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Demonic Possession: When Should You Get Involved?

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If you can see that someone has a problem, is it your moral duty to try and fix that problem for them?  Many Christians would say yes.  God says no.  You see, God is the One dishing out the problems in the first place, and He has very strategic reasons for giving people the problems that He does.  When you then come along and condemn what God is doing, where is your respect for God’s Authority?  Where is your acknowledgement that His wisdom is vastly superior to yours? Read more of this post

Demons in the End Times: Understanding Possession & Exorcism

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Because God’s control over His own creations is absolute, not partial, demons never have free rein over humans.  Demons never get the luxury of getting to do everything they want exactly how and when they want.  Instead, demons are stuck in the same position that humans are stuck in: they’re forced to make the best of a situation that is far from their ideal.  Read more of this post

Pursued by Spirits: How to Find Real Help in Dealing with Supernatural Beings

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Suppose your cell phone rings.  Should you always pick it up?  It could be a friend.  Or it could be an enemy who is recording your call so he can use the information against you in court.  Before you open up the line and start dialoguing with whoever it is that’s calling you, you should look at the screen on your phone and see if you recognize the number.  If you don’t, then you would be wise to send it to voicemail and let whoever it is leave you a message.  In this day and age, many callers who are just out to harass you will give up if they can’t make an immediate connection, so you save yourself a whole lot of trouble by finding ways to screen your calls. Read more of this post

Hating Demons: Is it really as righteous as it sounds?

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God is good and demons are evil. God is for us and demons are against us. God is wonderful and demons are trying to negatively impact Him in some way. What more reason do we need to hate demons? We certainly shouldn’t be for demons, because God has already damned them, and we don’t want to be insulting God by hoping demons will somehow get another chance. Demons are out of chances. We don’t know what they did to burn up God’s patience, but we know how gracious He is, so if He says He’s fed up, there’s nothing more to say. Read more of this post

Principles of Discernment: Individuals vs. Groups

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Satan is a single demon who is not omnipresent, so it is not technically correct to credit him for all demonic activity. Because God identifies Satan as a recognized leader among demons, we do the same, and Christians often refer to Satan when they really mean all demons. Just as you could say “Hitler advanced into Poland” when in real life Hitler was hanging out in Germany and only his soldiers entered Poland, Christians often credit Satan for demonic activities whether he was personally involved or not. To keep Satan in perspective, remember that he is a single, limited being. He is not all knowing, he is not all powerful, and he is not able to be everywhere at once (see The Power of Demons In Perspective). Remembering these facts helps you realize that when ten different Christians all claim to have Satan harassing them at the same time, they are not all actually dealing with Satan. It’s far more likely that none of them are dealing with Satan because Satan is just one creature and there are billions of humans on this planet. Read more of this post

Better than Exorcism: Dealing with Persistent Demon Problems

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Demons are scary. Maybe when you first met yours, they put on their friendly act in order to lure you in. But at some point, they started showing their nasty side and now you’re in serious torment. Maybe demons are attacking your body. Maybe they’re attacking your mind. Maybe they’re attacking your surroundings. Whatever their methodology is, we can teach you how to deal with these persistent pests in a way that will help your soul. Read more of this post

The Spiritual Benefits of Being Trampled by Demons

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There are times when your efforts to rebuke demons will appear to be very effective. There are other times when your mighty Guardian—the magnificent Holy Spirit—will lower His guard around you just enough to let a few demons give you a hearty thrashing. In such moments, no amount of praying, rebuking, Scripture quoting, anointing, or Name flinging is going to save you. You’re going to get pounded until the Holy Spirit throws them off of you, and He isn’t going to throw them off until they’ve served His purposes.

So what exactly are God’s purposes for letting you get mowed over by demons? He has many. We can break them down into the development of four critical soul attitudes: trust, reverence, submission, and dependency. You can’t move forward with God unless you are making progress in one or more of these four areas. It turns out that demons are fabulous tools for propelling you down the road of spiritual maturity. Let’s now talk about how this works out. Read more of this post

Spiritual Warfare in the Church: Delusions vs. Truth

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Have you been told that you have the gift of discernment? Do you sense the presence of demons more often and more clearly than other people? Do you believe you have a special ability to “see” into the spiritual realm? Have you been taught that your special abilities are indications that God has specially equipped you for battling demons? If so, you have been led to a very dangerous place. The way you currently perceive spiritual warfare and your own spiritual abilities is very detrimental to your soul. You are caught in a current of deceptions which are only going to carry you deeper and deeper into a land of delusions. You can’t grow close to God when you’re clinging to delusions, but the kinds of delusions you’re headed toward are extremely addictive lies. They will please your ego so much that you won’t want to let them go. Demons know how to make lies sound far more attractive than truth, and teaching you that you are some spirit kicking warrior is one of their favorite games to play. Now wait a second—are we saying that demons would encourage you to believe you are a threat to them? Oh, yes. That whole rebuking package that you’ve been sold—it comes straight from them. Demons love it when you start rebuking them in the Name of Jesus or better yet—chanting Bible verses. Maybe you’ve been sold the version in which you’re supposed to hold up some large cross to drive the evil spirits back. Or perhaps your spiritual mentors took you down the holy liquids road—teaching you to dab on some holy oil or holy water or holy something else as a physical shield against those powers of darkness. It’s all such a fantastic scam and you have been the victim. If you’re serious about wanting to know God and please Him with your life, there is a whole lot of relearning you need to do about the spiritual realms. We can get you there, but it isn’t going to be a pleasant ride because God’s truth is often very repulsive to our pride. But truth is truth, and trying to ignore it doesn’t change anything, it just ends up harming you. God will not adjust reality to suit your wishful thinking. If you want to please Him, you have to submit to His rules and align with His definition of truth. Read more of this post

Does prayer give us the strength to stand against Satan?

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With so much bad teaching about spiritual warfare in the Church, we need to be careful about the terms we use. You should never be talking about your strength against demons because you don’t have any. The phrases “spiritual armor,” “spiritual warrior,” and “standing against Satan” all encourage mental images of you and demons duking it out. This is very problematic, for if you were to ever try and take on demons by yourself, you’d be instantly torn apart. You are simply no match for them. When it comes to defensive posture in spiritual warfare, you need to picture yourself hiding behind the Holy Spirit’s back or locked in His protective embrace. The Holy Spirit is the One who protects you from demons. Without Him, you have no hope at all. But here’s the thing about the Holy Spirit: He doesn’t take orders from you. Read more of this post

Spiritual Discernment & Warfare: An Introduction (1 of 3)

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The topics of spiritual discernment and spiritual warfare are so closely related that we will cover them both in this series of lessons. Spiritual warfare is about learning how to react to your spiritual enemies in ways that will benefit your soul. Well, before you can react wisely to your enemies, you have to be able to recognize them. That’s where spiritual discernment comes in. Read more of this post