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Lecture 4 of the Spiritual Warfare SeminarBy John Edmiston
How To Deal With Demons&Spiritual Oppression
Spiritual Oppression
Christians cannot be fully possessed by the Devil (because they have the Holy Spirit) but they can be oppressed, hindered and harassed.Such spiritual oppression often stems from things such as involvement in the occult, false teaching, and sexual immorality, or from keeping idols or magic books in the house (Deut. 7:24-26).Oppressioncan also come from outside through curses and witch-craft or from within ourselves because we harbor hatred,bitterness, malice andunforgivenessin our hearts (Matthew18:21-35, Ephesians 4;25-32)
Symptoms
1. Hopelessness, despair, loss of confidence, spiritual anguish and struggle, the constant feeling of accusation or of being ‘unclean’ in some way.2. The sense of being cursed or of being the victim of some malicious spiritual force. A feeling that hatred, malice or envy is being directed at you in order to destroy you.3. An out-of-control thought life, very vivid fantasies and daydreams, being unable to think straight. Numerous fears.4. A sense of being ‘blocked’ or stifled in one’s Christian life. A pronounced loss of enthusiasm for spiritual things.5. Addictions, compulsions, lying, impulsiveness, habitual folly, excessive materialism, being hyper-critical, outbursts of anger, a long line of broken relationships.6. The feeling of being attacked, strangled or seduced by spirits during one’s sleep. Seeing dark shapes. Hearing seducing, accusing or very demanding voices.7. Unusual , even bizarre accidents and illnesses, constant financial problems, a continual lack of success in life despite one’s best efforts.
Ephesus City of Spiritual Warfare
Acts 19 tells us that Ephesus was full of occult activity such as Jewish exorcists, magicians, idol manufacturers and above them all a gigantic temple to Diana (also known as Artemis).Theapostles Paul and John both ministered there andthe epistles of Ephesiansand 1 John(both written to the church in Ephesus) tellus much about how to combat spiritual oppression.Another center of spiritual warfare wasPergamos(where Satan’s throne , the temple and altar to Zeus) was.
Acts 19….
Read Acts chapter 19 and list all the seven kinds of spiritual warfare taking place in Ephesus at this time…V. 1-7 _________________________________V.8-10 _________________________________V. 11 __________________________________V.13-17 ________________________________V.18-20 _________________________________V. 21-27 ________________________________V. 28-41 _________________________________
Christ’s Conquest!
1. The powers of darkness are real (Ephesians 2:2, 6:12)2. But Christ has conquered them (Ephesians 1:19-23, 4:8, Colossians. 2:15) and they must submit to His Name (Philippians 2:10,11)3. Jesus Christ has ascended into Heaven (Ephesians 1:19-23, 4:8-10) and Christians have been seated with Him in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6) so we also have spiritual authority (1 Corinthians 6:2,3).
Our Protection
(1 John 3:8 NKJV) 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 4:4 NKJV) You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.(1 John 5:18 NKJV) We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.
We CAN Deal With Demons!
(Luke 9:1 NKJV) Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.(Luke 10:1, 17-24 NKJV) After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to....Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name." {18} And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. {19} "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. {20} "Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
Steps To Victory!
1. If we admit our situation and honestly confess our sins we will be forgiven and the blood of Christ will cleanse us from all sin (1Jn1:7-9)2. So we see that through Christ we have a right to spiritual cleansing. (Hebrews 9:14)3. We must renounce the hidden deeds of darkness (Ephesians 5:11-14) including the occult, sexual immorality & covetousness (Ephesians 5:2-5) and all hatred (1 John 2:9-11) and decide to walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:5-7, Ephesians 5:8-10). This is often called removing the ground the enemy has in our lives.4. After this we should then ask for the filling of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) and put on each piece of the whole armor of God by prayer (Ephesians 6:10-20)
Destroy All Occult Objects!
Deuteronomy 7:25,26; 18:9-14, 32:7Leviticus 19:311 Chronicles 14:12Micah 1:71 Kings 15:13Isaiah 47:13Acts 19:18-201 Corinthians 10:14Occults associated with idolatry, false religions, the occult, and with divination (crystal balls,ouijaboards etc) should be burned.They are accursed and they bring a curse on the house they are in!God has tremendous wrath towards such objects and practices:Deut 11:16,17; 29;22-29, Micah 5:12-14, 2 Chronicles 24:18
Binding & Loosing
Powerto bind and to loose has been delivered over to God's church (Matthew 16:18-19)Andcan be exercised by any two or three Christians coming together in agreement before God (Matthew 18:18-20).Becauseof the authority we have been given on the basis of the completed work of Christ we can come against Satan as "someone stronger" and overpower him, binding his activities (Matthew 12:29),neutralisinghis weapons (Luke 11:22) and taking back the things he claims ownership of. (Luke 11:22).
In The Name of Jesus
(John 14:13-14 NKJV) "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. {14} "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.(John 15:16 NKJV) "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you(Luke 10:17-19 NRSV) The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!" {18} He said to them, "I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. {19} See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you.(Acts 16:18 NRSV) {18} She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And it came out that very hour.
A Prayer – Part 1
I honestly confess my sins (list them) including any occult involvement of my parents and ancestors (list them)(Exodus 20:5, Deuteronomy 5:9, 2 Samuel 21:1)I renounce the Devil and all his works. (this may include destroying occult objects such as magic books & idols )(Acts 19:17-20, Deuteronomy 7:24-26)I forgive others (list their names) just as Jesus Christ has forgiven me. (Ephesians 4:32, Matthew 6:12-15,)I claim my spiritual cleansing by the blood of Jesus Christ whom I confess to be my Savior and my Lord.(1 John 1:7-9, Hebrews 9:14)
A Prayer – Part Two
Inow give any ground that Satan may have had in my life over to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and I ask for God to fill me with the Holy Spirit and with joy. (Ephesians 5:1-18)I take up my spiritual authority as one seated in heavenly realms with Christ Jesus and in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I command Satan and all his demons to depart from me. (Ephesians 2:6, 1:20, Mark 3:15, 16:17,18; Luke 9:1)I claim that all curses spoken and written against me are broken by the cross of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 3:10-14, Colossians 2:13-15) and that I have all the spiritual blessings in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:3) including the blessings of Abraham (Galatians 3:14,29) for God has out-blessed the curse (Psalm 109:28) and turned it into a blessing (Deuteronomy 23:5)And I now prayerfully put on each piece of the full armor of God (name each piece see Ephesians 6:10-20) and I will walk in the light as He is in the light ( 1 John 1:5-7). In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
The Process
Many people have found that it is very helpful to pray the prayer for spiritual cleansing twice a day for about two or three weeks. (“Spiritual Antibiotics”)As you pray you will begin to feel ‘lighter’ spiritually and the heaviness of the spiritual oppression will fade away.God may bring things to mind that you have to do, such as apologizing to someone or repaying a debt. As you follow these leadings of the Holy Spirit you will find relief.
Precautions!
Have a prayer covering before, during and afterwards.Minister in teams of two or three with at least one experienced person in the team.Never minister deliverance alone with a person of the opposite genderAlways obey the Spirit’s leading in every detailUse the name of Jesus, not power objects or ritualsBe cautious about laying hands on a person who is manifesting instead “cast them out with a word..”Use the spiritual cleansing prayer first. “Remove the rubbish and the rats will leave”Do not use physical force, do not do anything illegal or sexualDo not give legal, medical or financial adviceNever tell anyone to alter their medications

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