HOW TO DEAL WITH INTERNAL ENEMIES......And have Victory always!

   Spiritual War!



Dealing with the Enemy within!
To overcome the old nature we must be led of the Spirit, not the flesh - Rom. 8:6-8 
If we obey the voice of God and obey it, we are lead by the Spirit
If we walk by the Spirit, we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh
If we are lead by Spirit, we will fulfill love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. - Gal 5:22-23


Introduction:


The first assignment of a child of God is needs to do, is to address himself and know who you are. This is because the greatest hindrance to God’s touch upon you is not the devil or household wickedness. It is what is in your heart and what you are doing.  When the prodigal son talked to himself, then he began to make progress.

Jesus said that what comes out of a man, rather than what he eats is what makes him unclean. He explained to His disciples that the evil that men commit comes from within their heart.  They would have thought about it for some times before executing their deeds.  He says "For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly." 7:20-21.

Every outward act of of a man is proceeded by an inward act of choice. Therefore, Jesus addresses the root cause of man's worst problem - sin. Sin is a thief that seeks to steals, kills, and destroys the blessings of God upon a man.  Many has falling from grace to grass due to sin.  Many people has lost plum jobs due to sin, the children and entire family suffers hardship due to the sin of their breadwinner - John. 10:10. 

Sin destroys from within and James the apostle of Jesus asks in James 4:1,2 says, "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it so you fight and quarrel. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want."

What is internal enemy?

The internal enemy of man is the old man living inside of you, that old man is evil deposits of Satan inside your body before you gave your heart to Jesus.  The demons you have contacted through sex, through stealing, telling lies, cheating people.  If you ever did all these before you became born again, there are some spirits living inside of you that motivates you to do them and the same spirit defends you. 


It is impossible to please the Lord without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the positive responsive to the control and guidance of the Holy Spirit which frees us to do the will of God and serve Him. The other nature of the flesh is in bondage to sin and Satan.  The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Holy Spirit wants. 

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, the two natures are at war with each other.    After we receive Christ we must make a choice!  We either are controlled or guided by the Holy Spirit in our new life and destiny, or we continue in the old ways, and that is why believers are not tired of casting out evil thoughts and evil presence from around them. Your heart is the battle ground and your ears must resist the voice of the enemy.  

For God to have fellowship with man, man and God must have the same nature.  We know that God is a spirit.  “God is a Spirit; and they (man) that worship Him MUST worship Him in spirit and in truth” - John 4:24.   Remember that God communicates with man;s Spirit and not his body. The spirit itself is invisible.  It is far beyond our present comprehension, the spirit is not material and yet it exists independently in our body.  

In Matthew 12:43-45 the bible says, “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out, and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. (What he is calling his house are human beings.) “Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there, and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.”

Evil spirit can enter a person while watching an evil video and that's it. If you lie a lot, the spirit of lying is already living inside of you.  These strange spirit will later begin to manipulate and control the activities of that person.  In the end such a person can hardly live a holy life.

Some people has ancestral spirit controlling their family and such spirit follows the blood line and is already inside of the person and where ever he goes, that spirit of anger will manifest.  These are the voices that speak to people and they don't know who is speaking to them.

Characteristics

For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: (‭Mark‬ ‭7‬:‭21-22‬ KJV)


God searches our heart and speaks to us.  Satan also speaks to people at different times.  The devil put words or ideas into someone's heart that is not scriptural, and if that idea is not rejected and expelled from the person, the person comes under the influence of the devil to do the evil he has sowed in the heart.

This is why God warned us to keep our heart pure, and watch what we look unto and what we hear.  The truth is that the enemy within or internal enemy is more destructive than external enemies (e.g witches, occultist etc). One evil thought, ideology or weakness (e.g, pride, anger, hatred etc) that the enemy slips into the heart of a man is capable of destroying that man and if not contained or stopped.

You have the Spirit of God and the forces of darkness contending for the souls of men from within the inside. The forces of good and the forces of evil.  You have the spirit of a man and the spirit of a woman, the spirit of light and darkness.  You have living inside of you the Spirit of the Lord and the Flesh.


How does it Manifest:

Demonic spirit can enter people through evil thoughts, which when harboured and meditated upon would lead to sin before long.  When that happens, the person is under constant attack from the devil to commit evil and fall out of the protection of God.  There is one voice of God speaking to a person and there is the devil also speaking to the same person, and the voice of whom you obey controls you.  This is the genesis of battle within.

Another reality of battle within is that except a man lives in obedience to the word of God, fears the Lord and walk righteously, he cannot resist the voice of the enemy speaking to him.  Except you submit yourself to the Almighty God through obedience, you cannot resist the devil. 

This is the reason why you can see a man dressed like a woman with high heel shoe and heavy make-up.  That's the spirit that is controlling him. You see a woman dressed, walking and talking like a man, saying what a man can do, a woman can do also...that's the spirit controlling her - the spirit of a man.  She does not see herself as a woman, except for her female organs.

When the spirit of a woman is controlling a man, you will notice that man will be thinking about women and sex all the time, his heart will not be pure and it will be hard for him to live holy. That person needs deliverance to be free!

The spirit of a woman is the spirit of lust.  When it is controlling a man, such a man can hardly please the Lord, no matter his position in the church.  Spirit of lust must be dealt with immediately other, it will deal with the person. One day, the spirit will send a charming lady to the man and if God is not standing by him, such a man could fall.

The struggle and internal War:

There is confusion and constant worry in the life of people under the influence of contrary spirits until those spirits are expelled.  There is intense spiritual battle for the control of that soul by the Spirit of God and the spirit of the devil.  The devil represented by the Flesh is interested in enjoyment, smoking and drinking and all immorality, but the Spirit of the Lord is interested in molding the man after righteousness, to please the Lord.

The two spirit are contrary to each - one is light and the other darkness.  Here comes the real challenge the man faces - the man must be sensitive of the voice he hears and acts upon.  If he hears the voice of the flesh, asking him to smoke, drink, go clubbing and get girlfriends and enjoy himself, that is the spirit that will control him and soon, he would forget about God and going to church.

But if the person listens to the voice of God and continually amends his way as the Holy Spirit will prompt him, soon his life, behaviour, belief and conducts will change for better.  When this happens, the Flesh will be reduced in size and significance.  

Whats the plan of the Enemy?
The plan of the enemy is to ensures that failure takes root in a person’s life but failure cannot take root in your life without your permission. If you say you don’t want to fail then you won’t fail. The fact that you are even struggling now shows that you have not been defeated yet. A defeated person cannot do anything.

Spiritual warfare normally surrounds the birth of a miracle. Whether you like it or not, you are already part of that battle. You cannot be neutral. Spiritual battles are unavoidable.  Some of the battles we face we did not provoke, but it comes to us.  If you are doing well in school and you are in the A+ category, be ready for envy, which could slip into hatred and fight against you. Recently two friends drown their friend in the swimming pool because he was doing well and feel proud because his parents were rich.

To steal, kill and destroy
These demons ultimate purpose is to destroy the person and truncate his destiny.  If it is the demon of anger a person inherited from his parents, that spirit is on assignment to bring the person down, which is why we should be sensitive to our behaviours as believers.  We must be able to discern the activity of contrary spirit in our lives and cast them out ourselves.

If all of a sudden, you begin to have feeling for your secretary, you should know that it is not normal.  It is either a demon of lust is operating in you or in her, or even in the lives of both of you.  You must get into prayer and fasting to expel the demon from your own life, so you can resist every careless behaviour she will put up to seduce you.  If you are weak to take action, that person will fall into sin and that would just be the beginning of sorrows.

Feelings of Hopelessness

It is the internal enemy that many times put fear into the heart of many, especially when they needed to have strong faith and look unto God for deliverance and hope. Many may struggle with anxiety and fear in this life. Many may be facing depression and mood disorders, or mental illness. But often the attacks of spiritual forces against our lives causes us to despair and doubt if God is still with us.

The same strange spirits make people to loose hope in life and think of taking their own life.  The voice is always from the inside.  This is why the scriptures and deliverance is the solution to people having suicidal thoughts.  Give them word that bring hope and pray, casting out the demon of hopelessness from them.

It is in the place of hopelessness that people contemplate taking their lives or making choices they never would have thought they’d make. It’s a cruel trap, but there’s hope in Christ. Elijah the prophet was a great man of God. He had led the battle against false prophets of Baal and resisted those who stood against God. He did all that commanded him to do in that respect and overcame those evil men, but soon after fear filled his heart because of the threat from a woman Jezebel. A prophet had to run for his life, and God was with him all through that experience. (1 Kings 19). 

Activities of these strange Spirits

1. They kill, steal and destroy destinies.
2. They invite evil visitors.
3. They are responsible for the spirit of error.
4. They magnetize wrong people toward their victim.  Some people will always meet the wrong people instead of people that can help or assist them, they would rather meet those that will fight with them and hinder them.  If you  notice that it is only the wrong people who come towards you. As a businessman, only the wrong customers would be coming to your shop. know that it is not ordinary, they were sent by internal enemies to hinder you.

5. They divert good things away from people. When a good thing is coming to a person, they scare it away.

6. They cause unpardonable mistakes. For example, if you are asked to answer three questions out of four in an examination, they will make sure that you see and believe that you were asked to answer only one. And when you come out, you would say that the examination was very easy only to realise later that you have committed a serious blunder.

7. They generate strife against people. This explains why some people notice that they are always harassed anywhere they go, even by people who have never seen them before.

8. They cause failure and utter despair
9. They cause internal division. They cause strife and problems in the family.
10. They invite sicknesses.
11. They create ladders for attacks.
12.They sponsor sudden violent deaths.
13.They communicate to your external enemies and give them information about your life.
14.They act as spiritual spies by reporting your activities.
15.They know your history, geo-graphy, and chemistry and are able to use them against you.
16. They assist internal termites which eat up people inside.
17. When they create these problems, their victims get confused and won’t know what to do. 

Who has Upper hand - The Spirit or Flesh?

If you look closely at the picture, the two spirits are looking formidable and of equal strength.  This is because the person has not decided which way to go - To light and God or to the devil and a life of sin, corruption, immorality etc.  When he decides, one of the spirits will reduce in size to show where the man is heading.

The flesh represents canality and to be canally minded is death, says the Lord, while to be spiritually minded is life and peace. The canal mind is enmity against God because of lawlessness, it is  not subject to the laws of God and cannot be.

If you are a believer, your body has become the temple of the Holy Ghost, but you will continue to do those worldly things you are used to before you became born again, if you still have boyfriend or girlfriend, tells lies, cheats people, take advantage of people, then you are still in darkness and the spirit of darkness - Flesh will control your life.

But, if you will yield yourself and your members unto righteousness, you will do well and the Spirit of God will take charge of your life and Holy Host will gradually transform your life for better.  Remember, the devil has no respect for man, and so he will  continue to speaks to the believer to manipulate him until the Flesh in him is dead.



 How does the Flesh Die?

1. When you reject sin and vow not to yield your body to sin.

2. When study and meditate on the Word of God and make it your way of life.

3. You you obey the voice of God and His word written in the bible.

4. When you submit yourself unto God...to be under His authority and resist the devil.

5. When you become dead to sin and every evil appearances and temptation.

6. When you do not play with sin, when you confess and confess every wrong doing before God
7. When you ask God to guide you and direct your path daily.

8. When you refuse to be afraid of anything or to be anxious for anything.

9. When you give God thanks in every situation, including when you loose something dear to you.

10. When you reject Satan and all his alternatives, short-cuts and focus on God.

Conclusion:

People say that attack is the best form of defense.  Attack in this matter is for you to examine yourself and identify what internal enemy is still operating in your life.  Is it spirit of lying, lust, bitterness, anger etc and attack it with the word of God, which is your first deliverance weapon.  No battle has ever been won with just a strong defense. Don't wait until the spirit puts you into deep trouble before you expel them.

If the only thing you want to do is to defend yourself, you can never win. Nobody has ever won a battle that way. Any boxer in the ring that is only defending will end up being knocked out. You cannot outgrow spiritual warfare. You must learn to fight so that at the end of everything, you can say, "I have fought a good fight."

To win the internal battle that is ongoing, you must feed your spirit man daily with the Word of God, meditate on it and do what the word says.  The scriptures is the food of the Spirit-man.  As you eat daily, remember to feed your Spirit man daily also, so you can grow in the Lord and become born again by the Word, as the bible recommended.

That lifestyle will make you strong and able to resist the temptations of the devil and reject sin.  This message is to let people understand why there is a conflict of opinions and behaviours many a times.  It is to make people aware of the forces at play in their own life and the demands each of them makes.  

Let us live a life that is pleasing to God and internal enemies will willingly go away.  If our life can attract the presence of God, both internal and external enemies will not see space in our lives to hide.



FIRE...

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