The spiritual realm is not an abstract thing to me. Many Christians seem to ignore the fact that the spiritual realm is actively part of our daily lives. I remember watching a brilliant sermon which brought this home to me. The preacher mentioned that becoming a Christian did not mean we would not have struggles. They likened it to having an intruder in your house. Before you become a Christian, you are asleep, whilst the intruder does his work. When you become a Christian, you are suddenly awake and prepared to do battle. Nobody made me more alert to this this than a friend of mine, who had an alternative belief system. She was so much more in tune with the battle which is constantly waging and the importance of the people and objects we allow into our lives.
Removing a toxic presence, in my view, is not just about leaving them, it is also about getting rid of objects associated with them and breaking any ungodly soul ties.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.