SPIRITUAL WARFARE: 25 TRUTHS
Christ is speaking to St. Faustina who lives in a convent about the 25 truths about demons and spiritual warfare.
Jesus began, “My daughter, I want to teach you about spiritual warfare” (Diary 1760). (The Lord’s words are in bold text; commentaries follow.)
- Never trust in yourself but abandon yourself totally to My Will.
Trust is a spiritual weapon. Trust is part of the shield of faith that St. Paul mentions in the following chapter six of Ephesians: the armor of God. Abandonment to God’s will is an act of trust; faith in action dispels evil spirits.
- In desolation, darkness and various doubts, have recourse to Me and to your spiritual director. He will always answer you in My name.
In times of spiritual warfare, immediately pray to Jesus. Invoke His Holy Name that is feared in the netherworld. Bring darkness into the light by telling a spiritual director or confessor and follow his/her instruction.
- Do not bargain with any temptation; lock yourself immediately in My Heart.
In the Garden of Eden, Eve bargained with the devil and lost. We have recourse to the refuge of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
- At the first opportunity, reveal the temptation to the confessor.
A good confession, a good confessor, and a good penitent are a recipe for victory over temptation and demonic oppression—without fail.
Self-love is natural but it should be ordered, free of pride.
- Bear with yourself with great patience.
Patience is a secret weapon that helps us to keep our peace of soul even in the great storms of life. The devil tempts us to impatience, to turn against our selves so we become angry.
Scripture teaches that some demons can only be evicted by prayer and fasting. Interior mortifications are weapons of warfare. They can be small sacrifices offered with great love.
- Always justify to yourself the opinions of your superiors and of your confessor.
Christ is speaking to St. Faustina who lives in a convent. But we all have people in authority over us. Humble obedience to authentic authority is a spiritual weapon.
- Shun murmurs (gossip) like a plague.
Murmuring, gossiping, is never of God. The devil is a liar who stirs up false accusations and gossip that can kill a person’s reputation.
To mind one’s own business is key in spiritual warfare. Please God and let the opinions of others go by the wayside.
- Observe the rule as faithfully as you can.
Jesus is referring to the rule of a Religious Order here. Most of us have made some vow before God , i.e. Marriage vows.
- If someone causes you trouble, think what good you can do for the person who caused you to suffer.
The devil is about hatred, rage, revenge, and unforgiveness. Others have hurt us all at some time. Returning a blessing breaks curses.
A talkative soul will more easily be attacked by the devil. Pour out your feelings to the Lord only.
- Be silent when you are rebuked.
Most of us have been rebuked at some time. The need to be right all the time can lead into demonic traps. God knows the truth. Let it go.
- Do not ask everyone’s opinion, but only the opinion of your confessor; be as frank and simple as a child with him.
Simplicity of life can drive out demons. Honesty is a weapon to defeat Satan, the Liar.
- Do not become discouraged by ingratitude.
No one likes to be taken for granted. But when we are met with ingratitude or insensitivity, the spirit of discouragement can weigh us down. Resist all discouragement for it is never of God.
- Do not examine with curiosity the roads down which I lead you.
The need to know, and curiosity about the future is a temptation that has led too many people into the back rooms of psychics, witches, etc. Decide to trust in God. Resist the spirit of curiosity always.
- When boredom and discouragement beat against your heart, run away from yourself and hide in My heart.
The devil most easily tempts idle souls. Be about the business of God.
- Do not fear struggle; courage itself often intimidates temptations, and they dare not attack us.
Fear is the second most common tactic of the devil (pride is the first). The devil will flee in the face of persevering courage from Jesus.
Christians are called to fight with conviction against all demonic tactics. Pray to the Holy Spirit throughout the day.
- Do not be guided by feeling, because it is not always under your control; but all merit lies in the will.
Love is an act of the will. We are completely free in Christ. We must make a choice, a decision for good or evil.
- Always depend upon your superiors, even in the smallest things.
Christ is instructing a Religious here like Sister Faustina. But, we all have the Lord as our Superior.
- I will not delude you with prospects of peace and consolations; on the contrary, prepare for great battles.
Christ clearly instructs us in scripture to be prepared for great battles, to put on God’s armor and resist the devil. Be vigilant and discerning always.
- Know that you are on a great stage where all heaven and earth are watching you.
What radiates from us—shades of light, darkness or grey? The devil tries to keep us in the category of the lukewarm, which is not pleasing to God.
25. Fight like a knight, so I can reward you. Do not be unduly fearful, because you are not alone.
A knight for Christ knows the nobility of his mission, the King who he serves, and assuredness of the victory.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place…
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Ephesians 6:11-14, 16, 17
THE FALSE PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
Here is a passage that comes from a BIBLE ABOUT RELIGION:
“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and vain deceit, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8
Let’s analyze this more closely:
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception [pseudo-intellectual babble], according to the tradition [and musings] of mere men, following the elementary principles of this world, rather than following [the truth—the teachings of] Christ. Colossians 2:8
So, one should not accept philosophy of mere speculation and imagination, but of the modest, laborious investigation of facts.
Vain Deceit is, that which is vain and empty, and has no solid foundation, and even deceitful and delusional.
Christianity is not a philosophy, but a relationship with God in Christ TODAY––not knowledge of abstract principles.
How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus.
God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know? Each of eight accurate predictions show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17 (1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE.
The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.
Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.
In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family. The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ. No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY.
BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!
Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is a relationship with God, your Creator, in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles. How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing. They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress. Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.
HOW IS JESUS STILL ALIVE TODAY?
Jesus is alive today! He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth.
Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.
This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.
He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical sense of peace.
DREAMS AND VISIONS
God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart. God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions, when you ask God for it earnestly.