Are Evil Spirits Real?
Yes, of course they're real.
I find it amazing how many people believe in God yet don't believe in the devil or evil spirits.
When I gave my heart to the Lord, it was just a matter of a month or so that the devil became a reality to me.
Why is this? Because when Jesus came into my life the first thing that happened, was that I began to notice the difference in things that are meant for good, and things that are meant for evil.
The first song I wrote was called, Praise Be To You Jesus, which was written right after I was born again, and I could see the things that God was doing in my life. The blessings were flowing, and there is a certain relief to turning your life over to Jesus. However, the second song I wrote a month later, was called, The Devil Made a Liar Out of Me. I was beginning to have insight as to the evil forces around me and how they operate, and let me tell you, it was scary. I had to rename the song to "When Jesus Came Inside," because people would look at me weird.
The Good News
The good news is, when you become born again, you can have access to the power to fight these evil forces. If you are not born again, you have zero power. Suppose someone does something to upset you. How do you react to it? God's Word says that our fight is not with flesh and blood (people), it's with principalities and powers (evil spirits). That means there are evil spirits, and that they can motivate people to do bad things.
The Battle of the Mind
How do these evil spirits work? The battle is always in the mind. Thoughts. That's how they get to you, by your thoughts. That's why it's important to feed on God's Word everyday, so you can learn how to discern your thoughts. Then when a thought comes to you that seems kind of off the wall, analyze it. Is this a God kind of thought, or from an evil spirit? Does it glorify God or the devil?
Does it Glorify God?
If it doesn't glorify God, dismiss it. For instance: Say you're in a shopping mall looking at stuff, and all of a sudden this thought enters your mind, like, Just slip it in your pocket, no one will notice. I would then catch that thought, and think to myself, Wow, where did that thought come from? Obviously a thought like this did not come from God because it would not glorify Him for you to steal something. And the chances are, that the devil has already made arrangements for you to get caught anyway.
How do evil spirits work?
Here's the orders for the evil spirits from the top honcho himself, Satan. Kill, steal and destroy. That's what they do. How much you let them manipulate your life is up to you, because you have the power of choice. What do they feed off of? The words of your mouth. What you say or speak. If you are speaking death, fear, and destruction in your life. Guess what, your planting seeds for bad things to happen in the future. So, watch what you say, so you don't give the evil spirits any ammunition to use against you.
The Father of Liars
Jesus called Satan a liar and the father of all lies. Look what happened when the devil approached Jesus in the Garden. Be gone, Satan, Jesus said. We need to do the same thing Jesus did, say, Begone Satan, you are a liar! Satan knew Jesus was going to be crucified, and tried to talk Him out of it by lying to Him. What Satan did not know, is that the plan of the crucifixion was to strip Satan of all his power.
The bible also calls Satan an angel of light. What does that mean? It means that even if something appears to be good in all aspects of it, yet in the end doesn't glorify God, then it's from the devil disguising himself as an angel. This is where the gift of discernment comes in.
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