This is an interesting story that appeared in Pastor Rony Tan’s (Lighthouse Evangelism) book Clearing Cobwebs, highlighting how important it is for believers to watchful over temptations that are projected into their minds by demons:
Once, an evangelist was shown an open vision of a pastor’s wife. This lady was someone whom the evangelist knew.
The reason why the Lord had shown this evangelist a vision of the lady was because He wanted him to learn how demons operate. It wasn’t just for the fun of it.
In the vision, the evangelist saw a monkey-like creature sitting on the shoulder of the lady. This creature began to whisper to her, “You are so beautiful. You are too beautiful to waste your time with your husband in this church. With your beauty, you can go out into the world, make a name for yourself and earn big bucks.”
At first this pastor’s wife rejected the evil thoughts from the devil. The evangelist then saw the monkey-like creature fall off and run away. But then it came back on her shoulders again.
Temptations never completely go away. As long as we’re living in this world, the devil will always involve us in a guerrilla warfare. He attacks, then retreats whenever there is resistance, but he will come back to attack again. He attacks our minds in this manner.
When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He soundly whipped the devil by the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. When the devil left Him, it was recorded that he left for a season.
That means he returned to tempt Jesus again and again. Jesus encountered every temptation with the Word of God and Satan was defeated every time.
The pastor’s wife rejected those devilish thoughts time and again. Every time she took authority, the devil fled. But the devil continued to return.
Then came the day when she began to listen to what the devil had to say. She began to pay more attention to those thoughts. She began to entertain and dwell upon them.
In that vision, the pastor’s wife suddenly became transparent and that monkey-life creature became a black dot in her mind. Now harassment had become obsession. It is easier to get rid of harassment than obsession.
Now the grip of the devil was tighter. Even at this stage, she could have rebuked and cast out the devil’s idea. But instead, she continued to feed on those thoughts.
Finally, the evangelist saw how that black dot in her mind went deeper into her heart. This time it became possession.
The lady went astray and led a promiscuous life. Still, the Spirit of God continued to strive in her heart, she stubbornly refused to repent. In fact, she deliberately and decisively rejected the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and told the Spirit of God never to bother her again. She consciously and conscientiously spurned the Spirit’s wooing and rebelled against God. She chose to serve the devil.
The Lord then spoke to this evangelist and said, “Don’t even pray for her because she will not repent!”
This lady had crossed the line to the point of no return. She was beyond redemption.
In this case, it was more than backsliding and denial of Christ out of a moment’s weakness. It was a deliberate and consistent choice to turn from light to darkness, and from Christ to Satan.