Tuesday, 24 November 2015

SermonJotter 1st Anniv. Top 20 Messages: 4. Dealing With Your Personal Demons

DEALING WITH YOUR PERSONAL DEMONS

Jesus made us understand clearly that there are personal attributes within us that can undermine our journey to happiness, fulfillment and ultimately heaven. These undermining elements aren't just outside in the world: they are within us.

"And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:"  { Mark 9:43 }
  In a message by a young Korean artist titled "Pictures from the pit" these weaknesses are identified as demons. Therefore, if you think demons are creatures with horns only, you're not wrong, but they're much worse than that: they're also spirits behind unclean habits that we display.
They get into our lives through our little acquiescence and take a large control of our disposition without our full awareness.
Professional killing of men isn't a one day job, neither is masturbation or fear.
It all begins with a seemingly harmless thought until they become STRONGHOLDS. 
Jesus emphasizes that life would be a lot better without them. A good example of these demons are fear, lewdness, anger, inordinate affection for the opposite sex, lying etc.
Let's take a look at these demons

   1. Fear: Fear is a demon. Fear is a killer. Fear is the reason many stars failed to shine. Fear is a reason Why many fail to fulfill their dreams and tragically, the reason Why many don't enter Heaven

"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." {Rev 21:8}

   2. Anger: The terrible spirit that suspends all reasoning “Anger "
Many have placed curses on themselves and on others due to this spirit.
One needs to really ponder on the damages this demon has caused.

Homes have been broken, relationships severed, opportunities lost, lives destroyed. All are due to few minutes of anger. May you never be a victim in the name of Jesus.
   3. Obstinacy:  We could tag it as the spirit of "My way, the only way". Obstinacy is a trap that often leads to self-destruction."

"..... but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief." {Prov 28:14b}
May God open our eyes of understanding. Sometimes, this spirit is allowed to take its toll on one whom has been destined for destruction.
   4. Doubt:  Jesus never performed great works in an atmosphere shrouded with doubt. In fact, He was never impressed by unbelief. This spirit keeps contradicting God's word and shortchanging God's people. Since the Scripture warns us not to glory in man; emphasizes that all things are ours, and that we are God's: We determine the extent to which we reach our full potential.

"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things [are] possible to him that believeth" {Mark 9:23}
"Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief."  { Heb 4:11}
   5. Despair : Three great virtues Paul mention in 1st Corinthians 13 are Love,  faith and Hope. Hope is like a fire kindled within to inspire. The enemy seeks to extinguish this light; nevertheless,   God's testimonies can do great wonders in these situations. Remember, there will be days of adversity, So also would there be days of Joy. Therefore never lose hope.
"For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease." { Job 14:7}
   6. Gluttony: "And his sons went and feasted [in their] houses, everyone his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
And it was so, when the days of [their] feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings [according] to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually."
 {Job 1:4 -5}
"And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and [so] that day come upon you unawares." { Luk 21:34 }

Overeating has the tendency to deafen one's spiritual senses. For this reason, fasting has helped in getting quick connection to the spirit realm.
Food is good for the body, but could be dangerous when abused. The popular English proverb says "
Eat to live and don't live to eat ". Many have eaten food and also,  many exist, who food has eaten.
   7. Sloth:
“His lord answered and said unto him, [Thou] wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
30 "And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
 {Mat 25:26}
"He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. "  { Pro 18:9}

With all seriousness of heart, please understand that many will go to hell straight due to laziness. In God's agenda, there is no room for wastage. Everything on earth belongs to God. That work you were given by your boss is actually God's work. If you handle it recklessly, remember, you must account for it. It is by no mere coincidence Solomon warned us about taking very seriously anything We find our hands doing.

Beloved, the list is endless; yet,  are you a victim to some certain degree of any of the above mentioned?
Way out!
Desperate determination + Discipline
Please realize that whatsoever  trial or test we face here on earth, it's a preparatory phase for the kingdom of God. Therefore, strive to enter that Kingdom. Give it whatever it takes. Let go anything that can stop you from getting there.
May the Lord empower us to overcome in Jesus name.
Consider What I say, and May the Lord give you understanding

You are Blessed in Jesus Name

Submitted by: Abiodun Kayode-Alli


My Personal Demons Must Die!
Prayer Points
    1.   O God release me by every internal cage in the name of Jesus.
    2.   Every inherited bondage, lose your hold over my life and die in the name of Jesus.
    3.   Father lord, Break and Remold me , in the name of Jesus.
    4.   Anything  limiting God in my life, Die ! in the name of Jesus.
    5.   Anything in my life withholding the blessing of God from my life, Die in the name of Jesus.
    6.   O God, let all my internal demons die ! by the power of the holy spirit , in the name of Jesus.
    7.   I recover back all the blessings I have lost due to internal demons in the name of Jesus.

In 2015, You shall Excel and be Fruitful in the name of Jesus




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