It is fundamental to my belief as a Christian that I have been set free. That Christ’s shed blood was for the redemption of my soul, the deliverance from every oppressive power and cleansing from all sin. By this ultimate salvation, I believe and accept that I am a new creature, still living and struggling in the flesh, but empowered by the Spirit of God to overcome and to live up to my godly potential.
Just as I accept that I am no longer under condemnation, I can never agree to the teaching that there is more I need to do to be delivered of curses…past, present or future! As far as I’m concerned, there is no contrary power that survived the Cross. It is finished for me, and all I need to do is abide in Christ.
For this reason, I’m always dumbfounded when I come across professing believers who are quick to say that the devil is attacking them through curses. It is even more troubling when Pastors who teach that Christ has set them free continue to implore their congregation to come out and be delivered (time and again) from generational curses and baffling that many spend long hours praying against curses in their life. Do they not understand that it is finished?
Can God cohabit with Satan in the same house? If the spirit that entered and saved the Christian’s soul was truly the Holy Spirit, would He give way to another Spirit after cleaning up His new abode? Is God not a jealous God? Is He not the Almighty? It is inconsistent to profess that Christ lives in you, is Lord of your life and is in control, and to still be anxious about demons!
I am not saying that demons are not real. They certainly are. And yes, they do try to attack us when we are working for God or growing in Him. But try they may and fail they shall! What gives them power is our fear of them. Our faith in God is the only antidote we need when they come attacking. Even faith as small as a mustard seed.
Many of us, Christian and non-Christian, have experienced attacks by demonic spirits when sleeping. Mental health professionals and psychologists, who deny the spiritual, explain this away as ‘sleep paralysis’. But anyone who has experienced it more than once knows how incomplete an understanding that is. Those who are spiritual understand that these are actually spiritual attacks.
The first time it came upon me, I called on the name of Jesus, and it instantly stopped. The second time, I couldn’t even open my mouth and I panicked for a while, saying “Jesus” in my mind many times (believing it would work again), until I was able to shout it out eventually. The attack stopped. But I noticed they kept on coming, and usually came when I was afraid that they would come. And each time, it took longer for them to go away and for relief to come. I was getting more and more afraid, rather than more and more trusting.
It took me years to understand the simple truth that set me free! What is that simple truth? I AM ALREADY FREE, REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST. It is like a fly on the other side of the window. At first when you bang at the window, it will fly away from fear. But when they realise that you can’t actually touch them because of the barrier of the window, you will see that though you bang at the window, the fly will stay there unmoved by your efforts. They are free and protected by that window, which you cannot penetrate.
The window is like Christ. The enemy sees us and wants to attack us. When we don’t know that we are protected, we scream, we panic, we run and we are afraid. But when we know that we are protected, we do not run or labour in fear. We rest and abide. We carry on under the covering of Christ’s blood, untouchable and undisturbed!
I came to understand this truth when one day, after several attacks in one night, I was too afraid to sleep. I prayed. God told me to rest in Him. That was all He said. I was afraid, but I needed to trust. I needed to believe. I needed to know that my God had me covered. So I slept off. They came to attack again. My instinct was to resist them like I always did, but I remembered that God said to rest. So I didn’t resist. I relaxed, and before I knew it, I was back asleep like a baby!
They didn’t attack for a long time after that. But when they did, I didn’t fear. I didn’t put up a fight. I trusted in God and slept. They no longer bother me.
And in any other way that they try to attack, I know they are engaging in futility, because my God is in control! I don’t waste my energy talking to them. I don’t tell the Devil anything. If he comes to trouble me, I turn to God and talk to Him instead… or simply rest in Him.
I write today for your peace and liberty. My post is not for me, but for any of you who may have forgotten who your Daddy is. He is not powerless, and He will never let the enemy snatch His children from His hands. Rather than running in fear and wasting your sleep fighting the Devil, rest and abide in Christ. There is no generational curse upon your life countering the work of the Cross (as if it were possible). You do not need anyone else to lay hands on you. As easy as you believed the gospel and were saved, believe also in the power of the Cross. Whom the Son has set free is FREE INDEED.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim 1:7).
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