humility

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.

demons

(please note yesterday’s post on Angels has been updated to be more accurate and now includes more Bible verses)

From the beginning of time the human race has had a fascination with demons…. the lore, the legends and the occult….

…. and it’s still going on TODAY…..  most “modern” people may not bow down to images…. or sacrifice animals to the devil…. but they all seem to love movies dealing with hauntings, zombies and demon posession….. and what about the video games featuring characters with “superpowers” battling for “good” and “evil” ?…. the appearance of these graphical characters are taken right out of “occultic” books depicting demons.

The imagery used in music videos …. “Umbrella” and “Disturbia” by Rihanna…. “Alejandro” by Lady Gaga…… either designed to fuel this fascination with the macabre and demonology/posession OR representing posession of the singers themselves.

But whether you believe they are posessed or not, one need look no further than the stage antics and performance to see that the LEWD and CRUDE behavior could not possibly please God.

Humans either fear or embrace demons….. but true Christians need not fear them, we have the precious Holy Spirit manifesting in our lives the Power of God…. our bodies are temples of the Most High….. nothing evil can ever hurt us, except by permission of God, to test us and strengthen our character or deepen our Faith…. and God is always protecting us even in times of testing…. Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5

You will hardly find anything about demons in the Old Testament but in the Gospels, Jesus cast them out of people.

The Bible does not tell us about them… because there is really no need to study them… we are instead to focus on God…. who is presented as our ultimate all-sufficiency…

People seek to use the power of demons to gain knowledge, power and money to get ahead in life…. to get an “advantage” over the rest of mankind… when they should be seeking the Lord instead and asking of Him the questions… why else would anyone want to know about demons ?…. occultism is an abomination to God, because it represents man’s effort to gain “knowledge” apart from Him… it is consorting with the “enemy”.

Leviticus 17:7 and Deuteronomy 32:17… make it abundantly clear that sacrifices to idols are in fact sacrifices to demons…..

The Gospels tell us of demons causing sickness and disability in humans….. as well as irrational (mental) behavior (madness)…. but the Word also makes a distinction,  because sickness, disability and madness also have natural causes also.

Demons can enter both people and animals and control their behavior (Mark 5:2 – 5, Mark 5:11 -13)

They earnestly seek embodiment (Matthew 12:43 – 45)

They can pass from one person to another through sex……  and homosexual demons are of a more powerful variety, they manifest sullen and violent behavior (the person can seem to be the nicest of people… but once the demon manifests (gains control), they have violent temper tantrums, nasty attitudes, spiteful, malicious behaviors).

Demons know Jesus Christ is Most High God and they know their fate is eternal torment….  they do their best to make sure that their host victim never gets “born again” or comes in contact with true believers (who can discern them)…  they may enjoy spiritually-dead “religion” and false piety (asceticism) but this ultimately degenerates into uncleanness and blasphemy… they are sexually debased… they control their host victim through fear and through pain and sickness (as they can manifest all manner of symptoms in the host body)

All unbelievers are open to demonic influence (2 Timothy 2:26, Ephesians 2:2)… but long term posession usually takes place under the following conditions:

1. When a person is not actively controlling their  own body  (like under the influence of drugs or alcohol)….  or “opening their mind” in trances, hypnosis or meditation

2. Illicit sex…. fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism

3. Occultic practices…. ghost hunting, paranormal investigating, ritual chanting and incantation.

4. Inheritance… passed on from parents i.e. “family” demons

5. Childhood trauma

Demons can be cast out by born-again believers acting in the Name of Jesus Christ and through the Power of the Holy Spirit…. or they can be removed by God Himself (in the absence of a human instrument)….. but unless the “delivered” person receives the Holy Spirit through surrender to the Lordship of Christ, the demons can come back at a later date (Matthew 12:43 – 45), therefore what is the point of delivering people who dont want to love God and follow Jesus ??

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, Thank you for your protection from evil and we ask that we might be a blessing to others…. fill us with your Holy Spirit and enable us to bear fruit as we abide in Jesus… please have mercy on our island and forgive our sin…. as the people go out to “play” in the streets tomorrow, convict the ones that should not be there… let them see it for what it is… and may they be ASHAMED of their behavior and not return to it next year…. we ask now for mercy on our island home, in Jesus name. Amen.

NOTICE OF EXPLANATION: for our foreign readers… tomorrow is Crop Over Festival on my island of Barbados…. a public holiday filled with drunkenness, revelings, lasciviousness, lusts and carousings (1 Peter 4:3)….. as most of the population parades in the street half-naked… perhaps this is why I felt led of the Holy Spirit to write on this topic at this time. How far our nation has fallen from the Godly fear of our ancestors…. now they worship materialism, money and pleasure…. and not God… but even so, there is a GODLY REMNANT on this island who will not take part… and who will be praying for them and for our island…. that their wickedness may be forgiven them.