We can name our enemies with ease. How does this sense of our enemies carry over into our spiritual lives? Do we still countenance the idea that there are “evil spirits who prowl through the world, seeking the ruin of souls,”.
Sometimes these devils come in human form — the friend who pressures us to “have one more,” the family member who knows exactly which buttons to push, the neighbour who scoffs at our going to church when we could be out an the Hotel or Movie. Just as often, though, it is the demons inside us who ply their schemes — guiding us to behave unkindly or to betray a commitment because, after all, our needs should come first. These whispering spirits are, as the psalmist knows, underhanded and stealthy. (The Hebrew for “whispering” derives from the verb for “gliding or moving gently,” perfectly capturing the insidiousness of their approach.) These plotters want to disrupt our relationship with God. To keep them at bay, we must guard our hearts, watch our souls and, most importantly, trust God by placing ourselves in his protecting, faithful hands. So here is a list of few evil spirits and how they operate
SPIRIT OF LYING
SCRIPTURE : But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? – Acts 5:3
“Whenever Satan speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies.” We see that God is love and Satan is hatred; In the same way, we see that Jesus said, ‘I am the truth’ and devil is a liar. The devil does not stand in the truth and there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature. That is, his nature is to tell a lie, for he is a liar and the father of lies. All lies originate with Satan as the father. If you tell a lie, that lie is a child born through Satan being the father and you being the mother. You have given your heart and your tongue to Satan, at that time, to produce a child called a lie. God never fathers lies. That is why it is so important to learn, once we become Christians (believers), to always speak the truth.
SPIRIT OF LUST
SCRIPTURE : For all that is in the world- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world. – 1 John 2:16
Satan, the prince of this world, fans the flames of lust in the hearts of men and women. Playing on one of the strongest urges of nature—one that, when controlled, is one of God’s great gifts to mankind—Satan has down through the ages perverted it, wherever he can, for the destruction of his victims.
Lust and hate are assaults against the dignity and purity of the soul as well as sin against God. A desire to destroy or a desire to use are perversions of God’s image that he placed in us at the creation. The same dangerous desires are present in murder and anger, as well as adultery and lust. Because sins against the soul are just as real and dangerous as sins of action, murder and hate and adultery and lust are no different in the eyes of God and in the damage that they do to our souls.
SPIRIT OF FEAR
SCRIPTURE : For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7
This spirit can take on many forms, but its intentions are clear, no matter what kind of spirit of fear it may be. It intends to keep you from fulfilling the destiny that God has on your life; from living a joyful, spirit led existence where you give to others out of the overflow of love in your life. It will keep you awake with nightmares. It will keep you from leaving your home or overcoming past emotional and physical wounds. For example, the fear of throwing something away, it could be anything from collectibles, clothes or simply trash. These people have been labelled “hoarders” and when you meet one, they are unmistakable. And for them getting rid of their stuff (even trash) is tantamount to removing a limb. It is deeply traumatic and overwhelmingly scary for them. This fear enters through trauma, most often the loss of a loved one, but it could be any trauma that can bring this particular spirit of fear upon a person.
Out of your mouth come the issues of your heart. If they do not give honour to God, then they open the door to “unclean” spirits. It really is a simple as that. So if you are struggling with a spirit of fear, any kind of fear, I would encourage you to begin by “taking all thoughts captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5) and meditate night and day on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
SPIRIT OF WORRYING
SCRIPTURE : “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble”. – Matthew 6:34
Scripture says that God has not given you the spirit of fear. He has not given you this obsession to worry, this fear, this terror… somebody else has: the devil. He would like nothing more than to distract you from God and who God wants you to be. Many are tempted to worry, but when you fall into that temptation and continually worry, then you sin. Worry is sin! Recognizing that obsessive worry is a spiritual battle makes all the difference. First, it reminds you that you won’t win the war on worry in your own strength. As a believer, you have Christ. He never worries, and He asks you to bring all your worries to Him.
SPIRIT OF ANGER
SCRIPTURE : “Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.” – Proverbs 14:29
However, as you may have noticed, we’re not Jesus. We’re all flawed creatures. Our life seems to continually get out of balance. The various attachments of our life – food, drink, housing, marriage, sex, family, religion, citizenship, career, rest and relaxation, etc. – continually call out to us. They keep pulling us into larger and longer commitments, making greater demands, and becoming less respectful of the other realms of our lives. Anger is one of the main “dashboard” lights in life. When we become angry (or encounter it in others), it tells us that someone’s life is out of balance. When that light starts flashing, wise people know to pull off the road and give attention to what is going on “under the hood.”
SPIRIT OF UNBELIEF
SCRIPTURE : Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. – Matthew 13 : 58.
The spirit of unbelief is voice of the devil. It is demonic. Because it will make the word of God inactive in your life. Hebrews 4:1-2 . Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of us seem to have come short of it.
Christians have the authority to keep evil spirits from harming them. Therefore, while it is necessary to be aware of their presence in the world, there is no reason to be afraid of them.
Satan is real.But Jesus’ power over Satan is even more dramatic and superior.
Jesus came specifically to defeat Satan’s hold on us; on the Cross by His blood we are