Chess and Spiritual Warfare: When Satan Tries to Checkmate Your Soul

Unlike chess, spiritual warfare can result in your irreversible, deadly demise.

A few weeks ago, a guy friend noticed that I had a chess set, and asked me if I wanted to play. He was in it for a simple game, but of course, for me, God used it as a depiction of what goes on in the spirit realm when we come up against Satan. The similarities were astounding. Here’s some of what I learned so far. Remember that I just recently began looking into chess. I have most of the foundational knowledge, but I am fully aware that I have only scratched the surface when it comes to strategies, techniques, plays.

All the world - especially the spirit realm - is a battlefield for the believer.

1.)       Chess is a game of strategy and tactics. When I first began playing chess, I erroneously believed it was like checkers. There is SOME strategy involved in checkers, but not nearly as much as compared to chess. Checkers to Chess is like Uno to Poker – like Candy Land to Monopoly. There is so much thinking involved. Every move must be made after much planning, deliberation, strategy, and tactic because you must remember that you always have an opponent who has plans for your downfall. As the bible says, do not be ignorant of your enemy’s devices. In chess, making a move without forethought can cause your soon or future demise. You must have a strategy or tactic to stay in the game for long and especially if you want to end up as the victor and not the victim.

Just ONE wrong move can free up the board for the enemy to come in and take out your special or protective pieces. Just one wrong move can make your king more susceptible to attack. It is important to begin the game knowing what your pawns and special pieces  can do. It is important to know your opponents limitations and to use them to your advantage. You should know that unless a pawn is attacking another piece making one diagonal move, he can only move forward. So knowing that a pawn cannot move to its immediate right or left means your rook is able to stand beside a pawn and later capture it. In addition to knowing your enemies’ weaknesses, you need to be aware of your strengths. To know that a Queen can go in any direction as many places as she has room to go, is a huge advantage because if none of her own “team” is blocking her path, she can take on whoever she wants going forwards and backwards.

This is not a game to play just for fun. You play this game to win. There isn’t much laughing in this game. But you will see two people with knitted eyebrows and serious facial expressions planning their next move. Both people have to focus on winning. It is the same in spiritual warfare throughout our lives. While you will see me laughing and smiling often, my spirit man is no laughing matter. Hell is no laughing matter. Demonic forces are nothing to play about. Just one wrong move, just one hit of that drug, just one night of unprotected sex with that one-night stand, just one shoplifting of a blouse can set me up for a lifetime downhill. In chess, your opponent is watching intently and waiting and hoping for you to make what I call O.D.M. (one dumb move). He knows that without a dumb move, he can’t do much. And he doesn’t need a series of dumb moves. Just one may be all that is needed. You’ve heard of the person who’s FIRST time drinking resulted in a drunk-driving incident that kills a mother of three. You’ve heard of the woman who married the wrong person who killed her just a few months later. You’ve heard of the pastor who just touched ONE child which resulted in the lost of his respect in the community, family, marriage, ministry, career, etc. It doesn’t take much for Satan to gain the advantage over you. It only takes one wrong turn where no U-turns are allowed.

Don't let Satan set you up like this for your downfall. Protect your king!

2.)       Chess is a game which involves much sacrifice. A couple of weeks ago, I went to a mall to get something to eat in the food court. I was pleasantly surprised to find a chess club had decided to meet and play there in the food court.      So I went up and asked them questions and they let me sit down and play as they taught me. I was stunned to see that my opponent seemed to be setting his pawns up to be taken by me. But he won because he was willing to sacrifice less important pieces in order to protect his most important piece – His King. He would send in a pawn to a place where I would immediately, without thought, capture it. And while I was focusing on getting as much as I could (capturing as many of his pieces as I could), he was just moving certain pieces of mine out of position so that he could get my king.

3.)       Chess is a game where the war is best won in the center (the four squares in the very middle of the chess board). One of the top tips to winning chess is to fight for, and win, the center. Trying to control this area early brings the focus of the game where you are and gives you a chance to fight on your chosen ground. Reminds me of spiritual warfare. Satan may be appear to be setting up shop and traps around other areas of your life, but he is ultimately      after your heart, mind, soul, and spirit. My dad told me last year that when Satan is attacking your finances, job, health, relationships, etc., he’s really just after your joy. He doesn’t care how he gets your heart’s joy, but he’s after that main thing. Don’t get distracted by trying to focus on other pieces in other areas of your life when Satan’s focal point is on what is inside of you. And the mind is where all spiritual wars are really fought. If he can get      to your mind, he’s got you. If he can make you lose your mind or your      heart or your soul, he automatically destroys every area of your life. A      schizophrenic, a demonaic, a mentally retarded person will lack success in      other areas of their life because their mind or soul is oppressed or not fully functioning properly. Most of their defeat began within and radiated outwards.

4.)       Chess is a game where every move you make will be followed by a defensive or offensive move from your opponent. Be aware that every thing you do for God will evoke a negative response from the enemy. When you fast, expect a temptation (because you are weakest when you begin a fast and because Satan knows that fasting brings about great victory and blessings for the believer so he tries to sabotage fasts with great temptations). When you pray, expect a temporary setback (because Satan wants to fool you into thinking that prayer does not work). When you consecrate and choose to live holy, expect an attack (because Satan is mad that he just lost one sinner). In chess, you must take turns. In some other games like billiard/pool, you can take more than one turn before your opponent takes his next turn. But in chess, you must know that when you “attack” the enemy (even if it’s just defensively and not offensively), he will attack back. So plan ahead for that. Know that if you go on a 40 day fast, the enemy will be VERY angry and will retaliate. Pray without ceasing when you live for God because the enemy is planning his next attack on YOU since he knows that you are clearly his opponent. He doesn’t fight people who live for him because they’re on his team! So if you are on God’s side, you better expect an attack from Satan.

5.)       Chess is also game about territory as the chess club taught me. This ties in with fighting in the center of the board as well. The people in the chess club were teaching me a game set up known as Giuoco’s Piano or mirror and that game taught me that my main focus was on the center four squares. They taught me that you have to remain mindful of protecting certain squares on the chessboard because it is the squares – and who is on or protecting those squares – that determines how close someone can get to your king. For example, you may make a wrong move because you weren’t deliberating. And while that wrong move may not have resulted in the immediate capture of that piece you just moved, it might result in you getting a piece out of the enemy’s way so that he can slide on in and get nearer the king. For example, bishops can only move diagonally. So if your  king is in its diagonal path, it is wise to have a pawn or another piece in position that can get their bishop as it gets near your king. It is not wise to use that same protective pawn to capture another harmless pawn when that move will only free the board for your king to be in check. Every move that LOOKS like a good move could just be a plan for you to surrender your precious territory.

Satan will sometimes present opportunities that look like a good move only for you to find out later that that move only opened the door to demonic attack. An example is this. Let’s say a woman divorces her husband because he recently lost his job and also is no longer pleasing her in the bedroom. So Satan makes her think divorce is a good move. So then weeks later, she sees a handsome man who sweeps her off her feet and who is good in bed. So she moves him into her home. Let’s say that man then convinces the wife/mother to work a late shift from 4pm-11pm. So he is left alone to watch the children. Then he      begins to molest her young daughter for the next ten years. You see, divorce SEEMED to be a good move on the front end. It got rid of an annoying and disappointing factor in her life. But it opened the door for a child molester to come and wreak havoc in her family which will scar her daughter for years to come if not her entire life. Maybe the husband was lacking in a couple of areas, but he would have kept his daughter safe for her entire childhood. Ask yourself what is wiser and more strategic. Moving and using a pawn that was protecting your King just to capture a worthless pawn right now just to lose your King one move later? Or keeping that pawn right there to protect the king? Watch what areas and territories in your life and spirit that you are letting Satan have access to.

In chess and in spiritual warfare, we must gain wisdom on what to move, where to, when, and why. The Holy Spirit will direct you. God will direct your paths if you consult with Him regarding major moves in your life. He’ll make sure to let you know which pathways you have left open for your foes that will make you vulnerable to their attack. There is so much more I have learned and am learning from chess as it relates to spiritual warfare and living a victorious Christian life, so stay tuned for any future posts about what chess can teach us about spiritual warfare!

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Five More of Satan’s Devices of Which Not to Be Ignorant!

This is PART TWO of my blog note on “Satan’s Devices of Which Not to Be Ignorant”. I had the first six devices in that note, and here are FIVE more. Please refer to that note for the intro which is at this link: http://wp.me/p21nNI-9T. No need for me to retype it here!)

F O R G E T F U L N E S S

One of Satan’s devices that he uses most effectively against believers is “forgetfulness”. There are two things that Satan tries to get believers to forget. #1 – The battle is already won because you are on the winning team, God’s team. And #2 – He wants you to forget the many battles that God has already won on your behalf in many times past. If he can get you to forget those two things, he can cause you to either BE defeated or to FEEL defeated. And sometimes perceived defeat is almost as bad as actual defeat. For example, imagine that you are 20 years old when your doctor tells you that because of your current state of health, it’s only a matter of time before you die. And then you live to age 90 all the while thinking every day of those 70 years that you have just days left to live. Even though the doctor was not telling the truth, the fact that you lived 70 miserable years made you live a defeated life – even though it was a long-lived, DEFEATED life. Satan can have you thinking that you are doomed, damned, and defeated every day of your life when all the while you are winning and blessed from the very beginning!

You need to know that in this life – if you are a believer – you are a winner. You are a winner NOT because you are a great fighter, but because you are on the winning team! God’s team cannot lose! So if you are on a winning team, you will win because the team you are on is destined to win. And Satan’s team is destined to lose. That’s common sense. The game was fixed before the world began. God set it up so that He wins and Satan loses. And whoever is with God will win, and whoever is with Satan loses. One of Satan’s tactics is to get you to FORGET that. And when you forget that immutable fact, you begin to walk by SIGHT and not by FAITH. So when it looks like Satan is beating your butt, you forget that you’ve already won and then you concede that you’ve lost. And also, Satan wants you to FORGET that the same God who helped you through similar, previous battles will be the same VICTORIOUS God to help you through future battles. God can’t help but to be victorious. He was victorious in your struggles then, and He will still be victorious in your battles later. If He did it before, He can do it again. Please remember to never forget that Satan’s job is to have you to get amnesia about your predestined victory! The battle is already won. While Satan is over here trying to have you worried and stressed about trying to figure it all out, God has already worked it all out.

“F O O T-I N-T H E-D O O R”  T E C H N I Q U E

Another effective strategy that Satan enacts in the believer’s life is what is known in social psychology as the foot-in-the-door technique. For example, because Satan knows that he can’t directly, flat out ask a Holy Ghost-filled believer to do heroin or murder which will ruin his life, he may try to do this technique in order to increase the chances of you doing a “bigger” sin. For example, door-to-door salesmen may come to your door and ask you to accept a free offer for six months of a free weekly magazine subscription. If they come to your door and say, “Hey, ma’am. Please cancel your subscription of your favorite weekly magazine and buy a lifetime subscription of our similar magazine today instead,” of course, you would say something to the effect of, “No, thanks. I like my current subscription just fine.” But if they’re giving you FREE magazines for half a year, why not? But I hope you wouldn’t be foolish enough to think that the salesman is only knocking at your door to give you free magazines. Of course not! He’s ultimately after getting you to commit the rest of your life to BUYING his company’s magazine after those free six months run out. But he’s wise enough to know that it will take the foot-in-the-door technique to even have a fighting chance.

Satan is wiser than your average door-to-door solicitor. He knows that he will not likely have you willingly and knowingly commit to living a lifetime of sin for him and for the destruction of your flesh and soul. So he will apply this foot-in-the-door technique. He will offer you some bait for free while he slowly pushes open the door later for more costly offers later on. The free stuff he offers you puts a crack in the door, and then later, because you’re already so well-acquainted with his mess, he knows that the next time he knocks, you’ll open the door a little wider. If you let the free magazines in your house for half a year, why wouldn’t you pay a low price for the same magazine you accepted already? Satan knows that Christians are too wise to pay for anything he’s offering, so he’ll make it  a more easily acceptable gift TEMPORARILY. But you better know that he will come back later to get his due. Don’t even open the door! Treat him like you’d treat your local Jehovah Witness or Mormon when they knock on your door early one Saturday morning! Act like nobody’s home!

“M A J O R I N G   I N   T H E   M I N O R S”

Sadly, this one brings down many a believer. You can know Satan is at work when you find yourself “majoring in the minors” (which by default will have you “minoring in the majors”). Do you ever find you or many in your church home or denomination doing this? An example would be this: Does your pastor spend inordinate amounts of time telling his congregation what clothing and accessories and hairstyles to wear? Does he rant and rave every Sunday about men wearing cornrows and dredlocks? About women wearing pants or shorts? About men wearing earrings? About women wearing their hair short? Well that is a perfect example of one who is majoring in minors. Minors in this instance are little, almost insignificant details that have no bearing on one’s salvation. Well, even though these minors don’t bother God much, Satan will have many Christians fixated on minutiae details. I understand why some pastors may TOUCH on this topic. The bible does say in the new testament section that it is shameful for men to have long hair. The bible does say that women should not cut their hair because their hair is their glory and their covering. The bible does say that a woman should not wear that which pertains to a man. (HOWEVER, THAT LAST ONE WAS WRITTEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT written for Jews under the MOSAIC LAW. This is not for the new testament believer, which is not to say that Christians should cross dress like transvestites!)

But I believe you get my point. God is not in heaven pulling his hair out because a Christian male has dredlocks. And to those of the Church of Christ denomination, Jesus is not dejected and losing His mind because a church used musical instruments in praise and worship on Sunday. And to those of the apostolic persuasion, angels are not mourning because a girl got her split ends clipped. So stop losing your mind over minors! And it doesn’t end there, guys. Satan’s mind is on bigger things because if Satan can cause you to major in a minor, he has likely effectively caused you to minor in a major. What I mean is that if you are spending 99% of your evangelism telling a woman that she needs to wear skirts and dresses to church, then that only leaves AT THE MOST 1% of the time for you to witness to her of God’s love and mercy, of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross, and of the work of the Holy Ghost in their unregenerated soul. THOSE are the majors. Most of your speech in soulwinning and disciple-making should be about LOVE, GRACE, MERCY, FORGIVENESS, TRANSFORMATION, REGENERATION, etc. But you don’t have time for the MAJORS when you’re still spending 90% of your time on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Blogger accounts fixating on how Christians should be Calvinists, or on how Christians should renounce all secular music, or on how Christians should be paying their pastor a tenth of their paychecks. Satan is laughing while you are stuck in the minors. Don’t let him win in this regard!

“T H E   S M A L L E R   P I C T U R E”

This here’s a good one that gets a lot of Christians upset with God! How many of you have lost the faith or gotten angry with God because of a bad diagnosis from your doctor, the loss of a loved one, or serious, long-term financial woes? Well, you can know that Satan has unleashed a tactic on you that I will refer to as “The Smaller Picture”. This is the opposite of the common phrase, “The Bigger Picture”. When something catastrophic happens to us, most people IMMEDIATELY take on the smaller picture. We think of only ourselves. We get into a pity party – which is totally understandable. We get disappointed, sad, and wonder why God has allowed such tragedy to hit us or our family. Especially if we know that we’ve been doing all we know to do to please the Lord in our lifestyles. We would understand getting a liver failure diagnosis if we were hard drinking every night at clubs. We would graciously accept lung cancer if we smoked tobacco, weed, crack, and meth on a regular basis. We would cope with losing a husband to another woman if we cheated on him every night. But what to do when you’ve been living holy when disaster strikes?

We have to keep sight of the bigger picture when disaster strikes. We have to remember that God lets nothing occur without purpose. I’ve heard of SO many examples of how God has lead people to change laws or begin support groups or sponsor scholarships after a tragedy has hit them or their family. And these people are your average good citizens who suffer in these ways. And instead of wallowing in their pain as they are expected to do, they turn their suffering into a support group and they turn their misery into ministries. This is because they saw the bigger picture. When they lose a daughter to that daughter’s abusive boyfriend, they find a way to change legislation that enforces stricter laws against domestic violence. When they have a son who is shot to death in the streets, they create a neighborhood watch group to meet weekly to protect the streets. When they lose a mother to cancer, they begin to save money for a yearly scholarship for a child who has lost a parent to cancer. Susan B. Komen did not die in vain, her sister Nancy G. Brinker promised her that she would do everything in her might to end breast cancer forever. Komen’s family has raised so much money for breast cancer research and awareness because of their family tragedy.

Now some people will internalize their pain and just feel sorry for themselves until they die. They will refuse to convert their pain into productivity to help save and extend the lives of others. Don’t let Satan do this to you. Don’t let Satan let you trade in the bigger picture for the smaller picture. The bigger picture makes sense of your pain. The smaller picture makes God look cruel. The bigger picture makes you help hundreds or thousands of others who will go through your current situation. The smaller picture makes you suffer in vain. You pain is not without purpose. God trusted YOU and your family with that tragedy. Don’t let Satan make you undependable to God. God really is relying on you to minister to others who have gone through, are going through, and who will go through your pain.

“E X T R E M I S M”/”R A D I C A L I S M”  D E C I S I O N-M A K I N G

I’m using these two words differently than the political definition you might be used to. When I say extremism or radicalism, I am referring to someone going too far in the opposite direction because of one painful fact that they have difficulty coping with. For example, if a man marries a man because two women he dated broke his heart. Or if a man refuses to ever work another job because he had a bad experience with a boss/coworker/client. Just because of one, three, or even ten bad experiences, some people will go to the EXTREME and make very dumb decision. This is a strategy that Satan uses on believers and unbelievers alike. I know of two unbelievers who were raised in the church but who – because of this satanic strategy and others – have left the faith. Satan had them going to the EXTREME about things. For example, if they know of ONE pastor who was exposed for raping a child, they would make that one offense apply across the board to all other Christian pastors. They would see a news report on the one pastor and would conclude that EVERY Christian pastor must be secretly molesting children. They might have personally known a pastor who misappropriated church funds to buy a Bentley for his own personal greed, and then they would concur that EVERY SINGLE PASTOR in the world is using the tithes and offerings to buy personal objects. And because of ONE PASTOR, they are willing to go to hell.

Satan will have you living a life to the extreme. He’ll let you have one bad experience and will then whisper in your ear some mess that will have you running off the deep end. If you experience a church hurt, don’t get DRASTIC with your decision-making because of it. For some people who’ve been hurt by a Christian pastor, instead of them logically saying, “Man, that pastor was a bad man. He raped someone./He embezzled church funds. I’m glad all pastors aren’t like that. I will try to find a pastor who lives a life of integrity,” they say, “See, that’s why I don’t go to church. ALL them pastors want is to use their members for sex./ALL them pastors do is spend the members money on their greedy lusts. I’ll never set foot in another church again,” It is basically insane to assume that every pastor rapes women or steals money just because one, ten, or even a hundred pastors raped someone or embezzled money. That is how you can know Satan is at the root of it. God nor logic would ever say that because ONE human did something, every human of a similar occupation will do it. Just because ONE Caucasian police officer is racist against blacks and does racial profiling does not mean that EVERY Caucasian cop is racist. Even if you can name 100 racist White cops does not mean that every single White cop that has existed, that does exist, or that will exist will be a racist cop that racial profiles against blacks. If you believe that, Satan is at work in your mind and it is only a matter of time before he brings you down. Don’t allow him to set up shop in your mind with this foolishness. ONE does not translate into ALL. One hundred of a thousand does not translate into ALL. Let’s be rational and shut the devil up. Just because you know of ONE church/pastor that did wrong does not mean that ALL churches/pastors do wrong.

These are just FIVE of MANY of Satan’s devices mind you. Satan has SO many tricks up his sleeve for us! He’s no one-trick pony! He gets creative with his devices. Again, please read the first note for the first six devices that I believe God has been gracious enough to expose to me. And Lord willing, there will be at least two more notes on this topic in the near future. Be blessed, and do not forget these devices!

Spiritually Unsanitary: Why God Says Not to Touch the “Unclean Thing”

2 Corinthians 6:17 – Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN THING; AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU.

What is it with God not wanting us to touch the unclean thing?

I am a teacher in an infant and toddler classroom. And because babies constantly put toys in their mouth, we are required to wash our toys daily. I have watched as one baby put an already dirty ball up to his mouth to lick it. His mouth was full of saliva, and he also had a nose full of mucus. This same baby is also known to have digged in his diaper after he has defecated. So he has unknowingly put fecal matter on toys before. So this same baby put the ball down and another baby immediately picked it up to put it in his/her mouth. GROSS! So of course I swatted the ball out of his/her mouth. The babies get offended when we do that, but it’s only because they have no clue as to why their teacher says, “NO!” and then snatches a toy from their hand.

Lamentations 4:15 – They CRIED unto them, DEPART YE; IT IS UNCLEAN; DEPART, DEPART, TOUCH NOT: when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, They shall no more sojourn there.

This is how it goes with us and God. God will watch over His children and will inevitably see one of us reaching out to touch an UNCLEAN THING. In the natural, we fear our children touching a toy teeming with invisible but potentially harmful viruses and bacteria. But in the SUPERnatural, God’s concern is with His children not touching SPIRITUALLY unclean things. In the Old Testament, we often read of the Mosaic laws where God forbid His Israelite children from eating AND TOUCHING things God deemed as unclean. Well, now God also does not want us having any contact with unclean people, places, things, events, and thoughts.

Just as with that dirty ball covered in invisible contaminants, there are people, places, things, events, and thoughts covered with invisible, spiritual filth – unclean/demonic/satanic/evil spirits. Just like I get disgusted when I see one of my toddlers sucking on dirty rattle, God gets disgusted when He sees His Christian children touching filthy people, places, things, etc. It is disgusting to such a holy God! Stop grossing God out!

I talked with someone a few weeks ago about whether or not she thought marijuana usage was offensive to God. She told me, “Well, I think God views it as He does wine. He doesn’t mind us drinking wine as long as it’s in moderation. As long as we don’t get drunk. So I don’t think weed smoking bothers God.” (AS IF anyone ever smokes weed NOT to get high…) In the natural, she might have been right. It is simply from a cannabis plant. And didn’t God say that everything He made was good? But what about in the supernatural world? Do lives where people smoke or sell weed turn out blessed of God? Yeah, it seems to be just a harmless plant, but in the spiritual world, it leads to bondage. How many heroin/crack/meth addicts began their path with this “innocent, harmless” plant? But of course, just like my baby students, they don’t see it. They can’t see it. If babies can’t see the germs, it doesn’t bother them. And even if they could see the filth on the toys, they wouldn’t know it was harmful.

We humans are the same way. We reach our hands out for stuff that looks appealing to us. A ball looks fun to a toddler and a fine man looks good to a woman. But neither see the invisible contamination on them. I’m not even talking about STD’s, but about an even more serious infestation – unclean spirits. How many women have been shackled in years of spiritual bondage because they gave a spiritually infected man their phone number! You can touch the wrong person and your life will spiral out of control. For example, if you get involved in a gang, you are now influenced by spirits that encourage the victim with the spirit to lie, steal, fight, do drugs, sell drugs, and kill. There are indeed evil spirits that impact EVERY secular street gang. If only these members who end up in jail and hell had not touched the unclean thing.

One thing that’s very important to remember about contaminants is that they are MEANT to kill you. Their very purpose – their sole purpose actually – is to get through a break in the skin (via a scratch, cut, piercing, etc.) or a natural body opening (like the ear, mouth, nose, eyes, or private parts) and to ravage and bring down your immune system. Sometimes it happens very quickly as with the Ebola virus. But sometimes it happens very slowly and undetected as some people claim is what happens with HIV. Some spiritual bondage happens immediately like with meth addicts. But some spiritual bondage happens slow as with wrong romantic relationships. Either way, the bondage is meant to take you out. Viruses, bacteria, and parasites are not meant to befriend or boost your immune system. Their intent is to wipe your immune system out so that an opportunistic disease can take over and eventually kill you.

The same goes for demonic spirits. Please don’t delude yourself and think that evil spirits fight fair. They don’t like you and in fact they despise you. If you think a virus is merciless, wait until you encounter an evil spirit! But sadly, just as some people sleep around with a bunch of people unprotected, many of us go into our day without protection – the blood of Jesus, angels, and prayer. We hang around spiritually infected folk because they are fun, because we’ve known them for a long time and because we don’t want to be perceived as snobbish. But that’s like licking someone’s snot because you don’t want to be perceived as snobbish. Some stuff you just ought not to do common sense wise! Just because you can’t see the cold virus with the naked eye doesn’t mean it’s not in the snot. Just because you cannot see the satanic spirit on that man or woman, friend, or lover it does not mean it’s not there waiting to be transferred to you.

Genesis 3:3 – But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, NEITHER SHALL YE TOUCH IT, LEST YE DIE. God told Adam and Eve not to eat NOR EVEN TOUCH the forbidden fruit. He knew a touch would eventually lead to eating. Some of us think we can just call a cute, (spiritually) infected guy and never end up making out with him. And even more foolishly, we think we can make out with this same cute, “spiritually infected” guy and not be tempted to eventually have sex with him. And then we think if we do give in and have sex, that it’s “just harmless, ‘casual’ sex”. The devil is a lie. Whatever polluted that man’s soul has now gotten into your spiritual immune system and is getting ready to take you out if you don’t not intervene with prayer, repentance, confession, asking God for mercy, and then stop any further contact with that cute guy to prevent re-infection.

The only way not to get a virus from someone is to avoid that person until they get clean. I made the mistake of dating an atheist thinking that I could spiritually sanitize him. But instead, he ended up desecrating me! Duh, Mistye. Did I think my contact with him would make him whole while I made out with him? Foolishly, I did. And then I would leave him alone and get better with God. And then I’d miss him and get re-infected in my spirit man. I eventually left him alone and am well now. Praise God for that! But I was even considering marrying the guy. Thank God I did not. This guy had an unforgiving spirit, a cigarette addiction, and listened to foul rappers who are rumored to be Satan worshippers. So I should have known that more than the average atheist, he had yet more unclean spirits possessing him. And I risked having all those unclean spirits infect me. Selah. Again, let’s thank God He delivered me from that.

So when your pastor or a preacher tells you not to engage in certain activities, don’t look for why. You can’t see invisible spirits unless God gives you that gift. So stop looking and just listen. If I snatch a contaminated toy from one of my baby student’s mouths, they don’t need to ask why. They just need to trust me as their caretaker when I say, “No! That’s dirty. Don’t put that in your mouth.” Just trust God to know what is gross/infected/unsanitary/contaminated/polluted. If God says not to engage in homosexual sex, not to get drunk, not to go to bed angry, not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers, not to fight back, not to steal, not to kill, not to commit adultery, etc. don’t ask why! Just know that you can trust God not to withhold any good thing from you just to make you mad. If God’s withholding it, it’s because it needs disinfecting!

Genesis 20:6 – And God said unto him in a dream, Yea, I KNOW THAT THOU DIDST THIS IN THE INTEGRITY of thy heart; for I ALSO WITHHELD THEE FROM SINNING AGAINST ME: THEREFORE SUFFERED I THEE NOT TO TOUCH HER.

When You Trust Satan’s Lies More Than God’s Truth

Cacophony and sin ensues when you hear God's voice and yet tune in to what Satan is suggesting!

Isaiah 55:10-11 – For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

I like to think of God’s Word or Truth as a sound wave that goes forth. It starts at His mouth and proceeds outwards to its object. The bible says that His word will not return to Him void but that it will accomplish that whereto He sent it. I take this to mean that when God speaks/sends out a word, He doesn’t intend on it returning to Him as not completed. He intends on it doing its job.

God’s Word is spoken. Sometimes it is written down (like in the case of the Words written in the bible by the hands of men). Also, we know that His words that He spoke in the beginning (in the Creation of the heavens and the earth) were recorded the book of Genesis. The laws He spoke were written by Moses. God says things that are sometimes written down to help others at that time and in the distant future.

2 Timothy 3:16 – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness

So we know that God Himself did not get a quill pin and inkwell and personally write the scriptures. They were written down by men after God or Jesus SPOKE it first. Sure, some of it might have been supernaturally downloaded into their thoughts and then they wrote it from there. But even when you think of a thought, it comes as something you hear in your head.

When God speaks, He expects people to agree with Him. I don’t think God said one thing in the Bible that He would have liked His people to disagree with. God speaks truth, and He wants His people to agree with that truth.

As I said earlier, I like to think of God’s word as this very simple thing: A SOUND WAVE. I mean every sound/noise/voice/piece of music you hear is just that – A SOUND WAVE. Every spoken word is a wave. I notice upon reading the scriptures that God doesn’t change His mind very often. Jonah comes to mind in particular. We know that God asked Jonah to preach to the country of Nineveh to repent of their sins or else God would destroy them. Jonah was told THIS particular “sound wave” ONCE, but Jonah decided to board a ship to Tarshish to avoid his calling.

Jonah 1:1 Now the WORD of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amitai, saying, 2. Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for the wickedness is come up before me.

Verse 2 is the first sound wave that God sent out towards Jonah’s ears. He directed it right at Jonah, AND He also expected Jonah to duplicate this message or sound wave to Nineveh. If I’m not mistaken, I’m guessing God wanted this sound wave to go to every Ninevite. If God had meant for the sound wave to stop at Jonah, the story would have stopped there. But God intended for His word to accomplish that whereto He sent it. Let’s see if God changed His sound wave in Jonah chapter 3. In other words, let’s see if God changed His mind about what He wanted Jonah to say.

Jonah 3:1 – And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the SECOND time saying, 2. Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. 3. So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, ACCORDING TO THE WORD of the Lord.

Looks like God didn’t change His mind.

SO Jonah had to change His mind. And it took something traumatic for him to do it (just as is the case with some of us nowadays). It took Him going through a very bad sea tempest and being swallowed by a huge fish for him to agree with God’s first SOUND WAVE!
My point here is that God is not going to change His mind to get on YOUR opposing sound wave. If anything, He’s going to move the circumstances so that you WANT to get back on His sound wave – if not to make you beg and plead to be back on it! God is in control of everything BUT your freewills. So since He can control everything (in this case, it was the wind, the sea, and the huge fish), He can manipulate them to get you back on the RIGHT sound wave. And that sound wave is the original word that He sent forth.

And that is how I now see everything that God says. It is THE ORIGINAL sound wave. It is the PUREST sound wave. The message remained the same in Jonah 1:2 and Jonah 3:2. Actually, the 3:2 sound wave was just amplification of the 1:2 sound wave because He said, “preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee [the first time].”

And the same goes for you. God is not going to change His sound waves for you. If God told you to do something or NOT to do something, you need to comply/obey/agree/vibe/tune in 100%. When you don’t agree with His sound wave, I’ll tell you what results. CACOPHONY. The etymology of that word is “bad sound”. I’m sure you all have been to a church service where there was a choir that sounded great EXCEPT for one person singing off-key. Everyone was on the same sound wave except for that one person who was singing out of tune. Although that person might have been singing the same words to the same song at the same speed with the same intent, their voice was sending out a different sound wave that was clashing with the main sound wave. This is what happened with Adam and Eve.

Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light…

In the beginning, we know that God sent out sound waves that caused things be made. The atoms obeyed hHis voice and intentions. He made the heavens and the earth by simply saying, “Let there be _____,” and then it was so. We also see that in the beginning of the bible, God sent out another sound wave telling Adam what to do and what not to do. We especially remember about what God told Adam NOT to do regarding the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2:16-17 – And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

At first, Adam was TOTALLY vibing with God’s sound wave. He believed it totally. He believed totally that he would SURELY die if he disobeyed God’s command about that particular tree. And it was easy to believe God because Adam had no reason not to trust God AND because it was the ONLY sound wave he had heard regarding that tree. Eve was also told about it, and she believed it too. We believe that either Adam or God shared this sound wave with Eve. And Eve went on to repeat the sound wave it to the snake. This wave had a wavelength that we would call “in phase” – meaning all the sound waves being heard regarding the tree were in sync. So if everyone was on one accord, where did everything get all screwy?

What happened? Weren’t they all kind of like a choir? God, Adam, and Eve singing in perfect harmony. All singing the same perfect and pure sound wave of “do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or you will die!”? I’ll tell you what happened. Eve heard ANOTHER wave. She heard another sound wave whose wavelength is what we would call “180 degrees out of phase” (meaning it cancelled out the first wave). It flatlined the first wave. It cancelled out God’s voice! And as we all know, Eve and Adam surely did die eventually. They were cancelled out because they totally disagreed with God’s sound wave in order to allow and vibe with Satan’s total opposite and lying sound wave. How many times have you let Satan’s sound wave cancel out God’s?

Genesis 3:1 – Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

If you repeat God, the Word is more powerful in your life! If you disagree with God, you will be unfruitful.

Let me explain what I meant by the phrases “in phase” and “180 degrees out of phase”. When a wave’s wavelength is “in phase”, it is known as a constructive wave. When you and another person’s sound waves are “in phase” or match one another, then your combined sound produces a more powerful wave or sound; the word for that is “amplified”. But when your sound wave is “180 degrees out of phase”, they cancel one another out. That wave is known as a destructive wave. A destructive wave CANCELS OUT the one that is 180 degrees out of phase with it. The in phase waves can fit with each other, but 180 degrees out of phase waves can’t fit with each other. That’s why there is no room for Satan’s thoughts and words in your Christian life. It only serves to cancel out God’s voice!

Notice how with the in phase waves, the combined sound is stronger (louder). One singer cannot sound nearly as powerful as a 200-member choir. That soloist only has one sound wave sent out. A microphone and yelling can make her voice sound bigger and more powerful. But a 200-member choir can do the same and will, of course, sound bigger and stronger and powerful. So God, Adam, and Eve’s voice combined into a powerful ONE SOUND WAVE that was on ONE ACCORD.

BUT!

But silly Eve let a snake let her sing off key. Then Adam agreed and sang off key too. So they disobeyed God’s sound wave and ate the forbidden fruit. Selah!

Notice in the pictures above that the two 180 degree out of phase waves will cancel each other out. So first Satan had to get Eve to cancel out the original sound wave she was “vibing” with. So once he lied to her real good and said, “Ye shall not SURELY die,” Eve decided to vibe with that wicked, lying sound wave. So it cancelled out God’s voice in her life. She was now left to her own devices. No God’s sound wave to ride on. She was left with just silence and her own fleshly desires. Without God’s voice to lead and guide her, she was out on a limb. And we know that without God’s guidance (either in speech or in ink), we make bad decisions just like Eve did. God already made the choice for her in the beginning. Well, I won’t say He MADE it for her, but He did let her know which choice to make. But she wanted to rebel and get on her own sound wave of “Be like gods! Know the difference between good and evil!” And she, he, and we paid dearly for it. It’s amazing how one person not tuning into God’s voice can affect so many others in a negative way also.
I Corinthians 2:10-11 – But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit…the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

But God is so kind to us. He knows we’re just as dumb as Eve and Adam were. After all, they are our GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT….. grandparents. So if they heard straight from God’s mouth not to do something and yet did it anyway, you know we’re going to screw up too because unlike Adam and Eve, most of us haven’t heard directly from God. So God was so kind as to have many of His “sound waves” written in a book for us in what is known as the Holy Bible. Most of His sound waves were written in the Old Testament because many of the OT prophets quoted Him and because there are more and longer books in the OT. Moses wrote out the Mosaic laws God told him to write. Then in the New Testament, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John wrote out Jesus’ words (which in some bibles are printed in red ink for easy reference). Then the other New Testament writers wrote what the Holy Spirit led them to write. The Holy Spirit knows the mind of God. It’s His spirit. So what the Holy Spirit says is only what God would agree with. God was so kind as to give us sound waves to follow.

With my new perspective on sound waves, I’m starting to see sin a little differently also. The way I now see it is that when you sin, you have chosen to tune in to a different sound wave other than God’s original sound wave regarding a particular matter. For example, Eve was tuned in to “FM radio” (God’s sound) and then she decided to switch to AM (Satan the Serpent’s sound). So when they cancelled each other out, she kept tuned in to what she heard on the AM station and so she ate the fruit. Then she convinced Adam to tune in and eat too.

Likewise with us today, God’s Word will say a clear sound about a certain matter. For example, the bible is clearly against homosexuality. God sends out one distinct, clear, pure sound about that. There should be no practicing homosexual Christians. BUT there are. And there are probably a lot. And the reason is because they are not living according to that ONE sound because that sound has been contaminated by other waves. There’s been “interference” so to speak. You know how if you have an AM/FM radio that when you’re rotating the little dial from one station to the next? Well you can sometimes hear two different radio stations at the same time. That’s interference. And you have to move the dial very slowly so that you don’t pass over one station to the next one. You want just that station.

We have to be the same way. Interference happens a lot, especially in America. God will send out one sound wave about homosexuality, but when we turn on American TV, we hear another station saying that’s it’s okay if you’re in love. God will send out one sound about lying, and we’ll hear another station interfering in a movie saying that you can lie to get ahead. Well, God doesn’t send conflicting messages. He is not the author of confusion. If there is confusion in your life about certain topics, it did not originate with God. God sends out only one message about His opinions. Find out from the bible what that opinion is. CHRISTIANS NEED TO TUNE INTO THE ONE STATION GOD IS SENDING OUT HIS SOUND WAVES ON!

Two Reasons You Can’t Seem to Stop Sinning

Does something have a hold on you in the spiritual realm that keeps you sinning?

What is it that REALLY keeps you sinning?

If you’re like me, you’ve tried your hardest to stop some sins. You’ve begged God to help you to stop. Some of you have great difficulty with resisting promiscuity, lying, gossiping, fighting, and a host of other sins. It really sucks when you engage in behaviors that you are 100% against and yet seem 100% incapable of stopping it. You would think that with the power of the Holy Ghost, every believer would be able to immediately and easily stop every sin, but there are two things I learned that can keep us in sin bondage.

I learned from a book called “Breaking the Power” written by Liberty Savard. It taught me that almost all people have unmet needs, unhealed hurts, and unresolved issues, and that some people will do the craziest things to have those needs met, those hurts healed, and those issues resolved.

While watching Sid Roth’s “It’s Supernatural” TV show, the guest on there was telling of an account of when he was praying for a particular college campus. He said that while he was praying against certain things like rage, perversion, etc. that he knew was rampant on the campus, he felt a block in his spirit. He said he just couldn’t seem to get a breakthrough in prayer. Then God gave him a revelation of what was going on on the college campus in the invisible, spiritual realm. I’ll try to describe what he said as best I can. He said that what was revealed to him was a spiritual, evil beast that was plaguing the campus. It had two tentacles on either end of it that touched together at the tip. Each of the two tentacle had different appendages on them. And every appendage had a name on it that represented different evils like rage, perversion, and others. The man said that when he prayed, the little appendages on the two tentacles would lean backwards like a leaf blowing backwards on a tree limb in the wind. But when he stopped praying, the appendages would straighten back up on the tentacle. The little appendages of vices would not come off! And it showed the man that his prayers were being blocked because the little appendages were not coming off and thus they were still drawing their power from the beast.

God brought this man’s attention to two twig-like things that kept each evil attached to the tentacles. Every appendage had two little twigs that kept it latched onto the beast’s tentacles. They were kind of like two little legs that were connecting the evil appendages to the two tentacles. And it was the the two little legs that kept the man unable from breaking the evil power from plaguing the university. God let the man know that the names of each legs were actually two spirits that caused all the evils in the world to continue to be powerful in people’s lives even after serious prayer.

Those two spirits were INSECURITY and INFERIORITY.

In a Christian counseling book I had bought, low self-worth and rejection seemed to cause most of the reasons why people were coming in for counseling. Low self-esteem and rejection are two MAJOR issues in the world. No wonder because so many kids are abused by parents. And so many wives and husbands get divorced by their spouses. And if you notice what the media keeps pumping into us, they’re messages of LOSE WEIGHT, WEAR THIS TO MAKE YOU LOOK MORE BEAUTIFUL, GET THIS CREAM TO STOP YOUR WRINKLES FROM AGING YOU, GET THIS MAKE-UP TO MAKE YOUR SKIN BEAUTIFUL, DRIVE THIS CAR TO MAKE YOU POPULAR! We are literally bombarded with MILLIONS of images and messages in advertisements that have the purpose of doing TWO THINGS. To make you purchase their product or service BASED ON THE WHETHER OR NOT they can cause you to feel INSECURE and INFERIOR.

Let’s go to Genesis – the very first book of the Holy Bible. Genesis contains the FIRST account of how inferiority and insecurity led a human being to sin. You see, in the Garden of Eden, the truth of who Eve was in God was SECURE. She also was NOT INFERIOR because she had no competition, of course, and she had never heard that she was lacking anything as far as looks or intelligence was concerned. Eve only had one source of truth. That was God. God’s Word. Whatever God’s word said was truth to Adam and Eve. What God said was all there was to know! So if God said, “Don’t do this or you will die,” Eve believed it 100% because was the only thing she knew.

Let’s use our imagination for a minute. Suppose that ever since you were born, you never left the house, never watched TV, and never read anything ever since you were born. And let’s suppose your mom told you, “Sherry, your body is not made to survive outside. You will die the second you step foot outside. The only air your lungs can tolerate is the air in this house. If you step past this threshold, you will die immediately.” I assure you that you would NEVER leave the house! You’d only leave if you were suicidal. You would have no reason to second guess your mom because she would be your only source of truth. BUT you might leave your house if a visitor stopped by and asked, “Hey, Sherry, why don’t you ever leave the house? It’s not like you’ll die or anything. Come on out! The air is fine!” Only then would you leave the house IF this visitor said that AND IF you were NOT SECURE in what your mom said AND if you didn’t TRUST your mom. That visitor gave you doubts about the validity of what your mom said. That visitor gave you reason to second guess the only truth you knew concerning outside air. That visitor made you unsure of your mom and her motives. And that visitor would spark your curiosity and may cause you to ask yourself, “I wonder what’s out there that my mom didn’t want me to experience. It must be something good.” Remember that Eve too thought God was withholding something good from her because Satan told her that the fruit would make her wise and open up her eyes like a god.

Genesis 3:4-6 – And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Nothing good comes of insecurity! Get rid of it!

So that passage effectively covers the insecure part. Humans are designed to want to feel secure. That’s why babies lose it if Mommy is gone for too long. That’s why husbands get homicidally paranoid if their wives are out too late. That’s why employees freak out if their boss calls them into their office. That’s why people get nervous when their doctor has a puzzled expression on his/her face when looking at their x-rays. HUMANS NEED SECURITY. Humans HATE to be insecure or unsure about anything. Fears are caused when we’re not sure of what’s going to happen to us next.

So when Satan causes you to feel unsure, you will reach out for anything to stabilize you. That can be drugs, sex, stealing, or even murder. If I told someone that their child was going to die unless they paid me $3,000.00 by Sunday, many would do ANYTHING to get me those funds. That’s what kidnappers make their money off of with ransoms – parents’ insecurities. They know that a good parent’s worst fear and hardest thing to recover from is the death of their child. So they play on these fears/insecurities to get the parents to do things they probably never thought they could or would do. I’ve heard of drug addicts having sex with dogs to get another fix from their drug supplier. I’ve heard of mothers letting their drug dealer rape their small child for another fix. I just heard today that a man actually cut off the tips of two of his fingers just to make sure he would keep getting his prescription painkillers! People will do ANYTHING if they get desperate and insecure enough. Some people depend on drugs or money to make them feel secure in themselves. If drugs make you feel confident if you have an anxiety disorder (the most common mental illness in America), that drug is your security. And you will do anything to get it. Some people rob their own family and sell their bodies to get money for drugs to calm their nerves. Also, if money makes you feel superior to others, money is your security and you will do anything to get that too.

This is the same thing that Satan did with Eve. He promised her that she would be like a god. He made her feel inferior in her original God-given position. So out of INSECURITY, she ate the fruit. It wasn’t as if it wasn’t tempting or anything, so the choice was easy. So is fame and fortune. Much more tempting than some fruit. Remember how Satan tempted Jesus after he had fasted for 40 days in the wilderness? Unlike Eve, Jesus was 100% secure in his position with God. And he also knew 100% that he was loved and accepted in God’s eyes. He trusted God 100%. So when Satan tempted Jesus with His (Jesus’) ability to turn a stone into food, Jesus refused it. When he offered Jesus ALL the kingdoms in the world, Jesus refused it. Also, keep in mind that Jesus, unlike Eve and Adam, only had ONE source of truth. And that was God’s word. Jesus only obeyed one voice. That’s why he kept quoting scriptures to have Satan back up off him! Had Eve believed ONLY WHAT GOD SAID 100% AND TRUSTED GOD 100%, then she wouldn’t have doubted God to believe a snake. And being insecure in what God said caused the world’s FIRST SIN! All because Eve trusted Satan 100% while trusting God probably 0%.

John 2:23-25 – Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.

Matthew 4:8-10 – Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

That’s how some of us are. We believe what the media and people say about us. If they tell us we’re worthless, we try to find some worth. If they tell you that you’re ugly because you’re fat, you try to get beautiful by buying all their diets and exercise machines or starve yourselves. If they tell us we’re unlovable, we’ll settle for abusive relationships and cruel friendships. If they tell us we’re stupid, we settle for less in life because we think we’re not smart enough to attain better. If they tell us that we have to be freaky in bed to keep a man or woman, we try to read magazine articles to teach us how to be freaky or we buy their penis enhancement pills. If they tell us we’re inferior, we try to overcompensate by selling drugs or our bodies to make money to buy nice clothes, nice shoes, nice jewelry, nice homes, and nice cars. The media is a mess! The bible says that money answereth all things. So since you know that much, you think, “Once I get the money, THEN I GET THE LOVE AND WORTH AND ACCEPTANCE THAT I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR ALL MY LIFE!”

Ecclesiastes 10:19 – “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.”

Don’t let society make you feel inferior. There is no one on this earth better than you, and there is no one on this earth that is lesser in value than you. We are all created equal! You’re created in God’s very image. Male and female! Don’t let society make you think that an overweight, elderly person who is handicapped and who is poor is any less in value than a perfectly fit, young person who is rich. One will burn in hell just as easily as the other. And the afterlife is all that really matters. So draw your identity and security from God alone. Listen to God’s voice alone. No one else’s voice should matter that much in your life. Don’t be like Adam and Eve. Be content with who you are and with what you have. The Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil. You’ll never be any happier if you were different than you are right now. If you’re miserable overweight, you’ll be miserable slim. I have yet to meet a satisfied anorexic. Don’t let the devil fool you. He’ll have you thinking you’ll be happier disobeying God and obeying Him. But Adam and Eve had a bad life after disobeying God. And just as God said, they died. Satan said that they wouldn’t surely die, but he lied!

In short, if God says something about you, and another person says something contradictory, then THAT person is a liar. God is the only 100% truthful one. The world’s facts don’t compare with God’s truth. If God says you’re beautiful, then there is not a single soul in hell or earth or heaven that can say otherwise. Their opinions don’t matter. Don’t be like Eve who trusts a voice more than God’s. If you are hanging around people who say things about you that God doesn’t agree with, then you need to find a new group!

If you believe the truths of the world when they don’t line up with God’s truth about you, insecurity and inferiority will ensue!

You Can’t Be Delivered From Something You Secretly Condone…

The bible says "who the Son sets free is free indeed", so why do YOU choose to stay bound?

During my usual talk with God, the topic of demonic oppression came up. And I was just thinking to myself about why I kept thinking I was being delivered from stuff that seemed to reappear weeks, months, or years later. And I feel the Holy Spirit blessed me with the answer to it. Actually there were two reasons. A tweet I read months prior almost hit one reason right it on the nail. The tweet read: “You can’t be delivered from stuff you secretly condone.” I realized that you don’t typically live with people you disagree with. A Black Panther for example would never live with a Klansmen. A Satanic high priestess would never take up residence with a Holy Ghost-filled Christian pastor. So I had realized that I was secretly condoning whatever the unclean spirit I was “living” with was condoning.

The second reason I was not achieving long-term deliverance was because I was being “benefited” my being bound. Sounds strange, I know. You might ask yourself, “How does being demonically oppressed benefit anyone?” And the answer was, “In the same way heroin addiction and Munchausen by proxy benefits someone. I’m sure you’ve watched shows on addicts and asked yourself, “Now, why on earth would this man keep injecting this poison in his veins when it has tore his family apart, cost him his health, and caused him to lose his job?” Well for the addict, the answer is clear. They get a euphoric high that they would never be able to achieve through any other means on this side of heaven. And also, it helps them to temporarily forget painful memories and truths. If it wasn’t for those two reasons, most people would never be addicted to drugs and alcohol. If heroin had no high and no amnesiac effects, no one would use it.

So when it comes to harmful things that we do not let go of, we have to understand that we are in fact getting SOME benefit from it. There is not one behavior that people continue to do that does not benefit them in some way. So when you ask me why I hadn’t yet been delivered from my demons, it was because they were benefiting me.

I was in church with my notepad and I began to write down and think of the ways my demons kept me safe – or feeling safe rather. How can one think that ruthless, merciless, hateful demons are keeping them safe? How can spirits of unforgiveness, bitterness, hate, timidity, depression, rejection, grief, control, and pride provide me with any benefits? You’d be surprised.

While in that church service, I was thinking to myself how I had been shy most of my life. I would hide from people. I would avoid men. I would shy away from public view sometimes. Even when there was clearly no threat to me, I would keep this shy attitude/mindset. So in that church service, the word “safe” came to mind. I realized that by holding onto this spirit of fear and nervousness, I was able to be safe from people’s opinions and potential hurt. People who are extroverted have many more chances of being hurt and rejected than shy people. Outgoing people befriend people – some of which will turn down their offer. But shy people NEVER get rejection. Extroverts do things that draw attention to themselves – some of which is negative attention. Introverts don’t draw half as much attention – including that negative attention. Being shy kept me safe. Safety and security is definitely a benefit.

How about the spirits of unforgiveness, bitterness, and resentment? How do they provide one with benefits? How about they erect a huge, steel wall between you and persons that you perceive as dangerous? If you never forgive your rapist, or negligent father, or estranged husband, you don’t have to worry about them ever hurting you again. If you forgive your dead-beat dad, that means you lowered or removed the wall for him to potentially hurt you again. But if you keep the wall up high with bitterness, future hurt is totally removed from the equation. Protection from future hurt is safety and security.

I’ve also gotten benefits from the spirit of pain and infirmity. I’ve gotten pity and attention. I wanted attention from my mother, and holding on to my diseases certainly got me attention with her taking me to different doctor appointments and treating my ailments. And the pity! People feeling sorry for the poor girl who was diagnosed with junior rheumatoid arthritis from the tender age of 12! People also admired me for having the pain and stiffness and yet still praising God as if nothing was wrong. So I got three benefits from holding onto arthritis even when I had many anointed men and women of God pray for my healing. I would feel no pain for a while, but as soon as I subconsciously saw an opportunity to get pity, attention, and admiration, the symptoms would come back.

Back to the first reason I could not stay delivered, another reason the arthritis seemed to keep reappearing was because of negative agreements I was making with the Enemy. For example, I would open the door for pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness in my joints during stormy days, wintry weather, and when I drank and ate certain foods. It was like I would shut the door on arthritic pain on good warm days when I was fasting or eating healthy. I would make no allowance for it whatsoever. But as soon as I drank a Coca-Cola, I would literally brace myself for pain to arise in my joints. Now some of you might be saying, “Well, Mistye, if you have an allergy to something, that’s not the same thing as you opening the door to demonic pain.” But I feel that in my case it was. Maybe not for a 89 year old woman, but for a pre-teen through 20 year-old, it is very abnormal to have joint pain. I truly believe it was spiritual in nature.

With regards to the making negative agreements with wrong spirits, I was thinking to myself also that you cannot live with someone you disagree with. You can think of this way. Would you marry a man with whom he only agreed with the first half of the traditional marriage vows and you only agreed with the second half of the traditional marriage vows? If you all don’t agree on the same contract, you wouldn’t marry. If you agree to pay $700 a month in rent and your roommate wants to pay half of the rent but only agrees to pay no more than $50, you and her will not at all share a lease. The same applies to spiritual covenants and agreements with demons. If you are being tempted by a spirit of unforgiveness to hold a bitter, unforgiving resentment against your molester, if you agree with him that unforgiveness is a great idea, he will enter in or oppress you. But if you say to the spirit, “Yeah, I could never forgive that man, but the bible says if I hold a grudge against him God will not forgive me and I can’t go to heaven. Besides, unforgiveness will not at all change what happened. So I choose to forgive him,” then you already know it will flee. Resist the devil, and he will flee. Agree with him, and he will come in and live (and wreak havoc) in your life. If you agree that you can date an unbeliever when you are a Christian, then you will keep dating your unbelieving boyfriend. But if you agree with Apostle Paul who said, “Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers,” then you will dump him. You cannot live with someone you disagree with on certain issues. And the same goes for evil spirits. They go about like Satan going to and fro seeking who they can devour. I was a revival/conference some weeks ago where the prophetess said she heard something a man taught about how evil spirits come in. He used the acronym “H.A.L.T.” The “A” stood for “anger”. One thing evil spirits look for in people they can easily possess is anger. Anger can be tied to unforgiveness. That’s why the bible says not to let the sun go down on your wrath. In other words, don’t go to bed angry. You shouldn’t let that kind of fire rest in your soul. You don’t want to wake up angry and bitter. Demons will be drawn to you like magnets. They know that they can possess or oppress an angry man quicker and easier than an easy-going and forgiving man.

When they see you angry for a long time, they begin to plot and scheme against you. They begin devising strategies in how to bring you down. Like if an adulteress woman sees that you have marital problems, she will see you as an easy target and if she likes you enough, she will go for you eventually. If you show any interest in her, she will pounce. Spirits of unforgiveness work much the same way. They don’t have enough time to wait on forgiving folk to agree with them; they have plenty of unforgiving people who will quickly and easily agree with them therefore letting them in. A Klansmen will agree with spirit of hatred quicker than a philanthropist, so who do you think has a spirit of hatred? Every klansmen has this spirit until he disagrees with racism and discrimination. And then the spirit flees to another fool. Now I won’t say all spirits leave that easily. It’s not just about agreements, it’s also about authority in Jesus’ name. Spirits aren’t scared of mere mortals, but they hate and fear Jesus and acknowledge His authority. But in this note, I’m just focusing on not letting the spirit in in the first place – I’m not trying to tell you how to cast it out. But later I will share my testimony in how I was delivered from spirits. I won’t say for sure that I was possessed with all of them, but I was surely oppressed.

And some people have a spirit of immaturity. I say immaturity because I can’t find the right word for what I mean. But people with that type of spirit rarely accomplish things in life. They always need help. They always play the victim. Who would dare hold on to this spirit? How does being a failure at life benefit anyone? How about it gets people constant help, lets them continue being lazy, continue making excuses, and never have to grow up. I remember when I moved out of my mom’s house after I had graduated from college. And within me, I heard a small voice say, “But who’s going to take care of me?” And it was kind of creepy. This was about 2 years ago, so I was about 24 years old. And this random voice asked this. And I began to get teary-eyed. And I realized that for those two years or so that I was living with my mom and stepdad, they fed me and my mom would somewhat baby me if I got sick. And I loved the attention because I’m a middle child with a sister a year older than me and a sister a year younger than me. So I had to constantly compete for my mom’s attention. And so when I got out of college (both my sisters were still in college), I got all their attention. And it was as if the unclean spirit that was oppressing me tried to scare me out of branching out and living alone. I had had many roommates in college, but had never lived alone. And I was the first female in my immediate family who ever had. In addition to that spirit of passivity, I had realized something related to it. I never wanted to cook when I was in Memphis where my mom lives. I didn’t mind it so much in college in Knoxville, but in Memphis when living with my mom, I lost probably ALL desire to cook and learn how to cook. And I feel as if they Holy Spirit revealed to me that it was because I didn’t want to grow up. In my mind, as long as my mom was cooking for me, I was still a child. I was still being babied. And babies and children never cook. And so cooking for me represented adulthood which I did NOT want to do yet. Adults don’t get as much attention or pity as children. I remember telling my mother and stepfather how much weight I had lost from not cooking once I had moved out. And they would pity me and cook for me or buy me groceries. So those were my benefits of this unclean spirit.

I used to just feel sorry for people who were being afflicted by spirits, and of course I still do. But I said I used to JUST feel sorry. I thought they were just 100% innocent people walking around minding their own business when a spirit just JUMPED down their throat possessing them. But now I see that we are somewhat responsible for the spirits we get. Truth is, if it was up to Satan, wouldn’t parent have a spirit of hatred? Wouldn’t every child have a spirit of rebellion? Wouldn’t every banker have a spirit of greed? Wouldn’t every politician have a spirit of control? Absolutely. But unclean spirits can’t just get whoever they want. They have to get unsuspecting victims who are willing to agree with them. For example, most homosexuals agree that they were born gay. They all likely have the same spirits of perversion that tempted them to agree with them that they were born gay. If a spirit tempted you to engage in homosexual acts, you only have two options – agree or disagree. If you told the spirit “no”, then you aren’t a homosexual. If you AGREED with the spirit, then it enters into this negative agreement, this lie, and binds you AS LONG AS you agree with it that you are gay. But as soon as you disagree and stop obeying its voice, you will loose its hold. You do know that you don’t have to obey everything unclean spirits tell you to do. And when you let it in, it takes control. So whereas in the beginning, you ha a choice, once you let it in, you do not have control.

Your words – usually spoken aloud – are what draws evil spirits to you. Trauma, tiredness, hunger, anger, being out of fellowship with others, and agreeing with lies. Lies are basically ideas and concepts that God disagrees with. If God doesn’t agree with it, it is a lie. So if Satan finds out that you are agreeing with his lies (and they’re all his lies because He is the father – the originator – of all lies), he will come to you to tempt you. Be careful what you say! Be careful what you do! Be careful where you go! Be careful who you hang out with. The bible says to be careful. Be vigilant against your adversary the devil because he goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour. He’s looking around for an unwary, unsuspecting prey to agree with him. If you’ve ever watched shows on the Animal Planet channel where the camera man was observing the dynamic between a predator and his prey, this will help you understand more of how Satan works. If we are in a group of wary people, at least one of us will spot the lion and will run to safety. But if you are on the fringes of the group and not a very fast runner, you will be the prey that day. And lions are vicious and ravenous when it comes to eating. They show no mercy to their food. How much mercy do you show a cheeseburger on your plate? You devour it as ruthlessly as a lion devours a deer. Satan’s no vegetarian! So like a lion, he has his eyes on the weak, slow-running deer that can’t keep up with the others. Make sure you are strong in God. Make sure you are prepared for escape. The bible says there is no temptation so great that God has not provided an escape from it. But if you are so clueless, you will not see the exit sign and will fall right in the trap.

And another extended metaphor that will help drive this point home is this. The Christian walk is a battlefield. We’re in it to win it. This is not a game. We’re soldiers on the battlefield, and we’re fighting for the Lord. Satan is not playing with you and neither are his minions. They’re serious about their jobs and positions. Their job is to destroy you. You are on the other side and you are their enemy because your commander is their enemy. They hate God and so they hate you. Now imagine being a soldier who’s taking a nap IN THE MIDDLE OF COMBAT! A soldier texting on his phone with his “boo-junt” on the enemy’s side. Another soldier is cleaning his gun while the enemy is aiming at him. You have to come armed and prepared and focused. The spirit of anger is not texting. The spirit of perversion is never resting. The spirit of rebellion is not rolling his eyes at his commander. The spirit of infirmity is not arguing with the spirit of death. They work together because a kingdom divided itself cannot stand.

And because we are not focused on fighting or winning this battle, we keep letting the enemy in our camp. We even sometimes let them give us our marching orders. Our commander-in-chief tells us to shoot this enemy down in our lives, and we second guess it. And we second guess our deliverance because of the benefits we get from NOT shooting it down. God says, “By Jesus’ stripes, be healed from arthritis,” and I receive the healing by faith. And the symptoms all go away. No more pain, swelling, inflammation, and stiffness in my joints. But then I begin thinking to myself, “Man, before I got healed, I got to skip work. My unemployment check was more than my paychecks! My husband’s not babying me anymore by helping me down the stairs in the morning. My mom doesn’t check up on me nearly as much to see how I’m doing. And I had the best excuses for not going exercising with my best friend. Man, sometimes I think I was better off with that disease.” And next thing you know, the spirit of pain is back with all its “benefits”.

You can’t be delivered from something you secretly condone…

Satan’s Personal Soul-Fishing Tips

Satan is fishing for you. Have you been biting his bait?

God is amazing in that He teaches us amazing lessons about life through everyday life experiences. We have something to learn from the parables of reaping and sowing. We have something to learn from having a stable foundation on which to build a building. We have something to learn from fishing.

Ask any fisherman what it takes to catch a fish. He’ll say he needs a couple of things. He needs bait. He needs a hook. You can’t have one without the other. If you have just the bait, the fish will snatch the worm and dip out. If you have just the hook on a string, no fish in its right mind will just hop on hook and say, “Beam me up!”

Ask the devil what he needs to snatch a man’s soul. He’ll say he needs a couple things. He needs bait. He needs a hook. You can’t have one without the other. The devil knows your flavor, just as a fisherman knows that fish like worms and bugs. A fisherman would be insane to put a bottle of lotion on a hook and cast it into the sea waiting for to catch a fish. The fish might look, and it will swim around the bottle looking for its worm. The devil is much the same way. He knows if you like tall, dark and handsome men. He knows if you like blond-haired, blue-eyed buxom babes. He wouldn’t send me an overweight, short man because I don’t go for those types of baits. But he knows Mistye likes tall men who are in shape. Those are the types he might send on a hook for Mistye.

I’m not saying that every opportunity, man, or woman who looks like your type is hell-sent, but you should beware. Because THE DEVIL KNOWS YOUR FLAVOR.

So back to the fish. The fish is hungry. The fish may even be desperate. But the fish is chilling in the pond looking for food. Then he spots the bait. It looks like a worm, it wiggles like a worm, and low and behold it even tastes like a worm! It must be a worm right? It’s like a hungry man walking through the desert after a couple of days desperate for food and water. And after walking for a while, he spots a nice table spread with an assortment of soul food, sweet tea, lemonade, and water. He runs for it! He doesn’t stop to ask himself, “Hey now, Bob. This is just too good to be true. There are no tables in the desert and all drinks would have evaporated.” But he’s just so desperate that he doesn’t even take the time to ask himself the probability of something this good coming to pass. I mean even the Israelites leaving Egypt to go the promised land had to eat bread and drink water sent from God Himself! But he’s so desperate that he goes for it. Just as a dumb fish for a worm on a hook.

Notice how the fish has to be hungry to go for the plastic worm. The Bible says in Proverbs 27:7 that “the full soul loatheth a honeycomb, but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” Some people are so desperate for an experience that they go for anything. Some people are so bored with their God-devoid lives that they live every day looking for the next high. But God is a constant high. Get to know Him and you won’t have to go looking for the next woman to bed, the next blunt to hit, the next crime to commit. Many Christians are so full of God, that the bitter things remain bitter and they have no interest in them. I am not perfect, nor have I arrived to my spiritual apex, but I can say that most sins do not interest me in the least. My soul is full with God. But to people and fish with hungry souls, they are desperate for anything — even the artificial things of life.

But back to the fish. Had the fish looked closer and waited awhile, he’d have seen that there were literally “strings attached.” Yea, the worm looked real, but it had a long string that it was dangling from. The same with you people. If you had waited just one week, you’d have seen this person’s true character. You’d have seen that he was married. If you had waited at least six months before marrying so and so, you’d have seen he was crazy possessive and mad jealous. If you had waited 3 weeks, you’d have seen all those HIV medications in the medicine cabinet. But you were just so desperate and hungry for love and sex that you rushed into things. If it looks too good to true, make sure it good and true. Sure, God can bless you with some pretty amazing things that seem too good to be true, but so does the devil. For my readers who like the light skin, curly hair, light-colored eyes type, I know of friends who’ve been enraptured by that bait, and who been regretting it for years. Don’t get so caught up in your “pretty, little bait” to the point that you neglect reason.

Now some people catch fish just for the heck of it. They do it for their love of the game and throw the fish back out. But some people catch fish for to eat. The devil is like the latter. He doesn’t want you for a minute; he wants you for life and then for eternity. He wants to make your life a living hell and then he wants to take you to hell. Once he gets you, he will not let go unless you get Jesus involved. Jesus is the grace you need to get you off of that hook. Many people fell in love with their pretty, little bait and bit the bait. The fish will squirm and try to swim in the opposite direction, but it’s too late. If it was a hook you could get off of, then it wasn’t much of hook. The devil uses the best hooks and baits. He’ll bait you with “it’s just one hit” marijuana; and he’ll have you hooked on drugs for life. He’ll bait you with “just one sexy wo(man) and have you hooked on sex and stuck on Valtrex for life. He only wants you to take a little bite because just that bite might have you hooked for life.

Fortunately, we serve a God of grace and mercy. Grace can more simply be defined as God letting the good happen to you that you do/did not deserve to happen to you. Mercy can be defined as God NOT letting the BAD happen to you that you do/did deserve to happen to you. Some of my readers should have been “burnt” from that one night stand with their pretty, little bait. Some of my readers should have overdosed on that pretty, little bait. Some of my readers should have been incarcerated for stealing that pretty, little bait, but God showed them mercy. God is just so good to us, we don’t even understand how hooked we should have been by now. We really should appreciate Him. Look in the jails, and ask the imprisoned what their pretty, little bait was. They all have/had one. Ask the crack addict and the alcoholic. You’d never be an alcoholic if you never took a drink. But God can help, heal, and deliver you. Not everyone gets healed because plenty of people die from diseases, but it’s worth the try and more than likely, you will get great results depending on your faith. God will even give you grace for the results of your hook if you do not have the faith to get healed.

Many Christians say that we give the devil too much credit, but I say we don’t give him enough in some instances. The devil is wiser and more intelligent than we think. Arguably, very cold-blooded killer in the history of the world was led to do what he or she did by this fisherman named Satan. Perhaps every child rapist, every thief, and every liar was led to do what he or she did by the this fisherman named Satan. We need to be vigilant of this adversary. He is very cunning. Never forget that.

But also never forget that your flesh can take much of the blame. Just as Adam and Eve let their flesh’s desire — and not just the serpent’s temptation — for this mysterious fruit lead them to deliberately and knowingly disobey God, your flesh may lead you to do certain sins. Sure the devil will tempt you with bait, but notice how he only sends certain bait to certain people. He knows that not everyone likes sex, but he knows who does so he will tell them certain things to encourage them to listen to their flesh’s desire. The fish’s desire or appetite for worms led him to go for the worm. Horny wives and husbands have a lust for sex that leads them to commit adultery. Greedy people have a desire for money that leads them to embezzle or connive to get money the unethical way. Everyone is not a money-hungry person, so the devil knows he can’t tempt them with that, but many people (especially Americans) are very greedy for food, so he may tempt them to commit gluttony (overeating). Some people have a desire to always feel a high or an adrenaline rush. They may get a rush from doing extreme sports and doing daring, dangerous acts. So he may tempt them with drugs that cause a euphoric state. The bait changes for the individual. The devil is not omniscient, but he has ways of finding out what your desires are. Once he does, he’ll send your pretty, little bait package and wait for you to open it and act. It’s up to you to choose!

The fish has a choice when he’s in the water. He’s hungry. He likes worms. He eats worms. But he still has a choice. No one forces the fish to put it’s mouth on the worm. He does it 100% of his own accord. He can’t blame the school of fish he hangs out with. He can’t be mad at the fisherman and his son enjoying a nice Sunday on the lake. He can’t blame the plastic worm that fooled him. He can only blame himself once he gets his head chopped off, gets his scales skinned off, and gets fried in the frying pan.

You too have a choice when you’re in the world. You may be desperate for that swig of whiskey. You like to drink whiskey because of how it makes you feel. You drink whiskey all the time. But you still have a choice on whether or not you will drink it today or tomorrow or ever again. No one pulls your head back, forces your mouth open, and pours the bottle down your throat. No one forces you to get behind the wheel of the car to drive home after the party. You do it 100% of your own accord. You can’t blame the salesperson behind the counter at the Spirits & Wines store on the corner. You can’t be mad at the bottling company who sent it to the store. You can’t blame your friends who peer pressured you to chug. You can’t blame the bottle. You can’t be mad at the single mother of three who is driving down the same street you happen to be drunk-driving on. You can only blame yourself when you kill the mother after you drunkenly swerve in her lane, when you get charged with murder, and when you gets life in prison.

This scenario goes for sex, drugs, fighting, stealing, gluttony, greed, etc. You can’t blame anyone but yourself. You are not defenseless from your pretty, little baits. You are not a dumb fish. You have a very efficient brain. If you have enough sense to get through all of those steps, you have enough sense to say, “Yes, that is very tempting. Yes, I did it yesterday and everyday before then. Yes, I want to do it now. But, no, I will make a different choice today. Don’t let the devil get you hooked! Remember that God and Jesus loves you!