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Matthew 12:30

June 18

He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.

James 4:4—Anyone who choose to become a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
The First Step Into Satanism Is The Rejection Of Jesus Christ.

Without the protection of the blood of Jesus Christ, every person on earth is wide open to demonic possession.

As a parent, you should know that Satanists are vigorously recruiting your children in the public schools.  The pitch that the trained Satanist makes to your child goes like this, “There’s going to be a party over at Billy’s house tonight.  Food, fun and a little ritual.”  The “little ritual” is a satanic ritual.  Once in the presence of a satanic spirit, a child, not under the covering of the blood of Christ, is swept into a supernatural nightmare.

A tactic used to force people to stay in the group, is “psychic force.”  The concept is this:  “The devil knows what you’re doing and we’ll find out.  Anyone who disobeys us gets hurt.”  That’s mental terrorism!  That’s witchcraft!

The following are some examples of physical evidence that your child may be dabbling in Satanism:

1. An inverted pentagram upside down fivepointed star
2. Drawings with a goat’s head
3. Upside down crosses symbolizing the defeat of Christianity
4. The number 666 the number of Antichrist, as given in Revelation 13:18
5. The letter “A” within a circle the symbol for anarchy. 
6. A black, hooded robe for the Satanic worship service
7. Daggers, swords, chalices used in satanic ritual
8. Black or white candles and parchment paper

Do you know who your child has for friends?  Do you what they do and where they go?  If not, find out!

Source:  Facts About Satanism in America

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2 Timothy 1:7

June 19

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Real Power And True Sense Of Identity Come Only From God.

However, the quest for power and identity is why people get involved with Satanism, erroneously thinking they will be fulfilled. 

Satanists that have visited my office made it very clear that they entered Satanism for power.  What kind of power?  Power over yourself, power over others, power over your surroundings.

Regarding identity, it is easy to see how America’s latchkey kids, who have no one to talk to, pray with or hug in a moment of need, to be drawn to the shining serpent who promises love, loyalty and all the fun in the world!

There is a revival of Satanism raging in the streets of America that is sweeping our children into a sewer of drugs, sex, rape, murder and rebellion against all authority.

In 1945, the seven top offenses in public schools were listed as:

1. Talking
2. Chewing gum
3. Making noise
4. Running in the halls
5. Getting out of turn in line
6. Wearing improper clothing
7. Not putting paper in wastebaskets

Today they are:

1. Rape
2. Robbery
3. Assault
4. Burglary
5. Arson
6. Bombings
7. Murder

How did America fall so far in just one generation?  At the rate America is decaying morally, we will soon have to change our national symbol from an eagle to a vulture.  Intellectually, we are in the space age; spiritually we are in the cave age. 

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

Source:  Facts About Satanism in America

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Ephesians 6:4

June 20

And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

People love to say that “quality” time is the key for happy, healthy, well adjusted children.  Others say that it’s the quantity of time that’s important.  Kids will tell you that it’s all the time.  Young kids are like dry sponges in a drought—they can’t soak up enough of your love, they can’t receive enough positive feedback, and you can’t spend too much time with them.  And you’re smart to spend the time—because there will come a time when, if you haven’t been making large deposits in their emotional savings account, you will start writing checks you don’t have emotional equity on deposit to cover.

You invest in your businesses—invest in your family, invest in your kids.  Men, if you have time to golf or to watch a football game, you have time to spend with your kids.

Young girls end up in the arms of the first boy who listens to them, who seems interested in them, who pays them some attention.  Don’t worry, Dad, if you’re too busy for your kids—Satan will find someone to give your daughter love.  He will provide a man of the world or perhaps an experienced woman to answer your son’s questions.  The enemy of their souls will see to it someone is there to provide your children the guidance you are too busy to give.   Like a wolf prowling around the edge of a sheepfold, Satan is always looking for a weak or neglected lamb to steal from the herd. 

As a Christian father it is impossible to justify not spending time with your children.  One hundred years from now, that is what will have mattered the most.

Thank you, Father God, for the man who serves you with all his heart and leads his children in the love and righteousness of the Lord that they, and their children, may receive your manifold blessings.

Source:  God’s Candidate For America

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1 Peter 5:8

June 21

Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
Know Your Enemy

Part Two—
 
The names of Satan reflecting his character:

1. Satan (Zechariah 3:1; Revelation 12:9).  This title is used fiftytwo times in the Scripture.  It means adversary or opposer and it designates Satan as the selfproposed rival of God, whose purpose is to accuse and deceive the righteous to participate in his counterfeit kingdom. 
2. Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12).  This title refers to Satan in his original state, as a shining one.  Satan entered the Garden of Eden as “the shining one” who enticed Eve to rebel against the clearly spoken Word of God. 
3. Old Serpent (Revelation 12:9).  John calls Satan “that old serpent” because he had been around since the Garden of Eden.  Paul called Satan a serpent in 2 Corinthians 11:3, saying, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4. Devil (Luke 4:2, 13; Revelation 12:9).  The Greek word “diabolos” means slanderer or one who trips up.  This title pictures Satan as one whose malicious, false reports injure the reputation of another person.
5. The Great Dragon (Revelation 12:3,7,9).  Satan is portrayed as a “great red dragon” whose terrifying purpose is to utterly destroy the purposes of God on earth and all men who follow God.
6. The Evil One (John 17:15; 1 John 5:18).  Satan is identified by Jesus and the apostle John as one who is absolutely wicked and who seeks to make all men equally wicked.
7. The Destroyer (Revelation 9:11).  The text describes locustlike demons who have “a king over them” whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in the Greek, Apollyon.  Both names mean “destroyer.”  Never forget it…Satan’s objective is to destroy you, heart, soul, mind and body.

Source:  Facts About Satanism in America

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1 Peter 5:8

June 22

Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
Know Your Enemy!
Part Three

Satan’s names indicating his activity:

1. The Tempter (Matthew 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 3:5).  As the “Tempter”, Satan’s objective is to lure men into sin by enticing them to evil.  Satan enticed Adam and Eve to sin through offering something visually attractive.  In the Garden, it was “forbidden fruit.”  In America, it’s an endless array of items we see on television and billboards offering spiritual and moral destruction.

2. The Accuser (Revelation 12:10).  Satan is in heaven right now accusing you before the throne of God.  He accused Job (Job 1:9-11), he accused Joshua and Israel (Zechariah 3:12) and all who follow Satan are in the accusation ministry.  If you accuse a brother or sister in Christ, you are doing the work of the devil.

3. The Deceiver (Revelation 12:9; 20:3).  Satan’s objective is to deceive the whole world with a wide range of scheming that promotes false doctrine, false religions, false philosophies and the outright moral perversion of mankind. 

4. The Spirit that works in the Sons of Disobedience (Ephesians 2:2).  The spirit that works in the “sons of disobedience” is the spirit of rebellion.  Everything that God establishes functions by spiritual authority i.e., the home, the church and the government.

Everything that Satan controls functions by a spirit of rebellion and anarchy.  The spirit is found in rock music, it is the theme of most movies and novels.  It is the theme of America’s youth who have taken over the streets of metro areas.  As a result, overwhelmed police departments are unable to exert proper authority to keep our cities safe.

Source:  Facts About Satanism in America

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1 Peter 5:8

June 23

Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
Know Your Enemy!

Part Four—

Names of Satan that reflect his character:

1. Satan is exposed as a murderer! (John 8:44).  Jesus Christ gives life more abundantly and life everlasting.  Satan only offers death.  Jesus said, “He was a murderer from the beginning.”

The gruesome murders now occurring in America are testimonials of satanic power to destroy.  The monsters invading schoolyards with assault rifles and murdering innocent school children in cold blood and the murdered babies via abortion in America’s silent holocaust are abundant evidence of Satan’s power as a murderer on the earth.

2. Satan is a Liar (John 8:44).  Satan is labeled as “the father of lies.”  Satan promotes outright lies and some truth for the sake of his lie to deceive the world.  “All liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second Death.” (Revelation 21:8)

Satan’s kingdom is administered by fallen angels and demon spirits.

Satan rules a vast army of fallen angels, which were one-third of the original angelic host created by God (Revelation 12:4).  These spiritbeings are labeled by St. Paul as “powers and principalities” in Ephesians 6:12 which rule in the heavenlies.  They are also called “the strong man” in Matthew 12:29.

These strong men or spiritbeings represent “spiritual wickedness in high places.”  They manifest their evil personality over the geographic territory they rule on Earth.  For that reason, cities on Earth, and in America, have distinct personalities reflecting the evil personality of the prince of demons that rules over that area.

Source:  Facts About Satanism in America

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Matthew 12:22-28

June 24

Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute;  and He healed him, in so much that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.
Jesus Acknowledged The Reality Of Demons

Twenty five percent of Jesus’ ministry was dedicated to casting our demon spirits from those to whom He ministered (Matthew 15:28; Mark 5:1-16).

Jesus never sent anyone out to preach without giving them power over demon spirits (Mathew 10:1).  Jesus cast out demon spirits in public and commanded the church as a natural order of worship to cast out demons (Mark 16:17).

Fallen Angels are not demons

There is a distinct difference between fallen angels and demon spirits in the Scripture.  The differences are as follows:

1. Angels have wings (Daniel 9:21), and demons do not have wings (Matthew 12:43).  Therefore, they cannot be one and the same.
2. Angels normally inhabit “the heavenlies,” (Ephesians 6:12, Jude 6, Revelation 12:7-8) while demons are Earth bound.
3. Angels have bodies of their own and do not desire to occupy another body, while demons have an intense craving to inhabit a body.  That body can be the body of a man (Matthew 12:43-45, Mark 5:11-13), or the body or an animal (Luke 8:32).  From scriptural evidence, demons prefer the body of a man so they may gratify their evil desires and perversions.

Source:  Facts About Satanism in America

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Luke 8:27-28

June 25

And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs.  When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!"  
Demons Have Personality

The Scriptural truth is very clear concerning demons and their personality as is evidenced by the following facts:

1. Personal pronouns.  The pronouns I, me, and you are applied to demons by Jesus Christ and by the demons themselves in Luke 8:27-30.

2. Demons have names.  Jesus asked the demon spirits inside the body of them demoniac of Gadera, “What is your name?”  The demons seized the vocal cords of their host and replied, “Legion,” because many demons had gone into him (Luke 8:30-31).

3. Demons have will (Matthew 12:44). Jesus describes the will of a demon who said, “I will return to my house body of a person from whence I came out…”

4. Demons have emotions.  James 2:19 records, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:  the demons also believe and tremble.”  Trembling demons equal emotions.

5. Demons have supernatural knowledge.  When Jesus entered the synagogue to teach, the demons within a demonized man cried out saying, “Let us alone, what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth?  Art thou come to destroy us?  I know who thou art, the Holy One of God.”  (Mark 1:23-24).  The religious Jews surrounding Jesus did not know that He was the Holy One of God but the demons knew.

6. Demons have the ability to speak.  They take over the vocal cords of their host as is demonstrated in Scripture.  In Mark 1:23-24, the Bible says, “And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, saying, “Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth?’”

Source:  Facts About Satanism in America

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James 1:14

June 26

But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
Demons Are Active!

Part One—

1. Demons entice men to sin.  Demons carry out the will of Satan, which is to make sin attractive, exciting and irresistible.  Once the hook is set, only the power of the gospel can break the chains that drag the soul into the chambers of hell.

2. Demons deceive (1 Timothy 4:12), “Now the spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils demons.”

“In the latter times” refers to that period of time just before the Dispensation of Grace comes to a close.  In a word…NOW!  Men will depart from the plain truth of God, being drawn by seducing spirits into fad doctrines that excite people without bringing glory to Christ or producing a life of holiness.

The church today is riddled with fad doctrines and new sounds that distract from the clear message of the Great commission in the New Testament.  Any message that attracts you which does not bring glory to Christ is the message of a seducing spirit and the man giving it is in deception.

3. Demons enslave.  Paul wrote, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father.”

Demons seek to enslave men to Satan.  Every drug addict is a slave to Satan.  Every person addicted to pornography is a slave to Satan.  Every person living in fear, depression, debilitating doubt is a slave to Satan.  The only source of freedom is in Jesus Christ and the blood of His cross.

4. Demons torment.  In Matthew 17, Jesus cast the demon spirit out of a man’s son whom the demons cast into the water and into the fire.  Demons promote physical destruction in their subjects.  Evil spirits causing dumbness are recorded in Matthew 9:23-33, evil spirits causing blindness are recorded in Matthew 12:22, and evil spirits causing deformity are recorded in Luke 14:11-17.

When Jesus cast the demons out of the demoniac of Gadera and they entered the herd of swine, they ran down the slope into the Sea of Galilee where they drowned.

Case histories of youngsters experimenting with Satanism verify that they seem driven toward exceptionally violent suicide.  Never forget it…Satan’s objective is to kill you!

Source:  Facts About Satanism In America

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