TERMITES OF THE SOUL
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
We will start this message by looking at Matthew
12: 22-24: “Then was brought unto him one possessed with a
devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind
and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and
said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it,
they said, this fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub
the prince of the devils.”
Beelzebub means the lord of flies. We can even
see the devil as the demon of insects, doing all kinds of havoc.
Beloved, we have a lot of corpses walking in the streets. They look
bright and sunny outside, but their internal mechanisms have
completely collapsed. There are many who are still living but they
have been buried. When the total collapse happens suddenly, you
wonder what went wrong. But the truth is that inside, termites of
the soul have been eating them up little by little until suddenly
there is a total collapse of the system. While the internal
structure was being demolished, the outside was still looking whole.
A certain man called Sunday appeared to be
getting on well with his wife. They held hands in the street and
always smiled at each other. Neighbours admired them and many people
wished their marriages could be like that. The neighbours did not
know that sometimes, Sunday and his wife were putting up an act.
Once they got inside, they started their quarrels. Things went on
like this until one day, Sunday came back from work and found a
V-boot Mercedes Benz car in their garage. He got inside and asked
his wife how the car got there. She said, “Well, men who are
not ready to carry out their responsibilities should be able to bear
when they see others who can bear it.” “Meaning what?”
he asked. “I mean it is a gift,” she retorted.
“From whom?” he asked. “That is none of your business,” she
said. He went to the father-in-law and complained to him. The
father-in-law was taken aback and told him he would not take that
sort of nonsense from any woman. He told him to do as he pleased.
The father-in-law did not know that his advice would lead to more
trouble. As Sunday was going home, he branched at the market, bought
a cutlass and sharpened it very well. Immediately he got home, he
asked his wife again, “Who is the owner of this car?”
The wife said, “I asked you to shut up before, and I am still
saying you should shut up.” Sunday descended on her, and cut
her into pieces. The neighbours who used to admire them could not
stop him. That was the end of the woman. When Sunday came out of the
madness, he took some poison, went to a hotel room, drank it and
killed himself there. And that was the end of the family. Before the
disaster happened, the termite inside had been eating away slowly.
TERRIBLE INSECTS Termites are very
terrible insects. They are most destructive during the rainy season.
When you are spiritually cold, the termite of the soul would be able
to work. When you abandon your quiet time and your prayer life is
cold, termites would be eating you up slowly. When termites are in
an environment they lower the temperature of the place. It is the
same thing when you allow a termite to enter into your life, and it
is eating away, your spiritual temperature will go down. They
construct their ugly houses and pass through it. Likewise those who
have termites inside look normal on the surface.
Termites operate a kingdom. They have queens and
kings. They have workers, soldiers, and observe division of labour.
It is the same with termites of the soul. Termites lay eggs at the
rate of one every two seconds. So, they lay so many eggs in the life
of a person, and make extensive tunnels to weaken the structure of a
person’s life until there is a total collapse. Because termites do
not operate on the outside, victims are unaware of their presence
until it is too late. I pray that it will not be too late for you,
in Jesus’ name. Sometimes, prayers and confessions would be useless
when termites have finished their work in a victim. In most cases,
it is the internal wound created in the soul that comes first before
the external sicknesses appear. When this inner decay starts, then
physical sickness will set in. Anyone who wants to obtain power
against any sickness, must obtain inner healing first. As far as the
inside is sick and rotten, external sicknesses would be having a
field day. The reason physical sicknesses refuse to go sometimes is
that the soul and the spirit are already sick. They are so sick that
they cannot sustain the body to receive healing.
Our Lord Jesus said, “My peace I give unto you
not as the world gives.” When you see someone who lacks internal
peace, know that termites are at work. There are very few people who
have the right peace. What some people call peace, is peace on the
tight rope. The psalmist saw that his mind was wandering all over
the place, and that it was not resting on God; he spoke to himself
thus: “Return unto your resting place, O my soul.” Is your mind in
its resting place, or the termite of worry, the termite of fear or
the termite of the fear of death, has eaten you up? At this
juncture, I would like you to take the following prayer point:
(Mention your name and say): “Hear the word of the Lord, return to
your resting place, O my soul, in the name of Jesus.”
Many people need healing of the mind because
termites are eating them away. A woman came for counselling and told
me that her husband watched pornographic films every night and also
read dirty literature. She was worried. You may wonder why a man of
42 would be watching this kind of thing. It is because his mind was
sick He might have looked bright on the outside; he might have very
good university degrees, but he was a sick man. This man put their
house girl in the family way. He could wake up one day and say that
he wanted to do deliverance. But before he gets to this stage,
termites have been eating his inside. There are many men who cover
up a lot of things, whereas they are already gone inside.
A lot of people need healing of their emotions
because the way they think is absurd. Some need to be healed from
the painful memory of the past. Some need healing from their
unfulfilled dreams. They have been saying that they want this and
that to happen, but they do not see them happening and it is as if
these things were haunting them like ghosts. Right inside, they have
silent frustration. They need to be healed from inside. That termite
has to die. Some need to be healed from the resentment in their
hearts. When people like that develop a physical sickness, it
becomes difficult to control because already inside, termites are
working really hard.
Many need healing from the spirit of rejection.
Some need healing from self-pity. There are many people who feel
sorry for themselves day and night. You hear them say, “I don’t know
why life is treating me like this, and I tried my best, it is not
working. I just don’t know, this is not good, it is unfair. I don’t
know why I went to the university.” One day, after a medical doctor
received his first salary, he put the money down, broke down and
cried. He said, “So, it is because of this N5,000 I spent seven
years worrying myself.” That was self-pity, an evidence of termite
eating away. He forgot that a fellow who started on N5,000, could
end up with something more later. So, in the clinic, when patients
come to see him and look at his face, they would be discouraged. He
needed the termite inside to die.
A lot of people need healing from depression. You
would be surprised how many people go through depressive mood. They
are always unhappy, and harbour heaviness in their hearts. When the
heaviness sets in, all kinds of demonic dreams would follow.
Some need deliverance from the spirit of guilt.
Sometime ago, a certain woman cried so much that it was almost
difficult to console her. She wept uncontrollably. What was her
problem? Thirty years ago, in a maternity ward, she stole another
woman’s baby boy and exchanged it with her own baby girl because she
already had five girls. Now, she heard a message and understood that
she was a thief. The boy had become an adult, and did not know that
the woman was not his mother. She could not trace the real woman.
The guilt was inside eating her away.
Some people need healing from fear. In fact, fear
is the most common demon in the world because it is in every nation,
people and age. Many need healing from sorrow of the heart because
the termite of sorrow is inside their lives eating them away. Many
need healing from the spirit of hatred. The Bible refers to all
those who hate their brethren as murderers. Many need healing from
the spirit of inferiority complex. Some need healing from the spirit
of condemnation. Those possessed with this spirit are always
condemning themselves. Many need healing from the spirit of
OTHER FORCES When these termites are
eating hard, other things would go wrong. Other external forces
would gather and begin to work. When the enemy has already got
inside and you do not get him out, it would be a waste of time
praying any other prayer. A sister wanted to get married, and two
weeks to her wedding, the husband- to- be was knocked down by a
vehicle at the bus-stop, and he died. So, she started struggling
again to get another man. The second one she got was a sailor. One
day, one of the things some labourers were off- loading from the
ship, fell on his head and he fell into the water and died. She got
a third and got a little bit far with him. At least, they got to the
altar. During the wedding in the church, the pastor said, “If there
is anyone here who knows any reason why these two should not be
wedded in holy matrimony should say it now or keep silent forever.”
Suddenly, a hand shot up from the back and the person who raised his
hand said, “Sir, I object.” The pastor said, “What are your
objections?” The woman came to the front with a baby at the
back and pulled another one by the hand. Meanwhile the mother of the
bride was at the front, already running mad slowly, waiting to
explode. She had removed her headgear and tied it around her waist.
When the woman got to the front, she said, “Pastor, look at the face
of the bridegroom and look at the face of the baby at my back and
the one I am holding. This is our marriage certificate. We got
married in England, so, he cannot marry this one.” The pastor then
said to the man, “Do you know this woman?” He could not deny the
fact that he knew her. Then the pastor called off the wedding. What
happened to that sister? Stubborn pursuers were running after her.
They killed the first man, killed the second one, and then gave her
the third one that was already married. Beloved, at this juncture, I
would like you to lay your right hand on your head and pray like
this: “Every stubborn pursuer inside my life, come out now, in the
name of Jesus.”
Isaiah 53: 5: “But he was wounded for our
transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement
of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Jesus was chastised so that we might have peace. Refuse to live in
the past. Do not be the type of person that is always consuming
large quantity of pain relieving tablets, tranquilizers and sleeping
tablets. Those who manufacture these drugs make quite a lot of money
because of the work of the termites. It is very sad that this
generation has become a generation of aspirin and paracetamol.
Millions of people are running mad and millions of naira are being
spent because of the epidemic of this problem. All that people
require to do is to deal with the termites.
The devil has his own files. He has a file on all
our weak areas, our failures and fears. He knows what we fear most,
our embarrassment, our feelings of guilt, etc. Satan is responsible
for the bad memories that come to people’s mind. He is the one who
gives the anointing to remember word for word, the contents of an
argument. Satan is the one that keeps reminding us that we cannot
forgive someone who has offended us. He is the one who keeps all
evil records. We must refuse to listen to him any more. If we keep
dwelling on his sermons and on the past, termites would only bite
harder. Do not allow yourself to be defeated by these internal evil
warriors. Nothing good would happen if we just sit down and do not
address them. But immediately you locate them, and begin to address
them, things would happen.
On many occasions, God refuses to perform what we
asked Him to do because He has already given us the power to do them
ourselves. The command of the Almighty to all His children is that
they must loose the band of wickedness on their necks and put it
back on the neck of their tormentors. If they do not put it back on
the necks of their tormentors, it would come back on their own
necks. You do not beg God to chase away evil spirits. He will not
answer that kind of prayer because He has already asked you to do it
and given you the power to do it. You should not beg God to help you
kill the termites, because He has given you power to address them.
If you cannot identify the termites operating in
your life, then you are deceiving yourself. You should not pray that
God would begin to loose you from the bondage of the enemy when He
has given you the power to do it yourself. The Bible says, “No
weapon formed against you shall prosper. And every tongue that rises
against you in judgment, thou shall condemn.” It did not say you
should call upon Him to condemn them. Some people have spiritual
wounds caused by termites of the soul and they are carrying them
about. Some people find it difficult to forgive their spouses
because they have been rejected. Some parents do not have the kind
of love they are supposed to have for their children. A child who is
being treated unfairly would develop emotional problems.
MOVE AHEAD There were many ladies who were
rough-handled by men. Others sold off their virginity at very cheap
price, and now they are regretting. You need to get out of that now;
the past is gone, you need to start moving ahead, do not live in
that past. I was ministering to somebody sometime ago, and she said,
“By the way sir, somebody raped me last week, but his life has
been destroyed.” I asked her to expatiate on this.
“Who was it?” I asked. She described the person. I happened
to know the person. Sometimes somebody may think he is covering up,
but one day, the secret would come to the open. I pretended I did
not know the person. Later, I called the person and said to him,
“You know what? You are finished.” He said, “What
did I do sir?” I told him what I heard. I asked him if he
knew that she was from the water and it was a dangerous thing to
commit fornication with her. He said, “She said something like that
but I thought that she just wanted to escape.”
If you harbour unforgiving spirit, or malice, the
termites will bite harder. If you have a do or die attitude about
everything, you are fueling the termites. When you are stubborn and
rebellious, you are fueling the termites. When you are difficult to
appease, you are fueling the termites. When you are selfish,
envious, have competitive spirit or judgmental attitude, you are
fueling the termites. And once the termites are already working, you
may be going about, but will only be wandering.
Many people claim they are born again, but they
do not know how to work out their salvation with fear and trembling,
they are managing their behavior, instead of renewing their mind.
The Lord does not ask you to be managing your behavior instead of
receiving a new heart. If you are suppressing your behavior, then
you are not changed inside, and the termite will continue to work. I
saw a boy coming from church one day and said, “Where is your
Bible?” He said it was not necessary in his church. They were not
referring to the Bible there, so he dropped his Bible at home while
going to church. How will he grow? Many are getting excited at
rebuking the devil instead of digging deep into the foundation of
their lives and killing the termites. They refuse to give Jesus
access to the foundation of their lives. If you know that there is
pride in your heart, unbelieving spirit, jealousy, worry, adultery,
self-deception, frustration and intolerance, you need to pray to God
to deal with the termites right now.
1. Every satanic insect working against my
life, die, in the name of Jesus.
2. Every arrow hiding in my body, soul and spirit, I command you
to depart right now, in the name of Jesus.
3. Every heavy load in my life, be melted by fire, in the name
4. My prosperity, pursue me, locate me and cover me, in the name
5. Every internal stubborn pursuer, come out with all your
roots, in the name of Jesus.
6. Every evil plantation in my life, die by fire, in the name of
7. I refuse to co-operate with my enemies, in the name of Jesus.