Today is a tough post, but it has to posted nonetheless. I believe that Christians do not realize the reality of the dark side. In fact, I believe that it’s Satan desire to keep Christians blinded to the reality of the spiritual darkness kingdom – Satan’s Kingdom. He wants to keep us chained to the Christian bubble world of happy endings and to continue to live in obliviousness until the day we die…Hey, I’m not here to scare you, but here to speak the truth to you. If you have time, please read this post. It’s that important to you, the well being of your family, your church families and friends.
Virtually all evangelical Christians and even many liberals agree that Satan is a living being who is responsible for the evil in the world today. Do you know that demons are alive and active in the world today? But Christians bristle, “Hold on there. I believe in the devil, but I don’t buy that stuff about demons.”
Well, How do you think Satan carries on his worldwide ministry of evil and deception? He is a created being. He is not omnipresent, omniscient, or omnipotent. He can’t be everywhere in the world tempting and deceiving millions of people at the same moment. He does so through an army of emissaries (demons, evil spirits, fallen angels, etc.) who propagate his plan of rebellion around the world.
Thus, you have most of God’s people who are spiritually stuck, running in place – expending a lot of energy but getting nowhere fast. Some are painfully aware of their struggles and yearn to be free from the guilt, shame, anxiety, fear, abuse and addictions that are suffocating their souls. Others are largely clueless … even complacent about their struggles … having accepted as normal a subnormal life in Christ, where faith is lived out on Sunday mornings but is largely irrelevant the rest of the week. To this day, there are many believers who are controlled by thought patterns, habits, and behaviors which blocks their spiritual growth in Christ. The sad reality is that, Christians are woefully unprepared to deal with the dark world of Satan’s kingdom or to minister to those who are in bondage to it.
The Bible does not attempt to prove the existence of demons any more than it attempts to prove the existence of God. It simply reports on their activities as if its first readers accepted their existence. Perhaps the best description of the spiritual host which harasses God’s people is found in Ephesians 6:12 :”Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
But wait. There is hope. Remember Jesus? You see, when we receive as our Savior and choose to live for Him, we no longer are slaves to Satan. Why? Because Jesus freed us from our sins. We are no longer in bondage to Satan’s desire but Christ’s instead. When we put on the armor of God we are really put on Christ (Romans 13:12-14). And when we put on Christ we take ourselves out of the realm of the flesh, where we are vulnerable to attack, and we place ourselves within the dominion of Christ, where the evil one cannot touch us. Satan has nothing in Christ (John 14:30), and to the extent that we put on Christ, the evil one cannot touch us (1 John 5:18). He can only touch that which is on his own level. That’s why we are commanded, “Make no provision for the flesh” (Romans 13:14), meaning “Don’t live on Satan’s level.” Remember, Satan is not Omniscient. He doesn’t know everything. He can’t read your mind.
And we, because we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are adopted into the Kingdom of God the Father (Ephesians 1:5) we have the authority in Christ to rebuke Satan and his demons from our life forever. Here are some steps to Freedom in Christ:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We acknowledge Your presence in this room and in our lives. You are the only omniscient (all knowing), omnipotent (all powerful), and omnipresent (always present) God. We are dependent upon You for apart from You we can do nothing. We stand in the truth that all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to the resurrected Christ, and because we are in Christ, we share that authority in order to make disciples and set captives free. We ask You to fill us with Your Holy Spirit and lead us into all truth. We pray for Your complete protection and ask for Your guidance. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
In the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command Satan and all evil spirits to release (name) in order that (name) can be free to know and choose to do the will of God. As children of God seated with Christ in the heaven-lies, we agree that every enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ be bound to silence. We say to Satan and all his evil workers that “you cannot inflict pain or in any way prevent God’s will from being accomplished in (name’s) life.”
I do encourage you to read your Bible, do your daily devotions, grow in Christ and receive only His truths into your life and reject all that is not from Him. Be on alert, because the moment we declared that we’re followers of Jesus Christ, we’re a moving target for Satan and his demons. He is always waiting to bring you down with Him. Satan is the ruler and prince of this world (John 14) and he’s on borrowed time. His mission is to bring as many souls as he can to Hell with him before the second coming of Christ.
~Credits to: Freedom in Christ Ministries, Winning Spiritual Warfare: Steps to freedom in Christ by Neil T. Anderson