I just finished a book that forever changed my life. It was by the beloved Corrie ten Boom, Tramp for the Lord. In it she details the years after life in the concentration camp. Below, I share a chapter that has especially blessed my life, and I pray it may do so for you too.
In Holland we have many churches with belfries. The bells in the steeples are rung by hand, with a rope that is pulled from the vestibule of the church…
“Up in that church tower,” I said, nodding toward the belfry, is a bell which is rung by pulling on a rope. But you know what? After the sexton lets go of the rope, the bell keeps on swinging. First ding, then dong, slower and slower, until there’s a final dong and it stops.
“I believe the same thing is true of deliverance. When the demons are cast out in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, or when sin is confessed and renounced, then satan’s hand is removed from the rope. But if we worry about our past bondage, satan will use this opportunity to keep the echoes ringing in our minds.”
“You should not worry about the dings and the dongs, they are nothing more than echoes.”
Demons seldom leave without leaving behind their vibrations – dings and dongs. It is as though they give the clapper one big swing on the way out, scaring us into thinking they are still there. They know that, even though they have to flee at the Name of Jesus, if we grow fearful over the remaining echoes, other demons can come in and take their place.
The same is true of forgiveness. When we forgive someone, we take our hand off the rope. But if we’ve been tugging at our grievances for a long time, we mustn’t be surprised when the old angry thoughts keep coming up for a while. They’re just the ding-dongs of the old bell slowing down.
The Bible promises that after we confess and denounce our sins, God cleanses us from them by the blood of Jesus. Indeed, He says, “Your sins and iniquities will I remember no more” (see Hebrews 8:12). However, we can do something God cannot do. We can remember our old sins. These are the dings and the dongs of our past life. When we hear them we need to remember that through Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary, satan can no longer pull the rope in our life. We may be tempted. We may even fall back occasionally. But we have been delivered from the bondage of sin, and even though the vibrations may still sound in our lives, they will grow less and less and eventually stop completely.
Once satan has been cast out of the house of your life, he cannot return as long as you walk in obedience. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. However, that does not prevent him (or his demons) from standing outside the house and shouting through the windows, saying,”We’re still here!”
But, hallelujah, we know satan for who he is – the prince of liars. He is not still here – he has been cast out. So whenever you hear one of those old echoes in your life – one of the dings or dongs – you need to stop right then and say, “Thank You, Jesus. You have bought me with Your blood and sin has no right to sound off in my life.”
You see sweet friend, we have been delivered from our past. Right after our deliverance we may experience some fall backs or feel like we were never delivered at all, but it is only the bell settling. Do not give the bell back to the enemy to continue ringing. Let it settle.
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10