CONTINUATION — Witchcraft (Pagan & Christian...) ON THIS PAGE:
· The Deification of man (Theosis) also led to Personal Relationships with Satan: demonic shepherding, husbandry…
· SEVER PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH SATAN: guidelines to deal with demonic manifestations
¨ Complete dedication to God is necessary to sever all links with Satan
The Deification of Man Led to Personal Relationships with Satan: demonic shepherding, husbandry, wifery…
Just as in Babylonian religion, that ‘great’ Greek philosopher Socrates referred to his gods Zeus, Athena, and Apollo as his ‘personal gods,’ ‘lords and ancestors,’ ‘perfect father figures’ or patriarchs. Satan always uses the familiar and personal allurements to establish personal relationships with humans. James 1:14 warns, “[God never tempts anyone to sin.] Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” E.g., for Satan to establish ‘grandiose’ relationships with people in both paganism and Christianity to use them in his service, he ‘personalizes’ demons to make those yearning for greatness believe they are empowered by the human spirits of great spiritual or political leaders, etcetera, whom people idolize, (1 Ths. 5:23.) Who would not think you are extremely special if the greatest figure in history or religion is sent to personally guide you? Thus, they trust the spirits’ counsel and presence, and violate God’s commandments to “not believe every spirit but to test the spirits to see if they are from God,” and to have nothing to do with the deceased or with demons, (1 Jn. 4:1-4; Deut. 18:10-14!) In fact, Ecclesiastes 9:56 teach, “...The dead knows nothing. They have no more reward… Also their love, hatred, and envy have now perished. Nevermore will they have as share in anything done under the sun,” (Lu. 16:19-31.) Even the hatred of the dead cannot haunt us. It is a lie of the devil that the dead can reach, comfort, guide — or haunt and harm us from beyond the grave!
To lead people into sin and bondage by violating God’s Word, demons also pretend to be their personal angels, supposedly submitting to their demands so they can do ‘miracles.’ Who would not trust a ‘personal angel’ because you are so ‘unique and powerful,’ God assigned him especially to you? But holy angels will never submit to humans; they are submitted to God Alone, (Rev. 22:9.) Demons also personally connect with people by preying on grieving, traumatized, trauma-bonded, and other abused people to set up personal relationships with them. Once Satan deceives the person to believe that ‘Daddy is watching over you;’ ‘Sissy has come to play with you,’ or the “holy spirit jokes or gives special [unscriptural] revelation knowledge to you,” he sets up a demon to “care” for that person to become a so-called ‘spiritual’ lover, spouse, father, family member, god, or friend. This is known as demonic parenthood, husbandry, wifery, etcetera. In this way, pagans as well as disobedient Christians have ‘wonderful,’ ‘exciting’ dreams and spiritual experiences, which do not fit into the contextual truth of Scripture and the holiness of the Holy Spirit.
However, the price for Satan’s ‘comfort’ or whatever he uses to attach demons to people, might result in lifelong demonic harassment; even demonic possession. Such spirits can become so controlling and ‘jealous’ of real daddies, mothers, spouses, or suitors, that the person cannot find a spouse, heal from trauma and mourning, repent from sin, and so on. Thus, pagans such as Buddhists, African and other shamans, and the Old Apostolic Church in particular believe so-called ‘ancestor’ spirits dwell with, and inside them and in the ‘minds’ of the living relatives of the dead, which make them ‘personal’ patriarchs or gods; even complete ‘reincarnations’ of special people that once lived.
All believers need to understand that Satan also constantly feeds on a lack of knowledge of God’s Word, unrepentant sin, unresolved conflict, fear, sexual and other sin, etcetera. If allurement doesn’t work, he sends his demons in dreams and various other ways to present themselves as harassing husbands, wives, fathers, etcetera. The demon then pesters openly just like a cruel husband, wife, father or mother would do; even mimicking the way the human abuser moves, clears his or her throat, sighs, speaks, etcetera, to leave the victim scared, sleepless, and hopeless because the victim does not understand what is happening, and has no way to “fight” or escape the invisible threats from the spirit world.
Sever personal relationships with Satan: Guidelines to deal with demonic harassment and other evil manifestations
The only way to sever bonds with personal or familiar spirits, is to start with ourselves. A house is just a house is a house… We can follow the distorted dogmas of the church’s “house cleaning” as much as we please, (and if we have truly occultic stuff, including church icons, we must destroy them, Deuteronomy 7:25.) But the occupants of a house are always the main cause of demonic manifestations in a home. God commanded in His Moral-Law precepts in Deuteronomy 18:10-14, “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his children pass through the fire, [raising or giving our kids to Satan,] one who practices witchcraft, (John 8:44,) or a soothsayer, sorcerer, medium, spiritist, or one who [tries to] call up the dead. [These things] are an abomination to the Lord…” (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6.)
Our violations of God’s Moral Law is the reason why the devil could erect so many preconceived notions about his so-called ‘power’ in our “minds,” (2 Cor. 10:3-5.) All his lies must fall by the constant renewal of our thoughts and beliefs in the almighty power of God’s Spirit and Word, (Rom. 12:1-3.) The devil, his demons, and even the malicious human spirits of the living are utterly conquered foes, (Col. 2:9-15.) Still, they stealthily prey on deception and the falsification of God’s Word to set up “strongholds” or strong delusions in our minds, (2 Cor. 10:3-5; Rom. 8:5-11; 2 Ths. 2:9-12.)
This is not to say that the witches, (1 Samuel 15:22-23,) and other “abominations” in our homes, who choose to disobey Jesus, do not influence our sanctity and safety in Him. Light and darkness simply cannot co-habit. There will never be peace in such a “divided” home, (Mt. 10:34-39.) Paul warned, “[We are] restricted by our own affections [for our loved ones...] For what part has a believer with [even a religious] unbeliever… What agreement has God’s [believing] temple with [idolaters]...” (1 Cor. 6:2-18.)
However, there is no such thing that a fully blessed, true believer in Christ can be cursed by the unrepentant sin of other people. Just as salvation is anchored by a personal relationship with Jesus, even our families, spouses, parents, and children stand before God only for their own sin, (Ezk. 18:20-21.) Galatians 3:10-14 explain that Jesus “became a curse, [all cursedness was imputed to Him or laid upon Him] at the cross… so we could inherit [or freely get the full position of blessedness that Old Believing Abraham had in God,] (Prov. 26:2!) So, the enemy has no power over Jesus’ true believers, except that which God allows him from above for a specific reason — or what we allow him by misunderstanding and disobeying God, (Heb. 5:8.) This also means our understanding of Satan’s ‘power’ is influenced by our perceptions of what the enemy can actually do, (e.g., ex-Satanist John Ramirez’s false Pentecostal dogmas,) and the knowledge of how to abstain from enabling the devil through our misinterpretation of spiritual and literal realities, (Heb. 5:8.) 1 John 5:18, “...Whoever is born of God does not sin [deliberately or habitually,] but keeps himself [from personal sin,] and the wicked one does not touch him [without God’s consent,]” (Col. 2:9-10.) “But if we [falter and] sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, [Jesus our eternal High Priest,] the Righteous…” (1 Jn. 2:1-5; 1:8-10.)
Believers must, under all circumstances, seek God’s face for direction ; especially in dealing with demonic harassment. We are not ‘demon slayers in the heavenlies.’ Spirits are immortal and can never be ‘slain,’ and Jesus already completely won the war against Satan at the cross, (Col. 2:9-15; John 12:31!) Although some verses say we “war,” we actually “battle [against deceiving ‘saboteurs’] to PULL DOWN STRONGHOLDS AND CAST DOWN ARGUMENTS AND EVERY HIGH THING THAT EXALTS ITSELF AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD; bringing every THOUGHT into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (2 Cor. 10:3-5.) This is “withstanding” or “resisting” demons to “overcome” lies, (Rev. 12:11.)
Thus, our first defensive battle is for our own minds and then for the minds of others to understand and obey God’s Word. In this context, our second defensive battle is to deal with all kinds of demonic harassment and problems to have God’s peace in our souls, lives, and homes. It all begins when we sincerely and wholeheartedly fall in gratitude at the feet of our Father in heaven by remembering how much we have to praise, thank, and worship Him for, despite our circumstances! Let us also thank Him for everything Jesus did in our place on Golgotha; for the Holy Spirit Who lives in us; His mighty, holy angels that surround us, His wonderful physical creation all around us, the loved ones and everything He entrusted to us, etcetera, (Isa. 53:3-5.)
COMPLETE DEDICATION TO GOD IS NECESSARY TO SEVER ALL LINKS WITH SATAN
After understanding the above, let us then prayerfully, decidedly, constantly, reverently, and in totality submit (yield or surrender) ourselves to Him as “a living sacrifice… which is our [basic] service to Him,” (Rom. 12:1-3.) How do we do that? We simply confess our total commitment to Him with something like the following words, “Father in heaven, I lay down (submit or give) myself spirit, soul, body, and life to You Alone above all else… Help me to “renew my mind” daily with the Truth of Your Word, so that “the Word of Christ, Jesus Himself, may dwell richly in me in all wisdom,” to empower me to glorify You in everything by understanding and obeying Your will…” (Rom. 8:9-11 KJV; Col. 3:16.)
Then, let us always ask God for help to see the truth of every situation, (so that Satan does not confuse the facts and realities.) We must ask the Holy Spirit to remind us of our unconfessed and unrepented sins — and reveal to us the sins of others that still affect us, to repent from our sin and to abstain from their sin. 1 John 1:8-10, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us...” So, although our born again human spirits are perfect or “complete” in Christ, (Colossians 2:9-10,) on a soulical or mind level, we are growing in obedience to Jesus on a daily basis by “purifying our souls, [thoughts, beliefs, and emotions,] in obeying the Truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, whom we agape fervently, [in deed and truth,] with a pure heart…” (1 Ths. 5:23; 1 Pt. 1:22-23.)
Therefore, it is very important that we seek God’s forgiveness for our personal sins against Him, the forgiveness of those whom we have harmed, and to decidedly forgive those who have harmed us, (1 John 1:8-10; James 5:16; Luke 17:1-5.) We do not necessarily obey God by “feeling good,” or agape people who harmed us because it makes us feel elated, or forgive our abusers because we will never remember the hurt again. In God’s spiritual Kingdom, we “live by [decided] faith not by sight [or feeling,]” (2 Cor. 5:7.) Feelings are certainly not excluded from our lives in Christ, but feelings can mislead us. So, we must not live by feelings but by faith and obedience to His Word, which guide us in His Scriptural will.
Although long, repetitive prayers are unnecessary, when we must deal with serious sins against one another, we cannot do all of that in a quick prayer to God. The precepts of God’s Moral law also require that we must confess our sins against each other to each other and then ask each other’s forgiveness, (Jam. 5:16.) For instance, if people committed adultery, they cannot confess that terrible sin to a “priest or pastor,” or even just to God. They must sincerely confess and explain their motives and actions to their spouses to attain their forgiveness and the forgiveness of God, (Mt. 5:23-24.) And then, they must repent and do restitution to restore, if possible, what they have betrayed, stolen, and destroyed. E.g., they must tell the whole truth where they lied, be faithful where they cheated, etcetera.
God views the breakdown of interpersonal relationships so seriously, He requires that, if we know someone has something against us, even if we are not aware of his reasons for being offended, as far as it depends on us, we must try and resolve the matter before we praise and worship God or pray to Him, (Mt. 5:23-24.) If people harmed us, we must do the same by following Jesus’ directions in Luke 17:1-3 to confront them privately, and if they do not repent but continue to abuse us, we must follow the steps Jesus commanded in Matthew 18:15-20 to resolve the matter as far as possible. If either the offended or the offender refuses to repent and restore the disputed matter, the onus is on them. But once we have obeyed God’s Moral Law commandments as far as possible, we may “boldly” worship, praise, and pray to God because the blood of Jesus “cleanses us from all unrighteousness,” (1 Jn. 1:8-10; Rom. 8:1-11.)
It is most important to realize that salvation and repentance are personal choices. We cannot choose for others to accept and obey Jesus, (Jn. 1:12-14.) Neither can we change them if they reject Jesus and His True Word. Because He created us with a free will, not even God will force us to repent. We can only know people by the constant fruit they bear. So, we must not focus on what we cannot see, (such as a supposedly “good heart,”) instead of taking notice of the unrepentant sin of the person. 1 Corinthians 2:11 reveals, “What man knows the things of a man except the [human] spirit of the man which is in him? [And, of course, the Holy Spirit Who knows all things,]” (1 Ths. 5:23.) 2 Peter 3:9, “God is not slack concerning His promise [to end all evil...] but He is longsuffering toward us; not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance, [and choose to be saved and remain saved,”] (1 Jn. 2:3-5; Heb. 3:6-14.) So, “having done all,” we must then merely forgive those who harden their hearts against God and us, (Ephesians 6:13.) That means to set them free into God’s righteous hands; avoiding their abuse as far as possible; asking God’s grace to heal and protect us and to bring them to repentance. 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, “Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”
Here, we must also seriously seek God’s face and the leading of the Holy Spirit if the offender, who certainly has a relationship with evil spirits, lives in our home, (John 8:44.) If the offender’s unrepentance persists, he will leave us no choice to obey Proverbs 22:10, “Cast out the scoffer, [persecutor, provoker, unbeliever, mocker,] and contention, [arguments, dissention, harassment] will leave. Yes, strife and reproach, [outrage, scolding, shame, indignation] will cease.” 2 Corinthians 6:15, “For what has light and darkness… or Christ and Belial in common?”
While in prayer before God’s holy throne, we should also declare to Him that we are totally dependant upon His Holy-Spirit control, guidance, and the manifestation of His Holy Spirit’s gifts and fruit, and ask Him to let us stand in Him, fully clothed in His Godly integrity, which the Scriptures call “the armor of God,” (Eph. 6:10-18.) Hence, we must ask our Father in heaven to “make known the great and unknown things we do not know,” (Jeremiah 33:3,) and the way to deal with it according to His will.
In all of this, it is vital to ask God to cover or protect us and everything and everyone that concern us, under the blood of Jesus. Revelation 12:11 is Jesus’ rock beneath our feet, “[We] overcame him by the blood of the Lamb (Eph. 1:7,) and the word of our testimony, (Col. 2:9-15,) and we do not love our lives to the death, [as we fully belong to Jesus.]” We must also ask and thank our Father for the protection, help, and other ministrations of His holy, mighty angels.
Having dealt with ourselves according to the best of our ability, the devil has no “foothold” in our personal lives, and much of his harassment will cease. The following is then the best way to move forward in prayer; confirming and building our relationship with God. Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
As Jesus is the Narrow [inward Moral-Law] Way, He has nothing to do with the legalist observances of the ceremonial law and ascetic things like “Do not touch, taste, or handle,” where things that can be cleansed by His blood are concerned, (Col. 2:15-23.) So, let us not allow Satan to bring us into bondage through religion or the “strongholds in our minds” that prevent us to truly live by faith in what Jesus has done for us on Golgotha. Jesus atoned for all our sickness as well, (Isa. 53:3-5.) So, we must take all illnesses to Him in faith and not see demonic harassment of any kind as “normal” or “natural;” although Jesus heals “as He wills” and in His own time, (1 Cor. 12:4-11.) We must neither see demons behind everything, nor become entangled with “alternative medicine” and ‘healing methods’ from the East, etcetera, nor totally rely on scientific medicine that doctors can also abuse. Everything we can thank God for, we may ask Him to cleanse and make holy through the blood atonement of Jesus in our place. Another way we open up ourselves to mind-binding spirits, is to reject God’s almighty spiritual works and use New Age diets and principles to do what Jesus atoned for with His wounds. We must enjoy everything in moderation and also include what is healthy because it is common sense.
Romans 14:23, “He is condemned who does not eat from faith… because whatever is not from faith is sin.” The problem discussed in this passage is not about eating or not eating, but not heeding the context of Scriptural truth concerning unbelief in the power of God to protect and heal. Thus, 1 Timothy 4:4-5 warns, “The Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons… Having [become insensitive to God’s truth and power...] they command to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. (One physical reality is also, the more we abstain from natural things that “make us ill,” the less immunity we will have to eat, breathe, and live normally.) For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving. For it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer.” Thus, we must refuse to allow the devil to keep us in bondage through fear of anything that God has cleansed by the blood of Jesus, and made holy by our prayer and thanksgiving. We may boldly step out in faith to overcome mindsets, ascetic lifestyles, and preconceived notions that kept us in sin and unbelief, and affected our health, relationships, or anything else that pertain to our lives. 1 Corinthians 10:25 commands, “Eat whatever is sold in the [meat] market; asking no questions for conscience sake. For the earth is the Lord’s and all it’s fullness...” Every created thing belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ and Satan has no power over it. Even things like crystals that were dedicated to the devil can therefore, be cleansed or made holy by prayer to be a blessing to us. (This excludes manmade things that were made for religious purposes, both for church and occult use, which are idols that have demons attached to them, Deut 7:26.) Animals too, can never be evil. God made everything “very good.” If animals do unacceptable things, it is because sinful people taught them that way.
Once we understand the almighty power of the Lord Jesus Christ and the authority we have in His Name as His born again children, we can take a great leap of faith concerning everything in our lives — in the Holy-Spirit’s leading and according to the Truth of the Word. John 1:12-13, “[Those] who have accepted Him, He gave the [power, authority, or right] to be the children of God. Those who believe in His Name, and were [spiritually] born… of God,” (Mark 16:15-18.) However, we are not “little gods or christs.” True believers are God’s blood cleansed children in whom the God of all creation dwells as His living temple, (1 Cor. 6:15-20.) Whenever we pray and minister, and in our private lives as well, we are His custodians and mere instruments in His hand. Jesus said in John 5:19, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, [this speaks of Jesus complete humanity not His Divinity,] but what He sees the Father do, for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” As a result, God’s children must also do whatever they see Jesus taught and modeled in the Scriptures as commandments and examples to us, (1 Cor. 10:11.)
James 4:7 commands, “[Tell God gratefully and humbly you] submit yourself [spirit, soul, body, life, and everything that pertain to your life] to Him Alone, [and then obey Him as the Holy Spirit implements the Scriptures.] Resist the devil [by withstanding him with God’s Word, [“it is written…”] and he will flee from you.” Personal submission to God connects with decidedly dedicating ourselves and everything to our Father in heaven. “Dedicate” means to ‘consecrate, commit, or entrust’ ourselves spirit, soul, body, life, and everything and everyone He had entrusted to us, (especially that which is beyond our human reach and capabilities.) This means to, besides ourselves, decidedly and verbally in prayer, surrender everything to Him — also the lives and destinies of spouses, family, homes, work, and anything else the Holy Spirit reminds us of. We can simply tell our Father in heaven that we are utterly dependant upon Him and therefore, we give, dedicate, or commit it all Him to take care of as He Alone can deal with everything that goes beyond our human comprehension and reach. In ways we might never understand now, Jesus will take care of that which is impossible for us to do because we trust, follow, and obey Him as His blood-redeemed children and disciples.
When we dedicate our physical homes to God, we must follow all of the above for ourselves, and then concentrate on eradicating the root of the problem or every “foothold” that evil spirits might have there, by first dedicating every inch of our properties and homes to our Father in heaven in the Almighty Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We begin by praising and thanking our Father in heaven for everything He had entrusted to us, and then ask the Holy Spirit to take full control of us and everything here, lead us, and show us exactly how to proceed. We must then ask our Father in heaven that the blood of Jesus cleanses and protects or “seals” us, our family, and everything on the property and in the house, etcetera, and that, by His grace, his mighty angels manifest His power over every evil spirit; both evil human spirits and demon spirits. To “cancel” any “legal ground” or permission we gave the enemy to be here, we must confess all our own sins we have committed here and also the sins other people could have committed here, inside the house especially; physically removing everything occultic, again as the Holy Spirit leads.
We must also, out loud and in the Name of Jesus, by the grace of God, verbally claim possession of everything, (i.e., the property, house, vehicles…) on a spiritual, emotional, and physical level, and declare it all our “territory,” which God had entrusted solely to us, (Mark 16:15-18,) but which we now dedicate or entrust to our Father in heaven. We may declare Him the Supreme Owner and Ruler over everything we mentioned and claimed as our “territory.”
Before “cleansing” our properties and homes in Jesus Name, we must tell the spirits out loud that they have no foothold here any longer and by God’s grace, they will never again have any foothold as long as we live here. And so, we sever all connections and possible relations with them; renounce all promises and dedications that we or other people could have made to them concerning ourselves, our properties, homes, families, etcetera. We decidedly and verbally reject all evil spirits and all evil human spirits on all levels of life, and in every area of our homes and lives, now and for ever more.
Should there be any evil manifestations during any time, we must “stop it!” and/or forbid it immediately in the Almighty Name of Jesus on the grounds of Mark 16:15-18, without ever entering into conversations with spirits. We can take up the “sword” of the Spirit by reading Scripture or reciting verses like Ephesians 1:7, “In Jesus Christ,] we have [present tense] the redemption through His blood; [which is] the forgiveness of [all] our sins,” (Rev. 12:11, etcetera.)
In the Name of Jesus, and again in His authority as His born again children, we must then verbally “bind,” and command all evil spirits and evil human spirits, to immediately stop their harassment, “be gone” or leave at once, and forbid them to ever return. It cannot do harm to begin inside the house and end at the four posts of the property while praying in the Name of Jesus as far as we go, proclaiming the cleansing, protective blood of Jesus over everything with every step we take; verbally casting out every evil spirit and human spirit that might still be here.
We must then ask God to protect it all in His holiness with the blood of Jesus, the Holy-Spirit’s control, and His guarding, holy angels; and “seal” every avenue the evil one, his demons, and his disciples might have used to get here and remain here. We must then also “live in,” occupy, or possess everything God had entrusted to us. It is necessary to announce that no one, neither Satan, nor his demons, nor evil human spirits may trespass on our territory such in our homes, as only the Holy Spirit, God’s holy angels, and the people we allow on the property and in the house, are welcome here.