Summary: What Do Demons Do All Day
Zechariah 13:2 (NKJV)
2"It shall be in that day," says the LORD of hosts, "that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they shall no longer be remembered. I will also cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to depart from the land.
Matthew 12:43-45 (Message Bible Translation)
43"When a defiling evil spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn’t find anyone, 44it says, "I’ll go back to my old haunt.’ On return it finds the person spotlessly clean, but vacant. 45It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits more evil than itself; and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse off than if he’d never gotten cleaned up in the first place. "That’s what this generation is like: You may think you have cleaned out the junk from your lives and gotten ready for God, but you weren’t hospitable to my kingdom message, and now all the devils are moving back in."
Sermon Subject: “What Do Demons DO All Day?
They come in the form of “unclean spirits” and attempt to temp and to influence our every decision and thought. We find over and over in scripture, Satan’s hosts are referred to as “unclean sprits” The question comes to mind? What is an “unclean spirit”? Another word would be “unholy” spirit. An unholy spirit is one who tries to do what the “Holy Spirit’ does, without God’s nature to make it possible. We know, and they know how God’s Spirit behaves. Galatians 5:22 tells us clearly: 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
You must understand that Satan’s host…does not grasp grace, so they think they can operate in the flesh and either counterfeit the work of the Spirit, or counteract it.
They do it one or two ways:
They either invade your life with temporal substitutes, ways to act like God without letting God work through you, or they invade your life by tempting you to do evil, luring you to behavior and thoughts that break God’s heart. It is a relentless, continuous, constantly escalating battle. Remember, the fruit of the Spirit in you is God’s character translated into human behavior. Yea, Satan hates that!
Remember also, that every fruit of the Spirit exhibits one or more of the characteristics of God’s nature, and each is totally supernatural. None can be demonstrated in the flesh, and the unregenerate man or woman cannot exhibit these fruits. They cannot even understand them when they see them, for they are spiritually discerned. (1 Cor 2:14)
Let’s look at Satan’s first attempt; he tries to make us think that there is no difference between what God produces and what man produces, except perhaps for a little increase in quality.
My brothers and sister, what you must understand is that the sinister minister himself, tries to get us to redefine words, using experience as our base, and then, instead of learning to die (As the Apostle Paul would say, we must die daily) so Jesus can live through us, he makes us think we can produce in the flesh behavior that is close enough to the real thing that God will be satisfied.
Let’s see how he redefines the word LOVE. Scriptural love (I’m talking about that agape love) is a supernatural outpouring of who God is. Yea, it gives itself away without regard for the response or worth of the recipient. In fact, the less the love is returned, the more God seems to pursue, because He is glorified in the process. In essence church, only a Christian can love, (Did you hear what I just said) because God is love, and unless you are inhabited by God, you cannot truly love God’s way. Yea, God’s way is totally unselfish. The burden is on what will bless the one you love, even if it does not produce any good thing for you.
Let me see if I lay at your spiritual feet, where you can understand it. I can love my wife even if she doesn’t love me back. Why, because, as a child of the King, as a Christian, one who Believes…I’m commanded to.
Just like a parent, can love a rebellious son or daughter, even though their behavior brings reproach to the family and grief to them. (Have you been there)? We can, because God has demonstrated His love in that while we were still in rebellion, Christ died for us. Church, true agape love only loves the more…when it is rejected or scorned or unappreciated. You need to know that an unbeliever can’t do that.