The spiritual dimension and the war between good and evil

It’s been a long time since my last post. I have been undergoing some extensive spiritual growth since April 2014 which has caused me to stop writing and turn to God in prayer, asking for answers to many situations I was facing. I couldn’t begin writing on this blog again until I was ready and properly equipped.

As always, God is good and came through with some amazing answers to age old questions that have plagued me all my life in one form or another. It just took a little while for the answers to come to me. As I gathered information from various sources over the past few months I finally got a confirmation via the wee small voice speaking to my heart. While I wait for answers to whatever I am praying to God about, that inner voice always tells me to be patient and trust in Him. Once God is ready to enlighten me through the Holy Spirit, I start receiving input that satisfies my curiosity and begins the process of shedding light on the things which don’t make sense to me.

As usual, I received the answer from different sources. Sometimes it comes from a book, many times it’s a homily during Mass in Church, on occasion it comes from a news report, a friend, a movie, a song, and even a TV program. In other words, it can come from anywhere. It is how it relates to what I am dealing with and its timing, as well as how it helps me put the pieces of what God is trying to teach me together that helps me gain insight. Once I have received this higher understanding then I take what I’ve learned to God in prayer and ask Him for discernment. This is when I receive confirmation from the inner voice in my heart. It is a beautiful process.

The issues I’ve been dealing with lately have to do with spiritual warfare. As many have preached throughout the history of time, it makes sense to me based upon my life experiences and the discernment process that there really is a dimension that we cannot see with our human eyes. Angels and demons exist in this dimension. This dimension interacts with us unbeknownst to many who are non-believers. This is the only reason demons have any advantage over angels when dealing with us in our human condition. It is the constant interaction between the forces of good and evil that causes people to give in to our vulnerabilities. While we may think our weaknesses are hidden from view, what we don’t realize is that they are in full view for anything in the spirit realm to see. Thus people react to each other based upon what is happening in the spirit realm. Take, for instance, the Book of Job 2: 6.

This particular passage tells Satan’s response to God when God tried to point out how faithful his servant Job was. Satan suggested to God that the only reason Job obeyed Him was because God gave him everything. Satan dared God to see what would happen if He allowed Satan to taunt Job. Satan and his minions (fallen angels / demons) were given permission to interfere in Job’s life when God accepted Satan’s dare. Thus the temptations Job experienced as a result of what was happening in the spirit realm had a distinct affect on him and have continued on to this very day through the effects the actions of these spirits have on you and me.

Job 2: 6, reads: “One day, when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, Satan also came among them. and the LORD said to Satan. ‘Whence do you come?’ Then Satan answered the LORD and said, ‘From roaming the earth and patrolling it.’ And the LORD said to Satan, ‘Have you noticed my servant Job, and that there is no one on earth like him, blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil?’ But Satan answered the LORD and said, ‘Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing? Have you not surrounded him and his family and all that he has with your protection? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock are spread over the land. But now put forth your hand and touch anything that he has and surely he will blaspheme you to your face.’ And the LORD said to Satan, ‘Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand upon his person.’ So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.”

What humans don’t always fully grasp is that each one of us is being affected by this challenge in ways that make our own personal life journey a struggle on a regular basis. God allows it in order to help us learn to trust in Him. He knows He has already given each and every living person a safety net to fall into. That safety net is called Jesus, the Christ. Jesus is the one who agreed in the beginning of time to be our Savior so that when we fell to Satan’s temptations, we would still be able to be redeemed.

So how does Satan so successfully manipulate us into sinning? As most of us already know, human beings all have our own individual strengths and weaknesses. God gives us certain gifts, but we were also given vulnerabilities.

My understanding is and always has been that Satan and his fallen demons know each and every one of our weaknesses, insecurities, and vulnerabilities. The question is, how is this possible? After consulting God through prayer, He finally gave me an answer to this question. It actually came from a very scholarly lecturer as well as a fiction novel called, “The Delusion.” These two sources suggested that we have labels attached to us in some form or another that can be clearly seen in the spirit realm. They state what our vulnerabilities, sins, and problems are. When I heard this information a little light went off in my brain and transferred to my heart. It said listen to this. This is the answer you have been seeking. The more I thought about it, the more this particular answer made sense.

What if we really do have signs somehow attached to us that tell spirits in the spirit realm what our weaknesses are? For example, what if someone had the word “insecure” labelled on their forehead? If this was visible to all demons in the realm they have authority to influence, it would make sense that demonic entities would have the ability to essentially see this and provoke the person according to his or her vulnerabilities. For example, one way to accomplish this is to possess the person who is allowing that particular vulnerability to leave them susceptible to being manipulated.  Demons are allowed limited power over us. As the passage from Job says, God agreed to Satan’s challenge. As a result, my analysis leads me to believe that God allows a demon to take possession of a person because the person it has jumped into opened himself or herself to its influence. In the Bible there are many accounts of a person literally being possessed by several demons all at one time. Naturally, these demons would use their influence in an attempt to hurt the person they are possessing. It is their goal to make us sin, fall from grace, and remain trapped in a cycle of sin and sorrow.

I don’t profess to know exactly how we actually show our weaknesses to beings in the spirit realm. None of us will know this for sure until we cross over to the other side upon our death. Nonetheless, it makes complete sense that demons know our weaknesses and capitalize on them. Just think about all the people in the world who are insecure. The way this manifests itself in the world through spiritual warfare is when the insecure person gets nervous. Therefore, that person will probably be put in lots of positions that require them to do things that make them nervous like speak in front of a large audience. Symptoms of nervousness that plague the insecure person when they are speaking include things like a shaky voice or a stuttering issue. God wants the insecure person to trust in Him. When we place our complete trust in Him, we force the demon out of us and find out that we CAN accomplish the things that scare us the most. In other words, we can achieve the impossible through God, not alone.

Imagine what a demon could do to the person susceptible to being an alcoholic?

My guess is they would gladly take every opportunity to tempt you to have a drink of alcohol? So what are some ways they might do this? How about tempting people to invite you to parties where people would be drinking alcohol to excess. Or, they could tempt people to give you alcohol as a gift for every occasion. Or, they could tempt you to keep bottles of alcohol hidden in rooms all around your house by making you think you are strong enough to resist any temptations.

Doesn’t this type of strategy sound as though it might breed success for them and failure for you? This is how spiritual warfare works. While demons’ powers over us are restricted by certain limitations, they were still granted the ability to tempt and provoke us. By the same token, through prayer to God, we can invoke the help of warring angels (lead by Arch Angel Michael) to come to our aid and overpower any demon. All of God’s angels have authority over all of Satan’s demons.

Whatever your vulnerability is, you can bet you will be tempted with it often. This is why we fail / fall. We hate to fall, so we deny we have a problem. This draws us away from God and closer to evil and susceptible to temptation and failure. This is what sin is all about. And this is why prayer is so very important. To give our prayer even greater umph, we can also fast. This shows God how willing we are to be obedient.

What some people don’t always realize or try to deny is that Jesus became flesh in order to experience everything we go through here on earth. He did this because He loves us. This love is what gave Him the will to be mocked, suffer, and die on a cross in order to atone for our sins. The old covenant from the Jewish tradition required an animal sacrifice to atone for sins. The new covenant involved an everlasting atonement and thus rebirth into a new understanding about God’s love for us. Jesus was mocked, suffered, and died on a cross so we could one day be reunited with God in heaven. Jesus conquered death which was brought into the world by original sin. He continues to this very day to carry with Him the scars from His crucifixion as a constant reminder to people of what He went through to triumph over sin with His pure love.

As mentioned above, Jesus agreed with God, the Father, to be our safety net from the get-go. Because of this amazing gift from God, all believers in Christ have been fully restored back into God’s grace, meaning when we die we will go to heaven and have everlasting life. Praying and repenting make our relationship with God stronger and are therefore helpful at getting rid of unwanted demons and building up our personal relationship with God, our Creator. These works make life more meaningful because we are building our relationship with God. However, it is important to remember that while we can do certain things to attain a more intimate relationship with God while we are here on earth, we cannot actually “earn” grace. Grace was a gift from God given to us through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Thanks be to God.

“The whole of man’s history has been the story of dour combat with the forces of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us, from the very dawn of history until the last day. Finding himself in the midst of the battlefield man has to struggle to do what is right, and it is at great cost to himself, and aided by God’s grace that he succeeds in achieving his own inner integrity.” (The Catholic Catechism verse 409)

 

Here is the Bible verse that speaks to Satan being cast out of heaven:

Revelation 12: 7 – 12: “Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. Although the dragon and his angels fought back, they were overpowered and lost their place in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent known as the devil or Satan, the seducer of the whole world, was driven out; he was hurled down to earth and his minions with him.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

‘Now have salvation and power come, the reign of our God and the authority of his Anointed One.

For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who night and day accused them before our God.

They defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death. So rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell therein!

But woe to you, earth and sea, for the devil has come down upon you!

His fury knows no limits, for he knows his time is short.”

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