.............SQUATTERS THE DEVIL IS A SQUATTER WHAT IS A SQUATTER? SQUATTING MEANS FINDING SOME EMPTY HOUSING AND MOVING YOURSELF IN WITHOUT AN AGREEMENT WITH THE LANDLORD. YOU MOVE IN AND ACT AS IF YOU BELONG. YOU CONDUCT YOURSELF JUST LIKE YOU OWN THE PLACE. WE WERE ALL DEAD MEN WALKING BEFORE WE CAME TO CHRIST. WE ALL WERE DEAD IN OUR TRESPASSES AND SINS. WE WERE ALL WALKING IN THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS, BUT JESUS GAVE US A WAY TO A NEW BIRTH, AND WE CAN BECOME A NEW CREATION. Ephesians 2:1-10 1. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 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: 3. Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them NOW AFTER WE BECOME A NEW CREATION WE MUST REALIZE THAT OUR SPIRIT HAS BECOME NEW AND ALIVE TO GOD, BUT WE STILL HAVE THE SAME MIND. NO NEW BRAIN OR DATA IN THAT BRAIN. WE WILL STILL BE DRAWN TO ACT AS BEFORE IF WE DON'T DO SOMETHING ABOUT OUR MIND. IT IS LIKE AN ON BOARD COMPUTER. COMPUTERS ONLY FUNCTION ON WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN PROGRAMED TO DO. HOW DO WE OVER COME THIS PROBLEM? WE MUST REPROGRAM OUR MINDS
ROMANS 12:1-2 TELLS US TO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD, BUT TO BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF OUR MINDS. TRANSFORMED MEANS TO CHANGE TO ANOTHER FORM. WE MUST CHANGE OUR MINDS FROM THE WORLDS WAY OF THINKING TO GODS WAY OF THINKING, AND WE THEN WILL CONFORM TO GODS WAY AND LEAVE THE WORLDS WAY BEHIND.
WEBSTERS DEFINITION OF TRANSFORMED:1 a : to change in composition or structure b : to change the outward form or appearance of c : to change in character or condition
THE DEVIL HAD THE RIGHT TO RULE AND LORD OVER US WHEN WE WERE DEAD IN OUR SINS AND TRESPASSES, BUT ONCE WE BECAME A NEW CREATION HE WAS KICKED OUT. HE REALLY THINKS HE STILL OWNS YOU AND HE WILL TRY TO COME BACK IN, AND IF YOU HAVEN'T STARTED TO FILL YOURSELF AND YOUR MIND WITH THE WORD OF GOD THE DEVIL WILL FIND A CLEAN HOUSE AND TRY TO MOVE BACK IN. HE IS A SQUATTER NOW, NOT AN OWNER.
HE REALLY BELIEVES YOU BELONG TO HIM. LET'S LOOK AT MATTHEW 12:43-45 AS IT WILL SHOW US WHAT THE DEVIL THINKS ABOUT US AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO FURNISH OUR HOUSE BY RENEWING OUR MINDS. MATTHEW 12: 43-45 43When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
IN VERSE 44 THE UNCLEAN SPIRIT AFTER BEING KICKED OUT SAYS " I WILL RETURN TO MY HOUSE. HE COMES AND CHECKS IT OUT AND FINDS IT SWEPT AND CLEAN AND GARNISHED. HE FOUND IT CLEAN AND COSMETICALLY ADORNED, BUT NOTHING SOUND IN IT. THE UNCLEAN SPIRIT STILL THINKS IT IS HIS HOUSE.
THIS IS A PICTURE OF A PERSON THAT HAS GOTTEN SAVED AND DONE NOTHING TO GROW IN CHRIST AFTER THAT EXPERIENCE, THERE HAS BEEN NO RENEWING OF THE MIND, AND NO TRANSFORMING FROM THE WORLD TO GODS KINGDOM. THEY PUT ON A PLASTIC FACE AND SAY THE RIGHT WORDS AND GO TO CHURCH, BUT ARE EMPTY AND MALNOURISHED INSIDE.
SWEPT AND CLEAN AND GARNISHED. SUPERFICIAL, SHALLOW, EXTERNAL, PRESENTING ONLY AN APPEARANCE, WITHOUT SUBSTANCE OR SIGNIFICANCE. LACKING IN DEPTH OR SOLIDITY. A LACK OF DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE, REASONING, EMOTION, OR CHARACTER:moral excellence and firmness.
Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
WE CAN MAKE OUR EXTERIOR LOOK SO GOOD. AND BE SO BAD AND EMPTY INSIDE. WHEN WE COME TO CHRIST AND BECOME BRAND NEW AND OUR HOUSE IS SWEPT AND CLEAN AND WE HAVE DECORATED THE EXTERIOR, LET'S NOT STOP THERE BUT FILL THE INSIDE WITH GODS WORD, AND WALK IN HIS PROMISES AND RESIST THE DEVIL AND HE WILL FLEE.
THE MAN WHO DID NOTHING TO THE INSIDE PAID A HEAVY PRICE. THE UNCLEAN SPIRIT CAME BACK AND SAW A CLEAN AND DECORATED HOUSE AND WENT AND BROUGHT BACK WITH HIM SEVEN MORE WICKED THAN HE AND MOVED RIGHT BACK IN. DON'T LET THE SQUATTERS IN. THEY WILL DESTROY THE PLACE. THEY WILL DESTROY YOUR LIFE. THEY WILL STEAL YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR FINANCES. RENEW YOUR MINDS TO THE WORD AND LET GOD RESTORE ALL THE SQUATTING DEVIL TOOK FROM YOU.
REMEMBER THE ONLY RIGHTS SQUATTERS HAVE ARE THE ONES YOU GIVE THEM BY YOUR LACK OF CONCERN AND LACK OF DOING ANYTHING TO KEEP THEM OUT. THE DEVIL HAS NO RIGHT TO RULE IN YOUR LIFE, BUT HE WILL TRY, AND IF YOU DON'T RESIST HIM HE WILL TAKE OVER AND BRING TROUBLE IN WITH HIM.