Are You Being Squeezed by the Python Spirit?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to examine your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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Are you being squeezed by the python spirit? How can you know?

What is the python spirit?

The python spirit is a demonic evil spirit that tries to squeeze the life of Christ out of His saints by distracting them from study of the Word, from prayer, and from worship. Like the python that coils itself around the body of its victim to destroy it, so the python spirit coils itself around the soul of the saint to choke out its connection to God. The python spirit seeks to stifle the breath of the Holy Spirit and to cut off our prayer life, which is our lifeline to God.

We first encounter the python spirit in Acts 16: 16. In this chapter, the Apostle Paul is being harassed by a young slave girl with a spirit of divination. She has the ability to foretell the future and is earning lots of money for her masters. When Paul finally commands the spirit of divination to come out of her, she loses her power to predict the future and makes her masters angry because she can no longer make them rich.

The word divination in this verse comes from the Greek word Πύθων, or puthon, which means python. Hence, the name of the spirit. The python spirit’s agenda is to make us ineffective in the Kingdom of God. The python spirit’s ultimate goal is to stop us from being and doing what God has purposed for us. 

Some Characteristics of the Python Spirit

Following are some possible indicators that one is being squeezed by the python spirit:

___A great desire to flatter others for approval. Those who are people-pleasers, who are starving for affirmation, are most susceptible to the python spirit. We must be so rooted in God’s acceptance of us that we do not look to others to affirm us.
 
___Wanting to be at the center of attention. The young girl in Acts 16: 16 followed Paul for “many days,” continually harassing him. A person with a python spirit continually tries to put himself or herself in the limelight.
 
___Wanting to prove one’s importance. The young girl directed her harassment to Paul and Silas who were leaders in the early Church. Those who try to gain status by seeking out people in high positions may be victims of the python spirit. 
 
___Selling spiritual gifts.  For example, a person with a python spirit may charge people to give them a word of prophecy. Ths is evil. 
 
How Does the Python Spirit Operate?
 
___The python spirit tries to squeeze the spiritual life out of us the way the natural python literally squeezes the life out of its victim.
 ___The python spirit tries to hinder our ability to worship God.
 ___The python spirit tries to mess up our finances and keep us in financial bondage.
 ___The python spirit tries to draw us into isolation and alienation from others.
 ___The python spirit tries to keep us from reading God’s Word by distracting us, making us feel tired, and even causing us to fall asleep while reading God’s Word. 
 ___The python spirit tries to keep us from praying.
 ___The python spirit tries to destroy our hope and thwart God’s destiny in our lives.
 
Signs of Victimization by the Python Spirit ___Continual fatigue or sluggishness
___Continual struggling without ever conquering or overcoming
___Lack of ambition
___Difficulty focusing
___Weariness
___Feeling powerless to overcome
___Apathy or depression; suicidal thoughts
___Difficulty praying and worshipping God
___Hopelessness

 

Now, just because one may be experiencing the symptoms listed above does not mean that one is a victim of the python spirit. We must be discerning and ask Holy Spirit to show us what is going on if and when we experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.

Prayer for Today: Lord God, we thank You that through Christ, we have authority and power over every evil spirit. Grant us discernment to know what, if any, evil spirits are operating in our lives so that we may cast them out in Your Mighty Name. Amen.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Please share your questions and insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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“Are You on the Verge of Giving Up?”

“How to Stay Sane in an Insane World”

“Is Regret Stealing Your Joy?”

“How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit”

“Sex and Soul Ties”

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Are You a Carnal Christian?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to examine your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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According to the Bible, there are two kinds of Christians: carnal and spiritual. Which one are you? 

Perhaps you don’t know the difference. No worries. 🙂 This post will explain them to you. Which kind of Christian you are–carnal or spiritual–will make all the difference in the world as to how life turns out for you. So, read on!


What does it mean to be carnal?

The word carnal comes from the Latin word carnem, which means pertaining to the flesh. According to God’s Word, the flesh includes not only our bodies but also our souls. The Bible defines the flesh as our sin nature, our lower nature, our nature before we come to Christ and were born again. To be carnal is to think and act in accordance with the flesh, to think and act in accordance with our lower or sin nature.

When we think and act according to our lower nature, we will experience death, not necessarily physical death (although that is possible) but the death of success in our lives. In other words, if we think and act according to our lower nature, we will be sick, poor, in turmoil, and depressed.

But if we think and act according to our higher nature–our nature in Christ–we will experience health, peace, and prosperity in every area of our lives. 

Now, wouldn’t you like that? I think we all would.

Romans 8: 6-10 clearly describes the carnal mind:

“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”


What does it mean to be spiritual?

Contrary to popular opinion, to be spiritual does not mean to be holier than thou or to be flawless or perfect. According to the Bible, to be spiritual means to allow Christ in us to live through us. Plain and simple.

But, easier said than done.

You see, the spiritual Christian has chosen to live according to his higher nature, the nature of Christ that entered into him when he was born again. Scripture tells us in 2 Corinthians 5: 17 “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”  To be a spiritual Christian is to allow Christ’s life within us to flow through us, pouring out the fruit of His Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

How to Determine Whether You are Carnal or Spiritual?

So, how can we tell if we are carnal Christians or spiritual Christians? Here are some questions to ask ourselves, based on 1 Corinthians 3: 3?

___Am I still controlled by my sinful nature? Do I react to life situations according to my lower nature–in anger, impatience, complaining, revenge, hurtful words, gossip, etc.? 

___Am I jealous of others? Do I compare myself with others instead of being thankful for who I am and for what God has given me? 

___Do I quarrel with others? Do I always want to be right? Am I selfish? 

___Am I living like the world? Do I respond to life’s situations as do those who do not know Christ? Do I return evil for evil, tit for tat? Am I rude and unkind? Do I lack compassion? Do I withhold mercy and forgiveness?

___Is my attitude hostile to the things of God? Do I refuse to obey what God is telling me to do? Do I want to go my own way, do my own thing?

___Do I indulge in the passions of the flesh: sexual sin, gluttony, anger, gossip, addictions? 

If we answered yes to any of the above questions, we need to repent and to begin renewing our minds according to God’s Word.

The way to become a spiritual Christian is to begin thinking as God thinks. In Romans 12: 2, the Apostle Paul taught us how to become a spiritual Christian. Pay close attention to what he wrote: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” 

Do you see it? Paul said that as we change the way we think to align with God’s way of thinking, then—and only then–will we experience God’s good and pleasing and perfect will for our lives. This is what it means to be a spiritual Christian: to think the way God thinks and to act accordingly.

How can we know the way God thinks? By studying His Word. In HIs Word, He reveals to us the way He thinks. As we learn the way He thinks, we can change our thinking to agree with His thinking. When we do, we will become spiritual Christians.

Then and only then will life turn out well for us, meaning then and only then will we know the love, joy, and peace that Jesus wants to give us—no matter what the circumstances.

My Prayer for You Today: Lord Jesus, I ask that You would give my brother and sister a deep desire to renew their minds according to Your Word. Teach them how You think so that they can change their thinking to agree with Yours, In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Have you learned anything new from this post?  Please share your insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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ARE YOU ON THE VERGE OF GIVING UP?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to examine your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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Friends have been writing to me with the same recurring theme:  “No sooner do I get hit with one demonic attack than another one follows close on its heels. I get knocked down, barely get up, and am knocked down again!”

Does this sound like you? Are you growing weary with the fight and ready to give up?

If so, then read on.

Jesus warned us that trouble would increase as His return approaches. You see, Satan knows he doesn’t have much time left to do his dirty work, so he has grown vicious with anger and has intensified his efforts to destroy Christ-Followers (Revelation 12: 17). He has also loosed full-blown deception on the world-at-large to keep people from knowing truth and coming to a saving knowledge of Christ. 

So, don’t be discouraged. And whatever you do, DON’T QUIT!

Listen to what our LORD Himself said: “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16: 33 NLT).

One reason you may be feeling discouraged is that you are relying on your own strength to get you through. This is a big mistake. Our strength will never get us through anything. It is only the strength of Christ in us that will get us through.

When we rely on Christ’s strength within us, we enter a state of rest. Rest is that place where we let go and let God.

So, whatever you are facing today, let Jesus handle it for you. Give it over to Him and trust that He will get you through. Determine to keep running your race and to finish strong.

Finally, don’t give up; look up! Our Lord is coming soon to deliver us from this cesspool of corruption called the world. So, rejoice! Our deliverance is near!  Oh, so very near!

My Prayer for You Today: Lord Jesus, I ask that You would encourage my brother and sister today with the encouragement that only You can give. Help them to focus on You and to rest in You. In Your precious Name I pray. So be it!

Now, it’s YOUR turn: How do you encourage yourself in the Lord? Please share your insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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“Sex and Soul Ties”

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HOW TO STAY SANE IN AN INSANE WORLD

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

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You don’t have to be a rocket scientist, as the expression goes, to realize that the world has gone crazy. For those of us who remember the 20th century, we know it has REALLY gone crazy. 

Why?

Although the world no longer seems to make any sense, the reasons for its insanity make a lot of sense. Let’s take at look at two of them and how we can use them as stabilizers to keep ourselves from fear and deception:

Two Reasons for the World’s Insanity

1–The Bible prophesies that the world would go insane shortly before the return of Christ. Paul wrote in Romans 1: 28 that people would turn from God, resulting in the loss of their ability to think straight: “Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.” 

Since God is truth, when we turn from Him we turn from truth, and when we turn from truth, we end up in deception. Deception is the failure to discern truth from falsehood. Deception is saying good is evil and evil is good (Isaiah 5: 20). This is where our world stands today. It can no longer discern truth from deception. 

2–Just as a woman’s contractions increase in intensity before her baby is born, so are the earth’s contractions increasing in intensity before the birth of God’s Kingdom. Jesus is about to return to snatch away His Bride in a stunning event called the Rapture. Then, seven years later, after the Great Tribulation, He will return to set up His earthly reign of one thousand years, a time period called the Millennium.

The insanity occurring round us is a clear sign that what God’s Word prophesied is about to happen. We are in the contractions of labor, and the contractions are increasing in intensity and frequency. These contractions include not only the increasing violence in the world, but also the growing number of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and unprecedented storms.

So, what are we to do?

First of all, we are to get right with God. Only those who have accepted Christ as Savior and Lord will be rescued from the Great Tribulation that is about to come upon the world. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, I urge you to do so right now. Repent of your sin, ask God’s forgiveness, and invite Jesus into your life. Click here to pray a prayer to be born again. 

Second, we are to look up (Luke 21: 28)! Jesus is about to return to rescue us from this world that has become a cesspool of corruption. We are to keep our eyes focused on Heaven where soon we will see our Lord when He sounds the blast of the shofar, the trumpet sound calling us home. 

When we look up, the insanity going on around us will diminish to its true perspective. Then, and only then, will we be able to stay sane in an insane world. 

My Prayer for You Today: Lord Jesus, as we face the increasing insanity of the world around us, help us to keep looking up and focusing our eyes on You. In Your Name, we pray. Amen.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: How have you stayed sane in this insane world? Please share your insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! You may also be interested in reading the following popular posts:

“Is Fear Quenching Your Faith?”

“Is Regret Stealing Your Joy?”

“How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit”

“Sex and Soul Ties”

Please check our archives in the right sidebar for older posts on a variety of topics. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top right. 

For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

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Winning with the Word Podcast Series

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Please tell your family and friends about this blog and my other resources, and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!

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THE PATIENCE PRINCIPLE

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to examine your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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By nature, I am an impatient person. I like things done yesterday, and the day before is even better. 🙂

Because God knew I needed to develop patience, He has generously given me countless opportunities to do so.

The Greek word for patience used in the Bible is hypomonē, meaning steadfastness, constancy, and endurance. The Hebrew word for patience, ὑπομονή, means to hold fast to one’s faith, to persevere under trials; not to run away.  We notice in Scripture that the word patience is sometimes translated as endurance and perseverance

Strong’s Concordance describes patience as the quality of a person “who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings.” A patient person endures under trials and keeps pushing forward despite all obstacles. 

Perhaps you, too, struggle with impatience. If so, let’s take a short walk together through some of the reasons that patience is so very important to our growth in Christ and to living the Christian life in all of its abundance.

Why do we need patience? 

1–Patience plays a key role in our becoming spiritually mature. Without patience we will remain spiritual babies. The more spiritually mature we are, the more we can receive what we need from God. James says it like this: “Let perseverance [patience] finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1: 4; brackets mine).

2–Patience undergirds faith and is essential to it.  Strong’s Concordance states that patience is “a steadfast waiting for.”  Scripture instructs us to “continue steadfastly in prayer….” (Colossians 4: 2). There are many times we must wait in faith for answers to prayer. We need patience to do so.

3–Patience builds the kind of character that results in hope, and hope is essential to faith. “And endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (Romans 5: 4). “Faith is the substance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11: 1). 

4–Patience is a fruit of love. “Love is patient” (1 Corinthians 13: 4). Patience grows out of love and depends on it. If we are not patient, we are not acting in love.

Being patient involves crucifying the flesh. It means dying to the temptation to be impatient. We cannot be patient in our own strength and power.

When a situation tempts us to be impatient, we must turn to Jesus and let Him be patient through us. This is how we live the Christian life in the face of every temptation. This is what it means to follow Christ.

My Prayer for You Today: Lord Jesus, as we face daily temptations to be impatient, let us remember that You live in us and that, as we turn to You, You will live out patience in us and through us. In Your Name we pray. Amen. 

Now, it’s YOUR turn: What have you learned about the consequences of being impatient? Please share your insights in the Comments box below. Thank you!

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If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! You may also be interested in reading the following popular posts:

“Is Fear Quenching Your Faith?”

“Is Regret Stealing Your Joy?”

“How to Recognize a Controlling Spirit”

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