Fighting the good fight…

This week, Christian media circles are abuzz with the news of Rory Alec, Co-Founder of GODTV, leaving his ministry, wife and children for an adulterous relationship with a fifty-year-old woman. Which sane man would abandon everything valuable and reject his calling, without thinking of the ramifications on his family, friends and organisation? Most importantly, why would a man of God want to break the Heavenly Father’s heart by deliberately walking away from His purpose for his life?

Judas Iscariot was among the twelve who walked with the Lord. He, like many Christian leaders today was among the chosen to cast out demons and heal the sick. He was in the right place; he began well. But the devil (he is not very creative by the way – he lured Eve by showing her how beautiful the fruit was, he did the same to Judas – he painted a lie, put a thought into his heart (John 13:2 says, “And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him) The demon of oppression soon became the demon of possession in Judas’ case. Christians don’t have side conversations with the devil. Speak to JESUS.

Once a human being has accepted Jesus as his saviour, he has become a spiritual dynamite by free will – he has the voice of God and angels on one side and satan and his demons on the other. We commune with God and worship Him in spirit and truth (John 4:23) Anything unholy or false has no place there. Many Christians today are seduced by angels of light (1Timothy 4:1, 2 Cor 11:13-15) Every child of God must constantly live in the protection of Christ’s blood; consciously covering and protecting yourself and your own with His blood. Just like how we wash our bodies with soap, we need frequent cleansing of ourselves with His blood. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph 6:12)

We often underestimate the battle of demonic forces or we are kept ignorant of them. Or we are fooled by deceivers. Matthew 24:24 warns, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect”. Demonic spirits can, sadly, enter people who have the gifts of the Holy Spirit. You have to be willing to resist or in the worst case, be humble enough and willing to be delivered. No amount of lip service can deliver; only His blood and diligent battle can deliver. Else it will be a temporary respite.

Ecclesiastes 10:8 says, “Who so breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him”. Job had a nice hedge of protection around him; later when God permitted him to be afflicted, may be Job’s own fear (For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me (Job 3:25) helped break that hedge and let satan enter with the affliction. A radio receiver can tune into what it likes. Similarly, we can tune in to God’s voice or His promises in His word, or connect to unwanted satanic voices that make us feel disillusioned, doubt our salvation or fear our future. It is not wrong to hear satanic voices, it is wrong to OBEY them. Retune more into the Word and do it immediately. Put on the full armour of God (Eph 6:11-13) and FIGHT the devil.

These admonitions about spiritual battle should be etched into our souls:

Submit yourselves therefore to God. RESIST the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7)

Do not give the devil a chance (Eph 4:27)

Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Be firm in your faith and resist him, because you know that other believers in all the world are going through the same kind of sufferings (1 Peter 5: 8-9)

A Christian on his/her knees can break any stronghold of the devil. Acts 19:15 (Jesus I know and Paul I know…”) shows that demons recognise not only the authority of Christ, but also HIS authority EXERCISED BY a man/woman of God. A Christian who is sentimental or sorry does not get results, a Christian who prays and acts gets results.

The walk with God after deliverance from demonic oppression is very narrow. No matter how exemplary your life has been in the past, you can still be attacked – in fact, if you are serving Him full time, or if you are a man/woman of prayer, you are in the frontline of the battle field already! The same verse which ask us to be innocent (innocent (harmless, guileless, and without falsity) as doves, admonishes us to be wise as serpents. Serpents are predators who wait silently and subtly for an attack against them. Do not give the devil a chance. Do not be like the demoniac who got rid of one demon and had 7 more coming to torment him. Do not end up like the demoniac of Gadara who had a legion (almost 5000 demons) in him. If you fall, put each case of wilful disobedience under the Blood of the Lamb and confess them immediately to Jesus. Do it at once. If you do not get all those old yokes under the Blood of the Lamb, they will come back seven seventy times and attack you!

There is nothing automatic about salvation. We have to receive it in faith daily, by embracing His promises daily, and resisting the devil diligently and alertly. Good and evil cannot dwell together. The Holy Spirit is like a gentle dove; do not drive God’s Spirit away. We are called to be temples of the Living God. If carnal Christians don’t get delivered, there would be no new power in the church. Simply being saved and filled once with the Holy Spirit must not be considered a guarantee that we will remain so. Become men and women, who work out their salvation with fear and trembling. THAT is victory!

There is nothing more beautiful, more wonderful on earth – than being a cleansed vessel constantly, living in ‘heavenly places with Christ’ :O) Hallelujah!

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