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Dealing with Ghosts: Essential Facts & Effective Defenses

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In this post, we’re going to teach you about ghosts.  If you think ghosts are cool, realize that you’re seriously lacking in spiritual wisdom.  There’s nothing cool, entertaining or safe about ghosts.  We aren’t discussing this subject to entertain spiritual morons and rebels who think they can flirt with supernatural beings and come out unscathed.  The purpose of this post is to help people who are sincerely interested in making wise spiritual choices. 

When you want real help with supernatural entities, it doesn’t take long to discover that real help is hard to find.  The world is full of ghost trackers and ghost enthusiasts who will encourage you to pursue relationships with the mysterious entities who are starting to engage with you.  Such advice is as helpful as stepping on the head of a man who is struggling to stay afloat in a lake.  If you want real help with your ghost problems, don’t listen to the advice of people who view ghosts in a positive light.  Also avoid people who want to get you involved in a bunch of ritualistic hoopla.  Séances, prayer walls, intercessory prayer sessions, holy water flinging and exorcism rituals—all of these things are utterly useless and they will do nothing to help you.

Never pay anyone to help you with your ghost problems.  Such issues are a form of demonic harassment, and trying to profit off of someone’s demon problems is really quite despicable.

The only people who are going to be equipped to give you sound advice about ghosts are people who are seriously committed to the real Gods in their personal lives.  Since God has a very low opinion of people trying to make a buck off the spiritual misery of others, no one who has their spiritual priorities in order is going to be comfortable profiting off of your spiritual problems.

Now then, let’s get into it.  While there is no limit to the form ghosts can come in, there are many basic principles which apply to all ghost situations.  Understanding the principles we’re going to explain in this post will go a long ways toward helping you make wise choices should you ever find yourself getting targeted by some kind of apparition.

WHAT IS A GHOST?

Let’s start with the most basic question of all: what exactly is a ghost?  A ghost is a demon in costume.  It’s critical to realize that ghosts are never who or what they appear to be.  The form is always a deception.  Contrary to what many so-called “experts” will tell you, demons never appear to humans in their true forms, thus anyone who claims to know what a demon actually looks like is delusional.  Demons always appear to us in some kind of disguise, but those disguises are not chosen at random.  Instead, they are very strategically crafted to create a specific kind of impact, and this is something we’ll discuss more in a moment.  But first, it’s useful for you to have a general idea of how clever demons can be.

UNDERSTANDING DEMONIC ABILITIES

Suppose a human dresses up as a clown and ten people look at him.  What do those ten people see?  They each see a clown.  Although humans often think of themselves as extremely impressive creatures, the reality is that their abilities are extremely limited—far more so than those of demons.  When it comes to interacting with humans, demons have far more options than we do.  If four people are sitting on a couch, a demon can fix it so that only one of those four sees him, even if the whole group of humans is looking at the same spot.  A demon can also appear as four different images to each member of the group.  One person might see a dog, another might see a girl, while another sees a troll and the fourth person sees nothing at all.

Demons are masters of deception and theatrics, and they don’t have the spatial limitations that you do.  Because they can manipulate matter in ways that you cannot, they are able to do all kinds of stunts which appear supernatural to you.  Levitating things, causing objects to appear or disappear, manipulating temperatures—such things are very simple for demons.  And since you are such a delicate creature who is easily creeped out by doors that slowly creak open and the sound of footsteps coming up the stairs, for demons, freaking you out is as easy as fishing in a bucket.

Consider how easy it is for you to con a human child by taking advantage of that child’s lack of life experience and understanding of how things work.  Children are easily dazzled by the most basic of parlor tricks, and they are prone to believing anything an adult tells them.  Yet as easy as it is for you to deceive a human child, you are far easier for demons to mess with.  Demons are not humans, nor are they forced to exist in forms that you can always physically interact with, and this gives them a huge advantage over you.  While a dog can’t come into your room without being seen and heard by you, demons can make their presence totally undetectable to you.  A demon could be right beside you as you read this post and you won’t even know it unless he does something to make his presence known.

Imagine how many pranks you could pull on people if you could put on some magic cape which made you invisible to them.  Then imagine how much greater your advantage would be if you could also put on shoes which made no noise when you walked.  Humans rely on their physical senses to determine what is and isn’t real. The more senses you can sneak around, the greater your advantage becomes.  Well, demons can easily bypass all of your senses as well as all of those technological gadgets that ghost hunters use to try and detect the presence of spirits.  From the perspective of demons, those gadgets only increase their advantage by giving them another toy to mess with.  This is what is so ridiculous about trying to track demons scientifically.  The more gadgets we come up with to try and “sense” the presence of supernatural entities, the more fun demons have using our gadgets to freak us out and lure us into their deceptions.  Demons are not afraid of being tracked by us.  They know we can’t track them, but they love watching us try, because they want us to focus on them.  So they feed us just enough “data” to keep us committed to the hunt, and then they laugh at what idiots we are as we stand around trying to draw conclusions from the fact that some needle jumped around on a screen.

Trying to study demons scientifically is an utter waste of time, because modern science relies far too much on sensual data while beginning with the moronic assumption that there is no God.  Taking an atheistic approach to supernatural entities won’t get you anywhere.  If you want to understand how to deal with demons, you need to talk to the Gods who created them.

Understanding that you are so incredibly easy for demons to deceive, mess with, freak out, prank, and confuse, will help you steer clear of the arrogance that so many ghost hunters fall into.  You are no match for demons—not in any way.  If you think that being a Christian somehow gives you an advantage over demons, you’ve been misinformed.  If the real Gods were like trained dogs that you could get to perform on command in return for some treats, then there might be some point to you boasting about being “covered by the Blood” or in you waving crosses around while you verbally rebuke things.  But since the real Gods aren’t your puppets who you can manipulate at will, you really don’t gain any advantage over demons by being a Christian.

A true Christian is someone who has been granted eternal salvation due to their reverential submission to the real Gods.  Submission is about bowing to God’s will when you don’t like what He’s doing.  The opposite of submission is domination.  Domination is when you try to get God to bow to your will.  All of the rituals, props and prayers that Christians promote as “weapons of spiritual warfare” are nothing more than attempts to dominate God.  Since the real Gods dislike it when humans try to dominate Them, and since the real Gods are the only Ones who can protect you from demons, you would be wise to think carefully about the kind of attitude you’re expressing towards the real Gods as you try to deal with your ghost problems.  If you’re flinging holy water and throwing Jesus’ Name around, you need to stop acting like such an irreverent twerp.  Your Creators do not take orders from you, nor can you control Their behavior by tossing around droplets of a liquid which They invented in the first place.  When we stop to really think about the whole Christian “spiritual warfare” package, we find that the common Christian strategies for handling demons reek of rebellious soul attitudes and attempts to control the same Beings who we depend on for every breath.  So just because something is packaged as “Christian” advice doesn’t mean it’s good advice.  Always ask the real Gods what They think of someone’s theory about demons before you start trying to apply that information.

Let’s summarize what we’ve learned so far about demonic abilities.  You are no match for demons.  They are non-human creatures with many advantages over you—advantages which allow them to easily manipulate, deceive, terrify, and overpower you.  Trying to take demons on by yourself will never work.  Trying to track demons scientifically is a waste of time, since demons can easily manipulate any gadgets we come up with and nothing we do can harm demons.  Trying to find ways to make the real Gods drive demons away from you will only result in the real Gods helping demons harass you even more. The real Gods are the only Beings who have the power to keep demons away from you, but if you’re going to get anywhere with Them, you have to approach Them with the right soul attitudes, and that means submitting to Them as the Supreme Authorities that They are.

Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit aren’t just the Creators of demons, angels and humans—They are the Creators and Sustainers of all that exists.  Compared to the real Gods, demons are as powerless as a speck of lint.  Compared to demons, you’re the lint.  It’s very useful for you to understand that there is a power structure which you are at the bottom of with no hope for advancement.  Once you understand this, you can see that the demons who are playing ghost games with you aren’t free agents—they are under the authority of the Gods who made them.  The real Gods are Sovereign Creators—meaning that They reign with absolute control over Their creations at all times.  In other words, demons can’t do anything to you without the permission of the real Gods.  Since the real Gods are very purposeful Beings, They don’t let demons harass you just because.  Instead, They always have a strategic purpose for allowing demons to appear to you in ghostly forms, and that purpose is what you need to focus on.

UNDERSTANDING DEMONIC AGENDAS

Appearing as ghosts is just one of countless ways that demons mess with humans.  It’s critical to understand that demons are very malicious creatures who are always out to harm you.  They have no interest in helping you, and they intensely hate you.  The only time demons put on a pretense of liking humans is when they are trying to lure humans into some kind of trap.  Friendly ghosts are like a hunk of cheese in a mouse trap.  The purpose of the cheese is to lure the mouse in close enough to get his neck broken by the trap’s device.  In the same way, whenever demons appear to you in friendly, inviting forms, they are trying to lure you into a terrible kind of spiritual trap.

Now contrary to what many believe, demons cannot capture your soul or sever your connection with God.  But demons don’t need to have such power in order to spiritually devastate you.  The wrath of God is their greatest weapon, and it’s really His wrath that they’re trying to turn against you.  They do this by coaxing you into a position where you are perpetually defying God.  Because God’s patience has limits, He is only going to put up with so much of your snarky attitude before He chucks you into Hell and tortures you for all of eternity.  Demons know this, and their goal is to get you to burn up God’s patience with you by getting you to remain in a state of spiritual rebellion.  When God tells you to stop pursuing ghosts, demons will try hard to keep you intrigued with their alluring costumes just so that you will keep embracing a spiritual attitude of “Shut up and go away, God.  This is my life and I’ll live it how I please.”  It’s really your soul attitude towards God that demons are trying to influence. They want you to remain hostile and rebellious towards Him.  They want you to ignore Him and view Him as some irritating killjoy who is always getting in your way.  It’s seeing you war against your own gracious Creators that demons really delight in, because they know that war is one that you are sure to lose.

Once you understand that demons are really trying to con you into trashing your own relationship with God, you can see why turning your focus onto God is the only productive way to deal with demonic harassment.  As long as you stay focused on the demons and their theatrics, you are ignoring what really matters.  Focusing on demons only increases their influence over you.  Just as you will be more upset by a stranger yelling at you if you stand there giving him your full attention, your emotional reaction to demons will be far greater if you focus on them.  So while mediums, ghost hunters, and many Christian spiritual warfare “experts” will encourage you to focus on and try to communicate with the spirits who are hassling you, this is really the worst thing you can do.  You need to ignore demons as much as possible.  Since the extremely popular Christian ritual of rebuking demons is a form of talking to them, rebuking is a bad idea.  Whoever you’re talking to is who you’re focusing on. So don’t talk to demons for any reason.  Instead, talk to God.

UNDERSTANDING DEATH

Now appearing as ghosts is just one of many games demons play with humans.  Once you understand that their core agenda is to get you to focus on them while you develop a hostile attitude towards God, you can start to see a definite strategy behind the kinds of costumes demons don when they’re appearing as ghosts.  After all, the choices are endless.  Should they appear as a troll?  A fairy?  A unicorn?  A weeping widow?  A young child?  A famous historical figure?  Remember this key principle about ghosts: they are never who they appear to be.  Just as a human can dress up as Adolf Hitler without actually morphing into that infamous dictator, a demon can present himself as the spitting image of your dead grandmother without changing who he is.

When humans die, God separates their souls from their bodies.  He transfers the souls to an entirely different dimension while the bodies are left here to decay.  Contrary to what so many people believe, it is physically impossible for human souls to return to earth once God has transferred them on.

To understand how dimensions work for human souls, imagine that you have two large aquariums in your house that are filled with various species of fish.  Each aquarium has a plastic lid on the top of it which prevents the fish from jumping out of the water to their deaths.  Those lids also  make it impossible for the fish to leap from tank to tank.  Little Goldy the goldfish is stuck in the aquarium that you plopped her into and she’s not going anywhere until you want her to.  One day you decide that you want to move Goldy, so you reach in with your fish net and scoop her out.  Goldy can panic and fight, but she can’t escape the fate that you’ve chosen for her.  You lift her out of the first tank and plop her into the second one.  Goldy is now in a whole new world.  She has no idea how she got there, and she has lost all contact with the other tank.  She can no longer communicate with the fish she left behind, nor is she aware of their activities.

This analogy of fish tanks illustrates how humans experience dimensional travel.  As a human, you are stuck living in whatever dimension God has plunked you down in.  You can’t leave this earth until He decides to scoop you out of it.  When God does pluck your soul out of this world, you have no control over where He’ll plunk you down next.  All you can do is listen to Him when He says that how you respond to Him in this world will play a big factor in where He decides to move you to when He whisks you out of here.  God says that if you sincerely submit to Him as the Supreme Authority that He is, He’ll transfer you on to a nicer place when you die.  If you defy Him instead, He’ll transfer you to somewhere awful.  Christians call these places Heaven and Hell.  The point is that when God moves you, you’ll be stuck in the world He transfers you to with no way to leave.  You will also lose all connection with the world you live in now.  You see, the theory that other humans are looking down on you from Heaven is 100% hooey.  Because humans are unnerved by the whole concept of death, they cling to these ego pleasing delusions that they can somehow keep relating to someone who has died before them.  And yet when we play games like this, we only end up making ourselves even easier for demons to deceive.

Demons are huge fans of the whole “Mommy is an angel who is now looking over my shoulder” package.  Struggling to accept the death of your child?  Demons have a great solution for you: don’t accept it.  Tell yourself that your kid is now an angel who flits back and forth between Heaven and here.  Worship your angel baby.  Create a shrine to him in your home.  Talk to his photograph and wallow in a bunch of absurd fantasies about what a perfect person he morphed into.  Make your living kids hate you by constantly comparing them to their perfect angel sibling who only exists in your mind.

Celebrate the birthdays of your dead loved ones.  As the years go by, keep track of how old they would be if they had remained on this earth.  Write them letters.  Pray to them.  Set out a place for them at your dining table.  Dress up for them, and strive to live for them.  Credit them for protecting and guiding you in life.  Demons absolutely love it when humans obsess over the dead like this, because when we refuse to let go of what God has taken from us, we just end up developing rebellious soul attitudes.  When we start crediting dead humans for the things God does for us, it’s like we’re shoving Him out of the way and turning the spotlight onto a new, better god that we’ve invented for ourselves.

UNDERSTANDING PRIMARY TARGETS

Demons don’t try their ghost theatrics on every human, because they know that this particular routine won’t work on all of us.  Just as a human fisherman will first decide what kind of fish he wants to catch, and then strategically bait his hook with something he knows that particular species finds attractive, demons are very strategic with their ghost theatrics.  When it comes to baiting you, for example, demons don’t just whip out any old trick.  First they size you up, and there are certain kinds of information which they are especially interested in. Your current soul attitude towards God is a critical piece of information.  How much do you care about pleasing your Creators?  A little?  A lot?  Not at all?  Demons can see your soul attitudes as clearly as you can see another human’s face, and where you’re currently at with God plays a huge role in how they will attack you.

Another key source of information is your personal fears and insecurities.  How is your personal background—any unresolved traumas?  What are your most shameful secrets?  Your worst memories?  Who are you afraid of in this world?  Who do you feel dependent on?  Demons can access all of your memories, they can monitor your current thoughts, and they can hear everything you say to God.  Demons understand you far better than you understand yourself.  They know what you really want, what you care about, what you are emotionally attached to, and what you struggle with.  First they gather their intel on you, then they decide how they want to bait you.  If they determine that you are a good candidate to be suckered by a ghost routine, they will be very strategic with the kind of ghost they create for you.  If you are the primary target of a ghost routine, then the ghost will be tailored to look and behave in a way that you will find deeply intriguing.

A good example here is Rose and Ben—the couple who lost their teenage daughter in a gruesome car wreck.  While Ben has been processing his grief in a healthy way, Rose is totally stalled in denial.  She won’t accept the death of her daughter and she’s been spending a lot of time researching ways to communicate with the dead.  When demons size this couple up, they see that Ben is not going to fall for a ghost stunt, but Rose is too good of a candidate to pass by.   So they start manufacturing the image of the couple’s dead daughter walking through the house at random moments.  In this game, Rose is primary target—she is the one who the demons are specifically trying to hook, and of course Rose is immediately intrigued by what she sees.  She believes what she wants to believe: that her daughter has returned from the grave to be with her.

ATTACK STRATEGY: ISOLATING PRIMARY TARGETS FROM UNWANTED INFLUENCE

Now in cases where the primary target is surrounded by other humans who are totally unreceptive to ghost games, demons often make it so that only the primary target can see them.  When this occurs, the primary target often gets shunned by the other humans in the group.  When no one but Betty can see the ghost, it’s easy for everyone else to write Betty off as crazy.  But is she?  No, Betty is really seeing things.  She’s not just imagining it, but she is misunderstanding what’s really going on because she’s taking the ghost at face value instead of understanding that it’s just a demon in costume.

What happens when Betty’s people can’t see what she sees?  Betty gets very frustrated. She also ends up feeling isolated from her people, and this is exactly what demons want.  The reason they’re only appearing to Betty is because she is the only member of the group who seems receptive to their ghost games.  The rest of Betty’s people utterly scoff at the idea of ghosts, and this is a problem for demons because those other people have emotional influence with Betty.  Betty cares about what her husband, siblings, parents, kids and friends think of her.  It upsets Betty when her people start calling her crazy and telling her to stop talking about her experiences with the supernatural.  All of that peer pressure could cause Betty to start shunning the ghost, at which point she’ll stop being so easy to deceive.  In order to really trash Betty, demons want to isolate her from her support team as quickly as possible.  They want to drive positive spiritual influences out of her life.  So when Betty tries to share about her latest ghost sighting, demons help Betty’s husband feel threatened by what she’s sharing.  They start working with all of Betty’s people to enhance feelings of exasperation, discomfort, and irritation.  The goal is to get Betty’s people so annoyed with her that they start socially shunning her.  This isolation motivates Betty to put more energy into building a relationship with her ghost companion, and demons will often increase their ghostly theatrics when their targets are in the process of shifting their loyalties in their direction.  Betty’s ghost is likely to act extra friendly and communicative during this period, and once Betty has become entrenched in obsession, demons will be able to scale back their theatrics and still keep her hooked.  This kind of isolation tactic works great to separate primary targets from the influence of other humans who are not behaving the way demons want.

UNDERSTANDING SECONDARY TARGETS AND HOOKS

Not every human group has only one good target.  Sometimes demons size up a group and they see several potential targets.  Whenever multiple members of a group have sensual encounters with the same ghost, observing how those humans react will reveal the role demons have assigned to them.  In multiple target scenarios, there can be primary targets, secondary targets, and hooks. The person who feels immediately and strongly intrigued by the ghost is a primary target.  Their strong emotional response is due to the fact that the demons have tailored their ghost performance to specifically play on that individual’s personal needs, fears, and beliefs.  Primary targets will often recognize who the ghost is, or at least find the ghost’s appearance very significant.  Primary targets often feel a stronger connection to the ghost and a greater investment in understanding what the ghost wants.

Now while the primary target is immediately hooked on the ghost performance, you might observe other members of the group showing signs of cautious curiosity.  While they will vocalize a disbelief in ghosts and scoff at the impossibility of it all, they’ll also hop on the internet to try and find some biographical information about the figure who is appearing to them.  Let’s use the Walton family as an example here.  When the Waltons move into a new home, young Stacy starts seeing two young twin girls appearing in her room.  The ghost girls appear to be close to Stacy’s age, they are very friendly, and they invite Stacy to play with them.  Young Stacy is at a point in her life where she’s very lonely and these two twins remind her of a very popular girl at Stacy’s school who Stacy has always been jealous of.  Stacy is immediately drawn to these ghost girls and she starts to play with them on a regular basis.  Stacy’s very receptive attitude towards these girls, plus the fact that the girls are offering to fill a need in Stacy’s life, make it clear that Stacy is the primary target in this situation.  There can be more than one primary target, but we won’t know if that’s the case here until we observe how other members of the group react.

When Stacy’s parents learn about what’s going on, they react very differently.  Stacy’s father says that his daughter is just imagining the whole thing.  Stacy’s mother is also skeptical, but she’s also curious and she  keeps asking Stacy more about her ghost friends.  As Stacy spreads news of her ghostly companions to other humans, she’s functioning as a hook. In ghost scenarios, the hook is someone who helps demons attract more customers by giving them some free marketing.  As long as Stacy is telling everyone about her ghosts, demons don’t have to appear to anyone else—Stacy is doing the work for them.  More importantly, Stacy is adding credibility to their theatrics by expressing her own belief in the ghosts.  Humans are more prone to accept something supernatural if another human gives it credibility first.  Since little Stacy has a reputation of being a truthful girl, her accounts of the ghost twins are hard for Stacy’s mother to just blow off, and as the mother’s curiosity grows, we can see that she is a secondary target in this scenario.

Secondary targets are humans who do not feel an immediate attraction to the ghost, because the ghost is not specifically tailored to appeal to them.  Secondary targets often have no prior experience with ghosts, nor have they thought much about them.  The demonic agenda for secondary targets is to get those targets more receptive to the whole ghost package so that they can become primary targets later on.  For example, if demons can use young Stacy to get Mrs. Walton more open to the idea that ghosts are real, Mrs. Walton will be easier to con later on.  Mrs. Walton isn’t ready to be a primary target yet—if demons tried to show her a ghost, she’d be much more likely to react with terror and disbelief than interest.  Secondary targets often need to be eased into the ghost routine by being confronted with convincing testimonies from sources they trust.  The more Mrs. Walton listens to Stacy’s stories about her adventures with the ghost twins, the more Mrs. Walton begins to wonder who the twins actually are.  Since Mr. Walton refuses to talk about it, Mrs. Walton calls up her sister Angie and brings her up to speed.  Mrs. Walton is now functioning as a hook to Angie—she’s luring another adult towards the same trap that demons have already coaxed young Stacy into.

When Angie hears what’s going on, she suggests that she and her sister do some research to see if there is any history of twin girls being associated with the house.  This is exactly what demons want—they love it when humans start looking up the backstories of the characters they invent.  Demons are very clever, and they know when they’re dealing with the researching type.  In these scenarios, demons intentionally appear as figures with accessible backstories—tragic histories which can be found without too much effort on the part of the humans.

When Angie and her sister do some digging, they learn that the house the Waltons live in was built to replace another, larger house that burned down under suspicious circumstances.  The family who lived in the previous house was a very unhappy family.  There were two twin girls in the family who were terribly abused by their father, who was jealous of how much his wife doted on the girls.  One day the father locked the girls in a closet and lit the house on fire.  The girls were burned alive, and their mother ended up going insane with grief.  The father ended up killing himself, and that was the end of that tragic family.

Now of course there’s a handy photograph of the family on the internet and—what do you know?—the ghost girls Stacy is seeing are a perfect match to the girls in the photograph.  Angie and Mrs. Walton are shocked when they find this out, and as we see the women conclude that the ghost twins are really the ghosts of those two abused girls who were burned alive years ago, we can see that these two secondary targets are being completely suckered by the demons’ routine.

Now what no one in the family knows is that Aunt Angie got pregnant out of wedlock back in her twenties and she miscarried a pair of twin girls.  No one in the family knows this secret, but demons do, and they hope to use Angie’s unprocessed grief to get her emotionally bonded to their ghost twins.  The plan works.  Angie begins feeling extremely attracted towards the ghost girls and when we learn about Angie’s miscarriage history, we realize that demons have had two primary targets in this group the whole time.  At first, Angie’s cautious response to the ghost stories made her appear to be a secondary target.  But once we find out how perfectly these ghost twins are ringing Angie’s momma bells, we realize that demons have been targeting Angie all along with a routine that they knew she wouldn’t be able to resist.  Angie is no longer a distant observer, she’s all in, and she has decided to make it her mission to help the twin ghosts find peace.

So far demons have made three big scores in this family unit. Stacy and her aunt are totally addicted.  Mrs. Walton is coming along nicely as a secondary target who is growing ever more receptive to the idea that dead humans really do walk the earth.  The only stick in the mud is Mr. Walton, but demons have effectively conned him into isolating himself from the rest of the family unit, which keeps him out of their way.  Meanwhile, Stacy, her mom, and her aunt, are all functioning as hooks by telling other people about what’s happening at the house.  Even Mr. Walton is doing his part as a hook when he occasionally complains to his friends about how delusional his women are being.  Scoffing hooks can be just as useful as sincere ones, because when Mr. Walton’s friend Wes hears about what’s happening, he is intrigued.

What Mr. Walton doesn’t know is that his friend Wes has already been a secondary target in ghost routines in the past.  When he was just a boy, Wes had a friend who swore that he saw ghosts.  When he was a teen, Wes dated a girl who would have conversations with her ghost sister.  These experiences have helped Wes become more receptive to the idea that ghosts are really who they appear to be, so when Wes hears that ghosts are regularly showing up at the Walton home, Wes wants to learn more.  He pays the Waltons a visit when Mr. Walton isn’t around so that he can talk to one of the believers.  All of the work demons have invested in Wes in the past is now paying off.  He’s doing exactly what they want all of their secondary targets to do by showing an increasing willingness to be manipulated by ghost theatrics.  Demons now decide that Wes is finally ready for his own personal ghost sighting, so when Aunt Angie takes Wes to Stacy’s playroom, Wes is shocked to see the two ghost twins with his own eyes.  Aunt Angie feels surprised and affirmed when Wes sees the ghosts. She’s also jealous, because she wants to see them for herself.  Demons will get around to Angie eventually—but since she’s already a believer, they aren’t going to pamper her.  Wes is the big score they want in this moment.  They’ve held off on giving Wes a direct ghost encounter in the past because he seemed too resistant. But now that they’ve been working on him for decades, he instantly believes what he sees and they’ve got another fan locked in.

Are you seeing how this works?  Demons begin by targeting a specific individual or individuals.  They tailor their ghost image to appeal to the most gullible individuals in the group, then they use human hooks to spread the word about what they’re doing so that more humans will be drawn into their trap.  Really successful ventures often get turned into permanent “haunted” locations which attract visitors from miles around.  Soon humans are working hard to protect the site from being destroyed, and demons are having a grand time wowing the masses with an occasional performance.  Once a ghost personality becomes widely accepted, it takes very little to maintain a strong following.  A very occasional sighting will be good enough if demons are careful to perform to audiences with good credibility.  And since demons can easily control who does and doesn’t see their images or hear their theatrics, it’s very easy for them to work around the scoffers.

DEFENDING AGAINST GHOSTS

So what’s the solution here?  How do you keep yourself from becoming a total pawn of demons?  How can you avoid swallowing their bait—especially when they can cook up something that you are sure to find extra tantalizing?   There are three key strategies that will help you defend against demons. Let’s discuss each one in turn.

Step #1: Correctly identify who you’re dealing with.

The first critical step in defending against ghosts is to realize what’s really going on.  Ghosts are never who they appear to be.  They are just demons in disguise, and demons are malicious creatures who are always looking for ways to spiritually harm you.

Step #2: Be uncommunicative & uncooperative.

This step is critical.  Do not talk to the ghosts, even when they are talking to you.  Don’t engage with them, and don’t obey any instructions they give you.

Not all ghosts are friendly. Some are terrifying and very aggressive.  In cases of scary apparitions, demons are usually tailoring their costumes to play on unresolved fears that you have.  Guilt over past sins you’ve committed or think you’ve committed, fears about God rejecting you, or unresolved psychological traumas provide fabulous material for demons to work with.  In cases of malicious ghosts, the core goal is the same as it is for friendly ghosts: demons want to drive you into taking a hostile stance against God.

Joe already fears that God is blaming him for the death of his wife, so when Joe’s wife starts haunting him and demanding revenge, it only confirms Joe’s fear that God has eternally cursed him.  To get out of this bind, Joe needs to apply good defense strategies.  Step 1 is to identify who he’s really dealing with. It’s not really his dead wife who is showing up in his bedroom—it’s just a malicious demon who is trying to get Joe to keep shoving God away on a soul level.  Joe then needs to move on to Step 2 by refusing to talk with his ghost wife and refusing to obey her instructions.  The ghost wife keeps demanding that Joe kill himself as penance for killing her.  Joe needs to do just the opposite of what the ghost is telling him to do.  When she orders him to pick up a loaded gun, he needs to leave the gun in the drawer.  When she tries to get him to come close to a cliff’s edge, he needs to back away.  When she’s talking at him, he needs to apply his third line of defense and start talking to God.

Step #3: Talk to God.

Because the whole point of ghosts is to try and turn your focus off of God, the best way to get demons to give up on this strategy is to increase your communication with God whenever ghosts start coming around.  Whether it’s the sound of footsteps outside of your room, flickering lights, levitating furniture, drops of blood running down your walls or some visual image drifting about right in front of you, the best thing you can do is start talking to God.  Remind yourself that He is in control of the situation, and that demons can’t do anything to you without His permission.  Ask God to help you grow closer to Him through the harassing situation and ask Him to make you all that He wants you to be.  By focusing on goals like this, you are doing the exact opposite of what demons want you to do.  If you’re going to respond to their sensual theatrics by clinging tighter to God, then they are going to tone their theatrics down and start looking for more subtle ways to drive you off course.

Occasionally demons will take a gamble by trying to terrorize some obedient soul into turning away from God, but when they overdo it like this, it often has no useful effects.  By keeping your focus on soul attitudes like reverence, submission, dependency and trust, you become very hard for demons to work their ghost theatrics on.  Appearing as ghosts is only useful if you’re going to take what you see at face value.  Once you see through the whole charade and understand that it’s just a demon in disguise, the theatrics become a waste of time.  Demons aren’t interested in wasting their time.  They want to spend their limited resources on strategies that will actually work.  With so many strategies to choose from, they don’t feel compelled to use ghosts.  They prefer to save such theatrics for promising targets who show signs of spiritual gullibility.  The more you listen to God in life, the less gullible you will become.

FURTHER READING:
Help for Murderers: What To Do When Your Victims Are Haunting You
Mind Wars: Defending Against Demonic Voices in Your Head
Soul Attitudes That Please God: What They Are & How We Develop Them
Exorcism Q&A
Lying Angels: How to Tell When You’re Being Duped by Supernatural Beings
Spiritual Warfare in the Church: Delusions vs. Truth

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