I believe that “Common Grace” is a theological concept in Christianity that refers to God’s protection of all humankind from evil at birth and throughout our lives, regardless of cultural or religious factors. According to the scholar Louis Berkhof “Common grace curbs the destructive power of sin. It maintains in a measure the moral order of the universe, thus making an orderly life possible. It distributes in varying degrees gifts and talents among men, promotes the development of science and art, and showers untold blessings upon the children of men.” Satan or the devil (you can call him what you want) can not go against this common grace unless he obtains a “legal right” to do it.
How is this done?
We have free will. With free will, we can make choices that affect us spiritually, emotionally and physically. Satan will try to influence our choices by temptations, vengeance or a warped sense of justice if we have been wronged. He will draw from our emotions in order to convince us to choose his suggestions.When we utter curses or call on demons for help, we open ourselves to the destructive purposes of Satan himself. Giving in to these suggestions allows the process of possession to start.
Having been given this “legal right” to enter our lives, Satan will assign one of his subordinate demons to establish a stronghold of some sort to infest the life of an individual. Strongholds develop over time, and the earlier the “legal right” or curse is invoked, the deeper the devil’s control will be. The process of possession may take years. Investigating where and when this happened is the first step towards exorcising the demonic influences in someone’s life.
Possession takes time to develop; therefore, exorcism can take a lot of time as well. Legal rights, once discovered, can be extracted in an instant by confession or renunciation. A stronghold requires time to undo any damage the demon may have inflicted. Exorcism is a process, not an instant cure.
Don’t be fooled by Hollywood. It took time for the demon to get there. Eviction is not always easy. But it is always possible.
Here is a video that might help:
Be Careful Out There – TM