My special thanks today goes to Kenneth Dawson whose last comment on my latest blog somehow haunted me (positively, of course) and eventually has helped me go deeper into the issue of how Satan works.
Just this morning I had a strange experience. After a few short and rather restless sleeping periods, I awoke finally when it was still dark. As I began to pray, God gave me some light about how demons disguise inside human beings and about how to discern them so that we might be able to see what is really going on behind the scenes. Since, if we truly read Satan’s character, we will see that others, and maybe we ourselves, still, are not as (naturally) moody as we might have thought but only under the undetected guidance of Satan at times.
So, as I was lying there praying while having been given more and more of God’s very peaceful and joyful light that was surging like tender waves in my head, suddenly, a terrible pain hit me. Right behind my left ear, it seemed as if an electric drill would bore a hole into the bone. It was so painful that I could hardly go on thinking straight. I only prayed to God that He would help me. Nothing happened. Then I asked Jesus to set me free from this pain. Again, nothing happened. After a few minutes I thought I would go nuts if that pain lasted for a longer time!!! Continued prayers had been of no effect and thus I tried another thing. I said in my mind, “Satan, leave me alone!”
And the pain was gone, even immediately…
Now back to the inspiration Kenneth’s response on here had given me. As I was thinking about how Satan continually tries to deceive us, I found an enlightening excerpt by T.A. Sparks in which he explains how easy it is for the natural man with his unredeemed soul life to fall prey to Satan’s subtle insinuations. Please, keep in mind that our fight, truly, is only fought in the spiritual realm. Whenever we are tempted to think that God or our neighbors are our enemies, we have already confused the evil spirits with either God or human beings. “Every tennis match is won in the mind, not with the body,” as my fellow countryman Boris Becker once said. I wholeheartedly agree with him here since our spiritual fights are also decided in the invisible realm. For your information, in his time Boris Becker was famous to endure terribly long matches (esp. in Wimbledon) and to finally wrap them up contrary to all expectations.
By the way, I just had a similar experience now. After I had prepared another cup of coffee for me in the kitchen, I felt a pain hitting me in my left shoulder and then in my neck, spreading further and further. At first I thought, “Oh, well, one of my herniated disks says ‘Good morning’ to me.” However, as the pain got worse, I thought it must have been Satan, once again. Since I had no faith to believe that the same sentence I had said before would help me now, I prayed to God for wisdom. Jesus only promised, “Wait on me, I will help you.”
Back on my computer, I reread what I had already written and found one sentence I did not really like since it could easily be misunderstood. I deleted it and, “BOOOOM!!!” all of a sudden, the pain was gone, completely.
Interesting, isn’t it… 🙄
Ha! Just now I had another funny experience. 🙂 I guess most of you are familiar with unnerving phone calls from people you do not know and with whom you do not want to have to do anything at all for their only interest is to sell something to you which you most probably do not need. In the past I tried to listen for a certain time and to finally hang up after a more or less friendly ‘Good Bye’ when it was too tedious to listen to them. And, sigh, it was ALWAYS tedious. I remember I also got a bad mood while listening and I felt angry, too. Not so just now. As the phone rang and I answered the call, I heard a woman who spoke German but disguised her voice as if she was a French or Italian woman (kind of mixture between both accents). Without thinking about it, I did not let her speak and hung up at once. Result? Joy and great peace have been flooding my heart and soul since then. Or in other words, I am learning the following lesson the apostle Paul taught the Ephesians as he said,
“You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” (James 4:4-10 ESV)
Who would have thought that the reasonable thought to be friendly toward everyone, even toward such unnerving phone callers was a satanic idea? I was always convinced that loving one’s enemies would come close to this kind of behavior. But NO! Arghh!! 😛 Since, did I ever feel God’s peace as I gave in to these often sickening, sassy and slimy parasites (speaking of demons, of course)? Oh, I praise God for the clarity of seeing the truth behind all these lies now and for being able to use plain language to sketch out a thrilling topic of which I hope to be able to share more with you in the days ahead, knowing that Satan will keep attacking me the more God helps to disclose his various disguises!
Dear brothers and sisters, that was all new to me until today. But I always wondered why I got mad at these callers, every time, and why physical pains often hit me out of the blue. It happened because I had submitted to human reason that is led by Satan without asking God if there was, perhaps, another way. OUCH!!! Who would have thought… Well, now I hope I know how to resist the devil and I pray that I will submit to God in all things because He is so jealous about the Spirit that indwells us that he even lets Satan attack us in order to wake us up. Also, the peace and joy after having listened to God’s voice cannot be compared with anything else on earth. Praise the Lord for His unfathomable ways and His wonderful wisdom!
Oops, finally, here is the TAS excerpt I announced quite some time ago. XD
You notice what happened in the Garden: Satan was there to make God a liar. Jesus said that Satan “is a liar, and the father thereof” (John 8:44), and he was there in the Garden to make God a liar, Did he do it? Mark you, this is something very important for us to notice today, for this is always Satan’s way. He did not accept the situation in the Garden, and he never does accept a situation. There will come a time when he will have to accept a situation and will not be able to do anything about it, but all through the ages he has refused to accept this situation and has told a lie. So man has fallen a victim to the lie of Satan. What is Satan’s lie in connection with life? He offers false life, another kind of life that looks like the true one. Satan falsifies true life, and, instead of being spiritual life, it is just soul life. Do you know the difference between spiritual life and soul life?
Satan attacked the soul life of Adam. You know what the soul is, do you not? It is your reason, your emotions, your will. Satan began by REASONING with Adam, and, oh, what a dangerous thing it is to argue with Satan! Never reason with the devil, or, in other words, do not listen to his arguments! There is a sting in his tail! So Satan first came to man’s reason and started an argument: “Yea, hath God said?” (Genesis 3:1). Immediately a question about God was lodged in the mind. There is a terrible destiny bound up with that question!
Then Satan appealed to Adam’s FEELINGS, and, pointing to the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he said: ‘You see how lovely and full of juice that fruit is! How much it is to be desired!’ So Adam looked at the fruit and said: ‘How lovely! I think I would like some of that.’ His emotions went out to it, and when Satan has got your mind and your emotions, it is not far to your WILL! The next thing was that Adam took the fruit. He used his will, and the damage was done.
It is all symbolic, but, you see, it contains eternal principles. The whole kingdom and reign of Satan are built upon that basis. The mind, the heart and the will of humanity are captured by the devil, but it is false life. What about all the emotion in the world, even in Christianity? There is a vast difference between spiritual, eternal life, and soul life. There is such a thing as false life, and that thing is the master-stroke of Satan! You will remember that there was a time in the history of Israel in the wilderness when certain sons of Aaron brought false fire and offered it upon God’s altar. You know what happened! You know all about God’s jealousy. There is a vast amount of false fire in this world today. It looks like true life, true fire, what is of God, but there is a lie in it, and the fruit of that tree is bitter fruit in the end.