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How Satan Destroys the Mind, Heart, Body, & Souls of People!

We’ve all probably seen movies like “The Exorcist”, “The Omen”, “The Unholy”, etc. But is that what the Devil’s REALLY like all the time, when he tempts or confronts humankind (rather religious or not) alike? Does he REALLY come full out with guns blazing all the time? Or is he more subtle in nature? Today, I submit to you that 9 times out of 10, he comes in a more subtle nature. He does NOT come out in such a way as to say “hi, I’m the devil and I’m here to deceive you, mhuahahahaha”.  He usually comes by way through the people and things that we are heavily influenced by (friends, family, coworkers, the music we listen to, the movies we watch, the videogames we play, etc.)

Now, does that mean he POSSESSES those people and those things? Sometimes he can and sometimes he will. But typically, he or his demons will speak his message THROUGH that person or THROUGH that movie or TV show or videogame. For example, maybe you have an Atheist friend that starts persecuting you for your faith (that’s the devil speaking through your friend). Or you have someone (a stranger or a coworker) come up and say a not so nice thing to/about you (again, the devil and his demons speaking through that person to try to make you feel bad about yourself).

Or perhaps your friends try to talk you into going to see some non-Christian movie (again, the devil speaking through your friends……as he knows you won’t listen to him directly, but maybe he can try to trick you through your friends, am I right?) Or you’ll just be sitting there reading your bible one day when all of a sudden, you just feel COMPLETELY hungry or COMPLETELY tired or the like. The spiritual attack on you by the devil is SO subtle that oftentimes, you don’t even see it happening. And that’s how the Devil rolls. Subtlety.  Because remember that his goal is to DECEIVE MANY. So how could he ever do that if he were to come full out with guns blazing, announcing who is from the get go? That would pretty much just defeat his purpose of deceiving many, now wouldn’t it?

But not only is he subtle, he is DETERMINED. He and his demons will STOP AT NOTHING until they get a humankind person to fall from grace. (And for the Jews that don’t already accept Jesus Christ as their Lord & Messiah, the Devil already gots a TWOFOLD HOLD on them, (for now), and I pray that the Lord Jesus Christ will soon rescue such out of Satan’s hands. But for the Jews that already DO accept Jesus Christ as their Lord & Messiah, Satan and his demons have to try to fight TEN TIMES HARDER to try to get that person to fall).

Basically, Satan’s technique is like the “stratagem” used in the movie “Mean Girls” where a girl’s bestfriend secretly helps her seek revenge against a popular girl by writing out an agenda on a chalkboard of all the things they’d have to ruin in the girl’s life so they could effectively ruin the popular girl. That’s how Satan rolls. He takes out his spiritual chalkboard, sort’ve speak, writes out a spiritual agenda how to ruin each and every humankind’s soul (rather religious or not) — ESPECIALLY the souls of Jews and Christians — and then goes down the list:

1. “Their marriage is good for right now? Okay, lets bring in exhibit A (attractive woman) and exhibit B (attractive man) into their respective lives and see if we can’t shake things up a bit in their marriage”. And then, together with his demons, (who oftentimes believe it or not, can actually “inhabit” the bodies of “the other man” or “the other woman”), Satan works to wreck havoc on that marriage. And if the two people IN that marriage aren’t submitting themselves to Christ & the gospel, they’re “easy pickins” for The Devil and his demons to swoop right in and destroy that marriage.

2. Once that marriage is destroyed, (IF it is destroyed), Satan and his demons will consult with the divorce lawyers and try to make each parties focus be about MONEY! And then after the divorce, Satan will send in some NEW people in their lives since God hates remarriage! In fact, the bible says that remarriage is only possible/blessed if one of the spouses had died (or if there’s “adultery”). But today, we see people being married and remarried 3 or more times. Marriage has become such a “cheap institution” and we have Satan and his demons to thank for that! ;(

3. If a person is not married/single, Satan will just keep going down through the list until he can find something that’ll make that person fall. Maybe a person struggles with food, alcohol or drug addiction. Maybe they’re lonely & isolated. Maybe they struggle with the sin of lust (rather in a relationship or not). Or perhaps a person has a strained relationship with a friend, family member, or coworker. Whatever it is, Satan knows our weak spots and he knows where to hit us hard.

4. Once we fall and “get knocked down”, spiritually speaking, Satan and his demons TRY TO KEEP US THERE! And how do they try to keep us there? By making us feel OVERCOME with our feelings of doubt, fear, guilt, shame, lack of faith and fear over all the “sins” in our lives! There seems to be this constant spiritual chorus of “look what YOU did, look what YOU did, Jesus will never forgive you, NOW! You have no hope!” And that’s their way of trying to deceive us and trick us. Because the bible clearly says in Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.

5. He and his demons are that small, still, subtle voice in our heads that say things like:

  •  “go ahead and buy that snack with trans fat, it’s not gonna effect your heart any”
  • “go ahead and kill yourself….Jesus won’t send you to hell for killing yourself”
  • “go ahead and cheat on your husband/wife (if married) or your boyfriend/girlfriend (if in a relationship), they DESERVE to be cheated on, God understands…really….”
  • “go ahead and relax for awhile….you don’t really NEED to read your bible EVERY single day to have a good spiritual relationship with the Lord, even every FEW days is fine”.
  • **it’s OKAY to be actively GAY and/or to live the GAY Lifestyle and to have/be in a homosexual marriage!**
  • “Muslims and Christians really DO worship the same God”.
  • “you’re fat, you’re ugly, you’re no good, you’re never gonna amount to anything”
  • “your kids HATE YOU”
  • “your _______ HATES YOU” (rather it be your mother, father, grandmother, husband, wife, neighbor, etc.)
  • “Jesus Christ hates you!”
  • “You’re too much of a sinner for Jesus Christ to accept! There’s NO HOPE for you! Jesus Christ will NEVER forgive you!”
  • “your life’s never gonna get better!”
  • “you have REASON to hate this person……they don’t deserve any forgiveness by YOU…so don’t give them the satisfaction of YOUR forgiveness!”
  • “The Rapture is a false doctrine”
  • “The Lord will unleash his wrath on his true church during the Tribulation”
  • “demons don’t exist/Satan doesn’t exist/Jesus Christ/God doesn’t exist”
  • “there IS no such thing as hell”
  • “the lake of fire is not for eternity”
  • “you’ll NEVER be able to overcome your sin/addictions in your life” and MANY, MANY MORE!!!

6. The less of a fight we put up against Satan and his demons, the MORE he’s going to be able to FIGHT US and to infiltrate our mind, hearts, bodies and spirits!

7. The ONLY WAY to defeat Satan and his demons altogether is to:

  • Pray to Jesus Christ
  • Have Faith in Jesus Christ
  • Trust Jesus Christ
  • Wait on Jesus Christ for deliverance

8. But please know this: the harder and harder you try to fight off the Devil and his demons, the harder and harder that he’s gonna try to fight back! While there IS that passage in the bible in James 4:7 which states: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you“, Satan only flees for a time, not forever.

Sooner or later, he will come back and start running through all the steps again……

“Hhhmm……I can’t break apart her marriage? Okay, lets see if I can make her become overcome with fear and anxiety. I can’t make her full of anxiety? Okay, lets see if I can get her to neglect bible study. I can’t get her to neglect bible study? Okay, I can make her husband cheat on her, etc.” and keeps going on and on and on down the list until he finds SOMETHING to FULL OUT SPIRITUALLY ATTACK a person with!

And then, once he has attacked a person on ONE thing, he will then oftentimes try to then attack a person with MULTIPLE THINGS so he can hold them down and KEEP THEM DOWN for as long as possible. Imagine if the game of Christian life were like a boxing ring. Once Satan has you down, he wants to hold you down for as long as possible. But Jesus is like the referee who won’t LET him hold you down any longer if you cry out to Jesus in fervent prayer & submit yourself to Jesus by not only OBEYING him but by TRUSTING HIM!

9. The spiritual battle is a subtle one, it doesn’t happen all at once. Maybe you don’t feel like reading your bible one day. And then maybe next week, you don’t feel like attending church. And then, the week after that, you don’t even feel like reading or meditating on the bible at all and become much too focused on “secular life”. It all starts out SO SMALL……then eventually leads up to things that are SO BIG…..problems in our lives that would indicate we’re in what the archangel Michael called to me during a partial N.D.E.”THE RED ZONE”. That is the point in our lives where we become SO overwhelmed with our sins and SO overwhelmed by the feelings of fear, guilt, shame, and disbelief, that we feel we are BEYOND HOPE and become MOST ESTRANGED from God/Jesus Christ! And that is THE MOST DANGEROUS place to be (in “THE RED ZONE”).

10. Whenever you feel OVERWHELMED with feelings of doubt, fear, insecurity, lack of faith, shame, guilt, or feel this ever-so-“strange”/”strong” urge to look at NEW AGE MATERIALS (Ouiji boards, Meditation, Yoga, Wicca), please realize that you are under SEVERE DEMONIC ATTACK and that if you actually SUBMIT to these feelings and NOT to Jesus Christ, there’s a chance your soul could be lost for ETERNITY! So please, I beg of you, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you discover you’re under “severe demonic attack”, PRAY TO JESUS CHRIST! IN FERVENT PRAYER, NEVER CEASING! For it is the ONLY WAY by which you will be able to free yourself from Satan’s attacks!

11. Remember that Satan HATES US (all those who’ve washed away our sins with the blood of the lamb, Jesus Christ), and that he will STOP AT NOTHING to OVERTAKE US! But don’t let him win! Put all your faith, trust and love into Jesus Christ, TODAY! And you can be sure! You WILL have a spot in Jesus’s eternal kingdom someday! 😉

“Lord Jesus, the name above all other names, I pray for all the lost souls out there or wayward souls that have strayed from you, lately. Please bring them back to you and bring them to a saving knowledge OF and trust IN you! Please shed light on just HOW Satan’s been at work in their lives, lately and give them the necessary spiritual tools to fight him off, once and for all, in their lives! Please help them to spiritually ENDURE until the end! Please help them have the faith in you that’s SO strong, that even death or the threat of death wouldn’t part them from you! Please give them a renewed strength, faith and hope in YOU! Please shed your light on them always, in this dark and fallen world. And Lord, if they are followers of other religions (particularly of the Catholic, Islam, Mormon, etc. religion), I pray that you work on their hearts and give them a renewed heart and renewed wisdom about the eternal truth that can ONLY be found in YOU! I pray that you bring them (as many as are willing) to the fold and that you bless them and keep them for eternity and that their newfound faith in you will NEVER fail them, no matter what. Amen”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Most Important Aspects of the Christian Faith:

The 12 MOST IMPORTANT aspects of the Christian faith are as follows:

1). TO PRAISE THE LORD & Learning to Overcome Times We’re Feeling UNGRATEFUL/ANGRY Towards The Lord so THAT we become GRATEFUL to The Lord for all that he’s done in our lives!

2). TO TRUST IN THE LORD & Learning to Overcome Times When We’re Feeling DISTRUST towards The Lord or distrust for the fact that he’ll do the things he SAYS in the bible or otherwise tells us he will do!

3). TO FAITHFULLY SERVE THE LORD & Learning to Overcome Times When “We Just Don’t Feel Like Serving the Lord” (for whatever reason……”I’ve got too much schoolwork to do”, “it’s football season”, “work’s been hectic lately”, etc.)!

4). TO BELIEVE *IN* THE LORD & Learning to Overcome A LACK OF FAITH *IN* The Lord! (This one is HUGE! For imagine what would’ve happened to the ancient Israelites if Moses had a COMPLETE lack of faith in the Lord or what would’ve happened if Abraham hadn’t had enough faith in the Lord and had actually GONE through with sacrificing Isaac (the chosen seed) in the Old Testament! Those 2 examples illustrate how just ONE person’s lack of faith can *potentially* have devastating results!)

5). TO READ (AND MEDITATE ON) THE BIBLE **OFTEN** & Learning to Overcome the Times “We Just Don’t Feel Like Reading the Bible”! (Again, this one’s also huge! For if you don’t even READ the bible and know what’s in there, front to back – Old Testament to New Testament, Satan and his minions and all the “false teachers” out there can VERY EASILY deceive you since you won’t have the spiritual discernment to know what’s in the bible and what isn’t! So be careful, folks!)

6). TO STUDY THE BIBLE & Not Just “Know” the Bible! (For Anyone Can Quote Scripture or “Know” Scripture but yet, not EVERYONE is able to take the bible and actually APPLY IT TO THEIR VERY LIVES!)

7). TO PRAY & Learning to Overcome The Times in Our Lives When We Feel Like “I Don’t NEED to Pray to God About Anything In My Life Right Now, For I Already HAVE Everything I Need!” (That spiritual attitude of ours that we get from time to time is DEADLY! For it leads to ALL Sin and UNGRATEFULNESS! Satan is EVER-SO-HAPPY when we STOP PRAYING, because it draws us AWAY from Jesus Christ & makes Satan HAPPY WITH GLEE, whenever this happens in our lives! So don’t let Satan win! PRAY CONTINUALLY IN YOUR LIVES!)

8). TO GET BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST! (Again, this one’s IMPORTANT: for it’s meant to represent the ceremonial washing away of sins and meant to be a “public declaration” of one’s faith and being “set apart” from the unbelieving/unbaptized world. Now: if someone dies before being baptized, but believed with all their heart, souls and mind in Jesus Christ, will THAT person be saved? I would say yes. But for all the people who HAVE a chance to get baptized — (FULL WATER IMMERSION, NOT “SPRINKLING” SINCE “SPRINKLING” IS UN-BIBLICAL, FOLKS!) — you should get baptized since it’s commanded 7+ times in the bible!

9). TO SPREAD/SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH ALL PEOPLES AND ALL NATIONS ***AND*** TO HELP THOSE IN NEED & Learning To Overcome The Times “We Just Don’t Feel Like Sharing the Gospel With Others”! (Remember all the “lost sheep” out there and remember all the “lost souls” out there who haven’t yet come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, yet. THEY should be your focus. And if they won’t “listen to you”, drop the conversation, move on to another person who might be open to hearing the gospel and then later come back and continually/daily pray for that person. Our God is an awesome God and he answers all diligent prayers of the saints! (that is, to say, you and me). Everyone has a conversion story. What’s YOURS? Share it with the world and don’t wait! (Time is of the essence).

10). TO SPIRITUALLY ENDURE UNTIL HE [JESUS CHRIST] COMES AGAIN ON THE EARTH! (And this is important since, though it’s tempting, we can’t just give up at the first sign of trouble or persecution. For imagine if we were all on a large battlefield and Satan and his demon spirits and ALL non-believers and FALSE TEACHERS were on ONE end of the battlefield and WE were on the OTHER end of the battle field. Okay, now imagine that Satan has given orders for them all to charge at us FULL SPEED AHEAD!

Now imagine that Jesus Christ is standing in the “center” of us, no fear, not moving, not even yet speaking. SOME people on our side are going to become DEATHLY AFRAID (even with Jesus standing right there, in the midst of us) and are going to either run and break ranks or sit down on the ground with their hands up saying “we surrender! we surrender! please don’t hurt us!”while in the meantime, Satan is laughing hysterically with GLEE *AS* he and his demons take the “I surrender” people as “CAPTIVES/PRISONERS OF SPIRITUAL WAR” while Jesus Christ is mourning the loss of them and praying in his great heavenly name for them to come back!)

And SOME folks are just gonna be neutral, not really proclaiming to “fight” for EITHER side (they’re being what’s called “spiritually lukewarm”) and it’s THESE folks that Jesus Christ will be MOST ANGRY at, since they won’t clearly pick either side to “fight” on!

Yet, OTHERS of us on our side of the battle field are going to look over at Jesus, wait for his command and then COUNTER CHARGE with all the faith that they possibly have and can muster. And yes, it being a spiritual battle, they’re likely gonna suffer a wound here, a wound there and might even get knocked down a time or two. Or three. But it’s how they come back AFTER their “wounds” and HOW FAST they come back after their “wounds” that determine if they successfully “stay on course” or not, as the spiritual battle rages on! 

11). To LEARN BY EXAMPLE from the Prophets of Old in the Old Testament and by the Disciples/Jesus Christ/etc. in The New Testament! (Many of us can LEARN from the prophets of the Old Testament and from Jesus Christ & his disciples in the New Testament. The Prophets of Old in the Old Testament had both their strengths AND their weaknesses, which we today can DEFINITELY learn from! Just like we can also learn from the strengths & weaknesses of Jesus’ disciples in the New Testament, as well! Oftentimes we forget that the Old Testament prophets and even Jesus’s own disciples were normal human beings, just like us, with thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and occasionally, YES, sin in their life! And how they each individually DEALT with those sins or had their sins DEALT WITH by the Lord can serve as a powerful reminder and teaching tool to us ALL!)

12). To REPENT OF ALL SIN(S) ***AND*** TO FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE HURT US!

Further explained:

1). We should always be praising God/Jesus Christ for all that he’s done (not only for the creation of the world and the universe and the heavens but also for what he’s done for the ancient Israelites during the Old Testament and also what Jesus Christ has done for the peoples of the New Testament, as well as what he’s done for us (and/or other people) in our own lives!)

2). We can’t just PRAY for the Lord to do something, we must TRUST that he (in his own due divine time) will do it! We must TRUST that he knows what’s best for us in our lives and trust and wait on HIS timing and not our OWN timing! For it stands to reason: if he created the Earth & the heavens, he TRULY knows what’s best for us and when, does he not? 😉

3). We must SERVE (& love) the Lord with all our heart, all our mind, and all our strength! We can’t just READ his words in the bible, we must also OBEY them! For Jesus Christ said in John 14:15 “ If ye love me, keep my commandments“. And by serving others (such as, helping out those who are less fortunate than us, for example), we are in effect, serving God!

4). We must BELIEVE that Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross and that God the Heavenly Father resurrected him on the 3rd day, as it was written and that 40 days later, he ascended back up to heaven to be on the right hand side of God the Heavenly Father (as was witnessed by several of eyewitnesses in the New Testament).

5). We must not just KNOW the bible but we must READ the bible, in order to have TRUE SPIRITUAL GROWTH. For if you don’t know the bible or what’s in there, you’ll be susceptible to just about ANY false teaching there is, out there!

6). We must not just READ the bible, we must also STUDY the bible, IN GREAT DETAIL! (Even the good Lord himself ENCOURAGED us to study the scriptures in John 5:39 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me” and in 2 Timothy 3:16 “ All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”.

7). We must constantly PRAY for the things we need in life (ESPECIALLY for the forgiveness of our sins)!

8). There are 7+ bible passages which state that baptism is NECESSARY for the “ceremonial” washing away of sins! [1 Peter 3:21, Galatians 3:27, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Romans 6:3-6, Acts 16: 31-33, Acts 8:35-38, Acts 2:38, Mark 16:16, Mark 1:4-5, Mark 28:19-20, etc.) **Note: Mark 3:13-17 and Mark 1:9-11, and John 1:29-33 all show how we are to have a FULL IMMERSION BAPTISM (in a river, bathtub, or swimming pool, etc), NOT A SPRINKLING!!!!!!)

9). Matthew 28:19 states: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”. In other words, Jesus Christ says we are to SPREAD and SHARE the gospel amongst ALL people and ALL nations! **We’re ALSO supposed to help others that are in need!** During the Great White Throne Judgement, Jesus Christ will judge each and every one of us (not only by our faith) but also by HOW WELL we abided in the bible and helped others in need! So if you see a homeless person somewhere, don’t ignore them!  

10). Matthew 24:13 states: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved”. In other words, Jesus Christ warned us in the bible that we would have/experience persecution in this world, reminding us that he himself suffered it, first. However, he promises that he will reward the overcomers! So we must spiritually endure and occupy ourselves until he comes to the Earth again!

Remember that everything of this Earth and on this Earth is ONLY TEMPORARY and that someday soon, the Lord God will create a NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH! Also please remember that as soon as the CURRENT heavens and Earth pass away, the ONLY thing that will matter is your spiritual relationship (or lack of one) with the Lord Jesus Christ! And your spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ or lack of one, or lack of a GOOD one, will determine where you are placed to go, FOR ALL ETERNITY!

And the return of Jesus Christ to the Earth for his saints is IMMINENT! So I pray: if you’re not 100% ready with Jesus Christ today, then please get ready. Time is of the essence! We never know when we’re going to die and/or when Jesus Christ is gonna return for his true “church” (the saints). So we need to constantly pray that we will be ready!

11). It’s funny how modern day Christians tend to look at King David and Samuel and Jesus’s disciples with this sensationalized view, and hold them up on a pedestal, totally forgetting the fact that they all had sins and “faults”, just like you and I. Therefore, actually READING the bible and reading the FULL STORY on each disciple and each Old Testament prophet sort’ve helps put things in true perspective. Not ONE of them was perfect, save for Jesus Christ himself, who was born without sin. Then again, Jesus Christ is more than just a mere “prophet” of God, he’s the Alpha & Omega, the first and the last! The name above all other names! The only begotten Son of God! The True Vine! The Way, The Truth & the Life! The Everlasting God!

12). We must REPENT of our sins in order to have a new life in Jesus Christ! Because without repentance, there’s NO Salvation! For repentance is NECESSARY for Salvation! We must also forgive others who’ve hurt us! For Jesus said in the bible that if WE don’t forgive others that have hurt us or someone close to us, that WE ourselves won’t be forgiven since Jesus can’t let ANY sin into his heavenly kingdom! Holding a grudge against someone = Hate and Hate = Murder in our hearts, according to Jesus Christ Almighty! 

I pray that all souls that read this will either come to know Jesus Christ today or GET 100% ready with Jesus Christ today, if they already know him. In Jesus’s name, Amen.