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The devil is a defiler. He tries to distract us from God by calling our identity into question. “If thou be the Son of God,” he said to Jesus in the wilderness. If we take his bait, we disobey God and our conscience becomes defiled. But he couldn’t shake our Lord. Jesus was secure in His identity. He had the word from the Father, “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” With full assurance of faith, He countered each of satan’s attacks with “It is written.”

Matthew 4:10
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

The word translated “serve” is latreno. It shows up in Hebrews 9:14, where we read that our consciences are to be purged from dead works “to serve [latreno] the living God.” It means to serve, not out of compulsion, but willingly for a reward. God always rewards His servants. This word refers particularly to the Levitical service in the tabernacle and temple. In response to the devil’s temptation to worship him in order to gain self-glory, we are to worship the Lord our God and serve Him only. The Levites served God through continual offerings and applications of blood.

Once the priesthood was instituted, the children of Israel were no longer allowed to sacrifice wherever they wished. Instead, they were to bring their sacrifices to the door of the tabernacle where the priests would mediate between them and God by applying the blood on the altar.

Leviticus 17:6-7
6 And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the Lord.
7 And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.

With the Law, sacrifice was narrowed down to one place. With Christ, deliverance is narrowed down to one blood. The correlation between the blood of sacrifice and deliverance is seen in the injunction of verse 7, “They shall no more offer their sacrifices unto demons, after whom they have gone a whoring.” This means that if I get into the habit of sprinkling the blood of that one sacrifice, I will break the habit of whoring around with demons. This is powerful. The blood of Jesus Christ sets us free from whoring with demons. It breaks the covenants that we have with demons and stops the influence of satan who works through them.

Any act that defiles our conscience (and we know before we do it because the Holy Spirit is ever present to convict us of sin) causes uncleanness. And the things that we do or allow that cause us to be unclean are the areas in our lives where we are whoring with demons. It is sleeping with the enemy, dancing with the devil. Stop it! Don’t dance with the devil! He’ll take you to hell! Take the blood and spray it in his face. Tell him, “You foul demon from hell, you shall not have me. The blood of Jesus Christ speaks against you. I am free from your influence. I don’t have to sin. I am in the holy of holies by the blood of Jesus Christ, by His flesh that was torn. I am bought by the blood and you were deposed and dispossessed by the blood. Out of my face,[1] in Jesus’ name.” Get these foul spirits off you!

1 Corinthians 10:20-21
20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.
21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. NKJV

We have the option of sacrificing our lives to demons or fellowshipping with the Lord. But we can’t sit at both tables. Our God is a jealous God. He won’t have us sitting at the communion table one day and joining the devil’s dance the next! This is one of the reasons why Holy Communion should be taken in godly fear, for if we eat and drink unworthily, we eat and drink damnation to ourselves.[2] Let us partake of the Lord’s blood and be free of demonic influences. Let us use the blood of sprinkling to remain clean, pure, and consecrated to a life of fellowship with our heavenly Father.

[1] This is the common vernacular of “get thee hence!”
[2] 1 Cor 11:27-30

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