xistentially, Satan and his fallen angels are disembodied spirits that do not live in heaven but inhabit the heavenly realms (Revelation 12: 7-9: "Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down-that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.") Satan and his demons live in the heavenly realms, but no more in heaven. These heavenly realms exist in between the natural and spiritual existence which and where Apostle Paul identified in Ephesians 6:12 as the abode of malevolently-wicked spirits warring against the redeemed. There are some fallen angels chained down in hell-these are so wicked that, if the True Lord God Almighty releases one of them, they will destroy the earth in a nanosecond (Jude 6: "And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling-these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.") Satan and his finks are with us here on earth as disembodied spirits that defy senses of touch, vision, smell, feel and other corporeal contacts. Paradoxically, there is a thin veil between the natural and the supernatural and occasionally, the True Lord God Almighty opens our eyes to see beyond the spiritual curtains. Satan and the demons can also empower those human beings that follow and worship them to see beyond the natural, if those human worshipers are willing to pay the sacrifice, oftentimes with blood. Among the latter ranks are witches, wizards, necromancers, voodoo and obeah spiritists, groups of animists, astral projectors, fake and false prophets and the rest amanuenses of the Satanic world whom we have identified in our Best Seller; " The Kingdom of Satan Exposed" (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-kingdom-of-satan-exposed-activities-of-principalities-and-demon-worship-in-our-world-inside-the-world-of-witchcraft-voodoo-warlocks-and-spiritual-warfare-moshood-ademola-fayemiwo/1120887689).
While Satan and his demons are powerful to a lesser extent as revealed in this column last week, the True Lord God Almighty as their Maker has allowed them intercourse between the supernatural and natural realms until Judgment Day. The way He has set up the system is allow every human being under the sun the opportunity to answer this question here on earth: Joshua 24:15: " And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD NKJV." The True Lord God Almighty is the epitome of Divine Love. He will never compel any of His creation to worship Him. He has given all His created beings, including the angels the free will to either serve, worship or not worship Him. This temporary earth is the existence of decision; whether you lived for 20 years or 100 years, you must decide Who you will serve this day: God or Satan, period! While this eternal decision confronts, every human being that has lived or will ever walk on the surface of this planet earth, including you and me; the True Lord God Almighty has laid out the rules of engagement between all human beings and Satan and his demons. Here are the 10 limitations and principles on the rules of engagement between human beings and Satan. If you stick to these rules and understand them thoroughly, you will pass this earth unscathed and achieve your destiny. These rules apply to both believers of Christ and non-believers alike.
First, all God's creation, including Satan and his demons, are bound by the Words of the True Lord God Almighty. In our world of moral relativism, some so-called intellectuals with plenty words in their heads but zero spiritual insight bicker about the Truth. Those of us who have passed through both worlds; the material and spiritual aisles know the standard bearer of Truth. Pontius Pilate sparred with Our Lord Jesus Christ on this word on Crucifixion Day. (John 18:37-38: "You are a king, then!" said Pilate. Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." What is truth?" Pilate asked.") Nice question! Our Lord Jesus Christ had already answered Pilate's question a chapter preceding this encounter at Gabbatha and so didn't dignify the Roman Pro-Consul. The King of kings said in John 17:17: "Your Word, O Lord is Truth." No matter the issue under heaven; no matter how alluring and convincing an argument and however sweet to the human hearings the clichés, words, wisdom and sayings; if it cannot be verified in the light of the revealed words of God in the Holy Bible, it isn't the truth, period! When fellow Christians call, and complain ad nauseam of the rigors of life which we all go through, I ask only one question; What does the Holy Bible say about the problem? Satan and his demons do not care about our whining, crying, complaints and anguish of souls but only respond and obey one thing; the word of God. No wonder, our Lord Jesus Christ killed Satan with that punchline in Luke 4: It is Written. Every time Jesus Christ wanted to teach the disciples Eternal Wisdom, He reminded them thus: Have you not read? Even Satan and his followers adhere to this Godly Principle; using words for victory or defeat. Have you noticed how Satanists and devil worshipers use incantations and mumbo-jumbos? You can't go far in this kingdom, if you are not saturated in and by His Words as revealed in the Holy Bible, the Book of Life. Immediately you say; It is Written, Satan and his demons are all hears and once you tell them what the Words of God are, they give up. So, don't forget this first and vital principle; Words are not ordinary words; especially the immutable Words of God which are strong, powerful and mighty to demolish satanic arguments and pull down demonic strongholds (1 Corinthians 10:4).
Second, Names are important. There are places you cannot enter on earth without mentioning the names of certain people. Access is as much important as names. There are some important go-to-guys in the world, whose names open doors in human affairs. I have seen many times around the world across major countries where names open closed doors and opportunities. The same in the spiritual world. (Acts 4:12: "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.") It is not what you believe that matters in eternal destiny, but Who you believe, simple! It is not your religion and self-made piety that will take you to heaven, but Who is the sole object and center of your worship? The Holy Spirit told me one day; "My son, let the world cry, weep and agonize; let them complain; I swear by My Honor that no one, I mean no one will enter My Kingdom outside the Door I made; My Son Jesus Christ Who died on the Cross for you all." There is no Name that Satan and his demons fear and dread in the kingdom of darkness than that Name; Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Hallelujah! Satan and his demons do not dread anyone or name on this earth apart from the Sacred Name of Jesus Christ. Mark 1:21-28: "They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are-the Holy One of God!" Be quiet!" said Jesus sternly. "Come out of him!" The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, "What is this? A new teaching-and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him." News about him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee." When I say Jesus, I mean Jesus Christ of Nazareth, because there are many Jesuses on earth today so be extremely careful what we are saying here. There is Jesus Christ and there is the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Do not confuse both. I had an encounter with a Satanist and false prophet sometime ago and we went after each other. I told him to his face he was a child of Satan and he took me on. The spectators bandied with him to take me on, because they defended him that he also called on the Name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I called him out and demanded from him to confess these seven characteristics of the True Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and we shall declare a détente: Is this Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary in the town of Bethlehem in Judea? Is this Jesus Christ the sinless One who sojourned on this earth for 33 years? Is this Jesus Christ the One who performed miracles and demonstrated to us the Power of the Almighty God the Creator in flesh over amphibian life, the arboreal world, and the two other levels of creation: the terrestrial and man? Is this Jesus Christ Who died on the Cross and shed His Precious Blood for the sin of the whole world? Is this Jesus Christ Who died and resurrected on the third day to the Glory of the Heavenly Father with power, authority and dominion in heaven, earth and under the earth? Is this Jesus Christ Who defeated Satan and his demons on the Cross of Calvary and gave us His true believers power over Satan, Sin and Self? Is this Jesus Christ Who will soon return physically to this planet earth to judge the world? The mouth of the false and fake prophet was so heavy he retreated. Don't be scammed by spiritual 419-ners; don't just believe in anyone who says he or she is a prophet of the Jesus Christ and not the Lord Jesus Christ just as Apostle John warned in I John 4:1-3: "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world." I was discussing with an acquaintance of mine who belongs to the Other Side few weeks ago, and he snapped: "We also believe in your Jesus Christ too so we are worshipping the same God." I replied: "Really?" So, I subjected him to the above 7 checklists of the Jesus Christ of Nazareth and was busted.
Third, do not blame Satan and his demons for your imperviousness to the Truth of the Gospel. Never in the history of humanity has Satan and his demons been given the powers they do not deserve or wield in the lives of human beings. If the Lord God Almighty cannot compel any soul to worship Him, ditto Satan and his demons do not possess the power to override your will. People do not give their lives to Jesus Christ because of Satan, but because they do not want to give their lives to Jesus as Lord and Savior, period! Satan and his demons can cajole, threaten, deceive and beguile, hoodwink, and bamboozle you; they can send fear and teases to you and can convince you not to believe and commit to the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, but your will is still entirely yours. That claptrap: "The devil made me did it" is pure self-delusion. Every time humans go to Satan and his demons for power, money, longevity, fruits of the womb, fame, political influence, wife, husband etc; they read out the rules of engagement to you. It's entirely up to you to decide to go along and pay the price, as simple as that. Satan cannot make you to commit fornication and adultery; he can suggest and give you the ideas and them you go along with him and he eggs you on to your eternal peril. (James 1:13-14: "When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; But each one is tempted when by his own evil desires he is lured away and enticed.…" When do you know when you're being tempted? If you're a born-again child of the Living God, anytime flashes of abnormality, bawdy and dirty things invade your mind, ask yourself; where are, these flashes coming from? Are these what I want to think about right now? Do I really want to think this way? Is it my mind that is thinking out these dirty and immoral pictures or from out -of- body flashes? Any time you're going to bed and suddenly, flashes of pictures are rushing into you mind like winds and rumbling of volcanic-like eruptions seem to invade your mind and strive to hamstring your sleep, demons are at work. In John 7:17; our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own." Even a kid can get that! In other words, in matter of eternity where you and I will decide where to spend eternity, no one can blame Satan, his demons or fellow human being for missing heaven but you.
Fourth, Satan and his demons had no prior knowledge of your birth. The Lord God Almighty doesn't telegraph your birth and mine to evil forces but some human beings can go to Satan on their own to give him and his demons a head up. Parents that are waiting on the fruits of the womb like Saran and Papa Abraham did in the matter of Hagar are at faults here. (Jeremiah 33: 2-3: "This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it--the LORD is his name: 'Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'…" The moment you or your parents go to voodoo practitioners, obeah and witches and Satanic messengers to inquire about your future; you have forfeited your rights to Satan and all subsequent messages concerning your life must pass through them. Satan then stations at least two of his demons to monitor and control your life. After all, as Romans 6:16 aptly pointed out: Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey…?
Fifth, your race was not determined by anyone but your Creator, the True Lord God Almighty, Hallelujah! I watched and listened to some spiritual gobbledygook on cable TV one of these days that the races of the world were created separately. What an arrant nonsense? Such spiritually-insane and Biblically-puerile teaching are fodders for racists and their ilk. Yes, the Lord God Almighty is a God of varieties and as Acts 17:26 disclosed: "From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands," but nowhere in His Words did we read or were told He created the nations or races separately. Satan and his demons do not have the power of life, but have the power to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).
Sixth, stop complaining and whining about your family. You and I do not have the choice to decide which family we were born into. Satan and his demons do not have the power to choose your family for you. The True Lord God Almighty sent you to that family of yours to fulfil a purpose. The reason you are failing in life is not because of your family. Quit complaining, do something about your life and fulfil your destiny. Don't let Satan and his demons deceive, hoodwink and bamboozle you into believing that your father, mother or environment are the causes of your failure. Yes, break all the yokes of family and generational curses as a child of the Living God and arise and ashine to His Glory. Don't let those psychologists, counselors and the spiritual ignoramuses delude you into believing that it is your environment that is responsible for who you are today. That is a lie from the pit of hell. Many of us grew up in the same family set up, dysfunctional and messed-up families where hatred and love couldn't co-habit; where fathers neglect their children and witches and wizards attack people; we lived and were raised in the same environment but against all human and satanic odds, we succeeded. You too can make it with the Almighty God, the Creator of the heavens and the universe as your guide and on your side. Embrace Him.
Seventh, Satan and his demons cannot defeat your guardian angels. Every human being that has been born or will ever be born on this earth has at least a minimum of two guardian angels (Acts 12:13-15: "Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, "Peter is at the door!" "You're out of your mind," they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, "It must be his angel.") Just as individuals have angels that protect them when they obey the True Lord God Almighty, so nations too have angels (Daniel 12:1 "At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people-everyone whose name is found written in the book-will be delivered." Your guardian angels fight your spiritual battles, rejoice with you over your victories and do all within their powers to help and assist you reach the finish line in your Christian journey. They only perform these duties, if you remain in the lane of obedience. Immediately you mess up and veer off the Straight Way by sinning, they yield the opportunity for Satan and his demons to move in and have you for supper until you quickly repent. That is why we were warned thus in James 4:7: "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." Satan doesn't flee from sinners, he devours them. He does a marathon when trying to mess with the genuinely-redeemed. Praise the Lord!
Eighth, Satan and his demons do not know what is in the human heart. This is one of the secrets of the overcomers' life. If human beings know that Satan is powerless to read the human mind, most of the sins and atrocities committed on earth would have been greatly reduced. It is impossible for another creature to know what is in the mind of a fellow being created by the True Lord God Almighty. Albeit, as fallen angels, Satan and his demons can guess and hazard what you're contemplating to do through your actions and utterances but they cannot say what is in the mind of a person. So how do they know our thoughts? They throw their own thoughts from outside into the minds of human beings on the inside and if their thoughts stick, they have you. When you automatically take their thoughts as your thoughts, then the saying in Proverbs 23:7 As a person thinks, so he/she is, comes true. Satan and his demons have been experimenting with human beings now for nearly 5,000 years and over those long period, the human heart has close affinity with that of the evil angels. The True Lord God Almighty disclosed this after the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 6:5: "The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time." So how do you manage your thoughts as a redeemed child of the Living God? Do what you are told in Romans 12:2: "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Ninth, stop complaining that there is a witch or wizard somewhere who has stolen your destiny. There is only one person who can stop you from becoming what the True Lord God Almighty Who created you want you to become and the person is you. You can't become what He has created you to become when you do not respect, worship, obey and fear Him. You cannot fulfil your destiny when you want to live your life the way you want to live your life and not how He your Creator has designed you to live. Hear what He said in Proverbs 1:22-33: "How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings. But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you-when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you ."Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD. Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."
You can't live your life in disobedience to the immutable laws of the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of the heavens and the universe and when calamity strikes and then you expect him to have your back. You must be a fool. My wife and I were in Germany and pronto the gigantic billboard screamed at us: "Cigarette Smoking Will Kill You." In the United States, we couched it in niceties: "The Surgeon-General has warned Cigarette Smoking is Dangerous to your health." When smokers contract cancer, whom do they blame first? The Lord of course! You can't be sleeping around with all kinds and manners of women and expect to be free of diseases. After all, didn't He warn us in Proverbs 5:5 that we should drink from our won cistern? Do you think you will not pay a heavy price when you sleep with other people's husbands? When you sin against God, there will be heavy consequences to pay and so do not blame witches and wizards. The witch or wizard that will steal or obstruct my destiny has not been born. The one that tried it last time as I disclosed in this column is now 6 feet under. Hear me and hear me good; Satan and his demons, including their human agents cannot and will never mess with your destiny if you listen, worship, obey and fear the True Lord God Almighty.
Finally, Satan and his demons cannot take you to hell. If you end up in that terrible and stench abode at the end of your earthly journey, you can't blame Satan and his demons but you. The True Lord God Almighty didn't create that dingy dreary world for humans but for Satan and his rebellious angels. They are the original rebels and on their own fully knowing that they were on a costly misadventure, they chose to revolt against their Maker. Hell, is the consequence of that heavenly treason. Never again will they partake of the goodness and mercies of the Lord God Almighty. Satan and his demons are lost for eternity. Ditto for those human beings who have disregarded the Grace and Mercy of the Lord and consciously hell bent in serving Satan and his rebels. The True Lord God Almighty in His eternal justice cannot prevent those human beings who, on their own, have chosen the eternal path of Satan and his fallen angels. The Lord God Almighty has done what He is supposed to do as a loving and caring Father for us all in preventing any one from following Satan and his demons to the Nether Gloom by paying the ultimate price we should have paid individually from going to hell. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil" (John 3:16-19). The choice is yours.
HOW SHOULD A GOVERNOR GREET A TRADITIONAL RULER?
I read all kinds of comments about the picture of the Governor of Akwa Ibom State; His Excellency, Udon Gabriel Emmanuel had with the traditional ruler of Awa Iman. Some commentators still inured into traditions and customs thought the governor was disrespectful to the traditional ruler. How? The governor shook hands with the royal father which should be enough so should the governor prostrate to the king? Those commentators are funny! When the state government pays your bills and you are a king at the mercy of the state government going by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the governor acted appropriately. There is nothing sacrilegious about the act. Each tribe and ethnicity in Nigeria has a way of paying homage to its traditional rulers. Yoruba prostrate per their tradition. Other ethnic groups have their own form of courtesies. This is ado about nothing.
Letters & Readers' Reactions
Dear Sir, thank you for sharing your wise, Holy Spirit-inspired articles with the world. If I may humbly add, another thing Satan does is blind otherwise right-thinking people to the iniquities and outrageous lies of his servants. Thank you for your time. Peace with you in Christ Jesus, Amen---Jeanine Boyce, USA.
Absolutely, I agree with you about our last article. This week's article is on the spot about the issue as the Holy Bible gave us refence guide in decoding the outrageous lies of false prophets. Thanks.
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COLUMN UPDATE: A lot of political events are in the offing this year in Africa from the spiritual realm. We have an update next week. Watch out.