When I first saw the reality of demons, at the exact same time I also instantly knew the reality of God and the absolute TRUTH of the Bible and Jesus Christ. I actually remember walking down my hallway and everything hitting me all at once. It was that dramatic. It was like something right out of a movie. That's the best way that I can describe it. You've probably watched some movies where the character gets some pieces to the puzzle-the suspense builds-then all of a sudden there is a moment where it all comes together. The character has a revelation.
I remember walking down the hallway in my house and it all hit me at once. I saw all of the lies that Satan had deceived me with for my entire life. I partly believed in reincarnation. I remember seeing a documentary years ago where a man claimed to have past memories of being killed in a submarine during WWII. The man visited the town of where the deceased person had lived and he knew all of the streets and where everything was located. The man had never been there before. I remember watching this and being convinced that reincarnation was true. Basically, if you don't get it right in this lifetime, there is always the next one. So don't worry! LIES. LIES. LIES. Satan must enjoy this lie because it's a big one. Think about it. The TRUTH of the matter is that we only have one chance...one lifetime...to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. When a person dies, it's too late! Satan knows this fact. So what a clever deceitful lie to have someone believe that they will have numerous lives to 'get it right'. Unfortunately many who fell for this lie when they were alive found out the moment they died that they were deceived. Too late.
I fell for the New Age garbage as well. Oh yes. I was right into it even though I didn't even think that I was! I read a few books by the heretic known as Sylvia Browne; amongst others. I was also into wanting to be financially wealthy, so I was into this popular book called 'The Secret'. It always bothered me a bit why these books never really acknowledged God. It was always 'the universe.' In fact, my email address is still 'empireuniverse'! That was before I was saved. If I was to choose a new one now, it would probably be 'thesmallestpebble'. Again, garbage is the right word for it. LIES. God deserves all of the glory, for only He is worthy.
Another area of lies that I fell into was Near Death Experiences (NDE). I would buy book after book about near death experiences. I would also watch anything to do with the subject on television. It's a very dangerous area as well. If you watch enough of them (which I do not encourage), you start to form an overall impression that most people are going to Heaven. Many of the NDEs don't even mention Jesus Christ! Furthermore, many of the NDEs that I've watched don't even acknowledge that you need a personal relationship with Jesus Christ to be saved and to go to Heaven! Wouldn't you think that would be their main message? Jesus Christ? One would think so. We must always rely on what the Bible says, instead of personal accounts that are not backed-up by the Bible. Another important point to mention on this issue is: Don't forget that these people have not died! If they were truly dead they would not be back to tell about it! Do I think that there are some truthful and legitimate NDEs. Yes, there are some out there. But they are few and far between. Use your discernment and see if it's backed-up in the Bible. The Bible is the Truth that everyone can go to at anytime.
Obviously I was shown the truth about so-called "Aliens" and "UFOs". They are all demonic. I used to be huge into this subject. So much so, that I couldn't fully believe in God as long as I thought "Aliens" existed. I don't think I can stress enough how much I used to believe "Aliens" existed. I was so deceived. satanic LIES. All of it. The whole thing is satanic deception. When I first learned the truth about this demonic activity that our society calls "Aliens" and "UFOs", I thought it was just being used by Satan to have people question their faith like it did for me. I even believed this months after I was shown the truth about them. It wasn't until I received a message from God that said, "The alien/UFO phenomenon will be used to explain the rapture to non-believers" that I realized this deception was far greater than what I ever imagined. That is word for word what I was told. It's going to be a HUGE deception. MASSIVE. While we're on this topic, I just thought I'd also mention that ghosts are demons as well. You have to understand that they can make themselves look like whatever YOU want. If you want to contact a dead relative, they can imitate that person perfectly. We have to remember that these demons are ancient. I've thought about how many previous people were probably harassed, attacked, and deceived by the very same demons that are harassing me now. But it must be said, Jesus Christ is the alpha and omega and much more powerful than these evil beings. There's so much more demonic activity that could take up another article: Fortune Tellers, Psychics, Mediums, Hypnotists and Remote Viewing. I'm sure there are many I'm forgetting. This is just to name a few things that use demons. There are demons literally put into the masters of some music. Thus they are in any copies of that master as well. If your familiar with John Todd's testimony on this subject, I have no doubt that this is done. I've seen hundreds of demons appear on my laptop and television screen, and I don't want them there! Imagine how easily they get into this stuff if they are intentionally put there by people who intentionally serve Satan. Since knowing that demons are literally-LITERALLY-in some of the music, I've thrown out most of my collection. I'm more careful what I listen to now. Furthermore, I don't even watch horror movies or read horoscopes any more!
So all of this information came to me. Instantly I could see all of the times Satan tried to lead me off of the narrow path to Heaven and away from Jesus Christ. I thought that as long as I became involved in anything to do with Christianity, I'd be fine. Anything to do with "Christianity" was a 'SAFE ZONE'. Right? WRONG. I was so excited about my new faith I couldn't wait to talk with fellow Christians. I joined a few "Christian" websites where you could chat with other "Christians". I've come to realize that there are so many 'wolves in sheep's clothing' it's sad. There was one site in particular, where I have my doubts about how many on there were truly Christians. There are so many false doctrines out there. When I would try to defend the Truth I would be attacked unmercifully. Very few would defend the Truth either. It seemed like I was the minority.
One of the main areas of debate was Eternal Security. Let me just address this issue immediately: I'm not saying that people who don't believe in eternal security are not saved. That's not what I'm saying at all. Only God knows the relationship between himself and another person. I'm very careful not to judge. It's not my place. The people who 'professed' to be Christians on the websites that I visited didn't seem truthful on most of the topics they discussed. So it wasn't just one topic, it was basically anything they attacked me on was contrary to what I thought the Bible said. Don't get me wrong either, there were some genuine Christians who got it right. They seemed to be getting beat up on there as well.
Some of these so-called "Christians" were temporarily successful in raising doubts about the subject of Eternal Security. Outwardly, I was would still defending Eternal Security. Inwardly though, I was having some doubts. Of course, inwardly is where it counts! There was a point where I started listening to their arguments. If you listen long enough some doubts will creep in. Not to mention that I was still involved in heavy spiritual warfare. I was being attacked on a daily basis by the demons. Will Satan use your doubts about Eternal Security to attack you? Definitely. There is no question in my mind that Satan uses any doubts you have about your eternal security to use it against you. Why? Truthfully, how confident can you or I be in witnessing to people IF WE DON'T KNOW WE'RE SAVED OURSELVES! Do you you think that might 'hinder' your testimony a little bit? Yeah (sarcastic), just a little bit. If a Christian doubts whether or not they are saved, it has to affect their testimony. They are not as confident. They are more focused on themselves and 'working' out their own salvation. That's right. WORKING. If a person isn't Eternally Secure, then they must have to work to MAINTAIN it?
I was confused. I spent so much time and energy focused on whether or not I was truly saved. All of the focus was on whether or not I was truly saved. Personally, I felt that if I didn't know for sure that I was saved, then I couldn't possibly try to help others come to Jesus Christ. I found that once I started investigating this topic on the Internet, it just lead me around in circles. WASTING MY TIME. It was like I was caught in a quagmire. How could I know for sure?
Even when I read the Bible itself, God's true word, there were some scary verses that terrified me. I was getting a little discouraged because you have to appreciate my dilemma: God clearly showed me that the Bible is 100% true, now there seemed to be some problem passages within the Bible that I didn't know how to interpret! Yes. I knew the Bible was true, but how am I supposed to interpret the Truth?! I've heard people say that without the Holy Spirit to guide, people will read the Bible just like it is any other book. It will have no power in their lives. They wouldn't interpret it correctly. Well I knew that God called me. I knew that I've already been shown some truths by God. I can't tell you how many times I had prayed for Jesus to save me! So I figured, if God's showing me these things, I must have the Holy Spirit within me. But my Holy Spirit isn't working...LOL!
When all else fails: PRAY TO GOD! Of course, I'm trying to be a little humorous here. I've learned now that I should always pray FIRST. As I was reading the Bible almost every night, I prayed a couple of times over a period of weeks for God to show me the Truth on Eternal Security. He knew the torment I was going through. So I was basically exhausted regarding the subject at this point. I was actually starting to think to myself, well, I'll just lead my life hoping that I am saved. You'll notice the word 'hoping'. There were some good arguments on both sides of the issue, but I was just too tired to keep researching it and going around in circles.
What I'm about to tell you is true. This really did happen to me. This is the part where this article really becomes about my personal testimony. Since being a new Christian, I've never ever read the Psalms. For whatever reason, I just didn't think they were that important. To be honest, that's how I felt. I was more interested in reading the New Testament and what Jesus said. For weeks, I was repeatedly getting the 'urge' to read the Psalms. I say 'urge' but I really can't describe it. Another word may be 'desire'. In all of my idiocy, I'd dismiss the 'urge' or 'desire' every time it arose. I was reading one of the Gospels at the time, and once I'm reading something I want to finish it before I start something else! However, over the course of a few weeks, I would still keep getting the 'urge' to read the Psalms. Finally, it kept coming so frequently that I finally clued in. BREAK THOUGH! Oh the Lord has such patience! Did I ever feel dense afterwards. It was God wanting me to read the Psalms! It wasn't coming from me at all. The 'urge' or 'gentle nudging' that I was feeling was coming from God. Again, this is all true.
So I stopped where I had been reading before, and opened my Bible up to the Psalms. I now realized that it was God who wanted me to begin reading it, so there was more of an eagerness to read it on my part. I didn't feel like it was time to read it before. Now, with the Holy Spirit showing me, I knew it was time for me to start reading the Psalms.
Keep in mind that I was still right in the midst of spiritual warfare during this time. In fact, I'm still being attacked to a lesser degree. The mental attacks are the worst. It feels like they're pushing on your head. Terrible stuff. I definitely know when they're attacking me. Anyway, on the second night, I opened the Bible to continue reading the Psalms. I think I was only on Psalm 3.
Suddenly and without warning, I felt the attacks stop. I felt God's presence in the room. I didn't hear God audibly speak to me. I didn't even get a 'gentle thought' like the time I was told about the Rapture. In fact, I can't even describe correctly how I knew it was from God. Nonetheless, and without a doubt, I knew it was God communicating to me. I would say it was more of an 'urging'. All that I can say is that it was repeated over and over to me to read a very, very specific Psalm. Please keep in mind, I didn't know the Psalms. The only one I really knew was the one that started off with "The Lord is my Shepherd.." But I didn't know any of the numbers, not even to that one.
I had to skip several pages to get to the Psalm that I was gently being asked to read. This is really where faith comes in. Do I dismiss these urges to skip forward as merely my own thoughts. Or do I 'take the risk' of being totally wrong and go to the exact Psalm that I feel I'm being asked to read. I thought that Noah must have questioned his own sanity when he started building the ark. In no way am I even remotely comparing my experience to Noah, but I guess I'm comparing the similarities between receiving the guidance and THEN THE ACTING OUT OF FAITH OF THE GUIDANCE RECEIVED. In my humbling experience, my acting out of faith from the guidance received was simply skipping a few pages ahead. Don't worry, I have no delusions of grandeur. Any Christian seeking to know God can do this with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
I even doubted as I was flipping through the pages. This is what I thought, "I'm going to skip ahead here...and the Psalm is going to mean absolutely nothing to me." I was just thinking that the Psalm I would come to would have no relevance to my situation. How very wrong I was. Here is the exact Psalm I was being 'urged to read' :
Psalm 23 (King James Version)
1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
My jaw must have dropped when I saw the Psalm. You must remember, I never knew any of the numbers for the Psalms. I could not believe it when I saw that it was this exact Psalm that the Lord used to show me that Believers are indeed eternally secure as he promises. When I finished reading Psalm 23, the Holy Spirit spoke to me again. It's quite obvious that I have a hard time explaining exactly 'how' the Holy Spirit spoke to me. All I know is that HE communicated (not audibly) to me again. This is what He said, "This is the answer to your question on eternal security." I can't remember if that's exactly word for word, but that's the essence of the message. I knew from what the Lord showed me, that believers are truly secure forever. Once again, the Lord gave me the knowledge. I will never question again whether believers are truly secure.
Please remember, the phrase "Once Saved, Always Saved," may be improved upon by saying, "If Saved, Always Saved." There are people walking around thinking that they are saved when they are not. The Apostle Paul said to test ourselves. You can usually tell a saved person by their fruit. If a person claims to be a Christian, but there is absolutely NOTHING to show for it...there is a good chance that person isn't saved. I had a gentleman contact me recently. He said that he had confessed Jesus as his Lord and Saviour when he was younger, but he wasn't sure if he believed anymore. He asked me what he should do. My advice to him was to assume HE WAS NOT SAVED and start praying for Jesus to save him. I'd rather offer that advice than to have the man assume he was saved when he wasn't.
I'm so thankful to God for showing me. I can't tell you how much of a relief it was to find out the answer. Nobody, absolutely nobody, could ever convince me otherwise now that the Lord has shown me the truth about Eternal Security. If doubt ever creeps into my mind again, all I have to do is recall this very real experience with God. If you still doubt, ask the Lord to show you for yourself. There's nothing more powerful when God shows you the answer to your question...personally. ╬
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