The Scriptures uses dangerous and poisonous animals to illustrate the true nature of demons who influence evil people to disrupt God’s plans. They attack churches, Christians, and the Bible, trying to oppose God by any means necessary.
The enemy, through evil people, will burn churches, physically attack Christians in some countries, but in others, they will send false teachers to mislead the believers into error. But the biggest obstacle Satan has is the Word of God. The Scriptures is where all believers get their spiritual strength from, and without it, their faith will weaken severely. So, you will even see some Christians, who are being misled, attack the very Book (the Bible) that they claim to live by.
Becoming a companion with an evil person is like allowing yourself to get bitten by a venomous spider because that type of person will put your life in danger. A person that immerses himself in sin builds a wall between himself and God. Their prayers will not reach the throne of God. The Lord will give a deaf ear to their cry.
But your iniquities have built barriers between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.-Isaiah 59:2
Stay away from them, but rather befriend those who are like-minded, loving the things of God.
The reason why the Pharisees said that Jesus was using a demonic prince to cast out a demon was that they had rejected the evidence of God working through Him. The word “prince” implies one with a high position and who exhibits great power.
The word “Beelzebul” means the lord of the flies. It was a name that was attributed to Satan.
Flies are attracted to human waste which human excrement points to something worthless like idols. The word “Idol” in Hebrew is gillul which has the meaning of dungy things. Strong’s# 1544
God considers all idols to be the equivalent of human waste. When you see any religion bowing down to a statue, for the Lord, it is like worshiping dung (worthlessness), making your worship detestable to the Lord.
12 You must have a place outside the camp to go and relieve yourself. 13 And you must have a digging tool in your equipment so that when you relieve yourself you can dig a hole and cover up your excrement. 14 For the LORD your God walks throughout your camp to protect you and deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, lest He see anything unclean among you and turn away from you.-Deuteronomy 23:12-14
Human excrement gives the meaning of a thing that is useless. Just like when a person eats food, the body starts to digest it, keeping only what is useful and discards what is not needed.
According to the verses in Deuteronomy, human excrement is something that God considers unholy, and flies are naturally attracted to it. So, it infers that when you are in sin, as a believer in Christ, you will attract demons, giving them access to your life.
Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.-1 Peter 5:8
Be careful with what you do with your life because Just like the odor of dung calls the flies to it so does your sins to Satan. Repent immediately and get right with the Lord or you are asking for demonic oppression.
If you notice, Job said something powerful and insightful. He said that everything we gain in this life when we die will remain on this side of the world and will not go to the other with us. Jesus also confirmed the same concept in Matthew 6.
19 “Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.-Matthew 6:19-21
The material things that you work for in this life can even be taken away while you are still here. How much more when you die. When you are living for Jesus, you are accumulating for yourself treasures in heaven. In heaven, no one can take them from you and will be there when you get there.
Are you working for the temporal things of this life? Or, are you working for eternal rewards?
I would like to share with you a different point of view with an illustration of what it looks like when you only work for the temporal things of this life.
There is a store that has the best things one can have. It has the best shoes for men and women, the best clothes, food, and everything in between. The prices are reasonable for all the items you wish to acquire. But there’s a disclaimer. More on that later. You go into the store and are wowed by its size and with all the merchandise it carries. You can buy anything your heart desires. You open up your wallet, and you start buying with your eyes, meaning you get things you don’t even need, but because of greed, you purchased them. You grab a cart that can fit as much as your wallet can get you. After leaving the checkout with a big smile on your face, right before you exit the building, a security guard stops you. He tells you that you cannot take any of the items with you. With a very puzzled face, you ask him why? I purchased all of this with my money.
Here comes the disclaimer which I mentioned earlier. The security guard tells him that he can enjoy everything he bought, as much as he likes, in the store. But after that, he must leave all of them at the store.
Would you waste all of your money on items that you cannot take with you after you die? That is what Scripture is saying. No one in their right mind will buy things that they cannot bring home afterward. Why will you do the same in this life? When you work hard for a house, car, job, shoes, clothes, and many other things, but after you die, you can’t take anything to your eternal dwelling, why work hard for those things?
Jesus said to work hard for the treasures in heaven, so when you go to your eternal home, they will be there waiting for you. You will have them forever.
Live a life that pleases God by working for His glory. How do you do that? Read the Scriptures, pray, and tell people about Jesus. Help those who are in need when the opportunity arises. Show people Christ in you. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.