Give No Place to the Devil

We are warned in I Peter 5:8-9 which says “be sober, be vigilant; because your
adversary the devil, as a roaring lion; walks about, seeking whom he may devour.  
Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are
accomplished in your brethren that are in the world”.  Now because he is seeking
whom he may devour, means that he cannot devour everybody.

Paul writes in Ephesians 4:22-32 “that you put off concerning the former
conversation the ole man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.  And be
renewed in the spirit of your mind.  And that you put on the new man which after
God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  Wherefore putting away lying,
speak every man truth with his neighbor; for we are members one of another.  Be
you angry, and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath.  Neither give place
to the devil.  Let him that stole steal no more; but rather let him labor; working with
his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs.  Let
no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the
use of edifying; that it may minister grace to the hearers.  And grieve not the Holy
Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness,
and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all
malice.  And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you”.

In Romans 6:11-16 it says “likewise reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed
to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in
your mortal body, that you should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield you your
members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin; but yield yourselves to God, as
those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of
righteousness to God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you; for you are not
under the law, but under grace.  What then?  Shall we sin, because we are no under
the law, but under grace?  God forbid.  Know you not, that to whom you yield
yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin
to death, or of obedience to righteousness”?

Now because we know that we have an adversary, we have to be diligent in following
the instructions of Proverbs 4:25-27 “let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids
look straight before you.  Ponder the path of your feet; and let all your ways be
established.  Turn not to the right hand nor the left; remove your foot from evil”.  
Stay focused on the word of God.  

Hebrews 12:1-2 says “wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great
a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily
beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.  Looking to
Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him
endured the cross, despising the shame; and is set down at the right hand of the
throne of God”.

We have to be aware of the devil’s devices and his schemes (Ephesians 6:11-13)
“put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of
the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual
wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take to you the whole armor of God that you
may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand”.  Stand
therefore; standing on the word of God.

One of the most deadly schemes of the devil is to try to stop you from reading the
word of God.  As you began to read the word of God, all kinds of thoughts comes in
to distract you; telling you that you don’t even know what you are reading, etc.  

Jesus said “if you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed.  And you
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”.

The best antidote against the devil is to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:14-20)
“wherefore He says, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall
give you light.  See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.  
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Wherefore be you not unwise, but
understanding what the will of the Lord is.  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is
excess, but be filled with the Spirit.  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns
and Spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.  Giving
thanks always for all things to God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ”.  

Remember that we are told in John 4:23-24, which says “the hour comes, and now
is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the
Father seeks such to worship Him.  God is Spirit; and they that worship Him must
worship Him in spirit and in truth”.

We have to feed our spirit man the word of God, just like we feed our body with
natural food.  Most people eat three or more times a day, yet only feed their spirit
man the word once or twice a week; no wonder many Christians are being devoured.

Jesus is the Bread from heaven – the word of God is bread that nourishes us
(Psalms 119:11) says “Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against
You”.  

Jeremiah 15:16 says “Your words were found, and I did eat them; and Your word
was tome the joy and rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O Lord
Yahweh God of hosts”.  Just like Jeremiah found God’s word, we have to search the
scriptures and find His words for our lives.

Job says in Jo6 23:12 “neither have I gone back from the commandment of His lips; I
have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food”.  Just see
this, you see why the devil came after Job; to get the word out of his heart.

Jesus defeated the devil in the wilderness by saying “it is written, man shall not live
by bread alone, but every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”
(Deuteronomy 8:3 and Matthew 4:4).  Remember God says in Isaiah 55:11 that God’
s word will not return to Him void, but will accomplish all that He sent to do.

God’s word is the water of life – the water that refreshes us.   We the church “are
sanctified and cleanse with the washing of water by the word.  That He might
present it to Himself, a glorious church not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such
thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:26-27).

The Breath of God is our source of life – let’s look at Genesis 2:7 “and the Lord God
formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of
life; and man became a living soul”.   Psalms 33:6 says “by the word of the Lord
Yahweh were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His
mouth”.  After Jesus’ resurrection He breathed on His disciples in John 20:22.

Our source comes from the breath of God (Job 32:8) “the Spirit of God has made
me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life”.

The Scriptures are the Breath of God (II Timothy 3:15-17) Paul tells Timothy “and
that from a child you have known the holy scriptures which are able to make you
wise to salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is given by
inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness.  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly
furnished to all good works”.  

And in II Peter 1:19-21 it says “we have also a more sure word of prophecy
whereunto you do well that you take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place,
until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.  Knowing this first, that no
prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in
old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the
Holy Spirit”.

The word of God is the Breath of God, as you read the word of God, you are
breathing in the breath of God.  Let us fill ourselves with the word of God, so that
our spirit man is strong; because the devil will not be able to defeat any one that is
strong in the spirit.

The flesh will tell you that you have to do all those things that the Bible tells you in
walking holy, and we are suppose to be holy as He is holy, but as you feed your
spirit man on the word of God, the word will wash you and you will begin to do these
thing from the heart, not by the law.  Remember we are told to walk by faith and not
by sight.  It is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance.


Sermon by: Harriet Bond
Date: April 9, 2010
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