|Series Theme: Spiritual Warfare|
Title: 4. The Enemy - His Activities - c) Outright Attack
We saw in the previous pages how Satan uses deception and temptation as strategies of attack. We now move on a further area of his activities, outright or blatant attack .
1. How does “Outright Attack” Occur?
Scripture shows us that Satan has power to do the following:
1.1 Stir up the ungodly
1 Jn 5:19
1.2 Bring Hindrance
1.3 Bring Natural Catastrophes
1.4 Bring Physical Affliction
2. What is the Christian's Position?
2.1 Within God's will only
2.2 “Suffering for the gospel”
Jn 15:20 / 2 Tim 3:12 / Rev 2:10
2 Cor 1:8-11 2 Cor 6:4,5
2.3 God's grace is there to help us cope
2 Cor 12:7-9
2 Cor 7:6,7
3. What Forms do the attacks take?
It seems far more than coincidence that often when Christians are moving in outreach activities, a variety of mishaps seem to occur. The lists below are simply examples of things know to happen:
3.1 “Physical” attacks:
3.2 Mental, Emotional & Spiritual attacks:
4. How do we Overcome?
4.1 Realise the source of power within you, the Holy Spirit
1 Jn 4:4
4.2 Remember the work of the Cross
4.3 Realise His grace that is available for you
5.1 The Words we use
The Greek word in the New Testament used for outright demon attack is best translated “demonisation”. When that demonisation is severe we tend to refer to that person being “possessed”, when there is complete domination & control of that person by a demon. When the person is simply being tormented or pressurised by a demon we refer to that as “oppression” .
5.2 Demon Access
Demons can only have access to a person in as far as they have given them space. Satan and demons have the right to inhabit dark places.
If we willingly and knowingly hold onto wrong (dark) things in our lives, then we give the enemy an access to our lives. Willingly and knowingly holding onto sin in our lives makes us vulnerable to enemy attack.
It is vital therefore that we repent of such things, confessing them to God and seeking His forgiveness and cleansing.
5.3 Demon Oppression
Initially when a person is doing things that open the way for demons to come at them, we simply refer to this demonic activity as “oppression”.
For example when a person persistently and wilfully permits, say, wrong anger in their lives, that sin seems to permit an evil spirit to come and “emphasise” anger in them in such a way that they are bound by it. In such a case we might refer to the spirit as a “spirit of anger”. If this is true then we may refer to many different “sorts” of spirit bringing oppression to both believer and non-believer who have surrendered the sovereignty of their lives to the enemy through ongoing sin.
Often in such cases only true repentance and the command of deliverance by a Spirit filled believer moving under the anointing of the Spirit can set them free. Where a person has truly repented and allows the Lord to fill them with His presence (His Spirit) then the power of the enemy is again broken.
5.4 Demon Possession
When a person willingly and knowingly participates in occult activities, those open that person up to greater demonic involvement. If a person opens themselves up to occult activity they are in fact inviting in demons and, depending on the level of involvement, open themselves up to “possession” where the demon holds complete sway over that person's life and manifests its presence when challenged.
5.4 The Christian's Daily Walk
For the Christian in everyday life, although the enemy may come in some form of outright attack, as long as that person is seeking to maintain a good and right relationship with the Lord there should be no room for demonisation. When the enemy does attack, the order shown in James 4:7 should be followed. i.e.
To recap, where there is severe demonisation, for release to come about and the person be delivered there needs to be:
7. Verses to Memorise
The wise Christian is one who commits to memory the truths of Scripture. Below are some invaluable verses we would encourage you to learn:
1 Chron 29:11
1 Pet 3:22
1 Jn 2:1,2
1 Jn 1:9