DEMONS NO 2

Reading: 2 Corinthians 11:12-15, 1 Peter 5:6-11
 
 

    INTRODUCTION

 
    [a] This morning, we  thought  of  evil  powers  operating  within  the
    world today, and especially  mentioned  demons,  and  how  active  they
    are  in  today's world.
    [b] Some time ago, Nicky Cruz,  the  converted  New  York  gang-leader,
    visited Edinburgh.
    [c] In his book, 'Satan on the Loose', he  tells  how  his  father  was
    involved deeply in witchcraft.
    [d] Now we might say, "How awful!" But the fact is that he  was  famous
    all  over  the  country,  for  the  apparent  'good  works'  which   he
    accomplished through supernatural powers.
 

    POINT 1

 
    [a] Because the end product of something seems to be 'good', we can  be
    duped into thinking that it must come from God! But this is not so!
    [b] Let us remember that the devil is the 'GREAT DECEIVER', who can  at
    times appear as an 'angel of light' but is  in  reality  more  like  'a
    roaring lion' seeking whom he may devour! (2 Cor. 11:14, 1 Peter 5:8)
    [*] He's more like  the  pervert  who  goes  up  to the innocent little
    child, pretending friendship and offering sweets!
    [c] In Roman mythology, the god Janus, from whom we get the  name   for
    the month of January, had two faces, one on the front of his head,  and
    one on the back, so that he could look in two directions at  once,  and
    nothing could creep up on him unawares.
    [d] You've heard of PEOPLE being TWO-FACED!! Maybe you even know some!!
    They appear to be your best friend, and when you're not looking,  stick
    the metaphorical knife between your shoulder blades!
    [e]  Well, here is the mastermind himself!! He is  the  teacher  -  the
    original, always pretending to be something he isn't - RIGHT  FROM  THE
    BEGINNING IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN, WHEN HE DECEIVED EVE INTO  EATING  THE
    FORBIDDEN FRUIT!!
    HE HAS NOT CHANGED, SO LET US BEWARE!
 

    POINT 2

 
    [a] In some recent Bible studies on the Gifts of the Spirit, I stressed
    very strongly, that  for  everything  God   gives   to   us,   and  for
    everything He does through the Christian, THE DEVIL HAS A COUNTERFEIT!!
    This can include, healings, supernatural revelation, speaking in  other
    tongues, the apparent casting out of demons, and a host of other, often
    seemingly respectable, and dare I say even 'Christian like' things!
    [b] This comes out very clearly in Nicky Cruz's book.
    He tells how his father's fame as  a  healer  was  spread  abroad,  and
    people came from all parts to  seek  help  and  even  deliverance  from
    demons!
    [c] Nicky, as a young boy witnessed many of these 'healings'.
    In his book, he tells very graphically of one such occasion.
    He says that a man was brought who seemed very ill, and  there  was  a
    huge swelling in his leg. Nicky got the impression that  he  would  not
    have long to live.
    He says his father covered  the  leg  with  'healing  leaves' from  the
    garden, prayed to a certain spirit  for  deliverance,  sprinkled  water
    over the leaves, getting the man to drink the rest.
    Nicky says, that as he watched, five long things like  worms  slithered
    out of the man's toe, as the swelling began to go down.
    Such stories as this are not uncommon in countries  where  black  magic
    and witchcraft are openly practised!
    [d] In fact it was not unknown for Nicky's  father  to  CAST  OUT  EVIL
    SPIRITS, on one occasion casting the spirit into a lizard,  which  took
    off like a scalded cat!
 

    POINT 3

 
    [a] There are demons today whose work it is, to lead the victim into -
 
    DEPRESSION!
    Whilst it is of course by no means always  the  case,  there  are  many    
    people today who are DEPRESSED by a demonic force, and are seeking  the
    answer in drugs and therapy - without success!!
 
    OBSESSION!
    There are also many people  today  who  are  held  in  the grip  of  an
    OBSESSION  of FEAR, SEX,  HATE  OR  VIOLENCE!  It  is destroying  their
    lives,  and  there seems to  be  no  escape.  They cannot seem to break
    free!
 
    POSSESSION!
    POSSESSION is where the whole personality of the  person  is  literally
    taken over by demonic control!
    It is a demon, living it's life or existence through that person! It is
    giving the demon a body of flesh  and  blood  through  which  they  can
    perform their evil work.
    People such as spiritist  mediums  (or  spiritualists,  as  they prefer
    rather incorrectly to be known), fortune  tellers, witches - both black
    and white, astrologers, and some  so   called  healers,  can  often  be
    the tangible form of a controlling demon.
    If anyone exercises a supernatural power, and it doesn't come from God,
    there is only one other place from which it can come -  the  devil  and
    his demons!!
 

    CONCLUSION

 
    [*] Much time in any war, is  spent in intelligence gathering about the
    opposing forces, without which,  the  fighting  forces  don't know what
    they're up against, and would be at a great disadvantage!
    IF WE ARE TO FIGHT OUR ENEMY SUCCESSFULLY, WE MUST KNOW HIM, IN ALL HIS
    GUILE, AND ALL HIS POWER!  WE MUST KNOW WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST!
    WE MUST THEN ACQUAINT OURSELVES WITH THE POWER AT OUR DISPOSAL FROM THE
    HAND OF GOD - WORK OUT OUR STRATEGY AND GO FORWARD TO VICTORY!
    [a] We must  be  aware,  as  Christians,  of  the  evil  spirit  forces
    around us!
    [b] If we are not aware of the enemy, we will not be able to fight him,
    effectively.
    [c] I mentioned this morning, how Paul  tells us in Ephesians 6 that we
    do  not  war   against   natural  forces  of   flesh   and  blood,  but
    against  the  invisible  forces  of darkness, which have enormous power
    to try and  destroy  the  Christian who  is not aware and vigilant, and
    living close to their Lord!
    [d] The devil likes nothing better, than when people think  he  doesn't
    exist, and he therefore can continue his evil work without hindrance!
    [e] Standing for Christ in this evil world, not only means knowing what
    we stand FOR, but also what we stand AGAINST!!
    [f] If we are to have both the  spiritual  power  to  defend  ourselves
    against these forces, and also to fight the tide of evil  sweeping  our
    world, we must live close to the Lord, and be sensitive to His leading!
 
    SALVATION ARMY SONG BOOK
 
    SONG           TUNE
 
    699            264
 
    847            635
 
    300            767