Sunday, February 25, 2007

Dealing with the Demonic - Key #7

On my way home from service this morning, I thought of another “R” for the list of keys I gave for overcoming demonic influence in our homes and our families:

1. Recognize historical patterns of demonic influence in our families.

2. Repent of any personal involvement in these things.

3. Renounce any attachment to family patterns of sinful behavior.

4. Remove any objects from our homes that are connected with such sinful behaviors.

5. Remain diligent in our study of God’s Word and pursuit of God’s presence through prayer and worship.

6. Rejoice in the precious promises of God to redeem our families!


7. RESIST the demonic when it tries to re-enter your life!

Jesus clearly stated that when evil spirits are cast out of someone, they will try to return.

"24 When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first.”" (Luke 11:24-26, NIV)

That is simply reality, but the Bible also contains this precious promise:

"6 … Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:6-7, NIV)

God’s Word says the devil will flee from us if we resist him from a posture of submission to God’s kingdom authority! There is not any “if,” “and,” or “but” about it: Satan and his demons will try to regain any territory they lose, but they will respond to the authority of the Jesus who lives in us, if we have given our hearts to Him and we stand against them in faith and obedience to His Word.

The Apostle Paul, veteran of many a spiritual conflict, told Christian believers in the city of Ephesus, occult capital of the ancient world,

" 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." (Ephesians 6:10-18, NIV)

Stand your ground against the enemy and you will never stand alone. God, who is able to make you to stand, will stand by your side and you will prevail!

Be strong and take your stand…!

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