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"The devil made me do it. " *o yo, re-e-ber that line .ro- the television sho/ several years ago0 #t be1a-e a pop,lar e2pression and -ade the devil a ho,sehold /ord! 'et in the -idst o. the 34o5e63 -any people see-ed to thin5 that the devil hi-sel. /as 4,st a 4o5e7that he isn8t real! #n .a1t6 not too long ago # re1eived a letter .ro- a -an /ho said6 3Oral Roberts6 /hy do yo, tal5 abo,t the devil as i. he /ere real and able to have in.l,en1e on people8s lives03 # tal5 abo,t the devil being real be1a,se he is real! A11ording to the $ord o. 9od6 and a11ording to e2perien1es #8ve had that are too n,-ero,s to tell in this s-all boo56 # /ant to ass,re yo, today that the devil is very -,1h alive! :e not only e2ists b,t he has the ability to in.l,en1e and de1eive all h,-an beings /ho 1hoose to .ollo/ hi-! :e has great po/er6 altho,gh it is b,t a .ra1tion o. the po/er belonging to 9od! +any people see- to thin5 o. the devil as al-ost a 1artoon;1hara1ter idea o. a -an dressed in a red s,it /ith a long pointed tail holding a pit1h.or57 <

How to Resist the Devil /hi1h is not tr,e! &he devil is not a 1artoon 1hara1ter! :e is real! :is tal5 is a lie !!! his t,ne is al/ays the sa-e rebellio,s one against 9od !!! his p,rpose is al/ays the sa-e =death and destr,1tion> !!! and his po/er is b,t an ill,sion o. the real po/er o. the :oly "pirit! At the sa-e ti-e6 the devil8s very p,rpose is to try to e2ert great in.l,en1e !!! always ending in something negative or destructive !!! over h,-an beings! :e stal5s the earth as a lion =noti1e6 he is not a lion6 he 4,st tries to a1t li5e one>6 see5ing /ho- he -ay devo,r! :e oppresses !!! depresses !!! i-presses people to per.or- evil a1ts !!! and in some cases, possesses people 1o-pletely so that their /ills are s,b4e1ted totally to the devil! $hile /e /ho pla1e o,r tr,st in ?es,s Christ have no reason to .ear the devil6 /e -,st al/ays be a/are that the devil e2ists and he is o,r n,-ber;one ene-y every day that /e live on this earth! # do not /ant to 3s1are3 yo, in tal5ing abo,t the devil and his de-ons6 b,t # /ant yo, to be .ore/arned and .orear-ed against the-! #n the .ollo/ing pages6 yo,8ll .ind so-e o. the @,estions that people as5 -e the -ost .re@,ently abo,t the devil and his de-ons6 and -y ans/ers based on the $ord o. 9od6 the :oly Bible!

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&he Bible tea1hes that de-ons are 3.allen angels!3 &hey .ell along /ith B,1i.er6 the bea,ti.,l ar1hangel o. heaven6 /ho rebelled against 9od and /as 1ast o,t o. heaven to be1o-e 3the god o. this /orld3 =2 Corinthians <C<> and 3the prin1e o. the po/er o. the air3 =(phesians 2C2>! 'How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst wea en the nations! !or thou hast said in thine heart, " will ascend into heaven, # will e$alt my throne a%ove the stars of &od... " will ascend a%ove the heights of the clouds' " will %e li e the most High. (et thou shalt %e %rought down to hell, to the sides of the )it. They that see thee shall narrowly loo u)on thee, and consider thee, saying, "s this the man that made the earth to trem%le, that did sha e ingdoms' That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof, that o)ened not the house of his )risoners*" =#saiah 1<C12;1D>. 6

How to Resist the Devil &here /ere on1e three great ar1hangels in heavenC B,1i.er6 +i1hael6 and 9abriel! (a1h o. ther,led one third o. the angels o. heaven! B,1i.er is the only one /ho be1a-e .illed /ith pride and so,ght to elevate hi-sel. above 9od! :e is the only one /ho transgressed the la/ o. 9od and /as 1ast o,t o. heaven! One third o. the angels o. heaven .ollo/ed B,1i.er in his rebellion and /ere also 1ast o,t o. heaven =Revelation 12CD;9>! &hey be1a-e "atan8s ar-y o. de-ons! #n one pla1e in the Bible they are 1alled the 3devil8s angels3 =+atthe/ 2AC<1>! $e are also told6 3:ell is prepared .or the devil and his angels!3 &he Bible also says that these .allen angels are no/ 3reserved in everlasting 1hains Eor pitsF ,nder dar5ness3 =?,de 6>! %ote that the 1hains that bind the- are not ones .orged o. steel6 b,t they are 1hains o. dar ness! &he light in /hi1h these angels /al5ed /hile they /ere in heaven has been ta5en .rothe-! &hey have lost their spirit,al ill,-ination and they are devoid o. godly /isdo-! $itho,t godly 5no/ledge and balan1e6 they have be1o-e perverted!!! -iserable !!! psy1hopathi1 !!! abnor-al personalities! &heir total la15 o. spirit,al goodness 5eeps the- in dar5ness6 /here they are not 1apable o. 5no/ing the tr,th6 and this dar5ness is bondage .or the-! "in1e they 1annot 5no/ tr,th6 they are 1apable o. 5no/ing only lies and de1eption6 and th,s6 they 1an only spea5 lies and de1eption! &hey are tor-ented by these 31hains o. dar5ness3 D

Oral Ro%erts that hold the- 1aptive and6 as a res,lt6 their p,rpose is to in.li1t tor-ent =?ohn 10C10a>! "atan and his de-ons 1ontin,e to be in rebellion against 9od! &hat is a very i-portant point .or yo, to re-e-ber! "atan and his 1ohorts are still at /ar against the hosts o. heaven and the saints o. 9od!

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$hen B,1i.er8s angels .ell .ro- heaven6 they also lost their 1elestial bodies and they be1a-e 3spirits!3 &hey no/ see5 so-e type o. h,-an or other physi1al e-bodi-ent in an atte-pt to regain their .or-er glory! $hen a de-on enters a h,-an being6 he is able to trans.er so-e o. his strange behavior and e2press so-e o. his evil personality thro,gh the person he has entered! &hat is /hy6 in -y opinion6 de-ons parti1,larly see5 h,-an e-bodi-ent! +an has the greatest po/ers o. e2pression thro,gh /hi1h de-oni1 spirits 1an display their o/n evil l,sts and desires to stri5e ba15 at 9od! A person /ho be1o-es the de-on8s instr,-ent to .ight against 9od and :is /or5 on the earth is a 3pa/n3 o. the devil! And along /ith the de-on6 he is separated .ro- his only "o,r1e o. help6 salvation6 and deliveran1e7?es,s Christ! %ever .orget that "atan and his de-ons /ere in heaven /ith 9od be.ore they /ere 1ast o,t! &hey /ere there be.ore -an /as 1reated! &hey heard 9od /hen :e .irst spo5e abo,t 1reating -an5ind! &hey 5no/ a great deal abo,t ho/ -an is -ade and -any o. the other se1ret 1o,nsels o. 9od! Based on this 5no/ledge6 "atan harassed and te-pted the .irst 9

Oral Ro%erts -an and /o-an to disobey 9od in the garden o. (den! :e has 1ontin,ed to harass -an5ind thro,gh the ages6 trying to destroy -an by getting hi- to 4oin his rebellion against 9od! +y personal belie. is that so-eho/ /hen Adaand (ve sinned and all o. -an5ind /as in.l,en1ed6 an openness in the h,-an spirit /as 1reated that de-on spirits 5no/ abo,t! &hey probe .or entran1e to that opening in the /ay /ater probes .or a /ea5 spot or a 1ra15 in a /all! &he de-ons 1o-e at a -an or /o-an6 or even a yo,ng person6 at their /ea5est spot7so-eti-es in an area /here there is ,n1on.essed sin6 or in an area /here there is a nat,ral bent to/ard a parti1,lar 5ind o. sin! And /hen the de-on spirits .ind entran1e thro,gh that opening6 they begin to /easel their /ay in and to tor-ent6 or try to 1ontrol! &he -ain point .or yo, to re-e-ber is that the devil and de-ons 5no/ a great deal -ore abo,t yo, than yo, -ay thin5 they 5no/! B,t yo, have po/er over "atan and his de-ons to 5eep the- o,t! 3'e are o. 9od6 little 1hildren6 and have over1o-e the- Espirits o. Anti1hristFC be1a,se greater is he that is in yo,6 than he that is in the /orld3 =1 ?ohn <C<>! Another reason that the devil and his de-ons see5 to enter h,-an beings is be1a,se -an is the 1reat,re that is -ost li5e 9od! +an is the 1reat,re so dearly loved by 9od that 9od sent :is only begotten "on to die on his behal.! ="ee ?ohn GC16!> +an is 9od8s priHe !!! 9od8s desire !!! 9od8s beloved! &he 10

How to Resist the Devil i-portant thing is to stay on 9od8s side! By going a.ter -an6 the devil is going a.ter the apple o. 9od8s eye7the treas,re6 the -ost val,ed 3pearl o. great pri1e3 in 9od8s eyesI &he devil only /ants a -an or /o-an be1a,se &od wants that man or woman more so! &he devil isn8t -otivated by love .or a -an or /o-an6 as 9od is! %o6 the devil doesn8t love people6 he ,ses the-! :e ,ses people to stri5e ba15 at 9od and /ith the p,rpose 3to steal6 5ill6 and destroy3 =?ohn 10C10>!

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%o6 not in o,r o/n li-ited h,-an po/er! &he Bible says that /e are -ade 3a little lower than the angels3 =:ebre/s 2CD>! "atan and his de-on 3angels3 5no/ the /ea5nesses o. -an and ho/ to play on those /ea5nesses in a /ay that -en and /o-en in their o/n strength /ill have di..i1,lty resisting their te-ptations =4,st as Ada- and (ve>! "atan and his de-ons 5no/ ho/ to -as5 their evilness and to -a5e /rong appear to be right and right appear to be /rong! &hey are very 1,nning in their lies and de1eit! ?es,s Christ6 thro,gh :is death on the 1ross and res,rre1tion6 robbed "atan o. his greatest po/erC the .inality o. death! #n pla1e o. death6 ?es,s o..ers li.e6 and that more a%undantly =?ohn 10C10>I ?es,s o..ers both 3eternal li.e3 /ith :i- in heaven and an 3ab,ndant li.e3 here on earth .or those /ho believe in :i- and .ollo/ :i-! B,t ,ntil ?es,s Christ ret,rns to the earth6 9od has allo/ed "atan to 1ontin,e to have the po/er to tem)t -en and /o-en and to in.l,en1e those /ho yield to his te-ptations! 9od /ill not override the .ree /ill :e gave to -an 12

How to Resist the Devil /hen :e 1reated hi-! "o /hile 9od 1alls ,s to 3li.e 7and that -ore ab,ndantly63 the devil also has the ability to 1all ,s to rebellion and death! %o/here does the Bible -a5e light o. "atan8s po/er !!! and neither sho,ld yo, or #!

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Absol,tely notI $hen yo, give yo,r li.e to ?es,s Christ6 :e gives yo, the po/er to over1o-e "atan and his de-ons! &he Bible says that 3having spoiled prin1ipalities and po/ers6 he E?es,sF -ade a sho/ o. the- openly6 tri,-phing over the-!!!3 =Colossians 2C1A>! #. yo, are a so,ndly 1onverted born;again Christian /ho is living .or ?es,s6 yo, are not ,nder the do-inion o. "atan! "till6 as long as yo, are in this /orld7/hi1h by and large is in a lost and ,nregenerate state over /hi1h "atan r,les7it is i-portant that yo, re-e-ber that yo, are in the -iddle o. /hat the Bible des1ribes as a 3/restling -at1h3 /ith the devil and his de-ons! ="ee (phesians 6C11612!> "atan /ill not 1on1ede de.eat to yo, /itho,t yo,r resisting hi- so he /ill .lee! ="ee ?a-es <CD!> &he good ne/s o. the gospel is that through ?es,s /e 5no/ /e 1an de.eat "atan! $hen /e believe in ?es,s and repent o. o,r sins and a11ept ?es,s as the Bord and "avior o. o,r lives6 /e are .illed /ith :is :oly "pirit! ="ee A1ts 2CG8!> &he Bible re.ers to the :oly "pirit as o,r 3divine 1o,nselor3 /ho is in ,s! $e also have the Bible itsel. to sho/ ,s the nat,re o. 9od and the /ill o. 1<

How to Resist the Devil 9od .or o,r lives! &he Bible also tells ,s very 1learly abo,t the devil8s nat,re6 his p,rposes6 and his ta1ti1s! "o read and st,dy yo,r Bible! Kno/ the $ord o. 9odI &here.ore7and this is very i-portant .or yo, to ,nderstand7as a Christian yo, have been given insight into the very nat,re and plans o. the ene-y! And i. yo, 1an 5no/ /ho the ene-y is and /hat he is ,p to !!! that8s very o.ten the t,rning point o. any battleI

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#n ?es,s8 o/n /ords6 /e 5no/ that the devil is 3a thie.6 a -,rderer6 and a destroyer3 =?ohn 10C10>! #n +ala1hi GC11 the devil is 1alled 3the devo,rer!3 &hro,gho,t the $ord o. 9od6 "atan is given vario,s na-es and titles! :e is re.erred to -ore than 1DA ti-esI :ere are 4,st a .e/ o. the things the $ord o. 9od 1alls the devilC "atan =-eaning 3opponent3>!!!!!!!!!!!!! Revelation 12C9 BeelHeb,b =-eaning 3lord o. the .lies63 /hi1h re.ers to total 1orr,ption>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! +atthe/ 10C2A *ragon =-eaning 3having 5een sight3>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Revelation 12CG;12 "erpent =-eaning 3veno-o,s3>!!!!!!!!2 Corinthians 11CG &he te-pter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! +atthe/ <CG 'o,r adversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 Peter AC8 &he /i15ed one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! +atthe/ 1GCG8 9od o. this /orld!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 Corinthians <C< Prin1e o. the po/er 16

How to Resist the Devil o. the air!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (phesians 2C1;G A11,ser o. the brethren =or believers in ?es,s>!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Revelation 12C10 &he .ather o. lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ?ohn 8C<< +,rderer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ?ohn 8C<< &he ene-y!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! +atthe/ 1GCG9 &he devil isn8t 4,st one o. o,r ene-ies in this li.e! :e is &:( ene-y6 a11ording to 9od8s $ord! 'o, and # -ay thin5 so-eti-es6 /hen things go /rong all aro,nd ,s6 that other people are o,r proble-! B,t they are not really o,r proble-! "atan /or5s thro,gh people b,t he6 "A&A%6 is ,lti-ately o,r proble-I &he Bible -a5es that 1lear in these /ordsC '!or we wrestle not against flesh and %lood +human %eings,, %ut against )rinci)alities, against )owers, against the rulers of the dar ness of this world, against s)iritual wic edness in high )laces "-.)hesians /0#12. lti-ately the devil and his de-ons are behind every evil6 sin.,l6 bad thing that happens in this /orld! And # -ean they are actively behind it! &he Bible also 1learly spells o,t the devil8s three p,rposes as they relate to ,s h,-an beingsC to steal !!! to 5ill !!! and to destroy =?ohn 10C10>! $e -,st realiHe 1onstantly7and espe1ially /hen so-ething bad stri5es ,s7that the devil is not on 1D

Oral Ro%erts o,r side and he is not ne,tral to/ard ,s! :e is o,r s/orn ene-y o,t to do ,s har- and ensnare ,s in any /ay he 1an! lti-ately he see5s to destroy ,s! "atan is 1onstantly on a 3death -ission!3 '3e careful4watch out for attac s from 5atan, your great enemy. He )rowls around li e a hungry, roaring lion, loo ing for some victim to tear a)art" =1 Peter AC86&BB>!

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&he devil te-pts ,s at the point o. one great desire that all h,-an beings have to so-e degree or otherC the )ower to %e your own god! All other te-ptations lead ,p to that one overriding te-ptation! &he devil te-pts ,s to ignore 9od !!! to say that the things o. 9od don8t -atter !!! to avoid asso1iation /ith people /ho believe in 9od !!! to ridi1,le and perse1,te those /ho atte-pt to .ollo/ 9od !!! and .inally to say that 9od8s /ay is /rong and o,r /ay is right! &hose are the te-ptations /e -,st .a1e6 and by the po/er o. 9od6 they are the te-ptations /e -,st resist /ith all o,r -ight! A 5ey /ord in des1ribing the devil8s ta1ti1s to/ard ,s is the /ord )ower! %ot long ago #6 along /ith -illions o. other people in this nation6 /at1hed a pri-e;ti-e do1,-entary spe1ial on television in /hi1h a /ell; 5no/n investigative reporter atte-pted to ,n1over "atan8s ,ndergro,nd and the dread.,l pra1ti1es o. satanis-7pra1ti1es /hi1h6 in their .inal .or-6 o.ten lead to br,tal6 biHarre -,rders and deaths! As # 19

Oral Ro%erts listened to those being intervie/ed on the progra-6 # noti1ed a very spe1i.i1 pattern e-erging .or the -otivation behind their involve-ent /ith the devil! " wanted )ower,3 they all said !!! the satani1 po/er o. having absol,te 1ontrol over their o/n lives6 and over the lives o. other people aro,nd the-! lti-ately6 they so,ght the po/er to deter-ine /ho /o,ld live and die and they lived to destroy others in order to sho/ their allegian1e to the devil! "atan al/ays pro-ises po/er! Po/er to be in 1ontrol o. yo,r o/n destiny! Po/er over others! Po/er to obtain things! B,t the po/er that the devil pro-ises is al/ays po/er -eant to ,s,rp the po/er o. 9od! And his pro-ise is al/ays a .alse pro-ise o. po/er6 be1a,se in the end6 those /ho .ollo/ "atan e2ert only 3te-porary po/er!3 &heir po/er is event,ally stripped .ro- the- and the destr,1tion they e2perien1e is al/ays .ar greater than the evil they have in.li1ted on others! &he only tr,e everlasting po/er belongs to 9od and 9od alone!

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Oral Ro%erts 9od6 =2> :is obedien1e to 9od6 and =G> ,sing the $ord o. 9od! 'o, and # have a11ess to these sa-e reso,r1esI #t is ,p to ,s to 3p,t on the .,ll ar-or o. 9od63 as Pa,l instr,1ts ,s to do in (phesians 6 and then to 3.ight the good .ight o. .aith63 tr,sting 9od to bring ,s thro,gh o,r battle /ith "atan vi1torio,sly! And 9od /ill do itI

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+y personal belie. is that there are so-e h,-an beings /ho are 3tor-ented3 by evil spirits thro,gh no 1ons1io,s .a,lt o. their o/n6 b,t as a res,lt o. the 1,rse that is ,pon this earth and the .a1t that /e are living in a /orld that6 generally spea5ing6 is /itho,t 9od! # -ean by this6 so-e people are tor-ented /ho have not consciously given the-selves over to sin that is regular and ha%itual in so-e area o. their li.e6 and they have not been involved in so-e /ay in o11,lt pra1ti1es! )or e2a-ple6 in these 1ases a person -ay have had a 31,rse3 or a 3spell3 pla1ed on the- by so-eone /ho is involved in /it1h1ra.t or so-e other area o. the o11,lt! Perhaps a person has had a -e-ber o. their .a-ily involved in the o11,lt in the past7even a generation or t/o ba157and they need to pray and as5 the Bord to brea5 that .a-ilial 1onne1tion /ith evil! Or it -ay be that a so,ndly 1onverted born;again Christian has been 3stepping 2G

Oral Ro%erts on the devil8s toes3 by the i-pa1t they are having .or Christ in their .a-ily6 their pla1e o. /or56 or in so-e other area o. a strong /itness .or Christ! $hat # a- spea5ing abo,t no/ is harass-ent by the devil! &his harass-ent -ay be e2perien1ed as tor-ent6 or as o))ression! #t -ay be e2perien1ed as a de)ression that is spirit,al in origin! =Other 1ases o. depression are o.ten physi1ally based and 1an so-eti-es be helped by a physi1ian!> &hese are 3atta15s o. the ene-y3 against a person6 Christians in1l,ded! Cases o. de-oni1 )ossession6 ho/ever6 are di..erent! #n 1ases o. )ossession6 a de-on a1t,ally enters a person and 1ontrols hi- or her 1o-pletely! # believe in those 1ases the person has generally -ade a 1hoi1e or a de1ision at so-e point in their li.e that has led the- into a do/n/ard progression ,ntil they event,ally get to the point /here they turn over their will to the devil. #n other /ords6 they /ill.,lly 9#J( their /ill to "atan! #t is at that point that "atan 1an 3possess3 the- and 1ontrol the- 1o-pletely! O.ten people .irst get involved in the a1tivities o. the o11,lt /itho,t realiHing that vario,s a1tivities are spirit,ally dangero,s! &hey thin5 they are 4,st having .,n or 3e2peri-enting3 /ith so-ething har-less! &he res,lts are 4,st as real6 ho/ever6 as i. they 5ne/ in advan1e /hat they /ere doing! ='o, -ay not 5no/ the la/ o. gravity b,t i. yo, /al5 o.. the edge o. a 1li..6 the 1onse@,en1es o. that la/ /ill ta5e hold o. yo,r li.eI> 2<

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Oral Ro%erts inter)rets omens E,ses signs6 s,1h as star and planet 1on.ig,rations on /hi1h horos1opes are based6 to .oretell .,t,re events or ho/ a person8s li.e sho,ld be 1ond,1tedF6 engages in witchcraft E/orships the devil or any .or- o. evil6 in1l,ding the 3.alse praise -,si13 o. -any hard;ro15 gro,psF6 or casts s)ells Eprono,n1es evil 1,rses6 or he2es6 on people or in so-e /ay atte-pts to 1a,se har- or to 1ontrol another person8s a1tionsF6 or who is a medium or s)iritist or who consults the dead Eanyone /ho 1ond,1ts sean1es 7or other -eetings7to 1onverse /ith evil spirits i-personating those /ho have died6 or /ho p,rports to be the 3-o,thpie1e3 .or any s,pernat,ral spirit other than the :oly "pirit o. 9od6 o.ten des1ribing the-selves today as 31hannelers3 or 3trans1hannelers3F. 9nyone who does these things is detesta%le to the Lord" =*e,terono-y 18C106116 %#J>! 'o, -ay say6 3Oral Roberts6 are yo, telling -e that .ollo/ing -y horos1ope every day or listening to hard;ro15 -,si1 is /rong03 #8- not telling yo, on the a,thority o. -y o/n opinion that it8s /rong to live yo,r li.e a11ording to the horos1ope in yo,r daily ne/spaper or to in.ill yo,r -ind /ith the -essages on -any hard;ro15 -,si1 alb,-s!!! the $ord o. 9od is telling yo,I &he $ord o. 9od tells ,s again and again that /e are to live o,r lives 26

How to Resist the Devil "OB(B' B' &:( $OR* O) 9O*! A horos1ope6 or any other o11,lt pra1ti1e6 is not only a very poor s,bstit,te .or the $ord o. 9od6 b,t it8s 3detestable3 to the Bord /hen /e p,t o,r tr,st in these o11,lt a1tivities! $hen /e engage in these pra1ti1es /e are6 in e..e1t6 saying to 9od6 3# don8t tr,st 'o, to be 9od in -y li.e! # don8t tr,st 'o, to reveal to -e /hat # need to 5no/ in -y li.e! # don8t tr,st 'o, to have the po/er and 5no/ledge to prote1t -e .ro- evil and to g,ide -e in the paths that are pleasing to 'o,! # don8t tr,st 'o, /ith -y li.e6 9od6 and #8- going to p,t -y tr,st in so-ething or so-eone else! #8going to ta5e -atters into -y o/n hands!3 &hat brings ,s ba15 to that /ord po/er! $hen a person engages in o11,lt pra1ti1es6 they are trying to ,s,rp the po/er o. 9od8s 5no/ledge .or the-selves! &hey are -a5ing the-selves o,t to be their o/n gods! #8- s,re /e8ll never 5no/ the great n,-bers o. people /ho have 1o-e ,nder de-oni1 in.l,en1e thro,gh their 1,riosity and grad,al involve-ent in the o11,lt pra1ti1es spelled o,t in the Bible7 /it1h1ra.t6 going to .ort,ne;tellers6 pra1ti1ing astrology6 and so .orth! $hat begins inno1ently -ay have li.e;or;death 1onse@,en1es! Bet -e give yo, an e2a-ple .ro- -y o/n healing -inistry! *,ring one o. o,r great healing 1r,sades # 1ond,1ted ,nder the 106000;seat 3tent 1athedral3 in the 19A08s6 # en1o,ntered a /o-an /ho had on1e 2D

Oral Ro%erts been a -issionary to A.ri1a .or -any years! $hile in A.ri1a6 she had been e2posed to /it1h do1tors and their pra1ti1e o. /it1h1ra.t and she had grad,ally allo/ed her nat,ral 1,riosity abo,t these things to ta5e over ,ntil she be1a-e .as1inated /ith the- and to so-e degree be1a-e involved /ith /hat the /it1h do1tors /ere doing! O. 1o,rse6 # didn8t 5no/ any o. that /hen she /as bro,ght to -y 1r,sade! # didn8t 5no/ that she had re1ently been bro,ght ba15 to the nited "tates in s,1h a 1ondition that no one 1o,ld 1ontain her! :er -ind /o,ld 1o-e and go! Physi1ally6 at ti-es6 she had s,perh,-an strength! And /hen her pastor bro,ght her to -y 1r,sade .or prayer6 she had to be 1hained to one o. the tent poles d,ring the servi1e be1a,se o. her violent o,tb,rsts! As # /as led to/ard this /o-an to pray .or her6 # @,i15ly realiHed that so-ething /as dread.,lly /rong7that de-ons /ere either in her or they /ere all aro,nd her6 tor-enting her and trying to 5eep -e .ro- to,1hing her! "o-eho/ the de-ons 5ne/ that the -o-ent # /as able to lay -y right hand on the /o-an8s head6 # /o,ld be able7thro,gh the po/er o. 9od7to dis1ern their presen1e6 their n,-ber6 and their type! # -oved to/ard the /o-an to try to lay -y hand on her head6 b,t every ti-e #8d p,t -y hand o,t to/ard her6 she /o,ld ,se her great strength to shove it a/ay! #t /as as i. the devil /ere saying6 3*on8t let hi- get his right hand on yo,!3 &hen # 28

How to Resist the Devil began to try to o,t/it the devil by -oving -y hands in di..erent dire1tions as # rea1hed to/ard her! B,t she blo15ed -y rea1h by p,tting both o. her ar-s in bet/een -ine! And the ne2t thing # 5ne/6 she had ta5en hold o. -y 1lothes6 ripped -y 1oat open7 /hi1h had been b,ttoned7and had li.ted -e ,p and had literally al-ost sla--ed -e to the gro,ndI %o/ # /eighed 18A po,nds and this /as a nor-al;siHed /o-an! And # tell yo,6 # have never been -ishandled /ith s,1h physi1al strength in -y li.eI #t /as strength beyond anything h,-an # 5ne/ abo,t! #n .a1t6 it /as s,perh,-an and de-oni1! As # got ,p6 # .o,nd -ysel. standing be.ore her .a1e to .a1e! &he Bord has al/ays 5ept -e .rohaving any .ear o. de-ons6 so # /as not a.raid! B,t # 5ne/ that # /as dealing /ith a parti1,lar 5ind o. de-on that /as very po/er.,l! )inally # /as able to get -y right hand on her .orehead and # dis1erned i--ediately that it /as /it1h1ra.t de-ons that # /as dealing /ith! # dis1erned the n,-ber o. the- and began to 1all the- o,t o. her! "he too5 -y hands and tried to p,ll -y hand o.. her .orehead! B,t by that ti-e6 the sa-e hands that had 4,st -o-ents be.ore pi15ed -e ,p and al-ost sla--ed -y body to the gro,nd 1o,ld not no/ even p,ll -y hand o.. her head! Right then # 5ne/ that the "pirit o. 9od /as in 1harge o. the sit,ationI And the 1ro/d 5ne/ it too! # -ean6 that pla1e got so @,iet yo, 1o,ld al-ost hear a pin drop! # began to 1all those de-on spirits o,t o. that 29

Oral Ro%erts /o-an in the a,thority o. the %a-e o. ?es,s! &hey began 1o-ing o,t o. her and yo, 1o,ld hear theal-ost tear her body as i. they /ere trying to rip her li-b .ro- li-b as they 1a-e o,t! )inally all the de-ons had le.t her and i--ediately she began to a1t di..erently! "he loo5ed aro,nd to see /here she /as as i. she had 4,st 1o-e .ro- a di..erent /orld! :er .a1e lighted ,p and she 1ried6 3&han5 9odI3 /ith al-ost a sho,t! By her a1tions6 # 5ne/ that she had been 1o-pletely set .ree by the po/er o. 9od and # .orbade the de-ons6 in ?es,s8 %a-e6 to ret,rn to her ever again! &hen # began to tal5 to her and she told -e ho/6 as a -issionary in A.ri1a6 she had observed the /or5 o. the /it1h do1tors! )irst6 she be1a-e curious! &hen she began to get near the- and to now the-! And then a fascination too5 hold o. her abo,t the strange things that the /it1h do1tors /o,ld do6 and as her .as1ination gre/6 she be1a-e ,na/are o. ho/ the /it1h do1tors /ere de1eiving her and 1o-ing against her spirit,ally ,ntil the .,ll .or1e o. /it1h1ra.t /as ,pon her and de-on spirits began to 1ontrol her li.e! %ote the progression she .ollo/ed! "he /as curious! :er 1,riosity led her to familiarity and association! And then fascination and e$)erimentation. )riend6 yo, 1annot play /ith the devilI #. yo, have already been involved in any aspe1t o. the o11,lt7/hether o,t o. 1,riosity as this G0

How to Resist the Devil /o-an7or o,t o. ignoran1e to the tr,th abo,t the o11,lt6 or o,t o. /ill.,l rebellion against 9od6 # strongly advise yo, right no/ to reno,n1e that involve-ent and to vo/ to yo,rsel. and to 9od that yo, /ill never t,rn to those things again as a so,r1e o. po/er or in.or-ation6 b,t instead6 yo, /ill t,rn to ?es,s Christ and tr,st :i- /ith yo,r li.e! Bet8s pray right no/! "ay this prayer o,t lo,dC 3*ear 9od6 # reno,n1e any and all involve-ent # have had /ith "atan and the o11,lt6 and # as5 'o, to .orgive -e! # /ant ?es,s to be -y personal "avior and Bord! )ro- this day .or/ard6 # /ill loo5 to 'o, only .or g,idan1e and dire1tion in -y li.e! # /ill st,dy 'o,r $ord6 the :oly Bible! # /ill get into .ello/ship /ith people /ho love and /orship the Bord ?es,s! :elp -e6 9od6 to -ove .or/ard in -y li.e /ith .aith and to p,t o,t o. -y -ind6 -y heart6 and -y li.e6 any re-e-bran1e o. these a1tivities! # tr,st 'o, to set -e .reeI A-en and a-en!3

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How to Resist the Devil de-ons are o.ten involved in the e$cesses or of the e$tremes of human %ehavior as they try to ma e their victim %ecome what they are. &hat person then /ill e2hibit behavior that goes %eyond the norm o. /hat /e generally 5no/ as sin and h,-an .ail,re! Bet -e give yo, so-e e2a-ples o. /hat # -ean! )or instan1e6 i. a person is being harassed or in.l,en1ed by a lying s)irit =or de-on> they /ill begin lying to s,1h a point and in s,1h an e2tre-e /ay that they 1annot 5no/ the tr,th and there.ore they 1annot tell the tr,th7even in sit,ations /here it /o,ld see- easy and nat,ral to do so! %o/ #8- not tal5ing abo,t so-eone /ho tells a lie no/ and then6 b,t /ho also tells the tr,th7/hi1h /o,ld in1l,de a -a4ority o. people6 or 4,st abo,t everyone! #8- tal5ing abo,t so-eone /ho appears in1apable o. telling the tr,th6 or /ho -ay not even re1ogniHe the di..eren1e bet/een a lie and the tr,th !!! so-eone /ho- a do1tor -ight 1all a pathologi1al liar! #. yo, 5no/ so-eone li5e that and their behavior has been that /ay .or a period o. ti-e6 # believe it8s possible that that person is ,nder severe de-oni1 atta15! Again6 this is /here # say that /e sho,ld be very 1are.,l in o,r esti-ation o. /hat /e prono,n1e the so,r1e to be behind a person8s behavior! 'o, need to be parti1,larly 1a,tio,s in /hat yo, tell other people abo,t the sit,ation or in /hat yo, say to the person hi-sel.! # a- a very strong believer in the .a1t that not all o. the -eanness6 1r,elty6 or ,gliness in GG

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Oral Ro%erts or her /ill to 9od8s /ill and allo/ing 9od to restrain and retrain that sin part o. their nat,re6 then they /ill .all ba15 into the nat,ral -an8s 3sin nat,re3 every ti-e they are 1on.ronted by the devil8s te-ptations! Bet -e say a /ord abo,t the devil as the 3te-pter63 /hi1h is /hat he is 1alled in +atthe/6 1hapter <! !irst, the tem)ter comes at us with a twisted, war)ed version of the ;ord of &od. :e -is@,otes6 hal.;@,otes6 and perverts the pro-ises and 1o--and-ents o. 9od .or his o/n p,rposes! :e even tried to do that in te-pting ?es,sI =Read all o. +atthe/ <C1;11 and yo,8ll see /hat # -ean!> 5econd, the tem)ter comes at us with a twisted, war)ed version of who we are. :e8ll tell yo, every bad thing he 1an to try to destroy yo,r sel.;i-age and 5eep yo, .ro- being all that yo, 1an be and all that 9od desires yo, to be! And .,rther-ore6 he8ll try to get yo, to believe that 9od -ade yo, that /ay! )or e2a-ple6 this is the 5ind o. line the te-pter .eeds a person6 and ,s,ally right a.ter so-ething good has happened to the-C 3$ell6 yo,8re on top no/6 b,t yo,8re going to lose it all! 3'o, don8t deserve this! 3'o,8re not really that good! 3#n .a1t6 yo,8re nothing spe1ial at all! 3Other people don8t see yo, the /ay yo, really are! 3'o, 5no/ ho/ yo, are! G6

How to Resist the Devil 3'o,8re really nothing! And 4,st /ait6 yo,8ll end ,p /ith nothing! 39od never -eant yo, to be anything and :e doesn8t /ant yo, to have anything! 3'o,8re a big Hero in 9od8s eyes ! ! ! 3 !!! and so the te-pter8s lies go6 p,lling yo, .arther and .arther do/n ,ntil yo, have to loo5 ,p to see botto-! &he te-pter al/ays 1o-es to te-pt yo, to believe so-ething that is %&R ( abo,t yo,rsel. and abo,t others! &he $ord o. 9od6 on the other hand6 does 4,st the opposite! ?es,s saysC 3Rise ,pI 'o, 1an -a5e itI 39od didn8t -a5e yo, to be a .ail,re or a Hero! :e 1reated yo, to be so-ebody! 3#n .a1t6 :e 1reated yo, to be :is 1hild! 39od loves yo, and :e loves yo, so -,1h :e sent ?es,s to die on a 1ross .or yo,r sins so that /hen yo, repent yo, -ight be .orgiven and .illed /ith :is :oly "pirit and live /ith :i- .oreverI 3:e has the ab,ndan1e o. heaven available to po,r o,t on yo, and :e desires .or yo, to live an ab,ndant li.e and to be prospero,s in every area o. yo,r li.e! 3'o,8re i-portant to 9od! :e /ants yo, to be /hole and strong7in body6 -ind6 spirit6 e-otions6 .a-ily and .riends6 .inan1es! 39od /ants to bless yo, and :e /ants yo, to GD

Oral Ro%erts B( a blessing to othersI ! ! !3 !!! and that8s the &R &: o. 9od8s $ord! &hat8s the good ne/s abo,t 9od and abo,t yo, that the te-pter never /ants yo, to hear or believeI &he te-pter not only perverts the $ord o. 9od and perverts the tr,th abo,t yo,6 b,t !!! Third, the tem)ter comes as an "angel of light" =2 Corinthians 11C1<>! $hat /e see on the &J progra-s abo,t satanisis /hat # 1all the inside o. "atan7the ,gliness6 the evil6 the abs,rd! &hat8s not the /ay "atan ,s,ally 1o-es at ,s! :e ,s,ally /ears the 1loa5 o. so-ething bea,ti.,l and enti1ing! # learned early on as a Christian that the devil is ,s,ally behind those things /hi1h appear to be bea,ti.,l and e21iting in the beginning6 b,t /hi1h ,lti-ately t,rn o,t to be ,gly and evil! )or e2a-ple6 it o.ten loo5s gla-oro,s or e21iting /hen /e see so-eone on &J or in -ovies6 or so-eone in real li.e /ho ta5es a .e/ drin5s to 3,n/ind3 so1ially! B,t /hen yo, see a drin5er /ho has grad,ally slipped into the degrading6 heartbrea5ing depths o. al1oholis-6 yo, 1an see that it /as the devil at /or5 all the ti-e! :e al/ays tries to 1over ,p his real sel. so yo, /ill a11ept /hat he is o..ering yo,! And /hen yo, parti1ipate in that thing7that sin7and 1ontin,e to .ollo/ it to its 1on1l,sion6 no -atter /hat type o. sin it is6 then the ,gliness e-erges and death is ,lti-ately the res,lt! )riend6 the devil never sho/s his tr,e .a1e ,p G8

How to Resist the Devil .ront! :e 1o-es in disg,ise6 in a -as@,erade6 pretending to be an 3angel o. light3 /hen he8s really a pa15 o. lies6 death6 and destr,1tion! !inally, the tem)ter comes at us often, and usually when our defenses are down or when we least e$)ect him. &hat8s /hy it is so i-portant to have a relationship /ith 9od that operates on a daily basis! "aying a prayer to 9od is not 4,st a one;ti-e thing! 9oing to 1h,r1h on ",ndays isn8t eno,gh! Being a Christian is so-ething that re@,ires o,r *A#B' 1o--it-ent6 o,r *A#B' a1tivity and e..ort6 o,r *A#B' 1on1ern! &he te-pter o.ten 1o-es at ,s again and again6 as i. he8s ha--ering a/ay at ,s in hopes /e /ill brea5! Again6 it is al/ays in the .or- o. a B#( abo,t /ho yo, are or abo,t /ho 9od is! $hen a ho-ose2,al -an or /o-an says6 3# /as born this /ay63 or so-eone /ho is a thie. says6 3# 1an8t 1ontrol -ysel.63 or a -arried -an /ho is a /o-aniHer says6 3#8- 4,st -ade this /ay63 to a point6 # believe they are right! They were %orn with the seed of sin in their heart... 4,st li5e every other h,-an being! B,t the tenden1y that /e all have to/ard sin is 6OT an e21,se to live /ith that thing r,nning ra-pant in o,r lives! $e 1an do so-ething abo,t that tenden1y to/ard /rong! # 5no/ /e 1an be1a,se 9od tells ,s in :is $ord that /e 1an and be1a,se o. -y o/n personal e2perien1e as a yo,ng -an! G9

Oral Ro%erts # /as born /ith a tenden1y that 1a,sed -e to do things in 1ertain areas o. -y li.e that /ere /rong and against 9od! As a yo,ng -an6 # 1o,ld not loo5 ,pon a /o-an /itho,t l,sting a.ter her! #t too5 9od to 1hange that /rong desire in -e! Oral Roberts 1o,ld not 1hange it6 b,t &od thro,gh Oral Roberts could change it! And /hen # a11epted ?es,s Christ as -y Bord and "avior at the age o. 1D6 9od too5 that thing o,t o. -e! :e 1leaned ,p -y tho,ghts and -y desires to /here today # 1an honestly tell yo, that # have never desired a /o-an other than -y darling /i.e (velyn in o,r -ore than A0 years o. -arriage! %o/ that8s a -ira1leI &hat8s Oral Roberts allo/ing 9od to trans.or- -y heart and -y -ind on a daily basis! All o. ,s 3-iss the -ar563 or -a5e the /rong 1hoi1es6 at ti-es! =&hat8s /hat 3sin3 -eans7to -iss the -ar5!> 9od ,nderstands o,r str,ggle /ith sin and :e is there to .orgive ,s and to give ,s :is gra1e to over1o-e te-ptation when we turn to Him! B,t /e -,st never pres,-e ,pon 9od8s gra1e and t,rn to sin as a li.estyle! &hat /o,ld be a very .oolish and dangero,s proposition6 be1a,se sin that is not re)ented of and that %ecomes ha%itual in our lives leaves the door wide o)en to direct demonic influence and harassment. Bet -e repeat thatC "in that /e don8t ad-it to 9od and /hi1h be1o-es habit,al6 /ill.,l6 and a /ay o. li.e OP(%" &:( *OOR to de-oni1 in.l,en1e! #t p,ts ,s in a state o. rebellion be.ore 9od that -a5es <0

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%ot all si15ness in a parti1,lar individ,al has a spirit,al root6 b,t si15ness may be spirit,al in origin! ?es,s indi1ated in B,5e 1G that one /o-an /ho 1a-e to :i- had a s)irit of infirmity that had 1a,sed her to be bent over .or 18 years6 totally ,nable to li.t hersel. ,pright! &he A-pli.ied Jersion o. the Bible 1alls itC 3an in.ir-ity 1a,sed by a spirit Ea de-on o. si15nessF3 =verse 11>! %o/ not all bent7over people have a spirit o. in.ir-ity6 b,t ?es,s dis1erned that this )articular woman did. And :e dealt /ith the spirit and 1ast it o,t so that the /o-an /as able to stand ,p straight again! ?es,s delivered her 3/ho"atan had bo,nd3 .ro- the in.l,en1e o. the de-on! #n -any other instan1es /here ?es,s healed the si156 /e have no indi1ation that the person had a 3spirit!3 &here.ore6 /hile # believe that sic ness in general is an o))ression of the devil against man ind, obvio,sly not all si15ness in parti1,lar individ,als is 1a,sed by the dire1t in.l,en1e o. de-on spirits! Bet -e elaborate brie.ly on this point! &he Bible tea1hes ,s that ?es,s 1a-e to 3heal those /ho /ere oppressed o. the devil!3 ="ee A1ts <2

How to Resist the Devil 10CG8!> ?es,s8 healing /or5 against si15ness and disease /as a1t,ally a battle against the devil! "i15ness6 then6 is part o. the devil8s 3sa15 o. oppressions3 that he 1arries aro,nd6 as are poverty6 tragi1 1ir1,-stan1es6 nat,ral 1atastrophes6 and -any other things6 all o. /hi1h are -eant to .,l.ill the devil8s p,rpose o. 3robbing6 destroying6 or 5illing!3 ="ee ?ohn 10C10!> "i15ness and disease are one o. the +(&:O*" "atan ,ses in his atte-pt to destroy ,s and to t,rn ,s a/ay .ro- 9od! # personally believe there is a very de.inite lin5 bet/een 1an1er and "atan hi-sel.6 /ho is 1alled BeelHeb,b in +atthe/ 10C2A! 3eel:e%u% -eans 3lord o. the .lies3 and this ter- re.ers to the 1orr,ption and de1ay o.ten asso1iated /ith .lies as they s/arover a 1ar1ass! Can1er6 li5e no other /idespread disease # 5no/ o. today6 1orr,pts and 1orrodes the body o. a -an or /o-an! Can1er 1an be vie/ed as o,t;o.;1ontrol 3rebellio,s 1ells3 that ravage other 1ells6 invading the- and destroying the-! &his is a -irror o. "atan8s o/n rebellio,s 1a-paign against the hosts o. heaven and the people o. 9od on this earth! %o/ /hile # believe strongly that 1an1er is lin5ed dire1tly to "atan and is a vile oppression o. the devil6 # do %O& believe that a person /ho has 1an1er is ne1essarily .illed /ith the devil! %ot at allI &hat person is being o))ressed by the devil6 /ho is ,sing 1an1er to in.li1t great agony6 o.ten robbing the person o. 4oy6 pea1e o. -ind and heart6 energy6 and <G

Oral Ro%erts strengthL destroying the person8s physi1al body6 and ,lti-ately 5illing that person! &he person /ith 1an1er is 3,nder atta153 .ro- the ene-y and -,st be prayed .or in pre1isely those ter-s! "i15ness is a /or5 or an o))ression o. the devil! And /hen si15ness stri5es6 /e -,st re1ogniHe that the devil is on the atta15 and /e -,st 1all ,pon every -eans o. regaining health that /e 5no/! A person /ho is si15 needs to ta5e advantage o. all o. 9od8s healing -ethods and get the best o. -edi1al 1are6 the best o. prayer6 the best o. love6 and a good 1li-ate and n,trition and any other .or1e that 1an /or5 to bring abo,t healing6 in1l,ding the $ord o. 9od! 3:aving done all6 3the Apostle Pa,l tells ,s in (phesians 6C1G7-eaning /e leave nothing ,ndone that /e 5no/ to do7/e then stand against the ene-y and tr,st 9od to do all that :e 1an do! #n so-e 1ases6 ho/ever6 and # -ight add6 in RAR( 1ases6 a .or1e is at /or5 /ithin a person that BBOCK" any and all atte-pts at healing! %o/ #8not re.erring to a person8s i--,ne syste- that -ay .ail to /or5 properly6 or to any other physi1al .,n1tion o. the body! #8- re.erring to so-ething s)iritual that has a grip on the healing pro1esses! #8tal5ing abo,t a spirit,al .or1e that si-ply /ill not allo/ the body to /or5 as 9od intended .or it to /or5! &hose are situations that -ay very /ell be de-oni1ally inspired or in.l,en1ed! And i. that is the 1ase6 the si15ness /ill need to be dealt /ith .ro- a <<

How to Resist the Devil spirit,al angle be.ore the person being atta15ed /ill .ind any relie. .ro- their 1ondition! #n the boo5 o. +ar56 ?es,s delivered a yo,ng -an .ro- a de-on that /as 1a,sing hi- to thro/ hi-sel. to the gro,nd in 1onv,lsions6 or seiH,res6 -,1h li5e /hat /e /o,ld 1all epilepsy today! ="ee +ar5 9C1D;G0!> %ote as yo, read that passage o. "1ript,re that these /ere not ordinary seiH,res! &he .ather o. the a..li1ted -an reported that in -any instan1es6 the boy /as 1ast into 3.ire3 or 3/ater3 /hen he e2perien1ed a seiH,re! As abnor-al as a 1onv,lsion -ight be in and o. itsel.6 so-ething beyond even a 3nor-al3 1onv,lsion /as happening in this parti1,lar 1ase! Based on that passage o. "1ript,re and on -y o/n e2perien1e o. praying .or the si15 .or -ore than <1 years6 " %elieve that a very small )ercentage of cases involving e)ile)sy or other convulsive<ty)e disorders are caused %y demons. %ot the vast -a4ority o. 1ases by any -eans6 b,t a .e/! # re1all a little boy # on1e prayed .or /hose -other told -e that he had been averaging <0 1onv,lsions a day .or the past .e/ years! $hen she handed -e that 1hild and # too5 hi- in -y ar-s and loo5ed into his eyes6 # sa/ /hat those parti1,lar de-ons had done to hi-! :is eyes had the pe1,liar l,ster o. de-ons and /ere s,n5en ba15 in his head! :is body /as e2tre-ely /asted6 and lines o. s,..ering /ere deeply et1hed in his .a1e! #n short6 he had been trans.or-ed .ro- a little 1hild into a <A

Oral Ro%erts 1reat,re o. al-ost total abnor-ality! &hose parti1,lar 5ind o. 1onv,lsive de-ons are the strongest o. all de-ons that # ever personally .a1ed in -y -inistry! And there /as a str,ggle be.ore that 1hild 1o,ld be 1o-pletely delivered by the a,thority o. the "pirit o. 9od inside o. -e that /as greater than the de-ons8 po/er! B,t on1e he /as delivered6 that little boy be1a-e a nor-al 1hild again and never on1e had another proble- /ith 1onv,lsions .or all the years # 5ne/ o. hia.ter/ard! # believe that there are also -any types o. de-ons that e2hibit e2aggerated .or-s o. sin.,l behavior! )or e2a-ple6 # believe that there are stealing demons. People /ho 1o-e ,nder their in.l,en1e steal com)ulsively and say they 1an8t help /hat they are doing! &hey o.ten say that so-ething -a5es the- steal! &oday6 all yo, need to do is pi15 ,p a ne/spaper to 5no/ that there are murdering demons and demons of sadism or cruelty. #t8s be1o-e 1o--onpla1e to hear so-eone say6 3"o-ething inside -e told -e to 5ill that person! # don8t 5no/ /hy # did it!3 And o.ten those 5inds o. -,rders have a very strong ele-ent o. sadisti1 1r,elty in the-6 /here a person /asn8t 4,st 5illed6 b,t their body /as violated or -,tilated in an al-ost inh,-an /ay! &he story o. Begion in the .i.th 1hapter o. +ar5 sho/s ,s that there are also demons of self< flagellation. &hese de-ons too5 delight in 1a,sing <6

How to Resist the Devil the -an 5no/n as Begion =a na-e that the de-ons see- to have given the-selves6 re.erring to the great n,-bers o. the- that inhabited the -an> to 1,t hi-sel. /ith sharp ro15s ,ntil he /o,ld bleed nearly to death! And in addition to those de-ons6 there /ere other de-ons /ho tor-ented Begion 1a,sing hi- to leave his .a-ily and his 1o--,nity6 to /ear no 1lothing6 and to live li5e a -ad-an a-ong the to-bs! Can yo, see /hat # -ean abo,t o.ten .inding de-ons in the abnor-alities and the e21esses o. h,-an behavior0 &he Bible tells ,s that this -an /as 1,tting his o/n .lesh and in.li1ting terrible pain on his o/n body! #s that a nor-al thing to do to yo,rsel.0 O. 1o,rse notI (very nat,ral .or1e inside o. ,s tells ,s to r,n .ro- pain6 and to try and get a/ay .ro- anyone /ho tries to h,rt ,s physi1ally! B,t Begion /as in.li1ting pain on hi-sel.! :e .o,nd pleas,re in 1,tting hi-sel.! Or rather # sho,ld say that the demons inside of Legion .o,nd pleas,re in it! Begion /as li5e a -ad-an! :is d/elling /as a-ong the dead6 rather than a-ong the living! :e had s,perh,-an strength6 so that no -an /as able to s,bd,e hi- or to 1ontrol hi- long eno,gh to help hi- in any /ay! #t too5 the s,pernat,ral po/er o. 9od to bring deliveran1e to Begion! #t too5 ?es,s Christ 1o--anding the de-ons to 1o-e o,t o. hito set hi- .ree and to restore hi- to his right -ind and to his .a-ily and his 1o--,nity! Another de-on is one o.ten 1alled an unclean <D

Oral Ro%erts s)irit! #t 1an be a de-on o. i--orality6 or a de-on o. ,nnat,ral se2,al desire7anything dealing /ith the perverting o. -an8s nat,ral se2,al desire that /as p,t inside o. hi- by 9od and that is bea,ti.,l and /onder.,l /hen it is e2pressed in the 1onte2t o. -arriage in /hi1h 9od -eant .or it to be e2pressed! 'o, need only to loo5 aro,nd yo, in this 1o,ntry to see ho/ the in.l,en1e o. these de-ons is r,nning ra-pant today thro,gh se2,al pro-is1,ity6 ho-ose2,ality6 pornography6 and the se2,al -olestation o. 1hildren7o.ten even by a 1hild8s o/n parent or other tr,sted .riend or loved one! &hat 1ertainly isn8t a nor-al e2pression o. love .or a 1hildI #8- s,re there are -any other 5inds o. de-ons other than the ones # have -entioned here6 and they -ay -ani.est the-selves in any n,-ber o. /ays thro,gh h,-an behavior depending on ho/ great their in.l,en1e over a person has be1o-e!

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)irst6 be very 1ertain that the behavior o. the person is a1t,ally being in.l,en1ed by de-ons! "atan is a 1reat,re o. -aster.,l de1eption and anyone /ho is being in.l,en1ed or 1ontrolled by hi/ill -a5e serio,s e..orts to de1eive yo, as /ell! "e1ond6 don8t thin5 that 4,st by loo5ing at so-eone6 or by tal5ing to the-6 or by 1as,ally st,dying their behavior yo, /ill 5no/ i. that person is being o))ressed =or strongly in.l,en1ed> by de-on spirits6 /hether that oppression is so-e/hat light or very heavy6 or /hether the person is a1t,ally possessed by de-ons! &he Bible tells ,s 1learly that spirit,al -atters -,st be s)iritually discerned =1 Corinthians 2C1<>! &o dis1ern so-ething in the nat,ral -eans to per1eive it /ith yo,r physi1al senses! B,t to dis1ern so-ething spirit,ally -eans that yo, per1eive the tr,th o. a sit,ation /ith so-ething that goes beyond yo,r nat,ral senses6 and that is through your s)irit %eing lin ed u) with the Holy 5)irit so He can discern through you. $hen 9od 1alled -e into the healing -inistry <9

Oral Ro%erts and sho/ed -e the depth o. people8s needs6 :e told -e that :e /o,ld give -e the po/er to dis1ern de-ons in a very dire1t and obvio,s /ay! :e told -e that as # laid -y hands on those /ho 1a-e be.ore -e .or prayer7as literally -ore than one -illion people have thro,gh the years7the po/er o. 9od /o,ld 1o-e ,pon -e and if there /ere de-ons present6 # /o,ld be able to dete1t those de-ons in three spe1i.i1 /aysC 1> by the l,-ino,s6 sna5eli5e @,ality o. s,1h a person8s eyes6 2> by the sten1h o. their breath that /as ,nli5e any h,-an sten1h one /o,ld nor-ally en1o,nter6 and G> by the presen1e o. 9od 1o-ing into -y right hand as # laid -y hand ,pon that person7or as # /as near that person! $hether 9od anointed only Oral Roberts and no one else to dis1ern de-ons in this -anner6 # do not 5no/! Perhaps so! 9od 5ne/ the n,-bers o. people /ith de-ons /ho /o,ld 1o-e to -y -inistry .or deliveran1e7parti1,larly in the early years o. the 1r,sade prayer lines7and perhaps :e gave -e a /ay /here # 1o,ld dis1ern /hat # /as dealing /ith a11,rately and @,i15ly! B,t /hat # do 5no/ is that any tr,e born;again 1hild o. 9od has a 1ertain a-o,nt o. spirit,al dis1ern-ent o. their o/n! And the Bible see-s to indi1ate that the -ore /e gro/ and -at,re in the Bord and ,se the dis1ern-ent /e do have6 the -ore dis1ern-ent 9od gives ,s and the A0

How to Resist the Devil sharper o,r ability be1o-es to dis1ern good .roevil! ="ee :ebre/s AC1<!> &here is also a de.inite 3gi.t3 that the :oly "pirit gives to -en and /o-en to dis1ern evil spirits! "t! Pa,l 1alls this the gi.t o. 3dis1erning o. spirits3 in 1 Corinthians 12C10! &his gi.t is -ani.ested thro,gh 1ertain believers by the :oly "pirit as :e /ills .or the e$)ress )ur)ose o. dis1erning and 1asting o,t spirits6 or de-ons! =&his gi.t operates in a /ay si-ilar to the 3gi.t o. .aith3 in that all Christians have a -eas,re o. .aith6 a11ording to Ro-ans 12CG6 yet 9od so-eti-es gives a spe1ial gift of faith at 1ertain ti-es so a person is able to believe 9od .or things greater than ,s,al and to see thea11o-plished!> O.ten people /ho e2perien1e the gi.t o. dis1erning o. spirits operating in their lives in great -eas,re are people /ho are involved in deliverance ministries! And it8s -y opinion that people /ho deal in deliveran1e on a reg,lar basis !!! those /ho have both honed the po/er o. dis1ern-ent given to all Christians and /ho have 3stirred ,p3 the gift o. dis1ern-ent operating thro,gh the :oly "pirit in their lives !!! are ,s,ally the ones better e@,ipped to bring abo,t an a1t,al deliveran1e .ro- de-on spirits! Ordinarily they are the ones -ost 1on.ident in /hat to do in sit,ations /here de-ons are present! At least6 that has been -y e2perien1e! #t8s al/ays i-portant to re-e-ber that dis1erning or 1asting o,t de-on spirits is a deadly serio,s A1

Oral Ro%erts -atter! #t8s not so-ething that Christians sho,ld ever play /ith or trivialiHe in any /ay! )or /hen a de-on spirit has been 1ast o,t o. its h,-an host6 the Bible says that it ret,rns to that sa-e person to see5 reentry and brings /ith it 3seven other spirits -ore /i15ed than hi-sel.!3 ="ee B,5e 11C2<26!> And i. that person has tr,ly given his li.e to Christ and has been .illed ,p /ith the "pirit o. 9od so that the de-ons 1annot .ind reentry6 then they /ill see5 entry in other persons /ho -ay be present at the ti-e and in so-e /ay be v,lnerable to the-! Anyone /ho is not deadly serio,s abo,t the sit,ation6 /ho is not 1overed /ith the blood o. ?es,s6 and /ho is in disobedien1e to 9od in their o/n li.e 1o,ld very possibly .ind the-selves to be the de-ons8 ne2t target .or habitation! # /ill al/ays re-e-ber one parti1,lar 1r,sade servi1e in /hi1h # spent ti-e delivering a -an /ho had de-ons and /ho had 1o-e be.ore -e in the prayer line! Be1a,se # ,nderstood the serio,sness o. the sit,ation /hen de-ons /ere present and abo,t to be 1ast o,t o. so-eone in the presen1e o. -any other people6 # al/ays as5ed those in the 1ro/d to get into an attit,de o. .aith be.ore 9od! As # -inistered deliveran1e /hile on the plat.or-6 # as5ed the people to lay their hands on the 1hair in .ront o. the- as a )oint of contact .or releasing their .aith and 4oining their .aith /ith -ine .or a -ira1le! "o 1ertain /as # that this /as o. the ,t-ost i-portan1e .or their o/n sa.ety that # also told theA2

How to Resist the Devil # 1o,ld not be responsible .or /hat -ight happen to the- i. they did not .ollo/ -y instr,1tion! And # /as al/ays grate.,l .or their 1o-plian1e and ,nderstanding! # began to pray in the %a-e o. ?es,s and to 1ast every evil spirit o,t o. the -an in .ront o. -e6 and as he /as set .ree a great 1heer /ent ,p .ro- the 1ro/d! &hey 5ne/ that the de-ons had le.t the person! ",ddenly6 a /o-an 1a-e r,nning do/n the aisle to/ard -e6 shrie5ing at the top o. her l,ngs as i. she /ere r,nning .or her li.e! (arlier in the servi1e # had noti1ed this /o-an and in -y spirit # /as a/are that she had had a very 1as,al6 al-ost -o15ing6 attit,de abo,t everything in the -eeting! "he very obvio,sly /as in an attit,de o. ,nbelie. and did not ,nderstand the serio,sness o. /hat /as happening in the servi1e! As she ran to/ard -e6 she s1rea-ed6 3&hey8re in -eI &hey8re in -eI :elp -e6 Brother RobertsI3 As she stood be.ore -e6 # p,t -y hand on her and in ?es,s8 %a-e 1ast the de-ons o,t7a11ording to her o/n /ord o. testi-ony6 the sa-e de-ons that # had 4,st 1ast o,t o. the -an -o-ents be.ore! As soon as she /as delivered6 she as5ed to re1eive ?es,s Christ as her personal Bord and "avior and # led her in the sinner8s prayer as she /as .illed ,p /ith the "pirit o. 9od! On another o11asion so-ething happened that /as very si-ilar6 # believe7tho,gh /e /ere never able to 5no/ .or s,re be1a,se the person involved AG

Oral Ro%erts le.t the servi1e be.ore /e 1o,ld tal5 to hi-! # had 4,st 1ast a de-on o,t o. so-eone in the prayer line! O.ten /hen de-ons 1o-e o,t6 they shrie5 and s1rea- as they 1o-e o,t6 be1a,se they don8t /ant to be 1ast o,t! &hey are 1o-ing o,t only be1a,se they are 1o--anded to do so by the a,thority o. Christ6 /hi1h they re1ogniHe and -,st obey! $hen a de-on is 1ast o,t o. their h,-an host it is as i. so-eone bigger and stronger than yo, had invaded yo,r ho-e6 and then yo, had pi15ed the,p and physi1ally dragged the- o,t the .ront door! Can yo, i-agine they /o,ld /illingly go /itho,t a str,ggle0 O. 1o,rse notI &hat8s e2a1tly /hat /as going on in -y 1r,sade servi1e6 as these de-ons /ere 1ast o,t! 'o, 1o,ldn8t see the-6 o. 1o,rse6 b,t yo, 1o,ld hear the- -oving o,t thro,gh the 1ro/d6 s1rea-ing the /hole ti-e! ",ddenly6 /e heard a so,nd li5e the 1ra15 o. a ri.le going o..! &hen a -an standing near the edge o. the tent s1rea-ed and ran a/ay .ro- the tent be.ore /e 1o,ld .ind o,t /hat had happened to hi-! +y o/n .eeling in -y spirit6 tho,gh6 abo,t /hat had happened to hi- /as thisC $hen the de-ons tried to reenter the person # had 1ast the- o,t o. and 1o,ld .ind no point o. reentry6 they i--ediately began loo5ing .or a ne/ host in /hi1h to ta5e ,p residen1e! And they too5 o,t a.ter /hoever in the 1ro/d /o,ld provide the- /ith an open door .or habitation! &he -an standing near the edge o. the tent /as evidently ,n,s,ally 1yni1al abo,t /hat /as going on in the servi1e! And the A<

How to Resist the Devil de-ons6 5no/ing that6 obvio,sly /ere dra/n to hias a potentially per.e1t d/elling pla1e in /hi1h to set ,p their ne/6 and hope.,lly ,ndist,rbed6 evil abode! "o6 yo, see6 # learned long ago in -y -inistry that yo, sho,ld never6 ever let yo,r g,ard do/n /hen dealing /ith de-ons! &he only thing that de-ons /ill re1ogniHe as being -ore po/er.,l than they are is so-eone /ith that 5ind o. spirit,al anointing o. 9od on their li.e! #t ta5es that anointing o. 9od to bring abo,t a tr,e deliveran1e and to 5eep all those involved prote1ted ,ntil the de-ons are 1o-pletely banished and ,nable to do .,rther da-age at that ti-e and pla1e!

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#. yo, are 1on1erned that so-eone in yo,r .a-ily or so-eone else yo, love -ay be ,nder heavy satani1 oppression6 or possibly even possession to so-e degree6 and yo, are a born;again Christian o. so-e -at,rity6 # /o,ld s,ggest that the first thing you do is to ma e that )erson a very serious matter of intercessory )rayer. As5 9od .or spirit,al dis1ern-ent in the -atter so that yo, -ay have a 1learer ,nderstanding o. the tr,e so,r1e o. the person8s behavior! #. yo, 5no/ o. another person or t/o /ho 1o,ld inter1ede along /ith yo, and add their spirit,al dis1ern-ent o. the proble- together /ith yo,rs7providing that they /ill 5eep the -atter 1on.idential and not ,se it as a so,r1e o. gossip to pass along to their .riends7# A6

How to Resist the Devil /o,ld re1o--end having the- 4oin /ith yo,! &hen6 i. yo, have not already done so by this point6 begin to try and r,le o,t other things that 1o,ld very possibly be a so,r1e o. 1a,se .or the person8s proble-! :ave the person go thro,gh a thoro,gh -edi1al e2a-ination i. they have not done so re1ently! "o-eti-es a physi1al proble-6 or 1o-bination o. proble-s6 -ay be the so,r1e o. ,n,s,al behavior! =)or instan1e6 it has 4,st re1ently 1o-e to light that so-e /o-en are so adversely a..e1ted by hor-onal 1hanges in their bodies at 1ertain ti-es o. their -onthly 1y1le that their entire personality 1an 1hange .or days at a ti-e! #n so-e e2tre-e 1ases6 they have been 5no/n to be1o-e ab,sive or physi1ally violent even to the point o. 1o--itting -,rder as a res,lt! "o-eti-es .a-ily -e-bers hardly re1ogniHe their loved one be1a,se there is s,1h a 1hange in behavior and personality! B,t on1e the 1ondition is diagnosed -edi1ally6 it see-s to be 1o-pletely treatable and the /o-an is again able to res,-e 1ontrol o. her li.e! &his 5ind o. behavior 1an /or5 in -en .ro- other 1a,ses /hi1h are also not de-on possession!> #. yo, s,spe1t there -ay be an ele-ent o. e-otional or -ental illness in yo,r loved one8s 1ondition6 en1o,rage the- to see so-eone /ho deals in that area7either a psy1hologist6 psy1hiatrist6 or so-e other pro.essional 1o,nselor o. so-e type6 parti1,larly i. yo, 1an .ind s,1h a 1o-petent e2pert /ho is a born;again believer! #n AD

Oral Ro%erts re1ent years /e have 4,st beg,n to learn that 1ertain vital 1he-i1als 1an so-eti-es be de.i1ient in the h,-an brain6 1a,sing people to e2hibit abnor-al or even violent behavior! #. that8s the 1ase /ith yo,r loved one6 that 1o,ld be the reason they are a1ting as they are! And ,nder the treat-ent o. a 5no/ledgeable6 1aring health pro.essional /ho 5no/s ho/ to pres1ribe the right 5ind o. -edi1ation6 yo,r loved one -ay .ind the very -ira1le he or she needs to be restored! #. it8s not a -atter o. a 1he-i1al de.i1ien1y in the brain6 it -ay be that yo,r loved one has si-ply be1o-e entren1hed in a 5ind o. sel.; destr,1tive behavior that over a period o. ti-e 1an be -odi.ied thro,gh psy1hologi1al 1o,nseling or therapy! #. at all possible6 # strongly re1o--end that yo, ta5e yo,r loved one to a Christian physi1ian or 1o,nselor6 so that as they are being treated -edi1ally or e-otionally the physi1ian or 1o,nselor -ay bring the po/er o. 9od to bear on the sit,ation! 'o, 1an be ass,red that 9od has a -an or /o-an o. 9od /ho is involved in a deliveran1e -inistry and /ho is /illing to deal /ith yo,r loved one in parti1,lar! ?es,s is still in the -inistry o. 1asting o,t de-ons by the prayer o. .aith or the 1o--and o. .aith! #. yo, don8t 5no/ o. s,1h a person6 perhaps yo,r pastor /ill 5no/ o. so-eone6 or a Christian psy1hiatrist or psy1hologist! *o not lose hope or 1o,rage! A8

1A! :O$ CA% 'O PRO&(C& 'O R"(B) A9A#%"& &:( )ORC(" O) *ARK%("" !!! A%* #% PAR&#C BAR *(+O%" !!! &:A& &R' &O CO+( A9A#%"& 'O 0
# believe that the -ost i-portant thing yo, 1an do is to a11ept ?es,s Christ as yo,r personal "avior and Bord6 .or :e alone is the +aster over de-ons6 and to the best o. yo,r ability resist the devil as he 1o-es at yo, to te-pt yo, to sin! Read 9od8s $ord on a reg,lar basis and learn to hide 9od8s pro-ises in yo,r heart! +e-oriHe 5ey verses and have the- ready at all ti-es to ,se as a s/ord o. the "pirit! Keep yo,r eyes on ?es,sC :e is yo,r "o,r1e o. deliveran1e! &ell others abo,t /hat Christ has done .or yo,! &esti.y o. :is goodness as o.ten as yo, have the opport,nity! Re-e-ber in Revelation 12C11 /e are told /e over1o-e the ene-y 3by the blood o. the Ba-b6 and by the /ord o. Eo,rF testi-ony!3 "tay in a repentant attit,de 1on1erning yo,r short1o-ings as the $ord o. 9od and the :oly A9

Oral Ro%erts "pirit bring the- be.ore yo,! "tay 1lean and p,re be.ore the Bord! Re-e-ber the $ord o. 9od in 2 &i-othy 1C12 /hen yo, need ass,ran1e o. 9od8s 35eeping3 po/erC " ... for " now whom " have %elieved, and am )ersuaded that he is a%le to ee) that which " have committed unto him against that day. " Bive in an attit,de o. prayer6 never tr,sting yo,r li.e to yo,rsel.! As Pa,l did6 3Pray in the "pirit6 and /ith the ,nderstanding3 =1 Corinthians 1<C1A>! "ee (phesians 6C186 ?,de 20! One thing # 1annot e-phasiHe too -,1hL and that8s asso1iating /ith believers o. li5e .aith and ,nderstanding6 and being ,nder the -inistry o. a "pirit;.illed 1h,r1h and "pirit;.illed -inisters /ho ,nderstand these things!

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"o o.ten # pray a si-ple prayer li5e the one # /ant to lead yo, in right no/! )or6 altho,gh # a- an evangelist o. the gospel6 # a- a h,-an being 4,st li5e yo,! # have /ea5nesses li5e yo,! &here are ti-es /hen # .eel so te-pted o. the devil that i. # don8t stop and pray right then !!! i. # don8t stop and 1on.ess -y short1o-ings and -y .a,lts that # astr,ggling /ith at that -o-ent6 # 5no/ "atan and his de-ons are see5ing to enter and ta5e 1ontrol o. -y li.e6 4,st as they are all other 9od;1alled -inisters! And6 .riend6 #8- deter-ined that # /on8t let hido that! #8- deter-ined that no one b,t ?es,s Christ /ill have 1ontrol o. Oral Roberts8 -ind6 /ill6 and e-otions! "o # o.ten pray a prayer so-ething li5e the .ollo/ing! $ill yo, let -e pray this si-ple prayer /ith yo, today0 $ill yo, say it o,t lo,d a.ter -e as yo, read it0 #. yo, /ill6 don8t thin5 that 4,st repeating /ords /ill /or56 be1a,se it /on8t /or5 i. that8s all yo,8re doing! Pray it o,t o. yo,r belly6 o,t o. the depths o. yo,r being6 o,t o. that pla1e /here yo, .eel yo,r deepest .eelings !!! /here yo, 5no/ that yo, 5no/ 61

Oral Ro%erts that yo, 5no/ that so-ething is either /rong or it is right! #. yo,8ll do that6 then pray these /ords o,t lo,d no/C 3Oh6 9od6 # need 'o, today! #8- no -at1h .or the devil! # 1annot stand against a de-on /ithin -y o/n sel. or -y o/n po/er! B,t /ith Christ in -e6 # have :i/ho is greater than the devil6 /ho is greater than any and all de-ons! Christ alone has the po/er to -aster -e and to be1o-e -y only +aster! 39od in heaven6 +ost :igh 9od6 .orgive -e o. -y short1o-ings6 o. -y sins! # invite 'o, to .ill -y heart! +a5e -e a ne/ 1reat,re! )ill -e /ith 'o,r :oly "pirit! :elp -e to release -y prayer lang,age and to pray in the "pirit /ith ,nderstanding! :elp -e to love -y Bible6 to st,dy -y Bible6 to believe -y Bible6 to live o,t -y Bible every day! 3:elp -e to testi.y o. 'o,r goodness in -y li.e! :elp -e to sh,n the very appearan1e o. evil6 the very appearan1e o. sin6 to be 1lean in -y tho,ghts and to bring those tho,ghts into 1aptivity to 9od at all ti-es!

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How to Resist the Devil 3By -y o/n 1hoi1e and /ith all o. -y heart6 # deter-ine to serve -y 9od6 to be 9od8s 1hild6 and to be a /itness o. :is goodness and gra1e6 .orever and ever! #n the %a-e o. ?es,s6 # stand on 'o,r $ord6 # tr,st in ?es,s8 shed blood and :is res,rre1tion .ro- the dead! # praise and -agni.y the %a-e o. ?es,s6 -y Bord and -y "avior! A-en and a-en!3

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+y son Ri1hard re1ently aired several o. his daily television progra-s in /hi1h he and his g,ests7o. /hi1h # /as one7dis1,ssed the s,b4e1t o. de-ons! At the end o. the progra-6 deliveran1e /as -inistered to all those /ho .elt they needed it! As a res,lt o. those progra-s7and others /e have aired 7/e have re1eived testi-onies .ro- people /ho had been set .ree .ro- so-e .or- o. satani1 oppression! # /ant to share three o. these re-ar5able testi-onies /ith yo, in this boo5 to en1o,rage yo,r .aith .or a -ira1le! One testi-ony is /hat # /o,ld 1all an e$treme case o. a yo,ng teenage girl /ho had 1o-e ,nder satani1 bondage .ro- her involve-ent o. several years in a1t,al "atan /orship! Another testi-ony involved a /o-an /ho /as ,nder heavy de-oni1 oppression .ro- /hat # /o,ld say is a very common 1a,se7past e-otional h,rts that she had never tr,ly given to 9od to heal !!! /hile the third is a yo,ng -an /ho had given his li.e over to ho-ose2,ality and the o11,lt and /ho /as in a pla1e /here -any people are /itho,t the po/er o. 9od /or5ing in their livesC a slave to te-ptation and l,st! 6<

How to Resist the Devil # 1hose these three testi-onies so yo, 1o,ld see that no )ro%lem is too 3"& or too 5=9LL for &od. $hatever proble- yo,8re .a1ing in yo,r li.e right no/6 ho/ever yo, .eel the devil has yo, in his snare6 re-e-berC ?(" " 1an set yo, .ree6 and i. ?(" " sets yo, .ree6 then 3ye shall be .ree indeed3 =?ohn 8CG6>I

Teenage Satan Worshipers Find Deliverance and Salvation Through Christ


On :allo/een day6 -y boy.riend and # /al5ed into o,r ho,se and Richard Ro%erts Live /as on the air! Ri1hard and his g,est /ere tal5ing abo,t the dangers o. being involved in the o11,lt! +y boy.riend snapped6 3&,rn that garbage o..I3 B,t .or so-e reason # didn8t do it! #nstead6 /e sat do/n and /at1hed the rest o. the progra-! And that day o,r lives /ere trans.or-ed! # a- 16 years old and # have /orshiped the devil sin1e # /as 10! +y boy.riend8s parents are "atan /orshipers and he has been raised in it all o. his li.e! B,t a.ter /at1hing Ri1hard8s progra-6 /e didn8t /ant anything -ore to do /ith /orshiping the devil! # i--ediately thre/ a/ay -y satani1 bible and -y ,pside;do/n 1ross and lost all desire to be involved in any -ore satani1 rit,als! &hen # 1alled the OR Prayer &o/er! # reno,n1ed all satani1 involve-ent as the prayer partner prayed /ith -e6 6A

Oral Ro%erts and # a11epted ?es,s Christ as -y personal "avior and Bord! # even released -y heavenly prayer lang,age as # /as .illed /ith the :oly "pirit o. 9od! Hallelu>ahI #8- so than5.,l that the devils are o,t o. -y li.e no/ and that # belong to ?es,s! Please pray .or -e as # 5no/ -y li.e -ight be in danger .ro- sharing -y testi-ony abo,t ?es,s! B,t # /ant everyone to 5no/ that ?es,s 1an set yo, .ree .ro- anything !!! even the devil8s snare!

Woman Tormented ! Past "urts Sa!s# $%ive Those "urts to &esus'$


# /as e-otionally ab,sed as a 1hild! &hose h,rts b,ilt ,p .ro- the ti-e # /as abo,t nine years old6 and6 as an ad,lt6 # /as still 1arrying s1ars .ro- the-! Bater in li.e # had a11epted the Bord and # tho,ght everything in -y li.e /as -ade /hole! B,t very o.ten # /o,ld .ind -ysel. 1rying in the nightti-e6 and # /ondered /hy the terrible .eelings .ro- the ab,se # had s,..ered as a 1hild /o,ld 5eep 1o-ing ba15! Birthdays /ere parti1,larly di..i1,lt ti-es /hen # al/ays -ade -y .a-ily as -iserable as # /as! 'et # never asso1iated -y tro,bled spirit /ith the possibility o. de-oni1 oppression ,ntil # /at1hed Richard Ro%erts Live one day! %ear the end o. the progra-6 Ri1hard said that he sa/ in his spirit that 9od /as going to deliver so-eone /ho had been /earing so-e 5ind o. a 66

How to Resist the Devil -as56 or trying to 1over ,p so-ething pain.,l in their li.e! &hen he loo5ed right into the 1a-era and prayed6 3#n ?es,s8 %a-e6 # brea5 the devil8s po/er over yo,r li.e! 'o, are being set .ree %O$I3 $hen Ri1hard spo5e that /ord6 # 5ne/ it /as .or -e! )or years # had hidden and denied -y e-otional s1ars6 /itho,t letting ?es,s really heal the-! 9od /as saying to -e thro,gh Ri1hard that de-ons had been tor-enting -e in that area # had 5ept hidden !!! and that no/ :e /as going to heal -e and set -e .ree! (ver sin1e that day # have been 1o-pletely set .reeI +y h,sband /as a-aHed /hen -y birthday 1a-e aro,nd 4,st a .e/ days later! )or the .irst ti-e in o,r -arriage6 it /as a pea1e.,l and bea,ti.,l day! +any people have e-otional s1ars they are hiding and 1overing ,p li5e # /as6 and de-on spirits are ,sing that to tor-ent the- as they did -e! All # 1an tell yo, is to give those h,rts to ?es,s and :e /ill set yo, .ree!

(oung )an Set Free From the *onds o+ "omosexualit! and the ,ccult
)or nine years # lived li.e in the .ast lane as a ho-ose2,al6 going to all the gay bars and bathho,ses in +ia-i! # 5ne/ /hat # /as doing /as /rong6 b,t # /as lost in a /orld o. perversionL the l,st /ithin -e be1a-e overpo/ering! &he ,nresolved g,ilt that # 1ontin,ally 1arried 6D

Oral Ro%erts /ith -e 1a,sed -e to despise -ysel.6 and # atte-pted s,i1ide several ti-es! # hadn8t al/ays been a ho-ose2,al! #n .a1t6 # had been -arried on1e6 and # had done -y best to -a5e the -arriage /or5! B,t /hen all -y e..orts .ailed ti-e a.ter ti-e6 # be1a-e v,lnerable and # allo/ed "atan to -a5e the ho-ose2,al li.estyle see- li5e the easier path to ta5e! RealiHing there /as an e-ptiness in -y li.e6 # began to sear1h .or ans/ers in /it1h1ra.t6 -ind 1ontrol6 tarot 1ards6 and so;1alled 3spirit,al advisers37b,t nothing /or5ed! $hen the -an # had been living /ith died6 # .inally de1ided to give 9od a try! (very /ee5day # began to /at1h Richard Ro%erts Live and on ",ndays # /at1hed .$)ect a =iracle. &hen one day at the end o. Ri1hard8s progra- # prayed /ith Ri1hard and a11epted ?es,s Christ as -y Bord and "avior! &hat day # /as .inally able to thro/ a/ay all -y o11,lt -aterials6 pornographi1 -agaHines6 and -e-bership 1ards to the gay bars # .re@,ented! $here everything else had .ailed to set -e .ree .rothe bondage # /as in6 9od /as vi1torio,s! # aliving proo. that ?es,s Christ is aliveI %o/ #8- living -y li.e .or ?es,s be1a,se ?es,s is -y li.e !!! -y hope6 -y strength6 and -y salvation! #8- a di..erent -an and everybody noti1es it! 9od has bro,ght a /onder.,l Christian yo,ng /o-an into -y li.e and /e plan to be -arried soon! #8ve 4oined a 1h,r1h that8s on .ire .or the Bord and # sing 68

How to Resist the Devil in the 1hoir! # 1arry a Bible and #8- not asha-ed to tell the /orld that 9od has set -e .reeI

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)riend6 -y son Ri1hard and # 1onsider it a high privilege to be able to pray .or yo,! $hen yo, /rite to ,s6 yo, 1an be ass,red that /e /ill hold yo,r need 7/hatever it is7be.ore o,r )ather in heaven and pray /ith the .,ll po/er o. o,r .aith believing6 tr,sting 9od to give yo, the -ira1le yo, need today! &here is no distan1e in the po/er o. prayer! 9od is the sa-e yesterday6 today6 and .orever! $hat :e has done .or others6 :e 1an do .or yo,I )eel .ree to /rite ,s today and say6 3Oral and Ri1hard6 bo-bard heaven .or -e!3 As yo, -ail yo,r letter6 release yo,r .aith !!! and /e8ll be in agree-ent /ith yo, that 5omething &ood "s &oing to Ha))en to (ou! ;rite0 Oral or Richard Ro%erts, Tulsa, O la. ?@#?#. "n Aanada0 Toronto, Ontario =@B 1&1.

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