THE EVIL WITHIN
Two thousand years ago MANY people were possessed and obsessed by devils and demons. (Mtt 4:24) Many were brought unto Jesus who were possessed with devils; (Mtt 8:16) and we read how Jesus "cast out many devils." (Mk 1:32,34,39) Even Jesus' disciples "cast out many devils." (Mk 6:13)
It seems there were "a lot" of people possessed and obsessed with devils and demons back then. Could we still be under attack today? If we are under attack, would we know it? Look at the bulging prisons and all the evil things taking place around the world. Could it be that we are under an even greater attack today, more than any other time in history? "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." (Rev 12:12)
you think in your hearts?"
We read in Luke 22:31-32 that "Satan desires Peter, that he may sift him as wheat: but Jesus has prayed for him, that his faith fails him not." If Satan can possess or obsess a disciple of Jesus, and all Jesus can do is pray for him, who can't the devil possess and what hope do we have?
We read in 2Cor 4:3-4 that "Satan blinds the eyes of the unsaved people to the gospel in the Bible; that he snatches the Word of God from our souls before it can take root; (Mtt 13:19, Lk 8:22) that Satan actively energizes us to be disobedient to God, (Eph 2:2) and that he causes us to be content to tell lies; (1Jn 5:19) that Satan makes the unsaved to do his will." (Jn 8:44, Eph 2:23)
With the devil's soul inside each of us, it is easy for Satan or his devils and demons to enter into our minds and cause iniquity. Of course, anyone who does not understand the design and workings of the soul, would be open to possession and obsession. In Jn 2:24-25, Jesus plainly states, "I know all men; and what is in man."
Satan attacks believers with evil from within, (Eph 6:12,13,16) using the soul, (rev 7:17-18, Gal 5:7) and he uses world religions to appeal to the soul within. (1Jn 2:5,11, 1Cor 2:5)
Yes Satan blinds our minds to the true gospel, and snatches the Word of God out of our souls. He also uses unbelievers to oppress the Word of God (Rev 2:13) and to accuse and slander believers (Rev 12:10)
Satan hinders the spread of the gospel, (1Thess 2:18) and Satan tempts us like he tempted Jesus to immorality. (1Cor 7:5) Satan brings persecuters against the believers (Rev 2:10) and sows counterfeits among the believers. (Mtt 13:38-39) He uses his demon angels against us, (Eph 6:12) and they attempt to thwart the Word of God: (Rev 16:13-16) they extend the authority of Satan. (Eph 6:11-12) They can inflict disease, (Mtt 9:33) possess humans, (Mtt 4:24) and can even possess animals. (Mk 5:13) They spread false doctrine (1Tim 4:1, 1Cor 10:19-20) and they oppose the spiritual growth of God's children. (Eph 6:12)
Satan's devils and demons are spirit beings; (Mtt 17:8, Mk 9:25) they know Jesus, and tremble. (Mk 11:24) They know God's plan of salvation, (James 2:19) and they know their own end. (Mtt 8:29) They have their own system and doctrine (1Tim 4:1-3) and they are immoral, wicked and unclean.
Why do we think those evil thoughts? Why do we say those evil things? Why do we do evil deeds? Why do we have to fight to resist that "little voice inside"?
Could it be that the soul, Satan's creation, is in control? - that we are under its influence? - obsessed if not possessed by that soul? Could we also be obsessed and/or possessed by Satan's devils and demons through that soul of evil within?
We are mind made in the image of God, Mind. We are currently inside a human animal we call homo sapien sapien, with a soul, ripe with human nature and instincts. The design is Satan's, and he and his devils and demons can use it against us. (Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, envey, pride, and so on, just to name a few of soul's characteristics which can be used against us.)
Satan does his best to tempt every follower of Jesus; (1Pet 5:8) and because of the sinful nature of his soul within us, he can manipulate our minds. (Rom 5:12; 7:8) Satan and his followers are actively involved in keeping us from returning home to Life in Heaven: this statement is self-evident throughout the Bible. 1Pet 5:8 sums up Satan's efforts and goals.
Satan has designed "this world" as a familiar of other earth (Heaven), to feed the mind deceptions that this is our home and we can have "Peace on Earth." He uses the soul's imagination to create beautiful dreams of what this world can be like, while his henchmen do just the opposite; of course it's all a very clever deception of using "good" to promote "evil." (Look at the history of the human race; blood shed and human sacrifice.)
The deception of the "familiar" works perfectly, until you realize that it's ALL temporal: that everything here decays and dies; that Satan is not as powerful as the Living God, our Father who art in heaven, who can and does create eternal Life.
Satan is very powerful, but his power is limited. He has no ability to create Life. Everything he creates down here in the bottomless pit of electro-fire-energy is decaying and dying from the moment it is made. This is a world of death, destruction, and truly the dead. Satan is the anti-christ, the destroyer, while Jesus is the Christ bringer and God is our saviour.
We must learn to defend ourselves against the "wicked rulers of this darkness." (Jn 14:30, 2Cor 4:3-4, 1Jn 5:19) The soul is in constant communication with our mind, supressing our will, obsessing and possessing us such that we can be easily deceived by the invisible. (Out of sight, out of mind.)
Every one of us is tempted and controlled through the lusts of the soul; (James 1:14) "none of us are good;" not one of us can "cast the first stone" because of this soul of evil within.
We cannot reason with Satan, nor can we safely converse with him, as Eve found out. Our wisdom is no match for Satan's deceptive techniques and methods. Satan is very crafty and "knows all about" those he tempts.(Gen 3:11) Satan is the father of lies.(Jn 8:44) He desires to have you.(Lk 22:33) He is full of pride and violence.(Ezekiel 28:16-17) He knows all the contents of our souls.
Satan is the "god of every age," (2Cor4:4) every "evil age," (Gal 1:4) its god. He is the "prince of this world." (Jn 12:3; 14:30; 16:11) Be alert, for the devil's henchmen are coming to steal your mind away. (2Cor 11:13-15)
So put on the Full Armour of God and stand on guard against the attacks, every moment. Saturate that evil soul within with the Word of God and the Way of Righteousness; use the Word of God as your defense. Paul writes, "if it is not true, do not let it into your mind." And as we read in Proverbs 23:7, "for as a man thinks within himself, so he is."
Block those evil thoughts from entering your mind by quoting scripture at them (just like Jesus did). Cast those devils out, "In the name of Jesus, Be Gone!" - "Walk by faith, not by sight." (2Cor 5:7)
Fill that evil soul with Righteousness by thinking, speaking and doing the right thing, every time. For by good works we are justified, and the devil recedes. Jesus says, "Learn from me and ye shall find rest from your souls." (Mtt 11:29) "All evil things come from within, out of the souls of men." (Mk 7:23,21)
Your mind should be connected to the Father, not the soul. Your mind should be controlling your thinking and will. (Proverbs 23:7) If it is not righteous, DO NOT dwell on these things with your mind: (Phil 4:8) for the mind set on God and his righteousness, is Peace and Life.