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You cannot operate in the spiritual warfare arena unless you have a great spiritual director. It is just too dangerous. You are in the realm of devils and thus, you can easily be led astray.
In the latest scandal of former President of Human Life International, Rev. Tom Euteneuer, as an Exorcist was not left alone by the devil. The devil went around his human weaknesses and dragged him down to suffer.
Yes, the evil one likes to cause us suffering. It can be through sickness, emotional torments, obsessions, chaotic life, financial problems and demonic manifestations.
In many Deliverance books that I have read recently, I have been misled on the power of rebuking spirits.
In the book by Neal Lozano, “Resisting the Devil, A Catholic Perspective of Deliverance”, he has recommended a prayer to rebuke evil spirits. And, I believed him.
He says to pray it like this: ”In Jesus Name, I rebuke the evil spirit of ….”. This evil spirits can be anger, wrath, resentment, frustration, distraction, jealousy, lust etc. This form of prayer is very dangerous because you are challenging the evil one. Do not do this in this way. This is called “imprecatory” prayer. This one on one challenge must be only done by the Catholic Church’s appointed Exorcist.
I hope Neal Lozano can figure this out soon, so his readers won’t be misguided.
The effective way to rebuke the evil spirits must always ask Jesus to be the one to command the evil spirits and not you. Thus the above example should be said in this way: ”In Jesus Name, I ask the Lord Jesus to rebuke the evil spirit of …. In Jesus Name, by His Precious Blood, cast the evil spirit of … to the foot of the cross.”
Big huge difference. Be cautious. If you are in spiritual warfare, start praying for a holy spiritual director to guide you.
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