Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Exposing the Vices - Spiritual Housecleaning
11 “Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.
12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.”
Hi Freedom 1, hearingGod.tv and we've slowly been shutting down enemy access points by examining our fruits and habits… we've been desiring that abundant life that the Bible speaks of as a promise to His kids.
So now I'd like you to dig into some good ole' fashioned sin hunt'in and we'll do it with the help from St. Augustine’s Prayer book: "FORMS AND PRAYERS FOR SELF-EXAMINATION, CONTRITION, AND SATISFACTION AND AMENDMENT OF LIFE"
You can find these things on the internet, on a bookshelf, but I'd like to refer you to a: "Resource and Field Guide for Christian Soldiers and New Recruits" ... starting on page 5-13… because it contains the 'personal inventory' and then a 'self examination' guide--- basically the meat of what is really gonna help you all in one place, without a lot of other page flipping. Also because that guide in general has many other good references in it.
As you go through the he first part, the 'Personal Inventory', it will get you thinking with simple questions and the second part, the 'Self-Examination', fleshes out deeper meanings… essentially defining the sins with life examples… so if the questions don't grab you, the latter will. I feel it's simply a matter of reaching both left and right-brained people… so it's very balanced.
Consider printing it out and going through it… so, you are actively taking notes… Starring the ones that pop out and notating sins-- times where those things manifested in your life.
After you go through all of your note taking meditations… the prayers are at the end which draw you to:
1) Repentance… recognizing the sin and turning from it
Repent - I'm sorry… I was wrong
During the "FORM FOR CONFESSION"… there is a very important pause in there that says:
"Listen attentively to anything Christ may bring to mind through the Holy Sprit; humbly accept his forgiveness."
When I did this I heard words come to mind, one after another (What is that? “Ask and you shall receive?!”). I wrote them down and some I wasn't sure what they really meant… so I looked up their definitions and then He had me reflect on and call to mind the sins that matched the words, as memories and incidents would surface, so then I could add those things to my list as well.
Also remember to add anything from all your previous examinations… anything from the other Spiritual Housecleaning series of videos that may have gotten stirred up and got on your radar.
The last prayer, "SATISFACTION, AMENDMENT OF LIFE" moves you to walk, in that you are forgiven.
Yay… we now have gotten 'real' with ourselves… we have identified the invaders and now we are going to loosen up the soil!
For each 'word' on your list…. make sure you know the definition, but I now want you to get out the thesaurus and look up each word. In the Thesaurus…you note all those other 'similar' words…
I'm going to bring this scripture up to you again from Luke 11:24-26:
"When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order.
Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first."
If a spirit has access to one facet of you, then we can see that it gains it's strength by widening the grip with similar spirits. Isn't it harder to notice the candy in the bowl going down if we take one at a time? But if we grab a huge amount we notice right away. It's the same with spiritual access. Bitterness may be the doorkeeper and sarcasm can slip in the justify 'bitterness'. So it's easy to see how ‘like’ sneaks in 'like' and be under your radar until there's a party there and you feel trapped/overwhelmed!
So that's why I want you to pay attention in the thesaurus. I actually wrote each one of my words down on a piece of paper and then by looking at the thesaurus results I could begin to see grouping patterns with the pieces of paper. The essential strongholds began to be clearer. Those heavy into deliverance ministry have called those cluster groupings… some list them with a branch of one main intruder with many connected smaller branches being these other supporting spirits. By grouping these together… and if we can recall an instance that started this problem to begin with we can begin to target the root or the bad branch and cut it off so that we are not individually cutting off leaves and they keep growing back.
[Matt. 12:29--It says : "Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house"]
In beginning to identify these access doors… again, I turn to the thesaurus and instead look at the antonym. This is key… because if something is bad…. you focus on the opposite 'Good'.
Now I can see an opposite Good… now I can go to the weapon and begin to loosen the bonds that the enemy has.
The weapon is of course the Holy Word of God : )
Get yourself a topical bible and begin to war by using the Word of God and
2.) Renouncing the enemy's claims by siding with God's Word.
This is like stripping of the bark of this evil branch… you begin to starve it.
As you study in a topical bible, you'll look up that bad sin or attribute, reinforcing what God has to say about it-- agreeing with Him on the matter. Then we turn to study on it's opposite… it's antonyms and through that study we agree with God and prophesy it over ourselves. We may have been in a completely wrong direction before, but we aren't going to beat ourselves up about it… no, we know our inheritance and we know whose likeness we are called to bear… so we claim the Word is true and speak it forth for ourselves. For every future battle you have… rinse and repeat. Using the Word as our weapon when the past creeps up or when we get a mental assault… we must not fight flesh and blood but in using the 2-edged sword--- The Word of God!
Before I ever started down this Spiritual cleansing path, the Lord asked me to do the Bible Promise Series. And now don't we know why? I want to encourage you to make playlists that cover those areas… those Good, Positive antonyms of the Word of God that that you need to war with. You can loop them and play them overnight… if you watched my "Pray without Ceasing" video, play them when you are stuck doing mindless labor…. use this tool.
When do we get to deliverance?!!!!