I recently wrote a post about the authority that we, as Christians, have over demons. What I wrote in the post is absolutely true, but not everyone is comfortable taking demons on directly. I would go as far as to say that we are all capable of rebuking demons, but they are rather clever, and I wouldn’t recommend that you go into this as a ministry unless you are called by God. If God hasn’t called you to fight the demonic (as a ministry), you probably don’t come across it too often, so you may not feel up to taking on something of this magnitude. I would say that this is fair enough, however that doesn’t mean that you should be out of the fight completely. So what can you do to join the fight, without actually taking demons on directly? Glad you asked, here are some suggestions.
Choose your words wisely. This is such a simple thing to do (in theory) but yet it can have such a huge effect on your life. Proverbs 21:23 says, “Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.” Need I say more? Have a look at a previous post of mine entitled Mind Your Tongue and it will explain about this in more detail. What you say has a direct effect on your life, I have learned this the hard way. My wife and I are so careful what we say now. God SPOKE the world into being, Jesus SPOKE and people were healed, Peter SPOKE and people were raised from the dead. What will happen if you were to SPEAK the right things into your life, instead of all the wrong things? Think about it.
Think about what you think about. Let’s not beat about the bush here, the number one way that the devil attacks us in in our mind. You don’t have to try too hard to find something by Joyce Meyer that talks about the battle in our minds. The reason why she teaches so much on this is because it is so extremely important. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realise that what goes on in your head will eventually come out in your words and your action. We’ve covered your words, so we also need to cover your thoughts. I have been through such a battle of late, and I can honestly say that getting my mind in order was a huge step in the right direction. Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” This doesn’t mean that we should sit day dreaming about heaven, it means that we should have ‘Kingdom thinking’ instead of ‘earthly thinking’ while we are here on earth. Read Think About It for more about this.
Base your actions on scripture. God has given us a whole book, explaining how we should live our lives. We don’t like that because we don’t want to be told what to do. God gives us instructions in the Bible, and that is not to control us or get us to do what He wants, it is to protect us. Protect us from the attacks from the devil. When Jesus tells us to forgive, is it so that we will be the ‘weak link’ or is it so that we can be set free as we forgive? Seriously, try and find one ‘rule’ that God has put in place (which is still relevant in the new covenant) that is not there to protect us. You’ll struggle. Our actions will have a massive bearing on our lives, even a simple comment like ‘if you don’t want to do the time, don’t do the crime’ is relevant. Have a look at Actions Speak Louder Than Words to see some more about this.
There you go, three simple things that you can do which will drastically decrease your vulnerability against satan and his helpers. Please note that this doesn’t mean that he won’t try, it just means that he is less likely to succeed. Think about what you are thinking about. Run all of your thoughts through scripture, and when they are found wanting, throw them out. Make sure that you only speak positive words over yourself and others, make sure that your words are lined up with scripture. Act according to scripture, do what is Godly and right. You do this, you are well on your way, and that means that you are on a much stronger footing against the devil. When I have delivered people from strongholds before, this was the advice that I gave them, why not start doing it before you get to the point where you need deliverance.
Don’t let them get a foothold.