DEMONIC INFLUENCE

By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)


INTRODUCTION

Demonic influence has engulfed many a nation; with laws and rulings made to accommodate such activity.  Extreme evilness has invaded many lands that were once of a godly nature; revealing a pattern that is hellish, satanic, and unholy; the very definition of the word demonic.

We have entered an era likened to the Pre-flood days of Noah.  Scripture reveals: The earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.  And God said to Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them upon the earth (Genesis 6:13).  The earth itself would be spared; only the inhabitants and every living thing, not in the ark of safety, would be destroyed.


Demonic Influence
Extreme Inhuman Atrocities

We are seeing demonic influence taking hold in the world with an intensity beyond man's logic to explain.  There is devastation, chaos, and inhuman atrocities of an extreme nature.  There is an insurgence of such, as each day unfolds, seemingly without relief in sight.

Scripture reveals as the days 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 be (Matthew 24:38).  

A Bible commentary noted: They were giving themselves up to the pleasures of life, the lusts of the flesh, without any concern about the welfare of their souls, and the approaching danger of which Noah had given warning.  They were sinful and wicked constantly practicing sin, and lust, until the day that Noah entered into the ark.

Earthly and Devilish

Prior to the Flood, it was a time of pleasure-oriented and self-gratifying; carrying on of such activities, completely unaware or possibly uncaring, of the impending judgment, with a demonic influence pushing such activity to the hilt.

Scripture reveals: This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly and devilish (that of a demonic influence) (James 3:15).  A Bible commentary noted: Such were destitute of the Spirit of God, agreeable to a corrupt nature, and of a unregenerate heart. 

Havoc in the World

Scripture reveals: And the great dragon was cast out (of heaven), that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world; he was cast out into (to) the earth, and his angels (cohorts) 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).

A Bible commentary noted: Satan, or the devil, who deceived and corrupted the old world before the Flood; continues to seduce every age and generation since that time; in an attempt to delay his final destiny.  Scripture reveals His eventual fate:  And the devil that deceived them (the world) was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever (Revelation 20:10).  

Agents of Satan

A Bible dictionary reveals the nature of demonic influence through demons (referred to as devils in the Bible); as being evil spirits, invisible, having supernatural intelligence, opposed to God, who takes possession of people bringing on them afflictions such as insanity and suicidal tendencies.

An encyclopedia noted: Demons abduct human mates and cause madness and disease by gaining possession of their bodies.  In Christianity demons are treated as agents of Satan.  Demons are the devil incarnate, the host of Hell, and powers of darkness.

Demonic influence has been noted many times through the corrupt nature of mankind, doing abominable things, committing hideous crimes openly, without fear of God, or dread of His wrath.  Is there not a similitude in what we are witnessing today?

Price to Pay

There was a price to pay for the Pre-flood condition; and demonic influence in Noah's day, as there will be when God deems it soin the killing of the unborn, ungodliness of man, ignoring His Word, marriage outside Biblical guidelines, homosexuality rearing its ugly head as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, refusing to recognize one's God-given identity at birth, and the list goes on and on.

Scripture reveals: 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 (until) the day of judgment and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men (2 Peter 3:6-7).

Destruction Will Come
Swiftly

Scripture reveals 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.  As we, as believes in Christ, see events unfold before our eyes; one can see such as a clear indication, that the time is at hand for the soon coming of the Lord!

Demonic Influence
New Testament References

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

A Bible commentary noted: Those possessed with devils (demons) in body and mind, were incurable by the art of medicine; with rarely any relief obtained, outside Christ's divine intervention.  Scripture reveals that Jesus extended the intervention of demonic influence through His disciples as well:

And he (Jesus) ordained (anointed) twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach.  And to have power (authority) to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils (demons) (Mark 3:14-15).

No Room
For Demonic Activity

Scripture reveals the need to have one's mind so entrenched in God's Word that no room is made available for any demonic influence.  Scripture reveals: When the unclean spirit (demonic influence) is gone out of a man, he walks (goes) through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.

Then he goes, and takes with himself seven other spirits (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 also be to this wicked generation (Matthew 12:43-45).

A Bible commentary noted: This is a striking parable of the precarious condition of a nation.  A house well swept but unoccupied; the demon having been driven out, but finding no place to rest, returns with seven other spirits (demons), resulting in even greater degeneration.

Intermixing with the World

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

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

Scripture reveals: 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 the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).

Demonic Influence a Reality

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 his demonic cohorts are a reality; you cannot see them, but you can identify their activity in the ungodly activity of today!

Ungodly demonic influence is being conveyed through electronic means easily accessible to the youth of the land; who are unprepared to meet such a challenge, if without  Bible knowledge and belief in God's Word! Sin is made attractive, as the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, through Satan's demonic onslaughter.

Scripture reveals: Seeing that you know these things before (beforehand), beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness (2 Peter 3:17). 

God's Assurance

There is demonic influence that would capture the heart of the believer, were it possible, to deter one from the very core of God's Word.  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 believerWhom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished (experienced by) your brethren (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 awhile, make you perfect, stablish (or establish), strengthen, settle you (1 Peter 5:9-10).

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