ate (not real name) gave her life to the Lord Jesus Christ after graduation from the university. She married a born-again Christian and the couples were blessed with three beautiful children. They have been married for seven years until recently when Kate began to resent her husband. She feared having intimacy with her husband anymore. She discovered that sexual interaction between them was a nightmare compared with their first encounter. The husband got the message and involved their church pastor. Prayers were offered and the deterioration in relationship persisted. Kate's husband began to suspect her of infidelity. He began to complain threatening divorce. "How can I have a wife I can't have sex with anymore?" he complained. "After all, the Holy Bible said we should not deprive each other-husband and wife- sex unless by mutual consent," referring to I Corinthians 7: 5. The husband was right. Kate was at a quandary. She didn't know whom to confide in. She wasn't having extra-marital affairs. It was a demonic attack. So, she called us here at The Jesus Christ Solution Center. As we began to pray, the Holy Spirit told us to ask Kate a question: "Do you normally have sex with an unknown person in your dream, and thereafter when you wake up and your husband wants to have sex, you resent and fear having intimacy with him?" Kate screamed; "How did you know about this Dr?"
Kola (again not his real name) is a child of the Living God. As a matter of fact, he grew up on the Other Side, but while serving his fatherland in another part of his country, he heard about the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christs and gave his life to Jesus. He is happily married now, but he harbors a secret known to only him and the Lord; and of course, Satan. He still goes to a secret place at night to have adulterous relationship, while his wife is completely oblivious of this dark part of her husband's life. "Sir, I want to be faithful to my wife, but somehow I fall into this terrible sin," he agonized on the phone as we spoke. "I know this is a sin, but somehow I'm unable to stop it. What can I do Sir?" Esther (again, not her real name) is a medical doctor living in London. She is a child of the Living God and attends church regularly. She even speaks in tongues, but at 38, she's yet to settle down. She has "everything"-a good job, her own apartment, good car and what any average young woman spinster-single lady waiting for Mr. Right should have. She has gone out on couple of dates, but they were disasters. It isn't that prospective suitors don't "check her out" in church and at her work place, including other forums. But she discovered that, after three or few outings and dates, somehow, she doesn't hear from the men anymore. She had prayed, fasted, conducted night vigils and the rest acts of spiritual works, yet no man and marriageable fellow in her life. When she called us here at the Jesus Christ Solution Center, Texas, we asked her, if she noticed that these incessant breaks up with dates normally occur after her monthly period. She answered in the affirmative.
Today in Christendom, we hear of teachings based on half-knowledge. "Once you're saved, you're saved. All your sins have been washed away." Yes, that is true. But we have also neglected the other side of the equation. Kate, Kola and Esther (our fictive cognomens above) are born-again Christians. They are saved and heaven-bound, yet they are emotional wrecks. All their sins have been washed away by the Blood of Jesus and they're indeed redeemed, but they are still here on planet earth. Why are they going through this spiritual roller-coaster as born again Christians? Our Lord Jesus Christ chastised the Jewish religious establishment: The Pharisees and Sadducees for their half-knowledge about the Truth: "Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone." (Luke 11:42). The Lord God Almighty is a God of Order. You can do everything right and neglect the smallest and what we humans sometimes consider as infinitesimal part and nothing works. This also applies in human affairs. You can buy one of the most expensive automobiles in the world; say a Rolls Royce for example. If you remove one of the tires, that nearly half-a-million car is useless, because it will be incapable of serving the purpose for which it is purchased. Similarly, in spiritual matters. The Holy Bible says in James 4:17: "If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them."
Are you telling me Sister Kate above deliberately wanted to starve her husband of sex? Have they not been married for long and so why now? Or do you think Brother Kola likes to engage in adulterous relationship or Sister Esther relishes being single? If these born-again Christians were comfortable with their state, they wouldn't have called us. Again, if prayers were all they needed, why didn't things change after the various prayer sessions, fasting and even night vigils prescribed by their pastors? It is true that, what we aren't aware of can indeed harm and do harm us. In spiritual matters, ignorance is not bliss. Therefore, the Teacher admonished us that we should seek wisdom. Proverbs 4. Get wisdom at all cost, because wisdom is the principal thing. No wonder, the Lord God Almighty rued on behalf of His children-not unbelievers but His redeemed own: "My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge," (Hosea 4:6). We believe that prayer is everything; the solution to all spiritual problems. That is also half-truth, because there are several times we pray amiss. In fact, we don't even know what to pray for, until the Holy Spirit directs us just as Romans 8:26 made it plain thus: "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans." A sister called us here for a spiritual problem and as it is normal requested for a prayer. As we were about to start praying, the Holy Spirit whispered: "Her problem is not prayer, she doesn't need prayer."
The Holy Spirit then instructed us what the sister needed to do. There are prayers we offer from here till tomorrow, even fast 21 days and more; and other spiritual works, but the problems do not abate. Why? Because, as 1 John 5:14 tells us: "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." Some believers think we can impress the Lord God Almighty; so, we pay careful attention to the number of hours we pray, the longer our night vigils, the length of our fasting days and such other spiritual activities. Folks, don't get me wrong; men and women too ought to pray, fast and do these spiritual things, but their efficacies lie in doing the right things first. The Lord Jesus told me one day; "Son, I'm not so much interested in your long prayers and fasting, because I already knew what you want, even before you asked Me. I am more than pleased by your obedience to my Words."
You see, God will not and never do anything for us that is at variance with His Will as revealed in His Word: The Holy Bible. The Lord God Almighty will also not do anything for us, when He has already conveyed to us what we ought to do in any situation or problem. Again, He will not do for us what He has already told us to do by ourselves in His revealed Word. Take forgiveness for example. God will not forgive our enemies for us on our behalf when He has already commanded us this way: "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins" (Matthew 6:14-15). This is as simple and direct as it could be. You can't spin this law and spiritual command. You can pray from now till tomorrow, if you do not obey this commandment, your prayer will not reach the roof. Every blessing of the Lord God Almighty is attached with a commandment; not until you obey that commandment will success and breakthrough be achieved. A brother was complaining to me about being hard up and I told him what the Holy Spirit told me to tell him. It is right there in the Word of Life: "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you" (Luke 6:38). For him to know I wasn't interested in his money, because the Jehovah Jireh has already provided for us what we need on this side of life till we return home, I told him to sow it into any ministry of his fancy and watch the Lord God Almighty perform wonders. He called back few months later with good news. Praise the Lord.
I have disclosed in this column and elsewhere in the past that, demons can interfere with the lives of any human being; including lamentably born-again Christians. There are three reasons to look out for and investigate in any area of your life you're having problems and challenges as a born-again Christian: disobedience, ignorance and sins. The third; sins can be subdivided into three types: willful sins: "If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left…" (Hebrews 10:26); unconfessed sins: "Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy" (Proverbs 28:13) and inadvertent or unwitting sins. "So, whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin" (James 4:17). While all sins are demonologically-inspired, some sins are man-made and self-inflicted. While the former can be prayed for, the latter are mostly cured by knowledge and obedience to spiritual laws and by what our Lord Jesus Christ commanded us: "If you love me, keep my commands." (John 14:15). Of all sins, these two areas: unconfessed and unwitting sins are where Satan and his demons normally hook born again Christians. Satan and his demons get many Christians in these two areas, because many of our churches and pastors are teaching half-knowledge of the truth, while some self-styled pastors are suffering from the same ailment themselves. It's akin to the blind leading the blind. Consequently, Satan and his demons operate stealthily in unsuspecting born again Christians through demonic oppression and demonic repression.
Satan and his demons operate in the lives of human beings in six ways namely: demonic oppression, demonic repression, demonic possession, demonic harassment, demonic ailment, and demonic influence. A born-again Christian cannot be attacked in two of these six ways: demonic oppression and demonic possession. A born-again Christian can be peripherally demonically-ailed, while a born-again Christian can and has been known to be demonically-harassed and influenced. All non-believers and non- born- again human beings are susceptible to these six demonic attacks to different degrees. Of all unconfessed and unwitting sins, sexual sins are the most potent demonic doorways through which many born-again Christians can be demonically ailed, harassed and influenced. Someone once asked me: What is the secret of your spiritual power? I answered that, first and foremost, the Blood of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ shed lovingly and graciously on the Cross for me and humanity, and secondly, sexual purity. I have never and I repeat again, I have never had sex with another lady in my life apart from my wife. It is not for fun that Apostle Paul singled out sexual sin as the most spiritually destructive and damaging sin on earth thus: "Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body" (1 Corinthians 6:18). In fact, the proper interpretation of that verse is that, he or she who sins sexually sins against his or her own very life. Some of the most destructive demons I have ever sin in my life are from sexually contracted acts. While other sins committed invite demons into people's lives and can easily be removed by prayers and fasting, sex-related demons are often intransigent, rebarbative, and stubbornly-obstinate. They're mostly difficult to cast out by mere prayers.
In the demonic world, Satan has created a separate department headed by a high-ranking principality known as Jezebel to oversee sexual sins and its associate acts: homosexuality, lesbianism, sexual perversion, rape, etc. I'm not talking about Jezebel, the princess of Sidon, the eldest daughter of King Ethbaal married to King Ahab of Israel. There is a demonic-principality known and called Jezebel. The Book Revelation unmasked this demonic-principal entity in Chapter 17: "One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries." Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name written on her forehead was a mystery: BABYLON THE GREAT the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth. I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God's holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.
When I saw her, I was greatly astonished? Then the angel said to me: "Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come. "This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction. "The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings-and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers." Then the angel said to me, "The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God's words are fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth."
Sister Kate was being demonically-ailed, for Satan and his demons can make born-again Christians fall sick. They can insert objects into a born-again Christian's spiritual body, which can then manifest in the physical body as sicknesses and diseases. A sister fell sick and went to the hospital. She was subjected to battery of medical tests, but nothing was found. She was sent home by the medical doctors, and when she returned home, her problems intensified. She was in great pain and agony, yet the orthodox medical practitioners couldn't find anything. What the demons do is remove the satanic object in her body when she is about to enter the hospital, so the medical doctors can't detect anything. As soon as she leaves the hospital, the demons would re-insert the demonic object again. Satan and demons love to see human beings suffer.
As aforesaid, born-again and redeemed children of God cannot be demonically-possessed. Possessed means, total take-over of a person's spirit, soul and body. Satan and his demons don't normally take possession of human spirits. They are spirits, so they don't want human spirit. Their main objective is the human soul, and the human body. Although some human beings give their spirits willingly to Satan and demons to use, which is a bonus. Such human beings are witches, wizards, necromancers, psychics, augurs, and other Satan-energized religionists. Similarly, genuinely-redeemed and born-again Christians cannot be demonically-oppressed, because of reading the Holy Bible and church attendance, including prayers and fasting. Oppression is make you do certain egregious acts consider low; like rape, and other deviant acts. For them to accomplish that, they must first move your conscience in your spirit to seared conscience. Satan and his demons cannot accomplish this feat, because the Holy Spirit will stop them, since the Holy Spirit had already moved your conscience from guilt to clear conscience at the time you gave your life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Unless you don't have the Holy Spirit and, if you don't have the Holy Spirit, then you're not a born-again Christian as Romans 8:9: "You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ."
Here is the way the Lord God Almighty set up His system: The Holy Spirit doesn't live in the human soul; He lives and resides in the human spirit, period. Just as our Lord Jesus Christ disclosed in John 4:24: "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth." Satan on the other hand and his demons do not want spirits of humans. Consequently, it is in the human soul that Satan and his demons clash with our spirit-not the Holy Spirit-because the Lord God Almighty had already vowed in Genesis 6:3: "Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years." Most Christians are not aware of how the Holy Spirit works, because they think the Holy Spirit controls us. No, He doesn't control us; He directs and guides us. In fact, the Holy Spirit doesn't control our minds. And certainly, He doesn't tamper with our physical flesh either. He has one verdict for the human flesh: it must die. (Galatians 2: 22: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.). He has also one verdict for the human soul: it must be renewed by His Word (Romans 12:1-2: "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. 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).
If you have ever had sex before you met your current husband or wife, the demon of sexual immorality is already in you. If you ever had an abortion in your life as a woman, the demon of sexual immorality s already in you, even as a born again Christian. If you were born into a polygamous family; either your father has more than one wife or your mother has married twice, you already have the demon of sexual immorality in your life. Even, if you are a pastor, an evangelist or spiritual giant; you need more than run-of-the-mill prayers. It is not the type of prayer and fasting you're being told in your church that you need. That is why Sister Kate, Brother Kola, Sister Esther and numerous born-again, innocent redeemed Christians are still chained, manacled and bedraggled by the demonic spirit of sexual immorality.
READERS' LETTERS THIS WEEK
Calvary greetings to you sir. I thought I was a Christian until your articles exposed me to be otherwise. I was born Muslim but converted to Christianity while I was in the university in the 1990's. Despite professing to be a Christian, I kept ifa oracle (the Yoruba demon-god of divinity), and sacrificed to it in secret while still attending churches. I alternate between Celestial Church of Christ and the RCCG. I maintained this pattern of life secretly even though people know me as a Christian. I knew within me it was wrong but continued. A couple of years ago, I got addicted to your column on Nigerian World. Your several write ups convicted me beyond every reasonable doubt that I was living a fake life. In December 2015, I made up my mind to part with ifa worshipping and I stuck to my decision. Contrary to the lies I had been made to believe, no evil befell me. I then concentrated more on attending the CCC than RCCG. Still your articles kept convicting me that CCC does not qualify as a true place of worshipping the True Lord God. Towards the end of last year, I decided to stop attending CCC and stuck to RCCG. At RCCG, I stopped being an ordinary church- goer and has enrolled as a worker in training. Lo and behold, so far, my eyes have now opened to the truth. I can boldly testify that RCCG is a place where God is worshipped in truth and spirit. The other church is full of doctrines, some of which are unbiblical. I have set my hands on the plough and will not look back in Jesus Name. I need you to pray with me for God to uphold me in this Christian race. Please sir continue the good works. Many more souls like myself, who are confused, are being made to know the right way by your articles. Thank u sir. PS: Please sir, if you will publish my letter, do not use my name. Please!!! ---S.O. Lagos, Nigeria
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