and the Holy Scriptures
In the physical as well as in the spiritual worlds, knowing the enemy
is always advantageous. If you are considering praying in earnest to
receive Heavenly protection against the snares of the evil one, we
encourage you to first acquaint yourself with what the Holy Scriptures
say about evil, possessions, exorcisms, etc.
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Once you know The Enemy better, your prayer accessing the Power of God
will be far more effective for your protection, and that of your loved
ones, against the snares of the evil one.
PART 2 [New Testament]
Then they arrived at the country of the
Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. And as he stepped out on land,
there met him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he
had worn no clothes, and he lived not in a house but among the tombs.
When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with
a loud voice, "What have you to do
with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech you, do not torment
me." For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the
man. (For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and
bound with chains and fetters, but he broke the bonds and was driven by
the demon into the desert.)
Jesus then asked him, "What is your
name?" And he said, "Legion";
for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command
them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of swine was feeding
there on the hillside; and they begged him to let them enter these. So
he gave them leave. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the
swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were
When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled, and told it in the
city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened,
and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had
gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and
they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how he who had
been possessed with demons was healed.
Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked
him to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear; so he
got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone
begged that he might be with him; but he sent him away, saying, "Return to your home, and declare how much
God has done for you." And he went away, proclaiming throughout
the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.
As they were going away, behold, a dumb
demoniac was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the
dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, "Never was anything
like this seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons
by the prince of demons."
Then a blind and dumb demoniac was
brought to him, and he healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw.
And all the people were amazed, and said, "Can this be the Son of David?" But
when the Pharisees heard it they said, "It is only by Be-elzebul, the prince of
demons, that this man casts out demons."
Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself is
laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand; and
if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will
his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Be-elzebul, by whom do
your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. But if it
is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God
has come upon you. Or how can one enter a strong man's house and
plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he
may plunder his house."
"He who is not with me is against me,
and he who does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you,
every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against
the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever says a word against the
Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit
will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come."
Let us pray...
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us
in the day of battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and
snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou,
Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, by the Power of God, thrust into Hell
satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the
ruin of souls. AMEN!
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