Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Spiritual Housecleaning Part 1
'Spiritual house-cleaning' is the process of freedom from demonic oppression. When we are examining ourselves… find bad habits, bad fruit, evidence of unrepentant sin and we begin to cry out earnestly with desire to not only overcome, but to change at all costs… doors of access begin to shut. Deliverance begins to happen.
When I began down this path of deep self examination… I realized that I ‘had issues’. In reading the Word of God and comparing my ‘Walk’ along-side of it... things weren’t adding up. I found myself identifying oh--too--well, with Saint Paul’s lament in Romans 7:15, “For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.”
I found myself needing a deliverer because try as I might.... I still had my issues (I still HAVE issues!) despite doing and saying ‘all the right things’. Despite all the heartfelt repentance, forgiveness and reading the Word! The Lord showed me in the scriptures…. Moses delivered the Israelites from the hand of Pharaoh…. we can liken that to what takes place when we receive Jesus as Lord. But were the Israelites completely free after that point? No… what happened? They succumbed to influences and what were the roots of those thoughts that turn to action? Ask yourself… was there a root spirit of bondage, of fear, of distrust…. and you can go on & on deeper into this meditation in seeing they had those same things before the exodus.
The fact of the matter is, is that walking out your salvation is an understatement to it's true meaning church. There are a great many words that have changed meaning these days.
Why is the word ‘Deliverance’ a dark and dirty word that society has programmed us into believing that is a rare necessity only for little levitating girls with spinning heads, foaming & cursing mouth manifestations? Maybe because ‘Possession’ is a dark and dirty word that is often associated with it.
In Chris Simpson’s guide entitled: Deliverance from Evil Spirits, a recommended read (link below), I found this interesting tidbit… Did you know...:
“In the New Testament, the Greek word expressing the presence of demonic spirits within people is daimonizomai (Die-mon-nye-zom-my). What this word means is to be demonized; to be under the power or influence of a demon in certain areas; to have a demon. In the King James Version of the Bible this particular Greek word is translated 11 times as “to be possessed with devils.” The word “possessed,” however, is a mislead-ing translation for this Greek word. To English speaking people the term “possessed” implies total ownership of something. This concept, when applied to the relationship between a demonic entity and a person, has no support in the scripture or in the original intent of the Greek word. There is no suggestion in the scripture that a demon has totally taken over a person as the word “possessed” implies. Even the Gaderene demoniac had enough humanity to cry out to Jesus for help. Rather, close scriptural study shows that the effect of demons upon people was usually in one or more areas of the personality - not the whole person.”
Does the thought of demonic access set well in comparison with what the ‘church’ has programmed us with? Of course not. The devil is always making us do something... but we have no part in it whatsoever, “Why, that sneaky devil just came outta nowhere, no one is safe”. No, that's a Wrong mentality, that gives the devil power and lessens the power of God. Or how about “We’re all sinners with no good in us”; Wrong. God Justifies us through Christ & uses us in the plan of salvation.
When you’ve tried everything to no avail... full-well knowing that God is good.... maybe it’s time to take seriously that ‘every penny must be paid for’...
Matthew 18:33-35 "Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, even as I had mercy on you? And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. So shall My heavenly Father also do to you, Peter, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart."
Suddenly, it makes sense-- because we realize that the Word of God IS very true despite man’s desire to pick and choose based on the pride in the mind or fleshly desires. Sin opens us up to satan. The price for sin is the atoning blood of Jesus. The glaring 'issues' we have… the ones that echo Paul's Lament in Romans 7:15… the diseases, the repetition of failure in our lives point to areas of access.
The bridge of Sanctification is a marvelous structure that ‘Deliverance’ steadily ropes us across. Even the smallest of undesirable fruit is not welcome in the offering of our very selves unto the Lord.
This is some hard stuff and I will be addressing it because this term 'Deliverance' and the concept of 'Spiritual Housecleaning' is very broad. Some of the 'issues' we deal with… we have no understanding where they have come from and why we can't seem to break free…. those point to Generational Curses (sins of forefathers) Soul Ties, and Curses (whether self induced or by others) in general. This doesn't seem fair, but it's in the Word and if you have these 'issues'… diving in to understand the 'Why' will help you overcome.
Another hard area is that the enemy is attracted to pain, just like an open wound in the ocean attracts sharks…. so areas of wounding or trauma…. which aren't even sins we have committed also give a doorway for the enemy to frequent in our lives. How do we heal the wound? This is stuff I'm going to touch on later in this series.
'Strongmen Listed in the Bible':http://youtu.be/o5mXzwZIiTk
Another guide, prayers etc. to 'clean up your act'