SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 2009/11/25 "Encountering a Demon"

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          My first encounter with a demon was in 1970. My oldest girl had a problem thriving after her third birthday. When she was five, she was thin as a rail, had dark circles under her eyes and had occasional fevers of up to 101 degrees Fahrenheit. My wife or I would be up with her when she was feverish and couldn’t sleep. At this time I had just finished reading a book by Don Basham, “Deliver Us From Evil.” It was a Charismatic testimony book about deliverance and the casting out of demons.

          Don Basham split the Eastside Church here in Sharon over the issue of bringing to light demon activity in people’s lives. After reading Don’s book, I was sure God was commissioning me to become His “man of the hour” to rid people around me of Satanic infection.

          I decided my oldest girl had a demon ON her causing the fevers. I went into her bedroom and declared the girl was to be off limits to the enemy. I could feel the hackles on the back of my neck, not from fear, but anger. I raised my voice and told the devil to leave my daughter alone!   My daughter’s fever broke in less than an hour and never returned. Actually, I don’t recall any more random fevers that happened with no outward cause from then on.

          I went to bed and slept soundly believing the affair was over. It wasn’t. I awakened suddenly at 3 am. I felt a blow as though a basketball hit me in the face. Someone that I couldn’t see had their hand on my throat. I couldn’t breath or speak. I have never felt fear like that before or since. It must have been a full ten seconds before I could exhale. My first word was JESUS!

          My breath returned and I yelled, “In the Name of Jesus, be gone!”  In a millisecond the fear left me and I was free. I startled Lois and she asked, “What happened?” I told her and we rejoiced in the power of God. Apparently, I invited a demonic encounter with my boldness. This was interpreted by the enemy as antagonism and he accepted my challenge. He was gone from our lives for a season.

          I do not consider all illness to have a Satanic cause, nor do I feel that mentally ill people all have a demon. I do believe that people can invite demonic activity into their lives by disobeying the Word of God about giving the enemy too much power. Halloween is NOT some innocuous children’s fun season. It actually harms the innocence of children and it exalts Satan and his demonic kingdom. We are opposed by a real adversary who loves it when we worship him.

          Please let me know how you feel about this sermon.



Pastor Phil  <><<


October 24, 2009- Sheepfold Ministries

Pastor Phil Roland


Job 4:13-16

"Halloween is NOT some innocuous children’s fun season. It actually harms the innocence of children and it exalts Satan and his demonic kingdom. We are opposed by a real adversary who loves it when we worship him.” Pastor Phil


Eliphaz the Temanite’s Vision

 “In disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men, Fear came upon me, and trembling, Which made all my bones shake.

Then a spirit passed before my face; The hair on my body stood up.  It stood still,

But I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; There was silence; Then I heard a voice. . .”



Eliphaz is one of Job’s three friends that come to comfort his unmerited suffering. The word Temanite probably indicates that he was an Edomite, or member of a Palestinian people descended from Esau.


Satan uses Eliphaz to attempt to deceive Job about the true nature of God.

Three truths emerge from Job 4:




            A. I DO NOT BELIEVE:

                    1. Demons are the spirits of deceased people

                        2. In Ghosts, Vampires, Werewolves, Ghouls, Holiday Myths

                        3. In Poltergeists that move physical objects in rooms

                        4. In Mediums who channel for the dead

                        5. Ghosts are the souls of those who are dead

                        6. The souls of violent death people roam the earth

                        7. Demon spirits can possess a Christ-Transformed Born Again Believer

                        8. Satan and his minions are greater than our God - 1 John 4:4

                           “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”         


            B. I DO BELIEVE:

                        1. In demons, Jesus did – Matthew 12:25-28

                          "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and

                            every city or house divided against itself will not stand. "If Satan

                            casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his

                            kingdom stand? "And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by

                            whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your

                            judges. "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the

                           kingdom of God has come upon you.”

                        2. They are disembodied angelic spirits (fallen angels)

                        3. They can harass Christians who fear them – Ephesians 6:12

                          “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness

                            of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly


                                    a. Put on the Whole Armor of God – Eph. 6:13

                                    b. Stand in Opposition

                        4. Demons have sinned away their angelic estate – Jude 6

                           “And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left  their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under                                       darkness for the judgment of the great day;”

                        5. The souls of the dead go directly to heaven or hell

                           “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:12

                        6. We have overcoming Power through Jesus – Rev. 12:11

                            “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the                               death.”

                                    a. Blood of the Lamb

                                    b. Word of their Testimony

                                    c. Willing Martyrs – Self-Abandonment to Christ



Eliphaz’ Vision continues:

“It stood still, But I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; here was silence; Then I heard a voice saying: 'Can a mortal be more righteous

than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker? If He puts no trust in His

servants, If He charges His angels with error, How much more those who dwell in

houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before a moth? They are broken in pieces from morning till evening; They perish forever, with no one regarding.”

            A. There are many deceivers in the Last Days - 1 Timothy 4:1,2

                “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,                         speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a

                 hot iron. . .”

            B. Demons will tell confusing lies / Ask confusing questions

                        1. Challenges Job’s righteousness: Not from God

                        2. Claims Job is really self-righteous in disguise

                                    a. If Job was not righteous, then none of us can be

                                    b. No one can worship and stand before God

                                    c. Our righteousness is of God – Jeremiah 51:10

                                        “The LORD has revealed our righteousness. Come and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.”

                                    d. We have the righteousness of Christ who died for us

                   3. 2nd Claim by Eliphaz’ seducer, “God has no regard for you”


ENCOUNTERING A DEMON, cont., p.3                       


                        4. Can you hear the lie?

                                    a. God doesn’t hear your prayers

                                    b. Lies: God has no regard/care for you

                                    c. God isn’t aware of your existence

                                    d. God hasn’t noticed your faithfulness and devotion

                5. God always has His eye / Ear ready for you – Matt. 10:29-30

                           "Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of

                            them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will. "But the

                            very hairs of your head are all numbered. "Do not fear therefore;

                            you are of more value than many sparrows.”



            A. Know Satanic Teaching by the Subtle Lies and Insinuations

              “Hath God said. . . .?” Genesis 3

                        1. His name, “SA-TAN-OS,” means “Accuser”

                        2. He would like to accuse you before God

                        3. He accuses God before you

            B. Know Satan’s Influence by his Three Roles:

                        1. He Tempts – Genesis 3:2-4

                            “And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the

                              trees of the garden; "but of the fruit of the tree which is in the

                              midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall

                              you touch it, lest you die.'" Then the serpent said to the woman,

                             "You will not surely die.”

                        2. He Deceives – 2 Corinthians 11:14

                            “For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”

                        3. He Destroys – Prov. 14:12

                           “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”

            C. Fortunately, Job didn’t heed ANY of Eliphaz’ Satan-Influenced Lies

                        1. We know Job emerges Triumphant: He Says: -  Job 13:14,15

                            “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him. He also shall be my salvation,”

                        2. We know that Satan’s attempt to deceive/seduce Job Failed

                            "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."  James 4:7

                        3. Job Prophesies Satan’s Final Defeat – Job 19:25,26

                           “For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on

                             the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my

                             flesh I shall see God. . .”

                        4. The just Shall Live by Faith – Romans 1:17b

                            "The just shall live by faith."

                        5. We are Saved by the Blood of Christ – Rev. 1:5

                            “To Him (Jesus) who loved us and washed us from our sins in Hisown blood. . .”

            D. Won’t you Accept Him as your Savior?


SAMHAIN The Festival of Death

Foul Samhain Practices


        As the pastor of Sheepfold Ministries I have examined, historically, culturally and theologically the origins and practice of Halloween or All Hallows Eve'n.  If you will take the time to study the enclosed report on the origins of Samhain, the Festival of Death, you will understand why we are the Sheepfold are AGAINST ANY OF THE FOUL PRACTICES THAT SURROUND WHAT IS KNOWN TODAY AS HALLOWEEN.


          In the first place, Halloween TRIVIALIZES death.  Death is not something that should be ridiculed or made fun of.  It is both an inevitability and a certainty in every human being's life that one day, each heart that begins beating with biological life on this planet will STOP.  It is an awesome reality and not one that should be thought of or treated lightly.  It confuses children when death is trivialized.


          In the second, place Halloween DESENSITIZES children to satanic imagery.  After they are “desensitized to the idea,” witches, spells, incantations, even demon spirits are thought of as nothing, even funny or ridiculous.  The idea of the sweet innocence of a child defiled by wearing some kind of a costume that extols Satan or exalting and trivializing satanic practices is odious and speaks of defilement.  Jesus invited persons who defiled little children to take a swim in a very deep sea with a 65-pound millstone around their necks.


          In the third place, Halloween IMITATES ancient cultural practices and puts children into the pantomimed role of Druid priests taking tribute from their subjects.  Druid practice is still Druid practice, no matter how much sugar and confection you use to coat the reality with!  Satan must laugh with glee as gullible Americans teach their children to acknowledge and worship him!


Harvest Dinner as a solution

      At Sheepfold Ministries we have decided to simply acknowledge and thank the God of Heaven for His graciousness and goodness for another year of plenty.  We recommend doing that with a Harvest Dinner and/or party.  All of the Jewish celebrations and holidays of the Old Testament were observed around the agrarian (agricultural) calendar.  Harvest celebrations played a big role in the life of the Biblical patriarchs and their descendants.

          Our Harvest Luncheon will be Sunday November eighth after church. We will have fun, games and candy in a Harvest Festival tradition. Please come that Sunday and bring a friend.

          Costumes are OK for celebrations involving comic or cartoon or Biblical characters.  White Face clown costumes can be used for "mimes" who communicate with body language and gestures.  Other ideas may include: clowns, firemen, policemen, ballerinas.  And the Harvest Party must include positive activities that glorify God.

          Negative symbols should not be allowed: bobbing for apples, costumes involving witches, black cats, demons, should NOT be used.  I believe as senior pastor of this church that we can turn this season around and use it for the glory of God.



Pastor Phil Roland

Senior Pastor, Sheepfold Ministries