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Part IV


          Because you signed up for this program which demonstrates a desire and commitment to come into the full stature of Christ, I'm going to assume you're a genuine disciple of Christ which presents two strong possibilities as to why you are oppressed by darkness, be it severely or not.
          The first (obvious) reason is that the world (including Christians who aren't disciples) doesn't like disciples. True disciples are the salt of the earth. Salt is known to be used to purify and keep things from rotting. Being salt to the earth, then, is having a life that, in all its purity, either cleanses or stings the world around it - or both! Believers that are truly salt to the earth tend to hold people accountable to righteousness. They tend to speak up about the truth when necessary. And let's face it - almost nobody wants to hear the truth anymore! So, being salt to the earth means you aren't going to be very liked. 
          Not to mention, disciples are also the light of the world according to Matthew 5:14. And we know that, "Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed", John 3:19-21. If disciples are the light and the world hates the light, then the world hates disciples. Though this is obvious, many disciples struggle to accept this reality. Otherwise they would not be so stunned or even debilitated by it. And the bigger issue is, though we know the Bible tells us this, we don't recognize that the various types of adversity that go on in our personal lives is because of this very reason. Many disciples are repelled by the world - even in the workforce - because of the light in them. Even if these light bearers aren't preaching, witnessing, testifying or saying a single word, they're still emitting light. And the darkness dislikes it.
          But there's far more. Another reason true disciples are oppressed by darkness to one degree or another is if they were born into households that were dominated by darkness - as in, the family didn't follow Christ. 
          When children are born, the devil knows which among them will not only become born again believers someday, but will be the salt of the earth. Hebrews 1:14 says, "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" Well, just as there are different people with various purposes and gifts, there are different types of angels, each with specific ways to minister to the heirs they're appointed to.  The devil plainly sees what types of angels are assigned to a newborn and can deduce what type of threat to the dark kingdom that child will become. Babies that are marked as the "salt of the earth" are some of the worst threats the enemy faces. So, these little grains of salt are targeted early on by the dark kingdom to be pummeled by darkness.
           Now if the child is born into a household dominated by the kingdom of darkness, where Satan has great influence, their task to indoctrinate the child with lies and flood the child with distress throughout their youth is quite easy. Not because the child's angels are too weak to protect him, but because of legalities. If the parents do not give the household to Christ and truly submit to, trust and rely upon His headship, the dark kingdom has legal rights and direct access to the child. And how do we know this? Because the Bible says Satan is the prince of the air, Ephesians 2:2. It also says that believers have been rescued from the dominion of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of God's dear Son in Colossians 1:13. Therefore, if a family doesn't truly believe in and follow Jesus, their children are subject to the rule and inundation of darkness. And the babies born into a household dominated by darkness that have anointings and the call of God on their lives become mega targets by the powers assigned to that household. Those children end up going through hell growing up - in order to hinder their capacity to believe the Lord with all their soul, one day.  
          Let me reiterate. The children born as grains of salt who will one day find Jesus are severely targeted by the dark minions assigned to the family. As these babies grow up, they are strategically stripped of their value and any sense of dignity through any assortment of assaults be it rejection, bullying, neglect, trauma, mental, physical or sexual abuse, or anything that will serve to program fear and defeat into them, and crush their spirits. It's a very methodical system at work in these young lives which trains their souls to be insecure and doubt God. But they have no clue this is happening to them. All they know is they routinely endure being reminded, perhaps, how inferior, useless or alone they are. Whatever works best, the minions will orchestrate circumstance after circumstance to control the child through dysfunction.  Then when the day comes that they do find Jesus, their souls remain profoundly vulnerable to the control of darkness through their subconscious minds and belief system. Where, at the surface they are believing and following God, but subconsciously they're still in fear of the next failure, violation, or let down.

          This may not be your situation, but I venture to say that if you are severly oppressed and have been going through the same cycles for decades despite following Jesus for years, you most likely were born into a family where the enemy had charge and had legal access to your life growing up.  And if that is the case, then realize that the reason all the terrible things that happened to you in your childhood and beyond is because the devil knew you were a true disciple of Christ, even before you did. And he had to fashion your belief system to make it faulty and unstable, whereby you'd be more confident in him than the One you call Your King.
          Realize that if this is your situation, even if not severely, all you need is to be delivered from the devil's deep-rooted programming and be brought into full alignment with truth. That's what you're here for, after all. But get excited because the blockage, barriers, lethargy, defeat and all else as you've known it will be dismantled. If you commit to thoroughly going through this program, I assure you, the oppression will become a permanent thing of the past! 
​           Now the reason Satan must put these forces against the grains of salt that are born in the earth is because he learned over the ages that if he can get a stronghold on these grains early on in their lives, if he can get them rooted deeply in lies of defeat and hopelessness, it will be difficult for them to come into the POWER and AUTHORITY OF CHRIST once they give Jesus their lives. They'll be double-minded, believing God at the surface but doubting Him in their subconscious, thus creating a disconnect between them and the power of the truth. So their ability to be salt, though still there, will be hindered because of their instability. The devil mangles the souls of these children so well in hopes that, when they're grown and following Jesus, they'll spend more time in despair over his relentless works against them than being the victorious salt to the earth that they really are.
          As for why Satan can continue to get away with influencing and incessantly disrupting the lives and destinies of true disciples, it's because these disciples unwittingly still agree with or bow to the deep-rooted strongholds he instilled in them throughout their lives. Disciples that continue to operate in fear, insecurity, inferiority, hopelessness, anger, bitterness, jealousy, pride, and so on, "believe" in the enemy and this gives him a measure of access and authority. But this program will help you sort through your faulty belief system which will bring you out of alignment with darkness - which will deem the enemy POWERLESS over your life once and for all.
          Meanwhile, if you were a victim of rejection or some other form of hateful acts against you in your life, remember that Jesus told His disciples, "This is my command: Love each other. (But) if the world (even your family) hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also", John 15:17-20.
          And, in Matthew 5:11, Jesus says, "Blessed are you when people insult (revile/abuse) you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot".  In other words - DON'T QUIT BEING SALT no matter how painful it is to continue.
          Finally, I'd like to ask you to please ponder for a moment what the life of a prophet in the Old Testament must have been like. Take Jeremiah. God continually told him to tell the Israelites that they were disobedient and that God was going to crush them. Does such a person have many friends, if any at all? Especially when all he does is preach and nothing happens. It took over 20 years for Jeremiah's "doomsday" prophecy to occur. Imagine the nuisance Israel must have perceived him to be. He saw things as they really were and constantly declared it. Unfortunately, just as it is today, nobody wanted to hear the truth.  And note that Jeremiah wasn't speaking to the world, but to his own people; to the people of God. And they didn't like him. Well, chances are high that you are somewhat like Jeremiah, if even on a much smaller scale. If you're reviled (abused and mistreated, always putting up with flack one way or another), then Jesus equates you with the prophets of old and says you will be greatly rewarded!