This blog will include the sermons I have preached as a lay minister with the Anglican Parish of South Queens in the Diocese of NS and PEI in the Anglican Church of Canada. Because my preaching schedule varies, the frequency of postings will vary.
I hope that these sermons will enrich your spiritual life as much as they have enriched mine.
Tuesday, 17 May 2016
James 4:1-10 How to Chase the Devil Away
Satan called a worldwide convention. In his opening
address to his evil angels, he said, “We can’t keep them from reading their
Bibles and knowing the truth. We can’t even keep them from family values. But
we can do something else. We can keep them from forming an intimate, abiding
experience in Christ.”
“If they gain that connection with Jesus, our power
over them is broken. So let them go to church, let them have their conservative
lifestyles, but steal their time so they can't gain that experience in Jesus
Christ. This is what I want you to do, angels. Distract them from gaining hold
of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day.”
“How shall we do this?” shouted the evil angels.
“Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and
invent unnumbered schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered. “Tempt them to
spend, spend, spend, then borrow, borrow, borrow. Persuade the wives to go to
work and the husbands to work 6 or 7 days a week, 10-12 hours a day, so they
can afford their lifestyles. Keep them from spending time with their children.
As their family fragments, soon their homes will offer no escape from the
pressures of work.
“Overstimulate their minds so that they cannot hear
that still, small voice. Entice them to keep the TV, the DVD, and their CD's
going constantly in their homes. Tempt them to spend more time on their
computers, especially watching internet pornography.
“Fill their coffee tables with magazines and
newspapers. Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day. Invade their
driving moments with billboards. Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, sweepstakes,
mail order catalogues, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering,
free products, services and false hopes.
“When they meet for fellowship, involve them in
gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences and
unsettled emotions. Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no
time to seek power from Christ. Soon they will be working in their own
Ladies and gentlemen, this is how Satan works. He
and his angels do everything they can to keep us from having a relationship
with Jesus. They sneak into the cracks and openings in our lives just like
insects come into our houses through cracks and open windows. They use subtle
tactics to gain control over us.
Do you want to know how to defeat evil? The answer
is simple-faith. If we have faith in Christ we will have strength to resist the
devil as the apostle James commands us. Christ gained victory over the devil
when he died for us on the cross, and if we believe in Christ we will also gain
a victory over the devil.