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A great battle was ranging before the creation. It was the Very First War that has ever occurred between God and Lucifer. Surely, it was a rebellion hosted by Lucifer with his company against the Only Mighty God. The kind of fight that shook the heaven realms for it was the beginning of SIN (Ezekiel 28:16). Angels begun to segregate themselves of whose side they were with. A warfare that left a mark to Lucifer as satan, the fallen angel. Satan and his partners lost the battle, and forever they will be. So, they are like “a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8, NKJV).” In other words, the devil and his colleagues are merciless spirits who wants to dwell and destroy every human being to snatch us away from our loving God. So, they created tactics that would keep anyone in bondage. How can bad spirits interfere in one’s life? It is through “Demonic Influences” such as: (Leviticus 20:13, Galatians 5:19-20, Deuteronomy 22:5, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 2 Thessalonians 2:9, Leviticus 19:31, Leviticus 18:23, 1 John 2:16 and many more…)
- Consulting Fortune Tellers, Palmistry, Horoscope, Spirit of the glass, Crystal ball, Spiritists. Psychometry, Quija board, Bouyancy, Cartomancy, Necromancy, etc.
- Asking or getting healed by Faith healers or seeing Dr. quack-quack.
- Idolatry, sorcery, witchcraft, black magic.
- Drug addiction, Alcoholism, Horror movies, Accursed articles, ungodly Rituals of organizations or gangs, satanic music, songs that promotes destructions, darkness or anything outside God’s will.
- Sexual Immortality: Fornications, Adultery, Orgy, Incest, Pornography, Pedophilia, Homosexuality, Zoophilia, Necrophilia etc.
Some people laugh at satanic rituals because they do not believe such thing as they also have doubts in the existence of God. Whether we like it or not, God is real so as the enemy. We often hear some words using heaven or hell without really knowing the meaning and the consequences behind it. I am NOT here to manipulate anyone or create fear among us. However, I am ready to expose the demonic influences that once got me into. I was once a victim of these practices, but thank God for Jesus Christ who destroyed devil’s scheme in my life. This article purposely written to prevent any devil’s point of entry in one’s life, and for those searching for an answer on how to get deliverance on satanic oppression.
Every seconds of our life counts because it is a non-stop battle between good and evil. So, what are the necessary steps to win this war? Putting On the “Whole Armor of God” is the answer to defeat the enemy (Ephesians 6:10). Imagine a Roman Soldier in the old days. Before they go to the battlefield all soldiers Required to dressed up appropriately and with a mindset of winning the war against their foe. It is the same way in defeating the devil. We all need to be always in red alert because satan is after us. As a soldier of God let us study all necessary armor and their purposes.
The Whole Armor of God
In verse 17 of Ephesians Chapter 6, the Helmet stands for “Salvation.” The main purpose of helmet is to protect the head. It is the same manner with our salvation. Remember the incident between Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3)? What was the first thing that satan did with Eve? He messed up with her head. Making her confused and doubtful about God’s Word. Those sweet talks that Eve heard from the serpent lingered inside of her mind until she gave-in. The REAL WAR starts inside our head. Lots of people are not sure if they are save. Sometimes satan would remind our past sins to make us feel filthy, unworthy, undeserving or ugly. However, the Holy Bible tells us that “anyone who is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17, KJV).” Meaning, anyone who received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is a new creation which cancel out all the sins that was committed. Perhaps we encounter unpleasant thoughts about us, with someone or toward others that makes us think twice if we are really save. Please never listen to satan’s whisper that there is no hope in us. For it is written in the Holy Bible, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9, KJV).” In other words, any confessed sins to God is already forgiven and He “will remember their sins no more (Hebrew 8:12, NIV).” Wow!!! This is a great news to all. But just a reminder we do not take advantage of the freedom we have in Jesus for “God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7, NIV).” When we allow the demonic influences such as Crystal ball or consulting dr. quack, quack we deceive ourselves just like Eve. She lost her salvation for Eve put her hope in serpent’s words than God. Let us be realistic that stress, depression, fear, negative thoughts starts in our mind. Sometimes people often seek for salvation somewhere else rather than Jesus Christ. We are so agitated to fill-in our senses. Instant gratification is what we always long for. We would rather search for answers with unfamiliar things than God. Salvation can only be found in Jesus Christ (John 3:16 & John 14:6). We should guard ourselves by not losing hope in the salvation of the Lord. If we really want to win the battle of mind then we should put on the Helmet of Salvation.
All soldiers are also obliged to have breastplate because it guards their upper body. The holy scripture describe Breastplate as the “Righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14). As human beings we are not yet perfect. However, anyone who abide in Jesus Christ will be made perfect. The Righteousness that this verse pertaining is about our ‘Character and Attitudes.’ Since our righteousness is Jesus Christ it means we need to be anchored to HIM. When we are deeply rooted in Christ it means we can “bear fruits” (John15:5). What are these fruits? It is the “fruit of the Spirit” which is found in Galatians 5:28: “love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (NKJV).” Some view righteousness based on moral things such as the 10 commandments. Well, the fruit of Spirit will help us NOT to strive to do the right thing, but the fruit will naturally manifest in our life. The fruit of Spirit will drive us effortless to do the godly things. If we have love we will not able to betray God by molding images to worship others. If we have self-control we will not have the will to commit adultery. If we have patience we will not go to palmistry for immediate answers. If we have goodness we will not hurt anyone by any means. In short, Breastplate of righteousness is protecting the heart of our soul from any spears of satan’s scheme. This required outfit is not based on our hard work because anyone who is connected to Jesus Christ bears fruit (John 15:5). Meaning, the fruit of Spirit is the evidence that one is truly saved. I guess putting on the Breastplate of Righteousness is HAVING RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with JESUS CHRIST.
On the same verse 14 in Chapter 6 of Ephesians, Belt is pertaining to the “TRUTH.” The Roman Soldiers needed to put on the belt to protect their lower body. We all know that Jesus Christ is the truth (John 14:6). However, most of the time we hate or despise to hear the truth. No wonder lots of people are not set free from satan’s bondage. Truth is equivalent of “integrity.” The devil does not have any truth in him, so all he does is deceive people as many as the sands. He wants to tear down every loyal relationships, honest living and so on. Satan is the father of all lies, so, he would do all his might to manipulate every person both young and old through media, feelings and knowledge of man. Sadly, we unconsciously fall on a trap based on dishonesties. Lies are the ungodly practices and beliefs such as homosexuality, orgy, swingers, and sex before marriage, pornography, horoscope etc. There was a time I said, “OUCH!!!” No matter how much I prayed it won’t work against the enemy. A SINCERE REPENTANCE is a MUST. If NOT, the devil and his company would be laughing at us if we try our hardest to cast them out YET STILL living in a deceitful life. Never forget to put on the Belt of Righteousness. We are free as long we have the Lord and living in truthfulness. So, Never be discourage even no one would join us. Jesus Christ is the TRUTH and if we accepted HIM in our hearts then it means the truth resides in us. Therefore, if we have the truth then lies has no place in us.
A soldier without shield is not ready for a battle. Shield is a MUST-HAVE because it serves as the protection of the whole body. Any time an arrow, a flaming dart or a sword coming, the soldier would use the shield to avoid the weapons against them. The Holy Bible describe Shield as “Faith” (Ephesians 6:16). A man without Faith in God cannot defeat satan’s plot. Never in a gazillion years. Even a person who is consulting or doing black magic, voodoo and so on will never overpower the enemies. In fact, the devil will never bother them because they are already living inside of them. It is just a common sense, why would a bad spirit get out from a person if the spirit is already possessing this individual? Instead of departing they would open the door for more unfamiliar spirits to take over one’s life (Matthew 12:45). Having faith in God will help us soar like eagles that fly above the storm (Isaiah 40:31). In other words, our Faith in God is gaining confidence that His love is unfailing even surrounded by circumstances. Because of God’s Grace His people will never be weary. It is really important to fix our eyes to Jesus Christ because He is the author and the finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). After all, without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). So, let us all take the Shield of Faith and watch the enemies fiery arrows fall on the ground.
An armor will never be complete without a sword. Soldiers need protections but they also need a weapon to attack their enemies. Ephesians 6:17 talks about the “Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (NKJV).” So, it is wrong not to read the Holy Bible everyday even we finished it cover to cover. When we open the Holy Scripture there is always a new revelation from God. Most of the time people use the Bible as a weapon against a person. Oooppssy daisy… That is a big No! No! It is true that the Holy Scripture is also used to rebuke or for correction (2 Timothy 3:16). However, it is NOT and should NEVER be used to create a commotion and be a stumbling block. One of the things that the Word of God should be use is against all the principalities of the air (satan). Remember when Jesus Christ was tempted by satan? He resist the devil by using the Word of God (Matthew 4:1-11). Jesus knows the Word of God very well. Not because He is God but it is simply reading the Holy Scripture. Meditating the Holy Bible daily help us getting familiar with verses. So, when the devil try to deceive us our memory kicks-in to rebuke satan through God’s word. Therefore, let the Sword of the Spirit be used against satan FEARLESSLY.
Shoes for soldiers are also necessary in preparing for battles. Imagine a Roman Soldier have all the armor except for their feet. Shod is also a protection on the feet against scrapes, heat, to avoid getting hurt from stones or pebbles etc. How can a soldier be ready to fight if their feet is already aching for not having a pair of shoes? It is the same manner in our walking’s in life. In Ephesians 6:15 speaks about the Shoes as the “preparation of the gospel of peace.” You heard it correctly, that the shod is the gospel of peace. The devil’s work promotes destructions, whereas Christ encourage peace by eliminating satan’s plans. Wherever we go the good news should be preach in our lives. How can we share if we are not passionate about God’s Word? The shoes symbolizes our “standing” as Christians, that we are all ought to bring the gospel of Grace to all parts of the earth without discrimination in appearance and status in life.
7.Prayerful, Supplication in the Holy Spirit and Watchful
You might raise a question about “prayerful, supplication and watchful armor.” There is NO such Roman armor such as these and I totally agree. However, the Lord commanded us to “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Ephesians6:18, NKJV).” Why would God include prayer, petition and being alert to a soldier? Because Prayer and supplication is a way of communicating to God. Being Watchful is a secret to close the door to any satan’s invitation. Imagine a battalion who didn’t have any communication to his commander. What do you think will happen? If there is no request will the commander be aware about the specific needs of his company? Surely, they are like sheep without a shepherd. If there is no shepherd the sheep are most likely vulnerable to all traps especially to wild beast like lions and wolves. So, can anyone tell me from their stand point is there a possibility that they can be watchful? I guess it is already too late for them. Instead, being attentive the sheep will probably end up scattered and lost. But anyone who comes to “the good shepherd (Jesus Christ) gives life for the sheep (John 10:27, NKJV).” So whose side are we with? Is it with the enemy that destroys or with God that gives life? If we choose the Lord then we should be prayerful for “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12, NKJV).” Let us all “pray without ceasing, so we can win the battle (1Thessalonians 5:17, NKJV).
Why we should be mindful of these evil works? For the devil will do everything to sway us from the Truth (Jesus Christ) by stealing our joy in our life, to kill our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and to destroy us completely as if living on earth like a zombie. Investigating the character of satan is like those mini-series of crime investigation where the detectives are not just hunting fugitives but looking for the “Interior MOTIVE.” Satan’s purpose will always remain ‘till the second coming of Jesus Christ. The motive of our enemy toward us is “to steal, to kill and to destroy (John 10:10, NKJV).” By the way the Word of God described satan as a “thief” (John 10:10, NKJV). Please never indicate that devil has a compassion. Remember that satan is a pitiless robber because he has no where to go. He has been cast out from the Kingdom of God, and this makes him ‘homeless.’ In short, satan is looking for a house to dwell and claim it as his own. Would you like your body, mind and soul be occupy by satan? All he wants is to invade every human being to steal TRUE freedom found ONLY in Jesus, to kill souls and to destroy God’s original plan for us. Does this mean satan is powerful than God. Of course, NOT! The Lord has given us a gift of free will. So, it is our choices that we make if we allow satan to govern over us. Does this mean we do not need God. No! No! No! We need God every single day because Jesus said that “apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5, NIV).” Meaning, no one can defeat the enemy without the covering and power of Jesus Christ. The bottom line on how to get deliverance on demonic influences is to REPENT in all evil practices because God wants every single human beings to “dwell in the land that the Lord has given to you, and your fathers forever and ever (Jeremiah 25:5, NKJV).” What is this land that the Lord is talking about? HE is Not pertaining to Heaven or a Heavenly life after death. But God is referring to HIS Promises where we can flourish the earth Victoriously. How to maintain a victorious life? Acknowledging that we are like soldiers with indestructible armor of God through prayers and being a watchman.
Above all, we need to have a Genuine Relationship with Jesus Christ for HE is the ONLY way, the TRUTH and the LIFE (John 14:6). Meaning, without Christ as the CENTER in our LIFE there is NO POSSIBILITY to have the ARMOR OF GOD. Without the armor how can we resist and fight the works of satan? Whether we like it or not, Jesus Christ has all the power we need. Through HIM we can have the “AUTHORITY to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you (Luke 10:19, NIV).” There is a bishop whom I know. He always share to all Christians about his motto which is “No retreat, No surrender.” As children of God I encourage everyone to be confident on His faithful promises even persecution may come for we are the REPRESENTATIVE of CHRIST that cannot be shaken. For those skeptical or furious about this article I am NOT condemning anyone. But this is the TRUTH, take it or leave it. It is our choice, if we believe or not. After all, salvation is individual.
Would you like to pray? IF yes, please say these prayers.
Lord Jesus Christ, I come to you as a sinner, and asking for your forgiveness from all my sins. Jesus Christ I receive you as my Lord and Savior. I offer my life to you and be the center of my heart. Help me to resist the temptation and give me strength to overcome my weaknesses. Heavenly Father, thank you for your faithful love that gives me hope and confidence. Thank you Jesus for giving me the authority to cast out all the enemies plan and work in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ, I break all the bondage of satan in my life. I cancel all the works of the enemy in Jesus name. I am free and victorious in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Thank you Lord for the victory! Thank you Jesus for your precious blood that covers me. Thank you for writing my name in the book of life. I praise your name. In Jesus name, Amen
Special Thanks to Uncle/ Bishop Windsor Cabrera who willingly shared lots of great messages about the Word of God. May the Lord bless you and your family more and more…