Mistaken concepts of spirituality
There are various erroneous concepts related to spirituality in general and Christian spirituality specifically. Faulty concepts of spirituality will certainly result in a poor spiritual experience and consequently poor life experiences. Spirituality is not merely a matter of life enhancement it is the fundamental foundation for human life and existence. The following elements represent the most common conceptual errors of spirituality and approach to the Christian experience.
For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaks in you. (Matthew 10:20)
Some Christians think that while they are delivering a message in a church meeting, they should use their mind and will, but should merely passively offer their mouths to God, allowing him to speak through them. This text has no such meaning.
Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” (Isaiah 30:21)
Christians do not perceive that this verse specifically refers to the experience of the earthly people of God, the Jews, during the millennial reign, when there will be no satanic imitation. Not knowing this, they understand that a supernatural direction through a voice is a superior form of direction. They neither listen to their conscience nor follow their intuition. They simply wait passively for a supernatural voice. On such occasions, in this passivity, demons and evil spirits find fertile ground to act.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:26)
Christians do not understand the meaning of this verse: the counselor will illuminate their minds so that they can remember what the Lord said. They, on the contrary, think that the instruction is so that they do not have to use their memory, because God will bring all things to their mind.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5)
Christians understand that they themselves do not love, but that they merely allow the Holy Spirit to pour out the love of God both in and through them. They pray asking God to love others through them. For this reason, many believers often fail to exercise their faculty of affection, allowing this function to sink into total paralysis. This opens the door for evil spirits to substitute the person’s unused faculties. In addition, once these Christians abandon the use of their will to control their affection, demons place their falsified love within them. From then on, these Christians behave themselves like pieces of wood or stone, cold and dead to all affections. This explains why many Christians are so spiritually isolated. Mark 12:30 says that we should love with all our being. We ourselves should love.
For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. (2 Corinthians 10:12)
Believers misunderstand this verse thinking that it is an invitation to negate themselves to the point that they lose all self-esteem, something that God unquestionably permits us to have. Many examples of self-humiliation are disguises for passivity. Because of this, Christians often negate themselves instead of denying themselves, God does not fill them and evil spirits prey upon their passivity rendering them useless.
The Bible tells us to submit ourselves to God in all matters, recognizing that whatever he decides is the best for us(James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:6; 10). However, that is not all. We must also resist the devil while we submit to God, because the devil imitates the will of God. If we ignore the presence of a will other than that of God, we can easily accept that which is of Satan as being of God, and fall into his trap. This implies that we must never submit ourselves to our circumstances without daily examining and testing them. Our attitude must remain the same at all times, but our practice only begins after we are sure of the direction of God’s will, since we cannot submit ourselves to the will of Satan. It is important to obey God, but is necessary to be alert. Therefore, the believer must examine actively and consciously the source of each matter in his life.
Weakness and suffering
The Christian understands that he must walk in the path of the cross and suffer for the cause of Christ. He is also willing to be weak and strengthened by the power of God. These are praiseworthy attitudes, but the enemy can use them against us if we do not completely understand them. To suffer at the hand of the enemy and at the same time believe that your suffering comes from God, merely concedes the right of the enemy to prolong his attack. The Christian thinks that he is a martyr for suffering for the church, but in truth, he is a victim. We must check the origin of suffering. We must not automatically accept all suffering as something that God permits and uses for our good.
As far as suffering goes, Paul was merely relating to us his experience of how the grace of God strengthened him in his fragility, for fulfilling the purposes of God. We must not understand that Paul was persuading a strong believer to choose weakness purposely, so that God can strengthen him afterward. He is simply showing the path to strength for the weak Christian.
If we choose weakness and suffering, without the necessary criteria, we will fulfill the conditions for the operation of evil spirits.
A vital point
The principle involved in the cases that we have cited is that the devil does not fail to act whenever there is passivity of the will or the fulfillment of the conditions for his operation. In order to break free from these types of situations, all of those who have fallen as victims of evil spirits must ask themselves: “What have I done that has provided “cover” for evil spirits to operate in my life?” Posing this question will greatly increase the possibility of exposing demonic strongholds leading to freedom from many false and unnecessary experiences of suffering. Another thing that we must understand is that evil spirits use the truth, for this reason we must understand the basic principles of any biblical teaching so that the devil does not use the Word of God, twisting Scripture, to confuse and imprison us.