before we look at today’s message… I notice with interest that my post on demons has received the most visits of any of my messages…. with seaches like “demons that follow people whose used rituals in barbados” and “manifested demonic appearance in humans”…. I will return to this topic at a later date because I want to answer a number of questions that people ask…. HOWEVER, as I said before, far too many people have an UNHEALTHY “fascination” with demons and this may eventually lead to harassment …. I preach BALANCE and as it applies to demons, although ignorance (or denial) is certainly not “bliss”…. neither is “too much interest” either.
We must focus our thoughts on Jesus and “whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8)
I have had problems with demons in my own life….. and GOD delivered me, so pay close attention:
1. You do NOT want to encourage them by being too curious or friendly… make it plain that you want NOTHING to do with them… and commit your whole being (mind, will, spirit body, soul, etc.) to GOD…. demons are masters of deceit… and they have had thousands of years and countless humans to practice on… you are no match for them… Jesus “sends them packing” as you look to Him in FAITH.
2. I have heard well meaning, but MISGUIDED, Christians rebuking evil spirits and calling on “good” spirits to come….. this is NOT Scriptural, and it is a most dangerous error.
There are “evil spirits” and there is the precious ALMIGHTY HOLY SPIRIT….. “good” spirits (the angels ?) do NOT “influence” or “possess” humans because that is NOT THEIR GOD-ORDAINED FUNCTION… God has set laws for the created order of beings…. demon possession can only occur when certain conditions are fulfilled (to believe otherwise would see the entire world demon possessed)…. as I said before, ghost hunters, paranormal investigators and ALL “occultic” involvement…. fortune tellers and the people who seek their services… astrologers, magicians and witches… all such people are VOLUNTARILY “opening” themselves to demons… the laws of God restrict the activities of demons but will not protect someone SEEKING THEM OUT (or worse…. “inviting” them in)
Furthermore, those filled with the Holy Spirit cannot be possessed with demons…. in fact, demons will keep far from such an one…. demon possessed people keep far from the Saints of God (they know full well they can be recognised and cast out)…. the demon(s) will do their utmost to make sure that their “host victim” never finds true life in Christ (born again)…. ENOUGH…
Today’s lesson is on HUMILITY….. WHY does God value “humbleness of mind” so much ?…. BECAUSE, as we saw yesterday, the humble are totally dependent on Him…. it was PRIDE and ARROGANCE that caused Satan’s fall…. and, believe me, it causes the downfall of humans also…. even Pastors in the Pulpit.
Read Judges 7:2 – 22…. the victory is GOD’s, and it must be SEEN to be GOD’s…
What does a human have that he/she has not RECEIVED FROM GOD ?…. is a person “brilliant” ? …. is a person “talented” ? …. is a person “gifted” in some way ? …… my friend, it is all from GOD…. you did not create yourself !
Academics are the “hardest to reach for God”…. why ?…. because after years of hard “studying” they acquire some “degree”…. and they think that THEY have “achieved” something and are somehow “better” than the “uneducated and ignorant” public…. they are lifted up with PRIDE in themselves and their “own” achievements “above” their “fellow man”…. what a JOKE ! …. WHO do they think gave them the “brains” ? … WHO permitted the “good health” and “stamina” all those years to “work so hard” and “achieve” (when they could have FALLEN SICK and all their “high hopes” been dashed in pieces , as has certainly happened to others).
Finally, what have they really “achieved” anyway ?…. all their “great knowledge” is but an infinitesimal small drop compared to the knowledge of the angels…. far less, our GREAT GOD… who created everything that is !
There is no room for PRIDE before GOD…. and furthermore, it is abominable before men also…. because, regardless of who you may think youself to be… there will ALWAYS be BOTH GREATER and LESSER persons than yourself… either currently living on the planet… or before you… or after your death.
PERSONAL PRIDE is the most frequent cause of BOTH DEFEAT in a Christian’s life AND “preventing a soul from accepting Jesus as personal savior and Lord”.
1 Corinthians 1:26 – 29 “… not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called; But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty… THAT NO FLESH SHOULD GLORY (means “to be proud”) in HIS PRESENCE”
Prayer for today:
Loving Heavenly Father, we are as the flower of the field…. in a little while we will wither and be no more…. and all our vanity shall perish with us…. may we in humility, like a little child, take Your hand and allow You to lead us where You will…. that You alone may get the Glory…. in Jesus Name we pray… Amen.