When we suspect demons or witchcraft everywhere, they’re going to be everywhere. When we do this, it gives Jezebel, demons, witchcraft, and other such things more power than they deserve.
Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Time for another End Times post. In today’s post I’m writing about the topic of balance as it relates to demons, witchcraft, and all the evil things of the world. This is a key topic to keep in mind if we’re engaged in spiritual warfare.
We need to have the right mindset about the spiritual evils of the world. We aren’t effective warriors for Christ if we’re obsessed with demons, witchcraft, and other powers of the enemy. This is a topic I’ve written about before, notably in my Cast Down Jezebel miniseries. But today I’m giving the subject its own dedicated post.
So let’s get straight into it.
We Were never Taught to Be Obsessed
Jesus taught us that we have, through His almighty power and authority and in His almighty name, the power and authority to tread on snakes and scorpions—the power to cast out demon spirits—and no power of the enemy will harm us (Luke 10:19). He taught us how to war against these spirits, doing everything in His name. He taught us not to be afraid of them, that His power is supreme. There are many scenes in the Gospels of demons submitting to the power and the authority of Jesus Christ. They have no choice.
But Jesus never taught us to be obsessed with these things. He never taught us to be obsessed with demons, and to suspect their work everywhere. He never taught us to look for them around every corner. He never taught us to suspect everyone around us of having a demon or being involved in witchcraft. Indeed, this kind of attitude gets in the way of our obligation to love one another like He taught us.
Wrongly accusing someone of having a demonic spirit on them or doing witchcraft is extremely hurtful. This kind of insult is so painful, it can actually create the kind of emotional wound demons exploit to gain entry into people. Accusations of demonic spirits or witchcraft must not be made lightly, ever. It’s a serious accusation.
So this is once again a reminder that before accusing anyone of anything, we must rely on the spiritual discernment of the Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit can be trusted to tell us when a demon is operating around us. Our human senses are too biased and imperfect, and this is something we can’t afford to be wrong about. Besides the needless emotional pain we cause with a false accusation, we also fail to identify the true demonic culprit. Then it will continue to wreak unchecked havoc.
Demons Didn’t Crash Your Computer
I say all this because there are some Christians who are far too focused on demons and spiritual warfare. They see the work of demons everywhere. If a light bulb blows out in their home, they shout “demons!” If someone in their church is going through some suffering, they suspect demonic oppression right away. Instead of praying to the Holy Spirit, they refer to man-made checklists with symptoms of demonic oppression. If they can check off a few boxes on someone, they “diagnose” them with demons.
Let’s be clear: This is wrong, wrong, wrong.
It’s true that one sign of demons in your life is having mishaps, accidents, and technology malfunctions. But it’s also true that light bulbs burn out when they’re no good anymore. Sometimes they “pop” in a dramatic manner. Why should that be the work of demons? I would only suspect demons if this was happening far too often.
It’s too bad when a Christian falls on hard times, or worse. But God never promised our lives would be free of pain and suffering. Actually, He uses our trials to strengthen us. Life problems could be sent our way from God, not to punish us, but to teach us something important and make us grow. To forge us through hardship, and make us tougher. Refer to Romans 5 and James 1. Life problems and tough times are not always the work of demons!
[…] We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope.Romans 5:3–4, CEB
(2) My brothers and sisters, think of the various tests you encounter as occasions for joy. (3) After all, you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. (4) Let this endurance complete its work so that you may be fully mature, complete, and lacking in nothing.James 1:2-4 (CEB)
As for the checklists of symptoms, these are man-made. Using anything man-made is not relying on the spiritual discernment of the Holy Spirit, like we’re supposed to. Using man-made resources like this will lead us to make false accusations. Besides which, not all cases of demonic oppression fit neatly into any list of symptoms. All cases are unique. Some cases go undetected because they’re “latent” or even “covert.” Remember, if we accuse the wrong person of having a demon or being a witch, the real offender goes free.
When you suspect witchcraft or the work of a demon in your life, remain calm and get in prayer with the LORD. Pray for the discernment of the Holy Spirit. Pray for relief from your symptoms too. Call on the LORD when you’re in trouble, and He will rescue you!
Call upon Me in the day of trouble;Psalm 50:15
I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.
Making Evil Greater than Reality
I thought about this topic when watching videos on Youtube about narcissists. I had “Autoplay” enabled, so after one video it would load up another one. Obviously all the videos were about narcissists.
Before I knew it I’d listened to about two hours of videos on narcissists. I realized that was too much, that it wasn’t balanced. Yes, having knowledge on narcissists and their red flags is good. But narcissists aren’t everywhere, and some people we accuse of being one might not really be one. The point is, what I realized is that if we binge on too many of those videos, we’re going to suspect narcissists everywhere. We’re going to suspect every new person we meet. If someone shows even one red flag, we’ll label them a narcissist. We’re going to see narcissists everywhere. Well, we would be mistaken.
When we suspect demons or witchcraft everywhere, they’re going to be everywhere. If we suspect Jezebel everywhere, we’re going to see it everywhere. Including in places and people it’s not.
When we do this, it gives Jezebel, demons, witchcraft, and other such things more power than they deserve. Yes, these things exist. I write about them frequently on my blog, of course I’d never deny they exist. But the power of the LORD is greater than any of these, so we have no need to fear them. We have the most powerful ally, mentor, friend, leader, and father on our side. So why worry?
Acknowledge Jezebel, acknowledge the demons, acknowledge witchcraft. But never fear them. This shows a lack of faith. This gives those things more power than they rightfully should have, and places less emphasis on your faith. Take your power back. Don’t obsess over narcissists, demons, Jezebel, witchcraft, or any other evil thing!
These evil things exist, but they aren’t everywhere. They aren’t waiting around every single corner to get you. We have God on our side, so who can be against us (Romans 8:31)?
(28) We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose. […] (31) So what are we going to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us?Romans 8:28, 31 (CEB)
Do not fear the power of the witch, demons, or any other of the world’s evils. God’s power is above all that, and He will protect those who love Him and call on Him for help. God will protect us from these things. Fear only God! (Matthew 10:28) When we worry too much about these evil dangers, we’re showing God we believe more in their power than in His protection. Have faith. Nothing happens in this world, including in the spiritual realm, without God either causing it or allowing it. Everything is in His hands. There’s no need to fear these evils. Acknowledge them, confront them, but do not fear them.
Our God is greater!
Be Alert, not Obsessed
Balance is a key principle in spiritual warfare. We shouldn’t be having battles all the time. If you find yourself constantly under attack, then somethings wrong. That’s not a good thing.
Some people believe the phrase “higher levels, higher devils” means that Satan will oppose you more often and with stronger demons the more effective of a spiritual warrior you are for Christ. Some Christians think that being under spiritual attack every week is a sign that they’re being good Christians, and are prime targets for hell.
But it’s more likely that people in their church are walking in secret sins they won’t turn away from. It’s more likely that someone is doing something to attract all that demonic attention. Being under attack all the time is not normal. It’s not good, and it’s not a sign of being some sort of elite spiritual warrior. It’s a sign of something going wrong.
It’s also a sign of not understanding the principle of balance. Balance is key. We fight, then rest and recover. Fight, and rest, fight, and rest. That’s how it should work. Some battles may be longer than others, but then we’ll rest longer to recover from them. We shouldn’t be battling all the time, and that’s not the example that Jesus showed us.
Likewise, suspecting the works of the devil everywhere isn’t a good thing either. That’s unbalanced. Jesus never taught us to suspect evil lurking around every single corner. Jesus never taught us to size up every person who approaches us, diagnosing them with having this or that demon. Jesus never taught us that every hardship that comes our way comes from Satan. This kind of mistaken attitude can also lead to more spiritual attacks. If we’re overly focused on demons, we’re more or less giving them an invitation to our minds that they don’t want to pass up! We’re opening the door for them.
We’re not balanced if we see the works of the devil everywhere. And that isn’t the reality either. Before we go accusing people or naming this or that demon, we need confirmation from Heaven! When we suspect the work of a demon or witchcraft, we need to start praying for the spiritual discernment of the Holy Spirit.
When we think about evil things too much, we give them more power and importance than they deserve. These things exist, but God’s power is greater than any of them! So we need not fear. If we think about evil too much, we start to fear it. Fear only God! Have faith in God and His power and desire to protect us. Don’t obsess over these evil things, and don’t fear them. Take their power away.
Yes, there is great evil in this world. But never forget there’s great good too, and our God is greater than any evil!
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