The Influence of a Demon
Dr. Dick Onarecker
Philippians 2:5 is a description of Divine Wisdom. "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus." This is a warning to Christians as much as it is an instruction. To backsliders or lost sinners it is an urgent appeal to escape the power and influence of terrifying, frightening spiritual powers. Ephesians 6:12 says, "For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual host of wickedness..."
What is the mind that is in Christ Jesus? It is a mind determined to grow in grace and heavenly wisdom; a mind stayed on God; one which is determined to live in the will of God. In Ephesians we're told to "put on the whole armor of God" because we are exposed to terrible, ruthless, destructive powers that want to occupy our minds, our bodies, our whole lives. These powers want to possess us, to influence us, to control and to destroy us.
We say we believe the Bible, and yet it is regarded as a fairy tale! If I mention Satan and his demons, some will smile, thinking: "How much of the Bible do you believe?" Do you believe the Book of Esther? Do you believe the gospel of John? Do you believe the letter to the Romans? Do you believe the prophecy of the Revelation? All of it? Do you believe the whole Bible?
If so, then you must believe in the existence of something more terrible than any horror movie or science fiction story ever conceived in the minds of men. You must believe in the existence of demons -- the warriors and servants of Satan.
Jesus believed demons are real! The ministry of Jesus is full of confrontations with demons and demonic forces. Jesus only traveled a small area, yet He cast demons out of enough people that there are accounts of it all through the Gospels. The chief characteristic of demon possession and influence is control of the mind and bo ...
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