More Than… In Life, Love, and the Hereafter - Demonic continued
[biblical truth - weapons and warfare]
2 Corinthians 10:4
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds."
3 Weapons for Demonic Warfare
[Written Word - Spoken Word - Faith Word]
Matthew 4:1-11 [written word]
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man will not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ 7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You will not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You will worship the Lord your God and him only will you serve.’ 11 Then the devil left him, and immediately, angels came and were ministering to him.
This is of course Matthews’s re-tell of spiritual warfare exchange between Jesus and the demonic forces of Satan. Jesus reveals that the WRITTEN WORD is a definite weapon against any demonic force that comes against us. The devil hates and fears God’s Word because it is a two-edged weapon of warfare that can cut him apart. GOD'S WORD is unmovable and unchangeable. It is a solid foundation for your faith and an anchor for your soul. You can trust it, you can stand on it, and you can believe it with your whole heart because God (by covenant) honors His Word! No matter what you are experiencing in the natural, agree with the Word and confess it over your health, your finances, your family, your business, your ministry, and every area of battle and difficulty of your life. HERE IS HOW IT WORKS...
IT IS WRITTEN: And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
IT IS WRITTEN: He will call on me, and I will answer him (Psalm 91:15).
IT IS WRITTEN: The one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward (Proverbs 11:18).
IT IS WRITTEN: If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? (Matthew 6:30).
IT IS WRITTEN: I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you (Luke 10:19).
IT IS WRITTEN: No harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent (Psalm 91:10).
IT IS WRITTEN: The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all (Psalm 34:19).
IT IS WRITTEN: And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up (James 5:15).
IT IS WRITTEN: Cast your cares on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken (Psalm 55:22).
IT IS WRITTEN: The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them (Psalm 34:7).
IT IS WRITTEN: Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this (Psalm 37:5).
IT IS WRITTEN: We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8–9).
Matthew 16:15-19 [spoken word]
Jesus said to them (disciples), “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 [petros, Grk; strong rock], and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 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.”
As the church Jesus we are MORE THAN, armed and dangerous having been given the keys (access to His kingdom, and authority to proclaim the gospel of Christ) we can move in strength against demonic forces. This another weapon of warfare against the demonic forces of evil.
Don't be fooled into disbelief, and certainly don't become blinded to the truth about evil intentions. 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." He says clearly, that the powers of hell will ‘not overcome’ His people. His people? Those who in faith proclaim HIM as the Son of the Living God, verse 16).
The indication (verse 18), from Jesus was not that Peter was the foundation for His church, but rather Himself - Christ Jesus. Jesus the authority and power as the churches one true foundation. In Christ, as did Peter, we become the Petros (rock/force) that He will use to build His church. This authority and power allows the Church of Jesus to go on the offensive demonic forces. Here is how that works according to Jesus in verse 19. I love the Message translation of that verse, "A YES ON EARTH IS A YES IN HEAVEN - A NO ON EARTH IS A NO IN HEAVEN."
In Christ when we say YES to Him our word is sent-sealed-saved in Heaven. Conversely, when we say NO to the demonic attacks and forces of evil, our word is also sent-sealed-saved in heaven. This a significant piece to the authority given to us as people of God and the Church of Jesus Christ. Our authority to SPEAK (bind and loose) between heaven and earth is a weapon that comes from our submission to, and acknowledgement of God’s authority.
Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Because of this SPOKEN WORD authority, we have the amazing privilege and possibility of seeing people liberated through the presence of God and the preaching and proclaiming of the good news of the kingdom - the word of truth. We have the joy of seeing people becoming MORE THAN their 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 when we speak in unity with God's ways and will - we access and activate the remarkable spiritual authority and power of Christ.
Matthew 17:14-20 [faith word]
And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he suffers severe seizures; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long will I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. “Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Interesting that when the disciples asked Jesus why they were not able to cast out the demonic forces over the boy, Jesus had a simple answer: “Because of your unbelief.” Wow... He then goes on to re-enforce this statement by saying that faith as a grain of mustard seed can remove mountains. This brings us to the tip of the spear: when dealing with demonic forces and evil manifestations against us, FAITH IS A REQUIRED WEAPON.
The scripture teaches us clearly that unbelief is poisonous - definitely less-than. Unbelief, in contrast to faith, is the agreement with the spirit of the age (zietgiest). It is the tolerance and acceptance of demonic ways and thinking rather than THE ways and thinking of Christ. Anyone who is in agreement or negotiations with the demonic forces of darkness is going to have a difficult time resisting or overcoming. Definitely not MORE THAN. Faith is belief and agreement with the Word of God. It is not dictated by the senses or feelings (more on that next week). In God’s mind, faith and belief is substance and evidence (Hebrews 11:1) - Right?
While God’s power operates through belief and faith, Satan thrives on fear. In becoming MORE THAN - fear has got to go. Demonic forces smell fear like sharks smell blood, and only makes them more aggressive. To be MORE THAN - we must approach demonic force with assurance and confidence in the power and authority of the name of Jesus. We know He has given us authority to “trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19). No demon is going to be able to attach itself to you. No curse is going to come upon you (Proverbs 26:2). We are More Than and we have nothing to fear from demonic. You are covered in the blood of Jesus. You are a child of God. Jesus has already “disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Colossians 2:15).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TO VALUE the church as the conquering body of Jesus Christ against Satan and his demons.
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.
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