The other night Brandon and I had started watching a movie that I had watched when I was younger, typically with my family. Not quite sure why it seemed acceptable to my family to watch that movie when I was younger, maybe because it seemed so preposterous to my parents at the time. The “It’s just a silly movie” attitude.
The movie itself is about a small group of families that live in the suburbs who have new neighbors that the men believe are in some way in the occult. At one point, one of the more suspicious men, gets out a book which talks about satanism (with pictures) as a means to explain to his friend/neighbor that the people who moved next door must be satanists. It’s supposed to be a goofy 80’s movie but I do not suggest watching it to those who have not seen it.
Anyway, we didn’t finish the movie and turned it off to go to bed. As we were getting ready for bed and later talking before trying to go to sleep I started commenting on how I was getting that “creeped out” feeling that came along with mental images that I do not particularly want to remember or try to relate through writing. Brandon told me he was dealing with the same. We prayed about it and rebuked whatever might be lurking around because of this movie in the name of Jesus Christ. The feeling and mental games from whatever demonic entities were around went away almost instantly.
I’m not exactly sure why I’m writing about this experience. I know that it is important to be careful what you allow into your life and a part of me thinks that we only started watching that movie because it was ‘there’ and we hadn’t watched it together (Brandon had never seen it).
We didn’t finish the movie and do not plan to. (Spoiler: the family that moved in next door turned out to be cannibals and/or murderers. Don’t bother watching it.)
Lately we’ve been working more on remembering to rebuke and exercise the authority we have through Jesus Christ against satan and his demons. I do not believe most believers out there are aware that they not only have this authority (only through Christ and not of their own standings) but do not realize how often it might need to be used, especially in the times we are in now.
Over the years I have experienced both extremes with Christians and what they believe concerning demons. Some will not openly acknowledge the workings of satan and how they may be affected during their daily lives and go on doing whatever they please. They are not open-eyed and open-minded to the world today. Others blame every little bad occurrence in their lives on demons without acknowledging the possibility that their own actions can sometimes come with consequences. With that being said, should Brandon and I have watched that movie we started? No. Did it allow demonic entities to enter his house and start messing with us? Yes, and through the powers of Christ it was taken care of and we need to remember to avoid that kind of situation in the future. Having such authority, only through our relationship with Christ, does not mean that we can do, watch, and listen to whatever we want and then rebuke everything in the name of Christ afterwards. Unfortunately for us, I hadn’t been thinking about the aspects of the movie and had forgotten a lot of the symbolism that was in it when we started watching it.
I do believe it is important for followers of Christ to be aware and utilize the gifts God has given us and many Christians are closed off to this idea.
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:17-18)
How many actually believe? Did you notice that the first thing listed was “cast out devils”?
And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
So we DO have the power over all the power of the enemy (demons), BUT we must not rejoice in that fact because it is not through us that we have that authority, but through believing in Christ Jesus as our Savior. And just as He said, we shouldn’t rejoice that we are able to do this with His name but rejoice that our names are written in the Book of Life for accepting Him.