Page updated 11 July 2016
The Invisible Battle
We all live in the midst of an unseen spiritual conflict between God and Satan -- one in which Satan is constantly trying to gain victory over us. It is a spiritual battle against evil, unseen forces, an invisible enemy, spiritual wickedness, rulers of this dark world.
This is an excellent explanation from 'Truth in Reality' about casting out demons. If preachers today were teaching how to cast out demon spirits instead of submitting to them, or trying to run from them then there would not be so much ignorance on the subject.
The Bible does not provide a list of all names for demons, but we know they have names because of Jesus's example in calling them out. Sometimes "names" refers to 'lying' spirits, or the spirit of murder, or 'sexual' spirits.... like this. But as noted in Mark 5:9And he asked him, What [is] thy name? And he answered, saying, My name [is] Legion: for we are many.Mark 5 verse 9 and Luke 8:30And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.Luke 8 verse 30 Jesus called out "Legion" which means a "multitude."
People need to learn that we have a spiritual enemy instead of ignoring it. Those who ignore the Devil, his demons and the powers he uses against us wind up being deceived and controlled by the Devil. One should never play around with the Devil and his demons. Christ followers must learn to take spiritual authority "IN THE NAME OF JESUS" and to cast the ole boy out- out of your home, out of your life, and out of people. Demons shrug at the Name and Authority of Jesus Christ. That is how one defeats the Devil. However, the Bible also warns us that it is not enough to just cast these demons out. If people are not cleaning up their lives, their homes, their temple (own bodies) of everything that leaves an open door for these spirits to return then these spirits will return and it will be 7 times worse than before. I just do not have the time to look up this scripture but it's in the Bible. What this means is that if people do not clean house and close every door to the Devil and his demons that when these spirits return then there will not likely be any opportunity to ever be free again.
Cleaning house means to throw out the garbage music, magazines, books, movies, television, pornography, occult paraphrenalia. If there is a problem with the tongue ask the Lord for help. If there is a problem with a filthy mind, then ask the Lord for help, and so forth. Peoples homes and lives today are filled with all kinds of filth, especially church goers because it is the Devil's plan to infiltrate the church with filth. People have become DESENSITIZED to what filth is. The best way to take care of this is to ask the Lord to show you what has to go BUT a person has to be willing to OBEY the Lord instead of making excuses to do what they want.
Exposing The Unseen Enemy
SATAN ATTACKS IN FOUR WAYS
1) The foremost way he attacks man is through DECEPTION. Satan is a deceiver.
You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. John 8:44 (NKJV)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.John 8 (KJV) verse 44
2) OCCULT activity is the second way of Satanic attack.
The Christian recognizes the unseen world as the scene of a supernatural, spiritual battle between good and evil. Prayer is the vehicle through which the Christian talks to God and engages the enemy. However, many nonbelievers contact the supernatural world through occult practices and in so doing align themselves with Satan and his kingdom. Some of these practices are as follows (See occult checklist).
God warned the children of Israel to ABSTAIN from ALL FORMS OF WITCHCRAFT.
When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be foundamong you any one thatmaketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Deuteronomy 18:9-12
3) Satan attacks our lives through physical illness. (Matthew 17:18And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.Matthew 17 verse 18)
4) Demons attack through mental disorders. (Mark 5:1-6(verse 1) And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
(verse 2) And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
(verse 3) Who had [his] dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
(verse 4) 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.
(verse 5) And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
(verse 6) But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,Mark 5 verses 1-6)
Spiritual forces use our PAST, our WEAKNESSES, and our SINS as an entry way of destruction.