By: Richard Gazowsky
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If you aren’t careful, you can be completely unaware that demons have the ability to listen into your normal conversations so they can conjure up ways to influence your daily way of life. (Of course this subject will only be important to those Christians who are dedicated to walking the pathways of faith that are directed by God.) In this blog we will look into many things regarding this area, and their importance to you and your future.
Jesus made it extremely clear, many times throughout the Scriptures, that, “The Son can do nothing unless He sees the Father doing it first.” This is an important principle that Jesus was trying to teach us by example. It’s also the reason why the Lord said He is, “the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.” We must fully understand that this statement is absolute in its influence over our lives. You and I should do nothing unless God first initiates the activity, guides us in the activity daily, and ends the activity with His Word. Moses put it this way: “Man should not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Jesus reemphasized these instructions in the New Testament. I’m absolutely convinced that every Godly person who is planning on being successful (especially during the next two years), must abide by these principles one hundred percent of the time.
You also need to be aware that satanic forces are constantly warring against you obeying God’s voice. I mentioned to you, in last week’s blog, about the importance of first “securing” a room by removing demons, before you verbally share with anyone what God has instructed you personally to do. I want to go further on this subject, because it’s very intense how satanic influence affects you daily. And, if satan is not actually aware of God’s specific plans for your life, there are other methods he can use to try to infiltrate God’s designs.
The most common method satan uses is to author confusion. The devil doesn’t know God’s plans, but as soon as he gets a suggestion of what they might be, he is very clever at causing confusion. This is an extremely simple concept and is done commonly to all of us. For example, God recently gave me a word that I was to receive a car. Immediately I had a friend come and offer to sell me a car that was really cheap. But I knew right away, it wasn’t the car that God prophesied about. Then a salesman offered to give me a special deal, but it was the wrong kind of car. Then, almost on cue, another deal presented itself in the mail!
I was initially confused by all of these similar offers that came to me from various sources. But when I went to prayer I realized that the purpose of the deluge was to cause confusion concerning the original word that had been given to me from the Lord. That’s why it’s so important to realize (as Isaiah put it) that words from God must be, “Line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little.” This spiritual alignment is extremely important in order to accurately distinguish between the words that are from God, and confusion that is from the enemy. Remember, God is never the author of confusion.
The next method satan uses to try to steal God’s words from us, is dealt with by Jesus, in John 14:30. He said, “I’ll not be talking with you much more like this because the chief of this godless world is about to attack. But don’t worry ~ he has nothing on Me, no claim on Me,” (The Message Bible). Here Jesus makes it clear that the way He defeated the devil’s attacks on His personal life was that satan had no claim on Him. This means that there was no part of the flesh of Jesus that wanted anything from satan.
For example, Jesus didn’t allow His need for money to influence Him. If He didn’t have any funds at the time, He was still completely happy. In that same manner, Jesus didn’t care what people thought about Him. If someone threatened the Lord’s reputation, He felt no need to go out and defend it. Jesus called satan the “father of liars.” One of the devil’s favorite ways of attacking you is to lie about you by calling you a liar. If you fall for his lie, the hook is suddenly in your jaw and demons can easily reel you into their net of confusion because of that made-up accusation.
There are literally hundreds of areas in your flesh that can be attacked in this manner. That’s why it’s important to die to every one of them: pride, lust, the love of money or reputation, etc. Each of these areas must be put to rest. Then we will be protected from all attacks that come against our lives.
This leads us to an even more intense area of our lives where satan attacks, and that is self-condemnation. Christ’s way of dealing with it is similar to the wonderful modern invention of the automobile GPS mapping system. Think how horrible it would be if your car’s GPS condemned you for making a wrong turn, called you names, and viciously accused you. But it doesn’t do that. Instead, it simply recalculates a new pathway to set you once again on the road to your expected destination.
That’s exactly how God works. For, “in Him there is no condemnation.” God doesn’t put you down when you make a mistake. He just shows you an alternate way to get you back on the right pathway. Condemnation’s only source is either from your own flesh or from satanic influences. In other words, you should never listen to any of it! Condemnation is 100% wrong. In no instance does it ever accomplish any good, no matter how right thinking the source of it may appear to be.
I’ve discovered that this is the purpose of the spiritual fruit called “longsuffering.” It’s the Holy Spirit’s internal defensive mechanism that gives you the ability to endure condemnation, some of which may be coming from sources very close to you. (You might not be able to get rid of the condemnation so easily because you’re married to the perpetrator!) There is another spiritual defensive mechanism that the Holy Spirit offers you, and that is peace. Praying in tongues releases an incredible Spirit of peace that neutralizes the effects of condemnation. God’s Holy Spirit logarithm operates internally in your spirit. It’s also incredibly wise because it provides an environment for the reception of even more prophetic words to guide each new day.
Let me close by talking to you about the last spiritual offense against attacking spirits, and that is the power of patience. Patience constantly provides you with an environmental device that begins, as James put it, “Fulfilling all things so that you lack nothing.” Patience has a “perfect work” to complete in you. It’s an offensive weapon because it’s making sure the gift you are about to receive from God has all the bells and whistles and luxuries that He planned for you. And, it’s your enjoyment throughout the process of patience that actually overcomes all stress that the attacks are trying to bring on you.
As I have begun to bask in “God’s joy that is set before me,” I can “endure the pain” of temporary delays and difficulties that are part of my current situation. Oh, if I could only tell you how wonderful this new kind of scenario I’m experiencing is. It’s so crazily good and bubblicious that it will make you just want to dance (which I’ve found myself doing lately). Oh, the joy that is set before us! As Peter said, “It is joy unspeakable and full of glory!”
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Richard Gazowsky pastors a church in San Francisco called The Voice of Pentecost, and is also president of Christian WYSIWYG Filmworks. He has directed the films, “Guardians” and “The Roman Trilogy.”