Take It Seriously
By Greg Laurie
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
—1 John 4:4
open the door to demonic influence unintentionally. For instance, they like to read their daily horoscope or think it’s fun to play around with a Ouija board. Maybe they go to meetings where someone says they can contact a dead relative on their behalf.
But all these things can open the door to demons. And many people who thought they were innocently dabbling in these things have come under the power of Satan himself. That is why we must stay away from these things. The Bible warns,
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Ephesians 5:11 NKJV).
The Devil couldn’t care less about crucifixes, holy water, or anything else that people think
will protect them from him. The only power he fears is the power of Jesus Christ.
In Matthew’s Gospel, we read that when Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee and arrived in the region of the Gadarenes, two severely demon-possessed
men met him. They had lost everything. They had lost their homes, their families, and their sanity. They had even lost their will. They were completely under the power of the Devil.
But Jesus heard their cry, and He turned
their lives around.
If you’re a Christian, you don’t have to live in fear of demons taking over your life because when you put your faith in Jesus Christ, He comes to live inside you as a permanent resident. Our
Lord is not in a timeshare program with the Devil. He will be our sole occupant if we put our faith in Him.
Can Satan tempt us? Yes.
Can he hassle and oppress us? Yes.
Can he overcome
and overpower us? No.
The Bible promises, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4 NKJV). You are under God’s protection.