RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS 15TH DECEMBER 2019: DEMONS ON ASSIGNMENT (PT 1)
SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.
2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and old will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.
3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.
4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee.
5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.
6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?
“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”. — Ephesians 6:13
BIBLE PASSAGE: DANIEL 10:12-15
10.12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.
10.13 “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.
10.14. “Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision [refers] to [many] days yet [to come.”]
When he had spoken such words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless.
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Demons are fallen angels who joined the devil (Lucifer) in the rebellion against God ( Isaiah 14:12-16; Rev. 12:3-4).
They are spirit beings (Matt. 8:16). Demons are referred to by several alternate names including unclean spirit (Mark 1:27), evil spirit (Acts 19:15), familiar spirit (Isaiah 19:3), lying spirit (1Kings 22:23), seducing spirit (1Timothy 4:1). Some of the false gods/idols that receive human sacrifices are described as devils, an alternative name also (Debut. 32:17, 1Cor. 10:20).
They are powerful but limited and ultimately defeated creatures (2Thess. 2:6-7). Believers must understand the rulers operations of demons in order to avoid being their victims.
1. Manifestations of demons
2. Avoiding demonic operations
MANIFESTATIONS OF DEMONS
Demons manifest in diverse dimensions and territories (Daniel 10:13). They seek to destroy the work of God and deceive anyone they can (1Peter 5:8, 2Corinthians 11:14-14).
They spread false doctrines (1Timothy 4:1), attack people (Mark 9:20-22) and combat holy angels (Daniel 10:13).
Demons, as spirit beings, have the ability to take possession of a physical body -human or animal (Mark 5:2,13).
Demon possession involves a demon having a complete control over the thoughts and actions of a person (Mark 5:2-5). Opening yourself up to the possibilities (likeliness) of demon possession is foolish and dangerous.
Generally, habitual sins, a refusal to forgive, unbelief or a hardened heart can be an entering point (John 12:6). Others include involvement in cults, divination, drug/alcohol abuse, rebellion, bitterness and new age practices (transcendental meditations or astral projections).
The absence of the Holy spirit in the life of a person makes such life vulnerable to demonic possession and even when delivered it becomes merely an empty dwelling place ready for more wicked demons to inhabit (Luke 11:24-26).
AVOIDING DEMONIC OPERATIONS
We cannot fight spiritual battles with fleshy weapons (2Cor. 10:4). To avoid demonic attacks and operations, a believer must, first and foremost, be genuinely born again sanctified, filled with the Holy Spirit and always seek the knowledge of the word of God. He/she must also be prayerful, putting on the whole armour of God. (Eph. 6:13-18). The believer’s focus must not shift from Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:2). He/she must fellowship with other true believers (Heb. 10:25) and avoid ungodly associations (2Cor. 6:14-18).
Believers should note that Christ has disarmed the power and authorities of the devil and all demons (Col. 2:15, Eph. 4:8). Believers should, therefore, totally submit to God, exercise their faith ( 1Peter 5:9) and resist the devil (James 4:7).
Anyone that permits the operations of demons will not fulfill destiny because demons are destiny destroyers (John 10:10)
1. Describe the various manifestations of demons.
2. In what ways can demonic operations be avoided?