Positively Responding to Spirit Influence:

Once you understand how spirits hook into you and what you can do to combat that, and you understand that it’s all to do with your own emotional state, then there are so many things that do not affect you anymore. Most of us are heavily
affected by negative influence from spirits because of what they are allowed to hook into inside of us. We’d like to talk about that more with you today.

Today we’d like to cover the rest of this “suit of armour” we can put on that we described yesterday in session 1, that helps us with spirits and also helps us, as you would expect, with influence from people on the Earth as well. Of course the difference between people on the Earth and people in the spirit world is just that we cannot see the people in the spirit world who are influencing us. Many times we interpret the words coming from them as our own thoughts and this is
where it becomes very muddy for us when we’re influenced by spirits.

When you are influenced by a person on Earth you’d usually have them sitting down or standing up in front of you, looking at you, saying the words and you at least know the source of these words. You can also feel their attitude towards you better because you are right in front of them. But when the person is unseen it just makes it a lot more difficult unless  you are very sensitive emotionally and can feel the difference between their thoughts and your thoughts and their feelings and your feelings and so forth. While you are open in these ways that we have described it can often be very confusing and very easy for spirits to influence us, and that’s why so many spirits are Earthbound – because they find it very, very
easy to influence the majority of the population.

Bible verse on how to resist spirit influence
Shall we proceed with the next part?
Mary: Sure. Shall we hear the verse up to where we have covered and onto the next?
Mary: Maybe we’ll read it from the English Standard Version this morning. I like to mix them up.
Mix up the versions. No favouritisms.
Mary: “Put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil, for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic  powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armour of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all,  to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened the belt of truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the spirit with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making  supplication for all the saints


Illustration of the full armour of God
Mary: So we’re up to “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.”

The shield of faith  Yes, let’s look at this shield. For many of us when we first begin investigating Divine Truth the shield is like this.

Initially we start with a very small shield of faith (illustrated in the right hand of the man) It’s not very effective. It barely covers anything and it’s pretty much not usable. But as we progress, and in particular as we progress receiving Divine Love, our faith grows because once we’ve established a connection with God; then our faith

The problem that we have is “How do we have faith when we are just in that infancy stage of discovering truth?” This is where some basic principles about faith need to be kept in mind. To actually have a large shield of faith, as one of the other translations says, we need to have the ability to grow our faith but also to hold onto a few basic logical principles that will assist us with our faith.