I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

Every Man, Woman and Child

THE REALITY OF DEMONS


Matthew 8:16
When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill

A good offense is a good defense! Genesis 4:7 "...sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it." You can not rule over something that you are not aware of, today's teaching is the reality of demons and how only Jesus can cast them out and permanently heal.

My prayer is that you are not taking "our word" for it, but God's! I encourage you to let go of the mouse, grab your Bible and get ready to study God's Word with us together.

...they brought. I think this is awesome! God draws His people near through circumstance, internal stirring, by supernatural desire to know Him and by people. Are you willing to motivate others into a mature relationship with Jesus Christ? The body of believers have an active role in God's plan and purpose.   

...Demon-possessed:
The internal control of a demon. The Greek diamonia is translated "demons," never "devils." There is only one devil (Greek diabolos), that is Satan. 
 
The reality of Demons:
  1. Demons are spirits (Matt. 12:43,45). So numerous as to make Satan's power present nearly everywhere (Mark 5:9).
  2. They are capable of entering and controlling both men and animals (Mark 5:2-5, 11-13), and earnestly seek embodiment, without which, apparently, they are powerless to do evil (Matt. 12:43-44; Mark 5:10-12).
  3. Demon influence and demon possession are distinguished in the N.T. Possession (Luke 8:36) Influence (Acts 8:7).
  4. Demons are unclean, bad tempered, violent and malicious. (Matthew 8:28).
  5. They know Jesus Christ as Most High God and recognize His supreme authority (James 2:19).
  6. They know their eternal fate to be one of torment (Luke 8:31).
  7. They inflict physical abnormalities (Luke 13:16).
  8. Demon influence may manifest itself in religious discipline and self -denial (1 Timothy 4:1-3).
  9. The sign of demon influence in religion is departure from the faith, that is, the body of revealed truth in the Scriptures (1 Timothy 4:1).
  10.  The demons maintain a conflict with Christians who would be spiritual (Ephesians 6:12).  But the Christian's resources are prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21), "the full armor of God" (Ephesians 6:13-18).
  11. All unbelievers are open and susceptible to demon possession (Ephesians 2:2).
  12. One of the awful features of the apocalyptic judgments in which this age will end is an emergence of demons out of the bottomless pit (Revelation 9:1-11).
  13. Demons are under authority. (Matthew 28:18-20).

Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession. 
~George Washington

GOOD NEWS

 ...He, (Jesus Christ, the second head of the Trinity).  
...cast out (or drove out) 
...the spirits with a word (The Greek Logos the same as John 1:1).
...and healed all who were ill . (All that came by faith were healed, Mark 10:52)
  • Only Jesus Christ can drive out demons.
Matthew 17:19 
"Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, 
"Why couldn't we drive it out?"  

Christ's explanation for their failure was that their faith was deficient. The problem probably lay in a failure to make God, rather than their own gifts the object of their confidence.
In the words of John the baptist. "He must increase I must decrease."
  • Only Jesus Christ can heal.
Acts 4:10
"Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead by him this man is standing before you well."

God loves you, He sent His Son for forgiveness of your sins, He changed my life and He will change yours if you believe with faith!

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QUESTIONS:
Have you ever encountered a person possessed by a demon?

Can we believe with confidence that we serve a God who can remove and heal?

PRAYER:
Father God of the earth and heavens, high and lifted up on Your throne. There is an enemy prowling like a lion to devour and destroy. Thank You for showing us in Your Word the reality of demons and the hope that Christ can and will remove and heal those who respond in faith. Today give us Your power to embraced Christ by faith in Jesus name, AMEN.