Summary: You must utterly destroy the evil spirits just like the Children of Israel had to utterly destroy the nations they encountered.
Utterly Destroy Evil Spirits
Bishop M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
Deuteronomy 7:1-2 " When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them"
Opening :- How many of you appreciate an opportunity rather it is an opportunity for a better life a promotion or an investment opportunity. An opportunity to travel or experience something you have never experienced before.
Opportunity is a time that you can take advantage of a situation.
There is an old saying that goes opportunity knocks only once, that’s true in some things but not always. In this spiritual battle of this Christian walk we have great opportunity. We have the opportunity to witness and tell others about the goodness of God. We have the opportunity to share the manifested blessings of God. We have the opportunity to rejoice with other Christians the wonderful works of God. However; there is one opportunity that we can have many times over and over again and that is the opportunity to defeat the devil giving him a spiritual black eye.
The problem is many often miss out on this opportunity simply because they fail to see it as an opportunity and view it has a problem, as chaos, as a situation that is something astronomical and out of their ability to handle. Sadly they look at the opportunity as everything other than what it really is. They view it as a problem when it’s not a problem but an opportunity to receive victory. The problem lies in not walking in the spirit but operating in the flesh.
Understand :- walking in the spirit is not consistently walking around speaking in tongues or shouting 24/7, that's schizophrenia, but it is the ability to walk in the spiritual authority to conquer that which is not holy.
WATCH THIS :- The Bible says the carnal mind (fleshly thinking) is enmity against God. Romans 8:7. Romans 7:18 says " For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing". So we need to need to understand how to take advantage of the opportunity to crucify flesh (carnal thinking) give the devil a black eye and live in a glorious life.
SOMEBODY SAY OPPORTUNITY
According to the dictionary an opportunity is a situation in which it is possible for something to be done.
WATCH THIS:- The Children of Israel had an opportunity to enter into the promise land literally in a matter of days in which they could have lived in glorious victory, but they failed to take advantage of that opportunity and ended up wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. When they finally are able to take advantage of the promise everyone over 21 years old was now dead except Joshua and Caleb. All the original ones to come up out of Egypt missed out on the opportunity to enter into the promise land, the ones that entered into the promise land had the opportunity to live in glorious victory but they had to take advantage of the opportunity to walk in the spirit victoriously or they would miss out on what God had for them.
Now somebody might be saying o.k. Bishop how is the Children of Israel failing to take advantage of an opportunity affect me? I am glad you asked that question!
UNDERSTAND :- that the Old Testament is a type or shadow to the New Testament and is still relevant today. It is our road map and example to be able to live, walk, and worship victoriously. Just as the Children of Israel were physically going to inherit the promise land we the church are going to spiritually inherit a promise land. WATCH THIS :- Jesus said to His disciples, the foundation of the church and Him the chief cornerstone, I go to prepare a place for you that where I am there you may be also! That is our promise land!!!! Where He is there we will be also.
So He tells the Children of Israel in Deuteronomy 7:1-2 " When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them." UTTERLY DESTROY THEM is the opportunity.