Do you know that you are right in the middle of a battle? If you didn't know, let me be the first to tell you: "You are right in the middle of a battle!" There now. You've been told. This is not a regular battle for land or oil for example. No. This battle is for our very souls. Of course, this makes it the most important battle EVER to be fought.
During a battle for land, the land can exchange hands several times in the same battle. The most insignificant land can become critical in a battle. Then after the battle is all over, that particular piece of land that so many were killed over becomes meaningless and typically forgotten. Oil wells also dry up and are no longer useful.
The battle for souls is different. It is different because the soul is eternal - everlasting. I've heard some people think that when they die, they will simply no longer exist. Those people are misinformed, ignorant, in denial, or exhibiting wishful thinking. This form of belief is contrary to what the Bible has to say. The Bible states that people will either end up in heaven or in hell. Now we didn't exist before we were created. But now that we have been created, we will not be "un-created". The soul is eternal. So the question is: What happens when our bodies die? The Bible states we will go to heaven or hell. One or the other. It's not complicated. Heaven or hell.
12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
O shining star, son of the morning!
You have been thrown down to the earth,
you who destroyed the nations of the world.
13 For you said to yourself,
‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars.
I will preside on the mountain of the gods
far away in the north.
14 I will climb to the highest heavens
and be like the Most High.’
15 Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead,
down to its lowest depths.
Isaiah 14:12-15 (NLT)
When Satan sinned in heaven with pride (Satan, a created being himself-tried to make himself God), about 1/3 of the angels (It is estimated that approximately a third of the angels fell based on Revelation 12:4) followed him. When these angels fell, they became known as evil spirits or devils. Evil spirits, devils, demons-we're talking about the same beings here. Actually, let's get these various names out of the way right now. I realize that some people are going to say to themselves, why isn't he mentioning the Nephilim? Why does he call them "demons" when the King James Version calls them "devils"?
From my personal experience of filming these evil beings first-hand for months, there was no name that came to me other than "demons." That doesn't mean that someone can't call them fallen angels, evil spirits, devils etc. We are talking about the same beings because there are 2 very basic simple truths about them:
1. These beings are EVIL to the core (varying degrees of evil).
2. These beings are UNSAVED and destined for the lake of fire.
In the garden, when Adam and Eve sinned, we all bear the consequences of Adam's sin:
16 And the result of God's gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man's sin. For Adam's sin led to condemnation, but God's free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.
Romans 5:16 (NLT)
We are all literally born with a sinful nature deserving of hell because we have broken God's law. Just as a quick side note, people may ask, "Why Adam's sin and NOT Eve? I haven't heard this mentioned before (All praise to God because I believe that this may have just come to me from the Holy Spirit as I was actually typing this), but I believe most likely it's because Adam was created BEFORE Eve. Furthermore, Eve was created FROM ADAM'S RIB:
22 And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.
Genesis 2:22 (ESV)
We live in a fallen world. Satan is the ruler of this world currently. Don't get me wrong, God is in complete and total control.
21 The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out.
John 12:31 (NLT)
Think of it this way, God keeps Satan on a leash and will only let Satan go as far as what God will allow.
Here is the Good News: Thank God for Jesus Christ! Jesus Christ (Who came as God in the Flesh -fully God and fully man -therefore: God-Man and the Son of God, who is part of the Holy Trinity) defeated Satan on the cross. Therefore, although many battles are fought along the way in our individual lives, we know that Jesus Christ has won the war. We already know well in advance that Jesus IS victorious. We know that Jesus is victorious because when Jesus rose again from the dead He ascended into heaven to be seated at the right hand of the Father. Therefore, His sacrifice was accepted as payment for our sins. When Jesus followed God the Father's will- to willingly shed His precious blood on the cross for our sins, Jesus took the sins of the world away. God the Father chose the method of salvation to be determined by "FAITH" in His Son-Jesus Christ. Not by our works but rather trusting in Jesus and what Jesus has already finished.
8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God"
Ephesians 2:8 (NLT)
Here is the Bad News: Not everyone accepts Jesus as their personal savior! God does not want mindless robots, so we have our free will to accept or reject Jesus. Jesus made the payment for every one's sins, but not everyone will accept it. I've heard a good example mentioned somewhere before: It's like Jesus made a deposit into every one's bank account-but it's no good if a person doesn't go to the bank to receive (faith) the deposit (100% free gift).
Let's take a look at the overall picture. Satan sinned and created a rebellion in heaven. Approximately 1/3 of the angels in heaven decided to follow Satan. Satan was cast out and is currently the ruler of this world with limitations on him set by God. The angels that followed Satan became fallen angels (or evil spirits, or devils, or demons etc). When humanity (Adam-again, because Adam was the first human-Eve was created FROM Adam's rib) sinned, we are all literally born with the sinful nature thus "bent-away" from God. We are guilty of our sins and deserving of hell due to breaking God's Law. Because of this sin, humanity's relationship with God was broken.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 (KJV)
God the Father still loved the world, and chose to save those who believed on His Son Jesus-God the Father chose the way to restore the broken relationship-through faith in His Son Jesus.
As the Scriptures say, "No one is righteous--not even one.
Romans 3:10 (NLT)
It is ALL about what Jesus has done-No works on our part, just faith. We receive Jesus' righteousness by faith. A believer is declared righteous before the Father NOT based on the believers' own righteousness-but rather Jesus' righteousness!
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:13 (KJV)
Jesus came to earth as God in the flesh, born of a virgin, was crucified, died and was buried. On the third day He rose from the dead. Jesus fulfilled God the Father's will, thus took away the sins of the world by the shedding of His precious blood.
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Satan and the demons were defeated and awaiting judgment-they are destined for the lake of fire. However, they currently still have some room to move-depending on what God allows.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Revelation 20:10 (KJV)
Therefore, we are all in the middle of a battle between good and evil. Heaven or hell. Jesus made the payment IN FULL so that nobody has to go to hell- God chose the way to receive Jesus' payment is through a child-like faith and trust in His Son Jesus. Now, Satan knows where he is going and so do the devils. Humans are made in the image of God. Satan has been defeated and cannot directly hurt God. What does he do? Satan wants to destroy the next best thing- us!
Satan is in charge of the demons. The demons report to him. Satan still wants to be worshipped as God. Satan's goal in all of this is to lead people away from the ONLY way to heaven- thus the people will end up in hell. Again, God the Father chose the only way to heaven-through His Son Jesus Christ. This is why Jesus stated that broad is the road to hell and many will go there (remember reading this that Jesus IS the narrow gate):
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many."
Matthew 7:13 (ESV)
Satan blinds people so that they will follow the wrong path. There are so many ways that Satan uses to lead people away from Jesus: false religions, occult, ghosts, apparitions, aliens, psychics, astrology, drugs, etc. The list really goes on and on. Satan keeps the waters muddy by even putting layers of lies upon previous lies. In a nutshell, Satan will use whatever tool is right for the job. Meaning, whatever a person is susceptible to, Satan will use it.
"Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God."
2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT)
Those who are currently without Jesus as their savior-have no power whatsoever over these demonic beings. I happen to recall an "alien abduction" story that I watched when I used to be a UFO believer. The so-called "aliens" abducted a woman. When this encounter was happening, she said something along the lines of, "You have no right to do this to me!" What do you think the so-called "aliens" replied? They responded and said, "Shut up. Yes we do." Again, that was many years ago but that's pretty close to how she described the encounter. If a person is not a true believer in Jesus Christ, these demonic beings do have power over that individual.
Furthermore, it is also possible for these demonic beings to have some control over a true believer in Jesus Christ IF that believer does not know their authority that they truly have in Jesus. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that these evil beings can get a true believer after they die or anything like that- I'm simply saying that in this lifetime, a saved true believer can be harassed unnecessarily to a degree (which God may allow) because they don't know their authority In Jesus that they could use.
"And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 and have authority to cast out demons."
Mark 3:13-15 (ESV)
A quick review, a non-believer has no authority whatsoever over demonic beings. Not to mention, if they never choose Jesus in their lifetime, when they die, their final destination will be hell and everlasting torment (the second death). Those who are IN JESUS CHRIST, because of their faith, have Jesus' authority over these beings-BUT they must know that they have Jesus' authority. Again, because a true believer may not know their authority in this life-does not mean they have to worry about hell. A true believer is eternally secure In Christ. What it does mean is that they may be putting up with demonic attacks that-if they only knew their full authority In Christ-they wouldn't have to take it!
Three Possible Reasons Why Demons May Attack
The reasons for demonic attack is not limited to these three possible reasons, but based on my experiences-these are worth mentioning:
1. True Believer in Jesus Christ
Before a person accepted Jesus Christ as their avior-Satan thought he had them in his pocket. Contrary to how the Angels and Saints in heaven celebrate when a lost sinner comes to Christ, Satan is furious! Satan thinks that he owns everybody. For example, if the entire population of the world were lost and going to hell, Satan would be absolutely furious if only one of the lost chose Jesus by faith and thus were saved from hell. Now if a true believer becomes stagnant, Satan for the most part will leave them alone. But if a true believer is trying to serve the Lord Jesus Christ (i.e. leading the lost to Christ)-Watch Out! I'm smiling as I write this: Be joyful that you are being attacked because it truly means that you are making a difference! Again, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ who is being attacked by the demonic because you are serving Jesus-REJOICE! It means that you're doing something right!
Again, this would mostly pertain to believers in Christ. Every true Christian sins. We should be able to look back to the time when we were saved and see some improvement-but again, there is not one true Christian alive who doesn't sin (We should still try to turn from known sin-the believer is still saved). Furthermore, saved true believers sin on a daily basis. Again, this is NOT approval of sin- but rather the reality that unfortunately saved believers still sin. As for myself, I am saved by the Lord Jesus Christ based on faith in Him alone. I'm a terrible sinner deserving of hell, but thanks to what Jesus has done- I'm saved by God's grace. A free gift. I'm not at all proud when I sin-whether intentional or unintentional-but even though we have power over sin, we are still dealing with the old sinful nature until we die. When a believer knows they've sinned, we should confess it to God so that our fellowship with God will be restored - Again, not to be saved- the believer was already Justified (saved) when they accepted Jesus as their Savior and trust in Him alone. God is faithful to forgive and we move on to continue to fight the good fight. Sin does open doors to the demonic. A believer can create a hole in their hedge of protection. For example, a believer who looks at pornography. A believer that watches paranormal shows on television, i.e. ghosts, UFOs etc. A believer who is involved in astrology, i.e. horoscopes. A believer who watches certain horror movies with demonic influence. A believer who listens to demonic music. I could go on and on but you should have an idea what I'm talking about.
3. The Occult
Unbelievers can be attacked as well. What it comes down to is opening up any of these doors. For example, I recall watching a video with testimony from a former Satanist about a witch who sent demons to attack a person. Apparently the demons came back and attacked her because she sent them against Christians. I can't say for certain if that particular story is true but I wouldn't be surprised if things like that happen. Even unbelievers not involved in the occult can be attacked. Below, the Apostle Paul describes unbelievers (without Jesus' authority) using Jesus' name and being attacked:
"13 A group of Jews was traveling from town to town casting out evil spirits. They tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus in their incantation, saying, “I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, to come out!” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a leading priest, were doing this. 15 But one time when they tried it, the evil spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul, but who are you?” 16 Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them, and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and battered."
Acts 19:13-16 (NLT)
Here are some things that Satan uses to lead and try to keep people away from Jesus Christ: Satanism, any Witchcraft (there is NO good witchcraft), sorcery, Voodoo, UFOs, aliens, anything New Age (including some meditation), ghosts (demons), Ouija boards, psychics (demons giving them info), Remote Viewing (again, demons give info), Numerology, Astrology (i.e. horoscopes as well), sexual immorality, false religions (Buddhists etc.), cults, Reincarnation (a person only has this life to accept Jesus), shadow people (demons), some Near Death Experiences (NDEs)/false testimony/false witness, false teachers (wolves in sheep's clothing-many out there), dark music, dark movies, dark video games, drugs, idol worship etc. Of course, this is discussing unbelievers. It's possible that even believers (probably new believers) can make mistakes and do some of this, but the Holy Spirit dwelling within the believer would be convicting them of their sin.
Now, unbelievers who are not involved with any of this stuff for the most part will not be attacked. The reason that they will not be attacked is that Satan knows these unbelievers are already lost (condemned) without Jesus-so therefore Satan wouldn't interfere with those who are already on the path to destruction and eternal damnation. Furthermore, as mentioned earlier, they have already been blinded to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm not at all saying that these people can't be saved. Of course they could if they only knew that Jesus Christ is the TRUTH. What I'm saying is that Satan does not want to "stir the waters" so that they may start to "wake-up" from the deception and thus be saved by turning to Jesus in faith.
Again, I think that if Satan was attacking these uninvolved unbelievers-their spiritual eyes may be opened and they'd realize that this is in fact all real (and it is all real!)-therefore aiding them to call upon Jesus. Of course, this is the opposite of Satan's goal, so that is why I believe he leaves these people alone. Satan will leave them in their temporary earthly peace (i.e., Buddhists, atheists etc.) knowing full well the ever-lasting torment that awaits these people once they die without Christ as their savior. Finally, these people die in their own sins and therefore must pay the consequences for their own sins-for eternity.
Always remember, Jesus has already won the victory on the cross. Furthermore, we know already that Jesus has won the war but there are still everyday battles to be fought. Most importantly, there is nothing to fear for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior.
What follows are some Characteristics of Demons. It would be completely foolish to seek out the enemy, but when the enemy comes to attack you - it is of great benefit to know your enemy and their tactics. Then we will come to the solutions to help you in battle which are taken from my very own personal experiences. Finally there are three tips for anyone who unfortunately has to encounter a very real direct attack.
Characteristics of Demons
• Demons are individual intelligent beings: They are very smart and very deceptive.
• Demons each have their own personality: All are pure evil.
• Demons obey their master Satan: They are very well organized and for the most part operate in teams. They are against anything representative of God-they are pure evil-the complete opposite to God.
• Demons have no mercy whatsoever: A demon will never ever show any mercy to its victim. Period.
• Demons are liars: There is no truth in them. Never engage in a conversation with a demon.
• Demons thrive on FEAR: They get great satisfaction from causing fear.
• Demons for the most part are unseen: Personally speaking, I can see them more clearly in videos. Interestingly some people cannot see them no matter how clear they appear. It is truly supernatural.
• Demons can enter into almost anything: I've personally seen them enter trees, birds (mainly crows from my personal experience), even insects! Believe it or not, I saw a demonic head come out of a spider on film. Of course, we also know they can enter people. They can NEVER enter a true believers spirit, the Holy Spirit lives there.
• Demons gain more victory on the weak: Many murders are committed by people who yield to the demonic influences.
• Demons can speak audibly: In a prior posting, I mentioned how a demon kept repeatedly saying to me, "I am your friend." They can also speak telepathically.
• Demons can manipulate a person's emotions: At some points when I was being attacked, they tried to make me feel sorry for them.
• Demons can cause sickness: I.e. mimic epilepsy and various diseases.
• Demons can cause mental illness: They literally try to drive a person insane, i.e. hearing voices, seeing manifestations (i.e. schizophrenia?), some Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (O.C.D), etc.
• Demons can manipulate physical objects: I.e. slamming a door, opening a drawer etc.
• Demons can oppress a true believer in Jesus Christ: Oppression means that they are attacking the person from the outside.
• Demons can possess a person: Whether or not they can possess a true believer is quite controversial. I think that some of those flatly refuse to even discuss the possibility have not had any personal experiences themselves. Speaking from my experience, I think it may be possible that a demon could possess a believer's body but most definitely NOT their spirit because only the Holy Spirit lives there.
• Demons can sexually assault: Both males and females in perverse ways.
• Demons can attack a person through a television or computer screen: I think that the Antichrist will use the television to reach the masses (I can't help but wonder about the mandatory switch to digital).
• Demons can try to attack a believer's ability to pray: If they do try to do this, keep on trying to pray. Never give up. God is ALL POWERFUL.
• Demons watch people: I.e. watchers.
• Demons can change their appearance: They can appear as a deceased loved one etc.
• Demons pass along forbidden knowledge: Personally, I do think the government especially has received advances in military technology from demons.
• Demons can literally infest music: For example, research "Stair Way to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin played backwards. From John Todd's testimony, who for the record I believe was the real deal, witches cast spells to put the demons into the actual master recordings- from the master recording, the demons are then transferred to every copy of that master. We may be exposing ourselves to some of this every time we turn on our radio or play certain music. Apparently this still goes on today.
• Demons battle a person in their mind: They really focus on the head area, so much so that sometimes I could feel pressure on my head and physical manifestations such as "crawling."
• Demons will try to affect a person's sleep: If they are attacking a person, they will try to wear that person down through lack of sleep. Once the individual is sleep deprived, it becomes harder to pray to God and therefore their attacks become more effective. It becomes a destructive cycle.
• Demons tremble in fear at the name of Jesus Christ: They tremble from a believer who knows the authority they have In Jesus.
5 Solutions To Help You In Battle
Solution 1: Reading the Bible daily
Reading the Bible on a daily basis is critically important. When these attacks first began, I absolutely knew that the Bible was totally true. I would "cling" to the Bible on a daily basis. Now I'm not saying any of this to boast about how much I read the Bible. I'm saying this as true testimony that it really helps! Unfortunately so many people don't know what a wealth of information that God has given us in His word. The WORD is alive! If only some people would dust-off their Bible and start reading it-you truly get to know God more every time. It never gets old!
The Holy Scriptures are "God Breathed." I highly recommend a believer to get into a routine. When I read the Bible, I DO NOT read it like an ordinary book. I read it as the TRUTH. I KNOW that it is the TRUTH. Isn't it amazing that there is something that you can actually dive wholeheartedly into! The Bible is 100% good. Normally, I read just before sleeping. I don't schedule a certain amount of time, or a certain number of chapters etc. I also like to pray and get a fairly clear understanding of where God wants me to read next. For example, recently I read Revelations. Then I felt like I was being guided to the Gospel of John, then before I even finished John-I felt like I was being guided to Romans. That's just an example, but I leave it to God to guide me where to read next. You could just ask God the obvious question, "God, where would you like me to read next?" Sin does get in the way of Bible reading. We all sin, so what do you do? Confess it to God; ask for forgiveness and MOVE ON! Reading the Bible on a daily basis helps to nurture our relationship with God and also helps to keep the enemy at bay. If you do not have a Bible, today is the day to get one!
Solution 2: Prayer
Prayer is very important! A true believer has been justified by what Jesus has done-therefore, we should pray IN JESUS' name BECAUSE we are IN JESUS and Jesus is in us. It's ALL about Jesus! God does not answer my prayer or your prayer because you or I are righteous. We are NOT righteous! We are merely DECLARED to be righteous because we are IN JESUS! So when God the Father sees us, we are covered with the righteousness of His Son Jesus who has applied HIS blood to take away our sins forever. Again, God doesn't listen to my prayer because I'm a nice guy and deserving. NONE of us are deserving! Not one of us is righteous. We are DECLARED righteous BECAUSE of what Jesus has done and because we have received Jesus' death on our behalf. So finally, when God listens to our prayer, it is because a true believer is IN Christ Jesus.
Probably the best advice I can give someone is to pray in Jesus' name. First address God the Father. Second, give Him thanks and praise. Third, tell Him what's on your mind in your own words. God WILL listen to you because you are In Christ. When I pray, and I'm guilty of not praying as much as I should, it is not a request every single time. A believer is adopted into God's family when they are born-again. Therefore, He is our Father. Talk to Him in your own words and avoid repetitive meaningless prayer. Approach Him with respect-but tell Him what's on your mind. Unload any worries upon Him-He can handle it. God wants a close relationship with each of His children. What an amazing God!
Solution 3: Pleading the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ.
Remember, I'm telling you from my personal first-hand experience. For months, I was attacked on an almost daily basis. Again, they really center their attacks on the actual head area, even more specifically-the frontal lobe. None of this will work for a non-believer in Jesus Christ. A non-believer has no power or authority over these evil beings whatsoever. If you are reading this right now, and you feel the Lord drawing you to Him, go immediately to read the top of this blog and accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior or call on Him in your own words.
Pleading the precious blood of Jesus is for a true believer only. I can testify that it has certainly helped for me. I'm not saying that the demonic attacks have completely stopped. However, they have become less frequent. Furthermore, pleading the blood of Jesus can be used as preventative measures even if you are not being currently attacked. Let me give you a quick example, as crazy as it may sound: I had demon possessed crows appearing almost everywhere I went. The crows first appeared when I created a hole in my hedge of protection by filming so-called "aliens" which of course are actually deceiving demons. These crows would appear on my property "squawking" at me. I had crows fly right up to my picture window! I'd see them almost every time I went for a drive, a walk etc. It was complete harassment. Again, they try to drive a person insane.
After I learned about pleading the blood of Jesus, I started to do it. I'll give you an example of what I would actually say out loud in my own words:
"I plead the precious blood of Jesus over my body, soul, and spirit. I plead the blood of Jesus over my wife's body, soul, and spirit. I plead the blood of Jesus over our entire house. Every inch of the inside of our house I plead the blood of Jesus. I plead the blood of Jesus over our bedroom, our hall, the upstairs, the downstairs-the entire inside of our house. I plead the blood of Jesus over the entire outside of our house-the roof, the sky above, the earth below. I plead the blood of Jesus over our front yard, our backyard, our driveway, our car, the wheels on our car, the trees, over our entire property. I plead the blood of Jesus on my marriage, my finances, and my relationships. Father, I pray that you send however many heavenly Angels that you deem necessary to protect my family and home. Thank you Father. Thank you Jesus. Thank you Holy Spirit. I pray ALL of these things to you in Jesus' mighty name. Amen."
So what happened to demon possessed crows that were coming onto my property-even so much as flying right up to the picture window directly in front of me? They stopped coming onto my property (for the most part). That's correct. It worked, and they stopped coming onto my property like before. Now, don't be mistaken, on a few occasions they would fly onto a tree on my property and immediately I would start praying-and they would fly away-usually to a neighbours’ property. The majority of the time they will be on my neighbours’ property and not my own. I don't want to give the impression that you pray this once and it immediately stops forever. That's not how these attacks work. I have seen instantaneous results on a few occasions (i.e. direct attacks)-but typically the attacks come in "waves" and will lessen over time (based on your obedience to the Lord). You can do this same prayer or make one of your own. I'll give you another valuable piece of information: when I pray this, I picture in my mind Jesus' precious blood covering all of the areas that I have mentioned. I try to pray this prayer at least once a month. The key is to rely on Jesus and never ever quit!
Solution 4: Put on the Whole Armour of God.
I don't think one could do an article on Spiritual Warfare and neglect to mention Ephesians 6:10-20. The following quote is taken from the English Standard Version. I believe that Saint Paul is stating "know that you are saved" when he is mentioning the helmet of salvation. Salvation through Jesus Christ is everlasting and can never be lost. It is truly a free gift for those who call upon Him as their Savior. I believe that knowing you are saved is the foundation In Jesus to "step out" and be BOLD- most importantly to lead lost souls to Jesus for salvation. Furthermore, this "knowing" prevents fear when the enemy strikes because we are safely in Jesus with NOTHING to fear...
10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
Ephesians 6:10-20 (ESV)
Solution 5: The Power of Jesus' Name.
Using Jesus' name is the most effective and simplest solution of them all during a direct attack by the demonic. Demons tremble at that sound of Jesus' name. There is only one prerequisite to using Jesus' name in spiritual warfare: FAITH. If an individual is using Jesus' name without faith, it will not be effective. You need faith, even the size of a mustard seed as Lord Jesus has told us.
There have been a few occasions when I needed Jesus' help immediately. On these occasions, the enemy was not using some elusive attack but rather a direct attack. In all of these cases, they have occurred at night when I was in a "sleepy state" and the most vulnerable. During one attack, they pulled me out of my body. I was travelling upwards at a high rate of speed. After calling twice to my wife unsuccessfully, I finally screamed "Jesus!" - this instantly ended the attack and I was once again back in my body.
I'll describe another very recent attack where Jesus' name proved beyond any doubt to be completely effective. My wife and I were sleeping. Suddenly, I felt a direct attack in the region of my (middle and lower) chest and (upper) stomach area. This attack came out of nowhere. It was so strong it woke me up. The instant that I felt this attack, my wife, who was still sleeping beside me, began to speak in Latin or Greek. Of course, my wife does not know any Latin or Greek! I struggled to speak. It felt like they were trying to prevent me from trying to use Jesus' name. I was finally able to say something like, "Go in Jesus name"! As with the other attack, Jesus' name brought it to a quick end. When I say quick, I mean instantaneous. I'm telling you that the second I say "Jesus!” the attack is over! All praise to Jesus!
3 Tips for Direct Demonic Attack
I'll give you a few helpful tips in case you ever run into a similar situation. First, they will try to physically prevent you from being able to say something like, "I command you to leave in Jesus' name and never return!" My advice from personal experience is to try to say "Jesus" first. These attacks are very real and it can be a physical struggle to even speak. Calling His name, "Jesus", will most likely stop the attack instantly. Again, I'm giving you practical advice here. If for some reason the attack doesn't end the first time, keep saying His name: "Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!" until it stops. Where I've gone wrong during these attacks is trying to use too many words when I'm struggling to even speak. Also, I've learned that your wife's or husband's name will not help you!
My second helpful tip is to not engage in any dialogue whatsoever with a demon. I've had a demon tell say to me "I am your friend." Now, what benefit would it have been to engage in a conversation with that demon? What could I have said, "Oh really? Tell me all about how you are my friend." The truth is that demons are liars and deceivers. There is no benefit to engage in a conversation with an evil being that hates you to its core because you are created in the image of God. Do not be deceived; demons do hate every single human despite whether that human serves God or Satan. Furthermore, if a demon is speaking, as in the attack where it used my wife’s' vocal chords, do not let it continue. In that incident, the demon was only able to get out probably one sentence before I was able to cut it off by using the power of Jesus' name. If I did not cut if off, the demon would have continued to speak using her as the instrument and who knows what else would have happened. Stop it immediately. There is absolutely no benefit or knowledge to be gained from listening to a demon. Stop the demon immediately in its tracks.
There is no fear for those In Christ. When I first began experiencing demonic attacks, I lived in a complete state of fear. I was terrified! On one night I was so scared- I slept with a light on! Only through slowly maturing as a Christian and knowing my full authority In Jesus, have I come to have no fear of these very real, very evil beings. Knowing that Jesus Christ is the living Son of God who will protect you is all you need. These demons thrive on fear. In fact, once a true believer in Jesus who is being attacked stops fearing them, they will see the attacks diminish substantially. I'm telling you this from my personal experience.
Spiritual Warfare is real. There is a very real battle going on where billions of souls are at stake. Unfortunately thousands upon thousands of people all over the world are dying everyday and ending up eternally separated from God because they did not accept Lord Jesus as their personal Savior while they were alive. They died without knowing Him. The free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ was there for the taking but for whatever reason they did not accept Him. For those lost souls, Satan and his demons were able to keep those people deceived during their lifetime. Can you imagine the regret for those who lived a long time on this earth- decades upon decades- and never called upon Jesus to save them? Now they are lost for eternity. Damned. In all the time they wasted, I would imagine they would like one more moment of life to call upon Jesus and be saved. It is too late for them. For those lost souls, Satan and his demons have achieved their goal in taking them with them.
Finally, it is my sincere hope that Jesus Christ is glorified through this writing. When one understands how evil Satan and his demons really are- I believe that one can't help but see the pure goodness and righteousness of Jesus Christ shining through the darkness. Jesus Christ is the living Son of God. If people only knew how much Jesus loves each and every one of them. It is complete lie from Satan that you and I cannot make any difference in this sinful world. Imagine if you could save just one soul from everlasting torment by sharing the TRUTH of what Jesus has done for us. If you are currently just a bystander- it is time to take action. If you have not accepted Jesus as your Savior- it is this very moment that you have the opportunity to do so. If you are already a true believer- are you actively trying to lead the lost to Jesus Christ to be saved? ╬