Dealing with the spirit of belial
The question before us to answer is this, Why are some Christian men failing in their responsibility at home and in the Church while their wives are laboring to fulfill such men’s role at home? The cause of this is belial spirit. Wherever you see belial ruling you will see dragon, jezebel, mammon and all kinds of evil spirits in operation. Belial is like a gate keeper of men’s souls for satan, mobilising spirits for the powers of darkness.
belial in Hebrew is derived from two root words. The first word Be-lee’ means failing, lack, delay, corruption, destruction while the second Ya’al means ascend, valuable, useful, benefited, profitable, can do good. When these two root words are combined it means without profit, worthless.
What belial does is to make a man who is supposed to be fruitful, fruitless, worthless, useless and unprofitable either spiritually and otherwise. The grand aim and purpose of belial is to make a man fruitless and a complete failure either as a Christian, husband or as provider for his home. All manifestations of belial point to failure and destruction.
If belial is working in a man and making that man irresponsible, drunken, rebellious, obstinate, profane, his aim is to bring failure to that man, his family and to God’s purpose for him.
The aim of the sons of belial who rose against Saul when he was newly enthroned king over Israel was to make him fail by withdrawing their support and services to him. When a people are instigated to rise against leaders by this spirit, the aim is to make such leaders and whatever God has given them to do to fail. I have heard people say, “We will see how he will succeed without us.” This is one of the ways belial manifests to fight against leaders and the purpose of God they carry. The goal of belial is to make you a failure. This is equally true of the goal of belial in the family and the church; to promote irresponsibility and rebellion.
When God began to address this issue in men, it was hinged on the fact that they were not fulfilling their roles both at home and in the Church. It was initially believed that they didn’t just want to perform their duties until the Lord began to indicate that many of them were under the influence of belial spirit and that was the reason they were failing in their responsibility at home and finding it difficult to give to God and to His work as they ought to do.
belial spirit will allow a man to be willing but unable to perform that which he wills to do. He has prevented many Christians from ascending higher in the things of God.
As many as are under this spirit can be delivered today. All they need to do is to recognise his operations in their lives and seek God’s help.
Wastefulness, stinginess, drunkenness, profanity, immorality, rebellion, contentions, division, love of self more than of God, disregard for authority are some of the manifestations of this spirit in a person’s life. Sons of belial have no regard for God’s word or His authority. In the midst of the righteous they will still do evil. When this spirit takes over a man he makes him extremely concerned about himself and himself alone. His family, the people of God, the work of God, and the purpose of God even for his life are not his concern. He may pay lip service to them but they are not his priority. His priority is how he may satisfy himself. Selfishness and self-centeredness become the driving force of his life.
At this time and moment the Lord is calling our attention to look closely into our lives and examine the way we are living. Are we living for God or for belial? You should ask yourself this “Why am I facing the spiritual/financial challenges I am facing now in my life? Why these failures? Is it because I have given room for belial in my life by rebelling against God and God’s authority? Is it because I am contentious and divisive, using my tongue wrongly through gossip, backbiting and murmuring? Am I a lover of myself more than of God and His people? Have I become so engrossed with my own personal comfort that I no longer care about my family and the family of God?
belial must be demoted. We must not give him any more chance in our lives and family.
What then must we do to demote belial?
1. Repent. The first thing we must do is to repent. Repentance is more than shedding tears and muttering words to express how sorry you are. Repentance is an action. To repent means to make a U-turn. If God has convicted you and revealed to you that belial is in operation in your life, you must first acknowledge it and confess to God. Beyond confession, you must show forth fruit worthy of repentance.
2. Fight: belial is one of the principalities that fights the Church and God has given us authority to fight and to defeat him. Stand by that authority and renounce him and his operations in your life. Raise the sword of the Spirit against him and destroy his works in your life and your family.
3. Deliberately walk contrary to the life and dictates of this spirit by choosing to give, to submit and to flee from anything that may bring you back into bondage to belial.
We choose to violate the rules of grammar by writing satan and belial in lower case.