Bible Study Outline on Demonic Oppression
Demonic oppression can occur to anyone who is disturbed by evil spirits. It is possible that a person suffer from demonic oppression because there are open doors in his life. Open doors refer to the weak points of a person that allow the evil spirits to accuse and have opportunities to attack him.
James 4:7 states that the devil will flee when we resist him and draw near to God. We are faced with all kinds of temptations in the world. The devil like to use the bad influences around us to tempt us into sin so that we can walk into the world. It is easy to be tempted to sin but Jesus promised that he will never forsake us. It is not impossible to overcome sin. Jesus was faced with all kinds of temptations when he was on earth but he was not overcome by them.
God’s love will never separate from us if we cling on to him. Christians should discipline themselves to walk by the Spirit. When you walk by the Spirit, you are being led by the Holy Spirit and you will demonstrate its fruits. There are 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit which we are to train ourselves.
The demons are positioned below the feet of believers. In the name of Jesus, we trample the demons under our feet and gain victory over them. Every Christian has the authority to rebuke the demons. You must be bold and not fear the demons. If you fear, the demons will not fear you. If you boldly rebuke the devil, it will flee from you.
Christians must pray regularly. Prayer serves as a protection over the believers. You should spend some time to pray every day. Every day, you should pray for God’s protection to cover you. Besides, you must confess your sin and stop continuing in them. If you refuse to stop your sin, the devil will have ground to not leave you and keep on attacking you.
Demons usually oppress people whe are living a sinful lifestyle. If you want the devil to leave you, you must be willing to let go. If you want the evil spirit to stay, it won’t leave you. You must completely reject the evil spirit and rebuke it so that it will leave. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. Letting the evil spirits into your life will not give you any benefit but destroy your life.
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19 KJV)
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 6:12 KJV)
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7 KJV)
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4 KJV)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8 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 all 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; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:10-20 KJV)
Bible Study Outline on the Walls of Jericho
God sent an angel to instruct Joshua to have the Israelite army march around the walls of Jericho once every day for six days. Seven priests that carry the trumpets of rams are to march in front of the ark. On the seventh day, they are to march around the city of Jericho for 7 times and the priest is to blow the trumpt at the end of the marching. After that, the whole Israelite army is to shout together so that the wall will collapse.
God instructed Joshua to do this because he did not want the Israelite army to think that it is them who defeat the people of Jericho. The wall of Jericho falls because the people believe in God. God is all powerful and there is nothing that he cannot accomplish. If you want God to do miracles for you, you must believe in him. Hebrews 11:6 states that everyone who come to God must believe that he exists and that he will reward them. Everyone have problems in their lives. You should see every problem as an opportunity to build up your faith in God.
When you face a problem, you should seek God in prayer. It is important to be persistent in your prayer. If you did not see result after praying once, you should pray again. You should keep on praying until you get what you want. After you receive what you pray, you should offer thanksgivings to God. We should offer thanks to God no matter in good or bad circumstances. In this way, you will be a good testimony to non believers. If you are gloomy when faced with a problem, it shows that you do not trust in God. Instead, you should stay cheerful and keep on praying even in times of difficulty.
The account of Jericho teaches us that faith with works is important. If you faith in God, you must show it in your actions. Faith without works is dead. Obedience to God is important if you want your prayer to be heard. You must always do what God wants you to do instead of doing what you want to do. We must not follow the flesh but abide in the Holy Spirit. The prayer of a righteous is powerful. Therefore, you must make a decision to live a holy life, confess and cancel all your sins if you want God to hear your prayer.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. (James 2:14-17 KJV)
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. (Matthew 21:22 KJV)
For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:37-38 KJV)
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. (1 John 5:14 KJV)
He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. (Psalm 145:19)
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (James 4:3 KJV)
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. (1 John 2:28 KJV)
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13 KJV)
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. (Matthew 7:7 KJV)
The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. (Proverbs 10:24 KJV)
And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. (1 JOhn 3:19-24)