DEMONIC INFLUENCE

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By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Demonic influence is a reality. Extreme evilness has invaded many lands, that once were of a godly nature, revealing a pattern that is hellish, satanic, and unholy; the very definition of the term demonic.

We have entered an era as the Pre-Flood condition of Noah's day!  Scripture reveals:  The earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.  And God looked upon the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth (Genesis 6:11-12).


Demonic Influence
(Before the Flood)

Scripture reveals:  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man (the Lord's Coming) be (Matthew 24:38).

A Bible dictionary noted: They were giving themselves up to lustful pleasures (of a demonic influence), without any concern about the affairs of religion, the worship and glory of God, the welfare of their souls, and the approaching danger of which Noah had given warning.  

They were wicked; consuming lustful habits until the day that Noah entered into the ark.  It was a pleasure-oriented and self-gratifying carrying on without any thought towards impending judgment.  Today there is much devastation, chaos, and inhuman atrocities being committed of an extreme nature.  There is a new insurgence as each day unfolds without relief in sight.

Earthly and Devilish 

Scripture reveals: This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly and devilish (James 3:15).  A Bible commentary noted: Destitute of the Spirit of God (or God's influence), agreeable to a corrupt nature; that of a unregenerate man.  It is of a demonic influence; such as the devil himself promotes, serving only his kingdom and interest.

Scripture reveals:  And the dragon was cast out (out of heaven), that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world; he was cast out into (or to) the earth, and has angels (fallen angels) were cast out with him (Revelation 12:9).  

Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time (Revelation 12:12).  Many scriptures speaks of demonic influence causing havoc in the world.  A Bible commentary noted: The devil, or Satan, and his demons, who deceived and corrupted the old world before the flood; continue to seduce every age and generation beyond that time.

Adversary the Devil

Scripture reveals: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).  Along with this warning God gives an assurance to the believer in Christ:

Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished (or experienced by) your brethren (or fellow believers) that are in the world.  The God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthened, settle you (1 Peter 5:9-10).

A Bible dictionary reveals the nature of demonic influencereferred to as devils in the Scriptures:  They are evil spirits, invisible, having supernatural intelligence, opposed to God, who takes possession of human bodies.  In Christianity demons are treated as agents of Satan; as the devil incarnate, the host of Hell, and powers of darkness.  

Days of Noah

In the days of Noah the inhabitants of the earth were corrupt in their lives and conversations, did abominable things, guilty of fornication and adultery, enormous crimes were committed openly, without any fear of God, or dread of His wrath.  The earth was filled with violence bringing injury to persons and properties, oppression and cruelty, and addicted to unjust actions; does this not sound familiar in our present age?

There was a price to pay for the demonic influence of Noah's day; as there will be when God deems it enough in our day: The killing of the unborn, ungodliness of man, ignoring His Word, marriage outside the realm of God's provision, homosexuality rearing its ugly head, as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah (which God destroyed), and the list goes on and on!

Scripture reveals a day of reckoning:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water perished: The heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against (or until) the day of judgment and perdition (or destruction) of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:6-7).

Provision for the Righteous

God in the days of Noah made a provision for the righteousness (the ark of safety); so shall he make a provision for the believers: Nevertheless we (the believers in Christ), according to his promise, look for new heavens, and a new earth, wherein dwell righteousness.

Wherefore seeing that you look for such things be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless (2 Peter 3:13-14).  Seeing that you know these things before (or beforehand), beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked (of a demonic influence), fall from your own steadfastness (2 Peter 3:17).

Destruction will Come Swiftly

God warns that destruction will come swiftly: The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works therein shall be burned up (2 Peter 3:10).

A Bible commentary noted: The day of the Lord refers to the return of Christ resulting in final judgment.  The elements shall melt with fervent heat could refer to a nuclear holocaust, a cosmic happening, etc.  As we see end times events, unfolding before our eyes, it reveals just how close the coming of the Lord is!

Demonic Influence and Divine Intervention

Demonic influence is noted many times in the New Testament; of one such instance: And his (or Jesus') fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought to him all sick people that were taken with divers (or various) diseases and torments, and those which were possessed  with devils (or demons), and those which were lunatic, and those that had palsy (or were paralyzed); and he healed them (Matthew 4:24).

Scripture reveals that Jesus extended divine intervention of demonic influence through His disciples as well:  And he (or Jesus) ordained (or appointed) twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach.  And to have power (or authority) to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils (or demons) (Mark 3:14-15).  

No Room for Demonic Influence

Scripture reminds one of the need to have one's mind so entrenched in God's Word that no room is available to absorb any demonic influence:  When the unclean spirit (or demonic influence) is gone out of a man, he walks (or goes) through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.  Then he said, I will return into my house from where I came out, and when he come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished.

Then he goes, and takes with himself seven other spirits (or demons) more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first!  Even so shall it be also to this wicked generation (Matthew 12:43-45).

Spiritual Condition of a Nation

A Bible commentary noted:  In revealing the condition of the man overtaken by demons Jesus gives a striking parable of the precarious spiritual condition of a nation (reference to Israel of old).  A house well swept but unoccupied; demon having been driven out, but finding no place to rest, returns with seven other spirits (or demons), resulting in even greater degeneration! 

In our present time we are seeing a greater degeneration, in many once godly nations, that have allowed demonic influence rather than a godly nature to exist.  Ungodliness is prevailing where great spiritual awakenings were very much in evidence in times past.

A Wrongful Influence

Scripture reveals:  You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils (or demons): you cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and the table of devils (1 Corinthians 10:21).  The apostle Paul addressed a need for withdrawal from wrongful influences in saying: Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship (or in common) has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness (2 Corinthians 6:14)?

Churches, in many Western nations, have allowed the intermixing of the world; which opens the door towards demonic influence from the enemy of one's soul (Satan), to distort and influence a walking away from God's Word! Paul wrote: What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people (2 Corinthians 6:16).

Filthiness of Flesh and Spirit

Demonic influence, from the very pits of Hell, has influenced many to walk in a way that is contrary to God's Word; acceptance and tolerance becoming the norm of the day, rather than strict adherence to the Unadulterated Word of God.  

The apostle Paul wrote: Wherefore come out from among them, and be you separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.  And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:17-18).  Having therefore these promises, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).

The Forbidden Fruit

Demonic influence is a reality; especially in these latter days, with many being entertained by the things of this world rather than that of a godly nature.  Satan, and demonic beings, are a reality; you cannot see them but it is certain you can identify them, through daily activity witnessed in our world today, that is certainly not of God!

Demonic influence is being conveyed through electronic means making it easily accessible, and especially to the youth of the land who are unprepared to challenge that which is being presented, being made attractive, as the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden!

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