“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.
The attack is really not by physical beings, but by spiritual (demonic) beings, trying to manipulate your mind and trying to use others against you for their (demonic) purposes as Satan tries to control by building his ways of thinking in your mind.
Demons can only tempt you and suggest reasons for sinning, but it is you who must make the decision and then, by an act of your will to accept the temptation (in other words you agree with what Satan is offering and accept it).
The sin occurs when the intention to sin is conceived in your mind, and not when it is later actually carried out! That is why James said:
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death,” James 1:14-15.
Notice, that a lust is used by demons to draw you to sin. A lust is an unnatural desire for something in that it overrides the desire for the things of God.
In reality lust overrides The Holy Spirit in trying to stop you from sinning. By unnatural, I do not mean ‘strange’ or necessarily ‘sexually wrong,’ but rather a desire that is not normal or sane to a Christian who is doing the Will of God.
Just so, mental illness occurs from rejecting Jesus and what He offers, which expresses itself as fears (2 Timothy 1:7), insecurities, self-protectiveness, anxieties, etc.
Demons call up in a person’s mind various things such as: physical sensations of the body, knowledge, memories, past pains, emotions, hurts and rejections, and wrong mindsets (wrong ways of thinking) they have managed to instill into the person.
The objective here is to guide the person’s thoughts along the path demons desire since they want to encourage more errors in the person’s thinking structure.
This enables the demons to use these errors in the ways they want to in order to tempt the person. The more errors in the thinking structure of the person, the easier it is to lure the person into temptation.
Note how the word ‘draw’ is used to denote the leading away to sin. The concept is that someone is on the correct path, but something attracts him away, to the extent that he is willing to go from the correct path to another path. This path appears to be better but actually leads to disaster.
Demons draw us away from God by painting images that are not there, so that unreal things become real enough to distract or divert us, or by misrepresenting the truth, so that we do not accept or follow the truth but accept the error.
Often these imaginations are used to compensate for hurts or to feed lusts (things such as sexual fantasies and fantasies of grandeur and self-importance).
Instead of being drawn away by these imaginations we, as Christians, should be taking the area of weakness in our lives to Jesus, resisting the attack, and commanding healing in Jesus’ Name all of the hurts that were used by the demons as a leverage to subvert us.
The ‘Five Steps to Victory’ is designed to help you with this.
~ Through Neville Salvetti
Neville Salvetti is a deliverance minister and can be contacted via The Web Pages of Neville Salvetti and at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you desire deliverance or to know how to do it.
Neville have been told to preach three things:
♥ Deliverance ♥ How to Hear The Holy Spirit ♥ How to fight Satan
This is the need of the hour as it demonstrates The Kingdom of God, which is what attracts people to Jesus.