If we would therefore behave like good soldiers of Jesus Christ, we must be always on our guard, and never pretend to lay down our spiritual weapons of prayer and watching, till our warfare is ended by death; for if we do, our spiritual foe will quickly prevail against us. What if he has left us? It is only for a season; yet in a little while, and, like a roaring lion, with double fury, he will break out upon us again. Satan is such a evil enemy, that he seldom leaves us after the first attack.
As he followed our blessed Lord with one temptation after another, so will he treat the Lord's servants. And the reason why he sometimes does not renew his attacks, is because God knows our weaknesses and at times are unable to bear an attack. Sometimes the pause in the temptations come because our adversary thinks it is better to assault us at a more convenient season. In effect, by accepting Satan's statement, Eve was calling God a liar, even though she might not have recognized those implications of her action.
She accepted Satan as the truth-teller and God as the prevaricator. By partaking of the fruit she was implicitly stating her belief that Satan was more interested in her welfare than God was. Yielding to the temptation implied that she accepted Satan's analysis of the situation instead of God's. Sin is not an option for the believer. How can you continue in sin when that sin was paid for in the torn flesh of Jesus? The fact that sin has no lasting benefits remains true, but it is not simply because sin doesn't pay that you are to turn your back on the tempter.
Only a deep grasp of the gospel has the power to bring about deep change in your heart. It is knowing the terrible price that has already been paid for your sin that enables you to say no to sin. The chief weapon we ought to use in resisting Satan is the Bible. Three times the great enemy offered temptations to our Lord.
We are evidently no friends of Satan. Like the kings of this world, he wars not against his own subjects. The very fact that he assaults us should fill our minds with hope. While God most often appeals to our wills through our reason, sin and Satan usually appeal to us through our desires. Used by permission of NavPress — www. All rights reserved. As Christians, we are involved in a battle. The way in which he devours unwary people is by tempting them to sin — by convincing them that sin is a more rewarding master than Christ.
He therefore disguises himself and his agents, and he makes the pleasures of sin appear very appealing to us. And Satan does not just attack us from the front where we can clearly see him coming; he attacks from every side. Christian Communicators Worldwide, www. As an obedient believer, you are to stand firm in the strength of the Lord, to be sober in spirit, and to remain alert in order to resist the schemes of the devil.
However, in all areas of your walk as a believer, you are incapable in your own strength and insufficient in your own resources to overcome the wiles and temptations of Satan. Therefore, you must put on the full armor of God to be an overwhelming conqueror in you continuing spiritual battle. We attack them by tearing down their fortresses of lies… What, precisely, are our weapons? Let the Lord do that cf. Jude 9. Why would I even want to communicate with evil spirits? But I have a lot to say to people who have barricaded themselves in fortresses of demonic lies.
I want to do everything I can to tear down those palaces of lies. And the only thing that equips me to do that well is the Word of God. Spiritual warfare is all about demolishing evil lies with the truth. That is what will pull down the fortresses of falsehood. That is the real nature of spiritual warfare. The notion that spiritual warfare involves direct confrontation with demons is foreign to Scripture. Christians who verbally confront demons waste energy and demonstrate ignorance of the real war. We are not called to convert demons, but sinners.
The battle is rather with the false ideologies men and demons propagate so that the world believes them. Doomed souls are inside their fortresses of ideas, which become their prisons and eventually their tombs — unless they are delivered from them by belief in the truth. Nowhere in Scripture are we ever encouraged to do so. When the apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesian Christians [Eph.
They were to fight from a position of victory, not out of fear that Satan might make them toast. He seduces us to become so used to sin in us and around us that it no longer bothers our conscience. No one was more spiritually fit than Job. Yet God allowed Satan to ravage him anyway — and there was nothing Job could do about it. He knew how much Job could bear.
And He would not permit Satan to cross that boundary 1 Cor. When Satan reached that limit God stopped him and his attacks ended.
Winning against Satan is not a question of claiming some kind of imagined authority over him; we simply need to pursue righteousness, avoid sin, and stand firm in the truth [1 Tim. And when God gives them permission, He always uses their work to accomplish some divine purpose.
Often, to exalt the power of God and prove the devotion of His followers, God permits Satan to work the hardest on the noblest servants of God. This is not a complex battle plan: Submit to God and resist the devil [James ]. By being firm in the faith, committed to truth, and keeping a clear conscience. There are no biblical guidelines for exorcism.
There is no more elaborate strategy for spiritual warfare. There is nothing in Scripture that tells a believer to speak to demons, cast them out, bind them, tie them up, or do anything like that. You might be interested to learn that there is no illustration in the entire Bible of anyone casting demons out of a believer. The only people who ever legitimately cast out demons were Christ and the apostles. All the demon-possessed people they dealt with were unbelievers. Furthermore, they usually cast out demons totally apart from the will of the unbeliever.
Jesus and the Twelve were exercising the gift of miracles. They were authenticating messianic and apostolic credentials, not establishing a pattern for us to follow. We have one offensive weapon: the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God Eph. If the Word of God does not abide in us Jn. But if we do wear it, if it lives within us, what mighty warriors we can be! Out of all the armor God gives us to fight Satan, only one piece is used for killing — the sword. It is called the sword of the Spirit Eph. What is the sword of the Spirit?
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If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved to be steady… [It] is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point [of attack].
Nowhere in the New Testament are believers ever depicted as living in servile fear of demons, that is precisely the state from which they have been delivered by the gospel. The devil will try to destroy us by leading us into immoral behavior Eph. That is a real struggle for every Christian. Which is easier: to march around the city and claim it for Christ or to stop running down a fellow believer behind her back?
Which is the more demanding: to pray over someone that the demon of jealousy be cast out or going up to someone and asking their forgiveness for the way you have hurt them by your cutting remarks inspired by jealousy? I know which is a real wrestling match for me Eph. This is where the real battle lies in Christian relationships, putting into practice at personal cost Christian truth — not some imaginary Dungeon and Dragons world.
What is the goal of this warfare? To disarm angelic beings? You advance by standing firm — as Paul repeats in Ephesians , 13, and Evil rarely looks evil until it accomplishes its goal; it gains entrance by appearing attractive, desirable, and perfectly legitimate. It is a baited and camouflaged trap Klyne Snodgrass. Spiritual warfare makes us think of demon possession, horrific demonstrations of satanic control, and dramatic exorcisms. But Scripture presents spiritual warfare not as the violent, bizarre end of the Christian life, but as what the Christian life is!
Every temptation is a kind of test, but not every test is a temptation. Tests and temptations have different purposes, and they come from different places. Tests are designed to show what someone can do. Their purpose is positive, which explains why God himself tests people, as he tested Abraham Heb. A test is a trial posed by God to prove the strength of our faith. Temptations, on the other hand, are more negative. Their explicit purpose is to entice people to sin, which is why they come from the Evil One. A temptation is a trial posed by Satan, with the wicked hope that we will fail.
The devil is relentless. No sooner have we resisted one temptation than his demons come after us with another. He is persistent. If we show the slightest sign of weakening, he will keep pressing us until we sin. He is crafty, gradually leading us down the road of destruction. He starts with a small temptation. When it succeeds, he presents us with a slightly greater temptation, slowly drawing us deeper and deeper into sin. He is subtle, so subtle that sometimes we find ourselves sinning before we are even aware of being tempted.
Satan is also creative. He offers us a complete line of transgressions to choose from: greed, lust, hatred, despair, and anger. Our problem with Satan is that he hates us because he has been defeated. He would also like to see you buckle under fear at his threats or defend yourself using worldly and man-made tactics. The devil hates you. He lost you to God and he fiercely wants you back.
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He wants to see more than anything you fall way from the Lord. Interestingly, we are not commanded to win the overall victory. Christ already did that at the cross and He will consummate it at His return when the devil is thrown into the Lake of Fire. People are only prisoners of war being used like puppets in the hands of Satan.
People are to be loved as deceived as they may be. They are the mission field that needs to be set free from their bondage as they exist entombed in their false beliefs. Our enemy is not the liberal media or the gay community or the atheist or even the devil worshipper that lives down the street. Our enemy is the devil himself. We struggle not against flesh and blood Eph. It is so diabolical! So many people, so often in my own life, convinced they are right when there are so grossly deceived. Somehow they believe that they will be happier if they disobey God as if Satan really has our best interest in mind.
He comes as an evil foe with malicious suggestions and at times an angel of light speaking the Word of God. He works through our desires and human weakness and doubts. Yet remember this, he is always lying, always seeking to destroy and always opposed to God. Spiritual battles are fought on the turf of the human mind. It is not about identifying territorial demons or binding demons or rebuking demons.
So are we battling the forces of darkness? The war is over the control of human minds. Our aim is to liberate people from demonic strongholds. We are to free the prisoners of war. Our call is to convert not demons, but people. The arena therefore is not mystical, but intellectual. We do it with the Word of God. Sin dwells in hell, and holiness in heaven. Remember that every temptation is from the devil, to make you like himself.
Remember when you sin, that you are learning and imitating of the devil — and are so far like him. And the end of all, is that you may feel his pains. If hell-fire be not good, then sin is not good. Satan gives Adam an apple fruit , and takes away Paradise. Therefore in all temptations let us consider not what he offers, but what we shall lose. It grieves me to say this, but the primary reason people are in bondage to sin is because people are bored with God.
How do you win a battle? Familiarity with his tactics, knowledge of his ways, is essential in waging a successful war. Patton gained an immeasurable advantage by learning in advance of being attacked where, in all likelihood, Rommel would concentrate his strike. Satan, like a fisher, baits his hook according to the appetite of the fish.
The devil tempts, that he may deceive; but God suffers us to be tempted, to try us. Temptation is a trial of our sincerity.
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Soon the battle will be over. It will not be long now before the day will come when Satan will no longer trouble us. There will be no more domination, temptation, accusation, or confrontation. Satan tempts to sin under a pretence of religion. He is most to be feared when he transforms himself into an angel of light. Had they no grace, the devil would not disturb them… Though to be tempted is a trouble, yet to think why you are tempted is a comfort.
Our Western worldview gets involved here once again. We have a strong tendency to want to analyze everything and place the parts in neat, mutually exclusive categories. So we ask questions like, How do I know whether it is the world, the flesh, or the devil? My response is that most situations will involve some of each element to some extent… They are treated as working together so closely that you cannot talk about one without talking about the other. The flesh is the earthly qualities about which enable us to respond to the temptation. The world is the milieu in which we live and which is under the control of "the ruler of the kingdom of the air.
The Devil would be a fool not to try to take advantage of the world and the flesh in his aim to destroy us. Noble, Chicago. He hits good and hard when a fellow is hitting him. You can always measure the weight of your blow by the one you get back. D epression is something that has been around for thousands of years. People who suffer from depression often are sad or uninterested in anything. Depressed people sleep a lot and enjoy spending time in darkness, rather than the light.
This will take our focus off of ourselves and help us to find true peace and joy in serving others. I have found some things in the Bible that should help you to overcome depressing times. Take a look at these 15 helpful Scriptures. Do not fear or be dismayed.
He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye. In the world you will have tribulation. We need to call upon the Lord not only in the bad times — remember to count your blessings and praise Him for them too. Purpose in your heart to memorize some of these Bible verses so that they are easily recalled to your mind when you are falling into depression.
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I cannot help you overcome depression. Only God can but a great way to do this is to get your eyes off of yourself and start helping others by visiting the sick, visiting nursing home residents, witnessing to others about Christ and I would also talk to your pastor, stay in the Word at least every morning and evening and continue steadfast in prayer. I would even fast if you have no medical problems such as diabetes. Find fellow believers to pray with you, study with you, serve them, help the homeless in a soup kitchen.
Mary it also been a year now. I hope you have already overcome your depression. Always talk to God and know His reason for your troubles and heartache. Talk to your friends also it may help you. Always trust God in everything! God bless! I need Gods love and support from this horrible depression, I am medicated but that can only do so much. I confess to my Lord my God that I am a horrible sinner of the mind.
I need his strength and healing for that as well. Who died on the cross to give me eternal life and forgiveness of my sins. I repent and bow to my lord, spiritually and Physically. Please heal me of my mental illnesses and spiritual illnesses oh Lord!!!!!!!!!!! Telling me how worthless I am… My depression is brought on my a string of situations where I seem to fail miserably… it lowers how i feel about myself my self-worth. It really has helped lift my spirits and change my focus… So be encouraged… there are a lot of encouraging scripture to help with depression.
Also some that tells you how God sees how which is different to how the devil sees you. Dont forget to nourish your physical body as well with good foods and remember your B vitamins are called your happiness vitamins, especially Niacin or B3. Isaiah — Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Joshua — There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, [so] I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Psalms — Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Deuteronomy — Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. And this is always my favorite because when we think on the right things we cannot think on the things that make us lonely:.
Philippians Chapter 4 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. I really appreciated reading all of these scriptures to help me with the depression I am presently going through. I am truly blessed and am constantly praising God for the many positive happenings in my life.
Last week my oldest son graduated high school and a couple weeks before God Blessed me with a full-time position at my job. I am so down because I really thought God sent me this guy I ended up dating for six months up until a month ago. I would see him everyday up until the evening I found him cheating on me at his apartment. I never seen any signs, he really acted like he cared for me. Even though it has been over a month now. I feel betrayed and worthless. Thanks and be blessed! Oh Dwanna, I am so sorry for the betrayal that you are feeling even now. I will pray along with you that you will received the peace from this situation that only our Heavenly Father can give to you.
A prayer of strength through this hardship, healing from a broken heart, peace for shaken soul, a renewal of your spirit, and the energy and desire to stand. God is with you. He has always been with you. He will lead you to the right people to assist you. He will lead you to a place of peace and prosperity that you never thought was possible to obtain. Amen, Dee! Sometimes I feel so lonely and depressed, my husband divorced me few months back and now I am living with my 2 kids.
I just want to be happy again and be loved and cared for again. Days have become very hard and dark. I was laid off from my previous job 2. At 52 I am struggling for purpose and direction. The job market does not appear to be in my favor. God seems very distant and very silent. My spirit is crushed. This is the second time I have been laid off. The first was 2. There seems to be no end in sight. Please pray for me my friends in Christ, i have had several health issues to deal with for several months and my diabetes is not that good right now.
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I have offered up all my concerns to our Heavenly Father. I feel alone sometimes and depressed. I know the Lord has tr uly blessed me but at times my faith falters. Im trying to remain strong and sincere. He is my everything. Please pray for me to overcome these feelings. I live alone except for my 2 dogs that are my best buddies, they to are sick and aging, Winter is hard on me.
Thank u for your prayers. God Bless. Thank you all. Depression is a horrible thing and while some of it can be from hormones or chemical imbalances or whatever I believe the majority of depression is from the devil. Our minds are where he attacks us with feelings of guilt anxiety fear self pity low self esteem etc. Or someone pisses you off and you think about how if you had a gun now youd empty it into that persons chest now even though your a calm kindhearted introvert.
I had a sports car went on overseas holidays I built a big house I had want for nothing. In the blink of an eye and virtually over night I became bankrupt!! So naturally depression set in. I had feelings of guilt anger self pity I felt stupid man!! I was a mess. Then my wife gave me phillipians I took it meditated on it memorized it even wrote it on my arm like a tattoo.
God pulled off a deal for me that defies all logic!!! There I felt like a person floating in a huge ocean on a piece of wood but God is so faithful and true to His word and at the last minute He snatched my from destruction. But the power to do it was in my hands. Its the constant positive confession of His word reading HIs word meditating on it getting it to take root in my heart and standing with faith that that word will see me through and it did. Come guys lets all stand in agreement according to Mathew and pray! Lord God we come to you in the name of Jesus that name which strikes fear into demons that name that comforts that name that heals that name by which a man can come to know You and we ask you to give us a hunger to use your word in every aspect of our lives.
We speak into this demonic device of the devil called depression and we break you now in the name of Jesus! I have never had such feelings before in my life. Now it is different, I even have thoughts of suicide but then I think of all the good things I have done and the nice things I have lived for and all dreams that I had for the future and that stops me from doing it. I liked my life and how happy I was. I did not consider myself a bad person, but since I have fallen into this hole I started thinking that I am selfish because of just thinking of my pain and being unhappy despite all the blessings and love I have around me.
I am not married and I do not have children, but I am in a 3-year relationship with a wonderful person that tries to help me as much as possible since my depression started. I do not want my loved ones to suffer because of me and I do not want anyone to suffer this pain either. I started therapy already and I am still searching the way to get through this.
Sometimes it feels so unbearable that I just wish that the Lord takes me with him, but I do not want to leave all my dreams behind, and all the love I have found in my life. I think I am too young for that. I am scared that someday I will think it is too much suffering that I will just take my own life.
I am also scared that this horrible feeling will stay forever with me. If someone out there has some advice please share it with me. Tears drop down my face as I write this, I am desperate. I enjoyed your comments ,I went through the same exsprence I lost all my retirement money in a ponzi sceem it has been totally devistating my only hope is in the lord.
The enamie comes to steal and distroy. From the LORD….. Bill, thank you for your honesty. Continue your therapy. Depression can be just as fatal as Cancer, Heart Disease and other illnesses. If you are experiencing tremendous depression that lasts more than 3 months, please seek medical help. God is a miraculous healer, but more often than not, he uses doctors and medication to help heal us. If someone had a broken bone, you would not tell them to just draw close to God and His Word and not take him to the doctors to get a cast!
The word Depression is often Mis-used and misunderstood in the church and Christian Community. So Mary, and and to others who are struggling, know that it is a physical disease and needs to be treated as so. Please seek medical help. My friend…fear not for all who have turned from their way of life and God has brought them to a place of repentance and then trusting in Christ are saved to eternal life John If you have placed your trust in Jesus, you can be cleansed.
Read 1st John Please also read John or Romans 8. Trust God. I hope I have helped. I think depression is the result of the shock you feel when God yanks you out of the world. You lose your self-worth until you really believe that your self worth is not based on what you or others feel about you, but rather on who you are in Christ. Surrender it all and place your confidence in God, not what you have or are capable of as a human being.