Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies” Ps 139:21-22 (KJV).
Many Christians say that they hate demons and that they hate sin, yet they tolerate sin and demons in their lives. They live a life of deception—a life of lies but God knows even when others don’t.
David had a perfect hatred for the enemies of God (Ps. 139:21-22). He counted them as his enemies and we are called to do the same! Sin is an enemy of God for it separates us from proper fellowship with the Lord.
Demons are enemies of God because they are determined to ensnare, destroy, hinder, thwart and block the plans of God. Their purpose is to keep us in bondage even though Christ came to set us completely free.
In order to live a life of freedom the enemies of God must be cleared out from our land—our lives, our homes, our families, our businesses, our societies, our communities, and our nation. They must be utterly destroyed—this is where deliverance comes in. When we have been fully delivered we can live lives of genuine holiness. But without it we will live lives of legalism and/or false holiness like the Pharisees.
Many Christians are bitter foes of deliverance and the question is why?
If they are followers of Jesus they should know that he spent most of his ministry delivering people—setting them free from all types of bondages. And shouldn’t his followers do the same?
God calls us to freedom through his son. He wants us to be holy for he is holy. He wants us to have an abundant life—which can only happen if we clear out our enemies and possess the land. We could pretend to be holy and fully delivered…but God will know that we are nothing more than dead bones.
Though others may think we are alive Christ would say to us what he said to the church in Sardis in Revelation 3:1 (KJV), “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.”
Why settle for a dead life when through deliverance you can have life and enjoy the abundant life?