THE CHRISTIAN WALK

Moshood FayemiwoTuesday, July 1, 2014
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never liked him. I still don't. I don't hate him because a Christian should not harbor hatred. He may be a good soccer player and successful footballer but there is something weird about the fellow that makes one cringe. I am talking about Mr. Luis Alberto Diaz Suarez, the Vampire of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. A shorty football genius with a short fuse and snappy demeanor, he bites on the football pitch and sucks blood. That is messed up, trust me. Each time I see him play in the Liverpool and his former football clubs, there is something cringey about him. He has a Napoleonic Complex with bloated self-ego and self-exaggeration. He had bitten before, twice actually but not on the world stage until penultimate week when he unleashed his inner demons. Then his past interview with The Guardian of London brought home squarely the spiritual forces tormenting Luis Suarez. Hear him: "If you had seen me before," he continues, "you'd realize that I used to be even worse." The demons inhabiting Mr. Suarez entered into him right from Montevideo in his native Uruguay where he was born and still inhabit him after he met fame, fortune and wealth in Central Europe as a footballer. He explained his spiritual predicament thus: "I get angry, I get tense. My wife says that if people reach conclusions as to what I am like based on what they see from me on the pitch they would say I am a guy who is always annoyed, always in a bad mood, they'd say what must it be like to live with me. There are two of me, two different people."

Finally, it came out of Mr. Suarez mouth. That uneasiness I felt about him each time I watched him on television. I knew it all along that Luis is different from Suarez and both are incompatible. In the West here we call such a person a "bi-polar" personality, but those who have spiritual eyes and spiritual understanding know that Mr. Luis Alberto Suarez Diaz has a demon in him. Actually, he has many demons in him. Demons don't care if you earn 30million Euros as a world-class player and media celebrity, whether you are the president of a nation or the king or queen; once you broke the laws of God Almighty and satisfy their conditions, they would invade your life. We don't always see the whole picture of media celebrities and popular jingo in social circles but most of them are weird and thoroughly messed up inside. When you bite off the flesh of other players in the field during matches, you need spiritual help and fast too. I don't care if you're the new Pele of the world; it doesn't matter if you are the highest goal scorer for your team in Europe, but the entertainment game of soccer is not for vampires. Cannibals should not be allowed to play in world soccer tournaments, least in World Cup fiestas. The FIFA Disciplinary Committee handed down the appropriate punishment for Mr. Suarez: nine soccer matches ban and 4 suspensions with appropriate monetary fines. But the woes of Mr. Suarez may not be over until he returns to Liverpool, England to face his employers.

Many are stupefied that a hero who pushed his nation; Uruguay to the next level with two fantastic goals at the current World Cup Tournaments in Brazil would jeopardize such heroism with a senseless act of biting another footballer at the World Cup. This is one of the fall-outs of people inhabited by demons; Satan brings them up to the nadir of prominence, fame and power and anon peremptorily unleashes his demons to disgrace them. Satan has three-fold ministry: "the enemy-that is Satan-who is "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…" (John 10:10). There are many human beings in the shoes of Mr. Luis Suarez; among them are world-class footballers, reputable business men and women, dynamic company CEOs, fashion icons, media men and women, journalists, politicians, academics, scientists, entertainers, musicians, and people from all walks of life who are battling with their various inhabited demons. We see these people as great achievers, celebrities, famous and high-heeled members of the society, the jet sets and the successful minds of the world, yet when we scrutinize their lives and burrow beyond the ephemeral glitz and glam of life, they are deprived of inner peace and their demons torment them daily. In John 8: 36, the King of Peace, our Lord Jesus Christ told the Israelites: "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." The question Christ's promise evokes is: Set people free from what? Anyone who is battling with one form of addiction or the other should not look further from his/her demons within. The freedom the King of kings and Lord of lords promise every fallen creature of yore is his/her ability to do what you and I want to do without being repressed or forced to do anything against our will. Freedom is the ability to use your will to serve your Creator and employ all of your mental faculties and all natural endowments to achieve what you Creator created you to be and fulfill His mission for you here on earth. It is the power to serve your Creator with understanding, knowledge of His words and wisdom to obey Him, live for His purpose and shun sin and all the entrapment of Satan and his demons, who are the enemies of God and you. The moment you assure yourself you can live your life outside the Will of your Creator, you are demonized. We cannot save us from us and ourselves. We need the Saving Grace of the Creator to save us from us and ourselves. We cannot run our lives perfectly as the Creator wanted it and all those who have attempted to run their lives their way have succeeded in ruining such lives.

There are different levels and degrees of demonization. Some demons are "refined" "highly educated" sophisticated" and "urbane" and those who they inhabit are deceived, believing that only those that are depraved, rural, uneducated, unrefined, and unsophisticated are demonic victims. You may be surprised that some of the so-called educated, sophisticated and intellectual minds of the world are the most easily deceived victims of demonism. Socrates the intellectual mind of our world and unarguably one of the most erudite philosophers of the Age once admitted he had his own personal Muse; translated; a demonic agent, who connected the great Socrates with the supernatural world. Should we be surprised then that all those philosophical writings and ideas that were later credited to this Oriental philosopher originated from the pit of hell? In our book; The Kingdom of Satan Exposed, the Holy Spirit gave us wisdom, knowledge and understanding to see into the spirit world and exposed the fiendish forces of darkness. There are three levels of demonism: demonic harassment, demonic oppression and demonic possession. In Acts 10: 38, we read; "And you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him" (NLT). To be demonically-oppressed is to be inhabited by demons that stunt your growth in life and do exactly what that scripture says: "oppress" people in whom they inhabit. All Crist-rejecters are victims of demonic oppression. It doesn't matter your status in life, the amount of millions and billions of dollars in your bank account or your political status or academic accomplishments, as long as you live your life outside the will of the True Jehovah Lord God Almighty, here is your position and the verdict of your Creator on you: "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" (2 Corinthians 4: 3-14). Demonic oppression is a mild form of satanic encroachment in a person's life and Christians too can be demonically-oppressed out of ignorance or willful sins.

The second level is demonic harassment. Ask Mr. Luis Suarez if he was not ashamed of the despicable act he committed on the field last week by biting a fellow competitor at the current World Cup Brazil 2014. Or ask former President Bill Clinton, the most powerful man on earth brought low and shamed by the Monica Lewinsky Sex Scandal of 1998. As we have noted above, demons don't care if you are a famous footballer and top goal scorer for your nation or the president of the most powerful nation in the world, as long as you satisfy their principles and meet their qualifications, they will harass and shame you. Satan hates human beings; he hates you and me and actively, ceaselessly and committedly enlists all his demons all the time always and in all ways to disgrace us once we turn our backs on our Creator and say we don't need Him in our lives.

The third and final act of demonic infestation is demonic possession. In Luke 8: 27 we read; "When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs." In Mark 9: 17, again we read: "A man in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech." In Luke 8: 2, we read that many women followed our Lord Jesus Christ among who was Mary from the region of Magda "…and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out…" On and on are instances in the Word of Life of human beings possessed by demons. Satan and his demons do not discriminate when they attack human beings because of our disobedience to the laws and commandments of the True Lord God Almighty; white, black, young, old, man, woman, educated, uneducated, poor, rich and all sorts, all is fair game in the current spiritual warfare for the souls of human beings. While demonic possession involves the total take-over of a human spirit, soul and body by demons and the total control of the three parts as they like, demonic oppression and demonic harassment on the other hand involve partial and mild take-over of either the human soul or human body.

Which area(s) of your life are you losing control: your mind, emotion, memory, imagination, intellect, will or your brain? Do you feel sometimes that there are two persons in you as Luis Suarez confessed above during an interview with The Guardian Newspaper of London? Are you battling with sexual addiction or unable to control your libido and find it difficult to be loyal and faithful to your spouse? Are you perpetually consumed with lust? Is your will power lost over tobacco and cigarette? Do you find it difficult to forgive? Can you do away with liquor and beer or they have taken hold of your life and you aren't complete until you keep appointment with Bacchus? Are you always bitter, angry and seek ways to avenge wrongs? Are you consumed by anger all the time as Mr. Luis Suarez also confessed above? What is it that has taken over your will power and you are perpetually helpless to be master of and instead you have become a slave to? Don't pretend or wallow in self-denial, face the reality, admit it that there are forces inside you that make you to do what you do not want to do or think what you do not want to think about. Demons are at work and you must come clean that these forces are formidable and you are incapable and thoroughly incapacitated in fighting them on your own. But I have Good News for you; there is a solution. Come to the saving grace of the One who defeated Satan and his demons on the Cross through His shedding Blood and can empower you to defeat them as well. There is Only One Person who accomplished this feat: Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the King of kings, Lord of lords and the Great Deliverer. He delivered me from the clutches of these malevolent forces and there are countless others too who He has delivered too and they can attest to His Saving and Delivering Hands. Give Him a chance; you have nothing to lose but everything to gain. And you too Mr. Luis Suarez, seek His face and He will deliver you from this national and global embarrassment.

LETTER OF THE WEEK

Dear Dr. Fayemiwo, Bless to you sir in the Mighty Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. First of all, I am indeed glad that you read my last mail as I was not too sure if you would read it let alone acknowledge it. I saw the posting in your weekly Christian Walk column on www.nigeriaworld.com and was pleased that you have given me the privilege to write to you privately. My preferred option is to call you directly on the number you have provided but my condition is such that as I write this mail to you, I cannot even afford £1 to buy phone card. But hopefully, I will be able to call before the end of this week. As I explained in my earlier mail to you, it has been quite challenging for almost a year now since I lost my job on July 10, 2013. Why I am so bothered has to do with the fact that we (family and I) have been praying, yet we are still in this situation. Probably I am not really what I thought I was to God or probably things would have been worse than this if we have not been praying. It's just such a confusing and very perplexing situation.

Sometime early this year, in March precisely, I was doing night vigil (12am) daily and in one night, I got fed up with the situation and I prayed that God should show me the cause of this problem. Behold, like magic, I had a dream that night... In the dream, I saw myself preparing soup (what Yoruba people call 'obe ata') with assorted meat. When it was steaming hot and ready, I saw a woman come in and said it was hers. The irony is that I did not argue with her, I willingly gave her the pot of soup and only managed to take a little in a plate. So after that dream encounter, I started praying seriously asking that all that I have lost should be returned to me

Another day, I dreamt that my family and I were travelling in a car and we got to a quiet road and saw one man (like a rebel) with gun, so I was scared. In that dream, I sensed that it was a war zone with the whole place desolated, so I told my family it was not safe for us here that we should seek cover in a place. So I saw that we were now in a house and looking at what was happening outside through the window. So while doing that, I saw some people trying to attack us, and we started praying (Me, wife and kids) and I, in particular, was praying in tongues. But despite that, the people still came in to attack us, especially my little baby. That was when I woke up. And that dream experience became part of the mid night vigil prayer point. All these were sometime in March/April this year. I have had many other dreams, both negative and positive. But what baffles me is that the positive do not seem to be manifesting, only the negatives.

Like I said in my previous mail, I have had four 'near job offers' when I had succeeded in interviews. Just to start, they came back to inform me that the job had been placed on hold. These were with four different banks at different times.

Last week, the family continued with night vigil, still believing that God can still do something. To be honest, if I was not a Christian and did not know God, I would have tried traditional means of finding solutions, if it will work. But I know how God has been good to me from childhood. I do not understand what is going on right now

I will still call you once I can get £1 for calling card. It's so embarrassing because this time last year, I had about £50,000 from which I paid part to get on the mortgage ladder (now I have defaulted for some months) for my house. The debt I am in now is close to £20,000 from mortgage arrears, credit cards, taxes, etc.

Now, this week, I have one interview which seems to be my only hope of coming out of this ugly and embarrassing situation. If this goes like the others, then I pray it will not be a case of 'no more hope'

What I need now is just direction in order to get my life and destiny back. What am I to do?????? I can pray and fast but when it seems there is no result, and then I know it goes beyond just prayer and something is surely missing. I need the key to exit this situation, sir

Please sir help me in the Mighty Name of God. Regards and God bless---Mr. O.I (real name concealed in the name of Godly Love), London, UK.

Dear Mr. O.I. please we need to talk urgently and fast too. It is of no use seeking any other alternative or means as the Devil is telling you. Any other means outside our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ may offer temporary relief but I can assure you that the problems will rebound and re-occur and become more complicated. Can you send me your direct telephone number so I can call you myself from here in the United States? It shall be well in Jesus Mighty Name.

P.S.: To all readers of this column, I decided to publish this private letter for three reasons. First, the Body of Christ which is the church is one and many redeemed children of the Most High are in similar situations and circumstances this brother is in right now. We should enjoy Christianity and not endure Him; consequently, if you're in a similar situation, it is not biblical for you to suffer in silence. Reach out to other believers in Christian Love so they can join faith with you and fight together the forces of darkness that are the stumbling blocks to carrying out the Will of God for your life in this life. You aren't just a statistics in the kingdom of God, but known to God and He has put you on this planet earth for a purpose. However, Satan and his demons including their human agents are also real and are here on planet earth to ensure the Will and Purpose of God will not be achieved in your life. You have two choices; fight and enlist other like-minded children or God to help you in this war or give in to the forces of evil.

Second, our Lord Jesus Christ told us that we are one as His Body and we should look after one another. This Agape Love should permeate the whole congregation of the faithful and if one of us is in dire straits, it is our duty to look for such a person or member, irrespective of church affiliation or denomination (Mark 16: 15-19) Apostle Paul enjoined all believers in Galatians 6: 2 thus: "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." This brother who wrote to me is going through a lot and he needs fellow believers to carry his burdens with him as well, for this is the demonstration of the Love our Lord Jesus Christ commanded us to display in the world. According to our Savior in John 13: 35: "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." Today's church is abdicating its responsibility to the flock and this is unfortunate. We should demonstrate our love for those that are vulnerable, weak, hurting and going through a lot in our midst.

The third and last reason is the assurance that there are still genuine and committed servants and followers of the King of kings who are doing what He has commanded them to do without financial remuneration attached to such Godly assignments. In our world today, religious racketeering is commonplace; imposters, impostors, charlatans, sheep's in wolf clothing whose stomach is their god (Philippians 3: 19) and those who use the spiritual things of God to feather their nests. Many innocent children of God have fallen victims of these religious racketeers and have lost confidence and trust in genuine men and women of God. I listen to the frustrations and harrowing stories of these innocent victims of religious racketeers' ad nauseam and my heart bleeds wondering why these false prophets have allowed Satan to take control of these impostors thus giving bad name to the sacred Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please seek help and knowledge of the Savior through His Word; The Holy Bible and stop suffering in silence.

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