James 2:19. “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even demons believe –and tremble.
Belief is passive – faith is active, this is, if we act upon our faith. Just because we believe in something, doesn’t make it happen. This is particularly true when it comes to our belief in God and in being conformed into a follower of Jesus Christ and His teachings.
The instructions throughout Scripture rarely require passivity. They call us to take action. We are commanded to put away passivity and do these things:
• pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
• preach the word (2 Timothy 4:2)
• encourage one another (Hebrews 3:13)
• love one another (1 Peter 1:22)
• flee from sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18)
• honor parents (Ephesians 6:2)
• “put to death . . . the components of your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5)
A Passive Mind
The difference between a passive and an empty mind is that an empty or idle mind is not used at all and a passive mind is passively waiting for some outside force to activate it. Passivity means to abstain from thinking on your own and allowing outside elements to do your thinking for you. Passivity reduces man to a machine and gives evil spirits the opportunity to occupy the will and the body of the believer as well as the mind.
If a person allows their mind to stop thinking, to stop investigating, to stop making decisions and stop examining their experiences and actions in light of the Bible, they are practically inviting Satan to invade their mind and deceive them.
In their desire to follow the direction of the Holy Spirit, many of God’s children feel that they do not need to measure, investigate and judge all thoughts in the light of the Bible that seemingly come from God. The cause of passivity is the ignorance of the Christian. 2 Cor. 10:4-6 read.
The normal way of God’s leading is by the intuition of the spirit and not by the mind. The believer must follow the revelation of intuition, not the thoughts of his mind. Yes, it is by intuition that we come to know God’s will, but in addition, we need the mind to inspect our inner feelings in order to determine whether they come from intuition or whether they are an imitation produced by our emotions.
We know things by intuition, but we prove them by the mind. The mind should never guide or lead, but unquestionably, it needs to test the authenticity of the direction. This teaching agrees with Scripture (Ephesians 5:10, 17). Amp. “And try to learn [In your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord “ [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him]. ‘Therefore, do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is. “
A believer can slide into passivity, when he expects God to put his will into his thinking, and blindly follows any supernatural leading without using his intelligence to examine whether it comes from God or not. The consequence of such ignorance is an enemy invasion. Fortune tellers, astrologers, psychics and mediums say that in order to receive what they call “spirit guides” (which are actually demons), the mind should not offer any resistance, and should empty itself as much as possible. Evil spirits are thrilled when they encounter such empty minds.
THE PHENOMENA OF A PASSIVE MIND
Here we will quickly present the observable facts of a mind under attack by evil spirits.
- Sudden thoughts Once the mind sinks into passivity, evil spirits will inject many thoughts into it from the outside: impure, blasphemous and confused notions.
Many such things may pass through your mind in succession.
- Sometimes these ideas flash into a person’s brain like lightning.
- Images The adversary can also project both good and impure images into the mind of believers. This is because their power of imagination has diminished into passivity. They cannot control their own imaginative powers, having yielded control to evil spirits.
- Dreams can be both natural and supernatural. God inspires some dreams and Satan inspires others.
- Evil powers can create images by day and dreams by night. At night, the brain is not as active as in the day, thus it is more passive and more likely to allow the devil to manipulate it. Such dreams cause a heavy head and a melancholic spirit after waking up the next morning. The dreams and visions that come from God enable us to be normal, tranquil, clear thinking and alert.
- Satanically inspired dreams are grotesque, depressing, and foolish and make a person become arrogant, dazed, confused and irrational.
- Insomnia This is a common malady of the saints. When they lie down at night, many experience endless thoughts springing up in their minds. They keep thinking about their workday or reliving past experiences, or fill their minds with a mixture of subjects. They think of the duties and obligations of the next day, fretting over what they need to do and how to do it in the best way.
- Their brains turn incessantly. These people really want to sleep but cannot stop thinking. In the normal course of events, sleep renews your spirit, but when you spend night after night with insomnia, you can become terrified of sleep, of your bed and of nighttime.
- Forgetfulness The devil attacks many Christians and strips them of their powers of memory. They even forget what they said and did. They often cannot find objects that they put away that same day. Many people observe another phenomenon: the believer usually has a good memory, but in several critical moments, it fails inexplicably. All of this is due to the action of demons. Blocking spirits.
- Lack of Concentration Some people, because of the activity of evil spirits, lose the ability to concentrate when trying to think; others seem to be better off, but after a few moments of concentration on a particular subject their thoughts fly in all directions, especially during prayer and Bible reading. Some people are not aware of what they are reading and cannot pay attention during church meetings. Evil spirits try to prevent us from hearing what would be useful to us, by keeping our minds occupied and forcing us to think about other things. For this reason, many Christians cannot hear what others say. Since evil spirits assail these Christians with endless, disconnected thoughts, they impatiently interrupt others who try to carry on a conversation with them.
- Inactivity In the final stage, the believer’s mind loses its ability to think and falls almost entirely to the power of evil spirits. The person becomes unable to think because he cannot initiate any thought of his own, since thousands of invading thoughts pass through his mind every moment and he cannot make them cease. The enslaved believer develops a cluttered and unbalanced point of view. A small hill through his eyes becomes like a huge mountain. People in this condition flee from others and situations that force them to think. They allow their time to dissipate, and spend it without thought, imagination, or reasoning.
- Stubbornness A passive person after having his mind made up by someone else categorically refuses to listen to any reasoning or evidence. He is not willing to listen to others and thinks they can never understand what he knows! Such people accept any supernatural voice as that of God and since they believe that they have the direction of God, they seal their mind against any change.
- General lack of control the phenomena of the Christian mind under attack by evil spirits are many and varied. However, there is one principle that is the basis for them all: the person loses control.
- The person is plagued by inactivity rather than activity, restlessness instead of calm, agitation due to the flood of thoughts. Such people also suffer from the inability to concentrate or to distinguish or remember thing and events. They suffer uncontrollable confusion, fruitless work, and inability to work during the day, dreams, and visions at night, insomnia, doubt, lack of watchfulness, unreasonable fear and disturbance to the point of agony. All of these conditions are inspired by evil spirits.
THE WAY TO DELIVERANCE
If you notice that your mind is still passive, do not despair, there is a way of escape, and you will find it if you diligently seek it.
1. The wiles of evil spirits Those who seek deliverance should know that evil spirits do not let their captives go free without a fight. It is important that you have no doubts and are certain that you have surrendered ground to demons and that you firmly decide to regain lost ground. The devil will use various tactics to try to stop you and in case they are not successful, he will launch a final attack against you using his customary lying tactics.
He will tell you that you cannot reconquer your freedom because you have sunk so far into passivity, or that God is no longer willing to grant you grace once again, saying that it will be better to give up than to resist, since there is no way that you will be able to see the day of deliverance.
So therefore, why bother yourself with effort and suffering? In this struggle, the believer must learn that the weapons of warfare are spiritual, because carnal weapons are of no use.
2. Recovering lost ground Summarizing what we have already learned, evil spirits may operate in the mind of the believer because of: An un-renewed mind, Acceptance of the lies of evil spirits Passivity After identifying those areas in which you have conceded territory to evil spirits, you must move immediately to recover lost ground. You must renew your previously un-renewed mind, you must locate and renounce the lies that you have accepted as truth, and you must transform passivity into decisive action.