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Demon.

The very name causes many of us an instant jolt of panic. Personified evil is an incomprehensible thing, and what we cannot understand, we fear.

These spiritual entities are, according to Christian tradition, angels that were cast out of heaven after following their leader, Satan, in rebellion against God. Because of their transgressions, they now roam the earth as they await the final judgment.

But what if you really have nothing to be afraid of? What if you could easily protect yourself from demonic attack?

The truth is this: you can. And Father José Antonio Fortea, a world-renowned Roman Catholic exorcist and author of "Summa Daemoniaca," is here to show you how you can protect yourself from these invisible entities.

For some, the advice Fr. Fortea gives will feel familiar. There is no magic bullet here, no mystical incantation that will safeguard you for all time. Protecting yourself against demonic attack takes work, perseverance, and a life devoted to Christ.

Are you ready for that?

If you are, protection is at your fingertips. We’ve spoken with Fr. Fortea about the most effective things you can do to protect yourself from demonic attack, and have distilled his advice and writings down into 7 key ways to fend off the devil.

Let's take a look at what Fr. Fortea has to say.

Live a Moral Life

Unsurprisingly, the foundation of fending off the Devil begins with making moral choices.

What do we mean by moral? We mean scriptural morality that lies in loving God, loving one another, and working hard to cultivate the Fruits of the Spirit, which are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This is what creates a moral life.

According to Fr. Fortea, your denomination doesn’t matter. You don’t have to be Roman Catholic. What truly matters is that you make a good-faith attempt to act in ways which are objectively, scripturally good.

This creates what Fr. Fortea calls “a good spiritual life.” He goes on, saying that “The more we’re centered on God, and the more we have a spiritual life, putting into words and deeds the words of the Gospel, the stronger we’ll be.”

If you are willingly open to evil through evil choices, you are more easily attacked and influenced by demonic spirits, which want nothing more than to separate as much of human kind as they can from the light and love of God. Protect yourself from demonic attack by consistently making moral choices.

As Fr. Fortea says, "We should always remember that in the exercise of our free will we are the authors of our own destiny. The demons can only influence us to the extent that we let them."

Attend Church

Living a moral life is the first step to protecting yourself from demonic attack, but don’t stop there. If you want to safe, consider getting involved in your local church.

Fr. Fortea doesn’t recommend this step so that the Church can get your money or out of a sense of tradition. No—he recommends regularly attending church because it helps you to spiritually grow over time, and gives you the support you need to maintain those good choices we spoke of in the previous step.

The Christian Church, as a collective whole, teaches, instructs, inspires, and corrects. Without it, you risk straying from a spiritual life based upon the Word of God to a spiritual life instructed by the self.

Therein lies vulnerability to demonic attack.

If you want a stronger spiritual life, get involved in the church of your choice. What you’ll find there will keep you all the safer.

Pray

Fr. Fortea says that “When tempted, prayer is our greatest weapon, a weapon as powerful as the greatest army or wealth. The demons know the power of prayer and fear it.”

Prayer, as a direct connection between you and God, is one of the most effective and easily accessed defenses against the Devil’s power. Fr. Fortea tells us that it doesn’t matter whether prayer is spoken aloud or merely mental—it’s still just as powerful.

It’s a good idea to cultivate a habit of daily prayer, but you can employ this spiritual tool whenever you feel an unusual temptation to make an immoral choice. Ask God to protect you, and to use His power or send His angels to banish any evil that may have attached itself to you.

If a spiritual life is your shield, prayer is most decidedly your sword. Don’t be afraid to wield it.

If you need a great example of how to pray, simply look to the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13—it breaks down the art of prayer into easily-remembered parts. While you shouldn’t repeat the Lord’s Prayer verbatim, use it as a guide in your own prayers against the demonic

In this, you’ll find protection.

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