II Corinthians 2:11 (NIV) – For we are not ignorant of his [Satan’s] schemes
We generally agree that Christians are vulnerable to the enemy’s temptation, accusation and deception. But for some reason, we hesitate to admit that Christians can lose their freedom and can surrender to demonic influences. However, the evidence of Scripture is abundant and clear that believers who repeatedly succumb to Satan can come under bondage. If we are not mindful we can live our lives repeating the same oppressive acts over and over again. Please pay close attention to what is at stake here!
Demonic control does not mean satanic ownership. You have been purchased by the blood of the Lamb (1 Peter 1:17-19; Romans 8:35-39). Satan knows he can never own you again. But if he can deceive you into yielding control of your life to him in some way, he can neutralize your growth and your impact in the world for Christ. Now I am certain this message is for someone reading today, need you to know ignorance is no excuse.
Since we live in a world whose god is Satan, the possibility of being tempted, deceived and accused is continuous. If you allow his schemes to influence you, you can lose control to the degree that you have been deceived. If he can persuade you to believe a lie, he can control your life. Let’s stop the cycles of ignorance in spiritual matters!
The term demon possessed never occurs in the Bible after the cross. We lack theological precision as to what demon possession constitutes in the church age. But don’t come to any conclusion that you can’t be affected by Satan. We are more a target than we are immune to his strategies. However, we have all the sanctuary we need in Christ, and we have the armor of God to protect us.
Point to ponder- Ignorance is no excuse in our civil laws, and ignorance is no excuse in our spiritual principles and laws either!
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the armor You have provided to protect we Your people from Satan. Keep us aware of his (Satan) schemes today and help us resist him in the power and authority You provide. And we proclaim all the Glory belongs to You O God!
For His Glory,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.