“Under Attack or On the Attack?”

Under Attack?
or
On the Attack !

We often hear Christians say that some terrible event in their life was an attack of the devil. Have you ever heard someone say “I was really attacked by the devil yesterday” or even describe adverse events or “accidents” as “attacks of the devil.” Is this a scriptural way of thinking? Can the devil actually attack us physically? If so, how can we protect ourselves?
Let’s take a look at some examples in the Bible of people that have faced events that we might describe as attacks of the devil. The most obvious example is that of Job for we are told explicitly that his problems were brought about by Satan.
From this story we can come to several very interesting conclusions:
1. The devil has the power to harm mankind but this power can only be applied to certain people; those who are not protected.
2. He must ask God’s permission before touching one of His people.
3. God permits him to do us harm for our benefit.
4. We must always see God in everything. (Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work together for good to those that are called according to the purposes of God
In Job’s case the devil was only given power to fulfill God’s purpose! So we can rightly ask : who was doing the attacking–the devil, or God? If I give a child permission to do something that is normally forbidden who is ultimately responsible for the consequences?
We are told to fear God — not the devil! (Matthew 10:28) The fear of man brings a snare (Proverbs 29:25) but the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10). The Bible tells us not to give place to the devil (Ephesians 4:27) and to resist temptation (James 4:7). We also know that God does not–indeed cannot tempt mankind (James 1:13 tells us “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.”)
When misfortune strikes our lives we should never credit the devil–he’s got no place in our lives. The scriptures give us many examples of reasons why trials afflict our lives :
— spiritual hurdles that are meant for our spiritual growth and the purification of our spirits. We are told that even Jesus “learned obedience through the things which he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8).
— chastisement that we be not judged with the world. God cares about what we do and say and is quick to correct those that He loves. Hebrews 12:7 says “If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons.”
— to manifest God’s glory : as Jesus himself said of the man blind from birth “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents : but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” (John 9:3)
The whole concept of blaming the devil for every disagreeable event in our life shows a fundamental sense of spiritual immaturity! When troubles plague us or “accidents” happen the first thing to do is to seek a cause. (Proverbs 26:2 reminds us that “the curse causeless shall not come.) If we have willfully sinned we need not look further. At its ultimate blaming the devil for our troubles is a lack of faith because we miss seeing how great and powerful God is. We elevate the enemy of God to Hislevel by attributing far more importance and influence to him than is due. We demonstrate a lack of belief in the promises of God towards His people.
Germane to this discussion is the whole subject of curses. Can a Christian be cursed and have to bear that all his life and “to the seventh generation?” In fact the Bible teaches us that curses and blessings are the direct result of our actions but explicitly teaches that “the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son” for “the soul that sinneth it shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20).
It is well to remember that it is those that are under the law that are cursed (Galatians 3:10) and that “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us” (Galatians 3:13).
To sum up, we are not to feel under any supposed attack from the enemy. On the contrary, we should be on the attack by attacking the devil’s own strongholds. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the mulling down of strong holds.” (II Corinthians 10:4)
Taken from www.neve-family.com

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  1. When one becomes a new creation one is no longer under a curse!

    I think people mention these type of topics just to increase their “deliverance ministry” audience. There is nothing like scaring someone into thinking that they may have a demon from someone else in their family.

    Most people who preach against “deliverance ministries” make note that nowhere in scripture is such a ministry mentioned. None of the Apostles taught it, nor did Jesus.

    If people were told to repent, and what it actually meant to do so, the “deliverance ministries” would dry up for lack of work.

    I DON’T believe in generational blessings either!

    “The man with an experience is not at the mercy of a man with an argument.”

    And if we based our faith on experience where would the church be, instead we are to base it on the Word of God!

    • Its very important to draw a distinction between "basing  our faith on the Word of God" and "basing our faith on our understanding of the Word of God".

      It is not wise for you or I to assume that our understanding of the Word of God is the SAME THING as the Word of God itself.

      Therefore, when looking at two competing understandings of the Word of God, one has to look at:

       

      the whole record of Scripture

      the record of church history

      testimonial evidence of Christians

      AND personal experience

       

      in order to, with the help of the Holy Spirit, arrive at the truth.

       

      See someone can tell me that there is no such thing as true speaking in tongues, or that demons can't be found in Christians – its kind of like telling me my mother doesn't exist. My experience fits the Word of God. Please look at the other teachings about demons and curses on this site if you think there is no possible Biblical basis for what I am saying.

      • “…what fellowship can light have with darkness?” “What agreement can a temple of God make with idols”? (2Cor 6)

        I can say that demons cannot be found in Christians, i.e. people who have been born again. A person born again has died. That is why the scriptures tell us that we can just ‘resist the devil and he will flee’ from us.

        Experience, history and testimonies come to nothing if they do not line up with scripture, for the scriptures does say that light has no partnership with darkness. A demon (darkness) cannot dwell in a person of light, and a true believer, a person born again has the light of God in them, and is now a new creature. (2Co5, 2Co4, 1Jn1)

        The people in deliverance ministries would take a person who was constantly defeated, who struggled with some sin, but yet rose to some heights, but still fell victim to his desires time after time, and try to deliver them of some demon or demonic influence. But they would be mistaken as they would see the person and notice that he is the Apostle Paul (Romans 7).

        Isn’t strange that in all the scriptures there is not any evidence of a demon being cast out of a single believer? Even Simon of Samaria wasn’t accused of having a demon, nor did they try to “deliver it” from him. What about Ananias and Sapphira? Or the man in 1 Corinthians 5, was he to be delivered FROM, no, he was to be delivered TO Satan.

        Michael you would be hard pressed to find any scripture that states it loud and clear that a person born again can have a demon.

        I need not look at the articles on this site, as some of what is stated is just fanciful, to ask me to do so is like the man who once said “Your question has a biblical answer, so please read my book.”

        Some of the articles in this website on curses and demons may start from scripture but the authors go further, go deeper, and even go into what I call “the deep things of Satan”. We are constantly warned by the writers in scripture to stay away from those who teach fabrications of their own mind; those who say it is from God, and back it up by their many words.

        “I’ve heard the prophets who speak lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’ How long will these prophets continue to lie and deceive? …The prophet who has a dream should tell his dream. However, the person who has my word should honestly speak my word. What does grain have to do with straw?” asks the LORD.
        (Jer 23:25-28)

        If someone has something useful to say let them say it, but those who claim to know the scriptures should just stick to the scriptures, and not use experience, church history, and testimonies as “backups” for scripture.

  2. Exo 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

    Pio, when God visits the iniquities of the fathers upon the children it is not that the children are GUILTY of the sins of their fathers – unless they commit them. God does not assign guilt to the children for what fathers do (Ezekiel 18:20) – and by the way this should actually silence the mouths of those who say we are actually guilty of Adam's sin itself.

    According to Exodus 20:5 God DOES bring consequences down the generations, and these ought to be renounced verbally by people who are affirming their NEW POSITION in Christ.

    I know for sure that many demons associated with freemasonry came out of me, though I never practiced it. But my great grandfather did in a big way. I have seen the effects on my family.

    The man with an experience is not at the mercy of a man with an argument.

    I can make a much more convincing argument that true Christians never sin and are never sick, based on the Scriptures, than that Christians are not ever under generational curses.

    How about "By whose stripes ye were healed" (1 Peter 2:24), "How can we who are dead to sin live any longer in it?" (Romans 6:2) Don't they prove that real Christians are healed and indifferent to all temptation?

    Our ministries are more helpful to people when we acknowledge that there is a difference between what is potentially available to believers in Christ, and what is actually happening in their lives. Otherwise, its very easy to confuse people.

    The preachers who teach against the idea of generational curses USUALLY come from a multigenerational line of preachers. They have little personal practical experience on the topic, inheriting as they do many blessings from their forefathers.

     

  3. Ezekiel 18:20 When I read that scripture I also thought that that made it pretty clear,that we aren’t under generational curses any more.But I continue to hear so much about that! Confusing! I don’t have anything to add or dispute,just that I agree,based on that scripture!
    Grace and Peace,
    Beloved

    PS. I have prayed forgiveness for ancestral sins, just in case 🙂

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