Many Christians, even devout evangelicals, believe in a God that is warm and fuzzy, overlooking evil and turning a wry glance at spiritual rebellion. But the Bible sees sin differently. Here is how Proverbs 6:16-19 (NKJV) states God’s view of iniquity: These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.
The Living Bible puts it in modern language: haughtiness, lying, murdering, plotting evil, eagerness to do wrong, a false witness, sowing discord among brothers.
Demons also hate certain things, and here is a list of seven. Demons hate it when Christians . . .
#1 – Tithe, pray, fast, read their Bibles, and follow biblical disciplines.
All Bible believers know that these disciplines are part of normal Christian living. But how many who say they follow Christ are truly faithful in all these areas? Cutting corners on giving to the Lord’s work, failing to maintain a consistent prayer life, avoiding the uncomfortable practice of periodic fasting and failing to study God’s Word delights demons. If you want to make the devil mad, do these things.
#2 – Speak out against moral evil socially, politically, and personally. What good is a watchman on the wall if he doesn’t cry out when the enemy is approaching? Psalm 127:1 (NKJV) puts it this way: “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” I’m not speaking of a particular political party or an ideological mindset. I am talking about issues which all God-fearing folks should agree on, such as opposition to abortion, gang violence, real racism, pornography, human trafficking, child sexual abuse, as examples. To be silent is to be complicate with demons.
#3 – Take practical steps to meet the needs of those around them.
James 1:27 (NKJV) says, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” James 2:15-16 adds. “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?” Demons hate it when Christians are aware of the practical needs of the ordinary lives of those around them.
#4 – Take the promises of God seriously with their faith, finances, and personal decisions.
James 1:22 says, “Be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” The practical ways in which Christians handle their faithful stewardship of faith and finances says much about how deep their convictions go. All the promises of God are conditioned upon our faithfulness in every walk of life. The devil banks on winning when we fail to walk the talk. Show your faith by your works. Put yourself in the position to prosper financially by being prudent and faithful with the resources God entrusts you with now. Make sound personal decisions guided by the advice and consent of wise counsel.
#5 – Understand and study spiritual warfare to fight back strategically against the devil.
Question: how many books on spiritual warfare have you read? I have written many. Have you read my books “Curse Breaking,” “Jezebel,” “How to Deal with Demons,” “Demon Proofing Prayers,” “Larson’s Book of Spiritual Warfare?” There are other mature Christian authors whose works you should devour. For example, I’ve had Pastor Vlad on Bob Larson Live and recommended his book “Fight Back.” I’ve interviewed Alexander Pagani and said you need to read his book “The Secrets to Deliverance.” Best of all, enroll in our School of Exorcism. Get facts to fight demons and win with strategic study of spiritual Warfare.
#6 – Submit yourself to personal inner healing and deliverance prayers.
You’re heard me say it many times, “Everyone needs deliverance.” Laura and I have prayed curse breaking and deliverance prayers over our three daughters. We pray over each other. I have submitted myself on occasion to receive prayer from mature men of God who oversee my life spiritually. Every pastor, preacher, teacher, worship leader, Sunday School teacher and Christian leader needs to have curses broken and spiritual oppression lifted by inner healing and Some even need demons cast out. No matter who you are, submit yourself for personal ministry. You’ll make demons go delirious.
#7 – Take the idea of demons seriously and do deliverance.
Doing deliverance is the best way to irritate the ire of demons. If you believe demons are real, act like it. Be courageous and do something to drive back devils. After you’ve gone through our School of Exorcism, get involved with one of our Do What Jesus Did (DWJD) teams. Ask if you can start a deliverance prayer team in your church. You don’t have to be perfect, but you do need training. Get it and get going. The more people we have casting out demons in a biblically responsible way the madder it will make demons.
Make the devil mad. Outrage the evil around you. Bring vexation on Satan for all the pain he’s put on you. Love what Jesus loves and do what demons hate. It one of the quickest ways I know
to grow your faith in the power of Christ. Remember the words of Jesus in John 15:19 (NKJV):
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” Make demons hate you and Jesus will love you.