Flip on any TV channel and see (and I mean really see) the subliminal messages gradually nudging us day after day.
Observe an awards or halftime show and watch as celebrities publicly mimic Babylonian rituals right under our uninformed noses.
Listen to artists laugh and say, “I sold my soul to the devil” during an interview as casually as if they were describing their outfit.
And, what about artists who claim to be actually possessed by an “entity” or an “alter ego” that gives them abilities on stage they don’t normally have in everyday life?
What’s going on?
Our bodies are intended to be a temple of Holy Spirit only. When we choose to not invite God’s Spirit inside of us, we open ourselves up to be filled with something else.
Many times, we tend to sugar-coat this section in Ephesians where Paul warns of dark forces at work in the world:
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ~Ephesians 6:11-12
He was serious and was warning us to take it seriously as well.
We need to daily live by the Spirit (Galatians 5: 16-26) in order to have the discernment to see past what we view on the surface, and daily put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:14-20) to not be tempted by the ever-growing deception of what is being pushed by the world.
However, we’re not to condemn celebrities (or anyone else) who seem to be filling their lives with something other than His Spirit. We’re called to intercede in prayer for them, and (if we know them on a personal level) be a loving and safe place when they need help.
This doesn’t mean we have to encourage or endorse their behavior.
What it does mean, is that we need to recognize we’re not fighting against them, but for them against the dark forces that’s deceiving them.
But let’s not forget, we all need to continually allow Holy Spirit to cleanse us of all the lies from the enemy, lead us to repent of our sins, and fill us back up with the limitless love and forgiveness of Christ.
If you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus there’s always hope, no matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been. There’s nothing that could ever make Him love you less.
Many people believe that a relationship with Jesus is about accepting His grace and eternal life and it definitely is! But, it’s so much more than that as well.
Life isn’t always easy or good.
The spiritual battles we face on a daily basis cannot be won without Jesus Christ, and it’s only with His power living inside of us that provides the authority to gain victory over any stronghold over our life.
Your life will never be perfect, but it will be redeemed if you ask Jesus Christ to be the Lord over your life and body, asking His Spirit to fill that God-shaped vessel inside of your heart.
I may not know you.
But, I’m praying you choose the freedom that Jesus is offering you today.