Getting to know our enemy

 

 

 

Eph 6: 12

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Our battle is not a battle with flesh and blood but a battle in the spiritual realm against Powers the authorities of darkness. 

 

 

 

The Church is not a cruise ship with the pastor as a cruise director, it is not a showboat meant to entertain its members, it is a Battleship called to war to see the strongholds of Satan fall under a barrage of heaven’s artillery.

 

 

 

 

 

We as Christians do not have the luxury of neutrality, we are at war and our enemy takes no prisoners. When we accepted Christ as Lord and Savior he also became our Commander in Chief. He has called us to battle against the Army of Darkness that assails our Families and our communities. When we were saved we enlisted in the army of the living God, from this army there is no discharge, from this army there is no retirement, We have been called to fight the good fight to war against Satan and his minions for the souls of man. Therefore we must Amour up pray up and unsheathe the Sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) and assail the strongholds of darkness in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our enemy is real he is not a figment of our imaginations as the world would have us believe.

 

 

 

Satan would love for us to think that he is some cartoon character with horns a tail and pitchfork, or that he is just something made up to frighten people.

 

 

 

This has been his best weapon against the world and they have fallen for it hook line and sinker.

 

 

 

 

 

But the Bible paints a very different picture of our enemy.

 

 

 

 

 

Ezekiel 28

 

 

 

11.  Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

 

 

 

 12.  Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

 

 

 

 13.  Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the Beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

 

 

 

 14.  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

 

 

 

 15.  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

 

 

 

 16.  By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

 

 

 

 17.  Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

 

 

 

 18.  Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exodus 39

 

 

 

8.  And he made the breastplate of cunning work, like the work of the ephod; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.

 

 

 

 9.  It was foursquare; they made the breastplate double: a span was the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof, being doubled.

 

 

 

 10.  And they set in it four rows of stones: the first row was a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this was the first row.

 

 

 

 11.  And the second row, an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.

 

 

 

 12.  And the third row, a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.

 

 

 

 13.  And the fourth row, a Beryl, an onyx, and a jasper: they were inclosed in ouches of gold in their inclosings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Satan was the high priest of Heaven, He lead the worship of God.

 

 

 

The Bible say that he was perfect in all his ways from the day he was created until iniquity was found in him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Satan was corrupted through pride:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ezekiel 28

 

 

 

15.  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

 

 

 

 16.  By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

 

 

 

17.  Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

 

 

 

 18.  Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isaiah says this of him:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isaiah 14

 

 

 

12.  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

 

 

 

 13.  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

 

 

 

 14.  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucifer means light bearer, Lucifer son of the morning became Satan the father of the night.

 

 

 

Why? Because of Pride!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isaiah 14

 

 

 

15.  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

 

 

 

 16.  They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

 

 

 

 17.  That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

 

 

 

 18.  All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.

 

 

 

 19.  But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcass trodden under feet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the one who would be like the most high let his pride take him to the bottom of the pit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead of obtaining his objective he fell to the lowest of all estates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Satan continues in Power:

 

 

 

 

 

 

As soon as Satan unsheathed his sword of rebellion, he was swiftly banished from heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 10

 

 

 

18.  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thought he no longer holds a position in heaven he still operates with limited power here on earth through deception and craft.( Skill in evasion or deception; guile.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Mark 5 1-20 we are given an example of how Satan operates.

 

 

 

Mark 5

 

 

 

 

 

 1.  And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.

 

 

 

 2.  And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

 

 

 

 3.  Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:

 

 

 

 4.  Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

 

 

 

 5.  And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

 

 

 

6.  But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

 

 

 

 7.  And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

 

 

 

 8.  For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

 

 

 

 9.  And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

 

 

 

 10.  And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.

 

 

 

 11.  Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.

 

 

 

 12.  And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

 

 

 

 13.  And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

 

 

 

 14.  And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.

 

 

 

 15.  And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

 

 

 

 16.  And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.

 

 

 

 17.  And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.

 

 

 

 18.  And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.

 

 

 

 19.  Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.

 

 

 

 20.  And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here in this scripture we get a picture of what Satan can do in persons Life

 

 

 

 

 

He had a preoccupation with Death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a true today as it was then Legions dwelling place was in the tombs,

 

 

 

 All we have to do today is look at the rock music culture and the books and

 

 

 

Movies that have attracted and continue to attract this generation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We see bands with names like Anthrax, Autopsy, Biohazard, Blood feast,

 

 

 

Blue Murder, Brian sick, Christian Death, Demonic Christ, Kill for Thrills,

 

 

 

Megadeath, Necrophobic, Rigor Mortis, Rotting Christ, Suicide Kings,

 

 

 

Vampire rodents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books and Movies like Harry Potter that glorifies the occult, Twilight  pokie

 

 

 

mon whose characters are taken straight out of Japanese demonology.

 

 

 

Where does Satan want his converts? In the chambers of the dead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In contrast to Satan we see in John 9-10 Jesus said

 

 

 

9.  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go

 

 

 

in and out, and find pasture.

 

 

 

10.     The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am

 

 

 

come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 

 

 

How can the murderous ways of our society and the preoccupation with

 

 

 

 Death be explained apart from the influence of Satan.

 

 

 

 

 

We see the suicide rate in teens and the violence in our schools and ask how

 

 

 

God can let this happen, but it is not God that has let it happen but us who

 

 

 

have allowed Satan control over our families and homes and in most

 

 

 

 instances invited him in to do so.

 

 

 

 

 

Rebellion against authority:

 

 

 

 

 

Legion could not be tamed, neither could education or psychology had had

 

 

 

Any effect on the man: one might as well throw snow balls at a brick wall,

 

 

 

With the hope of moving it, as to try these humanistic methods to reform the

 

 

 

Satanic spirit.

 

 

 

 

His spirit was one of utter defiance.

 

 

 

 

 

He could not be bound

 

 

 

 

 

Our jails overflow with rebels who like this man are bound but rebel all the

 

 

 

more when they are released.

 

 

 

 

 

Uncleanness and Nudity

 

 

 

 

 

The demons or unclean spirits had striped the man of all dignity and decency

 

 

 

They kept him naked completely exposed

 

 

 

 

 

 This is how Satan works, our is a generation without modesty and restraint

 

 

 

Advertisements and movies are filled with images of women and men

 

 

 

Displaying their bodies in a sensual manner. Our young girls dress in

 

 

 

a provocative manner with less and less clothing  emulating what they see in

 

 

 

the media and in the movies and in videos. They have been captured by the

 

 

 

same spirit that dwelt in this man years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

Their language has become the filthy language of the gutter as they repeat

 

 

 

What they hear in main stream media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restlessness and sadness

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark 5:

 

 

 

5.          And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

 

 

 

“The way of the Transgressor is hard. Our choices, either willingly or passively can cause us heartache and pain.

 

 

 

Today’s generation is heartbroken and under seize by Satan, we are a generation of prosperity without peace.

 

 

 

 We seek peace from a bottle from pills or from a syringe.

 

 

 

Look how many people today and how many young people today are on some type of medication for depression anxiety and other psychological issues. Doctors and Drug companies get rich treating the symptoms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the true disease rages within the heart, Jer. 17 9  states

 

 

 

9.     The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

 

 

 

 

 

The only cure for these problems lies, with The Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

He is the only cure for our sinful hearts he is the only one that can free us from the bonds of Satan and make us a new creature.

 

 

 

 

Self Mutilation and destructive acts:

 

 

 

 

 

This torment man in Mark 5 took sharp stone and cut himself.

 

 

 

There are many teen today that cut and mutilate their bodies with sharp objects who carve symbols into their bodies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But there is another group that mutilates their body’s in different ways by piercing them with all manner of object even common nails, they cut holes in their ears and noses. They mark their bodies by injecting ink into their skin with needles.

 

 

 

 

 

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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are the temple of God when we give ourselves to Christ we are no longer our own but His.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Separation from family and Friends

 

 

 

Satan had separated him from his friends and family he had put him in a place of loneliness and solitude.

 

 

 

He could not enjoy fellowship with those who loved him most,

 

 

 

Our family and friends bring us the greatest joy exceeded only by our relationship with God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our enemy is the one who seeks to steal kill and destroy John 10: 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Separation, violence, arguments, and strife are the weapons of choice for Satan’s attack on relationships.

 

 

 

 

 

Hostility to the Lord Jesus Christ:

 

 

 

Mark 5: 6-7

 

 

 

Satan and his demons have a dread of Jesus and so do those inhabited by them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Satan is condemned to perdition.

 

 

 

Ezekiel 28:

 

 

 

18.            Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank God when Satan said I will ascend, Jesus in His humility and humanity said I will descend. Jesus through His death burial and resurrection has conquered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hebrews 2

 

 

 

13.      Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy( Katargeo to make of none effect) him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what Jesus did on Calvary when hell was saying, He is finished, Jesus Said it is finished the plan of salvation was finished, through His death Jesus destroyed him who had the power of death.

 

 

 

Colossians 2

 

 

 

14.  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

 

 

 

 15.  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

 

 

 

 

 

While Satan may not have vanished he has been Vanquished ours is the victory.

 

 

1 John 4

 

 

 

4.  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.