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More Than… In Life, Love, and the Hereafter - Demonic



[intro/recap]:

ABCDE... To be MORE THAN In life, love, and the hereafter - Never be Less Than. We can never settle for being less than we can be - or less than God intended that we be. To be MORE THAN in life, love and the hereafter - Two Are be Better Than One. It will take the help and support of a prayer partner, a trusted friend, a good brother or sister in Christ. To be MORE THAN in life, love and the hereafter - Conquering Won't Always Look Like Winning.

We are going to be MORE THAN in facing the demonic forces of evil and haunting demons of our past. To engage ourselves in this offensive against the strategic and merciless attempts of Satan and the demonic forces that come with him will lead us to seek refuge and power from the only force greater - THE POWER OF GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT, MANIFEST IN AND THROUGH THE RESURRECTED AND LIVING SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

Spiritual power is far more important than earthly power - WRITE IT DOWN. It cannot be manufactured, it can only come from the kind of relationship that Jesus had with His Father - God. This teaching can be life-changing for anyone who is ready to move forward in spiritual warfare against the demonic forces that have for so long tried to destroy our lives and the lives of those we love. It is time to become MORE THAN...


[first thoughts/revelation]


Demonic attacks are conceived in a spiritually evil realm - but can become physically or emotionally manifested. A demonic attack or oppression must be as the scripture says, must be wrestled with in that spiritual realm. Wrestling against demonic forces that have manifested themselves physically or emotionally cannot always be overcome by treating and beating our bodies and minds. The reality is that could be anything - name it. Although what can be seen seems rather obvious, if it is a demonic force, it is not. As it is launched or sent from the spiritual realm a demonic force cannot be seen until it is actually manifested. For people who are aware or woke to those type things they sometimes can be sensed or discerned - that is usually good. But even with that, the demonic reality just is not always recognized or acknowledged for what it is - real.


On the other hand, physical and emotional manifestations such as poor choices, addiction, chronic-compulsive, disease, illness, tragedy, trauma, crisis/disaster, human break-down are not ALL the result of demonic forces or schemes and memes from the devils workshop. Not every human condition can be assessed by or blamed on darkness, devils and demons.


The last thought before we begin is this. In an Anti-Christ climate and cultivation such as ours here in the West (void of a biblical world-view), demonic forces and attacks are comfortably assimilated into the mainstream through all platforms - it’s on!


Job 1

The Lord said to Satan, “From where have you come?" Satan answered the Lord and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and form walking up and down on it. And the Lord said to Satan, have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turn away from evil?

[Essential MORE THAN Bundle - WORD vs. Demonic]


Philippians 2:9-10

Therefore, God elevated him (Christ) to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.

Mark 16:17

In My name they (believers) will cast out demons.

Ephesians 6:11-12

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:14-18

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.

James 4:7-8

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

John 10:27–29

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

Romans 8:37-39

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

[quotes on the demonic]


There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about demons and devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight. - C.S. Lewis


If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels. - Tennessee Williams


In this world, there is only one demon whose blood flowing in its veins has the power to turn humans into demons. – Muzan Kibutsuji (Demon Slayer)


The love of power is the demon of mankind. - Friedrich Nietzsche


I know the type of demons they have to fight and I am going to help them fight, because it's the only way I can keep them from getting to my family. - Michael Irvin


Just beat my record for most consecutive days without dying. - Bill Murray


[demonic defined]


[demonic]: an evil spirit or devil, thought to possess or oppress a person - a cruel, evil, or destructive person or thing - an evil force or foe, a dark oppressive or tormenting presence

[demons]: the constant torment of failed past or the face of troubled and traumatic past experiences - a source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin - the demons of drug and alcohol addiction, confronting the demons of his childhood


[demonic key words]: Tragedy/Triumph - Manifestation - Oppression - Possession - Curses - Torment - Authority - Deliverance - Resistance


[biblical truth and the demonic]


Matthew 16:13-19

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “YOU ARE THE CHRIST THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

I love the Message translation of verse 19.


A YES ON EARTH IS A YES IN HEAVEN - A NO ON EARTH IS A NO IN HEAVEN


This truth is a definite weapon against any demonic force that comes against us. Jesus says, in effect, that the powers of hell will ‘not overcome’ the person who in faith proclaims HIM as the Son of the Living God (verse 16). As the church Jesus we are MORE THAN, armed with the keys (access) to His kingdom, we can move against the gates of hell and set free the captive, the burdened, and the broken.


The demonic forces of evil will try to come against Christ His Church (us). But Jesus, said, the ‘gates of Hades’ will not be able to withstand the force and power of the church of Jesus Christ. The indication here from Jesus was not that Peter was the foundation for His church - but rather Jesus, the authority and power as the churches one true foundation. In Christ, we become the Petra (rock) that He will use to build His church. This authority and power allows the church of Jesus to go on the offensive against any demonic force, assured of being MORE THAN conquerors against the gates (defenses) of our enemy.


We have the amazing privilege and experience of seeing people liberated through the preaching of the good news of the kingdom - the word of truth. We have the joy of seeing people becoming MORE THAN addiction, oppression, depression, anxiety, and every kind of evil, illness, and disease. We can approach challenges and difficulty with confidence, without fear of demonic influence or attack, knowing that we access and pair with remarkable spiritual authority and power. We are MORE THAN and never LESS-THAN, through Christ who loved us.


[demonic outcomes and takeaways]


[outcomes]


Let me tell you a personal story...

On three successive mornings starting January 27th, I was awakened precisely at 2:30 am to what felt like to me was movement and a presence in my room just to the left-side of my bed. I sat straight up each time looked at the clock, and used my phone light to illuminate the darkness towards the small sofa to my left. The presence that I felt was not good or comforting, it was frightening and unsettling. Each time, I could hear a quiet male voice speak to me - it seemed to be coming from close by my bedside. Very quickly, I knew what the presence was (demonic), I knew why it was happening (fear, mockery, and intimidation). I also knew that it was very real (it happened), but that it was not true (every word was a purposeful demonic lie). Here is what was said...


Monday 2:30 am - demonic lie #1

You’ve had a voice. You’ve had your time and influence, but not anymore - it’s over. I’m going to silence you.

Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people. Acts 18:9-10


Tuesday 2:30 am - demonic lie #2

Reunion won’t fight against me, I’m going to make them fight against themselves. I’m going to divide you.

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility - Ephesians 2:14


Wednesday 2:30 am - demonic lie #3

If you think you had heart trouble before, just wait. I’m going disable you.

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. - 1 Peter 2:24


[takeaways]


TO BECOME MORE THAN conquerors against the demonic attack and activity of our spiritual enemy - we proclaim the power of Jesus Name against evil, disease, fear and doubt.


Mark 16:16-18

Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.

TO WALK in agreement and unity with other believers against the powers and principalities of darkness.


Matthew 18:19-20

Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.

TO ACT in faith and assurance that demonic forces of evil cannot overtake or overcome you as a believer in Christ Jesus - no matter what the circumstances.


Isaiah 54:14-17

In righteousness you will be established; you will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; and from terror, for it will not come near you. 15 If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me; whoever stirs up strife with you will fall because of you. 16 Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals and produces a weapon for its purpose. I have also created the ravager to destroy; 17 no weapon that is fashioned against you will succeed, and you will refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.

TO EXPERIENCE the revelation knowledge that any demonic presence, power, or plan against you is under the command and authority of our resurrected Savior - Jesus Christ.


Ephesians 1:16-23

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

TO VALUE the church as the conquering body of Jesus Christ against Satan and his demons.


1 John 4:1-4

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.


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