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Wednesday 07 July 2010

Break Away

There’s Something
Out There
CALLING young people to SHARE the riches of Christ,
to VALUE God and EQUIP themselves to SERVE others
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Introduction
Ephesians 6:12
Are there things that go bump in the night? A question that has been asked for
12 For we wrestle thousands of years. Many people shy away from this question, but we, as
not against flesh and blood,
Christians, have the answers. God has not left us in the dark. He makes it
but against principalities,
against powers, against the clear that in our world there are two forces at work; good and evil. Our
rulers of the darkness of this perception of evil, however, is very different from the reality. Evil is considered
world, against spiritual
wickedness in high places.
to be grotesque, devil horned and, well, just plain evil. The reality of evil is very
different. In our world evil is portrayed very differently. The line between good
1 Peter 5:8
and evil is blurred.
8 Be alert, be on
watch! Your enemy, the The devils greatest trick is to make the world believe he does not exist, so
Devil, roams around like a
roaring lion, looking for
much so that when he is spoken of it seems preposterous to even consider that
someone to devour. he could be real.

Our aim is to present the Truth of the Bible on this subject and for us as young
Christians to become aware of the spiritual battle taking place. We don’t
believe the devil is hiding under every rock, song or movie. However we do
believe he has a plan that we need to be aware of and protect ourselves
against his methods.

Many young people are going through challenges that are very difficult to deal
with. We know Christ is the answer and God wants to be our source of comfort
and strength. However young people are finding solace in movies and books,
where the source is questionable. We are not saying that we cannot watch
movies for entertainment, but we need to be careful that our entertainment does
not become an entrapment. Our Christian faith should not just be a part of life;
it is what makes life worth living. Movies entice us into thinking that life would
be different if we were in the position of the main character. We need to see life
from a Christian perspective and spend most of our reading time in God’s Word
so that we can discover and follow His will.

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Our Battle
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
What is the Battle?
4 For the weapons
 It is not physical – It is a spiritual battle
of our warfare are not carnal
but mighty in God for pulling  For the MIND & SOUL
down strongholds,
5 casting down
arguments and every high Who is the enemy?
thing that exalts itself  Satan
against the knowledge of
God, bringing every thought
into captivity to the What is his plan?
obedience of Christ,
 Build strongholds

Romans 13:12-14  Stop people from becoming Christians


 Make Christians ineffective
12 The night is
nearly over, day is almost
here. Let us stop doing the
things that belong to the
This battle has been fought for thousands of years, however it is only now in the
dark, and let us take up
weapons for fighting in the 21st century that the battle has moved to another level. Evil is totally running
light. loose. Evil is spoken of as good and good as evil.
13 Let us conduct
ourselves properly, as
people who live in the light More and more people are growing anti-Christian in the way they think, live and
of day - Don't go to wild
talk. There is a driving force in our world that wants to get people thinking in a
parties or get drunk or be
vulgar or indecent. Don't
certain way which will lead right into the enemy’s hands.
quarrel or be jealous.
14 But take up the
weapons of the Lord Jesus
Christ, and stop paying
attention to your sinful
nature and satisfying its
desires.

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The Supernatural – Reality
Exodus 22:18
The battle-ground of the supernatural seems far-fetched, but is the REAL
18 Thou shalt not
reality!
suffer a witch to live.

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 What is your understanding of the supernatural?

10 There shall not be  ..............................................................................................................


found among you anyone ..............................................................................................................
who makes his son or his
..............................................................................................................
daughter pass through the
fire, or one who practices What is the Biblical definition of the supernatural?
witchcraft, or a soothsayer,
 The Spirit World – not physical
or one who interprets
omens, or a sorcerer,  Hierarchy – God and His Angels, Satan and his fallen angels
11 or one who Give a caricature of Satan:
conjures spells, or a
medium, or a spiritist, or
 ..............................................................................................................
one who calls up the dead.  ..............................................................................................................
12 For all who do
 ..............................................................................................................
these things are an
abomination to the LORD. What is the Biblical caricature of Satan?
 Father of lies
2 Corinthians 11:14
 Master of deception
14 And no marvel;
 Accuser of the brethren
for Satan himself is
transformed into an angel of  Adversary
light.

God should be our only link with anything supernatural. Any other involvement
with the supernatural is dangerous, misleading and forbidden.

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The Supernatural – Fiction
John 15:5
Super heroes: (John 15:1-6)
5 “I am the vine,
and you are the branches.
 Powers beyond the natural
Those who remain in Me,
and I in them, will bear
Mutants:
much fruit; for you can do
nothing without Me.”
 Abnormal differences are good
John 6:53-54

53 Jesus said to Vampires: (John 6:53-54, Leviticus 17:10-16)


them, "I am telling you the
truth: if you do not eat the
 Blood link
flesh of the Son of Man and  Immortality and sexuality
drink his blood, you will not
have life in yourselves.
Forces:
54 Those who eat
my flesh and drink my blood
 Universal force that can be tapped into
have eternal life, and I will
raise them to life on the last  Power within ourselves, inner potential
day.
Leviticus 17:11 Aliens: (Revelation 12:4)

11 The life of every  Superior, evolved race


living thing is in the blood,
 Wants to help us
and that is why the LORD
has commanded that all
blood be poured out on the In order for the enemy to win the battle within our minds, we don’t have to
altar to take away the
believe that these things are real, we only have to wish that they were.
people's sins. Blood, which
is life, takes away sins.
Revelation 12:4a

4a His tail drew a


third of the stars of heaven
and threw them to the earth.

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The Problem
1 Thessalonians 5:19-22
We want to be realistic and not extreme - trying to find the devil behind every
19 Do not quench the
bush, song or movie. The world we live in is losing touch with Christianity and
Spirit.
20 Do not despise reality.
prophecies.
21 Test all things; hold
fast what is good.
What are the main sources of information young people are exposed to:
22 Abstain from every  Movies
form of evil.
 Music
1 Corinthians 10:31  Television
 Magazines
31 Therefore, whether
you eat or drink, or  Internet
whatever you do, do all to
the glory of God.
These are some of the real problems movies present:

 The director, scriptwriters and actors want us to hand over our emotions
to them. They will then build our concepts and ideas about life, reality,
love, etc and give birth to our fantasies.
 The line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred because although
the characters / story, etc are fictional, the love and challenges
presented are portrayed as real.
 Movies are written to relate otherwise they would not be watched. The
characters are made to be “real’, which makes it very difficult not to be
sucked into believing that there might be a spin off in reality.
 Movies distort our emotions and create emotional fantasies. This has
been likened to emotional pornography.

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Our Defense

1 Corinthians 10:23 God has given us armour to protect ourselves with for this battle. Having the
armour available and USING the armour are 2 different things though!
23 All things are
lawful for me, but not all
things are helpful; all things
The Armour of God: (Ephesians 6:10-17)
are lawful for me, but not all
things build up.  Belt of Truth
 Breastplate of Righteousness
2 Timothy 1:7
 Feet fitted with the Gospel of Peace
7 For God has not  Shield of Faith
given us a spirit of fear, but
of power and of love and of  Helmet of Salvation
a sound mind.  Sword of the Spirit

Ephesians 4:14-15
We need to be careful of things that consume our thinking and lives that will
14 that we should no
lead us away from the Lord. As Christians we must be wary of exposing
longer be children, tossed to
and fro and carried about ourselves to things that will distract us and cause us to lose sight of who God is.
with every wind of doctrine, This is especially important in our teenage years, which is a time in our lives
by the trickery of men, in the
when we are most vulnerable to experimentation and anything that tickles our
cunning craftiness of
deceitful plotting, fancy. We need to put structures in place that will help us to grow spiritually
and sometimes that means that we have to make sacrifices with what we watch
15 but, speaking the
truth in love, may grow up in
and listen to.
all things into Him who is These sacrifices must be made with the right mindset; not because we have to
the head - Christ.
or because God will punish us if we don’t, but because we know it is the right
thing to do – for our own protection and for God’s glory.

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Glossary of Terms
1 Thessalonians 4:16
Angel ............... a "messenger," any agent God sends forth to execute his purpose.
Antichrist ........ultimate world leader that will arise in the end times. Political leader
16 For the Lord
from the European union. He will demand that the world worship him
Himself will descend from
heaven with a shout, with as god.
the voice of an archangel, Apocalypse .....the Greek name of the Book of Revelation.
and with the trumpet of
Archangel .......the prince of the angels, (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Jude 1:9).
God. And the dead in Christ
will rise first. Demon ............an evil spirit without a body, most likely the spirits of the offspring of
fallen angels and people in Genesis 6.
Jude 1:9
Enchanter .......someone who casts spells.
9 Yet Michael the Fallen angel ....part of the third of the angels that fell from heaven with Satan.
archangel, in contending
Familiar spirit .a demon that impersonates someone who has died to mislead people
with the devil, when he
into believing they can communicate with their loved ones who have
disputed about the body of
Moses, dared not bring passed away.
against him a reviling Hell ..................a place of eternal separation from God, Hell was created for the devil
accusation, but said, "The
and his angels. Hell was never intended for people, however those
Lord rebuke you!"
who reject Christ will go to hell. The devil is not in hell yet, he will be
Leviticus 19:31 there when God establishes His Kingdom.
Magic ..............the art of drawing on occult powers by using spirit forces - magic is
31 'Give no regard to
mediums and familiar strictly forbidden by God.
spirits; do not seek after Necromancer ..a medium that speaks to impersonating spirits (deceased people).
them, to be defiled by them:
Nephilim..........the offspring of fallen angels and woman. They were unnatural giants
I am the LORD your God.
and the cause of the flood.
Acts 19:19 Satan ...............the word Satan means adversary or one who lies and waits. Satan
was Lucifer (carrier of light) an archangel. He became proud and
19 Also, many of
those who had practiced thought he could take God’s throne. God threw him out of heaven and
magic brought their books he became Satan. At the moment he is in the spirit world and not in
together and burned them in hell.
the sight of all.
Witchcraft .......using potions and drugs to make people see things and believe things
that are of the spirit world.

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Bible References:
Isaiah 47:10-13
New King James Bible (Unless otherwise stated)

10 "You felt sure of


Astrologer: ...... Isaiah 47:13; Daniel 1:20; 2:2,10,27; 4:7; 5:7,11,15;
yourself in your evil; you
thought that no one could Divination: ....... Genesis 44:5,15; Leviticus 19:26; Numbers 23:23; Proverbs 16:10;
see you. Your wisdom and Jeremiah 14:14; Ezekiel 12:24; 13:6,7,23; 21:21,22,23; Micah 3:6;
knowledge led you astray,
Acts 16:16
and you said to yourself, 'I
am God--- there is no one
Enchanter:....... Deuteronomy 18:10; Jeremiah 27:9 (KJV)
else like me.' Familiar Spirit: Leviticus 20:27; 1 Samuel 28:7,8; 1 Chronicles 10:13; 2 Chronicles
11 Disaster will come
33:6; Isaiah 29:4 (KJV)
upon you, and none of your
magic can stop it. Ruin will
Magic: ............... Ezekiel 13:18,20; Acts 19:19;
come on you suddenly--- Magician: ......... Genesis 41:8,24; Exodus 7:11,22; 8:7,18,19; 9:11; Daniel 1:20;
ruin you never dreamed of !
2:2,10,27; 4:7,9; 5:11
12 Keep all your
magic spells and charms;
Medium: ........... Leviticus 19:31; 20:6,27; Deuteronomy 18:11; 1 Samuel 28:3,7,9; 2
you have used them since Kings 21:6; 23:24; 1 Chronicles 10:13; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Isaiah 8:19;
you were young. Perhaps 19:3; 29:4
they will be of some help to
Necromancer:. Deuteronomy 18:11 (KJV)
you; perhaps you can
frighten your enemies. Soothsayer: .... Joshua 13:22; Isaiah 2:6; Daniel 2:27; 4:7; 5:7,11; Micah 5:12; (KJV)
13 You are Sorceror: ......... Exodus 7:11; Deuteronomy 18:10; Isaiah 19:3; Jeremiah 27:9; Daniel
powerless in spite of the
2:2; Malachi 3:5; Acts 13:6,8; Revelation 21:8; 22:15
advice you get. Let your
astrologers come forward Sorcery: ........... Numbers 23:23; 24:1; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Acts 8:9; Galatians 5:20;
and save you--- those Revelation 18:23;
people who study the stars,
Witch: ............... Exodus 22:18; Deuteronomy 18:10; 1 Samuel 15:23; 2 Kings 9:22; 2
who map out the zones of
the heavens and tell you Chronicles 33:6; Micah 5:12; Nahum 3:4; Acts 8:9,11; Galatians 3:1;
from month to month what 5:20 (KJV)
is going to happen to you.
Witchcraft:....... Deuteronomy 18:10; 1 Samuel 15:23; 2 Kings 9:22; 17:17; 21:6; 2
Chronicles 33:6
Wizard: ............. Leviticus 19:31; 20:6,27; Deuteronomy 18:11; 1 Samuel 28:3,9; 2
Kings 21:6; 23:24; 2 Chronicles 33:6; Isaiah 8:19; 19:3 (KJV)

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