John S. Torell
August 17, 2003
A backslidden Christian does not want to attend prayer meetings! Neither does he want to read the Bible, pray for himself or witness to others about Christ. He will lose the joy of the Lord, become angry, cranky, miserable, irritated and heaping criticism on those who are still walking with Christ! Eventually he will drop out of church completely, citing his great excuse: I CANNOT STAND ALL THESE HYPOCRITES IN THE CHURCH, NOT REALIZING THAT HE IS THE BIGGEST HYPOCRITE OF THEM ALL! James 3:8-18
This condition brings great joy to the Devil and all his fallen angels and grief to our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Ghost!
THE SPIRIT OF ERROR I John 4:6
This is a powerful class of demons, and are extremely difficult to detect. They work in secrecy, using a number of other classes of demons to cover them, and making it almost impossible to detect them. "Flying cover" for these evil spirits are religious spirits, spirits of sentimentality, spirits of guilt, spirits of offense, spirits of approval, and spirits of recognition.
OVERCOMING AN ATTITUDE
Before the Army of God can attack the evil forces of the Devil, Godís soldiers must be "cleansed and healed" from their infirmities. This is a mission that Jesus came to start. Luke 4:28-44
If a person does not know that he has a problem, there will be no solutions for him. Luke 4:18-21
OUR ASSETS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD
The power of God on this
earth has not decreased - Hebrews
13:5-9; Deuteronomy 31:6; Joshua 1:5
Every human being has a weakness, which is exploited by Satan and his demons. Human EMOTIONS are the GATEWAY to the soul of a human being!
Evil spirits have three approaches to alter the emotions of a person:
Any of these approaches will cause the victim of the demonic attack to come into an attitude of I DONíT CARE ABOUT GODíS COMMANDMENTS. A rebellious person will become arrogant and a hurt person will sink into depression and not care anymore if they are pleasing God or not! A drug user will become totally addicted to his chemical agent, and this chemical agent will become his god.
Jonah was in rebellion - Jonah 1:1-3; he became angry and did not care anymore - verses 7-15. Instead of dying and getting his life over, Jonah found himself in the hands of an angry God. Jonah 1:17; 2:1-9 But Satan was not yet through with Jonah, and instead of rejoicing over the fact that God forgave the praying people in Nineveh, he became more than angry, and God let Jonah fade into history, he is never more heard of - Jonah 4:1-4
King Saul was attacked in his emotions with jealousy, fear and anger.
Jesus set up his own standard of laws, to make it possible for a man to control the Gateway to his emotions:
These four points are known as a spiritual law: DYING TO SELF! Galatians 2:16-21
Remember this: If you are not receiving proper sleep, or if your body is physically out of balance, it will affect your emotions and weaken your will-power. Once your will-power is weakened, you have lost control of your emotions. James 1:6-8
Coming to the point of deliverance from evil spirits is hard, but for the believers in Christ to stay clean and maintain the deliverance is a long hard road that will last, until the day Jesus takes you home to heaven. Ephesians 6:10-18
To him that has an ear, let him hear!
To be continued...