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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Revelation 21:8, continued
For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (Ephesians 5:5)
You can think of your sin as naughty or ungracious behavior, or a psychologic hangup, if you want to. But I'll tell you this. You will get nowhere in your fight against the demons until you address them for what they are in no uncertain terms.
Some people can't even control their own dog. They say, in dulcet tones, "Fido, be a good boy and don't jump on the bed. There's Mother's darling!"
Of course, Fido immediately jumps on the bed. He is not sentimental and he does not understand English.
But if you roar at him, "Get off the bed and do it now," while he may not understand English he will look at your face. If he sees you mean business he will hastily get off the bed.
Satan is this way. Stand in the blood of the cross and denounce the sin that is binding you. Make sure the sin understands it is not welcome now and never again will be. You will get nowhere with demons by treating them kindly.
Cowardice and unbelief belong in the Lake of Fire—nowhere else. Keep on telling them that. Denounce them! Denounce them! You may be a sweet little old lady. Get up on your hind legs and denounce cowardice and unbelief! Surprise yourself and everyone around you. The demons will flee in disarray. They had supposed you enjoyed their company.
Vile behavior. Molesting children is vile behavior. Getting drunk and driving your car is vile behavior. Punching and slapping your wife is vile behavior. Leaving your husband and children for a younger man is vile behavior. Underbidding a job and then not paying your employees overtime is vile behavior. If you want any more illustrations of vile behavior read tonight's paper.
If you have done or are doing any of these things, or practicing any other form of vile behavior, just remember, the Lake of Fire has authority over these and claim them for its own. Either you get delivered or in you go with your practices, Christian or not.
Murderers. There are many forms of murder. All hatred, anger, strife, gossip, slander, criticism, are related to murder, that is, the desire to exalt yourself by destroying another person. Sometimes a believer will curse another believer in prayer, thus bringing both Christians into spiritual trouble.
Satan is the accuser of the brothers. Some of Satan's most effective weapons against the churches are gossip, slander, hatred, bitterness, revenge.
Whoever hates his brother or sister is a murderer and there is no eternal life in him.
One of the clearest indications we are drying up spiritually is that we begin to find fault with our fellow believers.
God is love and those who live in the spirit of love are living in God and God in them. But such love is not human love, it is the fruit of the Spirit of God.
When you find yourself becoming angry or critical toward a fellow Christian, or a member of your family, or anyone else for that matter, go to the Lord. Renounce the spirit. It belongs in the Lake of Fire.
How many Christian people regularly gossip about their fellow believers, slandering them, repeating evil about them when they are not even sure it is true. Gossip and slander are major problems in the Christian churches. The Bible judges those who practice such behavior as worthy of death.
To be continued.