and Demonic Forces

When Jesus died, he took the keys (authority) of the kingdom (Matthew 16:19 (KJV), Revelation 1:18) away from Satan. These had been forfeited to him by Adam when Adam sinned. Satan is the prince of the power of the air (thoughts, imaginations, radio/tv waves) (Ephesians 2:2).

When we are born into the kingdom, God puts a hedge around us (Job 1:10). After that Satan has no access to us except as God allows. In the Garden of Eden God said the dust would be the Serpent’s meat (Genesis 3:14). Adam’s flesh was made from dust (Genesis 2:7); therefore, Satan has a legal right before God to feed on our flesh BUT ONLY AS GOD ALLOWS. [God loves us and knows that we are but dust. He knows that, if we saw ourselves as he does, it would kill us; therefore he deals with us one thing at a time.] We are told not to give place to Satan (Ephesians 4:27). That is, do not give him a place to stand (dust, flesh) in our lives. Our flesh has to die ("Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16), but we cannot kill it ourselves. God uses Satan as a tool to cleanse us and remove the flesh nature from us. As we begin to realize that there is only one power in our lives, and that is God, we can begin to rejoice and praise him that he is cleaning us up.

We begin “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then Satan has no power. Jesus took it from him. When we believe (through imaginations) that he has power, we give it to him. As we cast down these imaginations of his power over us, and begin to “be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” Romans 12:2, we reduce him to the powerless zero that he truly is. Remember, he only has the power over us that we give him by refusing to allow God to clean us up. [NOTE: I had to see and acknowledge the reality and power of Satan in the earth (dust) through reading the book Satan Is Alive and Well on Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey before I could realize and know the reality of Jesus Christ. If we are not under the authority of God, we are under the authority of Satan. When we are born into God’s kingdom, Satan’s power over us is blocked.]

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;” James 1:2 “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.” 1 Peter 4:13. “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

A Soldier

When a soldier goes into battle he lays aside everything that does not pertain to the fight ahead. He puts on his uniform ("Put on whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6: 11.), takes up his weapons [prayer, sword of the word, praises, worship of God,("For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)” 2 Corinthians 10:4.], and waits for the command from above. He is trained and under authority, and does not go running off to “do his own thing.” A soldier in the field does not see the whole picture, and what he does see can seem strange and even wrong and counterproductive. If he trusts his commander and believes in the justness and wisdom of his cause, he will follow orders, even to laying down his life. When Satan “comes in like a flood” (Isaiah 59:19), raise a standard (battle flag) against him and stand. The battle is the Lord’s! (2 Chronicles 20:15.) He will deliver!

A baby or child is not sent into battle. A soldier has reached a level of maturity and training. This does not depend on chronological age, but on spiritual yieldedness to God. We need to grow up and learn obedience to God. So long as we are running around “doing our own thing” (even “church” or “ministry” things), God cannot trust us to do “His thing".

Satan is the “prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:2. The only power he has over a Christian is the power of suggestion. He sends thoughts that, at times, we eagerly embrace. Yes, you do! And so do I. Thoughts that tell us we are being treated unfairly by friends, family, or even God. Thoughts that are fiery darts inflaming our emotions, provoking anger, despair, selfishness, self-righteousness, and a host of other negative emotions (demonic influences). The shield of faith quenches the fiery darts. (Ephesians 6:16.) As we study the Bible to find out what God is like, we are able to recognize these lies for what they are. As we overcome how we feel about others and begin to put the “best construction” on their words and actions, the fire goes out of the darts. We cannot stop these “birds of the air from flying over our heads, but we do not have to let them build nests in our hair.” The thoughts will come, but we do not have to entertain them. Recognizing their source we can immediately kick them out.

Negative thoughts and emotions weigh us down, but God has given us a remedy. Put on “the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” Isaiah 61:3. Lift up your voice in praise and rejoicing. Pray in spirit and with understanding. Praise the Lord, even for the attacks themselves. (They are bringing you to perfection.) Magnify and worship the Lord with all that is in you.

When we blame Satan for our sins and iniquities, he receives it as praise and worship of HIM. We should accept the blame, and praise God for cleansing us.

Many years ago I started a notebook. In it I record the date with uplifting thoughts, prayer requests and answers, meaningful Bible verses, dreams–in short, anything showing God’s love and activity in my life. When the fiery darts start to fall, I get out my notebook and fill my mind with the blessings that God has poured out in my life. As praise and worship rise up, faith is renewed, and there is no room for the lies of Satan, who is the “father of lies” (John 8:44); and he slinks away to find a more willing victim. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;” 2 Corinthians 10:4.

Find out what God has to say. His word is truth.

“God so loved [you/me], that he gave his only begotten Son,” John 3:16.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13.
“He that believeth on me [Jesus], the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do;” John 14:12.
“We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28.
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 9:37.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” John 14:26.

Hide the word in your heart so it is there when you need it.

July 9, l999