In my quest to develop my communication and relationship skills with Jesus/Yeshua, He showed me that there were some things holding me back. Sin that was separating us. I needed to repent and turn from those ways. What was the sin you ask? Entertainment. I was spending way too much time watching junk. Our brains are like sponges, what we allow or put into our brains affects our hearts. It also opens us up to Demons.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:10-13
I knew better, my mom didn’t raise me to watch such junk. I was filling so much of my time with evil. No wonder it was hard to hear His voice, I was allowing evil spirits into my head. I was allowing them to have a voice in my heart. The content of what I was watching was horrid. Over the past couple of years I could see that as I was drawing closer to God as I did so I was naturally giving up a lot of the movies I used to watch. I just didn’t have a desire to watch the old favorites any more. But I spent a lot of time on Netflix. I had replaced those movies with Netflix shows. Shows that allowed sexual immorality, the shows I was watching weren’t pornos. But they had people living together, they had people having sexual relationships outside of marriage, there were homosexuals in the shows, people having affairs or cheating on each other. No I wasn’t watching shows that are rated MA. I am talking about the PG and PG-13 ratings. Honestly it is now in the G ratings too. They may not have showed the actual sin, but they sure did talk about it, and the whole show plot was based on it. Shows like Friends, Frazier, or Mash, are some examples of shows I would have spent time watching.
How about the shows that have magic, Dark magic, witchcraft, Eastern Mysticism, Hinduism, etc? Like that show Once Upon a Time (It’s rated PG), I heard myself saying “these are just childhood fairytales.” But magic and DARK magic is the basis of the show, not to mention the murder, and other stuff that happens on it. Or how about Disney movies? Have you ever stopped to think about what is in Disney movies? Those movies have pretty catchy music that gets stuck in your head too. My brain would come up with an excuse to watch like, “These shows are for kids, it’s ok.” “It is only rated G, it is safe” even though it has some pretty adult content in it too. Or I would say, “but it is really funny”. or “It’s just Harry Potter, it’s make believe, the stories have so much about love in them. Everyone is watching it, so I need to see it to figure out if it is good or bad myself,” blah blah blah. I think my favorite one I used the most was “well it isn’t as bad as some of the other things to watch out there.” I think my brain has produced every excuse possible on justifying why it is ok to watch it. We all probably do it or have done it. I have heard other peoples excuses, and adopted those as my own too.
I challenge you to question what you are watching, music you are listening to, games you are playing. Are they full of false gods like Eastern Mysticism, Islam, or witchcraft? What is the language like, is it vulgar? Does it have Murder in it? Sexual sin? Violence and fighting? Stealing? Are women abused, or mistreated? I pray that you will ask God how HE feels about what you are exposing yourself to.
My eyes were opened. I was choosing BAD entertainment over spending time with HIM! I had been ignoring that little conviction feeling that the Holy Spirit was saying when I put a show on. Jesus forgive me for ignoring what the Holy Spirit was prompting me to do. Forgive me for wasting so much time on this junk. Jesus forgive me for putting my desires over yours. Forgive me for spending all that money. Yeshua forgive me for allowing myself to be opened up to evil spirits.
Yeshua I REPENT of these sins, and turn away from this evil. Take all those evil desires out of my Heart and fill it with a desire for you. A desire to spend time with you. Put a burning desire in me that cannot be quenched for you and your Word. Set my soul on Fire for only you God.
God then showed me that I needed to get rid of it. So I PURGED! I think we got rid of 100’s of movies, 100’s of music cd’s, I purged my computer, my you tube list, purged my iTunes, you name it I got the evil out. “Get it out of the house and then cleanse the house.” Is what I heard. So I purged. I purged everything stored in the basement. I purged my art, yes you heard me, I threw away some of my art, my books, 90% of my decorations (I had made an Idol of decorating the house). Get the evil out. HE lead me on what to keep, throw, or sell. The whole time this was going on I was under spiritual attack. The whole process took about a month. I was working as fast as I could to get this evil out of me and my house. And Satan and his evil spirits were putting on a huge battle. They did not want to relinquish their foothold.
Finally the day came when it was all gone. I invited my parents over for a “House Cleaning ”. It was a spiritual house cleaning. First we purged me of all the spirits I had allowed in. I had done a lot of sinful things in my past, and this opened me up to demons. I was tired of being under their influence and oppression. I needed to clean my spiritual and physical house. So we bound, rebuked, and cast out the evil spirits. We went through each room of the house. We anointed each room, the TV, the computer, every doorway, doors, and windows. We cast out all the enemies and broke down his bondages and strongholds.
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Luke 10:19
There is Peace in my house. God’s presence fills it. I feel clean, my house feels clean. I can hear God’s voice much clearer.
Now I spend my time reading the Bible, singing praise and worship, watching sermons, or watching Christian news shows about the end times. That is what I desire. It is what I asked for. I want my every moment to be with Him. I am not perfect and I stumble and fall quite a bit, I just keep trying again and again. I will get it eventually.
Some other Bible Verses on casting out demons:
Matthew 8:16, 10:8. Mark 1:34, 1:39, 3:15, 6:13, 16:17 Luke 9:49-50, 11:14-23
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