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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Defeating Spiritual Predators

Defeating Spiritual Predators

The demonic realm has had a long time to study mankind and has become efficient in spiritual predatory skills.

The Word of God tells us:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour”. 1 Peter 5:8

This article is about prevention and protection.  The enemy of mankind is real and he is a predator. The devil and his demons have one goal: to destroy the children of God and take the rest of mankind to hell with them.
Notice in the preceding verse, the exhortation to “be sober and vigilant”. This means to be self controlled and watchful because Satan has an agenda to “kill, steal and destroy.” (John 10:10)  The spirit realm is very real and the battle over our lives is a fact.

The good news is that everyone who truly is a born again believer has been given power over these adversaries. Luke 10:19 is a principle for all believers: “Behold I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions (demons), and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you."

We have the ability to stand strong against the attacks of the enemy. The weapon is the Word of God and our shield is faith. So if we have this kind of authority over the adversary, why is it that we get attacked, bitten and sometimes devoured? Let’s look at the main ways that predators operate in the natural realm to see the different ways that spiritual predators try to snag us as their prey.

1. Predators go after the weak and the wounded. There are many things that can weaken a Christian such as pride, arrogance and laziness. The main cause of weakness is failure to study and receive the Word of God. The Word is life to the spirit of man. It is the food that feeds our spirit and makes us strong. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every WORD that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) Pride is another one of the major areas that cause us to be weak. Pride is another way of saying “arrogant.” The Word of God says that the Lord “resists the proud” and that is a dangerous place to be.  The antithesis of pride is humility and this realm of godly attitude is the best place to walk out your Christian life. It is an area that the devil does not understand and does not know how to penetrate.

2. Predators isolate their prey. People can become offended and stay away from the very thing that the Lord commanded in Hebrews 10:25, “forsake not the assembling of ourselves together.” There is strength in unity. Isolation and offense are exactly what the enemy looks for and feeds upon. The bible tells us to not let any root of bitterness get a hold of us (Heb. 12:15). Scripture clearly shows u s in Mark 11:25 that if we don’t forgive others, God cannot forgive us. The isolated Christian may be safe for a while, but, be assured,  the spiritual predators are developing a strategy and will look for every opportunity to release their ambush.

3. Predators use the cover of darkness. Sin is the darkness that the devil uses to gain access into the Christians life. James 1:14-15 says, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.” When we sin and remain unrepentant, it is like opening up a door and saying, “come on in devil and make yourself at home.” 1 John 1:9 tells us,” If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

4. Predators feed on the flesh. The bible tells us that “if we walk in the Spirit we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16.  In the society that we live in, it is easy to be a carnal Christian. We get bombarded by copious amounts of ungodly stimuli.  We must learn to guard ourselves from this worldly aggression by constantly having our minds renewed by the Word of God. It is also important to maintain accountability with others so as to keep on the right course.

5. Predators react to fear. Just as a dog senses fear in a person and  becomes aggressive, so do spiritual predators. Fear is the opposite of faith. Fear sees the circumstance while faith sees the Word of God and its answer. The Apostle Paul’s exhortation to Timothy was strong in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Let’s look at a few ways to keep the spiritual predators at bay according to scripture.

1. Live the Word of God. When Jesus was led into the wilderness and was tempted by the devil, he responded with the Word of God. The bible says that the spoken Word of God is a sword. Find scriptures to stand on and apply them to your life in times of adversity.

2. Fire repels predators. It was the prophet Jeremiah who said, “His word is in my heart as a burning fire.” A Christian who is on fire (and anchored solidly in the Word) is a threat to the enemy.

3. Be on Guard. 2 Corin. 2:11 says, “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices   Be spiritually aware that the enemy is trying to “steal, kill and destroy.” In 1 John 5:18 it says “We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps (guards) himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.” We can come to a place where the enemy has a very difficult time stopping us because we have learned to guard our hearts and minds. Television, novels, magazines, the internet can have negative consequences on our hearts and minds when we entertain these things in an unrestrained manner. It is healthy to be aware, yet confident in our place in Christ.

4. Take up the Shield of faith. In Ephesians 6:16, it says, “Above all, taking the shield of faith, where you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Keep your shield of faith strong by keeping the Word in your heart.

5. Walk the Love Walk. Kick some devil butt and live your life in the love of God!  We as Christians need to stay out of the devil’s territory, keep out of shallow Christianity and we should not do the things that are contrary to God.
The reality of the Gospel is that we have been enabled to live lives of victory and success. Being wise with our lives and understanding the dynamics of the Word of God will bring us to a place of constant growth and breakthrough. If we are aware that there is an enemy who wants to destroy us, we become guarded and awakened to the necessity of the biblical transformation process. We will spend time in His Word, we will cease to be isolated and we will gain the healing reality of the Cross. Fear will become a thing of the past, and walking in the Spirit becomes a part of the normal Christian life.

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