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  1. 1. Spiritual Warfare Lesson 1 - Introduction Robert D. Patton Missionary to Suriname The Crown College and Baptist World Mission
  2. 2. Introduction  Situation with Eugene: A young teenage man ran from the attack of evil spirits into the street to my wife’s car. She stopped, rebuked the spirits, and led him to the Lord. He removed his witchcraft items  The following day I went there with a national. He was wearing more witchcraft things again, and ran in front of the village captain and two under-captains under demonic control. After prayer, the demon screamed: I am going to hell, and he was free.
  3. 3. Introduction  He arrived at church on Sunday and froze at the entrance. A group of men prayed until he was free.  Several months later I went with a national to an empty house reeking of beer. The demon told us we were too late, and he had eaten the man’s liver. We took him to church and prayed 3 hours before he was free
  4. 4. Introduction  The family continued to take him to witchdoctors in Frans Guyana; he later went to Holland & we lost contact
  5. 5. Introduction  Luke 11:24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and finding none, he saith, I will return to my house whence I came out. 25. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished, 26. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
  6. 6. We must be in a position to minister to our people  Many missionaries work on the assumption of western worldview that evil spirits don’t exist, and cannot help those who are bound  Unfortunately, this may also be true of many pastors in the western world – because Satan is active here too….
  7. 7. Our three enemies  Our old nature  The world system – kosmos  The devil
  8. 8. All 3 enemies come from the evil one  Our old nature – from the encounter of Satan with Adam & Eve  The world system, which fell into the hands of the evil one, and is based on the principle “Me first; what is good for me…”  The evil one, Satan
  9. 9. It is a world-wide war  Jn 10:[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.  I Peter 5:[8] Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
  10. 10. It is a world-wide war:  We must recognize the voice of the shepherd, Jesus by spending time with him. Jn. 10:[4] And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.[5] And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
  11. 11. It is a world-wide war:  We must know how the enemy thinks and works:  2 Cor. 2: [11] Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
  12. 12. We must not be conformed to the world  Rom. 12:1-2 [1] I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.[2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye trans- formed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
  13. 13. We don’t need to fear  It is the fear of God that is the basis for wisdom, not the fear of the devil.  2 Tim. 1: [7] For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  Courage is resolute action in the presence of fear
  14. 14. We don’t need to fear  The enemy is already defeated:  Col. 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.
  15. 15. Don’t be afraid  Heb. 2: [14] 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 him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;[15] And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
  16. 16. Toward a Biblical Worldview  Worldview = the assumptions we hold as to the basic makeup of the universe  Some believe that demons never do anything to a “good Christian” so it is better to ignore them.  This is not from the Bible - we must resist, stand against, etc.
  17. 17. “Western” world-view of modernism  Although some are atheists and deny any supernatural, the majority have this worldview:  The supernatural - God, angels & demons, - Religion and mysticism  separated from  The natural - science –  Faulty conclusion: No contact above. Therefore the supernatural can be basically ignored.  This is a faulty worldview
  18. 18. Western worldview  Often we try to cure spiritual problems physically - pills, etc.  This is because we believe in practice in the reality of science, but not in the supernatural.  Thus we use physical methods to produce a spiritual cure – and work without success
  19. 19. ANIMISM AND FOLK RELIGION Spiritual warfare is key because at least 40% of world religion deals with the demonic directly
  20. 20. South American shaman
  21. 21. Witchdoctors in Africa
  22. 22. Shona Africa traditional healer
  23. 23. Popular chinese Gods
  24. 24. Shinto priest & priestess
  25. 25. Shinto shrine
  26. 26. Mios in Hong Kong
  27. 27. Burning money for the dead
  28. 28. Food for the dead – Hungry Ghost festival
  29. 29. Sending off to the dead by burning…
  30. 30. Wood carvings of ancestors
  31. 31. Ancestor worship  Idol of ancestor
  32. 32. Hindu folk religion  There are many types of Hindu religion which are primarily dealing with their stories and gods, rather than with true monism
  33. 33. Hindu gods to bless stones
  34. 34. Image of Krishna
  35. 35. Idol of Shiva in meditation
  36. 36. Hanuman, the monkey god
  37. 37. Hindu “trimurti” of Gods – Brahman, Vishnu, Shiva
  38. 38. Worship Shiva – god of destruction
  39. 39. Hindu god
  40. 40. Kali – god of destruction
  41. 41. Hindu - Vishnu
  42. 42. Pakistani Hindu God
  43. 43. Hindu temple
  44. 44. Housewarming ceremony
  45. 45. Puja – Hindu worship
  46. 46. Puja worship
  47. 47. Puja – worship Woman sewing clothes for idol
  48. 48. Puja ceremony Mt. Everest!
  49. 49. Vajrayana traditions in Tibet, Mongolia, China
  50. 50. Tibetan monastery & monks
  51. 51. Buddhist idols
  52. 52. Idol worship
  53. 53. Monks, the king, and a water ceremony to carry away sins
  54. 54. Ancestor worship
  55. 55. Thai amulets
  56. 56. This amulet contains the powder of a chosen baby who died (amulet enlarged greatly)
  57. 57. These monks bless amulets – advertised on the internet
  58. 58. House with occult blessing object
  59. 59. Juju - witchdoctor
  60. 60. Winti prei Suriname
  61. 61. Dance ritual Suriname
  62. 62. Fire dance – Suriname
  63. 63. Prayer – Winti ritual
  64. 64. Winti offerings
  65. 65. BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW We need to know what the Bible teaches about Satan and demons
  66. 66. Biblical worldview  Only one God - not polytheism.  However, this God is active in His creation  There are angels, one of which is the fallen angel satan.  God had created many types of angels  The arrangement was “good” as was all creation  But satan came in rebellion and was joined by many other angels in actively opposing God
  67. 67. All power is of God  Ultimately all power is from God.  We can use or abuse this power.  We must avoid syncretism
  68. 68. Satan’s goal  Satan’s goal - to deprive God of His glory, and get that glory for himself  In the Old Testament, Israel was to live in such a way as to bring God glory  Our goal as believers: I Cor. 10: [31] Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.  When we fail to do so, we please Satan and deprive God of His glory.
  69. 69. Remember:  Isaiah 42: [8] I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.  Isaiah 48: [11] For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.
  70. 70. Faulty beliefs about demons  Demons used to be active when Christ was on earth, but no longer -  Not so - New Age and the occult are prominent today  Even in the USA, there is active satan worship
  71. 71. Faulty beliefs about demons  What used to be called demonic we now call” mental illness” –  But just sticking a label on it doesn’t explain it or satisfactorily treat it.
  72. 72. Faulty beliefs about demons  Remember the limitations of science and a scientific worldview.  Measurable  Repeatable under controlled conditions  These conditions are not possible with demonic afflictions
  73. 73. Faulty beliefs about spiritual sickness which is demonic  It is true that some problems are psychological and others spiritual.  The pastor then assumes that he must refer those things that seem to be psychological to the secular psychologist or psychiatrist.
  74. 74. Faulty beliefs about demons  Christians aren’t subject to demonic activity when we give in to the flesh  Then why all the warnings given to believers in the Bible about being alert, wearing your armor, and resisting the devil?
  75. 75. Theological facts  Let’s look at what the Bible states about Satan and evil spirits…  Their origin  Their nature  Their power  Their defeat
  76. 76. We will begin with angels  Satan is a fallen angel – Lucifer, who was first the anointed cherub  Demons are fallen angels too  So we will begin by looking at some characteristics of all angels.  Then we will look specifically at Satan, and then demons
  77. 77. Angels are prominent in the Bible  Old Testament – 104 times  New Testament – 165 times  Mentioned in 34 books of the Bible
  78. 78. Angels are created by God  Genesis 1:[1] In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2:[1] Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them  Jn. 1:[3] All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  (Speaking of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh)
  79. 79. Angels are created by God  Nehemiah 9:[6] Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.
  80. 80. Angels are created by God  Colossians 1:[16] For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
  81. 81. The angels were created, not evolved  Ps. 148:[2] Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.….[5] Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.  We never read that more angels were created; Jesus said they do not reproduce
  82. 82. Sons of God  It appears that this term is used of angels both in the time of Noah, and also in Job.  We believe this means a direct creation.  We are also a direct creation by the new birth – we are also sons of God
  83. 83. Angels created before the earth  Job 38:[1] Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,…[4] Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding….[7] When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
  84. 84. Angels are to worship Jesus  Heb. 1:[6] And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
  85. 85. Angels are spirit beings  Heb 1: [7] And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire  Lk 24: [37] But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit…[39] Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
  86. 86. Angels characteristics  They ate food with Abraham, with Lot  They can use physical force, as when they woke up Peter  They are usually invisible, but can be visible – as the times that they went to Abraham and Lot, as well as the times that John saw them in Revelation
  87. 87. Angels are superior to man at this time  Psalm 8:[4] What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?[5] For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
  88. 88. Angels are stronger than man  Psalm 103:[20] Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.  II Thess. 1:[7] And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
  89. 89. Angels are swifter and smarter than man  Daniel 9:[21] Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. [22] And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
  90. 90. See this description  Rev. 10[1] And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:[2] And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,[3] And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
  91. 91. Sorts of angels  Archangels – two – Michael and Gabriel  Cherubim – we find them guarding the tree of life, and also above the ark of the covenant  4 faces – ox, lion, man, eagle,  2 pr. wings – one to fly, one covering body  Legs like man; feet like calves hooves  4 hands under the wings  Travel in groups of 4 in quadrangle
  92. 92. Other sorts include  Serafim – 6 wings; praise the holiness of God  4 living creatures – each with a face like one of the 4 in the cherub; a body full of eyes,  Various levels of angels  Satan was the anointed (chief) cherub
  93. 93. Artist rendering Abraham & his visitors
  94. 94. Artist rendering Abraham & his visitors
  95. 95. Peter freed from Prison
  96. 96. Picture – Michael the archangel – 17th century
  97. 97. The number is beyond counting  Rev. 5: [11] And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
  98. 98. The number is beyond counting  Daniel 7: [9] I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.[10] A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.