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Do you believe that demons can use our past to control us? Only if we have not confessed our sins to God, 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Then we are protected by the blood of Christ on the cross. Actor-comedian Flip Wilson used to say, “The Devil Made Me Do It!” but that is not true. Yes, the Devil can tempt and trick us, but we have free will to do what we want. That may sound too simplistic, but we need God to protect us from all unrighteousness. God has not made us robots to do only good, but when we have Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, yes, we still can sin, but the Holy Spirit convicts us, and we can turn away from that sin even before we sin. When we sin, we grieve God’s spirit, and we also need to know that sin can not enter heaven because God is holy and pure. Jesus’s death on the cross made it possible for us who believe that we can go to heaven. The best thing is to avoid sin in the first place. Yes, we are attacked by our flesh, the world, and the devil. Our only hope is that of Jesus Christ. On our own, we are no match for our flesh, the world, and the devil. ~ Bill Greguska
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
When we focus on the wrong we can often have done, it often can fill us with shame and guilt. The question is, “How can we overcome the hunting feelings of shame and guilt? It says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from our sin and all unrighteousness.” When we confess our sins to God, He makes us right again because His word is truth. Yet, why do we sometimes feel guilty and ashamed if the God of the universe has forgiven us? The answer is clear. It is spiritual warfare against us. The way to fight that through this battle is by using prayer and God’s word against the forces of the enemy and the evil trying to do to damage us and our walk with the Lord. We must be aware of Satan and his demons’ schemes against us. And to call on the Lord for his protection and victory over their tactics, trying to get into our heads to steal, kill and destroy us.
2. Whose Voice Am I Listening To?
Remember that everything we have learned growing up and even to this day is not necessarily the truth. Kind of like what Satan said to Eve in Genesis 3:3-4 But God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. Those evil voices that get into our heads are not from God. We must remember that they are only trying to destroy us in our heads. This principle applied to my life many years ago when I was addicted to alcohol and drugs. I told myself I could handle my addictions; my friends said the same thing, society told me the same lie, and my flesh, of course, chimed right in, agreeing that what I was doing was not a problem. But when God prompted me, I finally acknowledged I was powerless over alcohol and drugs. I needed to stop trying to fix things and allow God to take over. I needed to learn what the truth was before I could move forward. Remember that the truth will set us free. I needed to learn to listen to God because God is God, and I am not. Jesus tells me to examine myself, not to condemn myself or others. I am responsible for my thoughts and actions, no one else’s. My goal is to realign my life to His will. We all have sinful natures inherited from Adam and Eve. Trusting and relying on God and His truth from the Bible, or we will struggle through life in our own strength. All I know for sure is if God says it, then that is the truth, no matter what Satan or others, the media, myself, or my flesh try to tell me. God is the only real source of truththat we need to listen to.
3. Who Are You Trusting To Help You?
When we try to solve things on our own, we make huge and costly mistakes. We, on our own, being the mere mortals that we are, can not take on the demons in our life all by ourselves. We need God’s help and the help of others. We set our minds on forgetting and moving ahead. Yes, we can be or do better for a little while and make all things right in our own strength. But then we find ourselves right back in a similar situation or relationship and are surprised and demoralized. We may not be at fault for what has been done to us, but if we fail to examine the things in our life honestly and follow God’s word through His teaching on how to be healed and live a productive life, we will be repeating sinful behaviors. Holding on to the past often complicates everything in our lives, from our relationships with others to our relationship with God Himself. We are all ultimately responsible for every choice we make. If we rely on ourselves instead of God, we are falling into a trap set by Satan himself. But when we rely on God, He promises never to leave or forsake us and offers us hope for the future. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
4. Even Satan Believes In God!
Did you realize that if you set up idols in your life, that can be either an unconscious or conscious way of replacing God? Idols come in different forms, some made out of wood or other materials, yet other idols are derived from things and people, such as celebrities, sports, sex, money, and technology. Wherever we spend most of our time and money is our idol. At some point, the things we set up as idols crumble to the ground inevitably. Entertainers and sports figures change almost at any moment. Our bodies grow old, weak, and wrinkled. Economies shift. Money evaporates. Possessions can be stolen or damaged. Your new cell phone or entertainment system is old news within months of purchasing, without any doubt. Idols offer empty promises to us all. When a tragic event comes, most people instinctively know to cry out to God. Only He is faithful. The question is: Will we stand firm as we walk in the Lord Jesus? Or waver and fall with the first temptation? If we stand firm and seek after God, He will make sure we find Him when we seek Him. And when we do, we will experience our true heart’s desire which we instinctively find in God’s love, love from others, peace, contentment, plus eternal-lasting love.
5. Did The Devil Make You Do It?
The Devil can not make you or me do anything we don’t want to do, but he can tempt us, and when our flesh is weak, we can fall faster than you can blink your eye. To avoid the schemes of Satan, we need to walk close to God daily. I choose to read my Bible and pray in the morning. Otherwise, if I do not get to it right away, I tend not to do it. We all have sinful natures, which is why we need Jesus to help guide us, protect us, and deliver us from evil. Satan can indeed possess non-believers, but Satan can not keep a Christian because Christians have the Holy Spirit inside us. Still, it is also true that Satan can influence or tempt a Christian, but again not possess them. When we walk (follow Jesus), we are doing the will of God, which will help protect and guide us.
In 2007, my pastor Ron Sauer and his wife Sue encouraged me to encourage others, knowing that I was struggling in my own life. They were wise to know that if I reached out to help other people with their problems, my problems would be put into a better perspective. Yes, and it did help! Please read 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. If you do not have a relationship with God by chance, I encourage you to get to know Him. I hope you find the encouragement you need on our website, no matter your situation. ~ Bill Greguska