Spiritual Disease that Eats at Your Salvation

by John Greene

“Because we walk in the flesh, we do not serve according to the flesh. For the tools of our service in warfare are not fleshly, but powerful through Elohim [YHWH] to the destruction of strongholds. Destroy imaginations and all high places that are exalted over the knowledge of Elohim and make captive every mind to obedience of the Messiah.” – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, direct translation

bakingcookiesDemons are masters at getting you into idolatry and separation from the Heavenly Father [YHWH]. They will even attempt to supplant Him with a counterfeit message, to take Elohim’s [YHWH] place. They love to focus on pride, which you see in huge abundance in the world today. While politicians, business leaders and church leaders are seen to publicly fall for this demonic ploy, anyone can easily be deluded and confused into pride and the sins of the flesh. You are not immune and will be tempted based on your personal weaknesses. (Matthew 6:13, 26:41; Mark 14:38; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Psalm 23:5) Satan works through demons and people to bring you into sin, by whatever means possible. (1 Thessalonians 3:5; 2 Corinthians 2:11; Hebrews 2:18) To hate-crazed demons, destroying mankind through pride has become a game that they have been wildly successful at. (1 Peter 5:8-10; 1 John 5:18; James 1:13-14) The spiritual battle is on two fronts, both offensive and defensive. Offensive warfare tears down strongholds the enemy has built in your mind and heart through deception and accusations. Defensive warfare is guarding against the schemes of the devil. (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-10; Ephesians 6:12; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 10:1-11; “Ongoing Corruption of Christianity“; “Wavering Between Two Opinions“; “Understanding Sin“; “Foundation of Salvation“)

The demons themselves are an excellent example of pride. Satan fell from grace because of his disobedience through pride. A third of the angelic army also rebelled against YHWH through pride, lost forever and fighting madly to destroy every man, woman and child by whatever deception possible. (Genesis 6:2; Isaiah 14:12-15, Amos 5:26; Jude 1:6; Revelation 12:4) Even messengers of the Most High can be deceived. Once your vision is clouded by the deception of pride, you lose the ability to see truth through personal discernment. (Luke 11:9; John 7:24; James 1:5; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 2 Corinthians 10:7) You become a god, acting out through narcissism and selfishness, separating yourself from your Heavenly Father and His Will. (Galatians 6:1, 10, 13; Isaiah 2:6-18, 14:22; Proverbs 16:18, 18:10-12; “Attitude and the Disciple of Messiah“; “Healing: The Beginning of Love“)

proud manOnce you hold onto a spirit of pride (Proverbs 3:34; John 8:44), many other qualities come to life and become firmly rooted in your heart and mind. Arrogance, blasphemy, contention, control, deceit, domination, greed, judgmental accusation, lust, paranoia, possessiveness, quarrels, rebellion, scornfulness, selfishness and unbelief are fruits of this demonically inspired spirit that mankind treasures so much. (1 Corinthians 7:5; Ephesians 4:26-27; 1 Timothy 6:9; “A Mind of Envy and Competition“; “Messiah & the Tool of Envy“)

A sense of pride tells you that you are right and that no room exists for any other ideas. This pride exhibits behavior that is judgmental and critical. This pride is rooted through selfishness and narcissism, as the pride filled person seeks power over others and things. This includes authority, control, material goods and a lifestyle of mammon. Through pride, you are tempted to do many things, creating a widening chasm between you and the sacrifice of Messiah through unbelief. Pride brings you under the direct influence of demons. The qualities or spirits of pride will bring you into other attributes of demonic influence into ever deepening sin and delusion. The pressure is on right now to reap your soul. The entire dark kingdom is after your free will, your moral agency. This is why every person is fully accountable to YHWH through the rejection of the sacrifice of Messiah and the Holy Spirit that seeks to guide you. (Psalm 10:4; Ephesians 6:10-20; “Are You Rejecting YHWH’s Holy Spirit?“; “Do You Live a Lifestyle of Greed?” )

Most professed Christians are entirely ignorant or deny the effects of demonic inspiration in their lives. Demons continue to inspire feelings of bitterness, hatred for others, jealousy and envy, anger and rage, as well as unforgiveness. Once “bitten,” conditioned behaviors easily take over, seeking permanent rooting in the human heart. Multitudes of people are hurt through love, alienation and divorce. In this process, the goal of demons is to entice all participants to act out through hurtful emotions and feelings, even to create murderous rage if possible. This bitter harvest of the heart becomes a permanent shell of ruin in the lives of all involved, including continued acting out through automatic and conditioned behaviors that become hardened in the heart and mind. Recent evidence proves that Christians are not immune when they take on attributes of the demonically inspired world of man. You are protected by your personal knowledge in how to spot demonic influence in your life. Satan seeks to kill, steal and destroy. You must know your enemy instead of becoming insensitive and hardened. (John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8-9; “Overcoming Satanic Attack“)

trauma in childhoodThrough the Holy Spirit, your emotional wounds can be healed from trauma of all kinds. This doesn’t mean that you lose recollection and memory, but that this memory no longer has a hold on you. The Holy Spirit, through the accurate knowledge of scripture, will help you to break the strongholds present in your life. Learning about these strongholds of Satan is the first step. (“Single-minded Commitment in Face of Trauma“; “Breaking the Hold of the World: Addiction and Distorted Behavior“; “Disease & Spiritual Roots“)

Satan and the demons work hard to root their suggestions in your mind, creating a foothold in your life. However, you must resist all temptation of evil, choosing not to act on the evil that is presented to you. The dark kingdom of demons and demon power cannot force you to do anything. Instead, the dark kingdom seeks to persuade you, to seduce you. Then, the dark kingdom seeks to hook into you through continued desire and compulsive behaviors. Just because you have a thought doesn’t mean that thought belongs to you. Remember than visibly unseen forces try to force themselves on you continually. (Ephesians 6:12) When you don’t realize this truth, you often blindly follow these promptings. Instead, you can choose another course, to become a new man in Messiah. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:9-10)

lustThrough an improper vision of love, lust is brought into the heart. Lust is a perversion of love on all levels, a perversion that will sink to the lowest levels of demonic depravity. A spirit of lust works through greed, uncleanness of the heart and porneia of all kinds. Even now, governments all over the world seek to bring porneia into your personal life through breaking or “bending” the definition of the marriage covenant between husband, wife and Heavenly Father. The uncleanness of the heart fosters pornography, pedophilia, rape and incest. All are tied into a spirit of sexual arousal that seeks sexual gratification. (“Christian Conduct in the Sexual Realm“; “Are You In Danger of a Reprobate Mind? Sexual Sin and YHWH“; “Sex is Marriage“; “What is the Standard of Life Conduct in a Disciple of Messiah?“)

While YHWH created men and women to have sexual emotions, this is to be shared only within the confines of the marriage covenant, between man, woman and Elohim [YHWH]. Nobody is immune to the spiritual breakdown that the spirit of lust will create. Even Samson and King David were touched by this perverse spirit.

Instead, disciples of Messiah are admonished to have a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) Fear and pride are strong weapons of the enemy that seek to destroy us, especially through traumas of the past. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Hebrews 10:17) Every man and woman battles personal faults. Know that through these faults, whether physical or spiritual, demons and cooperative mankind will seek to move in and break you away from the purposes of YHWH and the mission of Messiah. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; “Disciple: Renewing the Mind“)

Matthew-9-13a-300x277That is why you need complete spiritual protection. Otherwise, fears and pride that seek to rule you will paralyze you spiritually, derailing you from the purpose of Elohim, removing you from YHWH’s track of righteousness. That is why knowledge of the Bible and Bible principles are so important. (Hosea 4:6; “Prayer: A Large Act for YHWH’s Sanctified“; “Disciple: Victory in Spiritual Battle“)

forgiveness requiredKey to your spiritual battle is forgiveness. Forgiveness is not optional. (Mark 11:25) The law of forgiveness requires that you forgive or your trespasses will not be forgiven. This shows the importance of forgiveness in your prayer life and spiritual life with YHWH. The dark kingdom would have you believe that prayers are not important and that forgiveness is optional or even unnecessary. The truth is that prayer is the cornerstone of your trust in Elohim. Forgiveness is essential to your relationship and standing with YHWH. (“Preparing for the Power of Prayer“; “Praying for the Sick“)

When you refuse to forgive or deny unforgiveness in your heart, you easily fall victim to bitterness, resentment, stubbornness, hatred, envy, jealousy and anger. Your heart hardens against YHWH and the teachings of Yahshua [Jesus]. Forgiveness allows you to unburden your life, free to operate in the power of the Holy Spirit. (“Is Your Forgiveness Real?“)

sickThese spirits of the dark kingdom commonly bring sickness to those that harbor them. Since the fall of man, sickness has played a dominant role in the life of mankind, most often through ignorance of real Bible teaching. The world today is full of pollution and toxins brought about through the ignorance and greed of mankind. This contributes to the spiritual breakdown brought about through rebellious mankind that continues to seed demonic fruit. The Bible also shows that disease is caused by and influenced by demons. Spirits of infirmity seek to attack you physically and spiritually. These spirits expect to make you hopeless and ineffective in ministry. If they can make you feel guilt or shame through sickness, they expect to derail your trust in YHWH. Like Job, this can be a spiritual test, but it is a test that you must endure. Your spiritual maturity and discernment are vital to your endurance, just as is your trust in the provision of Messiah and the power of YHWH. (John 3:12; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 4:18; Romans 8:2, 6-8)

Among the lusts of mankind are those that trap and imprison the human body. This can be through the misuse of any substance that exists on the earth. This is brought on through behaviors such as bulimia, anorexia, alcoholism, drug abuse and gluttony. Once these strongholds are entrenched in your behavior, these spirits can be exceptionally difficult to deal with. These strongholds involve hormones, DNA and automatic behaviors that will cut you off from YHWH and His purposes for you. They affect your attitude and what you are willing to believe. When you are destroying yourself, your Heavenly Father is not a part of this. Because of this, He may decide to turn aside from you because He cannot abide in sin. Demons aren’t picky about which trick they can pull on you. If they can destroy you through toxic behaviors they will. If they can destroy you through a toxic planet brought about through toxic people, this is another means to what they expect to destroy you with. (“Understanding Sin“)

addictionAddiction will not only shorten your life, but keeps you from the commission of Messiah and the Will of YHWH. Once a person is addicted, either physically or spiritually, demons can easily keep that person addicted, split from YHWH and under demonic control and sphere of influence. There is only one way into Elohim’s Kingdom and that is through Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah, through His sacrificial death. Because of this, Satan has created many counterfeits that look similar or that create doubt in the minds of those under attack.

sheepfold doorFalse religion is a major stronghold in the world, which also ties into both behavior and belief. Because of false religion and paganism in the world today, spiritual discernment from the Bible is vital. This doesn’t come from pastors and teachers, but from your personal study and knowledge, your relationship with YHWH, salvation through Yahshua [Jesus] Messiah and the Holy Spirit. (John 3:15-16, 36, 5:24, 8:12, 24, 10:9, 11:25, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 4:4; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 5:11) Satan and the demons have been mightily successful in deceiving the world. (Matthew 7:13) They aren’t picky about how to separate you from YHWH, just so that they do. That is the key to understanding the spiritual battle that disciples of Messiah face today. Like the hogs that ran off the cliff (Matthew 8:32; Mark 5:13; Luke 8:33), rebellious mankind rushes headlong into judgment and destruction. You have the spiritual right to fight against this by refusing to consent to the evil of the world. This is not about memorizing lists of demons and their strategies, but by accurate knowledge of YHWH’s Word, realizing that salvation is dependent on not being deceived by demons and rebellious mankind. (Matthew 24:4; John 8:31-32) Remember that sin is rebellion, disobedience to YHWH. (“The Parthenon & the Spirit of Humanism“; “Which Shepherd Do You Believe?“)

“Enter in through the narrow gate. Because wide is the gate and spacious the road, put to death through destruction, and many, by their reason, agree to enter. For narrow is the gate and troublesome is the road, the one that leads to life, and few agree to obtain it.“ – Matthew 7:13-14. direct translation

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“For YHWH so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, RNKJV
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your glory. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. Amen.
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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