By Michael H. Brown
ANGER, FEAR, JEALOUSY ARE AMONG EMOTIONS THAT ATTRACT AND EMPOWER NEGATIVE SPIRITS
There are those in the spiritual walk who when the devil comes up dissuade such conversation, saying they don’t want to “give glory” to him.
They have a point.
But perhaps there are better ways of saying it.
It’s not so much a case of glorifying the devil — darkness — but of giving him and demons energy.
We are in the midst of a war; ignoring it is unfruitful; we have to be careful, however — in waging that war — not to put faith in a negative.
When we focus too much on something dark and worrisome, when we hover over it, when we don’t let a negative go (once we have recognized it) we bear risk of lending evil forces the power to function yet more powerfully (say “glory” if you choose).
“Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil,” says Psalms 37:8.
A delicate balance, this: knowing when we need to speak of the negative and demonic and when we should ignore it; knowing when we should be concerned and when concern is just anxiousness.
It’s like a pain: the more you concentrate on it, the more you focus on it, the worse the pain gets. How many times have you seen a problem grow as you obsess on it — as if you are drawing darkness?
Ignoring evil can be as bad or even worse than focusing too much on it. Yes indeed. But the point is that spirits — all sorts of negative spirits (demonic and earthbound) — feed off what emanates from us. It’s their power. It’s the juice they need to manifest.
What do they especially like? Emotions that create frenzy. Emotions that create hatred. They love hysteria. Fear. These offer the greatest force. They draw from chaos like a buzzing neon light consumes electricity. This is why you often see “poltergeist” outbreaks around teens who are going through the stressful period of puberty.
And we give them power when we’re angry. This is probably the most common way we empower darkness. They gravitate to that. It is one reason they are growing so quickly in our society. Hear the way everyone talks! They like this energy so much that they seek to try to provoke it so they can consume more of it. We all know that, don’t we — the power of fear, the power of anger (both often related)? It actually feels like it is searing — buzzing, sawing — through us! “Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!” advises that same passage from Psalms.
Meanwhile, fear is an emotion rife — overflowing — with dark energy. In fact, some of those in deliverance ministry say that spirits try to scare us (with sounds or apparitions) in order to draw from the energy of that fright. They need this power. It grants them more of a medium to manifest.
Fear of the devil is faith in him! A vicious circle this is! “And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span?” asked Jesus (Luke 12:25). “The worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful,” says Matthew 13:22.
As stated, they also seek earnestly to draw from jealousy (which is even more powerful that hatred and wrath); they search for lust. Lust gathers and releases the essence of darkness. Look what power sex can unleash — the spark of life itself. They feed on morbidity (over-sadness — hovering in grief).
Haughtiness? This feed on it like ants feed on sugar.
And so keep your emotions — and thoughts — in check. Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Don’t hover of what is negative around you or others.
Watch what you feel.
Watch what you think.
Don’t think one way (especially of others) and then act in another.
Think the best. Ignore evil: no.
But don’t make it the over-riding issue. Pray for those who haunt you to overcome their bad habits instead of focusing on the habits themselves — which sends them power. When we sin in thought or deed, an aura of darkness — or at least a wisp of a cloud — rises above us.
There was the movie Liar, Liar — in which a man (Jim Carrey) always blurts out exactly what he is thinking about people. He says exactly what he thinks. He sounds out all that is crossing his mind about everything and everybody. Imagine!
“But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36).
Let’s all ask ourselves: if we were in that movie, what would we sound like?