There is a tremendous satanic attack on our
children today. We as parents must be on guard to protect our children against this
A. Dreams & Visions
Remember the story of Samuel and how the Lord
spoke to him in a dream at night (1 SAMUEL 3). Children for whatever reasons, I personally
attribute it to their innocence, seem to be able to peer into the spirit world. When we
were stationed in Japan, Shalanda woke up one night about 2:30 a.m. screaming and crying
at the top of her voice. When we asked her what was wrong, she simply said that there was
something in the room with her. We basically ignored that fact at the time and told her to
stop acting crazy and go to sleep. On the next night she woke up about the same time. This
time I asked her specifically what was in the room. She pointed to the top corner of the
room and said, "Jesus is up there looking down at me and talking to me; but, I don't
like him." I immediately prayed and rebuked that spirit and commanded it to depart. I
knew it was not the spirit of God because God would not strive to create fear in a child.
Apparently it left, because Shalanda went back to sleep peacefully. Shalanda was four at
the time and has never complained about these occurrence again. She is now 8 years old.
Remember the movies where it portrays children
making contact with the spirit world. Where do you think they got these ideas from. They
are most likely part of someone's personal experiences.
ST LUKE 1:
28. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art
highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and
cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30. And the angel said unto her, FEAR NOT, Mary: for thou
hast found favour with God.
ST JOHN 20:
19. Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the
week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews,
came Jesus and stood in the midst, and said unto them, PEACE BE UNTO YOU.
When God ministers and send angels to his
people, it does not bring fear but peace. Notice how the angel put Mary at peace when she
was troubled. Notice how Jesus spoke peace to the disciples. I am sure you will find this
theme throughout the bible whenever God speaks to anyone through supernatural means.
Our children face a tremendous attack of
satanism through cartoons.
Imagine my surprise when I found out that the
word smurf meant little demon.
Let me relate this story. We were in Japan when we
first got exposed to the smurf cartoon (We did not find out the meaning of the name until
sometimes afterwards). Since the base channel was the only english channel available, we
watched many video programs from the local store. One day Charlotte picked up this eight
hour long tape of smurf cartoons. Since Shalanda was kindergarten age, she allowed Doc
(our son who was approx 3 years old at the time) to come down stairs and watch television
while she was in school. After a week, Doc started saying that he hated everything,
including us. He was very emphatic and even discipline could not stop it. This was not the
attitude and demeanor of a three year old child. One day, while Charlotte was in the
kitchen, she accidentally overheard that exact same comment coming from the television in
the next room. She rushed in and found my son watching the Smurf's cartoon. This comment
was coming from a character named "Grouchy". We immediately stopped him from
watching the Smurfs and his disposition returned to normal. Upon later discussion, we
found this same episode happened to our closest christian friends. In their situation it
affected both their middle and youngest daughters at the same time and their episode was
even more traumatic.
We later realized that our son would sit for
hours watching this cartoon and never complain or make any noises. We had not paid any
attention to this fact before.
You may say, it was our fault that we let him
watch too much of that cartoon. Well, I agree with you, but in that statement I find two
1. There are many parents who are turning
their children over to television, just as we did. However, they are not aware of the
consequences. The whole purpose of this book is to awaken christians to the constant
threat of the enemy that is before us.
2. I remember watching a lot of television
when I was growing up but most of the programing was clean. When is the last time you saw
"Barnaby Jones", one of my favorite television detective shows, kill somebody.
The television programming of my day did not create the kind of emotions that present day
programming creates in our children.
There is so much witchcraft and magic in
cartoons today that it is unbelievable. Most of you that are reading this book are at
least twenty years old or older. I ask you to think back on the type of cartoons and
television programs that you viewed when you were younger. They were normally very
energetic cartoon characters with little or no violence or demonic influence. I'm sure you
can't say the same today.
Today's cartoons are full of incantations and
other items of witchcraft. You may ask the question why. So did I. Cartoons glamourize the
satanic aspects of life. Therefore, when children are confronted by it, they reason that
it is acceptable because it was done by their favorite cartoon characters. They also
reason that it is acceptable by society because their parents never said anything against
About 5 months ago it came to the attention of
the local authorities that the satanist were actively recruiting teenagers in a local high
school. This school happened to be one that our children will be attending, and it is less
than 2 miles from my house. This, as you can imagine, got my attention.
C. Toys & Dolls
Have your ever noticed how ghoulish and ugly
the cartoon characters and toys are that they sometimes create. Let's examine this from a
biblical prospective. First of all, we know that God is not the creator of fear.
1 JOHN 4:
18. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because
fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
See what God has to say about fear. If we are
trying to raise our children in a God like atmosphere, fear should not be apart of it.
Therefore, I reason that we should not give our children dolls or images, or let them
watch things on a constant basis that will create an emotion of fear in them. We should be
teaching them to trust in the Lord. If we start teaching them to trust in the Lord now,
imagine how strong they'll be spiritually by the time they become adults. [Besides, many
children experience nightmares because of these toys and television/movie images.]
Also, I believe that a lot of these creatures
that we see in cartoons and those designed as dolls are exact replicas of demons. If your
children become accustomed to seeing them in cartoons, then they won't react with much
surprise or alarm if they are ever confronted by a real one. They will assume that this
being is a normal part of everyday life because they've seen it on tv so much.
D. The Destructiveness of the Santa Myth
First of all, in order to convince our
children that Santa is a real being that delivers gifts all over the world in one night, WE
HAVE TO LIE. If we help to continue the perpetration of a lie then we are in
coalition with the devil.
ST JOHN 8:
44. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father
ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because
there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is
a liar, and the father of it.
Have you ever notice that the name
S A N T A / S A T A N
has the same number of letters. If you move the " N " in
santa to the end, it spells the name of SATAN. Coincidence?? Maybe. Speaking as a
christian, I don't think so!!!!
Let's look at the other side of the situation.
We spend the first years (critical years) of our children's life convincing them to
believe in a being (Santa) that we know is not real, and spend so little time teaching our
children to believe in a Saviour (Jesus) that we know is real.
What I believe that we are actually doing is sowing
seeds of doubt and unbelief in our children. We teach our children to believe in
santa, a being that they can't see. Out of their innocence they trust us. At this same
time we are taking them to church and teaching them to believe in Jesus Christ, another
being that they can't see. All of this is happening during the most formative and
influential years of their lives (every psychiatrist will tell you that the time between
birth and 6 years of age are when a child's values are formed). Generally after they are 5
to 7 years old, they suddenly find out that this jolly old individual that they believed
and hoped in is not real. Imagine what this does to their faith and trust in general. They
will be subconsciously geared to not completely trust what anyone says. This will also
affect the level to which they will eventually put their faith and trust in God and Jesus.
Remember, they can't see them either. The seeds of doubt and unbelief are now sown.
Do you remember how you felt when you found
out that santa was a myth?
This idea has been so perpetuated through
society that everyone is afraid to let their children known that Santa is not real, and
that they should be putting their trust in Jesus. If you do tell them the truth, you come
under sever attack from friends, relatives and everyone because you are no longer in line
with the world.
ST JOHN 17:
14. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them,
because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
God wants someone to stand up for Him and His
word. However, if we do, we will find that we will not be very popular with the world.
Back to the matter at hand. All of satan's
tricks have aided in the commercialization of Christmas. This has taken away from the real
reason for the season: Jesus. Let's give our children hope in Jesus, a God that will carry
them through the years instead of a temporary God (notice how santa has been given the
characteristics of a god, going all over the world in one night, supernaturally descending
through chimneys) that will only last a few years. I encourage you to reconsider your
position concerning santa.
IX. Dreams and Dreaming
A. God's Dreams/Visions to his People
God gives his people dreams (DANIEL, chapter
17. And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour
out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your
young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
28. The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream;
and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the
wheat? saith the Lord.
17. As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill
in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
As you see, God does use dreams as a way of
speaking to his people. He says, in the last days our old men shall dream dreams and our
young men shall see visions. It is clear that this means of communications did not die out
with the old prophets. He has given them to the church. The book of REVELATIONS is an
account of the vision that the Lord showed John the Apostle concerning the end of times.
Daniel was granted the opportunity to see a vision concerning the end of times also and
there were many others (DANIEL, chapter 10-12.)
Let's look at the definition of a dream and a
a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring
during sleep 2.a: a visionary creation of the imagination: DAYDREAM 2.c: an object seen in
a dreamlike state: VISION.
(pg 1318) 1 a: something seen in a dream, trance, or
ecstasy; specif: a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation.
Based upon the bible and these definitions I
will give you my guidelines that I use for distinguishing between a dream and a vision. A
dream is a thought, image or emotion that is given to you while you are actually in a
state of sleep. A vision is a thought, image or emotion that is given unto you when you
are awake, but in a trance like state. In the vision, your spirit man is actually being
caught up by God into the spirit world and you can look out and see the things that God is
trying to show you. Let's look at John on the island of Patmos. The book of revelation is
written to convey the things that God showed him in a vision while he was on that island.
This vision explained what the end times would be like to the church. Daniel also had the
opportunity to see a vision of the end times (DANIEL, Chapters 7-12).
9. I John, who also am your brother, and companion in
tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is
called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard
behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
John was in the Spirit on the Lord's day when
the Lord began shewing him this vision.
B. Nightmares from Satan
I will rely on personal experiences in my next
few statements and leave it to your judgement as to whether or not you will receive what I
am going to say next.
Because dreaming is a means of God
communicating with us, satan has figured out a way to use it to his advantage. Many times
he tries to attack our mind and spirit while we are sleeping.
His attacks upon our spirit feel so real that
when we wake up, we have a hard time deciding whether we were asleep or not. We know that
we were dreaming, but it feels as though everything that happened was real. I think the
reason it feels real is because our spirit actually experienced it.
You will find that if you call upon Jesus in
your dream, you will immediately wake up. When you call on Jesus, you are actually
rebuking the evil spirits that are trying to attack you.
9. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a
name which is above every name:
10. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of
things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth:
11. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is
Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
6. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I
have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and
immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
18. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned
and said to the spirit, I COMMAND THEE IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST TO
COME OUT OF HER. And he came out the same hour.
These scriptures should clarify the power that
we have when we call on the name of Jesus.
Here are scenarios that I've seen satan use as
attacks during nightmares:
1. You start on top of some high place and
then find yourself suddenly falling, falling, falling, falling.,.,.,.,. Eventually you
wake up from the fall just before you hit bottom.
2. Being chased by horrible looking creatures
that attack you. The majority of the time, they never catch up with you.
3. Being attacked by a creature that sits on
top of you or grabs you around the throat so you can't breathe.
4. Many times when you wake up from these
dreams, you find that you can't breathe, your heart is racing, and you wake up talking out
loud and rebuking evil spirits in the name of Jesus. Sometimes you find that it takes a
few moments for you to move. Your body feels immobile. You may also experience the power
of the Holy Ghost if you woke up calling on the name of Jesus.
5. You are told things that directly
contradicts the word of God. Many times your faith is attacked. You are told that you are
not saved. The name of Jesus is questioned. There is an attempt to confuse you on issues
that were previously settled as you read the word of God or on those issues that you've
always questioned with deep concern because you don't undersand them.
6. You experience sexually explicit dreams.
Many time, these dreams are sensuous and attempt to kindle your desire toward an illicit
relationship (adultery or fornication).
Space will not allow me to list all the
different attacks that he uses. The whole purpose of these dreams are to confuse you and
get you to move away from the direction that God is leading you in your life. With a
little common sense and direction from the Holy Spirit, you can easily decide which dreams
are from satan.
If christians would admit it, these are common
occurrences in many of our lives. Many times we don't talk about it because we feel that
we are the only ones experiencing it. These dreams do not mean that you are not saved. IF
YOU HAVE CONFESSED A TRUE, SINCERE HOPE IN CHRIST, YOU ARE SAVED (ROMANS 10:9-10,
EPHESIANS 2:8-9, ST MARK 16:16).
THESE DREAMS ARE SATAN'S WAY OF ATTEMPTING TO
DESTROY YOUR FAITH AND HOPE IN JESUS CHRIST. THE ANSWER IS TO SIMPLY REBUKE THEM.
C. Understanding Dreams
If you have a dream that troubles you:
1. If you feel that it wasn't of God, rebuke
2. If you are unsure, rebuke it. Now that your
mind is at peace after rebuking the dream, pray and ask God to help you to understand what
its purpose was. After praying, bind the dream and cast it far away from you and ask God
to lead you. Don't spend time meditating on it unless God specifically leads you to.
ST MATTHEW 16:
19. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven:
and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou
shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (ST MATTHEW 18:18)
3. If you think it was of God, pray and ask
God to help you to understand and accept it.
4. Take any other actions, like talking to
your pastor or a friend who is strong spiritually, as the Spirit of God leads you.
D. Ask God To Control Your Sleep
You can gain control of your sleep so that you
will never have to experience nightmares again.
Start by asking God to control your mind. You
can ask God to keep your mind while you are asleep and to let his angles watch over you.
Do this in a pray each night before going to sleep.
3. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on
Charlotte recommends coating the mind by
reading the word of God before going to sleep. Sounds like a great suggestion to men.
By praying and asking God to keep you mind, he
will protect you from the many attacks that are coming your way as you sleep.
E. Personal Experience
When I was growing up, I experienced
nightmares almost every night. I didn't know how to overcome them and I had no one to talk
to. My dreams consisted of me either falling through space and never hitting the ground or
being chased by creatures that never caught up with me. It was very nerve racking. When I
got to Spain, someone preached a sermon about the power that is available in the name of
Jesus. The week after the sermon, I had another nightmare. This time I was chased by the
biggest, meanest, ugliest creature that I had ever seen in a dream. For the first time, it
caught up with me and climbed on top of me. He looked directly into my face which created
a great fear in me. Then he started biting me on my shoulder. The pain was intense and I
couldn't breathe. My mind went back to the sermon but I couldn't say Jesus out loud
because I couldn't breathe. I started to call on him in my mind and tried to move my
mouth. The third time I called on Jesus, the words broke forth from my lips and I woke up.
I couldn't move for almost 30 seconds. I also felt the power of the Holy Ghost all over
me. I went back to sleep and I never had another nightmare the rest of my stay in Spain.
That was back in 1983. I had one in Japan and one here at Tinker. In each dream, I woke up
calling on the name of Jesus.
I pray that my testimony has shed insight into
the battles that you face in your life. Remember, you are never alone.
X. How To Activate God's Protection
In Your Life
Hopefully, at this point, you are quite knowledgeable of your enemy.
Now let's talk about activating God's protection in you life.
A. Put on the Whole Armour of God
10. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the
power of his might.
11. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to
stand against the wiles of the devil.
12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places. [2 THESSALONIANS 2:2-4, 2 CORINTHIANS. 4:4]
13. Wherefore, take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may
be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (ISAIAH 11:15)
14. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (ISAIAH 59:17-19)
15. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of
peace; (ISAIAH 52:7, 61:10)
16. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye
shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of
the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the
Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19. And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I
may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20. For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may
speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
How do we put on the armour of God. As I
pondered over this question the Lord gave me this analysis.
1. The Power of the Lord
First, we must recognize that we have no power
by ourselves. We are basically powerless to fight against the devil. However, because we
are saved, we have God's power on our side. He is all powerful. He is the creator of the
devil and he controls the devil as he desires. The only way to war effectively against the
devil is to acknowledge that we have no power in ourself and trust totally in the power of
the Lord, our Saviour. WHEN UNDER ATTACK, REMEMBER TO BE STRONG IN THE POWER OF THE LORD
AND NOT LOOK TO YOUR OWN POWER.
2. Loins Girth about with Truth
When you speak according to the word of God
you are girting about your loins with truth. When you make up your mind that you will tell
no lies but say the truth, you have girth about your loins with truth. Now, the devil will
not be able to attack you through lies that you may have spoken. He won't be able to
attack your character. When he calls you into question by placing thoughts in your mind,
you will be able to stand you ground because you know that to the best of your ability,
you are living in truth.
3. Breastplate of Righteousness
Our righteousness is through Jesus Christ
(ROMANS 10:4). However, God requires for us to walk upright before him (HEBREWS 12:14).
When we begin to live a life of holiness, then we have put on the breastplate of
righteousness. If you are living upright, satan will not be able to accuse you as he
attacks you (JOB, Chapters 1-3). Without living upright before God, our power source will
be limited (2 TIMOTHY 2:20-26)
4. Feet Shod (Gospel of Peace)
Without the word of God, we will not be able
to minister effectively (ROMANS 10:9-17). Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word
of God. Also, we have a straight and narrow path that we must walk up to enter heaven (ST
MATTHEW 7:13-14). By letting the word of God guide our feet, we will be able to stay on
the straight and narrow path. Our life will now become an effective part of our ministry,
allowing others to see the effect of God's changing power on a human life.
5. Shield of FAITH
I believe that this is the most important part
of our armour: the shield of faith. Notice in the scripture that the word says "ABOVE
ALL" when it speaks in reference to the shield of faith. A shield will prevent
the enemy from getting close to you. Imagine yourself on a battle field: how large would
you want your shield to be? I don't know about you, but if they were firing an automatic
machine gun, I would want a shield completely around me. Thanks be to God, your shield of
faith can be that big. Not only can it surround you, but you can also put your family
inside of it. Pastors can even extend it around their church.
Let me share this testimony with you. When the
Lord first started me to studying on spiritual warfare, many of the members God had called
me to shepherd came under severe attacks from satan. We would pray and I would anoint them
and their houses, but after a momentary period of rest, the attacks would continue. One
night in bible study, Charlotte said that your shield will only be as big as your faith
allows it to be. The Lord took that thought and expanded it in my mind and this lesson on
protection grew out of it. I told one individual who had seen a demonic manifestation to
walk in faith and put a shield around herself. She did and the attacks ceased. Everyone
that I told to walk in faith found that their attacks ceased. The devil walks around as a
roaring lion making a lot of noise (1 PETER 5:8). Many times we forget that Jesus pulled
all his teeth and de-clawed him so that he isn't able to bite us. In simple terms, you may
experience a dream, see a demonic manifestations, see turmoil enter your life, but if you
will just stand by faith, he (it) must leave.
PRACTICAL APPLICATION: A prayer to God for
protection in a given area activates your shield of faith in that area. You have prayed
and God has promised to hear your prayer. If you see something that would cause you to
question God or if it seems that your prayer had no effect, that is the time to hold up
your shield of faith. Simply look at the situation and remind it that you have already
prayed and that God will not allow you to be attacked again in this area. Stand your
ground in your mind. As you stand in faith, believing, you will find that the attack will
cease almost as immediately as it began. YOUR SHIELD WAS ALWAYS THERE. Satan tries
to scare you into thinking that it isn't there and that your prayer didn't have any
effect. Through actions and ideas, he throwing his fiery darts at you. But, your pray did
have effect. He's just trying to get you to move from faith into fear. Don't allow
yourself to be moved once you have prayed. No matter what you see, stand in faith. YOUR
FAITH SHIELD WILL QUENCH EVERY DART.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:
7. (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
6. Helmet of Salvation
We must be saved for us to have any
protection at all. Notice that the helmet goes on our head. As we know, the head is
the most vital part of our body. A few people have lost the use of all of their body parts
and functions with the exception of their heads and lungs, and they are still alive. In
other words, the head is the most important organ on your body. It is from here that the
rest of your body receives its command. It is also the place from which you make the
decision of whether or not to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour of your life. Just as it is
in the natural, the same principles operate in the spiritual realm. You can lose a lot of
protection and win with God, but you can never let go of your salvation and still win with
God. Remember that the Lord says, "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same
shall be saved (ST MATTHEW 24:13)."
7. Sword of the Spirit
The only weapon that God gave you is the Sword
of the Spirit which is the word of God. Remember how Jesus fought back when the devil
tempted him after being in the wilderness for forty days and nights. Jesus quoted the word
of God (ST MATTHEW 4:1-11).
12. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than
any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the
joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
This is also where the theme of our ministry
comes from. The Word of God will change you if you will just read it, study it and then
follow it. The only way that we can get the devil off our back is to stand by faith on the
word of God. Remember, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (ROMANS
8. Watch and Pray
If we don't pray, we lose our strength to
fight for Jesus. When satan was trying to sift the disciples as wheat, Jesus prayed for
them (ST LUKE 22:31).
ST LUKE 22:
31. And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired
to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not:
and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
ST MATTHEW 17:
19. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could
not we cast him out? (the demon from a man's lunatick son)
20. And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for
verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this
mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be
impossible unto you.
21. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:
17. Pray without ceasing.
Prayer, along with fasting is our most
effective preparation to wage warfare against the devil.
B. Guard Your Senses
2 PETER 2:
7. And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy
conversation (living) of the wicked:
8. (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in
seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
14. The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised
the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell
with everlasting burnings?
15. He that walketh righteously [DO NO EVIL], and
speaketh uprightly [SPEAK NO EVIL], he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that
shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood
[HEAR NO EVIL], and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil [SEE NO EVIL];
16. He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the
munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.
Many times we allow our own selves to be vexed
by the many things that we see and hear. We are creating our own hindrances to slow us
down from running this christian race (HEBREWS 12:1-2).
Webster define the word vex this way: 2VEX
1 a: to bring trouble, distress, or agitation to b: to bring physical distress to c: to
irritate or annoy by petty provocations: HARASS.
By looking at evil things, we are vexing our
Many times, our nightmares are breed from the
movies that we see or the books that we read. Our lustful desires are feed by the things
that we feed into our mind through our sight.
If we remove ourselves from many of these
things, we will find it easier to rebuke satan's attacks.
We should also guard against the other subtle
attacks of satan. Some key words to watch for are physic, mystic, subliminal messages,
supernatural, and phenomenon when used to describe a service or item. Today, you can
see many television and newspaper advertisements for books and tapes in this area. Almost
all of these items are linked to satan in one way or another.
While we are in this arena, let's talk about
music. Let me share this experience first. One night during choir rehearsal, the Spirit of
God really moved upon the members of the choir as we sang praises to God. I was playing
the piano, and I could feel God's anointing upon me. After we closed, I decided to play a
chorus of The Greatest Love of All, a song made famous by Whitney Houston. As I
started to play, God's anointing left me and I felt a cold, evil spirit descending on me.
It was real and very dramatic. I immediately stopped playing that song and started playing
praises to God again. I felt the evil spirit leave and the presence of God beginning to
Music is a powerful tool. It creates moods and
invites spirits to come upon us. Satan has used this tool well to control people. Look at
the number of people that flock to concerts. Look at how few people come to church.
Everyone has their own music idol (interesting word that we use in referring to our
celebrities). When we allow worldly music to remain in our lives, it hinders our christian
walk. For example, what thoughts race through your mind as you listen to classics like, Me
and Mrs Jones or If Loving You is Wrong, I Don't Wanna Be Right. Also, can you
remember how those songs made you feel. What type of attitude did they create in you as
you listened to them?
1 SAMUEL 16:
13. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the
midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.
So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
14. But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil
spirit from the Lord troubled him.
15. And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit
from God troubleth thee.
16. Let our Lord now command thy servants, which are before thee,
to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when
the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be
18. Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have
seen as son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant
man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the Lord is
23. And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was
upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and
was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
When we play music while God's anointing is
upon us, it drives off the evil spirits. Imagine how peaceful your house would be if you
were to play praise music directed at God instead of wordly music. Many times we just turn
on the radio not realizing what kind of atmosphere we are creating. I have found that one
of the easiest ways to get my family motivated is to put on praise music when I get up on
Saturday mornings. Even the children start acting peacefully and everyone gets into a good
mood. The anointed music of God drives off the evil spirits. See, God inhabits his
3. But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of
C. Resist the Devil
7. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and
he will flee from you.
8. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse
your hands ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be
turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. [FASTING] (ISAIAH 58)
10. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he
shall lift you up.
11. Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that
speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and
judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, that art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
12. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy:
who art thou that judgest another?
1 PETER 5:
6. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of
God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7. Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the
devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9. Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the
same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal
glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish,
strengthen, settle you.
These scriptures speak very plainly to us. We
need to humble ourselves, submit ourselves unto God, and God will lift us up. It is our
duty to stand steadfast and resist the devil. As we act in obedience to God's word, the
devil will flee from us.
D. Scriptures of Comfort
The following is a list of scriptures that you
read for comfort during times of distress. The hearing of God's word will build faith in
you, and you will be able to resist the devil so that he will flee from you.
17. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of
a. PSALMS 91
b. PSALMS 23
c. PSALMS 46
d. PSALMS 27
e. PSALMS 34
Here are some other scriptures of comfort:
3. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is
stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
4. Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Jehovah
is everlasting strength:
1. They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which
cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
4. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all
15. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are
open unto their cry.
17. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them
out of all their troubles.
19. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord
delivereth him out of them all.
20. He keepeth all his bones: not one of the is broken.
1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall
abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my
God; in him will I trust.
3. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and
from the noisome pestilence.
35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall
tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or
36. As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day
long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us.
38. FOR I AM PERSUADED, that neither death, nor
life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to
39. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be
able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
E. Speak the Word out Loud
The Word of God is also our Sword (HEBREWS
4:12, EPHESIANS 6:17). When you are under attack from the devil, just pick up the word of
God and begin reading it out loud. This accomplishes two things:
1. It builds your faith (ROMANS 10:17). As you
read God's word out loud, your faith will be built as you listen to it. It is almost
impossible for a true child of God to read phrases like "The Lord is my Shepherd I
shall not want" and it not have any effect on them. If you really believe, it will
remind you of God's care for you and strengthen.
2. It cuts into satan and drives him away (ST
MATTHEW 4:1-11). Jesus used the word of God to defeat satan and drive him away.
REMEMBER: THE WORD OF GOD IS YOUR ONLY WEAPON. USE IT!!!!!!
F. Ministering Angels are there to Preserve
God does not leave us to fight alone. Many
times he sends angels to aid us in our battles as indicated in the following scriptures:
7. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear
him, and delivereth them.
13. And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he
lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his
sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us,
or for our adversaries?
14. And he said, Nay; but as captain of the Host of the Lord
am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said
unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant?
15. And the captain of the Lord's host said unto Joshua, Loose
thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua
2 KINGS 6:
17. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his
eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and
behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
13. But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on
my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
14. Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister
for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
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;
REMEMBER, YOU ARE NOT FIGHTING ALONE. The Lord
has dispatched angels to protect you. You cannot command the angels, that is God's
position. However, you can pray to God and ask him to send his angels to protect you and
stand guard around you and your family. You can ask him to let the angels watch over you
as you sleep and keep your mind stayed on him. These scriptures should give you great
encouragement. God is in this battle with you and he has a fighting force to fight for
you. We are the heirs of salvation and he causes them to minister to us. Remember how they
ministered to Jesus.
ST MATTHEW 4:
11. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and
ministered unto him.
ST MATTHEW 28:20 / PHILIPPIANS 4:1-19 / ST MARK 16:16-19 / ST LUKE
G. God will Help Hold You Up
19. So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and
his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the
Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
ST MATTHEW 28:
18. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power
is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
You are not in this battle alone. God had
promised never to leave you nor forsake you. He tells us that he will be with us always,
even unto the end of the world. Notice also that all power has been given into Jesus'
hand. This means that he has the power to do whatever needs to be done in our lives. God
has even given us of his Spirit. When the enemies that we face rush in upon us to overcome
us, God's Spirit will lift up a standard in us against them. In other words, no matter how
strong our trials are, God will give us even more inner strength to endure with. He will
never put more on us than we are able to bear (1 CORINTHIANS 10:13).
XI. Ministering in Power
1 CORINTHIANS 2:
4. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of
man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in
the power of God.
God is a true and powerful God. Most people
treat him like he is a fairy tale that they have somehow learned to trust. This is why our
children and many other people are drawn to satanism. They, as the African evangelist, can
see the real power that satan has displayed and promised to give to them. You will
probably find that many of these people became disenchanted with the church because the
people in the church never allowed God to move in his true magnificence and power. Many
times they did this because they were afraid of his power. They have somehow reached the
attitude that anything supernatural is of the devil. This is hard to believe considering
the many supernatural biblical events that they spend so much time reading and preaching
See, God is real and powerful. He wants to
show himself strong on the behalf of christians. This will only happen if we let Him.
Paul says that he was not concerned with
preaching and teaching with flattering words and nice sounds. However, this is what we
seem to desire today. Paul determined that he would minister in demonstration of the
Spirit and of power so that their faith would stand in the power of God.
Maybe this is part of the answer to our crisis
today. We need to preach so that men's faith will not stand in our words, but in the power
XII. What Will You Do
Satan is on the move. Let me site one example.
When I was on Temporay Duty for the Air Force to Blytheville, Arkansas during January of
1990, the television station ran a news article about a witch that was murdered by another
witch in a small town about 20 miles from where I was. They took the television cameras
into the house and showed a picture of satan's face that had been painted on the wall. It
appeared to be about 5 foot tall and 4 foot wide. Most of the walls had been painted black
in the house. When they asked the lady why she killed her friend, she told them that she
did it to gain her powers. She told them how she had moved from Memphis, Tennessee to this
small town to be with her friend. Her friend just happened to be the most powerful witch
in the area. In order for her to ascend to that position, she had to kill her friend so
that she could receive her powers. The police said that they wanted the public to know
what was going on because the incidence of satanic crimes in the community has gotten to
numerous to continue ignoring.
Most people seem to turn their head and ignore
the attack that satan is leading against them. But, if the bible is true [AND WE KNOW IT
IS], then we are at war with principalities, and powers, and spiritual wickedness in high
Our best protection is to be sincere in our
love and devotion to the Lord and to become knowledgeable of the word of God.
ST JOHN 4:
23. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers
shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship
24. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him
in spirit and in truth.
I spent many hours during the last months
fighting spiritually for others. However, the victory was not won until each person
started fighting for themselves. They had to personally fight for the rights and
privileges that God had given them.
IF YOU ARE TO WIN YOUR OWN BATTLE YOU MUST:
1. TRULY ACCEPT JESUS AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOUR
AND LOVE AND TRUST HIM WITH ALL YOUR HEART IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE THIS.
2. BECOME KNOWLEDGEABLE OF THE WORD OF GOD
THRU A CONSTANT DIET OF DAILY READING ALONG WITH PRAYERFUL PERSONAL STUDY AND REGULAR
ATTENDANCE IN A BIBLE STUDY.
3. FILL YOUR LIFE WITH PRAYER, PRAISE AND
WORSHIP DIRECTED AT GOD (PSALMS 34:1).
4. MAKE A DECISION TO STAND AND FIGHT FOR
YOURSELF AND NOT ALLOW SATAN TO TERRORIZE YOU (EPHESIANS 6:13).
XIII. Other Reading Materials
I must warn you that these books and magazines
that I am recommending are very graphic. However, I recommend them because we must gain a
knowledge of satan if we are going to protect our children and strengthen our own faith in
God. I'M TRUSTING YOU TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE A STRONG FOUNDATION IN GOD BEFORE YOU
ATTEMPT TO READ THESE BOOK. Pray and let the Lord lead you.
Turmoil in the Toy Box. Phil Phillips. 1986 by Starburst
Publisher Inc. P.O. Box 4123, Lancaster, PA 17604
Halloween and Satanism. Phil Phillips and Joan Hake Robie. 1986:
Starburst Publishers Inc., P.O. Box 4123, Lancaster, PA 17604
Satanism in America, What They Do not Want You to Know. This is
a magazine that can be ordered for $ 4.00 from the following address:
Michael Paul & Associates, P.O. Box 151, Crockett, Texas 75835, (409) 544-5400
I highly recommend everyone getting a copy of this magazine. It
will give you a more detailed listing of the occult symbols I am listing below. Also, it
will give you a needed insight into the tactics and tools of satanism without getting to
involved. This book is endorsed by sheriff and police departments from around Texas. It
will also give you a more complete definition listing for terms used in satanism.
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