Seven Steps to Self-Deliverance
How Can You Become Demonized?
The sources of demonization are various but generally fall into three categories:
Can You Deliver Yourself from Demonization?
The answer is, “It depends.” Sometimes one can, with their own will united to Christ in prayer, devotional practices, and frequent participation in the Sacraments, be delivered from the harassment and bondage of the Evil One without any additional assistance.
In more difficult situations, a person may need the help and prayer support from others, especially that of a priest laying on hands in prayer, and/or the help from a Deliverance Counselor to guide and advise a person in how to find freedom and healing.
Once harassment or bondage has developed to more intense levels, however, and with the more serious levels of demonization, a person may not likely find freedom and healing without the help of someone like a Deliverance Counselor to lead the person through a complete deliverance process.
In the most serious cases, commonly called “possession”, freedom and healing may only be possible through the miraculous intervention of God by His own initiative or through the Solemn Sacramental Rite of Exorcism performed by a designated priest with the permission of the Bishop.
When Deliverance is Delayed or Does Not Happen?
Deliverence does not always happen quickly. It can take months or even years of prayer and work, even with Solemn Exorcism, to finally achieve deliverance and freedom. We believe that some of the reasons for this is that the afflected person may need to learn some things about himself, about God, and about his spiritual life. God may use the affliction as an opportunity to teach a person something about His glory or about some spiritual truth the person needs to know. Some people are slower to learn than others!
Another reason for delayed deliverance is that “hooks” may be present in a person's life that need to be removed before deliverance can be completed. “Hooks” are various behaviors and circumstances, attitudes and ideas, or emotional attachments that allow demons to “hang on” to a person's life.
Some examples of this hooks include, but are not limited to...
Deliverance is rarely possible, or unlikely to be permanent, if any of these or any number of other “hooks” remain in our lives. To find freedom, we must locate and remove all the “hooks”. Any “hook” in our life can be the excuse the demons use to hang on to us.
Searching for “hooks” in our lives can be very difficult both to recognize them and to overcome them. It can also be emotionally painful, but it is critically needed if we are to find freedom and healing. A Deliverance Counselor can be very helpful, and sometimes critically necessary, to assist a person in finding and ridding themselves of these “hooks”.
In rare instances, God may allow the devil to bother us as a test of our faith even though we have done nothing, and others have done nothing, to cause the troubles. Although this is fairly uncommon, it can and does happen; it happened to Job.
There are also instances in which God denies our request for deliverance for our own good. St. Paul speaks of his own trials in this area, namely...
Finally, in very rare cases, God may deny deliverance to someone because He is calling the person to be a “suffering soul” for the Kingdom of God as a witness to the world.
Whatever the causes of our spiritual afflictions, there are seven proven steps we may try to help ourselves find freedom and healing. If these steps do not resolve your situation, then perhaps it is time to ask for help:
Step 1 — Conversion
Deliverance from any level of demonization, bondage, or harassment (collectively called, “spiritual afflictions”) cannot be achieved without personal conversion. Deliverance from milder forms of spiritual afflition may often be achieved by the various acts of personal conversion—Acts of Contrition, Faith, Hope, Charity, and Consecration (see Examples of these prayers. Such “Prayer Acts” and other prayers, with fasting, frequent reception of the Sacraments, and various devotions are often effective to drive evil spirits away:
The first step, therefore, is make up your mind to live the Christ-life; or if already doing so, to persevere in living the Christ-life. This internal conversion, which is a conscious decision and determination to follow Christ and all of His teachings, precedes all other steps to deliverance. Without conversion to the Faith in Jesus Christ and participation in His family, the Church, deliverance, even if seemingly effective for a while, cannot be successful in the long run. It is the “Truth” that makes us free (John 8:31b), not prayers, rituals, counseling, or personal will in themselves. It is the confrontation with Truth that sends the demons running back to hell. This is why the method of Deliverance Counseling we use is called a “Truth Encounter”. As demons are confronted with the Truth, and as we are confronted with the Truth, of who we are in Christ, we gain freedom. The foundation of all truth is Jesus Christ, who is Truth (John 14:6). Without our Lord Jesus Christ we can never know truth or obtain it.
Some people believe they are unable to make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. In such cases the person should ask God for help—ask Him for the faith that will save, deliver, and heal.
If we are willing to accept the gift of faith from God, our Lord will give it to us when we ask:
Sincerely ask God for the faith that brings saving faith, the faith of conversion to the One, that is Jesus Christ, whom who declares:
Step 2 — Repentence
Essential to growing closer to God in faith, devotion, and love is to repent of those behaviors, desires, beliefs, and ideas that are sinful. The definition of sin is much broader than most people imagine. A full and complete definition of sin according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
We must repent of our sin, but repentence involves more than merely “turning away” from sin. Repentence must also renounce all that opposes God and all that He finds sinful. This includes renouncing Satan and his ways, renouncing personal sins, and renouncing all that leads us to sin. Some of the common sins and situations that interfere with deliverance include: involvement in non-Christian activities like the occult, new age, astrology, Eastern meditation, yoga; role-play games like Dungeons and Dragons; persistent situational sins such as living together without marriage or remarriage without annulment of previous marriages; maintaining improper or problematic friendships; illegal activities of any sort; and sins that have become habitual such as pornography, masturbation, fornication, gossip, lying, stealing, etc.
The three greatest stumblingblocks to deliverance is Pride, Rebellion, and Unforgiveness and all the things that go along with those three sins. Repentence of Pride, Rebellion, and Unforgiveness is required to even hope for deliverance. (We will discuss these stumblingblocks in detail in Step 4.)
Repentence also includes the firm amendment to avoid avoid sin, and the near occassion of sin, in the future. Repentence requires a complete turn around of our lives, a becoming a “new man”, so that...
Step 3 — Confession
With faith and contrition of heart, repentence of mind, firm purpose to avoid sin and that which leads us to sin, we must now confess our sins before our God who is a God of forgiveness and mercy. This is a critical step that we will discuss at length.
The manner of our confession differs between Catholics and Protestants, but within our respective traditions, confession is required:
For Catholics, confession of serious (grave) sin must be achieved in the Sacrament of Confession. Although venial sins are not required to be brought to the Sacrament, the Church recommends it as the Sacrament is also efficacious for healing and strengthening of all sin.
For Protestants, the Sacrament of Confession is not part of their tradition, but one is still bound by the teaching of Holy Scripture to not only confess one's sins to God (cf. 1 John 1:9; Roman 10:9-10) but to “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results” (James 5:16).
Catholics have a built-in “accountibility partner” in which to confide and confess their sins — a priest. For Protestants, it is encouraged to find a trusted confidant in which one has the confidence that the confidant will keep private all you tell him. This confidant may be one's pastor or other minister, or a trusted friend.
There is wisdom in presenting oneself to an “accountibility partner.” Personal accountability is upheld when we confess to another person whom may hold us accountible for our actions. Confessing our sins to one another is a powerful way to break the bonds of sin in our lives. It is much harder to confess our sins to one another than to simply say, “Lord, forgive me”. While God is forgiving, of course, it is the demands of personal accountibility before another human being that brings our confession into grounded reality that strengthens our commitment to turn away from sin in the future.
We must be careful when choosing an “accountibility partner.” Since we will be revealing very private and sensitive information about ourselves, it is critically important to trust whoever we choose as a confidant to be discreet and to keep absolutely confidential the information we tell him.
Catholic priests are sworn to secrecy — they are forbidden to reveal anything that they hearfrom a penetant (person seeking the Sacrament of Confession) to anyone, even the Pope. If a priest were to break the “Seal of Confession” (the secrecy of Confession) he is automatically excommunicated and can be “defrocked”. Should such a priest refuse to repent of this most serious sin, he endangers his soul to hell. No one, not civil courts, not church courts, not even the Pope can command a priest to reveal the secrets of the confessional.
Other religious ministers, psychologists, counselors, and others including the Deliverance Counselors of our agency, are also bound either by law, ethical codes, or contract with the client (or bound by any combination thereof) to keep private and confidential all that is revealed to them. In addition, those in the ministerial and helping professions are usually trained in the ethics, legalities, and culture of maintaining confidentiality. They are use to keeping private the personal information of their patients and clients. Friends, on the other hand, may not have such training and may not be use to the culture of confidentiality. Thus, if one's confidant is not a priest, or at least a minister, psychologist, or counselor bound by law and/or ethical codes, take care to ensure the chosen confidant understands thoroughly that he must keep private all that he hears and may not discuss it with anyone, not even with his spouse.
There is a great psychological comfort in hearing the words, “I forgive you” or the equivilent, “I absolve you of your sins.” Our Father in heaven understands this psychological need. Thus, in His great love for us, He provided a way for us to hear those words in His name. It is God who ultimately forgives sins, but God, according to His sovereign authority chose to delegate this authority to His validly ordained priests. This power was given to the Apostles in Jn 20:22-23 and was passed on from them to those whom they appointed. Through His priests, when God forgives, the penitent can literally hear the words, “I absolve you...” God is great and so loving to understand our need to hear the words and provide a way for us to experience that forgiveness in an audible way.
Our Father in heaven also knows and understands our need to be a family and for the family to come to our aid when we are hurting, to offer forgiveness when we fall, and to provide healing and strength to help us grow in faith. The Sacraments, such as the Sacrament of Confession, is part of that “family” economy in which God created us. Even God Himself is family —God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We come into the world through our biological families, are raised by families, and come to God through the family of His Church. Thus it is natural that when we fall, we return to Him through the family of His Church. The Catholic Church has always believed in what God has taught about the need for confession and has followed the teachings of our Lord in this matter.
If you are Catholic you have a great privilege of the Sacraments; seek the Sacrament at least monthly. When you sin gravely, offer an immediate prayer of Perfect Contrition. This prayer brings forgiveness, but you must followup with the actual Sacrament of Confession as soon as possible, and always before receiving the Eucharist.
If you are Protestant, this wonderful Sacrament is not available to you, but God forgives you when you appeal to Him with your heart-felt and sincere repentance and confession. Follow the tradition of your denomination and always offer a prayer for forgiveness as soon as possible after sinning. Then, in obedience to the Bible, seek accountibility by confession to a confidant to complete your healing.
Step 4 — Removing the Greatest Stumblingblocks: Pride, Rebellion, and Forgiveness
We have already mentioned that the three biggest stumblingblocks to deliverance is usually Pride, Rebellion, and Unforgiveness. These three sins distances us from God. To draw closer to God we need to give up our pride, obey our Lord's teachings, and forgive those who hurt us.
In Deliverance Counseling we help our clients through exercises to locate pockets of pride and rebellion and to rid themselves of these sins with the help of God through prayer. Forgiveness, however, tends to be the most difficult, partly because of pride or even rebellion perhaps, but mostly because of deeply emotional issues surrounding the circumstances of the hurts someone has given us. Whatever the causes of our unforgiveness, deliverance is not possible until we can come to forgive, thus we shall discuss this topic at some length too.
The following guide is rather long, but this step is one of the most important. One simple MUST deal with Pride, Rebellion, and Unforgiveness if deliverance and healing is to be permanently possible.
Pride: Pride is the essential sin that leads to most other sins. It is the sin of Lucifer that lead him to rebel against God resulting in his expulsion from heaven and becoming Satan.
Pride is a killer. Pride says, “I can do it! I can get myself out of this mess without God and without anyone elseís help.” No we canít! We absolutely need God, and we desperately need each other.
Pride also says “I know the best and most efficient way and how dare others get in the way of that” or “How dare things not go my way” or “How dare some person or something get in the way of what I want to do.” Impatience is a factor of pride. Other ways impatience reveals our pride is getting impatient when we cannot find our car keys, or when we are late to a meeting, or if someone is driving too slow for us on the hiway, or when the computer acts up and interrupts our train of thought.
Impatience is the sister to Pride because it is caused essentially by our desire to have things our own way, in our own time, and according to our own preferences.
Pride is also the engine behind egotism (thinking more of oneself than one ought) and behind false humility (putting oneself down to be less than what one actually is). Pride is the force behind resistance to lawful and appropriate authority — whether that authority is a parent, teacher, police officer, government, employer, or the Church.
Pride is the basis of thinking of oneself as better than others, being pompous, and having contempt toward oneís neighbors, employers, other family members, or the Church and her ministers.
Pride can also rear its ugly head in more subtle ways such as reluctance to apologize when we need to apologize, demanding our rights merely because it is our right, being inappropriately unkind or rude, jealousy, being quick-tempered, moodiness, brooding over wrongs done by others to oneself, depression and despair, or demanding that we are right about something, when indeed we are right about the issue, even though the issue is unimportant or can be handled differently (this is a major phenomena in marriages, families, and friendships — the phrase “We need to choose our battles” is an important remedy for this).
Other ways that Pride expresses itself include: by taking personal credit for gifts or possessions and thus refusing to acknowledge that we have what we have by Godís Providence; glorying in our achievements as if they were not primary a result of Godís grace and divine goodness; by minimizing oneís defeats; by claiming qualities that are not actually possessed; magnifying the faults and defects of others or dwelling upon the defects and faults of others.
James 4:6-10 and 1 Peter 5:1-10 reveals that spiritual conflict follows pride.
Examine yourself for these and any other attributes of pride and then pray:
Rebellion: We often place our confidence in the flesh not only with the “I can do it myself” attitude but each time we assert our own opinions above the teachings of Christ. It is a pride and a rebellion to say, “I wanna do it my way” or “I wanna think the way I want” without regard to the ways God teaches us to go and to believe. This is an arrogance that not only can get us into major trouble but also forms a major vulnerability for demons to come into our life.
St. Augustine wrote about this: “Lord, those are your best servants who wish to shape their life on Your answers rather than to shape your answers on their wishes.” We need to conform our lives to the teachings of God, not conform Godís teachings to the way we want to live our lives.
Rebelling against God and His authority gives Satan an opportunity to attack. As our commanding general, the Lord Jesus Christ says, “Get into ranks and follow Me. I will not lead you into temptation, but I will deliver you from evil.”
The Bible teaches us that it is the will og God for us to be obedient to parents, to civil government, to the Church, and to the pastors who are over us. We have two biblical responsibilities in regard to these authority figures: 1) Pray for them; and 2) submit to them. The only time God permits us to disobey those in authority over us is when they require of us an act or acquiescence in ways that are contrary to Church Law, Natural Law, or Divine Law.
Being under authority is an act of faith; we are trusting God to work through His established lines of authority. The authority that God has ordained does not mean, however, that we are to submit to abuse from those authorities. In those cases where someone in authority over us is abusing us in any way, then we need to act in appropriate ways according to the situation — such as appeal to the state for protection and relief for civil or criminal issues; or appeal to Church authorities on some issue involving religion or our parish; or make appropriate decisions such as terminating an abusive relationship, etc. Whoever the authority who is abusing, we need to pray for the offender and to forgive him; but we are not required to be a doormat or target of their abuse.
Some of the lines of authority mentioned in the Bible include:
Examine yourself for any areas of rebellion (deliberate driving faster than the speed limit is rebellion, too, you know!) and then pray:
Unforgiveness: Jesus Himself discusses the seriousness of failing to forgive. He tells us that failure to forgive those who hurt us will result in our not being forgiven ourselves by God. “Forgive us our trespasses (sins) as we forgive those who trespass (sin) against us”. The Our Father, the Lords Prayer, which most all of us know and pray, Jesus teaches us that God will be as forgiving to us as we are to others.
Indeed, how can we expect God to forgive us when we do not forgive our brothers? Consider the follow teachings from Holy Scripture:
Forgiveness is not about emotions and feelings. You can still be hurting, angry and upset and still decide to forgive. Forgiveness involves a mental decision, a decision of will, an act of your free will, even though you may not “Feel it”.
In our Deliverance Counseling, we teach clients about the true nature of forgiveness:
Think about the people in your life for whom you need to forgive, people to whom you hold bitterness, people who have hurt you or disappointed you in anyway, or for whom you hold any kind of grudge. Be sure to ALWAYS include your parents, siblings, spouse, and YOURSELF. There is always something to forgive in our families and in ourselves.
Record all the names you can think of on a sheet of paper and a brief note as to why you need to forgive them. If you do not remember names, list them by what you do remember, such as “the guy in sixth grade with the red hat”. If you cannot remember why you need to forgive someone on your list, that is okay; forgive them for whatever it was — God knows.
After preparing this list ask God to bring to your mind anyone you have forgotten. It is not unusual to forget, or to push aside from our conscious mind, incidents and even the names of people whom have hurt us. These hidden hurts and wounds need to be healed as well. Thus ask God to bring to your mind any person you have forgotten for whom you need to forgive, for whom you hold a grudge against, for whom you are bitter, for those who have hurt you, with the following prayer:
Add to your list the names of anyone God may bring to your mind.
Now it is time to Pray...
The following prayer needs to be said for each person on the list for whom you need to forgive. Do not go to the next person on the list until you are sure you have dealt with all the remembered pain.
As you pray, God may bring to your mind various offending people and experiences that has been totally forgotten. Allow God to do this even if it is painful. Remember this process of forgiveness is for your sake because God wants you to be free.
Remember also that by forgiving the offender we are not rationalizing or trying to explain the offender's behavior. Forgiveness deals with the victim's pain, your pain, not another's excuses. Positive feelings will follow in time; freeing you from the past is the critical issue now.
If you are willing to forgive for your sake, so that you can walk away from this webpage free in Christ, free from the past and from person who hurt you, pray the introductory prayer below and then pray the “Prayer to Forgive” for each person on your list:
Prayer to Forgive
May God heal you and bless you!
Step 5 — Know Who You Are in Christ!
In order to gain freedom it is important to know who you are in Christ. Thus you need to evaluate the concept you have of yourself, to acknowledge the truth about God and about yourself; about your relationship and ideas about God and about the manner of our lives.
We often deceive ourselves about our position in Christ and our relationship with Him. For example, we may say to ourselves: “This isnít going to work” or “I wish I could believe this but I canít” or perhaps even more direct deceptions or denials concerning the promises of God for His children. Areas of deception that we may have include:
To counter these and other deceptions we tell ourselves we need to exercise faith. Faith is the response to Truth and believing the truth is a CHOICE (not a feeling). If we say, “I want to believe God, but I just canít,” then we are deceiving ourselves. Of course we can believe God. We know that God does not lie. Faith is something we DECIDE to do; it is not something we FEEL like doing. Believing the truth does not make it true; rather it is TRUE, therefore we believe it.
View our Who You Are page for a Scriptural list of who you are in Christ. Read these affirmations daily or as often as you need. It is important that you not only understand these affirmations, but hold them in your heart. It may take time reading the affirmations over and over before that happens.
Examine yourself and how you may deceive yourself with “self-deceptions” and “Self-Defense” mechanisms. The pray the following prayer:...
Prayer to Know the Truth:
Knowing the truth about oneself, overcoming self-deceptions and the mechanism of self-defense that hide who we really are, includes understanding our faith in Christ. It is by Christ that our lives have meansing and substance.
The following prayer is the substance of that faith:
Step 6 — Worship, Pray, and Fast
Worship as a Church Family: One of Satan's favorite lies, apart from having us believe that he does not exist, or that he does exist and is more powerful than he truly is, is that since God is everywhere and we can worship Him anywhere and do not need the “community of believers“, the Church family.
Although it is true that God is everywhere and worshiping Him anywhere is wholesome and good, it is false to believe that the Church, is unnecessary. Since the earliest days of Christianity, communities of believers gathered together on the Lord's Day (Sunday) to celebrate the Mass and to receive our Lord in the Eucharist.
Scripture is very clear on the subject of Church attendance and on how our submission to it's authority is not only good but required. The Church, it's leaders and members, are the Mystical Body of Christ here on Earth. To disobey the teachings of the Church as it relates to faith and morals is to disobey the teachings of Christ. To not attend church is also disobedience to Christ.
St. Paul admonishes those who do not come to Church in Hebrews 10:19-25:
Therefore, brothers, since through the blood of Jesus we have confidence of entrance into the sanctuary by the new and living way he opened for us through the veil, that is, his flesh, and since we have “a great priest over the house of God,” let us approach with a sincere heart and in absolute trust, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for he who made the promise is trustworthy. We must consider how to rouse one another to love and good works. We should not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some, but encourage one another, and this all the more as you see the day drawing near.
Jesus Himself tells us in John 6:54-56, among other passages, that we must come to the Sacrament in order to have eternal life. We receive the Sacrament through the Church:
The Church, in obedience to Christ and the Apostles, requires us to assist at the Holy Sacrafice of the Mass each Sunday and on other Holy Days of Obligation. The Bible is clear that we are to obey not only Christ, but also His Church:
Worship and Prayer as a Domestic Family: It is also important to worship and pray as a family unit. In addition to assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as a family unit, the family should be going to adore the Blessed Sacrament together, praying the Divine Office or the Rosary together, praying devotions to patron saints of the family and family members, and devotional fasting. Blessings before meals only begins the need for the family praying and performing devotions at home. Worship and prayer together as a family, both in the parish setting, prayer meetings, adoration, and other corporate settings, and in the privacy of the family at home is critical in developing spiritual health for the family and each family member. Such family devotion forms the foundation for all that each family does away from home in the world of school, work, and society.
Prayer is so important both in the family context and individually. It is important not just because prayer is something a Christian ought to do, but because prayer is communication.
Communication with our Creator engenders a deeper love and dependence on Him. The more we depend on God, the closer He is to us and we are to Him. Aligning ourselves with God, communicating with Him at all times and in all situations and personal decisions will unite our hearts to His. A heart united to the Creator will overflow with graces and blessings.
Prayer and Spiritual Warfare: In addition, a healthy prayer life destroys strongholds that demons may have in our lives and in our hearts. Without prayer we cannot hope to be delivered from spiritual afflictions. It is no secret —prayer, worship, devotion, and living the Christ-Life in all that it entails is the formula not only for deliverance from spiritual afflitions, but for living the victorious life in Christ.
When dealing with spiritual afflictions, however, some special prayer considerations may be needed. Scripture states that there are certain demons that will only respond to prayer as well as fasting: “But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:21). If fasting can defeat even the strongest of fallen angels, just how powerful is this sacrifice that we can make?
See the Prayer Page for a link to a Spiritual Warfare Prayer Catalog and examples of spiritual warfare prayers. These spiritual warfare prayers are very effective in defeating the enemy and drawing our hearts closer to God.
Step 7 — Live the Faith and Remain Faithful
Along with all the advice and recommendations of the first six steps, our healing and deliverance cannot be complete unless we act upon our our faith. Doing good works and charitable acts of love are a natural outflow of our faith and necessary to lead a good Christian life. It is not enough to believe. St James asks and admonishes in James 2:19,20, 26:
St. James calls a man a fool who does not act upon his faith in James 1:22-25:
It is hard to live the Christ-Life, but we must try. We must not have a faith that is dead and useless. We must not be a fool and not practice our faith. We must, rather, live out our faith and persevere in the faith:
1 Corinthians 9:23-27
And thus let us be able to say, with St. Paul, in 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Please pray that you do not end up with the “faith” of demons &mdash dead and without good works. But rather act upon your faith by following the example of Christ. Persevere in the faith and let your life be a living Gospel for you shall thereby “know the truth and the truth shall set you free”
Official Advice from the Church
We have outlined seven steps detailing certain issues that we have found important in gaining freedom for a person in spiritual affliction. These seven steps can be distilled down into five “one-linters”.
Borrowing from the Church's Ritual we find five remedies suggested to the spiritually afflicted that are useful and wise for anyone at any level of spiritual afflition. This five-point advice is also efficacious for all of us in dealing with temptation and trying to live the Christ-life:
Repentance, forgiveness, acting on our faith, praying, fasting, receiving the Sacrament frequently, and all the rest we ought to do as good Christians are very good things and very necessary for this life, but more importantly for the life to come.
The advice contained in these Seven Steps to Self-Deliverance, however, are not “quick fixes”. This advice involves a lifelong commitment for anyone with spiritual afflitions. Freeing yourself from the bondages of the enemy and keeping them from returning requires this commitment to persevere in Christ and in the Christ-life.
There will be dry times. Your faith will be tested. Indeed, the demons may (and more than likely will) try to return. Scripture speaks of what demons do once they are cast out:
Do not leave your house (heart) “unoccupied, swept and put in order”; rather be filled with the Holy Spirit.
We can never let down our guard. As a final instruction, remember the teaching of St. Paul in Ephesians 6:10-18. We do not go about our day without putting on our clothes. Do not go into the world with the spiritual cloths of God's armor: