I believe that those who have the most trouble with backsliding, are those who fail to realize that we live in a raging battle between Lucifer and his followers, and God and the host of heaven.

Right now, the Earth and all mankind belong to the devil. Those of us who become Christians become enemies of the devil. Jesus Christ gave his spiritual authority to Christians, and the devil knows this.

Genesis 3:15 (God speaking to the devil / Lucifer / Satan) says:

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

This verse is primarily fulfilled through Jesus Christ, but in a sense, the enmity (and the spiritual battle) continues to this day. For this reason (and because man is created in the image of God), the devil hates mankind and seeks to defile and destroy us.

I am going to quote some of what a friend wrote in a blog post, and add a view into the spiritual dimension, so you can REALLY see what is happening, and what we struggle against.  (MY COMMENTS WILL BE IN CAPS)

“For example, let’s say that someone is an alcoholic. One day this alcoholic realized that his or her life is a mess, and they cried out to God to deliver them. Through a series of events, God set them free from alcohol. And for a while, that person never even thought about drinking. (BUT, THAT VERY DAY THEY CALLED OUT TO GOD, THAT PERSON OBTAINED A NEW AND PERSISTENT ENEMY: THE DEVIL)

But one day, all kinds of things happened that made life hard to deal with. (JUST HAPPENED? OR PERHAPS–ORCHESTRATED!) It could be any number of things, but never the less, the result is the same. (DEMONS THAT ARE ASSIGNED TO THEM SPRING INTO ACTION. LITTLE THOUGHT ‘DARTS’ PENETRATE THEIR MIND. ‘BOY, I NEED A DRINK’, THE DEVIL WHISPERS. ) That person looks to alcohol as a refuge.

(‘JUST A LITTLE BUZZ WOULD BE NICE’, THE DEVIL WHISPERS. ‘JUST A BEER OR TWO’ . . . ) They want to escape into “happiness” just for a little while. Just enough to numb things out a little bit so they can relax and think things through. So after some conflict in their head and heart, they cave in to the pressure, and they pick up a six-pack.

There was that one last bit of hesitation right before the bottle touched their lips, but that was quickly overcome by the thought (THOUGHT ‘DART’ SENT BY THE DEVIL) of “it’s too late now, you’ve already bought the beer and opened it up.” So down goes the first bottle. They think “this time I will only drink in moderation”, but that didn’t work last time, and it won’t work this time either. (‘MAYBE JUST ONE MORE’, THE DEVIL WHISPERS . . . AGAIN, AND AGAIN . . . )

(AS SOON AS THEY WAKE THE NEXT DAY, THE DEVIL BEGINS SENDING THOUGHT DARTS OF CONDEMNATION . . . AND TEMPTATION . . . AND HOPELESSNESS. ‘I REALLY SCREWED UP’, HE WHISPERS. ‘I ALWAYS SCREW UP–I’M WORTHLESS.’ ‘WHY DO I EVEN BOTHER?

AND THE DEVIL’S FAVORITE . . . THE ONE HE SENDS AGAIN AND AGAIN: ‘IT’S HOPELESS. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT I DO, I CAN’T FIGHT THIS. I CAN’T GET SET FREE. I CAN’T OVERCOME THIS. THERE’S NOTHING I CAN DO. WHY EVEN TRY TO FIGHT IT? IT’S HOPELESS”

THEN: ‘BUT GOD SAYS IT’S WRONG’ . . . ‘BUT I’VE TRIED. I CAN’T STOP. I’LL NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH. GOD MUST REALLY HATE ME NOW.’ THEN, AGAIN: ‘IT’S HOPELESS. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT I DO, I CAN’T FIGHT THIS. I CAN’T GET SET FREE. I CAN’T OVERCOME THIS. THERE’S NOTHING I CAN DO. WHY EVEN TRY TO FIGHT IT? IT’S HOPELESS”)

Before they know it, they are stopping by the store every night on the way home from work. (WHEN THEY DRINK IS THE ONLY TIME THE VOICES SHUT UP AND GIVE THEM ANY PEACE!) They will meet other people who drink (YOU DON’T THINK THAT’S BY COINCIDENCE DO YOU?), and late nights at the bar are a normal way of life…again. Then comes the DWI, then comes the totaled car, then comes the broken marriage. Why did this happen?’

It happens because we either don’t know, or don’t believe that there is a huge demonic presence on this Earth, that is constantly at work (especially at opposing the people of God). These demons are eternal beings that never sleep! They will work on you 24/7 for the rest of your life . . . if you let them!!

But here is the key–you DON’T let them!! The Bible tells us that the devil goes about, like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. But it also tells us ‘resist the devil and he will flee from you’.

Now, Satan’s #1 lie is that he doesn’t exist. Obviously it is to his advantage that we believe that, because if we do, we won’t resist him! But, the Bible wouldn’t tell us to resist him if he didn’t exist!!

One way to resist him (besides to ignore what he is saying or telling us to do), is to ‘rebuke’ him. You can say: ‘Satan (or ‘demons’)–LEAVE ME ALONE!! IN JESUS’ NAME!

(If you aren’t a Christian, your authority is pretty limited, so you’d better get that resolved first.)

The other thing to do is to ‘plead the blood of Jesus’ over yourself for protection. That’s as simple as saying: ‘I plead the blood of Jesus over myself’.

So, lets review. The first, and most important steps you take are to:

  1. Do your best to live right
  2. ‘Plead the blood of Jesus’ over yourself daily
  3. Always remember that you are involved in a spiritual battle, and that the spirit world is very real
  4. Resist the devil
  5. Rebuke the devil/demons when they mess with you

If you will do these things, you will see a tremendous improvement! Beyond that, there are other things you’ll need to learn more about and do, for complete deliverance.

  • Clean up your life and your home, work station, etc. Learn about the kind of things that can be ‘doorways’ for demons, or that demons can ‘attach to’ and get rid of them.
  • Get deliverance from (have cast out) any demons that are living inside you.

(Satan’s #2 lie is that Christians can’t have demons inside them.)

 

You can find more info about deliverance at these sites:

http://www.shatterthedarkness.net/
(the best info, but the site is horribly disorganized)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/omegamanradio

http://patholliday.com/

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