As a believer in Jesus Christ the first thing you must understand is that this world is not your home. Do not forget this. This is important. I know you have decorated the home and everything looks nice, but you are a sojourner. This thought must be fastened within your mind.
Now that you understand that you live in a temporary home, whether you paid off the mortgage or not, you understand that all storms are temporary. They will all pass. A believer in Jesus Christ is an eternal being. The concept is difficult to grasp, but nonetheless truth.
While you live in this temporary body you are subject to invisible warfare. Because many believers miss the first paragraph, it becomes almost difficult for them to get the second and even this third. It is because you are stuck in the natural. If you had the eyes that I have you would see all around you demons and angels. God has given me eyes to literally see light battles within my home. These spirits interject thoughts within your mind constantly. Everything you do will either help aid in your success of the battle or give the enemy the leverage he needs to bind you.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, you cannot afford to let thoughts slip. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5). When you allow thoughts to slip, you have just entertained fear, lust, and worry. Just because you believe in Jesus does not make you exempt, unless you catch demonic thoughts immediately and cast them down.
I will give you an example that happened to me on Friday, while I was out feeding the homeless. If you have read my blog for some time, you already know my weakness in the flesh is women. I know I have some company here. Don’t judge me incorrectly. We all have weaknesses. Anyway, the day was ending and the time for cleanup had begun. So, I went to the truck to get some cleaning supplies and before me, was a beautiful creature that God had created and she started to campaign (flirt) and immediately I felt the spirit of lust. I cannot remember what she said, but I know exactly how I felt. It was a super good feeling that I almost entertained, but as it came I cast it down within my mind and the feeling left and thank God I was saved.
Here is the thing. The spirit of lust would have entered me, if I did not cast it down within my mind. I could see she had the spirit of seduction, because of my gift, nonetheless all spirits use our weakness to get us to accept something so they can enter.
Your weakness may be worry or fear. The spiritual method is the same. Calamity comes and immediately the feeling of fear hits, now you have a very, very, brief time before fear enters and it is when you have accepted it. As a believer you should be filled with God’s word. The Bible says, “The Lord is my sheperd and I shall not want” this should immediately be the thought that casts down the thought of fear. Once fear enters he now controls you and you will need deliverance. This means fear will have to be cast out of you. You can be coached and see doctors and pastors and still be bound until that demon has been delivered from you. You will experience worry and fear over minor and minor things, some things that have occurred and things that will never occur.
Never underestimate the power of demons. If I had entertained that girl with the spirit of seduction, the devil would be sure to use it to destroy me. His mission is to destroy us all, by whatever weakness he can exploit.
A good baramoter for effective warfare is measuring the hours you spend watching television and the hours you spend reading your Bible. If you spend 105 hrs a week, which is 15 min. a day reading your Bible and you spend 210 hrs. a week watching television, that is one thirty minute show a day, do not be surprised by the infiltration of demons. Most shows teach demonic doctrines, so do not be shocked by your lack of power in God. Imagine the discernment you would have if you changed the times around.
The devil is a roaring lion always seeking to destroy you.