No Laughing Matter
By Greg Laurie
So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun;
when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.
I believe we are living in the last days. All around us we see Bible prophecies being
fulfilled before our very eyes. The Bible tells us that one of the signs of the end times would be an increase in devilish activities. Things will go from bad to worse, and there will be satanically energized times.
When you raise the
subject of the devil and demons, some people laugh it off. They see the devil as some sort of caricatured, mythical figure. But according to the Bible, he is very real. If you don’t believe this, then commit your life completely to Jesus Christ and you
will find out just how real he is. As surely as there is a God in Heaven, there is also a devil on earth who wants to bring you down.
It can become somewhat discouraging when we think about his power and ability, but the good news is that
“when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19 NKJV).
There are a lot of people today who play around with things that can produce demonic influence, even possession,
and they laugh it off. They play with Ouija boards or read their horoscope every day. They think it’s funny to call a psychic hotline or one of the numerous services where people allegedly predict your future.
Some people would say,
“Greg, lighten up. You take these things so seriously. It doesn’t cause any harm!” This stuff is real. We might laugh it off. We might think it’s a joke. But it’s no joke. Don’t play around with these things. Be careful.
Keep your guard up. The devil is alive and well, and he is at work. We must take our adversary seriously.
DO NOT BE DECEIVED . . . GOD IS NOT MOCKED!
Leviticus 19:31 - Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards,
to be defiled by them: I [am] the LORD your God.
Exodus 22:18 - Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
Deuteronomy 18:9-12 - When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn
to do after the abominations of those nations. (Read More...)
Leviticus 20:27 - A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood
[shall be] upon them.
Leviticus 20:6 - And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
Deuteronomy 18:10 - There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
8:19 - And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
Revelation 21:8 - But the fearful, and
unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Galatians 5:19-21 - Now
the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness; Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath,
strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
2 Chronicles 33:6 - And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards:
he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
1 Samuel 15:23 - For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath
also rejected thee from [being] king.
Revelation 22:15 - For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
1 Chronicles 10:13-14 - So Saul
died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, [even] against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking [counsel] of [one that had] a familiar spirit, to enquire [of it];
14 And enquired not of the LORD:
therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.
Acts 19:19 - Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all [men]: and they counted the price of them, and found
[it] fifty thousand [pieces] of silver.
2 Kings 21:6 - And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD,
to provoke [him] to anger.
Isaiah 47:8-14 - Therefore hear now this, [thou that art] given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I [am], and none else beside me; I shall not sit [as] a widow, neither shall
I know the loss of children:
9 But these two [things] shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, [and] for the great
abundance of thine enchantments.
10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I [am], and none else beside me.
11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, [which] thou shalt not know.
Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels.
Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from [these things] that shall come upon thee.
14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves
from the power of the flame: [there shall] not [be] a coal to warm at, [nor] fire to sit before it.
If You ARE SERIOUS THEN PRAY THE FOLLOWING:
Father God in the name of Jesus:
Forgive me/us of playing
with Ouija boards or reading my horoscope every day. I repent for thinking it’s funny to call a psychic hotline or one of the numerous services where people allegedly predict my future or doing any divination, witchcraft, I plead
the Blood of Jesus on these sins/offences against You and that which is in darkness shall be brought to Light as I apply the Light of the Glory of God/fire of God on these sins/offences/. I submit and surrender all the sins/offence(s) to YOU God!
Now I resist the devil(s) and he/they must flee from my/our life(s), in Jesus Name!
I choose to renounce satan and all his works and ways. I choose the Truth and disavow satan and his lies in Jesus name!
Father, I command the spirit of witchcraft to be put to death and not to prosper against the righteous. Break the power of divination and still the tongues of the wicked so that their tongue cleave to the roofs of their mouth, so that they
can not curse or speak evil over the anointed and elect. They can’t speak curses but blessings.
I take authority over all these Wicked spirits be bound and rendered powerless, paralyzed, impotent and
silenced now. Let them be sent back to the abyss immediately in Jesus’ You may not communicate, transfer, or manifest in any way. I dismantle all the works of darkness, AND PULL DOWN THESE STRONGHOLDS IN JESUS NAME! You are finished. Defeated at
the Cross. Go to the place where Jesus Christ sends you! In Jesus name! The battle belongs to You God and the gates of hell will not prevail. I loose the SPIRITS OF DESTRUCTION, BURNING and JUDGMENT ON the demons.
6:12 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.
Scripture Prayers of Salvation
Pray the following out
John 3:16 … Thank You Lord for loving me so much that You gave Your one and only Son, that when I believe in Him I will not perish but have eternal life. I believe
in Jesus with my heart and I ask you to forgive me of all my sins. I renounce satan and all his works and ways, I choose the truth and disavow satan and all his lies. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord.
Romans 10:9-10 … Thank You Lord that when I confess with my mouth Jesus as Lord, and believes in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved. I believe in my heart and accept You as Lord. I ask this in the name
of Jesus Christ my Lord.
Isaiah 45:8, 2 Tim 2:10 … Thank You Lord that salvation will spring up within my heart, that I may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus,
with eternal glory. In the name of Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:18 … Thank You Lord that I may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the name
of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 19:10 … Thank You Lord that I may grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb. In the name of Jesus
Psalm 42:1-2 … Thank You Lord that You will create within me a hunger, a longing, for You and Your will. Set my heart flames a fire in love with you. Reveal yourself
to me. Make me to love you as you love me. In the name of Jesus Christ.
Dear Jesus . . .
Dear Jesus :
All that I am is Yours. I surrender to You now. All
that I have is Yours. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins against you! Please wash them away with the blood that You shed for me at the cross! Nail my sin and selfishness to the cross! I repent Lord! Create in me a clean heart oh God, and renew the right
spirit within me! Cast me NOT away from thy presence and take NOT thy Holy Spirit from me! Forgive me of all my sins! I want to be covered and protected! I want to go to heaven instead of hell! I believe and speak with my mouth that You died for my sins at
the cross at Calvary, and was buried. I believe that You took my sins to hell and rose from the dead on the third day. I believe that You now sit at the right hand of my Father in Heaven. I believe that You alone are the Savior of the world! I believe that
You are my Savior! You are the one and only true Messiah! I renounce satan and all his works and ways! I choose the “truth” and disavow satan and all his lies! I make You my Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ (Yahshua HaMashiach)! This is something
that only You can do, so take my heart and cleanse it of all unrighteousness! Purify me and don't stop till I go to heaven to live with You forever! You are faithful! I give You my heart, mind, body, spirit and soul! All that I have is yours! Come into my
heart and live within me! I want to reflect your Spirit! I want to be like You! I was made in your image! Here I am . . . I surrender my life to You! Fill me with Your Spirit! Lead and guide and direct my path! I ask You for your grace to be an overcomer and
finish the race You have called me to run! Thank You for Your lovingkindness! Thank You for drawing me close to You! Thank You Father God! In the name above all names I pray, Yahshua (Jesus)! Amen!
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth
not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.