Summary: The Bible says, "We are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world..." (Eph 6:12, NLT). Join us as we study spiritual warfare, angels, demons and the Holy Spirit. Adapted from a ser
Supernatural Pt 3: Satan and His Demons
Introduction (adapted from a series by Craig Groeschel- Supernatural)
We are in- third week of series called- Supernatural-
1st week- reality of the supernatural
2nd week- power and the presence of the HS.
Next week examine the role of Angels in our lives.
This week- look at the role of Satan and his demons.
Regular man, possessed of a demon, but had a supernatural power and no one could subdue him.
Interesting- what do we see hurting people doing to themselves today- cutting themselves. Why?
We have- spiritual enemy- mission is to- steal, kill, and destroy.
Mk 5:6-20 tell the rest of the story
In this age of enlightenment do we really believe demons are real? Absolutely!
People have more encounters w/demonic than- realize.
i.e. couple of times- disturbing dream- woke up- sense of dread/fear- something demonic was in the room oppressing me- struggled to speak the name of Jesus and command the demon to leave.
The spirit world is very real.
Today- broad look at the purposes - forces of darkness.
Where did Satan come from?
Satan was not always a bad guy.
Years ago- beautiful angel- Lucifer- Morning Star.
Satan became jealous of God/wanted to be like God.
Instead of saying like Jesus- Father your will be done- Lucifer said- I will, my will be done.
God said- NO-you will not-no one can ever be like me.
Man struggles today w/the same issues- believing we are higher than God and that our ways are better.
God cast Lucifer out of heaven- 1/3- angels fell w/him.
Most believe these became what- Bible calls demons.
Rev 12:7-9 (Ezek 28:12-17)
Lucifer- was cast down to the earth and now we have this source of darkness we must deal with.
Caution: We must realize that not every bad thing in our lives is the result of demons/demonic activity.
We live in a fallen world- the just and the unjust will experience the affects of the fall.
What do demons do?
Look at four things demons do:
1. Demons influence the leaders of nations
Where can you have the greatest influence over the largest numbers of people- control leaders.
Explains why- so much darkness over some nations.
Behind those leaders there may be demonic forces working to bring about the will of Satan.
(explain the context ) Dan 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
Behind the scenes in the spiritual world demonic forces try to influence the leaders of governments.
That is why we had the holocaust and today we see genocide, and persecution of Christians.
2. Demons desire to inflict suffering on you
Imagine: little boy/girl trying to throw themselves into a fire or jump into a pool to drown themselves.
Jesus- confronts- demon- trying to destroy a child.
Jesus speaks to the demon and sets the boy free.
If this is true for a little child, what might the demonic want to do to you and I?
I do not say that to produce fear- Satan- author of fear.
But it is important- we have an understanding of the reality in which we live so we an avoid deception.
Demons want to kill everything that matters to God.
3. Demons scheme to lure you away from God
They study you, they search your weaknesses.
They will do anything to lure you away from God …
-put you on a college campus w/liberal professor- challenges your belief system,
-greed, unforgiveness, pornography.
1 Tim 4:1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
4. Demons want to paralyze you with fear
They want you to go through life worried, anxious- concerned about- children, school, health, finances.
2 Tim 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
Spirit of fear- very real spirit- comes from the evil one.
Satan/his demons hate you and want to take you out.
Battling the darkness
You must be ready to battle/to do battle God’s way-
three things we need to know:
1. Do not treat the enemy lightly
Jude 9 But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
Michael- arch angel- did not take the enemy lightly-
he did not do battle directly w/Satan.
He knew his power not sufficient- it was God’s battle.
Act 19:13-16 seven sons of Sceva- tell the story