Fighting Back

What would you do if you knew someone was trying to cause harm to you or your family and you could do something about it?  Wouldn’t you try?  Isn’t there something inside you that would rise up in response?

I’ve got news for you, if you didn’t already know it, someone is trying to bring harm to you and yours.  Jesus totally identifies this individual and his intentions in John 10:10, where He says, “the thief has come to steal, kill and destroy.”  In other words, there is a thief who is intent on robbing, killing and ultimately destroying you and yours.  So, my question is, “What are you going to do about it?”

Now that you know there is someone intent on brining harm to you and your loved ones, what can you do?  Over these next five weeks we are launching a new sermon series called FIGHT – Winning Life’s Battles over hurts, habits and hang-ups.

The enemy wants to put you down, but Jesus wants to lift you up.  Satan wants to remind you of your past, but Jesus wants to give you hope and a future.  The evil one desires to “steal, kill and destroy”, but Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it to the full.”  I believe what Jesus says more than what the devil says – how about you?  Learn how to fight back and live the life Jesus intended for you to live.

Join me for what I believe will be a powerful series of freedom, deliverance, healing, hope and release!

FIGHT begins THIS Sunday, November 2 @Crossroads.

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Away From Me Satan

Guest post by John Money:

Today I feel compelled to offer a spiritual warning….a “heads-up” to all who have joined our church-wide 21 day Fast.

Scripture tells to “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Pet 5:8)

Our enemy, the devil, hates us and he hates that we are seeking to draw closer to Jesus through fasting and prayer.  He wants to ruin your fast.  Ruin your faith.  Ruin your relationship with the Lord.

How do I know?  The Bible tells me so!

Satan hates us; just like he hated Jesus.  Look at what he tried to do to Jesus during his 40 day fast.  Satan came to tempt him at the end of the fast and when Jesus was hungry, tired, and weak.  Satan will try to do the same thing to us.  We are at day 18 of a 21 day fast.  It is time for us to be spiritually alert and ready to refute Satan’s lies/attacks with faith and the truth found in God’s Word.

Matthew 4:1-3 -Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Let’s be ready like Jesus was.  We too have been led by the Spirit to Fast.  The devil will try to tempt us to give up, to take short cuts, to doubt, to despair.  Let’s do what Jesus did and answer with the Word of God.  Let’s put on the armor of God and say to Satan, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” (Matthew 4:10)

“Away from me, Satan!”  “Away from my family!”  “Away from my friends!”  I have been fasting for 18 days and I am connected to Jesus….get away from me!”

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It May Be Time To Dig Deeper

Posted in Attitude, Devil & Demons, Fasting, Prayer by PCraig on January 12, 2013

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  What exactly does that mean?  I’ve heard that saying many times in my life and my interpretation is when things get desperate you just dig down a little deeper.

When Jesus knew He was about to be betrayed, taken, beaten and ultimately crucified, He spent time in deep prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.  The Bible teaches us that this wasn’t the only time Jesus prayed.  Remember, He started His ministry out with 40 days of fasting an prayer in the desert.

On one occasion, a man brought his demon-possessed son to the disciples to heal him, but they couldn’t.  Jesus is told this after coming down from a mountaintop experience with three of His disciples in Mark 9.  After expressing disappointment in the disciples, Jesus casts out the demon and explains that “this kind can be cast out only by prayer,” and some translations add “and fasting.”

What this says to me is that there are times that a little “Now I lay me down to sleep” kind of prayer is not enough.  There are occasions where it takes more than that.  When demon powers are entrenched in your home, then it may take more than what you ever given before to kick them out.

Are you more determined to win than the devil is to cause you to lose?  If so, then when times get desperate, you get desperate.  When the going gets tough, the tough get going.  Don’t you dare let the devil have your marriage, children, finances or future.  You are a child of the King and though it may not be easy, you can dig a little deeper and win the victory.

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Can A Christian Be Demon Possessed?

Posted in Devil & Demons, Holy Spirit, Victorious Living by PCraig on May 4, 2012

In a word “NO!”  I get asked this question every once in a while, so I thought I would write my response.

A Christ follower is already possessed by Jesus and baptized into Christ by the Holy Spirit.  (Ga. 3:26-27)  The word that is used for “possessed” by a demon in the New Testament, can refer to being “vexed” or “possessed.”  This could mean the difference between a person being controlled or under the influence of a demon and being demonized.

Possession implies ownership, so to say a person is “demon possessed” would mean they are owned by the demon.  A Christian is owned by Jesus Christ as a child of God and cannot have duel ownership between God and the devil.  When God owns something, He owns it outright and completely.

The New Testament teaches that demons are squatters or vagrants of territory that does not belong to them.  A thief may break into your home but that doesn’t make it his.

The Scriptures warn believers to stop giving a place to the devil in Ephesians 4:27, which suggests that we can allow an entry point of influence by the evil one.  We must by like John the Baptist and say, “He (Jesus) must increase and I must decrease.”  As we get more and more filled with God’s Spirit there will be less room for anything else.  “Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world” (1 Jn. 4:4).

A question to ask might be, “How am I giving opportunity or room for demon influence in my life?”  Are you so sold out and filled with God that there is no room for anything else?

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