Devotion

No Laughing Matter

by Greg Laurie on Sep 22, 2018
So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.
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I believe we are living in the last days. All around us we see Bible prophecies being fulfilled before our very eyes. The Bible tells us that one of the signs of the end times would be an increase in devilish activities. Things will go from bad to worse, and there will be satanically energized times.

When you raise the subject of the devil and demons, some people laugh it off. They see the devil as some sort of caricatured, mythical figure. But according to the Bible, he is very real. If you don’t believe this, then commit your life completely to Jesus Christ and you will find out just how real he is. As surely as there is a God in Heaven, there is also a devil on earth who wants to bring you down.

It can become somewhat discouraging when we think about his power and ability, but the good news is that “when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19 NKJV).

There are a lot of people today who play around with things that can produce demonic influence, even possession, and they laugh it off. They play with Ouija boards or read their horoscope every day. They think it’s funny to call a psychic hotline or one of the numerous services where people allegedly predict your future.

Some people would say, “Greg, lighten up. You take these things so seriously. It doesn’t cause any harm!” This stuff is real. We might laugh it off. We might think it’s a joke. But it’s no joke. Don’t play around with these things. Be careful. Keep your guard up. The devil is alive and well, and he is at work. We must take our adversary seriously.

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