Are there demons everywhere: under the rocks, behind the trees? Are they attracted to our sin which we commit once, twice, three times? Do they cause us to commit sins? Do we exhibit their behavior if we become so engrossed into our sin?
The reason for the title is exactly what I have suggested in the first paragraph. I want to suggest two viable routes which demons can influence people. In the Bible, the book which has been the cornerstone of Christian Doctrine for over 1000 years, suggests in the writings of Paul, the one who expounded upon Christ’s teachings in his letters to the churches, that during the end times some will turn aside to doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1-2), will turn to teachers that will tell them what they want to hear, or “scratch their itching ears” (2 Timothy 4:2-4). Although there are other verses which speak of certain doctrines which were seeping into the churches during this time, he mentions them in passing; instead he encourages his readers to continue in the truth, the teaching of the Gospel of Christ and what he has accomplished through his death and resurrection. Not surprisingly, these teachings that cropped up in the early church are still out there. Unfortunately, this route is one that is often over looked. But at least there are teachers who speak on it.
The second route is one which is talked about so much: sinning. This route into peoples’ lives open doors. But I want to make a clear difference here. There is a clear distinction which Paul makes in between demonic and our own sinful nature, or the fleshly nature. And Paul speaks more on how we battle that sinful nature rather than how the demonic influence upon our thinking. (Romans 7:7-25, Galatians 5:1-26, James 1:1-27, 4:1-8). Yet this is where it can get tricky. Although there is temptation out there, and we do have that sinful nature, through Christ that nature no longer has a hold on us, in other words, we die daily to it, there are influences outside of ourselves that can pull us toward doing bad things. The devil goes around like a roaring lion seeking to devour (1 Peter 5:8-9). He is not a pet to be tamed. We do see demonic activity within the gospels. Yet these seem to just include some type of physical bondage, or cutting, even dangers to others. The examples are there. But we also see Satan as the accuser. This same being is also known as the tempter. We see this in Matthew 4:1-11 and 1 Thessalonians 3:1-10.
So when we step back and look at Scripture, we cannot blame any devil or demon for our sinning. We have our own lack of will power which we can direct to whichever desire we wish to follow. We can either follow our desire to fulfill a desire to worship ourselves and give into our own depraved desires, or follow the desire to steer away from that which can destroy us. That latter gives us strength, as long as we lean upon God in our weaknesses. (Proverbs 3:5-7).
I’d like to end this with a view of our temptation which I hope can give you some hope as to knowing that God is there to help you, and he will provide a way out. In the Greek, ‘temptation’: peirazo signifies (1) “to try, attempt, assay”; (2) “to test, try, prove”. (Vine’s Concise Dictionary of the Bible W.E. Vine  pg 375). With this definition in mind, we can see that the tempter tests us to see where our allegiance lies. Do we follow him, the father of lies, the father of sinners, or God, the Creator, who wants to be your Father, whose Son died for our sins and was raised again?