“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

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Although we should not worry, the apostle Peter warns his readers to be sober and vigilant, because we have a powerful adversary, the devil. I learned this lesson, first hand, over the weekend.

I can’t caution my fellow believers enough about the spirits we entertain through the choices we make. Movies filled with gratuitous violence, television shows that promote promiscuity, sporting and entertainment events that celebrate idolatry, carrying on with one another speaking coarse language, the misappropriation of industriousness in order to condone greed, drunkenness and gossip, and much of what the internet has to offer; these are but a few examples of doors we open, sometimes unintentionally, other times intentionally, yet all the time regretfully, which grant Hell an engraved invitation into our lives to wreak havoc. You don’t need a Ouija board to welcome the devil into your life; most ways probably seem quite mundane, even innocent, in fact; otherwise, they wouldn’t be so deceptive and effective.

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Recently, I invited the devil in, and sometime on Friday, in he came like tidal wave. The Lord permitted a demon to torment me for two days and two nights, well into Sunday morning, but on the third day, later in the morning, God released me, and after prayer, the spirit departed. I hurt from the inside out; my flesh felt, at times. as though on fire. I hardly got any sleep, as my dreams provided me no escape. Although the whole experience was quite unpleasant, I learned a valuable lesson this weekend; a lesson of grace, actually. Praise be to God.

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