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Are We Called To Talk To Demons

Are Christians call to cast out demons and talk to the them? Do we have to go to a training class on how to fight them?

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We will be Satans targets till we die. But we are given a way to resist the devil. If you or anyone wants to go against the devil and demoms you will find out that it will be more then you can handle. To understimate them is a big mistake. Protect yourself against the arrows of Satan but don't try to think you can beat him at his game. If you do, you will lose. He is already attacking your pride in thinking you can beat him. His arrows are ready everytime you make a mistake.
---lupe2618 on 7/27/07


We do cast out demons in the name of Jesus Christ. Training class? No, just demand the demons leave in the name of Jesus. If in a situation where not everyone wants demons gone, then bind them in the name of Jesus. I like to bind them and cast them out in Jesus' name. I'm thankful I have the gift of discernment to see the evil spirits in some people. Thank God I was homeless and He led me to Signs and Wonders Ministry. Satan sent so many spirits in and we had to cast them out. Another one bites the dust!
---Nellah on 11/9/05


Sister Linda, Maybe I understood you wrong or something. I am sorry we don't agree on some issues and do on others. It is ok because we we are different and at a different point in time from one another. I love what you write and did get what you send me. Thank you so much and I will use it on many of my articles. Blessings to you and family,
---Lupe2618 on 10/6/05


My Father in heaven is going to use the very things He said He would protect me from to teach me a lesson and cause me to conform? That's not love in any aspect. That doesn't sound anything like MY Father and that is why I can't agree with you on this matter. However, we can and do agree that Jesus is the once for all sacrifice and He was raised from the dead. I am thankful for that unity of THE faith.
---Linda_Smith on 10/5/05


So, did He "predestine" me to fall to teach me a lesson and bring His purpose about or did He mean what He said in Psalm 91 where, in addition, we are told that no evil shall befall us nor shall any plague come near our dwelling? He also says, "You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day; nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. What say ye?
---Linda_Smith on 10/5/05




If God knew I was going to fall down the steps tomorrow (because He already knows all things), then, as a loving Father, why would He sit there as I fall when He could send a legion of angels to catch me? Psalm 91 says that He gives His angels charge over me lest I dash my foot against a stone. Well then, if I fall anyway, who do I blame? God? He uttered that promise, did He not?
---Linda_Smith on 10/5/05


Like I said, if you are interested in what the Holy Spirit has revealed to me regarding Judas, I will be glad to send that to you. As for this matter of demons being sent by our Father as a means of training, I am finished with it. I still love you as a brother in the Lord but I will not agree with you. Father has revealed too much of His heart to me for me to go back to where I came from.
---Linda_Smith on 10/5/05


God may not live in time but He lives in His people who live in time. The time is in our hands and we are to redeem the time.. Everything that was written was written for our learning and everything written has present day application. Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that PROCEEDETH (that is present progressive tense because God is still speaking) out of the mouth of God.
---Linda_Smith on 10/5/05


If God uses demons for His purpose to train us, then He would not be rejoicing in the truth (1Corinthians 13) since it is the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth. If I spent every day tormenting you, would you say that I loved you? All the torment that was due us was placed on Jesus because He bore our fear so we would not have a spirit of fear. What has been done in Him will not be done again
---Linda_Smith on 10/5/05


"YOu cannot take God's attributes and just do away with them."
You cannot take God and make Him an author of confusion, which is what demons cause. Insane asylums are full of people who are tormented by them...they hear them, see them, feel them, smell them, and taste them...and they believe it's God too. Again, God is not the author of fear but of faith. Fear involves torment. He who fears is not made perfect in love. God is Love.
---Linda_Smith on 10/5/05




"Linda, all words of God are for our learning. You say they are not but that is what the whole Bible is about."

Where did I say this?????

"In infinite time God set everything that would come to be."
In infinite time, God predestined that we all come to full stature of the Son and be conformed to His image.
---Linda_Smith on 10/5/05


4. that we complete His purposed plan. All we do is to finish in time what He already purposed in the beginning. How else can He promise us things? How else can we rest assure that God will fulfill His purpose in us? If we counted on time with God things could change and a different outcome would come without God knowing what that outcome would be, and as we know, He knows everything. Those are just my thoughts,
---Lupe2618 on 10/5/05


3. Linda, would you be in agreement on God's attibutes? Maybe we don't take into consideration who God is first and we get everything in the order we believe. For I believe that everytime we read a Scripture is a revelation from God to the believer. The whole meaning of Scripture is for that purpose. In the beginning the attributes of God in creation, and then, obedience, obedience and obedience all through Scripture. God shows us His power how He deals with sin, and unbelievers. He brings us His word
---Lupe2618 on 10/5/05


2. God does not live through time, for He is outside of time. What is happening now God already knew, what you think now, He already knows, what you will say, He already knows. What we do, He already knows. He is the beginning and the end. A study of God's character and nature and most important, His attributes will give everyone a better understanding on how God is dealing with us now. If it was the way you understand it, it would make God working through time. Just my opinion on the attributes of God.
---Lupe2618 on 10/5/05


Linda, all words of God are for our learning. You say they are not but that is what the whole Bible is about. Its God's word to us so that we can learn. It is not for the unbeliever. You make it sound as if God is living day to day as we are. In infinite time God set everything that would come to be. YOu cannot take God's attributes and just do away with them. You are reading the stories in Scripture as if they are just happening but they have been finished from the beginning for God does not live
---Lupe2618 on 10/5/05


There is no need to ever talk to demons except to cast them out with the authority that Jesus gave us as believers. If they manifest, tell them to leave in the name of Jesus Christ. They will quickly leave. Don't be frightened by them; they have no power over us if we have the helmet of salvation through our risen Christ Jesus thru the power of the Holy Spirit.
---Elsie on 10/3/05


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I found this today while reading the book of John:

"Did I not choose you, the twelve, and noe of you is a devil? He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve."

Judas was already a devil. Satan just came home when he entered him. Judas, not God, opened that door. This has been the problem from the beginning. God wants us to choose Him and trust Him. Judas did neither.
---Linda_Smith on 10/3/05


Apart from seeing Him and hearing His voice, there is no believing (John 9:35-38).
---Linda_Smith on 10/3/05


In this day of grace, Father God uses trumpets sounding a clear sounding word to REMOVE the accuser, not add him. He needs nothing else as the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to them that believe. I don't believe it is a coincidence either that the other disciples were asking John (who leaned upon the Savior's breast and heard His heart)who would betray Him. It was this same John who remained until Jesus appeared again (John 21:21,22) and gave him a revelation of Himself (Revelation 1).
---Linda_Smith on 10/3/05


Jesus asks her, after showing her redemption, where her accusers were and had anyone condemned her and she answered, "No one, Lord." Revealing His work to her got rid of her accusers and the condemnation (this would be the enemy). He who has the power to condemn her says, "Neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more."
---Linda_Smith on 10/3/05


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Jesus was the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the world. Before Judas ever thought a thought of betrayal, it was already done. Here, Satan (the adversary and accuser) enters Judas (again, before Jesus passed through death). In the New Covenant, the goal is to get him out of folks not put him in to teach a lesson. You can see that in the story of the adulteress. The Pharisees (accusers) bring her to Jesus, seeking to ACCUSE Him.
---Linda_Smith on 10/3/05


2. In Acts 3:17-17 is another explanation of God's sets purpose, in verse 18, "But those things, which God before had showed by the mouth of all His prophets, that Christ should suffer, He hath so fufilled." With God all things are sure for He has ordain them to be. We only learn of them as we live but God saw it all in infinite time. For if it was not so then what was spoken long ago would not come true.
---Lupe2618 on 10/3/05


You also have to remember that Judas, before Satan entered him, was a thief. Jesus tells us that he who goes up another way is a thief and a robber. Judas already had a major problem....the problem Adam had when he ate the fruit to try to be like God. He was already listening to the deceiver and resorted to trying instead of trusting. It cannot be coincidence that Jesus was crucified in the midst of two thieves.
---Linda_Smith on 10/3/05


And the fact that Satan (the accuser of the brethren) had to enter him to fulfill prophecy (Jesus' betrayal) is pertinent because it shows us exactly what Paul, in 2 Thess., is talking about when he mentions the son of perdition and the falling away that must take place. If you are interested in that, let me know and I will e-mail you.
---Linda_Smith on 10/3/05


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You are still coming from before the cross. You cannot find, after the cross, one episode where God used a demon (or Satan) to fulfill His purpose. He used His Son. Satan (the accuser) is rendered powerless and idle by the work of Christ. It is interesting that you mention Judas because who the betrayer is and where the betrayer is revealed is of significance. And the fact that he went out and it was night has significance.
---Linda_Smith on 10/3/05


In the subject of Jesus account, the enemy was the instrument that God used as He allowed Satan to enter Judas. Jesus knew as we can see in the verse. "That thou doest, do quickly." Jesus didn't start His comments until Judas left the room in Verse 31, where He gave the New commandment about loving one another. He could not do that while Judas was still in the room. Everything with a purpose.
---Lupe2618 on 10/3/05


3. the Lord will have them in derision," 2:4. Job said, "The deceived and the deceiver are His," 12:16; by which he meant that both good and evil men are under His providential control. If God allows Satan to take control then he is sovereign, working on his own. We would have two Sovereign, God and Satan, but as we know Satan is not sovereign but a created being. His attributes are not as God's. I like the way that you wrote what you wrote but in there, God was not in control.
---Lupe2618 on 10/3/05


2. All evil forces are under His absolute control and could be blotted out of existence in an instant if He so willed. When Jesus said, "Get thee hence, Satan," Satan immediately went; and when Jesus commanded the evil spirits to hold their peace and come out of the possessed persons, they immediately obeyed. The Psalmist expressed his confidence in God's power to overrule sinners when contemplating their works, he wrote, "He that sitteth in the heavens will laugh;
---Lupe2618 on 10/3/05


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Hello Linda, you mentioned that no where in the New Testament God used Satan or His demons to do His will but the story of Jesus in the gospel of John 13: in verse 27, we understand that Satan went into Judas. Now that God allowed that is for sure since in Acts 2:23, "You, with the help of wicked men, put Him to death by nailing Him to the cross," yet He "was handed over to you by God's set purpose and foreknowledge."
---Lupe2618 on 10/3/05


He sits in a place of mercy and He is viewing the Lamb as it had been slain standing in the midst of the throne. If you still believe that demons are used by God to accomplish His purpose, you have a right to believe that....and what you believe (even if it is a lie) will bear fruit in your life. God created the waster to destroy and Jesus did that by passing through death.
---Linda_Smith on 10/2/05


The spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him tells me that God, in the New Covenant, never uses that which opposes Himself to accomplish His purpose. Jesus' blood was so powerful it changed the throne of God from a judgment seat to a mercy seat. God dwells in the midst of a people in union with and coming out of Christ. To use a demon would require God to still be looking at sin and sitting in a place of judgment...and He isn't.
---Linda_Smith on 10/2/05


To resist the demons (placed there by God) would be to resist God's tool and therefore resist God. We are told not to grieve the Holy Spirit but never told to not grieve demons. Again, God is not the author of fear which involves torment and demons torment. That is based not upon only one Scripture but upon several put together to reveal the heart of God.
---Linda_Smith on 10/2/05


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In the OT, God dealt with His people from the outside in. In the New Covenant, He deals with His people from the inside out by His Spirit. The enemy, as defined in the NT, is the carnal mind which is death. The adversary does go about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour but why would the God of the heavens, who cast down the prince of this world, tell us to resist him steadfast in the faith if the adversary was used by God to begin with?
---Linda_Smith on 10/2/05


Dorylory, post 8\22\05 Psalm 8:4,5 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the sone of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Hebrew 2:7,9 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels...

Jesus gave the disciples and 70 power over devils. Mark 16:17 Luke 9:49 10:1,17 Jesus said, because of lack of faith the disciples could not remove a devil. Matthew 17:15-21 this kind goes by prayer and fasting.
---Ulrika on 10/2/05


4. I have always loved your answers and if you run out of space, start a new Question and I will look for it. Thank you sister and I will write you on your email as you asked me on another question. Thanks and blessings to you and family
---Lupe2618 on 10/2/05


3. In this section I did not quote any Scriptures just what my feelings are. I know God is Sovereign and that God will complete what He started. It has all been written from infinite time, because with God everything in time is now. Your points are great why it cannot be, but Scripture mentions many times where God used the enemy and even evil angels to do His purposes. So that point you quoted cannot be right, that it never happens. Can you give some Scriptures to prove your point?
---Lupe2618 on 10/2/05


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2. The devil is but an instrument for God. That God has not got rid of him is a fact but only because God is not done with His elect. When the church is complete then and only then will Christ return. No one can frustrate God's purpose. As you might know already, that God has an agenda. It is not as if He doesn't know what the outcome will be. It is our sanctification that is at work by all the teaching. If we resist the enemy we become more Christ like. Of course I don't mean to go out and fight them.
---Lupe2618 on 10/2/05


Linda, good morning, I love what you wrote but I believe you are not reading all of the Scriptures when you mention that God does not use the devil for His will. I believe by reading that He does, it reinforces our position as Christians. We are taught a lesson and we do become more careful what we follow. The Holy Spirit works in our lives but we do have to yeld to the Spirit. There is many cases in Scripture where God used them for His purpose.
---Lupe2618 on 10/2/05


We have the armor of God (which, if you study that out, is Christ) to stand in. We are to put that armor on (put on the Lord Jesus Christ) and stand, making no provision for the flesh. Jesus, in His earth walk, never fought a demon. He just spoke to it. If He has given us the same authority He has (we are joint-heirs), then why would we need to fight an already defeated foe? The battle was the Lord's...and He won and He prevails to open the living epistles that we are.
---Linda_Smith on 9/28/05


It is doctrines and traditions like this one that, by fear, scare folks away instead of draw them in, particularly if they had to wonder if someday they were going to be demon-possessed and that by their own Father's hand. God forbid. If we are still suppposed to fight against what Jesus has already destroyed by passing through death, we would never be able to come to the rest Hebrews 4 talks about...a rest that is available right now to the people of God.
---Linda_Smith on 9/28/05


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Demons torment people and the very Word of God tells us that fear involves torment and he who fears is not made perfect in love. God is love and He would never bring us torment. He is not the author of fear and has not given us a spirit of fear. The waster was created to destroy and Jesus, by passing through death, destroyed him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.
---Linda_Smith on 9/28/05


Don't you see how inconistent it would be for God to use HIS Spirit on one person and a demonic spirit on another to teach a lesson? God is unchanging and true to His OWN nature (which is Spirit) and He does not use the enemy for His own purpose and will. If He did, then we would not be told to resist him or to give him no place because to resist the enemy would be to resist God Himself who has sent that enemy to teach us.
---Linda_Smith on 9/28/05


In the book of Revelation (which is the revelation of Christ in and through His body), there are no serpents in the garden...and we are God's garden. Father God using a messenger of Satan to teach us would go against what He did in the new creation as expressed in the book of Revelation. In the story of the man who had the legion, that man (who was full of demons) fell down and worshipped Jesus when He was yet still on the way. They recognized the Son of God.
---Linda_Smith on 9/28/05


He needs no other spirit, demon or otherwise, as His Spirit reveals His nature and that quite well without the aid of any other. If God used agents of Satan to teach us, then why bother to exhort us to be watchful for false teachers and Satan's messengers posing as angels of light? Why didn't He tell us to pray and ask Him if the messenger was of Him before we took heed to it? The devil is defeated and we are to enforce that defeat by resisting the devil and giving him no place.
---Linda_Smith on 9/28/05


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"God controls the devil and his demons and will allow them to come into peoples lives for His purpose and will. If we went and tried to cast the demon God is using in his life, you would be trying defeating the purpose of God."

Would that not be a house divided against itself? Father God uses HIS Spirit to teach us. In John, the Holy Spirit is called the Teacher who bears witness to who Jesus is and what He has done.
---Linda_Smith on 9/28/05


The only talking we should do to demons is to tell them to come out in the name of Jesus. They will try to carry on conversation but it is only a delay tactic, they don't want to come out. They can lead you on a wild goose chase.
The Holy Spirit is the teacher who will show you how you should deal with demons.
It takes knowing the word of God and praying for discernment.
You cannot have God's real power without obedience to Christ and living a godly life
---Tsuanne on 9/20/05


Thank you sister Dory, I like very much what you wrote and hope others take it the same. We can all learn from each other. We have a lot to live for, Praise God
---lupe2618 on 8/24/05


For anyone following this Blog, I just want to say that Lupe and I have been communicating via email and have reached an understanding that we agree to disagree on this issue. We have different opinions but are still friends and respect each other's beliefs despite the differences. Praise God!
---DoryLory on 8/24/05


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I gave an answer on my 7 answer because I believe that the devil doesn't have any problem with the lost, he already has them. He has a problem with us, because we are the chosen one's. He wants to confuse us and torment us, to defeat God's plan. We are the one's he wants, to make us doubt God. That is why we have to be on the alert and stand our ground and resist him and his demons all the time. not by fighting each other but by God's Word, the Truth. Christ.
---lupe2618 on 8/23/05


This is my explanation. If anyone wants to go against the enemy and the demons I hope and pray that they make it through. The battlefield has been set, and we are to stand our ground and resist him and his demons. God communicates to us through His revealed Word, not through mystical experiences. Too many people build belief systems on experiences they hear from others. To seek such experiences only opens one up to satanic influence or deception.
---lupe2618 on 8/23/05


9. Yes, because greater is He that is in us then he who is in the world. Those are promises of God for the believer. We can defeat the enemy in our lives. The God I believe in is in control, and doesn't need US to make sure His plan is complete. You see, you say my God, yes, my God is Sovereign. He uses the enemy many times as an instrument in His plan. He uses anyone and does what pleases Him, not man. My God is on the throne and not man. That is the difference.
---lupe2618 on 8/23/05


8. The battle has been won through Christ, and Christ paid the prize for sin, Yes, He is the head of the Church. yes, the bible tells us that the enemy is lier, and everything else you want to call him. Yes, That God is waiting for us to do our part, Yes, to spread the Gospel and be holy, that God has provided us tools, yes the armor of God. That bible does tells us to not be unware of satan, yes. I am not telling you to not exercise our authority of the devil,
---lupe2618 on 8/23/05


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7. we are not in that level of God to know what God is doing in each of our lives. Anyway, I want to thank you for your answer. I hope I have helped someone. I believe we should learn more about God, as much as we can, and never stop learning. The area of demons and the devil I will leave to God, in the mean time I will try my best to protect myself and though I may fail sometimes I know with Christ I will make it. I love you sister Dory.
---lupe2618 on 8/23/05


6 it's God's will if that person is ever going to commit his life. If that person has a demon, the first thing that has to happen is for that person to come to Christ. You see sister, there is no way to know if God is trying to work something in that one person. God controls the devil and his demons and will allow them to come into peoples lives for His purpose and will. If we went and tried to cast the demon God is using in his life, you would be trying defeating the purpose of God.
---lupe2618 on 8/23/05


5. a living sacrafice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2). If someone came to me and told me he had a demon, I know I would pray for God to help him and bring him to salvation. Knowing full well that
---lupe2618 on 8/23/05


4. Every time I hear something I have not heard of I make a search on the subject. I knew making comments on some subjects will effect others. The comments on demons, I have so much information on it. Pro and con. "How to have a Healing ministry" and many others and find that after learning about all the pros and cons the answer is to be a living sacrafice. "I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies
---lupe2618 on 8/23/05


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3. something different then what they have believed all their lives. I know because I hear that all the time. I am not going to quote any Scriptures at all to you or stories. I will only say that we cannot turn our heads and just except everything someone tells us. If we are real serious about our Faith, and about knowing more about God, and about our love for God, we will look to make sure what we are doing is correct or not.
---lupe2618 on 8/23/05


2. before I answered the questions to Prosperity and Benny Hinn, I knew many here were going to get mad. I know because in my last church, Pentacostal, they too believe in many things that others don't believe. I knew it was not going to be popular. I can tell by the answers given. I didn't want to hurt you or for that matter anyone else. It is just like the Sovereignty of God, and once saved always saved. People stick to their guns sorte of speaking. They get angry to hear
---lupe2618 on 8/23/05


Hello sister Dory, first, I want to thank you for answering. I don't know how to even answer you because I might say something that will get you angry at me and that would be another open door for the enemy. Any mistake we make is another arrow. Yes, It is our fight but the fight is for our life's. If you think you can do something the Apostels many times didn't do themselves, then my prayers are for you. We are called to be holy, preservere, and most of all to spreak the gospel.
---lupe2618 on 8/23/05


lea, are you confusing me with someone else? Please elaborate what credit you think that i am giving to Satan.
---Eloy on 8/23/05


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Ulrika - In your statement regarding Jude 1:9, you are putting angels in a class above man. Angels are ministering spirits sent to help the heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:14) ... they are our helpers. We should not get our direction from them, they are not redeemed, they do not have the authority we've been given.
---DoryLory on 8/22/05


Pt1
Lupe - if you think dealing with Satan is God's battle, you are mistaken.

When Jesus was on the cross just before giving up His Spirit, He said the words, "It is finished." (John 19:30) indicating that the work of redemption had been completed. He had successfully completed His "mission" on earth.
---DoryLory on 8/22/05


Pt2
Hebrews 10:12 says Christ paid the price for sin & then sat down at the right side of God. "SINCE that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool." (verse 13)

Jesus is the Head of the Church. The Body of Christ are the feet. (Feet are not of the head, but of the body.) Jesus is waiting on Christians (His Body) to take His authority & power & trample over all the power of the enemy in this earth (Luke 10:19). God uses Christians to make Jesus' enemies His footstool.
---DoryLory on 8/22/05


Pt3
God has done His part ... Jesus said, "It is finished." Now He's waiting on us to do our part.

The Bible teaches that there is only one way into heaven but it does not say there is not only one way to handle the devil. Actually, God has provided us with many tools to use in resisting Satan's tactics, casting out demons is one but only one. There are many others.
---DoryLory on 8/22/05


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Pt4
Lupe, should the day ever come that a man runs up to you ... a man who spends his days wandering through graveyards, screaming and cutting himself (Mark 5) ... should that man ever come to you begging for help, I believe you're going to wish you knew how to cast out demons. And with the world situation being what it is these days, with darkness and evil encroaching on every side, I really don't think that possibility is too far fetched at all.
---DoryLory on 8/22/05


Pt5
2 Corinthians 2:11 is a warning to not be unaware of Satan's schemes that he might not outwit us. The Amplified Bible says, "TO keep Satan from getting the advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his wiles and intentions." It also says that Satan is an evil genius (John 14:30 & 16:11), that he is filled with fury (Revelation 12:12) and that he can enter people (Luke 22:3, John 13:27).
---DoryLory on 8/22/05


Pt6
You can't tell me there's no need for exercising our authority over him. We absolutely must know that GREATER is HE who is in us (1John4:4).

Neither do I receive the argument that one part of the Bible isn't really part of the Bible for this reason or that. I happen to believe that God knew how to put it together the way He wanted. If you don't, I say, "your God" is not very big.

And that's all I have to say today. Are you still asking for the kitchen sink?
---DoryLory on 8/22/05


Eloy
again you give satan way too much credit ....i have some good advice why dont you write a book Eloy.
---lea on 8/22/05


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3. Sometimes God's purposes are not so benign. Scriputre reveals He will actually hand people over to Satan to punish them for their sin and disobedience. God used Satan's afflicting hand for the spiritual benefit of Job, Paul, and Peter. None of them sought to command, rebuke, or bind Satan. For them the real issue was not the activity of Satan, but the accomplishment of God's sovereign purposes.
---lupe2618 on 8/22/05


2. he responded, "Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!" (v.33) Later that same evening, Peter denied Christ three times. Afterward he "went outside and wept bitterly" (v.62). That was evidence of his repentance and restoration to God. What did Peter learn as a result of Satan's sifting? That he could not stand on his own. It also made him a more useful vessel for God because Christ told him to stregthen others after his repentance (v.32).
---lupe2618 on 8/22/05


I will put down one more example, this will be it. I am worried about what Christians are doing not for myself but for others and this story is found in Luke 22:31-32, Christ said to Peter, "Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers." Satan wanted Peter because he was crucial to the early church's development. When Peter heard that Satan was after him,
---lupe2618 on 8/22/05


On answer 2 I said it was bad enough to live the Christian life, I meant hard enough to live it. sorry.
---lupe2618 on 8/22/05


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The forces of evil have been around since time begin and they know much about humans. I will leave it at that. We should live a holy life first and that in itself is hard in the world. Every evil thing is around us everyday already. His temptations are on us every minute but our protection is Christ with His armor. Every single person gets attack all the time. Dealing with demons and Satan is God's battle.
---lupe2618 on 8/22/05


3. that we are to win our neighborhoods by presenting the Godspel to the lost (Matthew 28:19-20). How is our presentation credible? Not by commanding demons, but by holy living (1 Peter 2:12). That is why it was necessary for the church at Pergamos to repent (Rev. 2:16). If we are courting the world, what is God's battle plan for you? Not confronting the powers of darkness, but obeying Christ's command to repent.
---lupe2618 on 8/22/05


2. He finds the small creses in your armor. he will not attack you when you can see him but when you can't. Its bad enough we have to live a life resisting him, let along go after him. Just look at the church at Pergamos, Did Christ instruct the Christians in Pergamos to walk the roads and say, "in the name of Jesus, I rebuke Satan:? Did He tell the Christians there to command the demons of paganism and immorality to leave the city? The Bible makes it clear
---lupe2618 on 8/22/05


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