HOW TO HANDLE DEMONIC DISTRACTIONS

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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The Apostle Peter gives us an extremely important warning in his first letter to the scattered believers: “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5: 8 NLT). 

One of Satan’s chief weapons for devouring us is by devouring our time. This demonic device is called distraction and is a very subtle trap of which we are often not aware until we fall into it.

What is distraction? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as follows: “an object that directs one’s attention away from something else.” So, in our case, a demonic distraction is anything that directs our attention away from God.

So, how do we handle demonic distractions when they present themselves?

1. We must be on the alert for them. Unless we look out for instances of distraction, we won’t recognize this demonic device.

2. We must not be surprised by them. Demonic distractions will come. We can be certain of that. So when they do come, we should not be surprised nor dismayed.
 

3. We must attack them head-on. The question is how? 

Here are some strategies I have used when facing demonic distractions:

1. I put God first in my life. I do this by starting and ending my day with Him, by spending time in prayer and worship as I begin my day, by asking His direction for the day, and by talking with Him throughout the day to make sure I am staying on track. 

2. I remain sensitive to Holy Spirit’s leading. Sometimes what looks like a demonic distraction can really be the voice of God saying that He wants us to put aside what we are doing at the moment to minister to someone in need. Be careful, however, because Satan can try to confuse us in this area. Sometimes when an opportunity to minister presents itself, it is not from God but is, in reality, a demonic distraction. How can we know the difference? By staying close to Jesus and communing constantly with Him.

“A demonic distraction is anything that directs one’s attention away from God.” 

Here is an an example of what I mean. When I first heard God’s call to write, I was involved in several ministries at my church that were all good ministries. But they were not the ministries that God had assigned to me. God had called me to write for Him. Yet, Satan tried to use those good ministries to keep me from my God-assigned ministry. When I realized what was happening, I resigned from those church ministries.

So, in order to handle demonic distractions, we must know what God wants us to do for Him and then focus on that. When we know our God-given priorities, we will recognize distractions that come against those priorities. And when we recognize demonic distractions, we will be able to resist them.

One final caution: Most demonic distractions come in the form of something good–like a ministry, a needy friend who depends on you to be pumped up, or a request to serve as director of an activity, etc., etc., etc. When you are sure of what God wants you to do, you won’t fall for what someone else other than God wants you to do.

My Prayer for You Today: Lord Jesus, as we seek You first, help us to recognize demonic distractions so that we will stay focused on You and on what You have called us to do. In Your Name we pray. So be it!

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you plagued with distractions that keep you from focusing on God? If so, how do you handle them?

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Horoscopes? Ouija Boards? Séances? Are They Really Harmless?

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

With Halloween close on our heels, we are entering the yearly period of intense occult activity in our land. Not that the occult isn’t alive and active all year round. But at this time of year, it steps up its game. 

What is the occult, and why is it dangerous?


The occult is involvement with demonic supernatural agents. Notice that I said “demonic” supernatural agents. Good angels are also supernatural agents, but they are by no means occultic in nature or function. Instead, they are holy and in total submission to God.

Demons, on the contrary, are in rebellion to God. Demons represent the one-third of the angels who joined Lucifer in rebelling against God. The other two-thirds of the angels remained faithful to God.

Many people today are involved in the occult and don’t even know it. Perhaps you are one of them. If so, read on, because involvement in the occult is extremely dangerous to your spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being.

How can you know if you are involved in the occult? Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

1–Do you start your day by reading your horoscope?
2–Do you call the psychic hotline when facing a problem?
3–Have you gone to a séance, consulted a fortune-teller, or spoken to someone you believed was a dead relative or friend? 
4–Have you played with a Ouija board or experimented with levitation?
5–Have you played with tarot cards, read tea leaves, or used crystal balls to determine the future?
6–Do you play occult games like Dungeons and Dragons or Tunnels and Trolls?
7–Have you had your body tattooed in private places?
8–Do you use occult symbols on your personal belongings–symbols like the pentagram, the number 666, or horned creatures?
9–Do you easily rebel against authority? 
10-Have you engaged in animal sacrifices?
11-Do you watch horror or occult movies or read horror or occult books, like Harry Potter?
12-Have you had out-of-body experiences that terrified you?
13-Are you addicted to drugs?
14-Do you deliberately cut yourself?
15-Are you inordinately depressed, to the point of wanting to commit suicide?

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft….” ~ 1 Samuel 15: 23

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you need to take action!  Even if you’ve experimented with the occult “only one time,” you’ve opened the door to a demonic realm that is affecting your life at this very moment.

For example, do you experience panic attacks, nightmares, or inordinate fear? These symptoms could very well be due to your involvement–past or present–with the occult. 

Or perhaps you are tormented by voices continually talking in your head. You may be afraid to tell anyone about these voices for fear you would be considered insane. You may see horrible images in your mind that drive you to distraction, yet you are afraid or embarrassed to share this with anyone. You may have an inordinate fear of something but are unwilling to divulge it. This fear may be due to your involvement in the occult. In worst case scenarios, involvement with the occult could result in a complete takeover of your personality by demonic spirits–something called “demon possession.” 

If you are, indeed, involved in the occult, there is hope for you! That hope is in Jesus Christ!  Before I gave my life to Jesus, I used to read the daily horoscope, unaware of its grave dangers. After I was born again, Holy Spirit showed me in the Bible that what I was doing was sin. I immediately repented and stopped reading the horoscope.

Also, I learned that some of my ancestors had been involved in the occult and, as a result, had passed on to me a generational curse. So, I underwent deliverance ministry whereby I was set free from the generational curse of occult involvement. 

If you have been involved in the occult, you, too, can be set free by the power of Jesus Christ. Jesus is not only able to set you free; He wants to set you free. Go to Him now! Here is a prayer you can use as a model as you ask for His help:

Father God, in the Name of Jesus I confess my involvement with the occult. I also confess any involvement of my ancestors, on both sides of my family, all the way back to Adam and Eve. In the Name of Jesus, I repent of my personal involvement with the occult, and I repent of the involvement of any of my ancestors with the occult. I ask Your forgiveness for my personal sin and for the sin of my ancestors. In the Name of Jesus, I break the power of the generational curse of the occult from operating in my life or in the lives of my descendants. I thank You, Father, for Your cleansing power that sets me free from the curse. Amen!

I’ve listed below some further resources for you. Please take advantage of them as you so choose. If you need prayer or a referral to a deliverance minister, please contact me at drmaryann@maryanndiorio.com. I will be happy to help you. 

FURTHER RESOURCES FOR DELIVERANCE FROM OCCULT INVOLVEMENT:

1 – My short podcast on the occult: “The Dangers of the Occult”.

2 – “Symptoms of a Bound Life” by Ron Phillips

3 – They Shall Expel Demons by Derek Prince

4 – Prayers That Rout Demons by John Eckhardt

5 – The Bondage Breaker by Neil Anderson

  

 

 

 

 

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3 Tips for Handling Demonic Distractions

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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If you are a follower of Yeshua, you may be experiencing an unusual barrage of distractions that are hindering your work for the Lord. If so, don’t be surprised. Distractions are ploys of the enemy to rob us of our peace, our time, and our effectiveness for Christ.

Here are three tips that have helped me in handling distractions:

Distraction word on a road construction barrier or sign to illustrate dangerous inattentive driving or hazardous situation

1-Praise the LORD! When the distraction hits, instead of allowing it to upset you, stop and begin to praise the LORD! Praising the LORD brings Him on the scene because He inhabits the praises of His people. Once the LORD is on the scene, all demonic spirits must bow to His Presence.

2-Deal with the demons behind the distractions. We do this by commanding them to leave in the Name of Jesus.

3-Claim the peace that is yours through Christ. Demonic distractions are designed to irritate you, hinder you, and keep you from your destiny. When distractions assail you, claim the peace that Jesus died to give you. It is yours because you are His.

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