Anyone can be attacked by the devil whether they know God or not. But I believe God mercifully allows these attacks because they have the power to convert souls. God strips you of everything and calls you to Himself. Someone who didn’t know God before the attacks will come to know Him through them. While those who know God will suffer greatly at the loss of Him. In both situations, each person will grow in love and fidelity for the Lord their God, and everything in their lives will change. In this article, I want to show how people either knowingly or unknowingly invite evil into their lives. Sin opens the door to demons. But many people today pay no mind to sin, even though they know the difference between right and wrong. But without religion, they don’t necessarily connect those wrong choices to sin and thus aren’t consciously aware of the effects of their actions. Therefore, they open a door to evil without realizing it. Christians know what sin is and that they have free will to choose for or against it. They also know that there are eternal consequences to sin. They might push that knowledge aside, but they know what they are doing is against God’s will. However, they most likely don’t know how literally that sin can open the door to evil. Other people open the door by mistake. In my case, I trusted someone I didn’t know very well, and she used witchcraft against me. That means I was the victim of her sin. The devil doesn’t care how he gains access to a person, only that he does. She is an example of someone who intentionally set out to hurt another person, knowing full well what she was doing. She knows God is real and is aware of His power and presence in the world but chooses instead to serve Satan by harming others.
Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment.” Matt 22:37-38 But few people love God as they should. They don’t see sin as sin but diminish its severity to their detriment. In this way, they follow the spirit of the world and cooperate with demons. The world is contrary to everything Christ is and everything He teaches. It glorifies evil and celebrates immorality. Many people follow the way of the world. They live sinful lives with no regret. They don’t understand that Jesus died for them and they owe Him everything. All of their love and thanks, their praise and adoration, their breath, and their very life. Everything good comes from God, and everything else comes from the devil. When God made us, he carved a space within us that only desires to be filled with Him. But not everyone understands that, so they seek to fill that space with false gods (demons) that can never fill the void but only make it bigger. And in doing so, they open numerous doors to the enemy.
“O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all who fear the faith they profess are accounted Christians, the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honor. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.”Collect or Opening Prayer Mass Monday, July 12th
Occult and New Age “spiritualities,” as people call them, are not of God. They are a deception of the devil, and anyone who practices them is guilty of the sin of idolatry. Some people know they are serving the devil and are happy to do his bidding. The person who used witchcraft against me had incredible powers. She used them to attach demons to me, to torment me, and to destroy my life. The thing is, the demons she summoned to attack me (and other people) will eventually turn on her. And she will become the victim. Other people are drawn to the occult by the excitement of it all. They are intrigued by the possibility that they can make something happen by casting spells, using magic, making potions, and so on. They think they obtain these powers from the earth or some form of energy. But any power they receive always comes from the devil. It is not just adults that get involved in the occult. Teenagers think it’s cool, or they’re too afraid to speak up, so they go along to fit in. Either way, they opened the door. Younger kids get sucked in by games like Charlie Charlie or Magic The Gathering, which are both very dangerous and opens them up to demonic influence.
Occult and New Age practices are vast and always portals to the enemy. Here are some examples to make them easier to identify. New Age practices include psychics, guided meditation, guided past life regression, angel card readings, crystal energy, numerology, aura energy, energy healing, and hypnosis. Occult practices are darker and include the Ouija board, Satanism, witchcraft, voodoo, boho magic, astral projection, necromancy, sex magic, and many more. I strongly advise against researching any of these since that can open a door to the demonic as well.
Other sinful behaviors that invite demons into people’s lives are things like addiction, drugs, sexual sins, abortion, unforgiveness, resentment, blasphemy, and hatred. Addiction, for example, enslaves people. It steals their freedom, destroys their relationships, jobs, finances, and eventually, the person’s health and self-worth. The spirit of addiction opens the door to more demons. Like all sin does. Remember, demons work together to destroy people. It isn’t hard to figure out who the demos are. All you have to do is pay attention to the state of the addicted or sinful person. They will have negative emotions like loneliness, depression, hostility, despair, anger, guilt, and shame. They may even contemplate suicide. Life is miserable when a person lives outside of God’s plan for them. Sin leads people away from God and prevents spiritual growth.
Everyone has weaknesses, and the devil exploits them to entice people to sin. But he won’t make it obvious. He is very sly. He secretly increases their desires until they become insatiable. Then they cooperate with sin because they want to. I think the first step in closing the door to evil is being honest enough to admit you’re a sinner. If you can do that, then you can change your life. Turning away from sin is essential if you want to shut the door to evil. You do that by living a holy life. The sacraments are a gift, and we receive grace and strength through them. Once I decided to change my life, I knew I needed to go to confession. It was hard, and the devil tried to stop me. But I did it, and now I go to confession regularly. The devil has been convincing people not to confess their sins from the beginning. Don’t listen. Run to God’s mercy as often as you need to. It defeats all evil. The Mass is indispensable. It is the highest form of prayer, and it is where we receive Jesus into our body and soul. There is this invisible encounter between heaven and earth, between you and the living God. There is nothing more important in this life than the Mass. Prayer is imperative in the fight against evil. Pray even if it is hard because prayer is the beginning of a deep relationship with God. Empty yourself, and open your heart to the Lord, and He will fill you with His love. The more open you are, the more He will fill you. And then you will be happy in this life and the next.
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