Demons and Spiritual Warfare

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Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee.When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs.When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.1For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, What is your name? And he said, Legion, for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss.2Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned.Luke 8: 26-33 (ESV)3Demons and Spiritual Warfare4Demons and Spiritual Warfare

Modern Society is governed by Philosophical Naturalism.5Demons and Spiritual Warfare

Modern Society is governed by Philosophical Naturalism.

Even for some who admit that God exists,God is viewed as distant and uninvolved:Deism.6Demons and Spiritual Warfare

Modern Society is governed by Philosophical Naturalism.

Even for some who admit that God exists,God is viewed as distant and uninvolved:Deism.

Thus everything would have anaturalistic explanation.7Demons and Spiritual Warfare

Modern Society is governed by Philosophical Naturalism.

Even for some who admit that God exists,God is viewed as distant and uninvolved:Deism.

Thus everything would have anaturalistic explanation.

Thus, the idea that there are demons whomight be influencing people and eventsseems absurd.8Demons and Spiritual Warfare

This is particularly the case when it comes toissues of health.9Demons and Spiritual Warfare

This is particularly the case when it comes toissues of health.

We are told that the only way to heal is to lookfor a naturalistic explanation for the ill-health.10Demons and Spiritual Warfare

This is particularly the case when it comes toissues of health.

We are told that the only way to heal is to lookfor a naturalistic explanation for the ill-health.

Otherwise, to admit that demons are presentwould cause us to treat the person poorly.11Demons and Spiritual Warfare

The Biblical culture, most cultures throughout history, and even most modern cultures, assumethe reality of spiritual forces.12Demons and Spiritual Warfare

The Biblical culture, most cultures throughout history, and even most modern cultures, assumethe reality of spiritual forces.

The Bible records at least five separate instancesof Jesus delivering people from demons.(Matthew 9:32-33, 17:14-21, Mark 1:23-26,Luke 8:27-39, 11:14)13Demons and Spiritual Warfare

The Biblical culture, most cultures throughout history, and even most modern cultures, assumethe reality of spiritual forces.

The Bible records at least five separate instancesof Jesus delivering people from demons.(Matthew 9:32-33, 17:14-21, Mark 1:23-26,Luke 8:27-39, 11:14)

Probably the most dramatic instance is the one before us today.14Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee.When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs.When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.15For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, What is your name? And he said, Legion, for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss.16Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned.Luke 8: 26-33 (ESV)17Jesus vs. Legion18Jesus vs. Legion

Legion acknowledges the power and authorityof Jesus.19Jesus vs. Legion

Legion acknowledges the power and authorityof Jesus.

They seem to have a parasitic existence.20Jesus vs. Legion

Legion acknowledges the power and authorityof Jesus.

They seem to have a parasitic existence.

A. They need to find a host.21The Christian and Spiritual Warfare22The Christian and Spiritual Warfare

A Christian can find him/herself attacked.23The Christian and Spiritual Warfare

A Christian can find him/herself attacked.

This attack may or may not have anything to do with a sin that you committed.24Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. I Peter 5:8-9 (ESV)25Jesus vs. Legion

Legion acknowledges the power and authorityof Jesus.

They seem to have a parasitic existence.

They need to find a host.

They do not like to give up a host.26When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says, I will return to my house from which I came. And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation. Matthew 12:43-45 (ESV)27The Christian and Spiritual Warfare

A Christian can find him/herself attacked.

This attack may or may not have anything to do with a sin that you committed.

A Christian may find him/herself attacked again over an issue which they thought they hadput behind them.28The Reality of Spiritual Warfare29The Reality of Spiritual Warfare

To assume that natural forces arebehind all ill-health is unbiblical.The Christian must acknowledge and beprepared to deal with Satan and his minions.30The Reality of Spiritual Warfare

To assume that natural forces arebehind all ill-health is unbiblical.The Christian must acknowledge and beprepared to deal with Satan and his minions.

We are all the potential targets of an attack.We should not be surprised by it.31The Reality of Spiritual Warfare

To assume that natural forces arebehind all ill-health is unbiblical.The Christian must acknowledge and beprepared to deal with Satan and his minions.

We are all the potential targets of an attack.We should not be surprised by it.

Resisting the devil certainly involves prayer. It can also involve going and seeking help.32The Reality of Spiritual Warfare

To assume that natural forces arebehind all ill-health is unbiblical.The Christian must acknowledge and beprepared to deal with Satan and his minions.

We are all the potential targets of an attack.We should not be surprised by it.

Resisting the devil certainly involves prayer. It can also involve going and seeking help.

Satan does not give up easily.33

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