When the Devil Says So
Updated: Jun 26, 2020
As soon as you open your eyes in the morning, you hear two voices in your head. One may sound something like this, “For I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Just trust Me.” And the other voice might say, “This is your life. Do as you please. Nobody can control you or dictate you because you are the king of this world. You rock! Oh, check out your Facebook—there’s awesome stuff there right now!”
The greatest deception in today’s Church is that she thinks demonic oppression is not real in her life. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking is very common in spite the fact that Christians nowadays are living lives of torment, walking in bondage and defeat with no real spiritual power. They believe that demonic power is real, but ironically also believes they are “untouchable” because of course, Jesus won it all. They know the Word of God and have been trained in spiritual warfare (through the Pastor’s preaching), but they have little idea of the power and the seriousness of the war they are in. The bottom line of their thinking is, “Satan has already been stripped of his power. I’m safe because I’m in Jesus’ hands.”
Now this may be correct, but this is in no way the end of the story.
My dear friends, if this is the way you think, then you too, have been blinded by one of the Enemy’s most brutal deceptions. Somehow, you are convinced (well, he, the Enemy, did that to you) that all of the problems, illnesses, defeats, depressions—you name it, have nothing to do with demonic powers. But the truth is, demonic oppression is very real in the Church today.
Now you may be saying, “Yes dear, I’ll admit that Satan is real and that he has great power in the world today. But all those things only happen to unsaved people. The devil can’t get through us. We are protected by the blood of the Lamb. Jesus died to save us from all that.”
You’re absolutely right... for the last two sentences. Allow me to give you some situations in Church and tell me if this is the work of God or the work of Satan:
A (spiritually or physically) blind person.
Someone who cannot forgive.
People who can’t walk nor speak.
A person who has mental problems.
People who can’t even approach the person(s) they’ve hurt because of guilt.
A divorced couple.
People who keep blaming one another and would not humble instead.
An adulterous pastor.
Someone who is full of anger yet full of shame.
Youth living in sexual immorality.
Young adults swimming in vanity.
A divided Church.
This could go on and on, but definitely the list above is not from the Spirit of God because the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (see Galatians 5:22-23). So who is it from? If there are only two forces in this world, one being God’s (good) then the other being Satan’s (evil), and if the list above is not of God… I believe you know the answer to that.
Jesus has plainly shown to us that many of these afflictions are a direct result of demonic oppression (see Matthew 12:28, 43; Mark 1:23, 26; 7:25; Luke 4:33; 8:29; 9:42 and 13:11). We have to understand that many people in the Church today have assumed that they will be part of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, but instead could be cast out of His Kingdom if they insist on living with the oppressive forces that are binding them and destroying Christ’s Church. These oppressive forces are making you, as a Christian, both helpless and useless.
Before I continue, I would like to make something clear: Demonic possession is different from demonic oppression. Although there is no distinction in the Bible between oppression, possession, vexation, or anything else that demons can do to you, the word used in the New Testament for anyone suffering from demonic pressure is daimonizomai – which means, “demonized.” For us to better understand what demonic oppression means, you may ask yourself these questions: “What kind of spirit is ruling in my life right now?” “Am I afraid?” “Am I unforgiving?” “Do I feel guilty?” “Do I feel condemned?” “Am I self-seeking?” If you know that you have already accepted Jesus Christ as your personal LORD and Savior, if you have already received His Spirit, then we should be able to walk as Jesus did and portray the nature of the Holy Spirit, that is, His fruits. Otherwise, there's something not right.
The LORD has promised us that He will never leave us nor forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5). He’s right there beside you all the time, standing by in your new inner self. Why is He “standing by”? Why doesn’t He do something?
Believe me, He wants to… if you will only let Him. He is waiting for you to call upon Him in those moments of hidden despair. He is waiting for you to recognize His presence within you and to tap into His power so that He might rise up from within you and defeat the enemy.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
- Ephesians 6:12
In one of Morris Cerullo’s books, he said: “You see, that perfect seed of Christ’s life, which was planted within you when you were born again, can never be possessed, oppressed, or in any way infiltrated by the enemy. It is impregnable, incapable of being assaulted or penetrated by any outside, evil force.
However, that precious seed is like a tiny embryo encased by the outer ‘shell’ of your old nature. During your years of spiritual growth, this outer shell will begin to crack, crumble, and eventually fall away as the ‘new person’ within you starts to grow and emerge. This process is much like a baby chick coming out of its shell. Step by step the chick becomes stronger and stronger as it pecks its way out, until one day it totally breaks through the outside world.
Through all this, the chick is being mightily strengthened from within by having to break through its shell. By the time the chick does break through its shell, it is strong enough to cope with its new world. Likewise, you too, are emerging as a totally new person in Christ.”
Change is inevitable as it also takes time. One biblical truth you will have to understand is that no promises in the Bible are simply dumped into our lap. From cover to cover, the Word of God is about pressing through to (and for) God. It is a Book about laboring and overcoming through Christ.
Yes, Jesus has already paid the price for you and me, but by the time negative thoughts, rotten attitudes and worldly reasoning encamp in us, the Devil could pack into that. It is with great pleasure that he (the Devil) keeps you oppressed to prevent you from doing the will of God in your life. The good thing nonetheless is that Jesus has said, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven; I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Matthew 16:19; Luke 10:19).
Jesus Christ is coming back for a Bride without spot or wrinkle (see Ephesians 5:27). Remember that when we came to Him, we were not without spot or wrinkle. Our mind and soul were a mess. This is the very reason why we must fight to reclaim the territory of our minds by overcoming a foe who has already been defeated—every single day.
Yes, Satan was defeated by Jesus and through the power of Christ in us, we must also conquer him. Through our LORD Jesus Christ, God has given to us all authority, the ability, and the power to become perfect in Him. He has given us all that we need to lay hold of Christ’s victory and be more than conquerors (see Romans 8:37). You and I have been fully equipped with everything necessary to grow up into mature, overcoming, perfect Bride for His Son.
The question is, are you using that authority?
Do not be afraid! When Satan reminds you of your past, forget not to remind him of his future for it’s already written in the Bible and nothing can change that!
© When the Devil Says So by Clarke Hernandez