I think I've come to the conclusion (and this includes everyone) that if we put half as much energy into our future, of what we expend dwelling on the past; I believe our lives would be much, much, better... Which of course leads to the human nature perspective of; 'Why, as humans, do we spend so much time focusing on the dreads of our past?' Why do we continue condemning ourselves, and preoccupying what little precious time we have, with miseries and drudged up old painful memories?
I believe the issue is rooted in spiritual warfare.
False expectations appearing real, in the present.. when they are in the past...
My faith and understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ leads me to believe that demon possession IS real in the unsaved. -It also leads me to believe that a person that is saved through the Resurrection power of Jesus Christ CANNOT be possessed, but can certainly be spiritually oppressed and demonically harrassed if they:
- Give the authority to the enemy.
- Don't use the spiritual weapons and giftings freely given to believers through the Holy Spirit.
- Don't acknowledge Jesus' supreme power and authority over all things physical and spiritual.
- Don't lay it down at the foot of the cross.
You'll notice that the keywords are all 'self-action words'. "Give", and "Don't" are all conscious behaviors manifesting from decisions. (Whether subconsciously motivated or not.) -In our minds and hearts we are saying we are weak, when really, as children of God we are not.
We as Christians should, and have the critical need to digest, and awaken ourselves, of the Grace and real working power of Jesus Christ. This is our defense.. And, it's our offense. Cumulatively, we need to stop giving ground to the enemy.
I've got to get back to work.
Be blessed and keep in the fight. Wherever you are, don't accept the lies.