Is the Devil Real?

Karen Epp

“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. And like that,  poof. He’s gone.” (Usual Suspects, IMDB quotes)

“The story goes that a public sinner was excommunicated and forbidden entry to the church. He took his woes to God. ‘They won’t let me in, Lord, because I am a sinner.’  What are you complaining about?’ said God. ‘They won’t let Me in either.”
― Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled


Demons are everywhere so thought Jewish Rabbis.


If you think of spirituality as a seven-room house, most of us have the devil living in at least one room. A person who is demon-possessed has Satan living in every room.

 


Recently, I watched Lonnie Frisbee Story. By all accounts, a truly anointed evangelist who helped launch two denominations (Calvary Chapel and the Vineyard), partied at Gay Bars on Saturday Nights and was used as a conduit of God on Sunday mornings. Six rooms belonged to God and one to the devil.


Unfortunately, there is no room in God’s house for someone with six out of the seven rooms devoted to the
Lord.  Lonnie found out he was of the devil and was asked to leave the house of God.


The good news is that each of us has already been transferred from his house to His House. One of the first things that happen is that we speak the language of His House. Ideally, we desire peace and goodwill for everyone.


Baptism sets us free from sin. But because we are engaged in hand to hand combat with evil we are always in need of spiritual remodeling.

“Everyone among us has a thousand demons on his left hand and ten thousand at his right.”  Psalm 91:7


Being demonized happens to Christians all the time. We renounce the devil and he moves to another room with seven of his friends. Deliverance is a lot like salvation. Once we think we have been delivered or saved, then we find out how much we still need it.


Make sure the room you visit the most is the room called “confession “(cf. James 5). 


PRAYER:

Holy Spirit, I need a strong gust of wind to blow down the rooms of Satan.
Send your fire to warm my heart.


V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered the root of David.
V. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
R. As we have hoped in Thee.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

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