Lately I’ve been watching a rather iffy show on Netflix called Paranormal Survivor. Guests on the show recount their brushes with “ghosts” (*ahem*demons), often with tears and visible emotional scars.
My husband is more skeptical than I but we both see the element of truth to these stories. These people are not actors. They are regular people who, for whatever reason, had these unexplainable experiences with forces of spiritual darkness.
I’m inclined to believe them because of my own experiences.
As a young woman I came to God from a place of intense spiritual darkness. I had opened myself up to all kinds of junk. I think at various times I had been all but taken over. I was plagued with feelings of intense paranoia and rage along with audible manifestations. I was diagnosed with depression but prescription medicine couldn’t come close to curing the spiritual tomb that was my heart.
When Jesus called me out of that darkness there was an intense struggle. I felt those forces trying to keep me in their grip. I threw myself deeper into the things of God.
In those early days I had a lot of demonic nightmares. Dreams I’ve never shared. I would wake up soaked in sweat and terrified. There was one time where I was being suffocated and in my dream I was trying to call out the name of Jesus and I couldn’t because it felt like my face was being smothered.
I finally broke lose from that and the effect it had on me was to further solidify my faith and push me even closer to God. I believe that is why the nightmares stopped. Satan saw that it was backfiring.
Also, around that time my husband and I started praying together every night. We always pray for protection over our family and our home.
There are these very real forces that I believe attack every single believer. It may not be something as frightening and blatant as what I experienced, but real, nonetheless.
More often we get hit with a spirit of complacency. We’ve heard the gospel a thousand times. We get numb to the horrifying events that seem to occur with ever greater frequency. We get bogged down with daily life. We get lukewarm.
But when we encounter evil- whether it’s a mass shooting or a spiritual attack on our family- we have to make a choice. Are we going to be ambassadors for Christ in this dark world? Are we going to let the Holy Spirit sanctify our hearts? Are we going to live lives worthy of our calling?
The Bible says that we are all slaves. We are either slaves of God, leading to righteousness. Or slaves to the forces of evil. While we are technically free moral agents in that sense we don’t get to choice. Why? The Bible says are hearts are desperately wicked and we can’t begin to understand. We deceive ourselves. We fall under a spirit of deception.
“The coming of the lawless one will be accompanied by the working of Satan, with every kind of power, sign, and false wonder, and with every wicked deception directed against those who are perishing, because they refused the love of the truth that would have saved them. For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie,…” 2 Thessalonians 2:11
This is a powerful warning. If we aren’t allowing the spirit of God to work in our hearts and minds we will fall into this great deception.
I believe we are standing at the end of the age. The man of lawlessness will soon be revealed. The choices we make now matter. The prayers we pray in faith matter. Our daily walk with the Lord matters.
“Lord Jesus, help us to shake of any spiritual complacency and follow you fearlessly in this dark age with passion and holiness. Work in our hearts to make us worthy of our high calling in Christ Jesus. Give us discerning hearts. We thank you that in you, we already have the victory. In Jesus name, Amen.”