Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Anticipating Freedom - Spiritual Housecleaning
In the process of Spiritual Housecleaning… let me do a recap of the precepts in the videos I've done thus far:
The enemy can access or oppress us through:
•Our sin (rebellion)
•The unrepentant sin of our forefathers (generational)
•Curses (including self imposed via Inner Vows)
•Negative beliefs, confessions or thoughts that align with the enemy and are opposed to the Truth in the Word of God
•Unhealthy or sinful soul ties
•Unhealed Wounds or Trauma in our soul
Now I've walked you through much understanding to break cycles of wrong thought processes…. through empowering prayers to cut off curses or ties that pin doors open but the final frontier is removing the invader(s).
In Luke 4:18, Jesus declares,
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord."
Let me point out what is so very important that Jesus is declaring:
•Proclaim release…. the time is now.
•Sight to the blind… to heal.
•Set free the oppressed… deliverance.
•Proclaim year… the time is now.
In between "The time is now" is: to heal and to deliver!
Jesus, the spiritual King of the Spiritual Kingdom of Heaven… but all the people could see was oppression in the Kingdoms of Man.
Up until the time of Jesus, the law-- the temple --was the only way to keep clean from these spiritual 'invaders'. But through His ultimate sacrifice and example, He has GIVEN US everything we need to overcome. Nothing has changed in this book, but that HE has lifted us up with Him in authority and power and freedom if we so choose!
[Luke 10:19 "Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you."]
Deliverance is no different today then it was back then. The problem today is that [holding Bible] much of this has been added to or taken away at the users whim. Bad fruit, physical ailments, torments… you name it…. it's all ignored as opposition to abundant life. Instead of focusing on Healing and Deliverance, drugs are pushed…psychotherapy is pushed. The purpose of ministering deliverance is to set free those who are in bondage. Whether spiritual or physical… HE HEALED THEM ALL. So, why should we live life expecting any less?
We are to preach the gospel, to heal the sick and to deliver the oppressed or we are not following what Jesus has mandated for us!
[John 20:21, "Then said Jesus to them... as my Father has sent me, even so send I you."]
What does the oppression that cries out for the need of deliverance look like?
Have we become brainwashed by Hollywood?
Oppression is not an issue of being totally overrun by the demonic….
You've heard this before… that our bodies are 98% water… That we make the perfect home for usurpers of the glory of God:
"When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest…"
[Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are." 1 Corinthians 3:16-17]
Derek Prince has said, "Demons continually seek to invade a person, but when the person is healthy spiritually, the spiritual "immune system" within the person identifies and attacks the demons, and they are not able to move in and take control. Any kind of unhealthiness or emotional weakness, on the other hand, makes a person vulnerable to demonic attack."
So it's important to seek out those areas in our life where there is not abundant life and discern what is holding us back? Is it our flesh that needs crucified or do we have an invader that needs cast out and the door healed and sealed by Jesus Christ?
If you were the enemy and you didn't want to leave your 'house' wouldn't you infiltrate the church and blind the people; discredit anything and everything that might get you evicted?
And so the 'church' normalizes oppression as something to expect in life. Let's face it… the 'church' at large does not want to deal with 'deliverance' because of lies believed. "Deliverance" to the 'church' is like potty talk… but I'm sorry, we all poop! Do we not all sin and fall short of the Glory of God? Didn't even Peter get a rebuke for aligning with the enemy?
[Mark 8:33 "But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's."]
You've got to get it in your head that enemy access is a normal thing we struggle with in life. This isn't strange, this isn't new… we need to quit running away from deliverance!
As Jesus was speaking to the disciples at Passover… at that last supper He declared:
"I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me;.." John 14:30
Does the enemy have anything in you?
Question everything alongside of the Word of God… and get ready because the next videos in this series we will begin to expose the invaders and I will walk you through self-deliverance with encouragement that you can do this with others as well. His commission is your commission!
[John 14:12, "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do".]