians 2:4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
Ephesians 2:9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 5:26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
2 Timothy 1:9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
Hebrews 10:22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1 Peter 3:21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also--not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Jesus suffered for us all his life. We know from Scripture that he suffered extreme hunger while spending 40 days in the desert. How many days have you ever fasted? Maybe one or two? He fasted for almost 7 weeks. He was tempted by Satan to make bread out of stones. Yet He refused, for He would not obey the evil one. He did not want to be tempted by appetite. He never performed a miracle to satisfy or please Himself, but only to serve others.

Once the Jewish leaders asked Him for a sign, a sign proving that He was the Messiah. Jesus refused. He could have asked them what kind of sign they wanted. He could have said, “What do you want me to do and I will do it?” This would have been again presumption giving Jesus an occasion to show off His divine power available to Him by the Holy Spirit of His Father. Jesus had said, “By Myself I can do nothing” (John 5:30). He only lived to please and obey his Father, not Himself. Let us not forget, however, that He came to heal the sick, feed the hungry, cast out devils, and did everything only to glorify His Father, not Himself. He told his disciples to do the same and they did.

In Mark 16:17, Jesus said, And these signs SHALL follow them that BELIEVE; In my name SHALL they cast OUT demons; they SHALL speak with new tongues;

The new tongues does not necessarily mean that you will speak some foreign language, but that you will speak the words of God and His Son Jesus instead of your own words. You will rest from your work to do their work. IT IS a new language - the language of Heaven, the Kingdom of God. 

Believe that you are His - I was praying this morning to God in the name of His Son, that I wanted to be His follower, His child, His lamb so bad, to help me be His...The words came clearly into my mind, "Believe that you are." It warmed my heart exceedingly. Believing, trusting in God, having FAITH that we ARE His little lambs, and that He is our Shepard, our Master, our Redeemer. My prayer for you and myself is that we will understand and have the LIVING FAITH OF JESUS each moment of every day. The word of the Lord has commanded us to be anxious for nothing. ... Without faith it's impossible to please God so if you want to please Him, learn to think by faith ... Have a worry-free and blessed day as you put your trust in Him today. 

Faith must dwell in the head, the heart, and the hand! Intellectual acceptance of the truth is not sufficient; willing obedience is necessary (Joh 14:15; Gal 5:6). 

 Do Not Be Anxious About Anything Bible Verse

Philippians Chapter 4 verse 6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (niv)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God(esv)

The reward of not worrying

When you let go of your worries and let God, you’ll have peace of God

Philippians 4:7

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus(esv)

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus(niv)

Keep in mind that anxiety as it is will add to any problem no matter how small or big they are.

Please let go of all worries and keep your focus on God. Make Him the final solution to all your problems by faith.

Remember the just shall live by faith. Habakkuk 2:4 "Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith." (NKJ) 

Without faith it’s impossible to please God so if you want to please Him, learn to think by faith and let go of all worries that easily beset you.

No matter how big or small the problem is, talk to God about it He will answer you by faith.

Jesus has said, Will He find FAITH when he returns? "Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" —Luke 18:8 This IS our main task - the free gift - only believe! Of course, faith without works is dead, and works without faith is dead, they go hand in hand, but do we have faith the size of a grain of mustard seed? So that we can remove mountains? He told them, "Because of your lack of faith. I tell you with certainty, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you." --Matthew 17:20. 

More examples of FAITH: Notice the person being healed had to "do" something "work" (Faith without works is dead) before they were healed. 

Nahum had to dip in the river 7 times to obey before he was healed of his leprosy. 

Matthew 8:26 "He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm."

Matthew 21:21 "Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done."

Mark 9:23 "'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes."

Mark 11:22 "Have faith in God," Jesus answered."

Mark 11:23 "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him."

Luke 17:6 "He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you."

John 11:40 "Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"

1 Corinthians 13:2 "If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and 
all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing."

What did Jesus say about Faith?

Matthew 17:20 "And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you."

Matthew 21:21 "And Jesus answered and said to them, "Truly I say to you, if you have faith, and do not doubt, you shall not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it shall happen."

Mark 10:52 "And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road." 

Encouraging Bible Verses About Faith- What Scriptures say Faith is

Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hope is "positive anticipation". Faith is trusting in God.

1 Peter 1:21 "who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God." Hope is "positive anticipation". Faith is trusting in God.

Faith demonstrated by Action

1 Thessalonians 1:3 "constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,"

Share Your Faith with Others

Philemon 1:6- NIV "I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ."

1 Thessalonians 3:2 "and we sent Timothy, our brother and God's fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith," 

Colossians 1:5 "because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel,"

1 Peter 1:5 "Who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." We ARE living in the last days, are we not?

Scriptures about faith teach us to hold our Faith in Jesus Christ in hope for eternal life. The scriptures also tell us to put our Faith in action and to share faith with others. I pray these Bible verses on faith found you at a time you needed them. 

Habakkuk 2:4 is one of the greatest declarations of faith to be found in all the Bible. It presents a contrast between those who are arrogantly rebellious, and those who are humbly submissive. It reveals the striking difference between the proud and the just man. The future belongs to the righteous, while the wicked have no future. Wickedness carries with it the seeds of its own destruction (Psa 10:4; Pro 16:18). Pride, tyranny and evil cannot last, but the righteous shall live by faith (Hab 2:4). 

In this immediate context, the pride of the Chaldeans would be their downfall, while the faithfulness of the righteous will be his salvation. Habakkuk says the Babylonians are self-centered and therefore doomed; the righteous are God-centered and therefore triumphant (Dan 4:30-32; Pro 3:5-6). 

In other words, the righteous man trusts, not in himself, but in God. His faith is directed upward, not inward! 

Herein is faith -- the ability to accept as reality what one cannot fully understand. The one who trusts in God is not troubled by the enigmas of life. 

He knows that God does all things right and all things well. Running the universe is God's business, but the righteous man has a daily task to fulfill, and he will live by his faithfulness. He will trust and obey, even if he does not comprehend all of God's ways. 

The Revell Bible Dictionary defines faith as "belief, confidence, trust, reliance. In the Bible, religious faith is a life-shaping attitude toward God. The person with faith considers God's revelation of himself and of truth to be certain and sure. The person with faith then responds to God with trust, love, and obedience." 

"Biblical faith, then, has two aspects: on God's part there is an act of revelation that calls for a response; on man's part there is a response of faith that evaluates God's revelation as trustworthy and responds wholeheartedly to the Lord." 1 

Acceptable service to God has always been based on active, obedient faith. Those who please God follow his instructions, regardless of their own understandings. How could Noah spend 120 years building the ark? What motivated Abraham to leave his homeland? How could he willingly take Isaac and offer him in sacrifice to God? What about Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and Joshua? Consider also Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets. What characteristic did all these individuals have in common? Faith! They were willing to trust and obey God! 

This passage is quoted three times in the New Testament. I believe each occurrence has a slightly different emphasis. Today's lesson will focus on the context of each of these passages (Rom 1:17; Gal 3:11; Heb 10:38). 

A. Romans Stresses "The Just"
Rom 1:16-17 ... 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith." (NKJ) 

Romans accentuates the idea of righteousness (Rom 1:16-17). The just shall live by faith. The Bible reveals the righteous character of God, and the conditions on which man can be judged righteous by God. In order to be accepted, we must pattern our lives according to the righteous picture of God that is revealed on the pages of Scripture (2 Cor 3:18). By pursuing God's righteousness, we can develop personal integrity, virtue and purity of life (Rom 6:11-18). 

It is significant that Romans 1:17 contains two nearly identical Greek words that stress idea of righteousness and just conduct. Thayer defines the Greek word DIKAIOSUNE #1343, translated "the righteousness of God," as "1) in a broad sense: state of him who is as he ought to be, righteousness, the condition acceptable to God; a) the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of God; b) integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking, feeling, and acting; 2) in a narrower sense, justice or the virtue which gives each his due." 2 Thayer defines the Greek word DIKAIOS #1342, translated "the just shall live by faith," as "righteous, observing divine laws; a) in a wide sense, upright, righteous, virtuous, keeping the commands of God; 1) used of those who seem to themselves to be righteous, who pride themselves to be righteous, who pride themselves in their virtues, whether real or imagined; 2) innocent, faultless, guiltless; 3) used of him whose way of thinking, feeling, and acting is wholly conformed to the will of God, and who therefore needs no rectification in the heart or life; 4) approved by or acceptable by God; b) in a narrower sense, rendering to each his due and that in a judicial sense, passing just judgment on others, whether expressed in words or shown by the manner of dealing with them." 3 Both terms have application to the Christian who seeks divine acceptance! 

B. Hebrews Stresses "Shall Live"
Heb 10:36-39 ... 36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: 37 "For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him." 39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. (NKJ) 

Hebrews accentuates the idea that faith is for the long haul (Heb 10:36-39). The just shall live by faith. Faith is not a singular event, confined to a distinct point in time and space; rather, it is a way of living. Those who have good and honest hearts bear fruit with patience (Luk 8:15). Eternal life belongs to those who patiently continue in doing good (Rom 2:7). We must run the race with patient endurance (Heb 12:1-2). 

C. Galatians Stresses "By Faith"
Gal 3:10-14 ... 10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them." 11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "the just shall live by faith." 12 Yet the law is not of faith, but "the man who does them shall live by them." 13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (NKJ) 

Galatians accentuates the idea of trusting in God rather than trusting in self. The just shall live by faith. For a person to reach heaven based on their own doing, they must never commit a single sin. However, no one -- save Jesus -- can approach God on this basis. Therefore, we must trust in God and in Christ rather than in self. 

In the books of Romans and Galatians, Paul declares that justification by faith is the antithesis of justification by law. The Pharisees, blinded to their faults, viewed themselves as perfect models of obedience. They foolishly trusted in themselves rather than in God (Luk 18:9-14). 

Let us realize an important idea: Salvation by grace and salvation by meritorious works are mutually exclusive concepts. Salvation gained in this way would not be of grace, but of debt. If we perfectly kept God's will, we would deserve heaven. We could stand before God and demand salvation because we had earned it. However, this was not Abraham's approach (Rom 4:1-8). The ancient patriarch made his share of mistakes (Gen 12:11-20; 20:1-18). Nevertheless he believed God, and this was counted to him for righteousness (Gen 15:6). When Abraham learned his duty, he responded in faithful obedience (Jam 2:21-24). As a result, the Lord put down to his account that he was righteous. 

Ephesians 2:9 says that man's salvation is "not of works lest any man should boast." In what works might man glory or boast? Perfect works! This is the only way a person could merit salvation. We earn many things: high school diplomas, college degrees, job recognition, a weekly paycheck, etc. However, do we earn salvation? If a person seeks heaven on this basis, his conduct must be flawless. He must never make even a single mistake (Rom 10:5). Once he sins, he stands condemned. At that point, there is nothing he can do, in and of himself, to remove his guilt (Gal 3:10-14). 

We must never take the attitude that "God owes me something because I'm so good." To do so is to ignore the universal problem of sin. The sad fact is that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). If a sinner is to be saved, it will be by God's grace. Man's search for grace is an admission of sin, a confession that his works have not been perfect (Eph 2:9; Tit 3:5; 2Tim 1:9). 

Luther, overreacting to the errors of his day, advocated justification by faith only. However, this idea was supported neither by the prophet Habakkuk or the apostle Paul. Salvation is made possible when man responds in faithful obedience to God's grace (Eph 2:8-10). Grace speaks of everything that God has done, while faith includes all that is required of us. The Bible clearly states that we must obey God if we are to receive His blessings (Act 10:34-35; Rom 6:17-18; Heb 5:8-9). 

The faith of the head is the faith that is dead;
The faith of the heart is better in part;
But the faith of the hand is the faith that will stand,
For the faith that will do must include the first two.

This anonymously written poem communicates an important truth: Faith must dwell in the head, the heart, and the hand! Intellectual acceptance of the truth is not sufficient; willing obedience is necessary (Joh 14:15; Gal 5:6). 

Therefore, will you not obey the gospel while there is time and opportunity? 

Luke 9:1: "Then he called his twelve disciples together, and GAVE THEM power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases." As a true disciple of the true Jesus Christ, you have this power and authority too!!!

Mark 13:34 "For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, AND to every man HIS WORK, and commanded the porter to watch."

Only he who receives the Scriptures as the voice of God speaking to himself is a true learner. He trembles at the Word; for to him it is a living reality. {COL 59.2}

By the light of the brightly shining lamp, (the bible) we can see the events of our past experience distinctly; while future events may not be seen in their order so clearly.

"For the Word that God speaks is ALIVE and full of POWER [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the [a]breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 Amplified Bible (AMP)  

We will teach you how to use the Bible to obey Mark 16:17. (You must put into practice what the Bible tells you to do before GOD can give you his power and authority through His Son.)

Here is the quickest way to get started:

1.) Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work. Let your prayer be, "Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee." This is a daily matter. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. Surrender all your plans to Him, to be carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate. Thus day by day you may be giving your life into the hands of God, and thus your life will be molded more and more after the life of Christ. Click here to read more about this topic.

2.) Click here to Start learning the TRUTH about GOD and His Son. Don't ask your preacher or any person, ask GOD HIMSELF to teach you! Claim Jeremiah 33:3 every morning: "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and I will shew thee great and hidden things, which thou knowest not." "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." Proverbs 9:10

3.) Read your BIBLE! It is not some dusty old book that's boring! When you know in your mind that every single word in it is ALIVE with promises from GOD Himself to you - it is GOD speaking to you, you will open and read it with a completely different mindset. Be sure to ask GOD to send His Holy Spirit to guide your mind, as you read, into all truth.

Pray this prayer morning, noon and night (Download a 1 page printable PDF copy here): "Dear Heavenly Daddy, the GOD & Father of Jesus, "Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee."

lease forgive me for all of my sins; and any and all sins that are upon me from past generations and other relationships that have hurt me spiritually. Please heal my body and mind from all diseases that have come upon me because of my sins and because I have not obeyed (some unknowingly) the laws of health according to YOUR WORD. Please help me to know what to eat, drink, think and do. Please remove all evil spirits in my mind and body, in the NAME of JESUS CHRIST.

Please baptize me with your "Holy" Spirit. Please fill my body & MIND with unlimited amounts of your "HOLY" Spirit. Please put a hedge of protection about me and my household. As I read the "Holy" Bible that is
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart."  Hebrews 4:12 (AMP), help me to put into practice immediately the things that I read so that I can be sanctified and help others to learn of you and your messages sent to us through Jesus and your angels.

Please touch a live coal from off the alter in Heaven to my lips so that I will only speak and think those things that are pleasing to you. Help my tone of voice and my facial expressions to be a representative of you. I want to claim especially for me and my family your promise found in John 14:23 (KJV) where Jesus said, "If a man love me,
he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and WE will come unto him, and make OUR abode (abode, 
home, special dwelling place) with him." 

Please come into me, my body, my mind and FILL the spot vacated in my mind and body by the evil spirits with your "Holy" Spirit. (Jesus and GOD His Father). I believe that 
Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that you, GOD, raised Jesus from the dead. I believe you sent your Son from Heaven to become a baby in Bethlehem. I believe Jesus died for my sins and I want to "die" to self and understand that like your Son Jesus, I can do nothing of myself. Help me to learn I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengtheneth me.

Please create a clean mind and renew a right spirit within me. Make me a house for your indwelling presence. Help me not to defile my body in any way shape or form. Help me to realize that my body is not my own, but belongs to Jesus, your Son. Help me to abide in Jesus moment by moment. I am a willing vessel, house, home for Jesus Christ. All these things I ask in the name of your dear Son, JESUS CHRIST who is our ONLY mediator between God and man."  I now believe you HAVE DONE THIS ALREADY and it is so before I say, AMEN.

Download a 1 page printable PDF of the above prayer (CLICK HERE) so you can tape one in your car, before you drive, on your bathroom mirror, and on your desk, your frig, to remind you to pray it. It is meant only as a guide. You can add your personalization to it as God leads you.

The Word of Life & Power !
     "And when He (Jesus, Yehushua) was come into the temple . . . . know ye not that ye are
the temple of God . . . the chief priests and elders of the people came unto Him as He was teaching. and said,
By what authority doest Thou these things? And who gave Thee this authority ?" Matthew 21:23 & ref: I Corinthians 3:16
For Jesus had "went into the temple of God, and began to cast out all . . . !"     Mark 11:15, Matthew 21:12
     "And they were astonished at His doctrine (teaching), for His Word was with power . . . for He spake, and it was done, He commanded, and it stood fast . . . . And in the synagogue (tabernacle, local temple) there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean (lewd) devil, which cried out with a loud voice, saying . . . ref: Psalm 33:6-9
     Let us alone; what have we to do with Thee, Thou Jesus of Nazareth ? art Thou come to destroy us? I know Thee Who Thou artthe Holy One of GOD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) ! And Jesus (Yehushua - Yehuwah's Salvation) rebuked him (the devil), saying, Hold thy peace (be quiet), and come out of him (My temple) . . . !
      And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a Word is this! for with authority and power He commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out !  And the fame of Him went out into every place of the country round about !"     Luke 4:31-37
     "Now, when He had ended all His sayings in the audience of the people, He entered into Capernaum. And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear to him, was sick, and ready to die. And when he heard of Jesus (Yehushua), he sent unto Him the elders of the Jews, beseeching Him that He would come and heal his servant.
     And when they came to Jesus, they besought Him instantly (immediately), saying, That he (the centurion) was worthy for whom He should do this . . . . Then Jesus went with them. And when He was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying unto Him, Lord (Adoni - Sovereign), trouble not Thyself, for I am not worthy that Thou shouldest enter under my roof !
     Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto Thee . . . But speak the Word only, and my servant shall be healed !
For I am a man under authorityalso having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Comehere,
and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it !
     And when Jesus (Yehushua) heard these things, He marvelled, and turned around, and said to the people that followed Him,
. . . Verily, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel . . . . And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; And as
thou hast believedSo be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour !"
Luke 7:1-10 & Matthew 8:5-13
     "And straightway on the Sabbath day (Exodus 20:4-8), He entered into the synagogue, and taught. And they were astonished
at His doctrine (teaching): for He taught them as One that had authority, and not as the scribes ! . . . . And they were all amazed, insomuch
that they questioned among themselves, saying,
What thing is this?  What new doctrine (teaching) is this?
For with authority commandeth He even the unclean spirits, and they do obey Him !"     Mark 1:21-28
     "And it came to pass, when Yehushua (Jesus) had ended these sayings, the people were astonished
at His doctrine (teachings) . . . For He taught them as One having authority, and not as the scribes !"     Matthew 7:28-29
authority = (G1849), privilege, freedom, force, power, delegated influence, jurisdiction, liberty, strength and right !
     "And they come again to Jerusalem: and as He was walking in the temple . . . . For ye are the temple of the Living God; as God hath said,
I will dwell in them, and walk in them . . . . there come to Him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders, and say unto Him,
ref: II Corinthians 6:16
     By what authority doest Thou these things? . . . . the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed,
and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up . . . the devils are cast out . . . and the poor have the Glad Tidings preached unto them ! . . .
And who gave Thee this authority to do these things ?"                                           Mark 11:27-28 & Matthew 11:4-6 & Mark 1:32-39
Who gave Thee this authority . . . ?
Note:    Will not this very same question be asked of GOD's children and servants living now, in these last days ?
And what will our answer be ?     As the LORD (Yehuwah) brought this question before my mind this week, He reminded me also
that before we called He will answer, and while we were yet speaking He will hear . . . !
Dominion given to the Son of God ?
Genesis 1:26-28 -
     "And God (Elohim) said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness:
and let them (male and female) have dominion over . . . all the earth. So God created man in His image,
in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. And God Blessed them (ref: Galatians 3:14), and
God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply . . . and have dominion !"     Genesis 1:26-28
So how did Adam, the first prince of this world lose the dominion (power and authority) which was given him
by our Father in heaven ?
"And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; but the last Adam (Christ Jesus) a Quickening (life-giving) Spirit!"
I Corinthians 15:45
"And Jesus (Yehushua) Himself began to be about thirty years of age, being as (as was supposed) the Son of Joseph . . . which was the Son
of David . . . which was the Son of Abraham . . . which was the Son of Noah . . . which was the Son of Adam, which was the son of GOD !"
Luke 3:23-38
"For the Word (Life giving Spirit) was made flesh, and dwelt among us !"   John 1:14
The first man Adam lost dominion when he yielded himself as a servant to obey Satan, that old serpent, the devil.
"Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey; his servants (slaves) ye are to whom ye obey . . . !"   Romans 6:16
Adam in the garden, lost that dominion as the prince of this world, when he, through lack of faith (trust) in God's Word,
listened to the lies of the devil. For did not the serpent tell Adam and Eve, "if you obey me, and eat of this tree, then ye shall be as (like) gods !"
Had not the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) already assured them, that they were verily made in His Own image and His likeness ?
O that Adam might have listened and believed !
     "But now we see Jesus (Yehushua), Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death,
Crowned with glory and honour; that He by the Grace (Divine Influence - Spirit) of GOD should taste death for every man !"   Hebrews 2:9
As Adam was tempted by Satan in the perfect beauty of Eden, so Jesus was tempted, but in a dry and wasted desert. As Adam was
tempted while still in his sinless perfection, so Christ endured every temptation, but while in the likeness of sinful flesh. ref: Romans 8:3-4
and Romans 5:12-21
"For as by one man's offence death reigned by one (Adam); how much more shall they which receive by faith abundance of Grace(the
Divine Influence - Spirit) and of the gift of Righteousnessshall Reign in Life by One, Jesus Christ !"
Romans 5:17
     "For the Son of man is as a Man taking a far journey . . . I go to prepare a place for you . . . Who left His house,
and gave authority to His servants, and to every man his work . . . !"     Mark 13:34 and ref: John 14:3
     "And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He (Jesus) gave them power against unclean spirits, to
cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease. . . . And He said, As ye go, preach (proclaim) saying,
The Kingdom (Sovereign, Reign, King) of heaven is at hand !   Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils(evict them) !
freely ye have received, freely give in return !"     Matthew 10:1-8
     "Then He called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power* and authority* (jurisdiction, dominion) over all devils,
and to cure disease. And He sent them to preach (proclaim) the Kingdom (Sovereign Reign) of Godand to heal the sick !"   Luke 9:1-2
     "After these things the Lord (Sovereign, King) appointed seventy also, and sent them two and two before His Face (appearance) into
every city whither He Himself would come. Therefore said He unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: Pray ye therefore
the LORD of the harvest, that He would send forth more labourers into His harvest !"   Luke 10:1-2 ref: Matthew 13:37-43 & Daniel 12:1-3
     "And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord (Sovereign King), even the devils are subject unto us through Thy Name !
and He said unto themI beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven (why are you so surprised, It was I Who cast him out) !Behold, I give unto you
power to tread on serpents and scorpions (ref: Acts 28:1-9), and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you !"
Luke 10:17-19
     "And He said unto them, Go ye therefore into all the world, and proclaim the Glad Tidings to every creature.
he that believeth and is baptized (with the Spirit, born again, ref: Titus 3:5, and Luke 3:16) shall be saved (delivered, set free, rescued, healed and restored whole) !
But he that believeth not, shall be damned (condemned) . . . For this is the condemnation, that Light (the revelation of the character of GOD) is come
into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil . . . .   ref: John 3:19 & II Corinthians 4:3-6.
     And these signs shall follow them that believeIn My name (Jesus Christ, Yehushua ha Moshiac) shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues (languages); they shall take up* (loose the hold of) serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; and they shall lay hands on
the sick, and they shall recover !"     Mark 16:15-20
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God . . . That we should shew forth the praises of Him Who hath called you
out of the darkness and into His marvellous Light !"     I John 3:2 & I Peter 2:9

Are you willing to be Tortured for Christ? This means verbally and literally and may come from who you least expect it. Like your family, your church, your "friends". You want to be so good an example, that they will want what you have...even if it means losing your life. Because if you lose your life for standing up for Christ, then you will find it. But if you save your life not to endure persecution (people making fun of you because you are obeying Jesus or worse physically hurting you) then you will lose eternal life. Luke 17:33, Matthew 16:25, Mark 8:35, Luke 9:24.

Colossians 3:17 King James Version (KJV) 17 "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the NAME of the Lord Jesusgiving thanks to God and the Father by him."

#1 - First, priority. You MUST KNOW the ONLY TRUE GOD and JESUS CHRIST, whom the only true, wise, immortal, invisible, eternal true GOD has sent us. You have to TRULY KNOW the SOURCE of your power and ability to perform miracles IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. To us, it is a miracle to be able to heal the sick or cast out demons in Jesus NAME. But to GOD, it is NOT a miracle.

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true Godand Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." John 17:3

"Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen." 1 Timothy 1:17. "But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him." 1 Corinthians 8:6 

"He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath 
BOTH the Father and the Son." 2 John 1:9 

 "Great peace have they who love your law: and NOTHING shall offend them."  Psalm 119:165 Or in other words those who love God's instructions have great peace and do not stumble
Jeremiah 32:27 "I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?

The Lord’s claims extend to our words and actions. Even the thoughts must be brought into captivity to Christ. Then the whole life is a witness for the right. God’s true servants subordinate every act to the universal law of obedience. “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” is the inquiry of the soul. They keep their eyes directed heavenward, that they may be approved of God, workmen that need not to be ashamed. They maintain a watching, praying attitude. They remember the words, “Ye are not your own; for ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Thus Enoch walked with God, constantly realizing his accountability.

Example of Jesus:

Luke 17:17-19: Ten Lepers who were healed by their FAITH and only 1 gave thanks to Jesus and God the Father by Jesus (Jesus mediates, or translates our feeble words to Heavenly language for God:

17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Your BODY is either a HOUSE for the devil and his angels OR for Jesus and GOD and His angels, NOT a house for BOTH warring factions at the same time. Some people have a "rebellious house" and others have an "obedient house". You are either a "spirit" house for good or evil spirits. You, moment by moment are either a HOUSE for GOD or the Devil. Enemies CANNOT live in the same house, you belong either to Christ or the Devil, not both. You have either the MIND of Satan or the MIND of GOD sent to us through His Son JESUS CHRIST.

John 8:11 "She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more."

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.” 1 John 3:8

Whosoever is born of God doth NOT commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he IS born of God.” (1 John 3:9)

"But God does NOT live in the sinner. The Word declares that He abides ONLY in the hearts of those who love Him and do righteousness. God does not abide in the heart of the sinner; it is the enemy who abides there." Sermons and Talks, Vol. 1 Manuscript 46, 1904, MR 900, p 343.

"In order to let Jesus into our hearts, we must stop sinning". Signs of the Times, Mar 3, 1898

While good works will not save even one soul, yet it is impossible for even one soul to be saved without good works". Selected Messages, bk. 1, p. 377

Christ Came to "Take Away" the "Inclination to Sin":

Our family is reading through the Youth Instructor articles for evening worship. Several nights ago, we read an article containing the following quote:

"But Christ did not forget John. In the lonely prison he manifested himself to him, showing him that erelong he himself was to suffer a most shameful, ignominious death. Not only that, but he was to bear the penalty of the transgression of the law of God, not to give men liberty to continue in sin, but to take away their inclination to sin, that they might not desire to transgress. Those who receive Christ are obedient to his commands; for his MIND is given to them. He imbues them with his spirit of obedience, and they return to their loyalty." {YI, April 6, 1899 par. 3}

What a wonderful quote! Don't you want that experience where you have no desire to sin, no inclination to sin? Jesus wants to give us a new heart, that will not be inclined to sin, infact, we can have the same experience that Jesus had -
"Amid impurity, Christ maintained His purity. Satan could not stain or corrupt it. His character revealed a perfect hatred for sin. It was His holiness that stirred against Him all the passion of a profligate world; for by His perfect life He threw upon the world a perpetual reproach, and made manifest the contrast between transgression and the pure, spotless righteousness of One that knew no sin." 5BC-1142.

If we have a "perfect hatred" for sin, how can we at the same time desire sin or be inclined to sin? I believe that is impossible! Think of something, anything, that you hate with a "perfect hatred". Is there any part of you that is inclined that direction? Of course not...and that is how it must be for ALL sin.

God is reconciling you back to himself through his ONLY begotten Son Jesus Christ. Satan is at war with God and wants to keep you enslaved to him. God wants you to be free in Him. The TRUTH as it is in Jesus shall set you FREE. Jesus speaks the Words of His Father, not his own words. Jesus obediently gives us the message His Father & GOD sent Him to give us, it's found in the BIBLE.

  • Matthew 9:5 "For whether is easierto sayThy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?" Matthew 9:4-6 (in Context) Matthew 9 (Whole Chapter)
  • Mark 2:9 "Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?" Mark 2:8-10 (in Context) Mark 2 (Whole Chapter)
  • Luke 5:23 "Whether is easierto sayThy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?" Luke 5:22-24 (in Context) Luke 5 (Whole Chapter)
  • Luke 9:55 "But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of." 

    Verses that show our body is a "HOUSE" either for clean (good) or unclean (bad) SPIRITS:
    1. Luke 11:24 (KJV) "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my HOUSE whence I came out."

    2. 1 Corinthians 6:19 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"

      "Or are you not conscious that your body is a house for the Holy Spirit which is in you, and which has been given to you by God? and you are not the owners of yourselves;- Darby Bible 1Cor 6:19

      1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. This makes clear how terrible is the sin of defiling the body by licentiousness. It is desecrating God's temple. As the Shekinah dwelt in the temple of Israel, so the Holy Spirit in Christ's temple, which we are. Ye are not your own. But members of Christ, and hence have not the right to use our bodies to our own pleasure.- People's Bible

    3. Ezekiel 17:12 "Say now to the rebellious house..." 

      Luke 17•11-16
      As Jesus passed through a certain village, ten lepers waited to meet Him. They had heard He might come that way and hoped that He might heal them. Because they were lepers, they were not allowed to stand near the road. From a distance they called out.

      “Jesus! Teacher! Have mercy on us!”They wore hoods over their heads and scarves across their faces. This was so no one would have to look at the awful sores which made them lepers. They begged Jesus to heal them.

      Jesus pointed back to the town.

      “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” This was another way of telling the lepers they were healed! Only people who had been healed were supposed to go to the priests.

      The men did as Jesus told them. As they walked toward the temple to see the priests, they felt a strange thing happening. Blood tingled through their arms and legs and strange warmth went up and down their backs. One man pulled his sleeve up and saw the skin growing back healthy.

      He shouted. “Praise God! Praise the Lord God Almighty! I’ve been healed! I’m all better!”
      Then he turned around. As fast as he could, he ran straight back to where Jesus was preaching. He fell at Jesus’ feet and grabbed hold of them.

      “Thank You, oh thank You!” He said.

      Jesus looked at the man who was singing out his thanks to God
      He said. “But weren’t there ten who were healed, where are the other nine?” Then Jesus told him. “You can go now, your faith has saved you and made you better.”

      Why did only one man return? It could be that the other nine did not come back and say thank you for the same reasons people do not thank God today.
    IF My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face AND turn from their wicked ways, THEN will I hear from Heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14

    Know this - EVERYONE that SINS has demons, ESPECIALLY "PROFESSED CHRISTIANS". There is no Scripture that says this. It is just a matter of FACT. There is no Scripture that says you do NOT have demons. Jesus said the demons are living INSIDE of you, not OUTSIDE. Jesus also said the demons call your body their house . Do you live OUTSIDE of your house? Neither do your demons!

    On this page you will learn how to effectively win the battle over the devil and his angels. On this page we list the names of various evil spirits mentioned in the Bible. --more names will be added as we study....this helps us to start recognizing certain "behaviors" in us or others and lets us know how to address the situation, in the NAME of Jesus Christ to the Glory of our God and Father of ALL creatures.


    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."

    This means that we are always wrestling with the demons.

    DEMONS - WHAT ARE THEY? Demons are NOT human. They are invisible and sometimes visible evil spirits (sometimes) in the form of a human with various sizes and shapes. They appear as men or women or even children and even sit beside you IN CHURCH! "Beware, for some have entertained angels UNAWARES"....this could be evil angels as well.

    We do know that the demons have rankings (like the military). Again in Colossians 1:16 "...things seen and things unseen, whether THRONES - DOMINIONS - RULERS - AUTHORITIES

    King James version calls them "VISIBLE and INVISIBLE, whether THRONES - DOMINIONS - PRINCIPALITIES - POWERS

    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." KJV

    Ephesians 6:12 "For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the DESPOTISMS, against the POWERS, against [the master spirits who are] the world RULERS of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere." AMPLIFIED

    The above scriptures destroy any notion that there are NO demons.

    DEMONS - WHAT THEY ARE NOT -- Demons are the "fallen angels", 

    II Peter 2:4 "For God did not [even] spare ANGELS that sinned, but CAST THEM INTO HELL (hell = does not happen UNTIL after Jesus comes and returns to this earth the THIRD time WITH THE SAINTS, when all the wicked inspired by the devil and his angels try to take the CITY OF GOD that has come down from Heaven - then God rains down FIRE AND BRIMSTONE and DESTROYS THEM COMPLETELY into ASHES=they are ASHES under the feet of the Saints in the earth made new), delivering them to be KEPT THERE in pits of gloom TILL THE JUDGMENT and their doom."

    Jude 1:6 "And ANGELS who did not keep (care for, guard, and hold to) their own first place of power but abandoned their proper dwelling place--THESE He has reserved IN CUSTODY IN ETERNAL CHAINS (bonds) under the thick gloom of utter darkness UNTIL THE JUDGMENT and doom of the great day."

     DEMONS - WHAT THEY DO -- Their job is to CONTROL you, to DEFILE you, to HARASS you, to TORMENT you, and to DRIVE you to DO, SAY, THINK, and FEEL things you wish you could eliminate from your life.


    Mark 7:21 - 23

    21) For from WITHIN, [that is] out of the hearts of men, come base and wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, stealing, murder, adultery,

    22) Coveting (a greedy desire to have more wealth), dangerous and destructive wickedness, deceit; unrestrained (indecent) conduct; and evil eye (envy), slander (evil speaking, malicious misrepresentation, abusiveness), pride (the sin of an uplifted heart against God and man), foolishness (folly, lack of sense, recklessness, thoughtlessness).

    23) All these evil [purposes and desires] come from WITHIN, and they make the man unclean and render him unhallowed.

    This is why in Mark 16:17 Jesus said to cast demons OUT.

    Jesus commanded ALL Believers to CAST OUT demons (Mark 16:17) (Mathew 10:8). Jesus did not say to go to someone else to have your demons CAST OUT. Nor did Jesus say to CAST OUT everyone else's demons and leave yours IN.

    Mathew 7:5 - Jesus speaking - Thou hypocrite, first CAST OUT the beam [demon] out of thine own eye; [SELF DELIVERANCE-in the name of Jesus, for we like Jesus can do nothing of ourselves] and then shalt thou see clearly to CAST OUT the mote [demon] out of thy brother's eye.

    Luke 11:24 - When the unclean spirit (demon) is gone OUT of a man, he (demon) walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto MY HOUSE (YOU) whence I came OUT.

    Luke 11:25 - And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished (you are not doing self Deliverance and not obeying the Words of Jesus Christ and obeying the Ten Commandments).

    Luke 11:26 - Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits (demons) more wicked than himself; and they enter IN, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.

    This is why every Believer needs to do OBEY GOD's TEN COMMANDMENTS and covenants.

    1 John 5:19 "We know we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the [power of the] wicked one"

    When you are Born Again as a Christian/Believer/True Worshiper, JESUS IS the Holy Spirit, with God in Jesus comes to abide in your SPIRIT house=your BODY. Demons CANNOT get INTO your Spirit house or your body if Jesus and GOD are living inside your body=spirit house.

    You are a "living" being =  BODY + BREATH=Spirit = SOUL. That's all there is to it. A body plus the breath of life and we no longer have a body and a breath but we have a combination known as a "soul." That's the first and general definition in the Bible (Gen 2:7) concerning a soul. We are souls. I'm a soul. You're a soul. A living, walking, talking, living human being is a soul. . Your SOUL is your MIND, WILL and EMOTIONS.

    BODY - Christians can have a sickness/disease just like the unSaved. That's caused by demons (if not caused by other factors). Jesus GAVE His DISCIPLES (Those who are spirit filled=Jesus) , "and gave them power and authority over all devils, AND to cure diseases." Luke 9:1

    SOUL/SPIRIT - Do you have a bad temper? That's a demon. Is there mental illness in your family background? That is a demon. Do you have trouble serving God? That's a demon. Do you have problems with bad thoughts? That is a demon(s) in your mind, will or emotions. - Demons cannot get into your SPIRIT or mind if CHRIST abides there, but, the demons surround your SPIRIT HOUSE like a glass jar surrounds its contents, trying to get back in if you open the lid by not praying "Jesus SAVE ME from myself" and you will have trouble serving the Lord JESUS without Jesus living inside and surrounding your SPIRIT HOUSE. The contents of the jar cannot get out until you remove the lid (the lid is praying, taking the lid off is neglecting to pray and study and asking for Jesus deliverance to keep the demons out). Deliverance can get rid of the demons and being filled with God's Spirit through His SON KEEPS THEM OUT. 

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    As Satan is ruler of this wicked system we are always having to fight to do what is right. But Satan is not alone by any means. As pointed out here at Revelation 12:7 "And war broke out in heaven: Mi′cha‧el and his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels battled 8 but it did not prevail, neither was a place found for them any longer in heaven. 9 So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him. 

    Since Satan and his demons were hurled down from heaven the earth has been in terrible turmoil. Because as verse 12 of the same chapter points out ". 12 On this account be glad, YOU heavens and YOU who reside in them! Woe for the earth and for the sea, because the Devil has come down to YOU, having great anger, knowing he has a short period of time.”" 

    As for the suit of armour is talks about it is described in the following verses of Ephesians chapter 6 saying "14 Stand firm, therefore, with YOUR loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and with YOUR feet shod with the equipment of the good news of peace. 16 Above all things, take up the large shield of faith, with which YOU will be able to quench all the wicked one’s burning missiles. 17 Also, accept the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, that is, God’s word, 18 while with every form of prayer and supplication YOU carry on prayer on every occasion in spirit. And to that end keep awake with all constancy and with supplication in behalf of all the holy ones, 19 also for me, that ability to speak may be given me with the opening of my mouth, with freeness of speech to make known the sacred secret of the good news, 20 for which I am acting as an ambassador in chains; that I may speak in connection with it with boldness as I ought to speak."

    So now we know who we are fighting and how to fight them.

    The Bible even tells us how to battle, listing our weapons of war in Ephesians 6:10-18 . . .

    Ephesians 6:10-18, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

    So we see that our weapons and defenses are:

    Loins gird about with TRUTH
    Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS
    Feet shod with preparation of the GOSPEL
    Helmet of SALVATION
    Sword of the Spirit, which is the WORD OF GOD = the Bible IS the WORD of GOD, Jesus IS the Word of God.
    Shield of FAITH
    PRAYING in the Spirit -  Christ IS the Spirit. If you are IN Christ, you pray to God in the NAME of His Son, Jesus Christ. Ye are Christ's and Christ is God's. The Head of Christ IS GOD. 

    If you have Jesus, you also have GOD, the Father of Jesus.

     The Bible clearly affirms the risen Lord Jesus IS the Spirit at 2 Corinthians 3:17.

    But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted because the veil is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but when a person turns to the Lord the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. (2 Corinthians 3:14-4:5).

    Now it is quite obvious to the unbiased reader that the Lord of this passage is Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul is telling us that Christ IS the Spirit.

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    It is every believer's battle to fight against SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES.   Satan is the god of this wicked world (2nd Corinthians 4:4). Our battle is against the forces of darkness, demonic powers that have infiltrated every area of our society. There is a strong demonic stronghold in music, religion, and movies today. The leaders of world government are saturated in Satan-worshipping occults; such as Bohemian GroveThe Order of DeathFreemasonry and others. Occultist, Alice Bailey, openly stated that Freemasonry's evil agenda was to infiltrate the Church (and they certainly have). Freemasonry is demonic to the core, literally. 

    The Bible tells us to fight against spiritual wickedness in high places. Our battle is not against flesh; but against the spiritual forces of darkness. Our spiritual weapons and protections are truth, the Gospel (soul-winning), salvation, righteousness (holy living), the Bible, faith and prayer.

    When we learn the power of God's word, these are the questions we will ask for every situation:

    1.) What IS God's Command? and  2.) What IS His Promise? 

    ―Only he who receives the Scriptures as the voice of God speaking to himself is a true learner. He trembles at the Word; for to him it is a living reality. Our words should be few and well chosen.

    There are many sincere people today who are fighting against the they KNOW NOT WHAT. What they fail to realize that the battle is a spiritual battle against the evil forces of Satan (Acts 26:18). As such, it is imperative that we use spiritual weapons and not carnal, lest we be defeated. The battle cannot be won without the weapons that the Bible mentions.

    Born-again Christians Need to Start Preaching the Truth

    Psalm 94:16 commands believers to rise up against the evildoers, and stand up against the workers of iniquity. Ephesians 5:11 commands us to expose all works of darkness. Christians are not doing it! Revelation 3:15 says that God wants you hot or cold, in or out, on or off. You either love the truth or you don't. Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!

    People having a "FORM" of Godliness but not GOD Need to Get Submit to GOD and Use Spiritual Weapons

    There are many wonderful people, and men of admirable character; but they don't know the God of the Bible. They've never been born-again. You cannot understand, nor adequately fight against the forces of Satan, until you get born again and fight with spiritual weapons.

    Notice again what our weapons and defenses are:

    Loins gird about with TRUTH
    Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS
    Feet shod with preparation of the GOSPEL
    Helmet of SALVATION
    Sword of the Spirit, which is the WORD OF GOD
    Shield of FAITH
    PRAYING in the Spirit

    It all begins with the Gospel and salvation. Most people have churchianity without Christianity. Freedom is more than removing tyrants from power. It means embracing the truth, which must honor God and the Bible, the very foundations of morality and true freedom. 

    Oh, listen friend! People are going to to be lost because we aren't on fire for God. The great need of our day and "the greatest want of the world is the want of men—men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall." Education, p. 57, c 1903, 1952, 

    God has set up a high standard of righteousness. He has made plain a distinction between human and divine wisdom. All who work on Christ's side must work to save, not to destroy.
    • Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him.
    • Why should the sons and daughters of God be reluctant to pray, when prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven's storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence.
      • Steps to Christ(1892), p. 94
    You need clear, energetic minds, in order to appreciate the exalted character of the truth, to value the atonement, and to place the right estimate upon eternal things.
    • Many are to believe on Christ through the communication of truth by His servants. As they see the beauty of the Word of God, and as they see Jesus revealed in the lives of His children, they will praise Him with heart and soul and voice.
      • The Signs of the Times (9 December 1903], paragraph 10

    Satan finds in human hearts some point where he can gain a foothold; some sinful desire is cherishedby means of which his temptations assert their power. But Christ declared of Himself, “The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.” The storms of temptation burst upon Him, but they could not cause Him to swerve from His allegiance to God (The Review and Herald, November 8, 1887).

    Jesus Not Pulled or Crowded Into Sin—Have we forgotten that Jesus, the Majesty of heaven, suffered being tempted? Jesus did not allow the enemy to pull Him into the mire of unbelief, or crowd Him into the mire of despondency and despair. But many poor souls are feeble in moral power because they do not do the words of Christ (Letter 43, 1892).

    In the days of Christ the leaders and teachers of Israel were powerless to resist the work of Satan. They were neglecting the only means by which they could have withstood evil spirits. It was by the Word of God (BIBLE & SOP) that Christ overcame the wicked one ! . . .

    When once the restraints of God's Word and His Spirit are rejected, no man knows to what depths of degradation he may sink. Secret sin or master passion may hold him a captive as helpless as was the demoniac of Capernaum. (Capernaum=Modern Corporate SDA churchYet his condition is not hopeless !

    Power Assured for the Children of Faith—Christ in the weakness of humanity was to meet the temptations of one possessing the powers of the higher nature that God had bestowed on the angelic family. But Christ’s humanity was united with divinity, and in this strength He would bear all the temptations that Satan could bring against Him, and yet keep His soul untainted by sin. And this power to overcome He would give to every son and daughter of Adam who would accept by faith the righteous attributes of His character (The Review and Herald, January 28, 1909).

     Those who have once been convicted of the truth, but have resisted the Holy Spirit's influence, walk and work in co-partnership with Satan, the first apostate. Blinded by the sophistry of him who was once found in the heavenly courts, they join his ranks. The apostle Paul, speaking of this says, "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron."1 Tim. 4:1-2.  Those who have turned away from a plain, "Thus saith the Lord," will be blinded in a superstitious faith in every kind of apostasy, and will be led into that terrible iniquity which God's word represents as being drunken with the blood of the saints. 
         When this enmity against the law of God becomes so intense, we may know that Satan is imbuing human minds with the same hatred of truth and of the precepts of God as turned the heart of Cain against his brother Abel. In this time of prevailing iniquity it is essential that we individually draw nigh unto God. His voice is heard, saying: "Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers (rooms-homes), and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain." Isa. 26:20-21.  It is possible for men to go so far in disobedience that it will be necessary for God to arise and let them know that he is God, and that he will interpose, and punish the world for its iniquity. 

    We are in constant danger of becoming self-sufficient, relying upon our own wisdom, and not making God our strength. Nothing disturbs Satan so much as our not being ignorant of his devices. If we feel our dangers, we shall feel the need of prayer as did Nehemiah, and, like him, we shall obtain that sure defense that will give us security in peril. If we are careless and indifferent, we shall surely be overcome by Satan’s devices. We must be vigilant. While, like Nehemiah, we resort to prayer, taking all our perplexities and burdens to God, we should not feel that we have nothing to do. We are to watch as well as pray. We should watch the work of our adversaries, lest they gain advantage in deceiving souls. We should, in the wisdom of Christ, make efforts to defeat their purposes, while, at the same time, we do not suffer them to call us from our great work. Truth is stronger than error. Righteousness will prevail over wrong....

    We shall meet with opposition of every description, as did the builders of the walls of Jerusalem; but if we watch and pray, and work as they did, God will fight our battles for us, and give us precious victories (The Review and Herald, July 6, 1886).

    At Capernaum

    At Capernaum Jesus dwelt in the intervals of His journeys to and fro, and it came to be known as "His own city." It was on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, and near the borders of the beautiful plain of Gennesaret, if not actually upon it.

    The deep depression of the lake gives to the plain that skirts its shores the genial climate of the south. Here in the days of Christ flourished the palm tree and the olive, here were orchards and vineyards, green fields, and brightly blooming flowers in rich luxuriance, all watered by living streams bursting from the cliffs. The shores of the lake, and the hills that at a little distance encircle it, were dotted with towns and villages. The lake was covered with fishing boats. Everywhere was the stir of busy, active life.

    Capernaum itself was well adapted to be the center of the Saviour's work. Being on the highway from Damascus to Jerusalem and Egypt, and to the Mediterranean Sea, it was a great thoroughfare of travel. People from many lands passed through the city, or tarried for rest in their journeyings to and fro. Here Jesus could meet all nations and all ranks, the rich and great as well as the poor and lowly, and His lessons would be carried to other countries and into many households.

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    Investigation of the prophecies would thus be excited, attention would be directed to the Saviour, and His mission would be brought before the world.

    Notwithstanding the action of the Sanhedrin against Jesus, the people eagerly awaited the development of His mission. All heaven was astir with interest. Angels were preparing the way for His ministry, moving upon men's hearts, and drawing them to the Saviour.

    In Capernaum the nobleman's son whom Christ had healed was a witness to His power. And the court official and his household joyfully testified of their faith. When it was known that the Teacher Himself was among them, the whole city was aroused. Multitudes flocked to His presence. On the Sabbath the people crowded the synagogue until great numbers had to turn away, unable to find entrance.

    All who heard the Saviour "were astonished at His doctrine: for His word was with power." "He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." Luke 4:32; Matt. 7:29. The teaching of the scribes and elders was cold and formal, like a lesson learned by rote. To them the word of God possessed no vital power. Their own ideas and traditions were substituted for its teaching. In the accustomed round of service they professed to explain the law, but no inspiration from God stirred their own hearts or the hearts of their hearers.

    Jesus had nothing to do with the various subjects of dissension among the Jews. It was His work to present the truth. His words shed a flood of light upon the teachings of patriarchs and prophets, and the Scriptures came to men as a new revelation. Never before had His hearers perceived such a depth of meaning in the word of God.

    Jesus met the people on their own ground, as one who was acquainted with their perplexities. He made truth beautiful by presenting it in the most direct and simple way. His language was pure, refined, and clear as a running stream. His voice was as music to those who had listened to the monotonous tones of the rabbis. But while His teaching was simple, He spoke as one having authority. This characteristic set His teaching in contrast with that of all others. The rabbis spoke with doubt and hesitancy, as if the Scriptures might be interpreted to mean one thing or exactly the opposite. The hearers were daily involved in greater uncertainty. But Jesus taught the Scriptures as of unquestionable authority. Whatever His subject, it was presented with power, as if His words could not be controverted.

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    Yet He was earnest, rather than vehement. He spoke as one who had a definite purpose to fulfill. He was bringing to view the realities of the eternal world. In every theme God was revealed. Jesus sought to break the spell of infatuation which keeps men absorbed in earthly things. He placed the things of this life in their true relation, as subordinate to those of eternal interest; but He did not ignore their importance. He taught that heaven and earth are linked together, and that a knowledge of divine truth prepares men better to perform the duties of everyday life. He spoke as one familiar with heaven, conscious of His relationship to God, yet recognizing His unity with every member of the human family.

    His messages of mercy were varied to suit His audience. He knew "how to speak a word in season to him that is weary" (Isa. 50:4); for grace was poured upon His lips, that He might convey to men in the most attractive way the treasures of truth. He had tact to meet the prejudiced minds, and surprise them with illustrations that won their attention.Through the imagination He reached the heart. His illustrations were taken from the things of daily life, and although they were simple, they had in them a wonderful depth of meaning. The birds of the air, the lilies of the field, the seed, the shepherd and the sheep,--with these objects Christ illustrated immortal truth; and ever afterward, when His hearers chanced to see these things of nature, they recalled His words. Christ's illustrations constantly repeated His lessons.

    Christ never flattered men. He never spoke that which would exalt their fancies and imaginations, nor did He praise them for their clever inventions; but deep, unprejudiced thinkers received His teaching, and found that it tested their wisdom. They marveled at the spiritual truth expressed in the simplest language. The most highly educated were charmed with His words, and the uneducated were always profited. He had a message for the illiterate; and He made even the heathen to understand that He had a message for them.

    His tender compassion fell with a touch of healing upon weary and troubled hearts. Even amid the turbulence of angry enemies He was surrounded with an atmosphere of peace. The beauty of His countenance, the loveliness of His character, above all, the love expressed in look and tone, drew to Him all who were not hardened in unbelief. Had it not been for the sweet, sympathetic spirit that shone out in every look and word, He would not have attracted the large congregations that He did. The afflicted ones who came to Him felt that He linked His

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    interest with theirs as a faithful and tender friend, and they desired to know more of the truths He taught. Heaven was brought near. They longed to abide in His presence, that the comfort of His love might be with them continually.

    Jesus watched with deep earnestness the changing countenances of His hearers. The faces that expressed interest and pleasure gave Him great satisfaction. As the arrows of truth pierced to the soul, breaking through the barriers of selfishness, and working contrition, and finally gratitude, the Saviour was made glad. When His eye swept over the throng of listeners, and He recognized among them the faces He had before seen, His countenance lighted up with joy. He saw in them hopeful subjects for His kingdom. When the truth, plainly spoken, touched some cherished idol, He marked the change of countenance, the cold, forbidding look, which told that the light was unwelcome. When He saw men refuse the message of peace, His heart was pierced to the very depths.

    Jesus in the synagogue spoke of the kingdom He had come to establish, and of His mission to set free the captives of Satan. He was interrupted by a shriek of terror. A madman rushed forward from among the people, crying out, "Let us alone; what have we to do with Thee, Thou Jesus of Nazareth? art Thou come to destroy us? I know Thee who Thou art; the Holy One of God."

    All was now confusion and alarm. The attention of the people was diverted from Christ, and His words were unheeded. This was Satan's purpose in leading his victim to the synagogue. But Jesus rebuked the demon, saying, "Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not."

    The mind of this wretched sufferer had been darkened by Satan, but in the Saviour's presence a ray of light had pierced the gloom. He was roused to long for freedom from Satan's control; but the demon resisted the power of Christ. When the man tried to appeal to Jesus for help, the evil spirit put words into his mouth, and he cried out in an agony of fear. The demoniac partially comprehended that he was in the presence of One who could set him free; but when he tried to come within reach of that mighty hand, another's will held him, another's words found utterance through him. The conflict between the power of Satan and his own desire for freedom was terrible.

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    He who had conquered Satan in the wilderness of temptation was again brought face to face with His enemy. The demon exerted all his power to retain control of his victim. To lose ground here would be to give Jesus a victory. It seemed that the tortured man must lose his life in the struggle with the foe that had been the ruin of his manhood. But the Saviour spoke with authority, and set the captive free. The man who had been possessed stood before the wondering people happy in the freedom of self-possession. Even the demon had testified to the divine power of the Saviour.

    The man praised God for his deliverance. The eye that had so lately glared with the fire of insanity, now beamed with intelligence, and overflowed with grateful tears. The people were dumb with amazement. As soon as they recovered speech they exclaimed, one to another, "What is this? a new teaching! with authority He commandeth even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him." Mark 1:27, R. V.

    The secret cause of the affliction that had made this man a fearful spectacle to his friends and a burden to himself was in his own life. He had been fascinated by the pleasures of sin, and had thought to make life a grand carnival. He did not dream of becoming a terror to the world and the reproach of his family. He thought his time could be spent in innocent folly. But once in the downward path, his feet rapidly descended. Intemperance and frivolity perverted the noble attributes of his nature, and Satan took absolute control of him.

    Remorse came too late. When he would have sacrificed wealth and pleasure to regain his lost manhood, he had become helpless in the grasp of the evil one. He had placed himself on the enemy's ground, and Satan had taken possession of all his faculties. The tempter had allured him with many charming presentations; but when once the wretched man was in his power, the fiend became relentless in his cruelty, and terrible in his angry visitations. So it will be with all who yield to evil; the fascinating pleasure of their early career ends in the darkness of despair or the madness of a ruined soul.

    The same evil spirit that tempted Christ in the wilderness, and that possessed the maniac of Capernaum, controlled the unbelieving Jews. But with them he assumed an air of piety, seeking to deceive them as to their motives in rejecting the Saviour. Their condition was more hopeless than that of the demoniac, for they felt no need of Christ and were therefore held fast under the power of Satan.

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    The period of Christ's personal ministry among men was the time of greatest activity for the forces of the kingdom of darkness. For ages Satan with his evil angels had been seeking to control the bodies and the souls of men, to bring upon them sin and suffering; then he had charged all this misery upon God. Jesus was revealing to men the character of God. He was breaking Satan's power, and setting his captives free. New life and love and power from heaven were moving upon the hearts of men, and the prince of evil was aroused to contend for the supremacy of his kingdom. Satan summoned all his forces, and at every step contested the work of Christ.

    So it will be in the great final conflict of the controversy between righteousness and sin. While new life and light and power are descending from on high upon the disciples of Christ, a new life is springing up from beneath, and energizing the agencies of Satan. Intensity is taking possession of every earthly element. With a subtlety gained through centuries of conflict, the prince of evil works under a disguise. He appears clothed as an angel of light, and multitudes are "giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils." 1 Tim. 4:1.

    In the days of Christ the leaders and teachers of Israel were powerless to resist the work of Satan. They were neglecting the only means by which they could have withstood evil spirits. It was by the word of God that Christ overcame the wicked one. The leaders of Israel professed to be the expositors of God's word, but they had studied it only to sustain their traditions, and enforce their man-made observances. By their interpretation they made it express sentiments that God had never given. Their mystical construction made indistinct that which He had made plain. They disputed over insignificant technicalities, and practically denied the most essential truths. Thus infidelity was sown broadcast. God's word was robbed of its power, and evil spirits worked their will.

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    History is repeating. With the open Bible before them, and professing to reverence its teachings, many of the religious leaders of our time are destroying faith in it as the word of God. They busy themselves with dissecting the word, and set their own opinions above its plainest statements. In their hands God's word loses its regenerating power. This is why infidelity runs riot, and iniquity is rife.

    When Satan has undermined faith in the Bible, he directs men to other sources for light and power. Thus he insinuates himself. Those who turn from the plain teaching of Scripture and the convicting power of God's Holy Spirit are inviting the control of demons. Criticism and speculation concerning the Scriptures have opened the way for spiritism and theosophy--those modernized forms of ancient heathenism--to gain a foothold even in the professed churches of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Side by side with the preaching of the gospel, agencies are at work which are but the medium of lying spirits. Many a man tampers with these merely from curiosity, but seeing evidence of the working of a more than human power, he is lured on and on, until he is controlled by a will stronger than his own. He cannot escape from its mysterious power.

    The defenses of the soul are broken down. He has no barrier against sin. When once the restraints of God's word and His Spirit are rejected, no man knows to what depths of degradation he may sink. Secret sin or master passion may hold him a captive as helpless as was the demoniac of Capernaum. Yet his condition is not hopeless.

    The means by which we can overcome the wicked one is that by which Christ overcame,--the power of the word. God does not control our minds without our consent; but if we desire to know and to do His will, His promises are ours: "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." "If any man willeth to do His will, he shall know of the teaching." John 8:32; 7:17, R. V. Through faith in these promises, every man may be delivered from the snares of error and the control of sin.

    Every man is free to choose what power he will have to rule over him. None have fallen so low, none are so vile, but that they can find deliverance in Christ. The demoniac, in place of prayer, could utter only the words of Satan; yet the heart's unspoken appeal was heard. No cry from a soul in need, though it fail of utterance in words, will be unheeded. Those who will consent to enter into covenant relation with the God of heaven are not left to the power of Satan or to the infirmity of their own

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    nature. They are invited by the Saviour, "Let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with Me." Isa. 27:5. The spirits of darkness will battle for the soul once under their dominion, but angels of God will contend for that soul with prevailing power. The Lord says, "Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? . . . Thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children." Isa. 49:24, 25.

    While the congregation in the synagogue were still spellbound with awe, Jesus withdrew to the home of Peter for a little rest. But here also a shadow had fallen. The mother of Peter's wife lay sick, stricken with a "great fever." Jesus rebuked the disease, and the sufferer arose, and ministered to the wants of the Master and His disciples.

    Tidings of the work of Christ spread rapidly throughout Capernaum. For fear of the rabbis, the people dared not come for healing upon the Sabbath; but no sooner had the sun disappeared below the horizon than there was a great commotion. From the homes, the shops, the market places, the inhabitants of the city pressed toward the humble dwelling that sheltered Jesus. The sick were brought upon couches, they came leaning upon staffs, or, supported by friends, they tottered feebly into the Saviour's presence.

    Hour after hour they came and went; for none could know whether tomorrow would find the Healer still among them. Never before had Capernaum witnessed a day like this. The air was filled with the voice of triumph and shouts of deliverance. The Saviour was joyful in the joy He had awakened. As He witnessed the sufferings of those who had come to Him, His heart was stirred with sympathy, and He rejoiced in His power to restore them to health and happiness.

    Not until the last sufferer had been relieved did Jesus cease His work. It was far into the night when the multitude departed, and silence settled down upon the home of Simon. The long, exciting day was past, and Jesus sought rest. But while the city was still wrapped in slumber, the Saviour, "rising up a great while before day, . . . went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed."

    Thus were spent the days in the earthly life of Jesus. He often dismissed His disciples to visit their homes and rest; but He gently resisted their efforts to draw Him away from His labors. All day He toiled,

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    teaching the ignorant, healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, feeding the multitude; and at the eventide or in the early morning, He went away to the sanctuary of the mountains for communion with His Father. Often He passed the entire night in prayer and meditation, returning at daybreak to His work among the people.

    Early in the morning, Peter and his companions came to Jesus, saying that already the people of Capernaum were seeking Him. The disciples had been bitterly disappointed at the reception which Christ had met hitherto. The authorities at Jerusalem were seeking to murder Him; even His own townsmen had tried to take His life; but at Capernaum He was welcomed with joyful enthusiasm, and the hopes of the disciples kindled anew. It might be that among the liberty-loving Galileans were to be found the supporters of the new kingdom. But with surprise they heard Christ's words, "I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent."

    In the excitement which then pervaded Capernaum, there was danger that the object of His mission would be lost sight of. Jesus was not satisfied to attract attention to Himself merely as a wonder worker or a healer of physical diseases. He was seeking to draw men to Him as their Saviour. While the people were eager to believe that He had come as a king, to establish an earthly reign, He desired to turn their minds away from the earthly to the spiritual. Mere worldly success would interfere with His work.

    And the wonder of the careless crowd jarred upon His spirit. In His life no self-assertion mingled. The homage which the world gives to position, or wealth, or talent, was foreign to the Son of man. None of the means that men employ to win allegiance or command homage did Jesus use. Centuries before His birth, it had been prophesied of Him,

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    "He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall He not break, and the dimly burning flax shall He not quench: He shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till He have set judgment in the earth." Isa. 42:2-4, margin.

    The Pharisees sought distinction by their scrupulous ceremonialism, and the ostentation of their worship and charities. They proved their zeal for religion by making it the theme of discussion. Disputes between opposing sects were loud and long, and it was not unusual to hear on the streets the voice of angry controversy from learned doctors of the law.

    In marked contrast to all this was the life of Jesus. In that life no noisy disputation, no ostentatious worship, no act to gain applause, was ever witnessed. Christ was hid in God, and God was revealed in the character of His Son. To this revelation Jesus desired the minds of the people to be directed, and their homage to be given.

    The Sun of Righteousness did not burst upon the world in splendor, to dazzle the senses with His glory. It is written of Christ, "His going forth is prepared as the morning." Hosea 6:3. Quietly and gently the daylight breaks upon the earth, dispelling the shadow of darkness, and waking the world to life. So did the Sun of Righteousness arise, "with healing in His wings." Mal. 4:2.

    Hebrews 4:3 "For we which have believed do enter into rest, ..."

    1 Timothy 1:16 "Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting."

    John 14:15, Jesus says, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." Jesus says, with outstretched hands, "Follow Me". The sheep, or the righteous as the scripture calls them, cared for the needy; thus they are blessed of "my father, [and] inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Matt. 25:34).

    'The Holy Spirit is the breath of spiritual life in the soul. The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.' It thus makes Christ everywhere present." (Psalm 139:7)

    The Holy Spirit is the mind of Christ in us. His mind speaking to our mind. BOTH, the mind of God and Jesus, together, with our minds, all ONE mind with God, when we surrender self/will completely to Jesus, the one and Only true literal Son of the one and Only true GOD.

    1. Romans 15:6 "That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."

    Romans 8:7 "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."

    Romans 8:27 "And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God." (Jesus is our intercessor, advocate, mediator)

    Matthew 22:37 "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."

    Mark 12:30 "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment."

    • The "Holy" Spirit is the mind Christ. Do you have the mind of Christ? 
      • Philippians 2:5 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Philippians 1:27 ..."that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;" Romans 15:6 "That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."Romans 12:2 "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
    • The "Evil" Spirit is the mind Satan. Do you have the mind of Satan? 
      • Romans 8:7 "Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Matthew 12:28 (KJV) "But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you." James 4:7 "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
    Jesus taught His disciples how to cast out devils. Today we create denominations and fear dealing with devils. Yet many are possessed and grossly influenced by demons. Learn what demon spirits are out there circulating throughout the earth to destroy humanity. I know prior to receiving Jesus Christ as my personal Savior I struggled with several gross sins and felt compelled beyond my ability to resist. Now knowing what I do, I feel that demon spirits were on assignment against me to both assault and destroy my life (John 10:10). As any alcoholic, drug addict, or sex addict, food addict, self addict, tv addict can tell you, such compulsions can be overwhelming and difficult to resist in one's own strength. Thanks be to God for His Holy Spirit that empowers us against all demonic spirits. (Matt.12:28) Here are the various evil spirits mentioned in the Bible. 1.familiar spirit (Leviticus 20:27; 1Samuel 28:7) 2.spirit of jealousy (Numbers 5:14,30) 3.evil spirit (Judges 9:23; 1Samuel 16:14) 4.sorrowful spirit (1Samuel 1:15) 5.lying spirit (1Kings 22:22-23) 6.haughty (prideful) spirit (Proverbs 16:18) 7.perverse spirit (Isaiah 19:14) 8.spirit of deep sleep (Isaiah 29:10) 9.spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:1) 10.spirit of whoredom (Hosea 4:12; 5:4) 11.unclean spirit (Zechariah 13:2) 12.deaf and dumb spirit (Mark 9:17,25) 13.spirit of infirmity (Luke 13:11) 14.spirit of divination (Acts 16:16) 15.spirit of bondage (Romans 8:15) 16.spirit of slumber (Romans 11:8) 17.spirit of fear (2Timothy 1:7) 18.spirit of lust (James 4:5) 19.spirit of antichrist (1John 4:3) 20.spirit of error (1John 4:6) 21.seducing spirit (1Timothy 4:1) 22.spirit of Egypt [also known as the spirit of the world] - (Isaiah 19:3; 1John 2:15-16) 23.spirit of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2) These various spirits may be named differently according to whatever Bible translation used. I have named them as mentioned within the King James Version of the Bible. We must never forget that we are in a spiritual war and need to wrestle against the forces of evil (Revelation 12:7; Ephesians 6:12; 2Corinthians 10:3-6). We cannot overlook or be ignorant of Satan's strategies and devices by which he assaults and seeks to destroy our lives (2Corinthians 2:11; 2Timothy 2:24-26)

    1. Romans 7:25
      I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

    2. Romans 15:6
      That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    3. 1 Corinthians 1:10
      Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

    4. 1 Corinthians 2:16
      For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.

    5. Philippians 1:27
      Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

    6. Philippians 2:5
      Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

    7. 2 Thessalonians 2:2
      That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

    8. 1 Peter 1:13
      Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

    9. 1 Peter 4:1
      Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

    If we are in Christ, the sin in the self (hence, the sinful self) is crucified or dies. Of course, the spirit of the world still attempts to cover our minds with the dirty garments of sin.

    But the Holy Spirit protects us and enables us to repel the attractiveness of sin. We are freed from sin’s domination by Christ, who through the work of the Holy Spirit fills us with God’s nature.

    The apostle Paul explains this act of God by the metaphor of a burial. In turn, the burial leads to a symbolic resurrection, which stands for the sinful "old person" now reborn as a "new person." Our new life is possible through Christ, who provides us with his continuing forgiveness and lifegiving power.

    The New Testament likens the death of our old self, and our restoration and symbolic resurrection to a new life, to a new birth. We are reborn spiritually at the moment of our conversion. We are reborn, made alive and renewed by and through the Holy Spirit.

    Peter told Christians, "He [God] has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3). Note that the phrase "‘has given" is past tense. This tells us we are changed at the beginning of our Christian lives.

    Upon conversion, we have God dwelling in us. Because of this, we have been re-created.

    We now have Jesus and the Father dwelling in us (John 14:15-23). When we are converted or born again—spiritually renewed—God comes to live in us!

    When the Father works in us thru His Son, in the Holy Spirit, it is God working in us. God is inspiring, sanctifying, changing us. And we receive this empowerment through conversion and rebirth.

    2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 


    Dictionary meaning of Preverse: Showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable, often in spite of the consequences.

    Righteous means "RIGHT DOING"

    The same divine mind that is working upon the things of nature is speaking to the hearts of men and creatin
    2 Corinthians 13:9 "For we are glad, when we are weak, and YE are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection."

    James 1:4 "But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."

    1 Peter 5:10 "But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you."

    The Whole Armour of God

    How To Win the Battle of Life?

    Luke 10:18: "And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.KJV
    Ephesians 6:10-20: "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." KJV

    Hollywood and the Battle Against Satan

    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." KJV

    For the most part, Satan appears to Hollywood as a large, fierce demon with red skin, long fangs, and the horns of a water buffalo. He is brought to life by incantations of one sort or another and must be slain usually with a special magic sword. I am immediately reminded of End of Days, a portion of which I saw recently, and Blessed the Child also fairly recent. These depictions harken back to the morality plays of the Dark Ages. The recently reissued The Exorcist gives a similarly distorted view of demonic possesion. In the movie, the possessed child's head is spinning around, she has supernatural strength, and speaks in a booming Darth Vadar sort of voice.

    Satan and his minion are not physical and never will be. They cannot be slain with swords or guns. We who live in large cities all see possessed people wandering the streets talking to the shadows, cowering in the corners, or railing against some imagined fault. Satan cannot use the fully disabled to influence others. It is a burning passion here or justification there through which Satan accomplishes untold destruction. Serbia is a recent example of the incredible power of the same passions and justifications that afflict you and I when they gain enough ground on which to build momentum.

    We have very clear directions as to the tools needed to fight "against spiritual wickedness in high places." While the image of swords is invoked, the context of the imagery indicates an almost diametrically opposed concept. To slay with the truth. Clearly a marine in the field is unlikely to feel comfortable with a Bible instead of a gun when facing an armed attacker.

    When warring in the spirit, our attackers haven't got guns either. Instead they come in devious deceptive ways. They comfort, they entice, they pad the pride, they sap the strength, they trouble the dreams, but rarely do they attack strait on. In that context, a gun or a sword is as ridiculous to one facing a demonic comforter as a Bible at Bull Run.

    The protection or armour to safeguard us is not hammered from steel. Let me also strongly emphasize that amulets, charms, magic phrases, and other cult artifice is also ineffective if not damaging to the user. I believe this injunction would also extend to the use of Christian artifacts, (Rosaries, Crosses, medallions, "blessed articles"), for protection. Nowhere in New Testament writings are cult articles suggested for use against the powers of darkness. In Acts 19:19, we see Christians bringing their books on magic, ("curious arts"), worth a great deal of money, to be burned. One instance in which the name of Jesus is used in a cultic way (the seven sons of Sceva; Acts 19:13-16) backfired horribly on the users. They did not stand in the authority of Christ Jesus, and were therefore attacked and abused by the evil spirit.

    Girt with Truth

    Ephesians 6:11 &14: "The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light... Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth" KJV

    There is nothing as effective for identifying an evil thought, as discernment forged in a well read Bible. The inspired Word of God is a catalog of examples, instructions, prophecies and histories which provide the tools to examine each thought for its righteous content or lack thereof.

    The educated mind is a powerful filter which weeds out the mental garbage from truth. The filter needed to protect against spiritual attack through mental garbage is the clear understanding of spiritual truth as presented in the Bible. For this reason it is important to read and reread the entire Bible. Get a one-year Bible. Do Bible studies.

    Matthew 8:16: "When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:" KJV

    The more you read, the greater the number of areas in your life are exposed to the light. The application of spiritual understanding and the appropriate word by divine guidance and the power of the Holy Spirit cuts off the hooks by which devils beset us.

    John 4:24: "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."KJV

    Glorifying God, in praise and worship, or praying to God depends on our ability to "tune in" to those things which are holy. The first enemy to worship is the mind junk that pops up the instance we try. When we sit down to pray, a parade of important "stuff" appears: 'remember to take the car in for service', 'did you pay the electric bill', etc., etc. Remember, life's details will wait.

    When confusion strikes, as it does when we are stressed, afraid or conflicted, stop, breath deep and ask God for direction, and apply the Word to the situation and to the answers that appear. God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). The enemy presents competing thoughts, deceptions and disruptions, all in a bid to stop us from connecting with God. When we are confused or disoriented, Satan can plant seeds to clarify the situation, leading us down a rabbit trail away from God. Our protection is awareness and confidence in the Word. Quickly discern a deceptive thought and put it away. Never believe that Satan will not jump up with an answer to your problem.

    Incorrect focus, especially in prayer deflates or even poisons the prayer. Any self-centered prayer is wicked. These include prayers that focus on selfish wants or desires. This does not mean that praying for your wants and needs are wicked, but that any personal supplication must be offered in humility. Asking for any material item which far exceeds your need, immediately exposes pride. To ask for personal position for which you are not ready or worthy, in order that you might be magnified is sinful. To ask God to support your sin is wicked. God will not listen to those prayers. But you can be sure that Satan is listening and building a base.

    Self-centered prayer also include prayers framed in eloquence or effusiveness but that are essentially meaningless, or the prayer is merely a carrier of the supplicants personal display of holiness. These are prayers meant to aggrandize the person praying, not to accomplish the will of God. Very often, public displays of humility fall in this category. False humility is meant to make the practitioner appear to be a devote and humble Christian. This comes from a base in pride or a bandaging of self-image. Prideful Christians often expose their inner core when their devotedness or humility are questioned. Suddenly the quite, gentle soul is angry and judgmental. Someone whose false humility covers self-loathing may react with protective anger or collapse into depression.

    The Breastplate of Righteousness

    Ephesians 6:14: "having on the breastplate of righteousness;" KJV 

    2 Corinthians 6:4 &7: "But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, ... by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left," KJV

    Your Feet Shod in Peace

    Ephesians 6:15: "your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;" KJV 

    1 Corinthians 14:33: "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints." KJV 

    James 3:16-18: "For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." KJV

    Walk in peace. Take upon yourself the peace of Christ. Peace is fruit of the spirit, (Gal:5:22). Peace is strengthened by self-control, humility and discretion. Pride, impulsiveness and the loss of self-control through drunkenness, anger or fearfulness are all tools of the devil.

    The quote from First Corinthians above goes on to conclude, "Let all things be done decently and in order." (1Cor:14:40 KJV). Pride in the smallest amount, the sort of pride often encouraged in the world, can lead to anxiousness and agitation. Agitation leads to the inappropriate pressing of issues. Confusion results. Discord begins with confusion and leads to strife. Many a Church has been split down the middle because it failed to heed this safeguard against the enemy.

    Satan must have known, by the time of his third temptation of Christ, that the answer was a resounding no. There is no subtlety or guile left in it. He boldly says, "Fall down and worship me." The more I come to understand Jesus the more I understand that because of his closeness and relationship to the Father, that was disgusting suggestion, likely to provoke a strong reaction. Satan's ploy was to cause Jesus to loose his peace, making him vulnerable. Satan is happy to be the object of wrath and derision, as long as there is sin involved.

    The Shield of Faith

    Ephesians 6:16: "Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." KJV

    "Above all...", says Paul. Faith is not incidental, but essential. the moment our belief wavers, a hole is opened unto the enemy, through which pour confusion and doubt. All of our defenses collapse.

    The Helmet of Salvation

    Ephesians 6:17: "And take the helmet of salvation," KJV

    Warfare against the enemy is not possible without the presence of the Holy Ghost.

    The Sword of the Spirit

    Ephesians 6:17: "and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:" KJV 

    Matthew 8:16: "When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:" KJV 

    Hebrews 4:12: "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." KJV 

    Revelations 1:16: "And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength." KJV
    2 Corinthians 6:4-10: "But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things." KJV

    We're going back to Genesis 2:7 to get God's definition of a soul. Now friends, God knows. We may not know and understand it all, but He certainly has the answer for us. Notice this text. "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Now here's God's own definition of it, friends. Let no man think that he can improve on it. We might put it in a little formula like this: BODY + BREATH = SOUL. That's all there is to it. A body plus the breath of life and we no longer have a body and a breath but we have a combination known as a "soul." That's the first and general definition in the Bible concerning a soul. We are souls. I'm a soul. You're a soul. A living, walking, talking, living human being is a soul.

    Now the word "soul" is used to mean two other things also in the Scripture. It's used in some cases to mean life itself. One example of this is Job 12:10. "In whose hand is the soul of every living thing." Well, of course, that's talking about life itself. And then the third definition, is the mind or the intellect. An example of soul being used this way is found in Psalm 139:14, "... and that my soul knoweth right well." So there you have three definitions. They mean almost the same thing. They've overlapped until there is a very little difference. It's easy to tell which is meant by the context. A few verses before and a few verses after and you can easily see which of the meanings is required.

    Some people say, "Oh my, that confuses me." But, you know, friends, we don't need to be confused with it at all. It's a very common thing in the English language for a word to mean more than one thing. Take for example the word "air." It can mean several things. It can mean what we're breathing right now, that kind of air. It can mean the melody of a song. It can mean a person's bearing, we say sometimes, "he had a haughty air." All these three things, but we know what it means by how it's used in the sentence or paragraph. Now it's the same way with these three meanings of the word "soul." But it doesn't make any difference which definition you use. It takes a combination of two things to make that soul. It takes a body + breath. You have to have both of them or you will not have a soul regardless of which definition you want to use. It doesn't make any difference about that. If it means life, you must have body + breath. If it means intellect, you must have body + breath or you don't have the soul. The general usage in the Bible is a person, a personal being.

    Now let me ask you a question and I really want you to answer to your own heart. If a body + the breath makes a living soul, then what happens to that soul if the breath is taken away? Well, it would die, that's exactly right. It's the truth. Now I know that many folk will almost start up in horror and say, "A soul die, why that's ridiculous! That's impossible! I've always heard that souls never die!" Yes, friends, I've heard the same thing all of my life as well, but let's see what God says about it. This is the important thing. It's not what man thinks; it's what God says. Listen to this in Ezekiel 18:20. "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." Die. Now, friends, if the soul was naturally immortal it could never die. But God says Himself, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." So on the authority of God's Word, souls do die after all.

    Now let's review a little. We've covered some of this very quickly and I want to be sure that we're together. Point number one. The Spirit that returns to God when a man dies is the breath of life. Point number two. The breath or spirit of every person who dies whether he's evil or good, returns to God. Point number three. Body + breath = (or makes) a living soul, so we are souls. Point number four. Souls do die. Now I know that you have a question and I know what it is. You're saying, "I don't understand where the soul goes. What happens to it anyway?" Well, let's try to illustrate it friends. Supposing I had some boards here and some nails, two things, then I took these boards and with a hammer I drove the nails in and made a box. So boards + nails = a box. In the same way we have a body. We put the breath into that body and we get a soul. Now listen, friends, suppose I didn't want the box any longer so I took a hammer and pulled the nails out and put them in a little stack and I put the boards back down on the other side. What happened to the box? Well you say, it just isn't anymore. It ceases to exist. That's right, it takes the combination of those two things to make a box. When you take them apart, you don't have a box any longer. That's exactly right. Now listen, you have a body. You put in the breath and you have a soul. But suppose you take this breath away and just leave the body, my friends, you don't have a soul anymore, just as you didn't have a box any longer.

    We could illustrate it the same with a light bulb. If I push the button, the electricity flows into that light bulb and you have a light as the result. Now if I subtract the electricity, I have only a bulb; there is no light. It works the same way once again with the soul. Breath and body, a combination of the two things, makes the soul. Separate one from the other and the soul no longer exists. Just remember that you must have those two things in combination or there is no such thing as a living soul. The Bible is exceedingly clear on that. If one is gone then the soul is no more. That's the way the Scripture regards it all the way through. It's wonderful to see the agreement of the Scripture and to see how one prophet agrees with another and one apostle agrees with another all the way through.

    You remember the story in the New Testament in the book of Luke about Jairus. He was one of the rulers of the Jews, ruler of the synagogue. His little daughter was ill and so I suppose after he had tried a number of things, he finally sent across town and said to call the Master, Jesus, to come quickly. In fact he sent this word, "My little girl is sick unto death." And so they called Jesus and He started across the city but the crowds pressed around Him and He could hardly get through. He was delayed and finally the little girl died. So Jairus sent his messengers saying that it was too late, for Christ not to worry, that she had died. Well, Jesus ignored that completely and went on over to the home. He put out the professional mourners and went in and raised that girl to life. Did you ever notice what the Scripture record says about that, friends, in Luke 8:52-55. The Scripture says this, "And her spirit came again." What does it mean? Well, it means precisely what it says. When she died a few hours before or maybe even a few moments, her spirit, the Bible says, returned to God who gave it, her breath, in other words, as we discovered in our study yesterday. Now when Christ came and called her back to life, her breath came forth again when the hand of God touched that body and she got up and walked out.

    Another example is the case of Jesus on the cross. You remember He said, "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit." Luke 23:46. It's the same thing exactly. He knew that the breath returned to God. It would be given back to Him early Sunday morning when He was raised from the tomb. Steven, the first Christian martyr was stoned to death outside the city because he dared uphold the name of Jesus. And as he was dying, he said, "Lord, Jesus, receive my spirit." He understood the Bible doctrine that we are teaching right here because it was a doctrine that was taught from the beginning of creation. The spirit, or the breath, goes back heavenward when a man dies; it returns to God. So this is not a new thing at all. It was taught 3,000 years ago by the great prophet and singer in Israel, David. In Psalm 104:29, "Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. Thou sendest forth thy spirit, (or breath) they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth." You see the same thing exactly, friends, and that was preached 3,000 years ago by David.

    Now let's review a few facts again about the soul. Point number one. The word "soul" or the word translated "soul" is used 852 times in the Bible. Soul, not spirit, (we've talked about that earlier) that was 948 times, but here the word "soul" 852 times. Point number two. Never in any of these references is it given any existence apart from the body. Point number three. Never in any of those 852 references does it have any life or activity or knowledge or personality separated from the body. Point number four. Always in all of these references is the soul pictured as something that is short-lived, never is it deathless or immortal. The natural undying, immortal soul is absolutely unknown, dear friends, in the Scripture. It just isn't there, and with 852 opportunities all through the Bible, if the great men of God had something to say about an undying immortal soul, it seems strange that no one ever mentioned it. There's a reason, of course. The reason is that the soul is not undying or immortal.

    Point number five. Never once in all the Word of God is it anywhere stated that the soul goes back to God. Now I've heard that repeated over and over again, maybe you have also, that your soul does return to God, but that's not in the Bible, it just isn't found there at all. Point number six. At death the soul ceases to exist. I put that in because it needs reemphasizing, friends. At death the soul ceases to exist until the combination is made again and the breath of life is put into that body once more in the resurrection. And then the individual will be resurrected and there will be life. Point number seven. Even the fish of the sea are called souls. The text is Revelation 16:3. You read it and as you read it and study it, you'll be aware of this fact, that anything that has a body + breath is a soul. That applies to animals, fish, birds, anything that has a body and is alive.

    Now the question comes, "Then you say that man's soul is not immortal?" Well, no, I'm not saying it at all. I would rather have God say it. If you'll just read 1 Timothy 6:13 and 1 Timothy 6:16 you will understand for yourself because this is what it says: "I give thee charge in the sight of God ... Who only hath immortality." Man doesn't have it. God has it by nature. Man is mortal and subject to death. Now let me ask you something else in closing. Could words be put together that would be plainer than these? This text specifically says, "God ... only (only) hath immortality." No one else, not even the angels of heaven, "God ... only hath immortality." So once again I say, the immortal soul of man is simply just not in the Bible at all and the Bible teaches the very opposite.

    Encouraging Bible Verses

    Listed below are some motivational verses from some of the scriptures, which will give you the hope and courage to face any situation with a smile on your face.

    If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to your mountain, "MOVE!" and it WILL move... and NOTHING will be impossible for YOU! - Matthew 17:20

    In the Lord, put your trust. - Psalms 11:1

    The Lord will guide you always, he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land. You will be like a spring whose waters never fail. - Isaiah 58:11

    If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believeth. - Mark 9:23

    Thou shall decree a thing and it shall be established unto thee and a light shall shine upon thy ways. - Job 22:28

    Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say on the Lord. - Psalms 27:14

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. - Proverbs 3:5,6

    Behold I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest. - Genesis 28:15

    And I am sure that he who began a good work in you will complete it. - Philippians 1:6

    With God all things are possible. - Matthew 19:26

    Fear thou not . . . I will strengthen thee. . . I will help thee. - Isaiah 41:10

    Your Father knoweth what things you have need of before you ask Him. - Matthew 6:8

    Come unto me, ye who are weary and overburdened, and I will give you rest. - Matthew 11:28

    Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. - Mark 13:31

    Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. - Proverbs 30:5

    And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him. - 1 John 5:14-15

    For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. - 2 Timothy 1:7

    I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. - Philippians 4:13

    [Seek him] that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD [is] his name. - Amos 5:7

    Given below are some empowering verses, from the Bible, to provide spiritual strength to all.

    All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. - 1 Corinthians 9:25-27

    The steps of a man are established by the LORD; And He delights in his way. When he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong; Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand. - Psalm 37:23-24

    Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you. - Hebrews 13:5 

    I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:13

    Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. - Isaiah 40:31

    I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. - Psalm 32:8

    Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. - Psalm 37:3-5

    If anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. - 2 Timothy 2:5-7

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. - Philippians 4:6

    No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. - Hebrews 12:11-13

    Motivational Bible Verses for Youth

    Here are some scriptures from the Bible to inspire the youth and young adults, especially those who are stranded, and help them to look at life in a positive way.

    Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. - Psalm 55:22

    But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer, Nor His mercy from me! - Psalm 66:19-20

    Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. - 1 Timothy 4:12

    For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile. - Jeremiah 29:11-14

    Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.

    They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. - Proverbs 1:8-9

    Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. - John 14:1

    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. - John 3:16

    Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. - 1 Peter 5:5-9

    Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, "I find no pleasure in them". - Ecclesiastes 12:1

    My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. - Psalm 62:5-8

    Strengthening Bible Verses for Soldiers

    Braving the enemy and protecting the country, against all odds, is what a soldier does. Though courageous, soldiers also need their dose of motivation, to boost their enthusiasm. Given below are some Bible sayings to motivate and boost the spirit of soldiers.

    And he said, "The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; My savior, Thou dost save me from violence. "I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; And I am saved from my enemies - 2 Samuel 22:2-4

    These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. - John 16:33

    How blessed is he who considers the helpless; The LORD will deliver him in a day of trouble. The LORD will protect him, and keep him alive, And he shall be called blessed upon the earth; And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies. The LORD will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, Thou dost restore him to health. - Psalm 41:1-3

    Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. - Ephesians 6:13

    Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt revive me; Thou wilt stretch forth Thy hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Thy right hand will save me. - Psalm 138:7

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight - Proverbs 3:5-6

    I will not be afraid of ten thousands of the people That have set themselves against me round about. - Psalm 3:6

    The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble. - Psalm 9:9

    The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. - Deuteronomy 31:8

    And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. - John 1:5

    Reading the Bible, itself, gives a person inner strength to face perils and problems with confidence. Whenever you feel depressed or feel there is no way out of a problem, go through these words of encouragement from the Bible, which will help lift your broken spirit up. Be inspired!

    Please add any other of your favorite Bible verses on faith in the comments. Thanks for reading.