POWER IN THE EVIL SPIRITUAL WORLD

(Part1)
Reading: Ephesians 6:10 - 18

INTRODUCTION

[a] When Jesus was returning to Heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit.
[b] I want us for a few minutes to consider the fact that it is essential for every Christian to utilize the power of the Holy Spirit, because of the spiritual war in which we are engaged!
[c] When I speak about spiritual warfare, what does it mean to you??
[d] To some who profess the name of Christ, it means little more than when they fight with other Christians!! As the song says, "God is
keeping His soldiers fighting."

THE POWER OF THE ENEMY

[a] I was doing a school assembly in Peterhead Academy, and I knew if I asked the two hundred or so teenagers there, if they believed in God, the response would have been somewhat negative, as they would not have wanted to commit themselves publicly!
So I used a little reverse psychology, and asked how many of them believed in the DEVIL! JUST ABOUT EVERY HAND SHOT UP!!
I used that as a platform to present the reality of God - as the song says about something entirely different, "You can't have one without
the other!"
(b) Let me challenge you in this meeting ...........
DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD? Of course you do!
DO YOU THEN BELIEVE IN THE DEVIL? How can you not do!
WE THEN MUST FACE UP TO THE FACT THAT IF THE DEVIL
IS REAL, HE IS A SPIRITUAL BEING WITH ENORMOUS POWER!!
Why at one time, he even felt that he had the capability to overthrow God Himself, so his evil power must be beyond human comprehension!!
[c] DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF EVIL!
BEING A TRUE CHRISTIAN IS NO PICNIC!
WE CANNOT AFFORD TO PLAY TOY SOLDIERS!

WITCHCRAFT

(a) There was a program on television some time ago in which I saw, a mother and daughter who were both real live witches.

IN FACT THE MOTHER WAS A QUEEN WITCH, AND THE DAUGHTER (herself a young woman) WAS A WITCH HIGH PRIESTESS!

[*] Within the past few weeks, I have been horrified to see a White Witch on breakfast television, teaching the viewers how to perform
spells to bring them health, happiness and prosperity! She was presented as nothing out of the ordinary - a part of normal everyday
life!
(b) Now the temptation for us as Christians, is simply to dismiss such people as 'a little bit touched'. However, these people are obviously very clever, very presentable AND IN DEADLY EARNEST!
(c) We've all heard the term, "The devil looks after his own!"
Well, some witches can walk through a BLAZING BONFIRE without the slightest harm - without even the smell of smoke tainting their cloak.
This is one of the things the converted witch DOREEN IRVINE had to do in order to become QUEEN OF BLACK WITCHES FOR ALL OF EUROPE.
And whilst she was doing it, SATAN HIMSELF MATERIALISED TO HER IN THE FIRE, AND EVERYONE COULD SEE HIM MEET WITH HER!!
AS A WITCH, SHE HAD AMAZING POWERS DIRECT FROM THE DEVIL.
[*] Someone we knew in a former area, got a new boyfriend, who was deeply involved in the occult. One of their acquaintances had a serious injury, with the possibility of losing his eye. When the boyfriend heard, he laughed and said, "YOU SEE THE POWERS I'VE GOT??"
[*] My mother has often told about the time as a young woman, she worked in a factory. There was a woman there, of whom everyone was afraid as she seemed to have an evil aura about her. Someone offended her, she told them that a radiator would fall on them - and it did - breaking their foot!
(d) One of the things that was mentioned in the television program the day the witches were featured, was that covens of witches were
increasing at a tremendous rate at the present time. In our last appointment, we came to know there were at least FOUR IN THAT AREA!!
[e] You see, it appeals to people's lower natures, as many of their ceremonies contain all sorts of united perverted sexual practices and
all sorts of so-called worldly pleasures!
[f] But to enter into them, these people have literally got to sell their souls to the devil, and they do!
[g] THEY BELIEVE WITCHCRAFT WILL BE THE WORLD RELIGION BY THE YEAR 2000! There's not long to go!!

ALTERNATIVE TO CHRISTIANITY

[a] As unbelievable as it seems, witchcraft is presenting itself as a respectable alternative to Christianity!

[b] One of the popular woman's magazines (Best), ran a two page spread in it's March 10th (1994) issue, entitled "WITCHES OF SUBURBIA", IN WHICH THE SUBTITLE READS, "BRITAIN'S FASTEST GROWING RELIGION CELEBRATES FUN, LOVE, SEX AND NATURE - AND WOMEN ARE IN THE FOREFRONT!"
[c] It also states, "... of the million or so followers in this country - including doctors, lawyers and university professors - the majority
live in towns and cities."
[d] Why does it attract so many? It gives the answer to that also,
"It celebrates life as one long party, comprising fun, food, drink and sex .... It is no wonder that, while Christian churches are complaining of ever dwindling congregations, paganism is the fastest growing religion in the country."
[e] A wonderful saint of God, we had the privilege of knowing, (now gone home to Glory) was Envoy Willie Morrison. A decorator by trade, a couple of years ago, he was in our house doing some decorating when the undertaker phoned. "Victor," he said, "can you do a funeral on Wednesday afternoon?" The answer had to be a negative one, as I had a previous engagement. Then a thought struck me, and I said, "Hold on a moment Robert," and I trundled through to see Willie. "Do you fancy doing a funeral Wednesday afternoon at the Crematorium?" And as his custom was, Willie immediately said "Yes, certainly!"
[f] We went to visit the young man, whose young wife had died so suddenly with a brain hemorrhage.
[g] It's difficult to give spiritual help and comfort to someone who has no faith or hope of eternity, and as we spoke, it emerged that he
was only having a religious service for the sake of the relatives, and further inquiries revealed that HE HIMSELF WAS A PRACTICING WITCH! HE WAS QUITE A PLEASANT PRESENTABLE YOUNG MAN, BUT HE HAD SOLD HIMSELF TO THE DEVIL!! He didn't permit us to pray or read the Bible to him!
I'm sure poor Willie was thinking, "Victor, what have you run me into?"
But He went ahead and did his funeral, and presented the Gospel to the many who gathered!

THE REALITY OF EVIL ENTITIES TODAY

[a] EVIL SHOWS IT'S UGLY HEAD IN MANY FORMS - SOME OF WHICH ARE WITCHCRAFT, FORTUNE TELLING, BLACK MAGIC AND SATANISM!! NOT TO MENTION ALL THE OFF-SHOOTS, SUCH AS DEMON POSSESSION, CRYSTAL POWER, HOROSCOPES, OUIJA BOARDS, TAROT CARDS, AND A HOARD OF OTHER THINGS WHICH HAVE OBVIOUSLY THE STAMP OF THE SUPERNATURAL UPON THEM!!

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POWER IN THE EVIL SPIRITUAL WORLD
(Part 2)
BIBLE READING: Matthew 17:14 - 21

INTRODUCTION

[a] This morning, we were taking a realistic look at the forces of evil arrayed against the Christian Church, in the Salvation War in which we are engaged.
[*] We spoke of DEMONS, WITCHES, SATANISTS, FORTUNE TELLERS, TAROT CARD READERS, OUIJA BOARDS, HOROSCOPES, and other doorways into the occult.
[b] THESE THINGS ARE NOT FIGMENTS OF THE IMAGINATION, OR PRODUCTS OF A SICK MIND, THEY ARE DESPERATELY REAL AND DANGEROUS TODAY!!
(c) Jesus spoke about evil in the form of the DEVIL, and his DEMONS, and as in our Bible reading, actually CAST DEMONS OUT OF PEOPLE.
CHRISTIANS WHO BELIEVE THE BIBLE, HAVE NO OPTION, BUT TO BELIEVE IN THE DEVIL AND HIS DEMONS!
[d] Not all Christians seem to accept the Scriptural concept of a personal devil, and entities which the Bible speaks about as demons!
[e] Often we find our minds being conditioned from inside the Church, to think negatively in this way!
[f] A modern translation of Matthew's Gospel, chapter 17, says, "Sir, have mercy on my son! He is an epileptic and has such
terrible fits, that he often falls in the fire, or into water." (Good News)
[g] Another translation speaks of the boy being "mentally deranged." (Living Bible)
[h] Dear friends, let me say reverently, Jesus was neither play-acting, nor telling lies when He spoke to demons and cast them out!
When Jesus cast the demons out of Legion into the pigs, and all the animals ran into the sea; was that some sort of ELABORATE
CHARADE to satisfy the whims of the people of His day? What a ridiculous suggestion!! DEMONS WERE, AND ARE, REAL AND
DANGEROUS!
[i] The renowned preacher and author, Dr Martin Loyd-Jones, tells how he ministered to a woman suspected of being demon possessed.
He says, that as soon as he mentioned the Name of Jesus Christ, the woman began to shout in the most unearthly voice he had ever heard!
She went down on her hands and knees and began to bark like a dog! But through the Name of Christ she found deliverance. ("Healing and Medicine" [Kingsway])

SPIRITUAL SUFFICIENCY

[a] If we are involved in a SPIRITUAL WARFARE, then we need SPIRITUAL DEFENSES AND POWER "We fight not against flesh and blood" says the Apostle!
[b] If we are not deep in our spiritual experience, then we will not be able to utilize the DEFENSIVE and OFFENSIVE means at our disposal, and the devil will get home a strike into the depth of our experience!
[d] When involved in any kind of warfare, the soldier must make the best use of that which is for their protection. Whether it be an
armour-plated vehicle, or a bullet-proof waistcoat!
[e] In Paul's day, whenever a Roman soldier was preparing for battle, he would first of all don ALL of his armour.
[f] WHY SHOULD WE FEEL THAT SPIRITUAL WARFARE IS ANY DIFFERENT?
[g] Many Christians keep falling to the attacks of the devil, and bemoan their weakness.
[h] Perhaps on many occasions, it is because they are not making use of the PROVISIONS GOD HAS MADE FOR THEM!

SUITABLE STRENGTH

[a] "Be strong, not in yourselves, but in the Lord!"

Dear friends, God on that first Pentecost, gave to us, the PERSON, the POWER and SUFFICIENCY of the HOLY SPIRIT!
If we fail to seek this mighty power which is ours through the indwelling Spirit, we will be easy prey for the devil.
[b] There are so many Christians who still insist in trusting IN THEIR OWN RESOURCES, and then wonder why they hopelessly fail.
[c] There is a sense, that until we swallow our pride and self ego, and acknowledge how strenghless and useless we really are, God cannot give to us the means to stand up effectively against Satan and his host!
[d] OUR RELIANCE ON HIS RESOURCES MUST BE COMPLETE!
THROUGH HIS HOLY SPIRIT, God gives us ALL WE REQUIRE for our spiritual warfare, but it's only available to those willing to live a HOLY LIFE, in a close relationship with their Lord!

AWFUL ADVERSARY

[a] To show the need to be properly armed, Paul gives a vivid description of the terrible foe we face!

RANK - "SPIRITUAL AGENTS FROM THE VERY HEADQUARTERS OF EVIL!" (Phillips)

DOMAIN - "THE RULERS OF THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD!"

ESSENCE - "NOT FLESH AND BLOOD ...... SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS!"

HAUNT - "THE PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR!" (Eph 2:2)

THIS IS TRULY THE REALM OF THE SUPERNATURAL!

[b] It is totally impossible for you and me, as mere mortals, to match up to the supernatural power about which we speak!
[c] We can have a spiritual defense, only if we are a spiritual people.
THERE CAN BE NO RETREAT OR RELAXATION! WE ARE AT WAR!
[d] We are soldier's of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! That carries great and mighty responsibilities!
[e] God provides us with all the resources that we require to be VICTORIOUS!
If the Christian is unsuccessful - it is not God's fault!
[f] A suit of armour that is tailor made for us, is available, the moment we receive the Lord Jesus as our Saviour!
But we can only use it with the help and power of God's Spirit!
Dear friends, the POWERS OF EVIL ARE VERY GREAT INDEED, and are capable of pulling down the strongest of us, if we rely on ourselves!
BUT GOD'S POWER THROUGH HIS SPIRIT, IS SO VERY MUCH GREATER, as we allow Him control of our lives!!
GOD HAS PROVIDED ALL THE ARMOUR WE NEED, BUT IT CAN ONLY BE UTILISED, IF WE LIVE CLOSE TO HIM!
[h] Perhaps you're here in this meeting, and you are in very great danger, because you do not know Christ as your Saviour, so you cannot make use of any of the armour!
Satan is out to destroy you, and you have no defense! He is determined to see your soul damned in Hell - and if you do not find Christ - HE WILL SUCCEED!!

JESUS DIED AND ROSE AGAIN SO THAT WE COULD HAVE VICTORY OVER THE DEVIL AND HIS FORCES - BUT TO SHARE IN THAT VICTORY, YOU MUST REPENT OF YOUR SIN, AND MAKE CHRIST YOUR SAVIOUR!!

MAYBE YOU'RE HERE, AND YOU'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE OCCULT - MAYBE YOU'VE BEEN TO A FORTUNE TELLER, OR HAD YOUR PALM READ, OR HAD A TAROT CARD READING, OR BEEN INVOLVED WITH A OUIJA BOARD, OR MAYBE JUST READ YOUR HOROSCOPE! IT'S ALL PART OF THE OCCULT! ONE OF THE ASTROLOGERS WHO WRITES THE STARS IN ONE OF THE DAILY NEWSPAPERS, OPENLY ADMITS TO BEING A WITCH!

AS LONG AS YOU LIVE IN SIN - THE DEVIL IS YOUR MASTER - YOU SERVE HIM.

TO BE SAVED, YOU MUST RENOUNCE HIM AND HIS WORKS AND TURN TO CHRIST!

Christian brothers and sisters, we need to be filled with God's Holy Spirit, to be a successful force against the evil and iniquity, so rampant in our midst today.

We must continually ask ourselves, "Am I truly at the Lord's disposal?? "

PART 1

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Song 203 (Tune 335)

Song 698 (Tune 794)

Song 686 (Tune 651)
 
 

PART 2

SONG 821 (TUNE 661)

PRAYER CHORUS

SONG 813 (843)

SONG 804 (344)