Resist Demons!

Feature Story: Roderick C. Meredith|Tomorrow’s World

luciferflipped_amazingdata_20090715203212The spirit world is real, and there is a very evil side of it. God warns that Satan is the god of this current age. How can you resist the temptations of Satan and his demons?

Can you  protect yourself against forces of evil that seem to be growing increasingly  powerful in our world?

Wild  and almost inexplicable things are happening. Seemingly “deranged” individuals  are killing people in public places once thought safe. And unusual instances of suicides are  increasing—often involving people who “seemed” normal just before killing  themselves!

Why is all of this happening? What  very few people—even most so-called “experts”—realize is that there is a very real “spirit world.” Satan the Devil is a powerful spirit  being spoken of many times in  your Bible. And Satan has a literal army of “demons”—fallen angels who rebelled  against God along with him. The Devil uses these fallen angels to influence,  deceive, discourage and even “possess” human beings whom he specifically wants  to attack.

Do you, personally, truly believe that the Bible is inspired by God? If you do, then this article can help  you immensely. Otherwise, you are just reading “another man’s opinion.” May God  help you understand His  inspired word! What does He tell us about demons? What did Christ do? “Then one  was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him,  so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. And all the multitudes were  amazed and said, ‘Could this be the Son of David?’ Now when the Pharisees heard  it they said, ‘This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the  ruler of the demons.’ But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: ‘Every  kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or  house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is  divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?’” (Matthew 12:22–26).

These verses show that Satan the Devil  has a “kingdom”—a kingdom filled with demonsRevelation 12:3–4 certainly indicates that Satan’s powerful influence caused  about one-third of the entire angelic host to follow him in his rebellion against  the Creator. There are a lot of demons out  there! So, when the prophesied end-time “spirit war” breaks out, with Satan and his demons  fighting against the armies of heaven (Revelation 12:7), millions of Satan’s  fallen “angels” will be “cast out with him” (v. 9).

We are now entering a time of “spirit  warfare” more dramatic than anything this world has experienced for a long,  long time! For it is prophesied that, before the end of this present age, one  of Satan’s human servants  will literally make fire come down upon the earth in the sight  of men (Revelation 13:13).

Satan and his demons infest this  world’s atmosphere. So, your Bible calls Satan, “the prince of the power of the  air, the spirit who now works in the  sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). He and his demons have tremendous influence in  this world—in its society, its media and in the way human beings are often led  to think. For Satan is a murderer. He  and his demons resent the fact that—unlike the angels and the demons—we human  beings are made in the “image” of God Himself, and that we have the awesome  potential of becoming full sons of  God. Therefore, Satan and his demons will try in every way they can to prevent this from happening. As  the ultimate murderer, Satan  will attempt to destroy human  beings in many different ways—through religious deception,  political activity, wrong education and false “knowledge.” He and his demons  are busy injecting attitudes of lust, envy, hatred and murder into  often-unsuspecting human beings. Since Satan is the ultimate liar—the “father” of lies (John 8:44)—he  and his demons even try to put a subtle “twist” of evil on seemingly noble  ideas and activities, to confuse gullible  human beings and turn them away from our Creator, the only true God.

Media  Influence

Western society, especially our media, continues to saturate people’s minds, from their very childhood, with strange images of an unreal world—often  involving weird spirit beings, strange space creatures, horrible violence, and  unusual characters portrayed sympathetically, like those in the Harry Potter  series and the recent rash of “vampire” books and movies. It is no wonder that  the minds of young people are so often confused between what is reality and  what is not reality.  Watching all this stuff, they  also obviously become confused between what is good and what is evil.

Of course, most young people take all  of this bizarre activity for granted. Some who read this article may even laugh  that we at Tomorrow’s World are  taking such things far too seriously. However, those of us who grew up at a  time when there was no such thing as  television or the Internet to make all these “weird worlds” available—including  many dark, foreboding “escapist” worlds, invented by cynical writers and  producers who are often influenced  greatly by liquor and drugs, and who commonly  have absolutely miserable  marriages and family lives—know  that there is a different and better way.

What is the answer? It is not found in  our human reasoning. For if we are willing to understand, we will find that  only the inspired word of the Creator, who gives us life and breath, can show  us the true way to overcome the evils of this world, and live the way that  brings ultimate peace and happiness.

King David of Israel—the “man after  God’s own heart”—was inspired to declare, “I will set nothing wicked before my  eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me. A  perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness” (Psalm  101:3–4). Yet, misguided humans are continually putting  all kinds of “wicked” images and things before their eyes.

Countless millions of our young people  pour into their minds graphic images of violence, perverted sex, cruelty, weird  “space creatures” and “space wars”—projecting themselves into unreal worlds and  situations where they are not involved with normal situations and decent  standards of behavior. This naturally perverts their  capacity to think logically and rationally—and certainly obstructs them from  thinking spiritually, according to God’s word.

The Eternal God commands us, “Give no  regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled  by them: I am the Lord your God”  (Leviticus 19:31). God’s word continues, “And the person who turns to mediums  and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face  against that person and cut him off from his people. Consecrate yourselves  therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord  your God” (Leviticus 20:6–7).

The idea of dealing with “spirits” seems  very fascinating to some people. So, it is no surprise that many films and  television programs have been devoted to portraying human contact with the  spirit world as exciting, fascinating and even helpful! But  what does this do? It involves bringing confused human beings into relationship  with demon spirits—who  will try to deceive and ultimately destroy those  who interact with them!

All too often, modern psychologists  and others confuse demonic activity with mental and physical illnesses such as  schizophrenia. Yet many books on psychology acknowledge that schizophrenia is a  “catch-all” term, which psychiatrists use to describe all kinds of unusual  mental and emotional aberrations that they and others often do not really  understand. Frankly, they cannot understand  these matters of the spirit, because such understanding is revealed by the  Almighty God—whom they basically reject and refuse to heed!

How do demons work on troubled and  confused human minds? The Charlotte Observer ran an  article describing a situation that certainly sounds parallel to—and may well  have been—such an example of demonic influence on a man who had lost his job,  and in deep discouragement was considering suicide. “The job was gone, the gun  was loaded, and a voice was saying, ‘You’re a waste, give up now, do it now.’  It was a command, not a suggestion, and what mattered at that moment—a winter  evening in 2000—was not where the voice was coming from, but how assured it  was, how persuasive” (August 7, 2011).

Notice how a very persuasive voice  came into this man’s mind, telling him “do it now” as he was holding a loaded  gun in his hand. This sounds very much like the persuasive voice Jesus heard  nearly two thousand years ago, saying, “If you are the Son of God, throw  Yourself down” from the pinnacle of the temple. This voice assured Him that He  would not be hurt. “For it is written, ‘He [God] shall give His angels charge  over you’” (Matthew 4:5–6).

Truly, more and more “voices” are  being heard throughout our land to influence confused human beings—more strong  “urges” tempting people to do violent things, and even to kill themselves and  others. But, for you who read the Tomorrow’s World magazine, it need not be so!

Certainly, Satan the Devil tries to  deeply discourage human  beings and draw them away from the Creator God by any means he can find. He may  tempt them to live in false, imaginary worlds that confuse their entire thought  process and even their concept of life itself. He may tempt them by putting  into their minds the idea of violence, sometimes connected to depraved sexual  activities or other actions that would ultimately destroy their  lives in many ways. For Satan—the ultimate enemy of  mankind—certainly does want to destroy all  human life (Matthew 24:21–22).

The  Only REAL Answer

Just opening your newspaper or turning  on the television can give you countless examples of what I am describing. You  may find a man who identifies himself with the comic book “Joker” character and  commits real violence that kills people and destroys families. Or you may see a  man who has imagined the fantasy life he could have if only he would kill his  wife. Satanic violence is real, and it is widespread.

But you do not need to be affected, if  you rely on the tools God has given to those who are willing to use them. I  will now give you four “keys” to resisting these demons and Satan himself as  Satan’s war on humanity becomes increasingly powerful. Though these four keys  may seem simple or  even obvious, may God help you to truly use them in your own life! If you do, they  will certainly give you a protective barrier to prevent Satan the Devil and his demons from  controlling your mind and leading you away from everything that is good and  wholesome and right.

The first key is to build a strong relationship  with the Creator God, the God of the Bible. Learn  to “seek” God through genuine study of the Bible, which is His revelation  to mankind. I suggest you begin your study with the book of Matthew and then  read through the New Testament. It would be good, after reading the Gospels, to  read the book of Acts and then go to the “General Epistles” such  as James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John and Jude. These books were written by  the very ones who actually worked with Jesus  Christ in the flesh for three whole years, or who grew up with Him as His  physical brother!  Those of you who are familiar with the  original order of books in the New Testament (write for our free booklet, The Bible: Fact or Fiction? to  learn more about this) will understand that these “general” epistles were  actually placed before the  epistles of Paul, for good reasons. Study them, and  they will give you a good foundation for Christian living and spiritual strength to resist Satan and his demons.

When  you study, read examples of prayer in the Bible—especially the “Lord’s Prayer”  in Matthew 6 which is the outline prayer that  should be a model for all our prayers. And learn to talk to God from the heartnot repeating some rote words by memory.  Learn to think carefully about what you read in the Bible, and meditate on  what God is telling you in His inspired word and on the meaning of life from  the point of view of your Creator Himself. Ask God to help you think as He thinks and to  have the “mind of Christ” (Philippians 2:5). And do not neglect the Old  Testament—the only Scripture that was available during Jesus’ own day, and from  which He and His apostles preached regularly!

Guide  your life so you are around others who take the Bible seriously. Learn  to spend your time around good and wholesome people—not odd or disoriented people. For  negative and ungodly people will pull you down unless  you develop strong spiritual character. The Bible tells us, “He who walks with  wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed” (Proverbs  13:20). So learn to choose your friends carefully and let yourself be  influenced by people who are clean, wholesome and positive in  their outlook on life and will not tend to pull you down.

The second key is to become aware of Satan and the spirit world from  the point of view of God and His word. Do not immerse yourself in the spirit world  through Satan’s own propaganda, or books and films about demonism or dealings  with “mediums” or “spiritists” and others involved in the occult. For Satan is  a very powerful and  persuasive false angel and was able to seduce our first parents, Adam and Eve.

But  when you learn about Satan through the eyes of God’s word, the Bible clearly  indicates that he and his demons cannot kill you or force you to do anything unless you yourself “go along” and  make it possible. Therefore, the Eternal God instructs us in His revealed word,  “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he  will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your  hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:7–8).

So, we are directly commanded by our  Creator not to  “mess around” with Satan and his demons. We are to resist Satan and, instead, to “draw near to  God.” As we have explained, we “draw near to God” by deeply and earnestly studying His revealed word—the Holy Bible—and  by meditating on  that word and then praying fervently to God  asking Him for His wisdom, His guidance, His intervention and His deliverance  from Satan and every evil thing.

The third key is to develop a strategy to resist Satan  and his demons. By building a strong relationship with God, as described above,  you are well on your way! But, in order to truly resist, you need to develop specific strategies that  will affect your mind, your life and the way you think!

One important part of any successful  strategy involves being sure to avoid any contact with Satan and his demons. Be careful  what type of movies or television programs you watch, what video games you play  and what Web sites you visit. For many misguided (or even deliberately evil)  presentations put into your mind a totally wrong slant on  life—on what is good and true, and certainly on the right approach to the evil  spirit world that lies all around us. Satan is able to confuse and  distract countless millions of people from the important matters of life by  keeping them “entertained” by empty and evil offerings through television and  other media. Satan and his demons are eager to simply take up our time, as much  as they can, and keep us from devoting the time we should to genuinely studying the revelation from our Creator and  thinking about the things that really matter.

Another part of a successful strategy  will involve being sure to be around positive people—those  who are wise and who focus on God’s will rather than foolish nonsense and  perverted ideas. Also, be sure to go outside regularly, to soak in the sunshine  and breathe fresh air! Look up at the moon and the stars and realize that the Creator made these heavenly bodies. Get vigorous exercise—if you  are able—and experience the emotional “uplift” as the endorphins kick in and  help you feel better about yourself and your life. Guide your mind to dwell on  positive topics, rather than allowing your mental processes to “drift off” into  discouragement, melancholy, self-pity or bitterness. As God tells us, “Whatever  things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever  things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good  report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate  on these things” (Philippians 4:8). Yes, these are the topics to meditate upon, so the “peace of God, which  surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ  Jesus” (v. 7).

The fourth and final key is to  realize that you are in a spiritual war against one of the most powerful spirit beings in the universe. Only God the  Father and Jesus Christ are more powerful. And it is through the power of the  Father and Christ that you can have power—Their power—to  overcome Satan and his demons! You do not need to give in to the confusing,  discouraging and life-defeating attitudes that Satan and his demons continually  promulgate. With the help of the Holy Spirit, you must fight this war as though your life depended  upon it! For, indeed, it does.

Describing this warfare, the Apostle  Paul was inspired to tell us, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal  but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and  every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing  every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians  10:4–5).

Indeed, we need God’s help to cast out  wrong thoughts and carnal pulls—often placed directly in our minds by Satan and  his demons, if we allow them to do so. Instead of giving in to the demonic  influences, we must continually work at “bringing every thought into captivity  to the obedience of  Jesus Christ.” We must cry out to God  and ask Christ to live His life within us through the Holy Spirit (Galatians 2:20).

One of Satan’s favorite strategies is  to pervert spiritual truths and turn them to his own purposes. Many of you may  remember the Star Wars films,  in which characters spoke often about “the force.” The encouraging truth is  that we as Christians have the ultimate “force” in the universe working for us, if we  surrender to God and use that force with all our hearts!

So, we need to recognize the power that is available through a genuinely close relationship with the Creator  God—the God of the Bible—and through His Holy Spirit within us. God will help us if we ask and try to obey  Him. He will deliver us  from evil thoughts and passions placed in our minds by fallen angels, who are truly  out to bring us down and destroy us. God has offered us the tools to absolutely win the spiritual battle ahead of us. So  may God help and inspire all of us to use these four keys as a foundation for  winning the ultimate battle—and finally becoming members of the very Kingdom of  God, achieving the wonderful purpose for which we have been given life and  breath!



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9 replies

  1. Reblogged this on Shield of God. and commented:
    This says it all…we are living in the time of Satan’s governance, and we need to keep on shining our Light of God, and to be strong in His Will.

  2. Good tools! Read up, absorb, and apply! Thanks, Lyn!

  3. I think, as Christians, we need to be reminded that this life is not a vacation.

    • Amen. I tell people all the time…we aren’t here to serve ourselves or our own pleasures. The only reason we wake up every day is to serve God and to love, honor, and obey Him. You might like my poem called “Who Am I?” here http://PromiseBook.net

      • I read it, and it is beautiful. Who wrote it?

        • Well thank you! I did. All of a sudden, the Lord will give me something. On the same website (promise book) are some more writings under the menu heading at the top labeled, “My Poetry”. And when you have time, if you are ever interested, I have several excerpts from all three books in my upcoming end times fiction trilogy under the heading “Eternal Soul Series.” If you check them out, you’ll have to let me know what you think. Of course, they’ve been since edited (nothing removed really except for improper use of grammar and any typos!) They’ll be available through Thomas Nelson Westbow Press..and when book one (which will be available in a month and a half to two months) I’ll let everyone know. But first, see if they’re something you’d be interested in. Thanks again for your kindness. God bless you! 😉

  4. Lyn, it’s also important to put your arm our on DAILY! I’m sensitive in the Spirit and I literally have to put my arm our on every night before I go to bed and every morning! Without my armour on I am unable to stand or fight the enemy! I hope this helps someone else!

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