There are many people who are in bondage. Christians are also in bondage, they have problems with lust, pornography and all kinds of things. It hampers their spiritual live. They cannot make a spiritual breakthrough and on spiritually, all these things hold them down and keep them back. I want to explain to you how these things get a hold of people.
God made us spirit, soul and body. The spirit is that part in which our conscience lives and the soul is the part, which decides the actions. We read in Ezekiel 18:4 "Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins will die.”
This goes for all people, the soul who sins will die. God gave each of us a conscience and that is the spirit. The conscience is inside of our spirit. We read in Romans 2:12-15 “For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law; 13 for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, 15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them,”
We often talk about our heart, that is our spirit which is reserved for the Spirit of God to come and live in it and to unify us with God. That is the part of us that yearns for unification with God, it wants to believe in a greater Being. When we do wrong the conscience speaks to us. Many of us have killed our conscience, we ignore our conscience, we don’t listen to our conscience and then our conscience goes dead on us, because we suffocate our conscience. This conscience of ours seeks God, it seeks unification with God. That is the part of us that yearns to be reunited with God, that separation that took place when Adam was cast out of the presence of God from the Garden of Eden, from Paradise.
Our soul is the one who make decisions that drive the body. The soul decided for Adam that he would eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil which God forbid him to do. Our soul makes the decisions, the psychologists refer to it as the id or the ego. That is the person in me who wants to be glorified. In Ezekiel 18:4 we read that: the soul who sins will die. If I decide not to listen to my conscience and to do the wrong things then I choke my conscience.
Now my conscience, which is my spirit, which God gave, was reserved for the Spirit of God to come and inhabit it. If we accept Jesus Christ and invite Him into our lives, the Holy Spirit comes and indwells me. Then it is also written that my spirit together with God’s Spirit testify that I am a child of God, Romans 8:16. So when I accept Jesus Christ into my life then my spirit, together with His Spirit testify that I am a child of God. So that gives me the assurance that I am a child of God.
Now on the contrary many people are demon possessed. They are under the power of addictions, sicknesses, tension, fear, lust and many more. Where and how do those evil spirits enter a person? When I open my spirit to all of these things they enter. When I go and watch pornography then that enters into my mind. When I do not guard my mind like when under hypnosis on intoxicated with drugs and alcohol. Then those things enter my spirit, now here’s the catch. When these things enter my spirit they get a hold of me, and they cause me to do things that I don’t want to do, they compel me. So a person that watches pornography or lustful materials, those things which are demons, enter into his spirit and they start to controlling him, it starts to become a compulsion. He can’t control it anymore and this drives him and eventually destroy that person, like thoughts of suicide. These things are demons and they kill you eventually.
Jesus came to set us free. If we accept Jesus Christ and His Spirit comes and lives in us, then His Spirit guides us, if we listen. His Spirit lives in our spirit. The difference between an evil spirit and the Holy Spirit is that the Holy Spirit guides us. So if anybody tells you that the Holy Spirit drove him it’s not true. The Holy Spirit guides us. The only thing that forces you is an evil spirit. The Holy Spirit never forces anybody it is not like an addiction that you are going to die if you don’t have it. You can grieve the Holy Spirit then the Holy Spirit goes away from you. Many people were sealed. It is written that if we are baptized in the Holy Spirit we have received the seal of the Holy Spirit. But if you grief the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit will leave you even thought you were baptized in the Holy Spirit the Holy Spirit can leave you.
Let us come back to the evil spirits that come into people. They come into them because they want them, or they allow them. A person that looks at lustful materials like pornography, he attracts the stuff into himself and then these things get a hold of him. Fear, people read all kinds of fearful materials then they fall into fear, a lot of Christians are in tremendous fear, why? They feel that they are haunted, why? Because they allowed these thoughts to come into them and these thoughts, these fears, possessed them and drive them.Jesus Christ came to make us free but we must reject sin, we must renounce these evil spirits because we invited them in, in the first place. If we want deliverance we must renounce our sin in the first place. I must repent of it and then I can ask the Lord Jesus to deliver me from that sin. Many Christians don’t want to be delivered, they enjoy their lusts, lust after money or whatever even self-pity. They are so sorry for themselves and the guy that is the most sorry for you is the devil he is the big sympathizer. If you belong to Jesus Christ you have nothing to feel sorry about you must rejoice all day. So if you have a mournful spirit and you are a Christian then you have an evil spirit and it needs to be cast out, you must reject it. You must go to the Lord in prayer repent of it, than resist the devil and he will flee from you. Tell him: Satan I don’t want you in me any longer I am a child of God I want to serve Jesus Christ. So if you have a lust problem; any problem that compels you and want deliverance, you first need to renounce that spirit. Demons get cast out of people and because those people didn’t want those demons to go in the first place those demons come back with others worse than themselves and those people the end up worse than the beginning. Their second addiction to alcohol, drugs, lust, whatever substances is worse than the first and then that kills them and destroys them because they would not hang on to their deliverance in Jesus Christ. So if an evil spirit is expelled from you, you have renounced that evil and follow Jesus Christ, resist the devil and he will flee from you. That is how you maintain deliverance. You walk in the Spirit you start following the Holy Spirit, you start walking in righteousness, you obey Christ and you do works that are in keeping with righteousness. We shall all be judged for what we have done in the flesh, and the soul that sinneth shall die in hell. So that is our choice. Jesus delivers us but we must exercise that choice and resist the devil, then he will flee from us.