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Many times once people learn about the authority they have over the demons of Satan they are in a hurry to go out and cast them out everywhere they see them. They may often “jump ahead of God” and end up getting in over their head. They become as the seventy in Luke 10:17 “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.”
Often people who have gotten too eager will encounter someone who is possessed and might want free of it or perhaps a parent of a child who is possessed. They come to the Christian and ask to be delivered from this demon because they know that Christian has the power and authority to do so. Without consulting God about this situation, the Christian says sure they would be happy to. So they pray and prepare to cast out this demon. In Matthew 12:43-45 we can see what happens.
“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth [it] empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last [state] of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.”
What has happened here is the person was delivered of the evil spirit but because the person was not ready to accept the Lord as his personal savior and for the Holy Spirit to dwell inside him then it left the soul empty. So when they evil spirit returns and finds its temple empty not only does the spirit return but also brings seven others with it. So now instead of having one demon in the person, the person has eight. Would it have been better to leave the one demon alone than cast it out? Was it God’s will for the person to cast out the demon? This is one tactic Satan will use to trap a new soldier on the spiritual battlefield and take them out of the spiritual war.
How would such a tactic as this be effective? Well if such a situation as this developed and then a few months later the person is worse off than in the beginning, Satan often can and will start in attacking the person who did the casting out saying things like “you really didn’t cast out that demon”, “if you really had the power of God he wouldn’t be acting like that”, or any of many other similar statements. This is designed to bring down the Christian and unless a soldier is aware of this it can often be successful.
What led to the person casting out this demon? Has it been considered it was a trick of Satan? Satan can and does tell people to do good things. Remember Satan is the great deceiver. He will do whatever is necessary to trick people into turning away and that may include leading people to do many good things. What happens is often people believe Satan would not tell a Christian to do things that might be beneficial. If someone has this belief and has learned that this voice is the one he has come to associate with the voice that tells him to do good, he will start to believe this is the voice of God. Then when it leads him to do something not quite right he blindly follows along.
For example in 1 Timothy 4:1-3 it reads, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.” By these scriptures we can see that people shall “depart from the faith”. What has caused people to depart from the faith? People have failed to be unable to clearly identify the voice that is leading them and fall into listening to seducing spirits. This may cause you to ask “what is a seducing spirit?”. What does seduction mean? Seduction means to lure so a seducing spirit is one that will lure. People are lured by something that seems good but isn’t. One needs to make sure that they understand this is people who were not just “good people” but were Christians who had been following God.
What happens to these people who have fallen to this? They have become so accustomed to “listening to this voice” they have become convinced this is the voice of God and refuse to believe that any other voice could possibly be the right one. As a result after repeated efforts by God to reach them their conscience becomes seared and has no feeling any more. They no longer can hear God at all.
By allowing any of these things to happen the enemy has gained power and the edge in a battle. This is something we have to be careful of every time you enter into spiritual warfare. You never want to do anything or say anything to allow Satan to have an edge or to give him any more power than he has. Be careful that you don’t unintentionally empower the enemy to give him an edge in any battle you may be involved in.
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