From The Holy Spirit and Christian Testimonies, by C. Marie, www.theholyspiritacts.com
This is the Enemy’s world. He rules from his lies, deceptions, and temptations, as pride, hate, greed, lust, and envy are his baits.
1 John 3:8, “… For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”
Not all people who seem “Christianly” are true men and women of God.
1 John 4:1-2, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
The Enemy knew about Jesus before Jesus began His ministry with His twelve apostles. From that, we know that the Enemy has awareness of things.
The Enemy is also able to recite the scriptures from The Holy Bible. But he uses them in both manipulative and deceptive ways, for us to be deceived enough to take his baits, accept temptations, and walk outside of the plans that he thinks God has for us.
St. Matthew 4:1-11, “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”
The Enemy uses people’s our own circumstances, families, friends, acquaintances, themselves, and their enemies to encourage them to respond to situations in unholy ways, avoid the Christian faith, and backslide.
1 Timothy 5:15, “For some are already turned aside after Satan.”
It is for us to try to avoid the Enemy’s traps, keep in control of ourselves, and continue to see clearly in The Spirit of the Lord. We are not to accept pride, hate, lust, greed, and envy in our thoughts, hearts, by acting them out, nor speak proud, hateful, lustful, greedy, neither envious, which are all worldly baits from the Enemy.
James 4:4, “…, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
The Enemy is not a bright-red colored, fork-holding, nightmare looking monster.
He knows how to wear a mask that appears welcoming.
2 Corinthians 11:14-15, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
People are able to receive spells and powers from the Enemy, by his demons who are able to control and possess people. By the name of Jesus, we are able to casts out devils with our mouths and hands, from the strong, supernatural powers from the Holy Spirit.
Acts 16:16 and 18, “a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying… But Paul, being grieved, turned to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.”
1 John 4:4, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
James 2:19, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
God looks after His children against the Enemy.
Romans 16:19-20, “… but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet …”
Whatever baits that the Enemy tries to lure us with, if we ignore his temptations, he will find that we are unaffected by whatever he displayed for us to feed on. We must stay upright in in Lord and not ones to desire intentional sinnings.
1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
James 4:6-8, 10 and 17, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
The Enemy is able to successfully enter into people who are not sincerely connected to the Lord, and are disobedient to The Word of God. Inside of people, the Enemy is able to influence them to do work for him.
St. John 13:29, “For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.”
St. John 12:4-6, “Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.”
St. John 6:70, “Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?”
St. John 13:2, 11, and 27, “And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him; For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.”
St. Luke 22:3-6, “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.”
The ways of the Enemy does not lead to Eternal Life. We are to be humble, loving, generous, and merciful.
1 Corinthians 5:5, “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”
The Enemy’s unclean spirits are able to speak through people who they entered into. They cause torment that leads people to turn against themselves. Affected people may act like wild, untamable animals. The Enemy’s unholy spirits are also able to enter into animals too.
St. Mark 5:2-19, “And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”
Evil forces from the Enemy’s realm are able to afflict people in ways that their vocal abilities and eye sights become affected.
St. Matthew 9:32-33, “As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: ….”
St. Matthew 12:22, “Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.”
The Enemy is able to harm people’s bodies and health.
St. Luke 13:10-17, “And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.”
St. Matthew 8:16-17, “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.”
By the mouths and hands of the children of God, they are successfully able to cast out devils, supernaturally from the powers of the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus.
St. Matthew 10:8, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”
St. Mark 16:17, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;”
Adultery is a bait.
1 Corinthians 2-6, “Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.”
To not forgive and comfort those who offended us leads doors opened for the Enemy to work on us.
2 Corinthians 2:7-8 and 10-11, “So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him. To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
While we acknowledge the love that God has for us, we are to love one another.
1 John 3:1-7 and 9-11, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”
We are in a spiritual warfare with the Enemy, his powers, devils, and influences. We have to be strong against his deceptive baits and manipulations. For the battle, the effective, powerful, and complete weapons we have are from God.
Ephesians 6:10-18, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. 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. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”
The Enemy already been condemned and is not expected to have Eternal Life.
St. Matthew 25:41, “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”
When it comes to others, we are not to conduct ourselves in the ways of the Enemy.
Ephesians 4:22-32, “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
We are to keep ourselves in check, walk faithfully in the Lord, continuously obey The Word of God, love God with all our hearts, minds, and souls, as well as loving our neighbors as ourselves. While we stay forgiven and forgivable, we will not share the same fate as the Enemy and his evil angels, unclean spirits, and devils.
St. Matthew 13:36-43, “Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers
are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
The Enemy is able to harass us for a while, to feed on his baits. After he gets tossed aside by us, he will leave for some time, but come back later to bother us again, to tempt us with the same and different baits that were previously rejected. He uses what he thinks we most likely might reconsider to feed on during those times.
St. Luke 4:13, “And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.”
The Enemy tries to keep people from being born-again, in the Holy Spirit. People may hear The Word of God, but get distractions thrown at them afterwards, so that they would concentrate on the baits which were fed on, instead of having their sins saved.
St. Mark 4:3-4 and 14-15, “Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. The sower soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.”
St. Luke 8:12, “Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.”
Faith allows people to be healed from the Enemy’s assaults.
St. Matthew 15:22, 25 and 28, “And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”
With some assaults from the Enemy, faith, fasting and praying are most effective.
St. Matthew 17:14-21, “And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 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. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
The Enemy’s devils knew Jesus’s identity, about how He was from Nazareth, “the Son of God,” “the Holy One of God,” that He was able to destroy them. Because the Holy Spirit ministered through Paul, the Enemy’s devils knew Paul too.
St. Mark 1:32 and 34, “And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils. And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.”
St. Mark 3:10-12, “For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues. And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.”
Acts 19:13-16, “Then certain vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”
St. Luke 4:33-35, “And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.”
The Enemy is the father of lies.
St. John 8:44, “…the devil, …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.”
The Enemy wants and is able to sidetrack people from the Lord, if allowed to.
St. Luke 22:31-32, “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
The Enemy is a troublemaker, who is able to influence us to disrespect the Lord.
Acts 5:3, “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, …”
The Enemy is influential and powerful.
Acts 26:18, “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”
The Enemy is able to throw obstacles in people’s pathways.
1 Thessalonians 2:18, “Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.”
We are to be peaceful to others.
St. Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
2 Corinthians 13:11, “…. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”
Hebrews 12:14-15, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;”
We are responsible for how we conduct ourselves.
2 Thessalonians 2:7-12, “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
We cannot choose both the Lord and devils.
1 Corinthians 10:21, “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”
With offices in the house of God, we are to be humble, self-controlled, sober, patient, and blameless, without giving into the Enemy’s persuasions and deceptive manipulations.
1 Timothy 3:1-13, “This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
The Enemy’s devils tries to have relationships with people.
St. Matthew 12:43-45, When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. …”
The Enemy is able to act like an outrageous, two-faced person who smiles in our faces and tries to convince us that he is our “friend.” Our “friend” gets close to us and knows our personal business, whether or not we are aware of it. Then our “friend” uses what is known about us, to have trouble follow us behind our backs. We may not have any idea that behind the scenes, our “friend” sneakily wants to destroy our relationships with people who we are close to, and tries to encourage them to turn against us. As our “friend” tries to influence our enemies to magnify their dislike of us, our “friend” aims to mess up our own money, sense of securities, emotions, self-control, and livelihoods too. Our “friend” desires us to be miserable and depressed, as well as to have us decrease our trust in God, faith, happiness, successes, and commitments. As our “friend” wants to mess with our households and tranquilities, our “friend” hopes that we will destroy ourselves by whatever ways, shapes, and forms. Lastly, our “friend” does not want us to have Eternal Life.
Jude 1:21, “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”