Lords of Darkness

Neil Girrard

Scriptures Referenced in This Chapter:
          (Follow the Scripture links if you want to study the Scriptures for yourself.)
Phlp. 3:14 π 1 Tim. 6:12 π Jas. 4:7 π Jas. 4:8-10 π 1 Pet. 5:8

To my beloved brethren in Christ Jesus:

This work has been written with full knowledge that it may spark either a disagreement or a strong emotional reaction in some readers’ hearts. I must first beg of you that you submit yourself to the Most High God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ - and to Him alone - before you simply reject what has been said. The fact that you, as such a reader, are having a strong reaction is an indication that what has been said may indeed be true. If you simply reject, out of hand, what is said in this work, you may someday find out that you have rejected truth from God Himself.

But if you truly find some error in my work, please contact me and enlighten me. If anyone can show me, from the Scriptures, where I have erred, you will not need either coercion or force to compel me to obey Christ Jesus, the sole Commander and Teacher in the New Testament. Simply show me the plain meaning from God’s Word and the question is settled.

On the other hand, if you find yourself in disagreement, not only with me but also with the plain meaning of the Scriptural text at hand, please open your heart and mind to the possibility that you could be wrong. And the stronger your anger or other negative emotional reaction, the greater the likelihood that you have received demonic assistance in being wrong. If you cannot even consider the possibility that you could be wrong, I must tell you straight out that you are under the sway of the evil one, that your mind is veiled to the glory of the gospel of Christ, and that, if you refuse to repent, you will perish in your sins.

The material covered in this work is lethal in scope. It is life and death - choose life. It is eternity in heaven with God or eternity in the lake of fire separated from God. Choose life with God.

Eternal life has been given to us but we must lay hold of it ( 1 Tim. 6:12 ), always pressing

...toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ( Phlp. 3:14 )

Satan is seeking whom he may devour. ( 1 Pet. 5:8; top ) This is a life and death struggle we are engaged in. If we allow his deceptions to hypnotize us and lull us to sleep or into lowering our guard in any way, we can be certain he will try to kill us.

If you suspect the enemy has deceived and/or imprisoned you, seek the Lord as to how He would set you free. Please contact me if I can be of any help or service to your walk in Christ. Or seek out a brother or sister who walks in (or at least desires) true liberty from these things written of in this work and seek the Lord together. Please reread any section with which you disagree, especially any portion with which you angrily or violently disagree, asking the Lord to show you the truth of the matter. Ask yourself and God, “Where did I learn this thing I believe to be true? Was it from the Lord, the Spirit of truth? From some man? From some spiritual, even demonic, voice?” The answer to that question alone - especially when attained with the help of the Holy Spirit of God - often brings great liberty from the deceptions of the demonic.

James wrote,

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. ( Jas. 4:7; top )

Deception and darkness simply have no power under the light of truth. Light and truth are more than available to us. We need only take up and refuse to relinquish the weapons of Christ and our victory is assured because Christ has already soundly defeated and overcome the enemy.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. ( Jas. 4:8-10; top )

If we would but obey this instruction, we would find that the chains of darkness that have held us captive for so long are completely incapable of keeping us from being effective soldiers of light in the army of Christ.

Let he who has ears hear.

Overcoming Through Perseverence
Lords of Darkness

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