Do not let the taste of the forbidden fruit cause you to lose the taste of Heaven. – Tangie T. Woods
Do you ever wonder about the beautiful and perfect world we would have if not for the disobedience of Adam and Eve? Yes! One! One Commandment! That is all they had to obey! Now, look at our world! Imperfect people living in an imperfect world doing the best we can to save ourselves from this untoward generation.
Perhaps you are wondering what my introduction questions have to do with demons. In Revelation 12:9,12, we are told that the great dragon, the old serpent called the Devil and Satan was cast out of heaven into the earth to deceive the entire world; and he brought his demons with him. Woe to inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
“How art thou fallen from heavens, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How are thou cut down to the ground, which weaken nations! For thou has said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” How arrogant to say what will be done without saying if it is the Lord’s will; but to say “I will be like the Most High” is definitely a death sentence to eternal damnation. (Isaiah 14:12-15)
Satan comes in various ways of enticement to convince us to sin and remain in a state of rebellious against God. In Matthew 10:1, demons come in the form of evil spirits and we must remember that Satan and his demons have already been defeated.
Demons have no power to control or deceive us, we choose to sin against God when drawn away by our own lust. Although as free moral agents, we are allowed to choose whom to serve. But as for converted Christians, we made a decision to remain steadfast in the faith and resist evil temptations at all cost to hear on Judgment Day “Well done my good and faithful servant….”
As you know, all sins need to be kept on a leash. However, listed are a few such as being conceited, selfish, proud, committing adultery and fornication; uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murder, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21).
Also, sinful behaviors such as backbiting, gossiping and disunity among saints give a sense of imaginary power over those who are negatively talked about. When yielding to the flesh, it gives evil spirits a key to enter the Temple of the Holy Spirit to frustrate the grace of God and crucify Christ on the cross all over again. Let us not entertain demons who love this dark and wicked world.
We are told to be of a sober mind because the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for weak Christians to devour. Children of God can overcome evil temptations since we are greater than Satan and God makes away for us to escape. Let us escape by keeping demons on a leash!
I John 4:4; Revelation 12:4, Jude 1:6; Ephesians 6:12 (cf. Colossians 2:15); Matthew 8:16, 29; Luke 11:20; Daniel 10:13; I John 4:4; Ezekiel 28:12-15