“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” (Exodus 20:7)
My friend wrote me recently referring to the demonic forces as the “moronic” forces. I think it’s fitting, quite frankly. They are of “that” nature (of a moronic type of nature). In reality, it doesn’t matter what you call them, as long as what you call them is appropriate. Call them demons, call them fallen angels, call them diabolical, demonic, anti-Christ, moronic and oppressive. They fit into all of these categories and more.
What you call them is not what matters.
But what DOES matter is that you DON’T call them! Call them ANYTHING … but don’t CALL them!
How then do you call a demon — so that we don’t do it, either intentionally, or by happenstance?
Well, let me share with you a true story that I may have shared before. I was shovelling snow one winter — this would have been probably 8 or 9 years ago now — and I was not of a good attitude. Yes, I was a Christian. But no, I was not, and am still not, perfect. I was on the brink of sinning, and I was tempted, and I actually fell into sin. The “sin” was that I used God’s name in vain. Ouch! The old nature stung me! And I was bitten!
No sooner had I said those few words than, in rapid succession — 1, 2, 3 – – three demons quickly entered into me to settle the matter once and for all: What I had done was not right in God’s sight!*
How do you call a demon? Curse God. That’s a very good way to call a demon. Demons will come, and if you don’t shake them, you’ll remain under the influence of that demon for the rest of your life. Repentance will rid yourself of them — spend some quiet time with the Lord and cry them out. Believe it or not, that actually works.
Did you know that God permits demons to enter in order to discipline? That’s right. That’s entirely consistent with Scripture. First Samuel 18:10 and other passages spell that out very clearly: “And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul…” Why did the evil spirit come upon Saul? Because Saul was in rebellion. It was “from God” in the sense that God used it to discipline Saul. It was simply a “tool” in God’s hands — it certainly does not fall into the category of “every good and perfect gift” that James describes, though the discipline is, of course, a “gift”.
I can tell you, I have seen people with evil spirits — they are just like you and me, but they don’t want to repent. That’s the only difference (if you are repentant, that is. If not, then … oops … you’re like them!).
So you don’t actually have to “call” an evil spirit for an evil spirit to show up! They’ll just “show up” if you “do” the right … err, the WRONG … things! Like take God’s name in vain, for example. I have seen people who were BOUND ALL OF THEIR LIVES because the refused to stop taking God’s name in vain.
This is serious business.
Would you like to get free? Spend some quiet time with God, and ask him to show you where the sin is (whether it’s blaspheming or some other sin). He will. Like lightning it will be present in your mind. Then you need to repent of it.
I quoted Exodus 20:7 at the start of this article. It highlights God’s judgment against those who sin by taking his name in vain. Thank God that through Jesus Christ who has paid our debt of sin on the cross that he has provided a way of escape for us! First John 1:9 says to believers, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Isn’t that good news! I think we can all say an “Amen” to that!
* If you have never felt a demon go inside you, don’t ask God to show you. If you have never felt a demon go inside you, that also does not mean that a demon has never gone inside of you! But in this case, I truly felt them go in, and there was good reason for it … it was a “wake up” call. The sign of a demon is not that you feel them, but it is reflected in what you say, in your behavior, and in your attitude. Read some of Neil Anderson’s books for more information on this. (Highly recommended: E.g. Bondage Breaker, Victory over the Darkness, and others.)