One of the easiest sermons to preach would be a sermon titled: love one another. It would be easy because, over the top of our heads, we can name a couple of families going through tough times: some broken and others on the verge of collapse or lacking unity. It would be easy to tell people to love one another because, many people know about the wars taking place around the world and wish they could do something to end them.
Many people (the victims especially) want preachers and other world changers, to tell the “bad guys” to love one another and to end the violence. There is a global demand for love, and many are moved by the chaos to preach about the need to “supply” it.
The question, however, is will we preach this same message when are eyes are opened to see beyond the natural? Will we tell people to love one another once, when we begin to discern spirits (See Mark 5:1-15, 1 Corinthians 12:10, Acts 16:16)?
That’s when our faith and our hearts get tested! “We have got to love” we say. But unless we understand what loving others means from a spiritual perspective, we would never be able to do it.
Love is a weapon: the only weapon that can counter hatred. Hatred is as tangible in the spirit, as Love is. God our creator is Love (See 1 John 4:8). Love isn’t just an action. It is an act we do as we are led by a Spirit greater than ourselves. It goes beyond reasoning: to forgive someone who wants to kill you is not logical it is Love. And we need to walk in Love (in the Spirit) when we discern foul spirits at work, else, the evil one will turn us against the world.
Hatred is real (a force) and when it takes over our lives, we turn into “demonizers”: a bunch of hermits filled with rage towards anyone oppressed by the devil.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1 Peter 5:8 KJV).
It’s rather unfortunate how he has possessed many people and is using them against their families, friends and societies. I remember being in a church service, when a demon jumped from one woman being delivered, into another woman who wasn’t actively partaking in the prayer session, and had gotten up to the exit the building. It sounded awkward at first, when the prophet said it, but when she began vigorously swaying back and forth in an attempt to resist the four men restraining her, as he (the prophet) began to pray for her, then I knew for sure that a foul spirit had entered her.
Many people have become witches, homosexuals, sex addicts et ceterra, not by their own will, but because a demon saw an opening (See Ecclesiastes 10:8). And as we know, possessed people, like the man with the legion (over two thousand demons) who cut himself with stones and couldn’t be bound by chains, have no control over their actions (See Mark 5:1-15). That’s why it’s called bondage or slavery to sin (See John 8:34, Romans 7:19-20).
These people (be it witches, homosexuals, people driven by lust and so forth) are all around us, and they need a touch from God. Many of them wish they had Jesus Himself in their midst: a person with Jesus’ power and authority. A person anointed by God with the Holy Spirit and with power, who will not judge them, but rather set them free in His name.
Walking in the Spirit
Unless we walk in the Spirit, we would become the most hate-filled people ever to walk this earth. Why? It’s because once God empowers us to discern spirits (See 1 Corinthians 12:10, Acts 5:19-20), we will know how evil the devil is, and once he knows that we know, he will attempt to shift the focus from himself onto the people he has enslaved. He does this by getting us to walk in the flesh.
When he blinds us with hate, all we see is a bunch of human beings who deserve death. What many in the church don’t know is that hatred makes us powerless. Our spiritual weapons (See Ephesians 6:10-18) are not effective when we walk in hatred: in the flesh (See Galatians 5:19-21, 2 Corinthians 10:4, Romans 13:8).
We can only war against the evil one, when we walk in the spirit (and not the flesh). Love is a doorway into the Spirit. It was as Jesus was moved with compassion that He cast out demons (Matthew 14:14, Mark 1:41) and whiles James and John were moved with hatred that they wanted to call down fire from heaven to consume the Samaritans (See Luke 9:51-55). We need to discern the spirits at work both in and around us.
We can’t cast out demons whiles walking in hatred. Remember, “If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand?” (See Luke 11:18). Hatred and strife, expand his demonic empire and it’s sad to say the church is helping him because, we have been blinded by hatred. We have the power to discern foul spirits at work in people, but no love to set the captives free.
“25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.” Matthew 12:25-27
The devil won’t cast out a devil, nor will he turn his own against another to cause his kingdom to collapse. It’s why most, if not all cults, are sworn into oaths of secrecy which when broken, lead to the perpetrator’s death. He (Satan) understands that as long as people oppressed by him work in unity he would be able to continue stealing, killing and destroying (See John 10:10). In the same way he knows that once the body of Christ is not united, or once they fight against people who are being oppressed by his demons, they or we the body of Christ, won’t be able to stand. Churches are dividing up, but century-old cults are still thriving. The world is deteriorating with increasing rates of immorality, wickedness and the occult, yet we (the ones gifted by God to discern) are closing the doors of the church. It takes love to open these doors, and to rid ourselves of hatred, so that together, we as a church can end this. Jesus (the Son of God) came to die for the human race. And we (children of God) have been called to preach the gospel to the human race. The enemy is not man. The enemy is hatred itself. Amen