"12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places."
The men's Sunday school class at my church is studying the book of Ephesians this calendar year. I look forward to attending this class to hear the personal experience of other Christian men-as well as a class scheduled for Wednesday evenings titled, The Second Coming of Christ.
I remember as a child screaming hysterically to my mother, "Jesus is chasing me," as I ran around the house. I was only five at the time, and it would not be until 30 years later that I would recognize that it was not Jesus chasing me, but rather evil spirits...You would not believe the things my family witnessed!
My friends if you believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, then it is time that you understand that the demonic trinity is Satan, the Antichrist and False Prophet.
Read Revelation 17 through 20 to find out about the demise of the devil and his cohorts. However, this does not help you to recognize spiritual warfare and the simple solution to combating it today.
The devil tries to counterfeit everything about God---tricking people to believe that the Word of God does not really apply today.
"We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one"
1 John 5:19 (NLT)
People seek modern medicine to combat depression—turning to psychiatric drugs to combat what the professionals label as bi-polar manic depression. I know, I was once placed on Seroquel and Abilify, and I became more suicidal. I was diagnosed as having long undiagnosed manic depression. Since December 2009, I have not had a manic episode (having been locked down in a Psyche ward against my will for over a month). However, lately, I find myself waking up again at 2:22 a.m. and 3:33 a.m.
It was not until I recognized that I was experiencing spiritual warfare upon my mind that I went to the power. I called out to Jesus Christ as I cried depressingly about my temporary mental condition. Thank God for support groups, because I heard a member of one of my groups share last Saturday night that everything was going great on the outside in his family life and work, but he felt like garbage on the inside.
The man said, "I think it is the devil playing with my head"—he was right!
Romans 7:21-24 (ESV)
"21 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. 22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, 23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?"
The devil does not go after people he knows are already serving him, or defying God by acting like their own god—he attacks people who are trying to serve God—to try and destroy them mentally, spiritually and physically.
1 Peter 5:8 (NLT)
"8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour."
That is why fellowship with other believers in Christ is important to edify our life and the life of others. As we share openly, we discover that we are not alone in our troubles and the things that plague us.
It is important to keep our mind clearSince March 1, 2011, by the Grace of God alone---not psychology or psychiatry---I have not been on any mind, mood altering substances—including alcohol.
The Holy Spirit inspired me to go cold turkey off my prescribed meds. A few weeks later, I surrendered alcohol---that was also effecting my overall mood, physical health and spiritual life.
There is a reason why alcohol is also called spirits. The witches of all time, especially those in Salem and around the world brewed potions derived from plants as they conjured up the dark spirits.
I do not want you to go looking for the unseen spirit world. But I will tell you that back in 2009, and throughout many times in my life, I joined societies that I considered holistic and spiritual only to attract the wrong things to myself.
The New Age Movement focuses on things like The Law of Attraction, but people do not realize that doing things like smudging herbs in muslin bags, dream catchers, oils, candles, gemstones, crystals, etc., are used to center and ground spirits around the individual. But the individual becomes unknowingly oppressed—if not possessed, sensual, esoteric and demonic.
Numerology, astrology, palm and tarot card reading are occult!
Be careful what you ask for and what you allow your heart to desire.
It is not ironic that Hollywood and TV producers keep coming out with movies and television shows glamorizing wizardry, satanic and occult themes.
God calls us to live holy lives...
"For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, 11 or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead (Deuteronomy 18:9-11 NLT).
Black intelligence ops, “Esoterics” has always been a department in most intelligence services. In MI6, it was called the "Occult Bureau."
Theosophical studies cover the origin and development of the cosmos and human development in all the planes of being from its beginning to its end. It is a philosophy of process, transformation, and evolution toward an extraordinary human potential. Out of this Utopian and scientific socialism came Theosophy, British” guild" socialism, the Fabian Society, Bertrand Russell, H. G. Wells, Tavistock and iconoclast Aleister Crowley.
any of a number of philosophies maintaining that a knowledge of God may be achieved through spiritual ecstasy, direct intuition, or special individual relations, esp. the movement founded in 1875 as the Theosophical Society by Helena Blavatsky and Henry Steel Olcott (1832–1907).
Remember that Jesus and the apostles cast out unclean spirits and you can also, if you have the faith of a mustard seed and call upon the name of Jesus Christ for deliverance. I do not like to share too much about my numerous experiences since childhood with the unseen spiritual world and black magic---especially the 2 and a half ordeal that I encountered on the night that I was taken to a Psyche Ward for having what the doctors considered religious psychosis. But what I will tell you is that I witnessed many occult practices and Psyche Ward patients with distinct outwardly unclean spirits while in the mental hospital.
My family of Prince Hall Masons practiced mysticism and many strange rituals derived from religions like santeria (a pantheistic Afro-Cuban religious cult developed from the beliefs and customs of the Yoruba people and incorporating some elements of the Catholic religion).
Kabbalah is the ancient Jewish tradition of mystical interpretation of the Bible, first transmitted orally and using esoteric methods (including ciphers). It reached the height of its influence in the later Middle Ages and remains significant in Hasidism. So you see, you do not have to conjure up(no pun intended) images of witch doctors and Indian medicine men to relate to the occult.
Practicianers of ancient and modern world mysticism exist today
all around us.
The Simple Solution
Galatians 1:4 (NLT)
"4 Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live."
My friends, you can keep polluting your mind and allow your children to be affected by spiritual warfare by ignoring the warnings from the Holy Bible. But if you decide to do things your way and start to notice that there is a dark oppression and depression around you and your loved ones, repent and turn back to Christ.
Prayer is powerful and you can train yourself and your friends and loved ones to Put on the Full Armor of God...Read Ephesians 6:10-18 and 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
Also, if you resist the devil and call upon the name of Jesus and power of the blood of Christ, the devil and demons will flee from you.
James 4:7 (NLT)
7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Most important, try to find wholesome televisions shows, movies and music for you and your children to listen to. You are NOT going to learn anything true and biblically sound by watching occult movies to see how the heros and heroines defeat evil. You should be seeking Christ, not glamorizing evil!
All TV and movies usually do is twist the Truth of the Holy Bible.
Remember, junk in equals junk out, and God's decrees cannot be compromised without bringing negative consequences upon yourself. Therefore we need to stop putting the blame on God for our self will run riot.
1 John 1:9 (NLT)
9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
Godspeed, love and peace be with you,
Brother Johnson, XU