Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Knowing the Enemy...spiritual warfare

"When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places looking for rest.  Not finding any it says, 'I will return to my house where I came from.' When it does, it finds the house swept and put in order.  Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and settle there and that man's last condition becomes worse than the first." Luke 11:24-26

Evil spirits crave embodiment...a place to dwell, to rest.  Mark 5:11-17 is the story of Jesus talking to the evil spirit, Legion, because he said to Jesus, there are many of us.  He knew Jesus was going to cast him out of the man and he pleaded with Jesus to send them into the pigs that were grazing on the nearby hillside.  Jesus did as he requested and the pigs fled down the hills into the sea and were drowned.

When an evil spirit is driven out of a person, it will immediately look for another person to inhabit.  When none is found, it will return to the person it came out of and will take with him seven, the Bible says, other spirits more evil than he making the person worse than he was before the spirit was first driven out.  If we fall from God's Grace, our subjection to Satan is doubled and he treats us with greater cruelty than before.

The point is, driving out the evil spirit the first time is a work NOT completed.  There is still work to be done.  Luke 11:21-22 says "When a strong one, fully armed, protects his own estate, his possessions are safe.  But as soon as someone stronger than he attacks and overpowers him, then he takes away the armor he trusted in and divides up the plunder"

We must remember that demons are stronger than men so men cannot protect themselves from demons BUT God is stronger than the demons.  Therefore inviting the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God to dwell within us is the only sure way to remain free from demon-possession. I John 4:4 

The house, your heart, may have been swept clean of common sin, possibly a forced confession.  The heart may be free from sin BUT it has not been made Holy unto God. Hence, the phrase, it passes through "waterless" places looking for rest.  The Holy Spirit is represented by water. So, the sin has been removed and the heart is clean but there is no HOLY SPIRIT.  The person has not been made Holy unto God.  It is like sweeping a floor, the top layer of dust has been removed but the floor needs to be scoured to be totally clean.  So it is with the sinner, the deeper sin is untouched.  The Holy Spirit does not dwell there because the individual has not totally surrendered.  Satan still has possession of their soul.  It is a barren wilderness for Satan's demons. If there is a chasm/chink in our armour, Satan will take that  chasm and enter and regain control.  We must continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit...pray for a fresh anointing every day, endeavoring that Jesus, holding His reign within us will keep us from Satan's entry and keep us strong. We are then NOT intimidated because we have the invincible power of the Holy Spirit who preserves us in safety though Satan is more angry with us than he was before and his attacks are more fierce and his rage more intensified.  We MUST put on our Spiritual Warfare armor every single day.  "Put on the full armor of God, so that you are able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the powers, against the worldly forces of this darkness and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to resist when the times are evil; and after you have done everything, to stand firm..." Ephesians 6:10-18

Know that once you give your life to Jesus, this is where your work begins and you must do all that it takes to draw closer to our Father, through the Son.  We must do inventory on a regular basis.  Search yourself and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal in you where changes need to be made.  Psalm 51:9, 12-13 "Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow. Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me; Do not cast me from Your presence; take not Your Holy Spirit from me".  Then confess your sin, I John 1:9  "If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness".

Become Unleaven ...Free from Sin

We have been told in I Cor. 5:7-8 to “purge out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump since you are truly unleavened.  For Indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.  Therefore let us keep the feast not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice or wickedness but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”  By faith believers have accepted the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb.  We have been delivered by the true Passover Lamb.  We are now living in the Feast of the Unleavened Bread where purity and separation from leaven are required.  Believers need to not only get rid of the large conspicuous loaves on the table and leave the little pieces of leaven scattered on the floor.  Those little pieces will contaminate everything else (I Cor. 5:6).  That’s the reason why the Jewish families, in ancient Israel, when preparing for the feast made certain that the corners were also swept clean of any leaven that may be hidden, even under the stove.  HE commanded them to purge it out, all of it.  

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