Pastor Bankens lived in Louisiana until he was forty years old, attended church at Apostolic Temple Pentecostal Church, pastored by Dr. M. D and Dr. R.D. Treece. He was an evangelist about twelve years, pastored in Rome, Georgia five years, pastored New Chapel UPC, Collins, Mississippi, for almost twelve years. Pastor Bankens is now living in Sulphur, Louisiana and is preaching out as he is again attending Apostolic Temple under his Pastor Rick Treece, Pastor Bankens is ordained by UPCI..
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BODY, SOUL AND SPIRIT
Because of the sin of Adam man exists in a fallen state emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Jesus Christ came to this earth to reconcile man back to Himself; to make the complete healing of human beings possible. Through His stripes and the healing work of Calvary all of us can be totally healed.
Isaiah 53:5 KJV,
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
I Thessalonians 5:23 KJV,
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Since Adam’s sin, man has lived in a fallen state. Man’s body, soul and spirit exist in a degenerated condition.
Jesus Christ came to this earth purchased and provided complete deliverance, salvation and healing for all humanity. I am talking about the healing of the soul, body and spirit of man-kind.
We all must have a good understanding of our make-up. Man is tripartite, which means there are three arenas of our composition. We are body, soul and spirit.
The Body of course is your physical being. The Soul consist of our mind, will, logic, and emotions. The Spirit is a person’s nature.
Romans 5:12 KJV,
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned:”
This one man was Adam. This sin and consequent curse is the source of all problems that face all humanity today. It did more than simply separate man from God in a spiritual sense. It affected man’s entire composition:
Body - The human body is now subject to pain, disease, death, and decay.
Soul - Man’s mind, will, logic and emotions are now ruled by sensual passions and desires.
Spirit - Man’s spirit was separated from God. Until salvation occurs, one’s spirit is in union with Satan and demonic evil spirits.
Please read carefully and quote me right. (This is an area where I have been miss-quoted by many) I have found no scripture in the Bible that says sickness and disease is brought on by sin. However, there are numerous passages of scripture that indicate that sin bringeth forth death (Both naturally and spiritually).
Now, we all know that death is brought about by sickness and disease, so it is logical to say that sickness and disease has its roots in sin. It is an error to bring this to the individual level, because sickness and disease is not brought on by the sin of the individual in most instances. The exceptions to this is diseases and illnesses associated with sexual impropriety or diseases resulting from addictions to drugs, alcohol, nicotine and other chemicals.
Sickness & Disease – in general exist because of Adam’s sin. If an individual is sick or diseased, this does not mean they are living in sin. Or if they die of a sickness or a disease does not mean they died a sinner.
The truth to this matter is that the whole human race suffers because of the first, the original sin of Adam. We all suffer because of the fall of man.
To declare that individual sickness is brought about by individual sins alone, is preaching the message of Job’s comforters and is contempt to the Bible. This declaration is assuming and declaring that just because a person is ill or has a disease they are ungodly and lost.
We must understand something today saints; Sickness and Disease can and do strike people of all walks of life, Saints as well as sinners. Satan uses these extreme methods of attack to destroy our physical bodies. In this he is hoping that he can also devour our soul and keep our spirit separated from God.
This question always seems to arise when this subject is discussed, “How do you know if a person is demonized, possessed or demon lived?”
I have had many people even saints of God ask me this type question, “How can I know if I have a demon problem?”
We must get a good understanding from the beginning. Do not under-estimate your enemy or think that his only method is to produce crude and rude behavior in people.
Do Not Misunderstand What I am saying. Satan loves to create havoc by making someone act up. But he does not always work this way, because he is subtle and will use any method to get to you.
Evil spirits do not always appear as an ugly and repulsive habit or as a bad characteristic trait. It has been summed up this way, “That demons and evil spirits burrow, like termites, into our lives until they ultimately bring about rot and weakness.”
The hidden work of demonic, evil spirits has effects which are very serious and ultimately lead to total devastation.
Evil spirits very best work is done when they are buried deep in an individual’s personality. They really work at their peak in some sort of religious, even spiritual disguise.
These are my opinions:
“Demons and evil spirits have personalities that differ just as persons on earth do. They have traits, preferences, likes and dislikes. They seek out persons with like traits like personalities and with similar tendencies.
When demons or evil spirits attach to an individual, immediately they will burrow into the deep recesses of the personality. They will attempt to disguise themselves to convince that individual and others who know, that the traits and attitudes and actions they are now promoting are coming from the person themselves and not from the spirit. Demons know immediately upon contact if a person is full of the Holy Ghost or not. They know those who are just religious church goers and those whose names are in the Lamb’s book of life. They know what suggestions to evil you have accepted in the past and what you rejected. Yes, these evil spirits know your strengths and weaknesses.”
Jessie Penn-Lewis wrote that, “Saints of God are open to attacks by evil spirits, because they have in most cases unwittingly fulfilled the conditions upon which evil spirits work. Such attacks are the outcome of yielding to the sins of the flesh, or to any sin which gives the evil spirits a hold in their fallen nature.”
“Because their knowledge of the devil’s character and methods of working is limited, many true children of God only recognize `temptation` when the nature of the thing being presented is visibly evil, and according to their limited knowledge of evil, they do not recognize the Tempter and his temptations when they come under the guise of natural or physical or lawful and apparent `good`.
“Because the thoughts of God’s people are often governed by ignorance and limited knowledge, they call the works of God of the devil; and the works of the devil, of God, and they are not taught the need of learning to discern the difference between the `unclean and the clean` nor how to decide for themselves what is of God, or what is of the devil ...Neither do all saints know that they have a choice between good and good, i.e., between the lesser and greater good; and the devil often entangles them here.”
Robert Patterson points out: “The method of deception is varied to suit the special circumstances of the victim. But whatever plan is used Satan and his emissaries persevere until the end is achieved and the deceived becomes ensnared.”
“Defeat for the Satanic powers comes only when the Saint of God recognizes the peril and is on guard against it.”
All we as saints of God need to shore our walk with the Lord, with the word of God and in prayer. We must be sure our spiritual experiences line up with God’s Word. Discerning of spirits is essential in living for God Saints, lest Satan begins to give you a religious experience. An experience that has feeling but is counterfeit.
Paul said it so well, II Corinthians 11:14-15 KJV,
“...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...”
Satan blinds people today with a portion of God’s word mixed and mingled with philosophy; mixed and mingled with non-biblical ideas; mixed and mingled with false doctrine.
This is Satan’s number one tool of deception today. If you and I do not know the word of God for our self we can be misled. If you and I cannot discern spirits our self we can be overcome by evil, Demonic and unclean spirits.
You and I as individuals must learn to trust in God for understanding. We need to be totally involved with His Word. However, we must beware of following some of these so called new revelations. Yet, we must be able to drop some of our old traditions and ideas. We must develop a wait-and-see attitude. As individual’s we are nurtured by a day-by-day study of the Bible. We listen to the lesson or instruction given to us. Then we take that lesson and pray and study it, understanding that our Lord Jesus Christ never coerces or forces but He gently leads. Our Lord is never harsh, rude, nor curt with someone who is learning to trust Him, but He is loving patient, kind and gentle...
Let me give you the words of some very wise Ministers.
“The Lord has proven to us that we must be careful in our pursuit of signs, lest we become misguided by false signs from the enemy.
We must keep our minds eye on the Word of God and yes, we who believe will have signs following.”
“If a saint of God ceases to use mind, reason, will and all their other faculties as a person, and begins to depend on voices and impulses for guidance in everyday life this person will be led or guided by evil spirits that will lead one far, far from God.”
“Supernatural manifestations, visions and even dreams are a fruitful source of play by evil deceiving spirits especially when the saint relies on them to live and talks more about these kinds of happenings, than they do the Word of God; remember the aim of wicked spirits is to displace the Word of God.”
Just because you and I have been born again baptized in Jesus Name and Filled with the Holy Ghost, we cannot assume that we are off limits to evil spirits. That we are automatically protected from the powers of these dirty, foul spirits. Nor can we assume that we are totally delivered from the battle with all these spirits.
We who are saints of God have so many precious promises from God. Potentially these promises belong to us. But most of us have not yet possessed them.
While the Children of Israel were on their way out of Egypt’s bondage, still in the wilderness being guided by God they were given the land of promise by God Himself. Now I want you to understand something, they had been given this land of promise by divine decree. But, they were given the responsibility to act on God’s Word. It is still so today, we have wonderful promises and provisions from God that we have never partaken of or experienced, because we have not acted upon them.
In God’s dealing with the Children of Israel the entire land of promise was theirs, given by God as a gift. However, the land was under control of the heathen, trespassers, squatters. Giants they were in this land of promise, but they were to be driven out by the children of Israel. This would take their own physical abilities mixed with their faith and trust in God.
In like manner today, you and I who have been filled with His Spirit have been given such a promise. It is not a promised piece of land mass here. But our promise is Life more abundantly, even here and now and a promised hope in Glory with the Lord.
But our territory has been under demonic control for so many years. This is one of the purposes of the Holy Ghost, to give you and I the Power to run these wrongful occupants off.
Sometimes it takes “legal action” on our part as saints of God to break the hold of demonic spirits. This includes our turning our back on all sin. A complete renunciation of all sin curses that have been placed on us. The breaking up of our past sinful alliances, transactions and agreements whereby access, penetration and tenancy has long been permitted.
I am of this opinion,
“Upon me as a minister of the gospel and all evangelists that preach in a local congregation rest the great responsibility for instructing the local flock for God.”
“It is first the responsibility of the local pastor to discern the signs of the enemy working in the lives of the saints, individually and collectively. And to do everything in their power to warn the local congregation and try to deliver all from the clutches of such spirits.”
“It is also the responsibility of the local pastor to teach the church about evil, sin and demonic spirits.”
“It is also the responsibility of the local pastor to warn the congregation of the many perils and the many evil spirits that threaten even the spiritually minded saints of God.”
Let me give you a clear, but sound warning. There is no way for you and I to avoid dealing with demon spirits. We have too many Holy Ghost filled saints that are trying to simple act like demonic spirits do not exist; or like they are no threat to we have the Holy Ghost; or we simply try to ignore them all together.
If you ignore demonic spirits or act like they do not exist, you are only magnifying the problem, giving them place to intensify their activities. In all actuality, you are allowing these evil spirits to do as they please.
Understand, the more complete your life becomes in the Lord; the closer your walk with the Lord becomes; the more the Holy Ghost flows through you; the more you will encounter these evil demonic spirits.
As you become more knowledgeable about the workings of evil demonic spirits their opposition will become more covert. Yes, they will begin to defy you and constantly stir up havoc for you to encounter.
These spirits that are assigned to hinder you covertly will become more devious, seeking to catch you off guard and unaware. This is the reason that you as a child of God must maintain a day-by-day, hour-by-hour walk with the Lord. This is the reason you must continue to walk in the light of His Word. This is the reason you must be faithful and totally committed to the Lord. Memorizing scriptures and praying is an effective way to put up barriers against these evil demonic spirits.
Remember, living for God is a walk of faith all the way.
Romans 10:17 KJV,
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
I am convinced that built into the makeup of every saint of God, God has built a defense against this evil unseen world.
Job 1:10 KJV,
“Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou has blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.”
This defense that God has built around us acts as a sort of fence or hedge around our Souls, bodies and spirit. A hedge that protects us from all evil that exist in the many different dimensions.
Understand this one thing saints of God, “the devil and all evil demonic spirits are not gentlemen. They will attach to you and slip into your life through the slightest con. For you to be free from their influence they will have to be cast off you and out of your life in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Any person that has ever gotten mixed up with drugs, alcohol, tobacco or illicit and perverted sex have yielded their vessels freely to demonic spirits. This is the reason a person must seek for complete deliverance when they are filled with the Holy Ghost. So that these old spirits that were taken on during their personal romance with sin will lose their grip and be totally cast out and away from them. Once these evil spirits are cast out in Jesus Name the individuals will not battle any longer the pull of these old sins.
But if these spirits that were attached are not cast out these people can have the Holy Ghost and continually battle these old demonic filthy spirits. These folks can come to church regularly, can pray in the altar often and even pray through. They can shout, dance and even speak in tongues. But if these spirits are not cast out they will battle them often. The only way that these spirits can be cast out is the person has got to have a made-up mind they are going to let these spirits go, turn them loose and this must be done in Jesus Name.
Anyone who has ever been a dabbler with any kind of Spiritualism, this person must also seek complete deliverance when they are filled with the Holy Ghost. What am I talking about now, some of you may ask? I am talking about dabblers in psychic phenomena’s; séances, Levitation, Necromancy, fortune-telling of any kind; horoscopes, astrology, Ouija Boards, Witch craft (black/white), sorcery, charms; Eastern religions, Zen Buddhism, Transcendental Meditation; Karate, Judo, Yoga; Reincarnation, ESP, Telepathy, Hypnosis; Satanism, occults, body piercing, tattoo’s. I am even talking about you that have studied and even read the writings of mystics, psychics, witchcraft and Satanism.
One sign of your not being completely delivered, you hang on to your old books, literature and to some of your old paraphernalia.
Think with me for just a moment. When you first received the Holy Ghost, you were on fire and you began instantly to clean your life and habits up. But as time has now progressed you let your defenses down. These old habits drugs, alcohol, tobacco and perverted sex; These old Dabbling spirits will all re-establish themselves and begin to destroy you.
Saints let me warn you, these old dirty evil spirits that you struggle with if not cast out and kept in check in your life, will travel into your second, third and even fourth generation.
Let us look at what the Word of the Lord said unto Israel.
Deuteronomy 18:9-12 KJV,
“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 found among you any one that maketh 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 nec-rom-an-cer.
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.”
When you Consort with these demonic spirits you are breaking the first Commandment of God.
Exodus 20:3 KJV,
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
In the very beginning, an experimenter with spirits and evil can control when they are going to give in to these spirits; can even control where they are going to give in to them.
However, as time progresses you become lured into their clutches, your defenses are now down, you are no longer behind the protective hedge of God’s protection and these demonic evil spirits now have free control of your life.
Now they have you at the place you do not feel that you are sinning any longer. These evil spirits have you convinced that God will not hold you responsible. They have you convinced that God is such a loving Savior that he will over-look your weaknesses and that you are okay just as you are. These spirits will make you get upset when the pastor names sin. Making you feel like the pastor is picking on you. Making you angry at the preacher and even gets you involved in talking against the man of God. Yes, before long these old evil demonic spirits will be so entrenched in your life again and it will be utterly impossible to overcome their grip.
These evil spirits will have you so bound and fettered. You will be in spiritual slavery to them because you have given them place in your life. Systematically Demonic spirits work to destroy your self-respect, to destroy your personal and your family life. These spirits will afflict you with many evil desires and lustful appetites.
In time these evil spirits that are attached to you will bring with them spirits of infirmity, sickness and disease to attack you and weaken you physically (bodily.) Demonic spirits are never satisfied just devouring your weakened body, they want your spirit also. Their overall goal is to condemn your soul to hell. This is the reason demonic spirits work so very hard to reduce their prey to the place of helplessness. To a place of either physical or mental anguish. To a place that is beyond human ability to endure.
The suffering caused by these evil demonic spirits can be Spiritual - (Spirit) causing acute suffering in your spirit, injecting offensive distasteful feeling in your spirit with deep emotional pain. Soulish - (Soul) feelings of acute darkness, confusion, horror and chaos of the mind; deep anguished and knifelike pains in your heart or innermost being. Physical - (Body) affecting any part of your physical body.
Remember man is a (3) part being – Body, Soul and Spirit.
Let me warn each of you; One of the subtlest forms of (soulish) behavior a person can exhibit is a pseudo-spirituality that can lead into unwholesome mysticism. Listen to me carefully, this is when a person is easily moved by new revelations. Moved by every dream or thought that enters their head or follows every prophetic discourse that is spoken by another pseudo-spiritual individual.
A soulish individual is not a spiritual person, but they can act spiritual. These individuals can miss church for three or four weeks and walk back into service acting like they have been there all the time.
These folks can shout the loudest, clap the loudest and can be heard over everyone else.
Now when an individual willfully sins, they are giving these Demonic evil spirits an open door of control. Or can I say they are giving these spirits an entrance in their life because sin is so very progressive. One tiny act of disobedience leads to another and then another and so on. Sometimes an evil Demonic spirit may be welcomed by a prospective host. Because the individual wants a certain feel of power, or the individual wants to display a certain image to others. But for the most part, especially when dealing with church folks these demonic evil intruders are just that. They are unwelcome intruders. But the individual (Host) in either case will be moved by these evil spirits.
Once these Demonic spirits have a position in a life (vessel) these old spirits may invite other evil demonic spirits to move in with them. These spirits will become demanding and will begin to cause the individual much trouble.
This can lead to a change of personality or actions in a life. The host begins to display the likeness of these evil spirits, even begins to act out their evil wishes part or all the time. Any driving, compulsive and/or tormenting desire or habit is a sure sign that demons are in control of this life, or are trying to take control of a life.
Let me give you a partial list of actions, symptoms and manifestations where demons have gained a degree of control. Enlarge Pupils of the eye with a deep glassy stare. Fear and deep hatred in the eyes and even in the expression. Constant paranoia, somebody is constantly following you or after you. A voice speaks from the individual that is guttural, not originating from the vocal chords but is spoke brazenly and bold. Abnormal passions evidenced in such things as continual and open drunkenness, continual drug use, continual involvement with lewd sexual acts and perversions. Suicidal impulses and displays. When an individual is easily brought into an open fit of rage, their countenance takes on a change. They fly off the handle and begin to threaten to inspire fear, when they are rebuffed they even show a more violent temper. When a person loses all knowledge of who they are, where they are and who they are with and become supernatural in strength, attacking everyone with violence or turns on themselves and begins to do harm to themselves.
I want to deal with something, as I have stated so many times in the past, “Alcohol and Drugs weaken God’s protective hedge around us”. We as Christian’s (Pentecostal’s) would not think of drinking beer or alcohol. We know that the “Delirium trims” in an alcoholic is they are simply peering deep into the dark side of the spirit world. What an alcoholic sees with his necked, yet unprotected mind and soul and a bottle of alcohol is enough to drive him insane. And basically, it does, because alcoholics spend most of their life in total insanity all the time, with no peace.
Proverbs 20:1 KJV,
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”
But let me give you a warning, “What alcohol does gradually, over time, drugs can accomplish in a matter of minutes depending on the type. The drugs being used are manmade and not natural for the body. They are chemical composites created by men to alter the mind of humans.
The use of drugs completely removes the protective hedge of the Lord. I am not talking about Medicines and medications for infections and so forth. But I am including pain medications, uppers and downers, etc. Now I want to make myself very clear, if you are on these medications because of a medical problem and the doctor is checking you regularly and regulating you even then you must beware because demons love to take advantage of us when we are physically weak. But if you are constantly taking pain relief drugs every time you get a little ache or pain you are altering your mind and Satan will take advantage. It is a proven fact that Americans buy more pain relief Drugs than all the other countries combined. Doctor’s willingly prescribe them, because they get a kickback from the drug companies every time you fill your prescription.
Listen to me carefully, I am telling you “How Demonic Spirits Operate”. Alcohol, which has openly been preached about since prohibition times (for sure all my life) is a slow creping type of deterioration. Which leads to a life of destruction and misery. But drugs, which are highly used in the church today is a different story. Drugs, alter a person’s mind instantly, it is almost instant insanity to the ones that take them. You that take pain medication often do not even realize how you act around others; even how you act at church when you take them. Drugs change your looks, your attitude, your speech, they make you do things so differently.
Again, let me tell you if you are on drugs prescribed by a doctor for a stress problem, or an imbalance problem, and you are under a close watch of the
Doctor, stay on your medication. But if you are a person who just loves pain medication you best get off it because you are giving Demonic spirits an opening in your life.
Some individuals in our local churches are so bound. Some have even lost any power they have had over the enemy. Some have opened their lives and the lives of their children to these evil spirits and have no power to combat this enemy.
If you willingly give yourself to some of these things I am writing about, you will be controlled and dominated by these evil spirits. If you want victory in your life you are going to have to change your allegiance; you are going to have to change who and what you submit to.
James 4:7 KJV,
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Now I know at this moment some of you have many questions. Some of you are saying, “Is it possible for a Jesus Name, Holy Ghost filled saint of God to entertain evil spirits or have a demon?”
Then comes the old stock answer from most Christians (Pentecostals) “Absolutely not possible.”
This is the way that many of you believe. The old idea that has been handed down for generations and the idea that is prevalent in Christianity by Pentecostals.
Bro. Bankens, “You know the Holy Ghost cannot coexist in the same body with a demon or evil demonic spirits.”
This answer was designed by Satan himself. He designed this answer to shut-off further inquiry and questions. He designed it to close our minds to the possibility as unthinkable. He designed this answer and thinking so we would not know the Truth of this matter and we would not be delivered.
This Answer that we have so boldly accepted and given for years is an extra-Biblical piece of logic that stands by itself. It does not rest on scripture at all. This Answer rest on human assumption and is false.
This is a particularly dangerous delusion that many Christians (Pentecostals) find themselves in. How stupid are we saints of God? To think that Satan, Demons and evil spirits have adopted a hands-off policy towards Holy Ghost filled saints of God.
I am being very plain in this blog, but please quote me right, because I am being miss-quoted by many on this subject.
Satan’s sole purpose is to devour you as a saint of God...he has come for the purpose to steal, kill and destroy you. As a matter of fact, these spirits will work over time to affect and afflict saints of God as much and as often as possible. These evil Demonic spirits will buffet you often. They will oppose you in every facet of your walk with God. These evil Demonic spirits will tempt you often and throw up your past often. They will deceive you to lead you away from this great truth of God. These spirits look for, and quickly take advantage of every opportunity to hinder you and I as saints of God.
Since I have been preaching over the past 30 years.
90% of the deliverance’s I have seen or been involved in have been that of born again saints of God. Most of what I am writing about were people that were church members. People that were very much involved in their local churches. People that have had the Holy Ghost for years.
Now listen to me very carefully. Some folks teach that under no circumstances can a born again, Holy Ghost filled person entertain or have demons. These same people will automatically tell you that all emotional problems; all moral problems and all spiritual problems that they themselves or their families battle constantly are just battles of their own fleshly carnality or their nature. These struggles are not from evil spirits or demonic spirits
After having preached deliverance all over this nation and seeing saints of God even preachers delivered from the evil grips of Demonic bondage. I have finally come to this understanding. Those who most vigorously oppose this kind of preaching; Those who openly oppose deliverance preaching are the ones who need it most. They are totally bound by evil spirits and need to be set free. It is the spirit of the enemy that is attached to them or their families. It is these demonic spirits that have attached or taken resident in them which makes them deny that the ministry of deliverance is real. These people remain bound because these old evil spirits are comfortable in their lives and do not want to go elsewhere.
The age-old argument is since we have the Holy Ghost we have the Whole armor of God and no evil Demonic or Satanic spirit can touch us. We must read the words that Paul wrote to the Saints of God at Ephesus. As we read we must understand these were Holy Ghost filled people.
Ephesians 6:10-18 KJV,
“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 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;”
Paul is telling them you better be prepared saints. You best put on the whole armor of God, because Satan is going to continually attack you. If you let down just a little bit he will catch you unawares and bind you.
Despite all these old out dated arguments that this cannot happen, the dismaying fact remains that those who argue against this kind of teaching. Often, face horrendous difficulties in being faithful to the house of God. They are always angry at someone, blaming other people always pointing at others for their problems. They are very active and can do everything they want to away from church. But at church time they get to hurting so bad or they get so sick often. Their families are always in disarray, fusing and fighting, etc. They often have difficulties keeping their morals intact, lustful eyes, sensuous jokes, touching feeling.
These people can find no solution to their pain or on going infirmities. They face such a conflict all the time and they want to blame it all on mere carnality. When all the time they are entertaining evil Demonic spirits.
It is no secret to me as to the reason so many saints of God struggle in living for God. It is no mystery to me why some people, even some of you reading this blog attend church service after service and cannot worship your way to victory. It is no mystery to me why some folks live for God a week or two and fall by the wayside. Then for no reason at all just refuse to attend church for a time.
It is no mystery to me why some just backslide when it seemed like they were doing better than they ever had done in the past. When it seemed like they were growing spiritually by leaps and bounds. They did not want to own up to the fact they were battling spirits. They were battling evil demonic spirits in their own lives, because these spirits were never bound nor conquered. These unconquered evil spirits eventually devoured them while they sat regularly on a church (Pentecostal) pew. Think of the masses that you know had been filled with the Holy Ghost and Baptized in Jesus Name that were devoured on a church pew.
In Matthew 16th Chapter, one moment Peter spoke through “Divine Revelation”, declaring Jesus, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus responded to this, “Blessed art thou Simon Bar-jo-na; for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”
Then five verses later Jesus tells His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem to suffer and to be killed. Then Peter takes Him off and begins to rebuke Him for such ideas. Jesus turned and said, unto Peter, “...Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art and offense unto me:”
How, did this happen saints of God? Even though Peter was a Disciple of Jesus Christ. Satan tried to use him to stop the work of God. Does that mean that Peter was a bad guy? No! Does it mean that God will no longer use Him? No! It simply means He had to identify that spirit and rebuke it and bind it.
In Acts Chapter 8, we find one Simon the Sorcerer. Had heard the word of God preached by Phillip. He saw signs, wonders, miracles and devils cast out.
Acts 8:13 KJV,
“Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized he continued with Phillip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.”
But he was not completely delivered from these old evil occult spirits. Because when he saw Peter and John lay their hands on the people and these people received the Holy Ghost. Simon then offered them money for the power to lay his hands-on folks so they would receive the Holy Ghost.
Acts 8:20-24 KJV,
“But Peter said unto him, thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.”
Acts Chapter 5, we see a Couple Ananias and Sapphira that sold one of their own personal possessions. But instead of giving one hundred percent that they were given for the property, they decided to keep back part of it for themselves. Now understand it belonged to them, but they lied to the Apostles. When you lie to the Man of God friend, you have lied to God. These people were filled with the Holy Ghost and were a part of the New Apostolic Church.
Acts 5:3 KJV,
“But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?”
There is a sense of ignorance that saints of God have adopted,
(1st) - many fear talking about the subject of evil Demonic spirits because they feel that talking about such things will create havoc so they willingly leave it alone, shy away from the subject.
(2nd) - So many saints feel that if they simply ignore Satan, ignore evil demonic spirits, Satan and the evil spirits will ignore them.
II Corinthians 2:10-11, Paul wrote (my wording)
“When you forgive anyone, which I must do also. And whatever I have forgiven, to the extent that this has affected me personally has been by the authority of Christ Jesus, and also for your good, (the good of the church body).
A further reason we must forgive, is to keep from being outsmarted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his tricks and schemes.”
James 4:1-10 James writes (my wording)
“What is causing the quarrels and fights among you saints of God? Can’t you understand it is because there is a whole army of evil spirits within you?
You want the things that you do not have, and you willingly kill and destroy others to get it. You long for positions and things that others have, so you willingly start a fight to take it from them.
And yet the reason that you do not have these things you want is because you do not ask God.
And even when you do ask you still do not get it, because your purpose is all wrong - you want only the things that give you pleasure and make you feel like somebody.
You are like an unfaithful wife who loves her husbands enemies.
Don’t you realize that making friends with God’s enemies ~ the evil spirits of this present world ~ makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if your personal aim is to enjoy the evil spirits of this sinful world you cannot be a friend with God.
What do you think the Scripture means when it says that the Holy Spirit, whom God has placed within us, watches over us with tender jealousy?
But he gives us more and more strength to stand against such evil spirits. As the Scripture says, God gives strength to the humble, but sets himself against the proud and haughty.
So give yourselves humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you.
Wash your hands you sinners, and let your hearts be filled with God alone to make them pure and true to him.
Let there be tears for all the evil you have entertained and been involved with. Let there be sorrow and sincere grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy.
Then when you realize your own worthlessness before the Lord, he will lift you up, encourage you and help you up.