Articles and essays for the interested reader.
Kayser’s article reveals how many things we deal with (persecution, slander, false teaching, etc.) are not only spiritual issues. Demons often influence them. I found two categories of spiritual warfare that Mr. Kayser brought up as very encouraging. First, he brings up the fact that demonic influence can be the source of lies. The kind of lies that Ananias and Saphira told in Acts: no benefit and unneeded. Kayser wrote,
Often this demonic lying has an irrational component that makes no sense because there is no good reason for the lies. I have seen Christians so deceived by Satan that they can’t tell when they are lying and when they are telling the truth.
When you see over-the-top irrationality in lying (such as lying when there is no benefit gained; lying without realizing they are lying; inability to conquer lying; etc), there is probably the demonic behind it.
I remember there being a tough year. I would start thinking through a conversation I just had, and be flooded with the recognition of a host of lies I told. They were small, and with little effect, that they made no sense. After reading this article, I realized that God did not only deliver me from my sin during that time but in all probability delivered me from demonic influence.
Second, he brings up that discouragement in churches can be from satanic influence. He writes,
1 Peter 5:6-10 speaks of Satan seeking whom he may devour, and in context he seems to be devouring people by discouragement. And Peter tells us how to resist that by being steadfast in the Lord.
It is no wonder we are told, “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)