Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Try the Spirits

Scripture:  1 John 4 v 1 - 3: "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
 2  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
 3  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world."

Every Christian who truly follows Jesus Christ should be engaged in spiritual warfare. Seventy percent of Jesus' earthly ministry was spent casting out demons and healing the sick. The Holy Spirit was sent to the Church to bring gifts and power that would help us do the things Jesus did.

Unfortunately the Church has for years played down need for such ministry and sophisticated people, intellectuals, graduates and priests have pooh poohed the very existence of demons or evil spirits. However you hear it in strange places like in cricket - the demon bowler; amongst celebs - she's battling her demons; serial killers - his eyes look cold and dead.

Hollywood is full of movies or TV series on vampires, zombies, werewolves, and other demonic entities.  There are umpteen programs on aliens invading Earth with the intention of utter destruction.  All of these are based on absolute truth about the unseen realm surrounding us.  However, we remain ignorant of these dangers even when a teenage axe murderer kills most of his family and his voice on the emergency line is as calm and controlled as if discussing the weather.

The truth is we human beings are actually spirit beings.  Our spirit is covered with a soul, which consists of Will, emotions and mind.  All this is enclosed in a fleshly body. We began as spirits in Heaven, acquired a soul as hostages of Satan, were given a fleshly body by God in the Garden of Eden to manifest what Satan had done to us so God could repair the damage and bring us back home.

Our minds have been severely tampered with in satan's evil realm and need to be renewed according to the Word of God. We need to overcome everything that was brainwashed into us back then before the world was formed. Satan's very real demons were assigned to each soul to kill, maim and destroy.

Jesus died to give us life.  We are members of His Body which was broken when Jesus became the Ransom.  Each fragment of His shattered Body became known as a soul and we were held in that Satannic grip because it says in 
Isaiah 14 v 12 - 14: "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 
 13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
 14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."

That's why Jesus had to die to break Satan's power over us through sin and equip us to defeat his demons ourselves. Satan's biggest and most successful deception is that he and his demons are figments of our over excited imagination. Any reality check gets filed under "Unexplained!".

The world today is in a serious mess because too few Christians believe we are in a warzone fighting beings we cannot see or hear. They sit in pews every Sunday and are content that all is well with their world.

The world however is flummoxed on how to deal with migrants trying to force their way into affluent countries; or terrorists like Boko Haram who kidnap schoolgirls in Nigeria to sell as sex slaves for huge profit to continue their terrorist war against Christians in Nigeria. The USA and UK super powers send advisors to help. However it doesn't help. That's because Boko Haram are 100% controlled by demons sent to kill, maim and destroy.

You can only truly defeat them through spiritual warfare not guns and ammunition. The same goes for ISIS, North Korea, Syria, Al Qaeda, the Taliban. All Communism is the manifestation of an antichrist spirit. All Muslim religions are a manifestation of an antichrist spirit.  US President Donald Trump is hated by all those who are controlled by demons because he is using the power of God to conquer through prayer.  He is challenging the forces of darkness and wearing them down.  They hate it, and hate him because they do not know Jesus. 

It has taken generations for them to fully infiltrate western nations and make strongholds called mosques. Britain has discovered 1500 radical extremist mosques exist there. Only 2 British mosques can be described as moderate. What is the solution? Churches in Britain are being turned into bingo halls because entertainment is more important.

The Church has no power when it ignores the power of God through the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ. When churchgoers find no victory over terror and tragedy they drift away.

I love the movie Ghost with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.  It is a textbook of true power of good over evil, of God over the Devil.  The people who kill and steal get taken by demons to Hell when they die.  As the Bible clearly states.  So if we really believe we will make it to Heaven we need to get things right with God.

We must get back to our true nature in Christ and learn to try the spirits, not the people, the SPIRITS!! Christians engaged in spiritual warfare have the gift of discerning spirits of good and evil. When you have delivered someone from demons and seen the wonderful change in them it is joy unspeakable and full of glory.

However, it happens as you are rejoicing something catches your eye. Job is not over. The person protests that they are fine now but you discern something in the eyes. You need to try that spirit. Speak to that spirit, not the human, and challenge it with "Did Jesus Christ come in the flesh?" No demon will EVER admit that!  They will mumble and look away but they or it cannot look you in the eye and confess that Jesus came in the flesh.

And when a demon is identified it has to leave. Its like a secret agent. If his cover is broken he has to retire. When you break that demon's cover you consign it back to Hell. Policemen cannot explain why a group of youths can suddenly turn into killers, kicking and beating an innocent human to death for no reason but the fun of it. The high it gives them.  But if you know that there is one or two members who have a violent spirit in them or a spirit of murder it incites the group in a flash. That same spirit causes them to smirk and laugh in the dock when they get long sentences. The spirit is achieving its mandate to kill (the innocent victim), maim the families involved, and destroy the perpetrators.

The Apostle Paul said "I don't just beat the air" I know my enemy. (1 Corinthians 9 v 26). Paul was not guessing which demons were manifesting, he was using the gifts of the Holy Spirit to discern and know what he was fighting. We should all be able to deal with demons like this. Years ago my 3 year old son was doing spiritual warfare before I was. I learnt a lot from him. He could see, hear, name and defeat them as easy as breathing.  Unless you come as a little child you cannot perceive the kingdom of Heaven.  Words of Jesus.  

So you don't have to be old, wise and whiskery to deal with demons. You just have to learn more about this subject.  I chose to find out everything I could so God could use me to be effective in warfare.  You cannot unlearn truth.  It's real and scary until you learn the art of spiritual warfare.  Then the demons fear you.  

Call on Jesus to open your eyes and fill you with the Holy Spirit. Be willing to open His marvellous gifts and use them. Discover what you are really capable of and turn this world upside down for Jesus. You are not fighting a losing battle. You have Jesus with you who has already defeated Satan and all his demons so that you could do this too. Be an overcomer! Be a true follower! Give demons the boot!

Let your spirit, your real self, conquer your soul and its demons of anger, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, wrong sexual activity, false religions, bitterness, hatred, violence, murder, pride, rebellion etc. Cleanse your flesh of these gate crashers and rise up in newness of life to be part of God's army in these last days.

Prayer: Heavenly Father Forgive me for wasting time on frivolous things when I could be fighting the big battles with Jesus against demons, the real aliens who want to destroy us. I want to know the truth so I can be free to help others overcome our common,(not so) hidden enemy. Teach me to reign over them and deal with them like Paul and others have done. In Jesus' name. Amen.