Demons defined – and dealt with!

Demons defined in the bible have the following attributes:
– supernatural, personal, spirit beings
– have will and intelligence
– possess superhuman strength and knowledge
– can appear to tell the future
– God created them as good angels
– fell by joining Satan’s rebellion
– Satan called “prince of demons”
– possibly 1/3 of angles became demons
– possibly a rank structure amongst demons
– execute Satan’s game plan (attack, tempt and accuse God’s people) by:
– cause mental and physical illness
– hinder spiritual progress
– know God’s truth, but twist it for their purposes
– promote false religion
– demons will becomes more active during end times

But DONT WORRY as demons have alerady been dealt with:
– God has already won
– God has provided us with the tools

My notes:
– i am not a big fan of focusing on the whole satan, demons, end times stuff – cause i think some people focus on this stuff too much – and forget that we should be loving each other!
– it is not my gift – though i do recognise that it is a gift for some people (though i suspect not as many people than who actually focus on it)
– i thank God that he has given me the tools and that he has the power to deal with it. so i can get on with loving people.

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God names himself so we can know him better!

El or Elohim
– generic word for ‘God’
– over 2,500 times in the Old Testament (OT)
– means strength, power or greatness
– Elohim is plural and indicates intensity and hints at trinity

El Shaddai
– ‘El’ often combined with another word to describe God in more detail
– El Shadai means ‘all powerful, self-sufficent’ ruler

El Elyon
– means ‘the God most High’

El Olam
– speaks of God’s timeliness, often connected with hope and security.

Jahweh
– occurs in the OT 6,800 times
– proper name for OT Israel’s God. Not used for pagan gods
– verb “to be” (debated by scholars)

Jahweh Sabbaoth
– often translated “the Lord Almighty”

Theos
– greek word for ‘God’
– in New Testament about 1,000 times

Kurios
– Jahweh often translated meaning “Lord”

Jesus’ climax at the end of the Beatitudes

In the face of persecution, Jesus’ followers have two reasons to rejoice and be glad.

First, they know that God rewards those who suffer for their faith, and that their reward will indeed be great in heaven.

The second reason Jesus’ followers can rejoice in tribulation is that they stand in good company: In the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you, Jesus says.

Jesus’ climax at the end of the Beatitudes says exactly this: Stand faithful and do not get blown about by the ideologies of the world. … If we lose our distinction from the world’s greed, uncaring, self-centeredness, exclusionism, unfaithfulness, and violence, then we have no purpose.

Have I closed my ear to the poor?

Why are we not more upset about the injustices perpetrated against the poor in our world?

Let me make that question a little less comfortable; why am I not upset about the injustices perpetrated against the poor in our world?

It seems to me that God is not too happy with people mistreating others just because they can’t defend themselves. God doesn’t let us off that easy. He tells us in Proverbs 21:13

‘Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.’

When we silently stand aside and watch the defenseless abused, God is not likely to defend us. Consider that God sent His son, Jesus, as a Savior to those that could not help themselves. That same Jesus asked us to follow Him and His example, yet we do little to care for those that have nothing.

Is anybody else worried that one day God is going to say to us, ‘Yes, you were good to study my Word and spend time with the brethren, but what were you doing to care for the weak and needy? Why didn’t you clothe the naked and feed the hungry? Why did you do nothing?’ I hope God doesn’t tell me that He can’t see the face of His Son in me, because I was too self-centered to look out for the needs of others!

Please, don’t begin to immediately come up with reasons to get out of your responsibility before God!

Please, don’t beat your breast and say, ‘Yes, I need to do better!’ then walk away and do nothing!

Please, look for opportunities to make a difference, and show the world that you are a child of God, and that means that you will not tolerate abuse and neglect of the helpless!

Lords Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.

beatitudes

Latin: The blessings

Matthew 5:3-10

  • God blesses those who realise their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them
  • God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted
  • God blesses those who are gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will belong to them
  • God blesses those who are hungry and thirsty for justice, for they will receive it in full
  • God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy
  • God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God
  • God blesses those who work for me, for they will be called the children of God
  • God blesses those who are persecuted because they live for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs