Linda Steingard – Evil Spirits – Hunter, North Dakota Convention, 2023

Ephesians 2:2, “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.”

Are you aware of what the original Greek says about this verse? Part of the verse that is referring to, “according to the power of the prince of the air”, in the original Greek it says, “the evil spirits between heaven and earth”.

These evil spirits are everywhere. From the beginning of time, these evil spirits have been in existence, and they are everywhere.

I know that some of us have erred in the past that we thought that these spirits were only a problem on the continent of Africa, in India and in ex-Soviet countries where they denied the existence of God, that these spirits weren’t here.

So, we actually put ourselves into a situation where we deceived ourselves and we became blind. These spirits are everywhere.

When we think of our present situation in this crisis, our tendency might be to point a finger at certain individuals and feel that we’re in this now because of whoever or whatever.

But I wonder if we’ve ever stopped to think this thing through.

Are we aware that all of us are playing a part in this current situation?

Some of us have been enablers when we shouldn’t have been.

Some of us were supporting when we shouldn’t have been supporting.

Others maybe were being neglectful.

Others of us should have been examples, better examples.

Some of us should have been living closer to God.

Others of us shouldn’t have been leaning but had backbone and with the help of God standing on our own two feet.

All of us are to blame. To some degree, we’re guilty of our present situation.

So, I hope no one feels that it’s the responsibility of a group of men to come up with a new law that is going to solve this problem. It won’t happen that way.

It’s going to take us as long as it will take, till God can help us, with the word of God, to see ourselves in the scriptures and to be willing for the necessary changes, so that every one of us can be a strength in the kingdom. When we are, the problem will be solved.

There was a man at an earlier convention this summer. He’s a man from the world, now professing. A young father with two young children, and he stood at the convention. This is what he said, “Our present crisis is many, many times worse out in the world, so then leaving God’s way is not the answer. It’s not an option.”

So then, what do we do?

I’m going to read to you, bring to your attention four verses, four portions of scripture. I’d like you to read them for yourself and read them slowly and thoroughly and ask God how these verses apply to the way that I’ve been living. And we’re going to find some astounding answers, some shocking answers.

You know in I Samuel 8:10, we read of the time that the children of Israel were wanting a king. Under the leadership of Samuel, they did well. Samuel was a good leader. But you know what? After a number of years, it bred some weakness.  You know what the weakness was? These people wanted to become like the nations around them and they wanted to have a king who could go out and fight their battles. They lost their desire to fight. That is very dangerous.

In Philippians 1:27, we read this verse, “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ.” Notice the word that this verse starts: “only”.

You know, if we disciplined ourselves and actually practiced this verse, we’d find out that there would be a lot less conversations amongst us; there would be a lot more quietness.

Are you aware that in this matter of what we call communication – verbal communication – that 7% of it is only verbal? There’s 38% of it that has to do with tone, and I think 55% of it is nonverbal. That has to do with body language, gestures and eye contact, etc.

Just imagine that 7% of communication is verbal, and it’s that 7% that has caused so much problem in the kingdom.

Oh, if we could just get a healthy appetite for the word of God, and our conversations would change. We have something living, something to build up one another’s faith.

Our thoughts. Philippians 4:8 tells us what our thoughts should be. That can be a real battle, being disciplined with our thoughts. But our thoughts will become actions.

Then there is II Timothy 3:1-5, These verses for me are very sobering. When we first heard about this crisis, these are the first verses that came to my mind. “In the last days there shall be perilous times.”

In all of these verses, they’re just full of a list of words.

Then verse 5 says, “Having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof.”

What I like about these verses is that these verses are teaching each of us to take personal responsibility.

When we have our eyes open to something that we sense is not right, these verses tell us what to do. They give instruction of what to do.

It says, “From such turn away.” It doesn’t say kick them out. It doesn’t say talk about them. It just says, “from such turn away.”

It takes a lot of courage and strength, but we can create a safe environment for ourselves if we do that.

Then in Revelation 17:13-14. It’s talking about all these kings and all these powers, and they are going to unite and fight against the Lamb. The Lamb is going to overcome.

How do you think that works? These are mighty powers. A lamb can’t fight. It’s helpless.

If you wanted to hear the latest gossip, would you go to someone with the nature of a lamb?

If you wanted a good argument or to have a good fight, would you go to someone with the nature of a lamb?

No. That’s the protection of the lamb. It just avoids it. The problem is solved.

May we know what it is in the future to work on having the nature of a lamb.