Wednesday, September 28, 2011
A Study on biblically listed 'strongmen' in the scriptures, using the book by Drs. Jerry & Carol Robeson called: Strongman’s His Name Whats His Game
(An Authoritative Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare)
I'm staying within the confines of this book in regard to 'strongmen' listed, however I add more info based on 'Strong's' Concordance-- in understanding the original meaning of the
scripture from it's Hebrew and Greek roots. Those listed in the book are by no means an end, but a good conservative, --and most importantly,unmistakably clear signpost for those seeking healing, greater freedom and deliverance from oppression.
My Notes (H=Hebrew, G=Greek... meanings inserted in parenthesis):
1 Spirit of Divination
"And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying.."
possessed [G2192] (joined, held, cling, adhered to) with a spirit [G4151](a spirit higher than man but lower than God, i.e. an angel
1) used of demons, or evil spirits, who were conceived as inhabiting the bodies of men
4) the disposition or influence which fills and governs the soul of any one)] of divination [G4436] ::: (actual ref. is to 'Python'… so the actual name for this type of spirit IS Python)
2 Familiar Spirit
"Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I [am] the LORD your God."
Regard [H6437] (8799) not them that have familiar spirits [H178]::::(necromancer, one who evokes the dead)
3 Spirit of Jealousy
"And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled.."
And the spirit [H7307] (breath-disposition)of jealousy [H7068] (ardour: enthusiasm/passion) come [H5674](context of letting the spirit enter in) (8804) upon him, and he be jealous [H7065] (context of the spirit of jealousy in manifestation)(8765) of his wife [H802], and she be defiled [H2930] (context of by sexual transfer or pollution)(8738): or if the spirit [H7307] of jealousy [H7068] come [H5674] (8804) upon him, and he be jealous [H7065] (8765) of his wife [H802], and she be not defiled [H2930] (polluted)(8738)
4 Lying Spirit
2 Chronicles 18:22
"Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil against thee."
Now therefore, behold, the LORD [H3068] hath put [H5414](to be given up) (8804) a lying [H8267] (deception) spirit [H7307] (breath-disposition) in the mouth [H6310] of these thy prophets [H5030]
(1) spokesman, speaker, prophet, context wider than a righteous prophet of God:
b) false prophet
c) heathen prophet,
נָבִיא soothsayers who prophesied in the name of baal and ashtaroth even carry the
and the LORD [H3068] hath spoken [H1696] (8765) evil [H7451] against thee.
5 Perverse Spirit
"The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken [man] staggereth in his vomit."
The LORD [H3068] hath mingled [H4537] (mixed)(8804) a perverse [H5773](distorting, perverting, warping) spirit[H7307] (breath-disposition) in the midst [H7130](as seat of thought and emotion) thereof: and they have caused Egypt [H4714] to err [H8582](to err, wander, go astray, stagger)(8689) in every work [H4639] thereof, as a drunken [H7910] [man] staggereth [H8582] (8736) in his vomit [H6892].
6 Spirit of Haughtiness (Pride)
"Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
Pride [H1347](pride, arrogance (bad sense)) [goeth] before [H6440](in the face of) destruction [H7667], and an haughty [H1363]
b) exaltation, grandeur
spirit [H7307] (breath-disposition)before [H6440](in the face of) a fall [H3783](a stumbling, a fall, a calamity).
7 Spirit of Heaviness
"… the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…"
the garment [H4594] of praise [H8416] for the spirit [H7307] (breath-disposition) of heaviness [H3544](dim, dull, colourless, be dark, faint--of a spirit broken down)
8 Spirit of Whoredoms
"They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms [is] in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD."
for the spirit [H7307] (breath-disposition) of whoredoms [H2183](adultery, fornication, prostitution) [is] in the midst[H7130](as seat of thought and emotion)of them, and they have not known [H3045] (8804) the LORD [H3068].
9 Spirit of Infirmity
Luke 13:11 (11-13)
"And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up [herself]."
which had [G2192] (5723) a spirit [G4151]
(a spirit higher than man but lower than God, i.e. an angel
1) used of demons, or evil spirits, who were conceived as inhabiting the bodies of men) of infirmity [G769](want of strength, weakness, disease, sickness)
10 Deaf and Dumb Spirit
Mark 9:17, 20, 25, 26 (17-29)
"And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit.."
Mark 9:20 - "And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him.."
Mark 9:25-26 - "[Thou] dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And [the spirit] cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead."
which hath [G2192] (5723) a dumb [G216](speechless, dumb, wanting the faculty of speech) spirit [G4151](a spirit higher than man but lower than God, i.e. an angel
1) used of demons, or evil spirits, who were conceived as inhabiting the bodies of men);
straightway [G2112] the spirit [G4151](a spirit higher than man but lower than God, i.e. an angel
1) used of demons, or evil spirits, who were conceived as inhabiting the bodies of men) tare [G4682] (5656) him [G846]
he rebuked [G2008] (5656) the foul [G169] spirit [G4151](a spirit higher than man but lower than God, i.e. an angel
1) used of demons, or evil spirits, who were conceived as inhabiting the bodies of men), saying [G3004] (5723) unto him [G846], [Thou] dumb [G216](speechless, dumb, wanting the faculty of speech) and [G2532] deaf [G2974](blunted, dull)
a) blunted (or lamed) in tongue, dumb
b) blunted, dull in hearing
c) deaf) spirit [G4151](a spirit higher than man but lower than God, i.e. an angel
1) used of demons, or evil spirits, who were conceived as inhabiting the bodies of men),
I [G1473] charge [G2004] (5719) thee [G4671], come [G1831] (5628) out of [G1537] him
And [G2532] [the spirit] cried [G2896] (5660), and [G2532] rent [G4682] (5660) him [G846] sore [G4183], and came out of him [G1831] (5627)
11 Spirit of Bondage
"For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear.."
the spirit [G4151](a spirit higher than man but lower than God, i.e. an angel
1) used of demons, or evil spirits, who were conceived as inhabiting the bodies of men) of bondage [G1397](slavery, bondage, the condition of a slave) again [G3825] to [G1519] fear [G5401](fear, dread, terror)
a) that which strikes terror
but [G235] ye have received [G2983] (5627) the Spirit [G4151] of adoption [G5206]
12 Spirit of Fear
2 Timothy 1:7
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
the spirit [G4151](a spirit higher than man but lower than God, i.e. an angel
1) used of demons, or evil spirits, who were conceived as inhabiting the bodies of men) of fear [G1167](timidity, fearfulness, cowardice)
13 Seducing Spirits
1 Timothy 4:1
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.."
giving heed [G4337] (5723) to seducing [G4108]
1) wandering, roving
2) misleading, leading into error
a) a vagabond, "tramp", imposter
b) corrupter, deceiver
spirits [G4151](a spirit higher than man but lower than God, i.e. an angel
1) used of demons, or evil spirits, who were conceived as inhabiting the bodies of men), and [G2532] doctrines [G1319](teaching, instruction) of devils [G1140](a spirit, a being inferior to God, superior to men, evil spirits or the messengers and ministers of the devil)
14 Spirit of Antichrist
1 John 4:3
"And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world."
is [G2076] (5748) that [spirit] of antichrist [G500](the adversary of the Messiah)
15 Spirit of Error
1 John 4:6
"We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error."
and [G2532] the spirit [G4151](a spirit higher than man but lower than God, i.e. an angel
1) used of demons, or evil spirits, who were conceived as inhabiting the bodies of men) of error [G4106]
1) a wandering, a straying about
a) one led astray from the right way, roams hither and thither
a) mental straying
1) error, wrong opinion relative to morals or religion
b) error which shows itself in action, a wrong mode of acting
c) error, that which leads into error, deceit or fraud).
16 Spirit of Death
*Not expressly found listed in the scripture as a spirit ON a person like the ones above, but clearly Death is personified:
And [G2532] death [G2288] and [G2532] hell [G86] were cast [G906] (5681)
The last [G2078] enemy [G2190] [that] shall be destroyed [G2673] (5743) [is] death [G2288].
"Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses…"
"For if by one man's offence death reigned by one…"
*personal experience… hubby has SEEN 'death' on a person.
Need to know more about Christian oppression, closing demonic access etc??? Check out the Spiritual Housecleaning Series.
A great Bible Study for Boys!
Boys have great energy, so how can we funnel that energy and interest into digging into the Word and conforming to His image?
Use the first 3 movies from Star Wars (episodes 1,2 & 3), in paralleling Anakin Skywalker's steady downfall into negative fruits alongside of Galatians 5:19-25.
Get your dictionary handy as well, as you read through those nasty fruits in Galatians, you'll be mining through each one with that dictionary to really get the kids to understand what each one really means. Then, talk about the movie(s) and encourage the kids to pick out scenes that show that bad fruit in action so that they can begin to grasp by an example (in Anakin).
Not only does this study grasp their interest, but it encourages them to discern and teaches them to investigate based on the Word of God.
Do you have unsettling sinful habits, weaknesses, torments, recurring bad fruit character flaws? I'm not talking about big things like murder or adultery… I'm talking about areas in your life, in your thought patterns that keep you barreling like a hamster in it's wheel instead of exhibiting Galatians 5 victory?
Spiritual Housecleaning is a series I'm doing to help expose all those dark, dirty little things that the enemy would rather you think is just a normal struggle in your life.
You're here because you know there's abundant life, you've tasted it… but a taste just won't do… you want to live it!
Hi Freedom 1 here, with a little video crash course illustration about enemy access that ties us up from conforming into the image of Christ Jesus. I'll show how we get on the brink of agreeing with the devil… how to overcome when the pressure is on, what happens when we blow it and how the sins of our forefathers haunt us and wear us down.
In 2 Corinthians 10:4&5 NAS we read, "…for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ." Other versions call those 'fortresses' - 'strongholds', and that's what we're talking about here.
In Mark 3:27 is the ever popular illustration that perhaps we've read and agreed with but never thought about in terms of those recurring troubles we have, that the Word says we shouldn't.
I'll begin to flesh it out with our character Mr. Bitter as he's active on the job-site… later we'll send in an interviewer as well… Roll the Spirit-Cam!
FILM PARODY SEQUENCE
*Note: Generational curses or sins of the father…. wear us down, because they have legal access to do so. The generational ties…. let's face it, it's like chinese water torture…. just always there nagging…. those thoughts, those voices in the head. Remember in 2 Corinthians 10:5? ["Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." ] This is not only talking about what our human minds come up with, but who else can influence our mind with those nagging 'voices' those contrary thoughts?
It's so simple though… appropriate what Jesus did…. and be done with it!
But I don't know everything about my ancestor back 4 generations ago…. you say…. well, we'll save that for another video.
Recap…. how do we get a stronghold?
• Blatant unrepentant sin all by ourselves.
• If we agree with ANY lie…. we create a door.
Journey along with me in this series of Spiritual Housecleaning as we learn to dismantle every work of the enemy in our lives and be equipped to stop these cycles cold in our lives and all those around us, so that we can truly be free, FREE INDEED!
Scriptures used in sequences:
'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'
Are you a God-ordained 'Teacher' of the 5-fold, in that the gifts have not passed away? If your drive is to open up and bless the body of Christ with any morsel of revelation of the kingdom of God. this is for you.
1.) Go with what you know. Nothing regurgitated. nothing from a book that you've read but not personally been through or God hasn't specifically shown you Himself. God gives all of us a facet if it weren't so then we wouldn't need a 'body of Christ'. There's nothing wrong with building upon more facets already out there, but if you hop on a bandwagon of sorts and it's not coming from the heart, it benefits no one and if it's not birthed from HIM, it's your own bad-self Pride that you need to be dealing with!
Some people put themselves in this position because they have a 'ministry' a 'following' that is expecting them every wednesday night at 7pm. Be careful people only do what you see the Father doing and don't get swept down the river with that old feeding trough trap.
2.) Go with what you know AND have Conquered, because. you'll be tested by your words. If you haven't conquered something and blab it out prematurely guess what? You're going to deal with it some more. It's not only the devil that stands before God and says, "Hey, they say they are over it, I just had them a moment ago, talk is cheapI ain't go'in nowhere unless they therefore STAND". but the enemy also enlists human weapons to rail against you, to whittle your faith down and make it even harder for you. Hey, let's face it the enemy is ruthless he knows you well. Your good witness is more important to snuff out than a christian that's minding their own business in unspiritual Logos-land. Teachers you know you're more accountable. If you don't have your 'stuff' together and the pressure is great and you fall what happens to the people that were listening to you?
I know, it's hard you start to get freedom and revelation and you get excited. But hold up lil' buck-a-roo don't let your excitement be captured by the enemy pushing you.
Part of the lie the enemy often pushes on people is that YOU HAVE TO BE FIRST. this is something 'new'. Nope, nothing new under the sun. There is no hurry if you are trusting in the Lord. You will absolutely know when the time is right to deliver the message of the Lord you'll be inspired, it will come out with an unmistakable anointing upon it; you will have peace and there won't be any feeding pearls to swine.
3.) God will bless you where you are at no task He commissions you with is too small or unimportant. I have an immense burden to teach but one day He told me to do the bible promise series here on YouTube. That doesn't require teaching. just reciting from the good book. What I didn't realize is what an important tool, weapon and blessing it is for me! BUT, He knows! Now it's a referral I use when helping others.
The same with doing 'Children's Church'. I simply turn on the camera when I teach the kiddies & then spend some time editing & then what happens? My kids LOVE the episodes! Not only do they sit through it once but they watch the fun video after the fact! Do I want the word of God in me? Do I want it rooted in my kids? YES!
3a.) God will bless you where you are at because God gives us these teachings first for ourselves! As I go through old teachings, I find blessings there. Teacher,. if you're not finding blessing in your own teachings if you don't feel that anointing there that excites you to go deeper analyze, was it you or God-ordained?
4.) Look at me vs. Look at God When you start a teaching as led by God, stay the narrow road. Are you equipping people or are you looking for accolades? People want to know how to go on deeper with God and how to be free. We are called to use our testimony, but there's a fine line there. Point to Jesus. Educate the people. And be 'Real' in your delivery-- don't only tell half of it cuz rest brings down your posh reputation. If you've conquered it. it shouldn't bug you anyways!
5.) Be You God has designed you and equipped you just as you are. don't squish yourself into the preacher on t.v. box of the month if that's not you. I have people call me a fake christian cuz I'm goofy instead of serious and stoic. but hey, I'm reaching who I'm supposed to all you cool people that watched this to the end!
Been in a cult or always around them? Is religious bondage of one sort or another always been in your life? Manipulated easily because of your zeal to Love and serve the Lord? I will share my testimony on these very things in this series that has a happy ending...
Freedom... with no pain, hurt or regrets.... PEACE.
In my personal story... the root of my cult meanderings was a 'spirit of Bondage'... this I will go into later in the series.... but a very important note to take, because whether you were IN a cult, or you know someone in one.... there are root spirits involved to consider and we cannot escape or truly break free if we only deal with things in the 'flesh'.
Knowing the root and dealing with it can help you and those you love to heal the wounding associated with cult involvement--- and if you are reading this with pain in your heart... (you know they are many!), God bless you...and get excited...because my years of growth and learning will translate to hours until your victory dance!
- •I share about my zeal in pursuing God at a young age by visiting a religious order of nuns in the Catholic Church and joining their aspirant program (first rung on the ladder in seeking a religious vocation). Even though I was lacking understanding in the Word, the Lord began to stir the Holy Spirit gift of discernment within me, to identify what was of His Spirit vs. a wrong one.
'Red Flags' of:
- • spirit of manipulation
- • control
- • confirming bad fruit
- •Meeting with Elders if you were interested in someone, ie. a sort of prearranged marriage * Tons of 'functions' to keep you captive in the group
- • Many gender separation rules to ward off 'temptation' (though the leader obviously did not follow - hidden sexual sins)
- • Male-Female stereotypes that lessened women, yet the Elders wives exhibited a Jezebel puppet-mastery behind the scenes I also speak about the simplicity in knowing God with one's heart vs. knowing a whole lot of the 'Word' with no relationship or confirming reformed lifestyle.
• cult/bondage #3 - internet cult!
• cult jealousy
• a right focus=blessing of anointing... a wrong one=sharing in the curse
• excuses leaders make to justify bad fruit
• what you submit to, rubs off on you!
• being 'nice' by not correcting a leader drags you into their sin!
• 'serving' a cult to one's own detriment
• God can get in ANYwhere, so long as people desire Him•If you esteem a man/woman above the benchmark of the Word (and the urging of the Holy Spirit)... you inherit all of their spiritual garbage
• The enemy jumps into our wounds
• Fear... the root of justification
• Privacy invasion 101
• Your money, to a bad cause
• Spiritual Poison
• Shawshank Redemption
• Forgive them... 'they are beloved'
• the treasure upon escaping
Leaders Justification of:
• little white lies
• pagan knowledge defilement
• attacking/belittling others
Episode 5 (Final)...•Warning of healing wounds so a false 'Righteous Indignation' doesn't spring up and push you into another bondage.
• Prayer for Breaking Soul ties & ties to the 'Institution' (Cult) - in 'descriptions'
• Prayer to Break a Spirit of Bondage (or other Spiritual vice) - in 'descriptions'
***Prayer for Breaking Soul ties and ties to the 'Institution' (Cult)***
Jesus, I confess and repent of my sins resulting from ungodly soul ties between me and ______(reflection of and about who and what. You can even use everyone and anything that has established any sort of relationship with you ie. 'institution'). I confess and repent of my anger and resentment against You, God, for allowing the resulting sin and iniquity in my life. I give up all my rebellion and sin, and I submit myself to You as my Lord.
I confess all of my sins before You Jesus, and I ask for your forgiveness, especially for any sins that exposed me to a curse. I ask for your release. Release me also from the consequences of my ancestors' sins and also from the resulting iniquity and possible curse.
Father, by a decision of my will, I forgive all who have harmed me or wronged me, just as I want you to forgive me. I forgive the transference to me their sins and the resulting iniquity through the relationship ties between us. Thank you Father; I receive your forgiveness. I am humbled and I too forgive myself for participating in these sins.
I renounce all contact with anything from the cult. If I have any "contact objects" I commit myself to destroy them.
Lord Jesus, I believe that on the cross You took on yourself every curse that could ever come upon me. So I ask you now to release me from every curse over my life, in Your name, Jesus Christ.
In the name of Jesus Christ, and the authority given me, I place the Cross of Christ in between me and unholy soul ties, unholy relationships, unholy attachments, unholy pathways, silver cords, and unholy covenants. By claiming the complete work of Christ, I command the flow through these ties be halted at the Cross of Christ. I receive the infusion of the Blood of Jesus Christ flowing down from the Cross of Christ to me-- providing my heart, mind, body, and soul complete cleansing, restoration, healing, freedom, release, and total absolution of sin, absolution of the resulting iniquity, and release from any curses that may have been passed through or exposed to me.
Lord Jesus, I ask you as my physician and chief surgeon to guide my hands with your grace as I use the sword of the spirit to cut through and completely sever and surgically remove all unholy soul ties, unholy attachments, unholy relationships, unholy pathways, silver cords and unholy covenants. By the blood of Jesus and through his infusion to me, all unholiness and curses are stopped at the Cross of Christ by his blood and through his finished work. I preserve only Godly ties. As I cut, I ask the Holy Spirit to burn the surgical remnant of these ties.
Lord, in your name and by the Sword of the Spirit, I destroy anything that has come into me through these severed connections. In Jesus name, I cancel all Satan's claims to me.
Father, bring back anything godly that has been taken from me.
Thank you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for delivering me. Help me stand in front of you in awe, deeply meditating on your love and mercy for me Thank you for delivering me. I love you and thank you.
***Prayer to Break a Spirit of Bondage (or insert other Spiritual vice)***
I ask for Your hand of deliverance Lord Jesus. I repent for having entertained or given in to a Spirit of Bondage (or insert other vice)… and I thank you for forgiving me by the power of Your precious blood shed for me at the cross. I also thank you for the promise of Power in Your precious name and that it isn't anything I can do by my own power but I now exercise the authority You have given me .
I now bind up the Spirit of Bondage (or other hindering spirit) now in the name of Jesus, my Lord and Savior, and I command you to go to the footstool of Jesus Christ for Judgement. You have no place here in this vessel of honor.
I declare freedom in Jesus' name. I ask you Jesus to fill any formerly enemy occupied places, in my soul that held me in bondage (or add attribute here and then add the positive opposite attribute), with Your Spirit of Freedom and Liberty into my life. I declare all the doors of access the enemy had, now shut and ask for a new right-relationship, in communion with You Jesus.
A message for the Bride of Jesus Christ...:::Links and Info::: ((Below))
John Fenn's ministry:
The biblical feasts as prophecy in Jesus:
(It is no coincidence that 'big events' tend to happen in line with these festivals!)
If you touch Israel, you will be touched:
"It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured." Zechariah 12:3
Documented disasters that have occurred by decisions that have brought harm or disfavor towards Israel:
The Fall Feasts:
Sept. 29th (feast of trumpets)
Oct. 8 (day of atonement)
Oct. 13 (feast of tabernacles)
Oct. 20 (last great day)
Feasts listed in the Word:
Lev.ch.23; Isa.66:23, Zec.14:16-19
Good site for Info on Biblical timekeeping and Feast days with further info about them:
Lack of Bread:
(*no, I didn't have time to look through alllll the stuff on other people's sites... so take that which is good with His discernment)
Jacob testifies about how God showed him how 2 little cards can bring in big trouble. Pokemon cards may seeeeem innocent... ouija boards and tarot... dungeons and dragons... even harry potter... but the truth is, is that it's a doorway away from God.
Want to learn more about what Pokemon really is about? Watch this video series to the end:
How POKEMON and the Magic Cards Affect the Minds and Values of Children
by Berit Kjos - www.crossroad.to
"Who are the strange little creatures from Japan that have suddenly become global super-stars? Most kids know the answer well: They are called Pokemon (short for POCKEt MONster and pronounced Poh-keh-mon), and they have stirred up some mixed reactions.
"We just sent a letter home today saying Pokemon cards are no longer allowed on campus," said Paula Williams, a second-grade teacher in Danville, California. "The kids know they're supposed to be put away when they come in from recess, but they're often in the middle of a trade, so they don't come in on time. In the more extreme cases, the older kids are getting little kids to trade away valuable cards . . . . It drives a teacher crazy."
It concerns parents even more. "Recently, my children were given a set of Pokemon cards," said Dianna Brannan, a Seattle mom. "They are very popular with the children at our church and elsewhere. I was instantly suspicious but couldn't discern the problem. We have since been told that they are stepping stones to the 'Magic cards' that have been popular for the last few years, which we do not allow."
She is right. For instance, any child exploring the most popular Pokemon websites 2 will be linked to a selection of occult games. A click on the ad for "Magic the Gathering" brings Pokemon fans to a site offering promotions such as this:
"A global games phenomenon, Magic: The Gathering is to the 1990s what Dungeons and Dragons was to the 1980s, but with the added dimension of collectibility. Here is the official reference to the biggest new teen/young adult fantasy game of the decade, complete with full-color reproductions of every existing Magic card."
THE POKEMON MESSAGE. The above websites gives us glimpse of the mysterious little creatures called Pokemon. Ponder the suggestions in this greeting:
"Welcome to the world of Pokemon, a special place where people just like you train to become the number-one Pokemon Master in the World!"
"But what is a Pokemon, you ask. 'Pokemon are incredible creatures that share the world with humans,' says Professor Oak, the leading authority on these monster. 'There are currently 150 documented species of Pokemon. . . . Each Pokemon has its own special fighting abilities. . . . Some grow, or evolve, into even more powerful creatures.. . . Carry your pokemon with you, and you're ready for anything! You've got the power in your hands, so use it!'" 3
What if children try to follow this advice? What if they carry their favorite monsters like magical charms or fetishes in their pockets, trusting them to bring power in times of need?
Many do. It makes sense to those who watch the television show. In a recent episode, Ash, the boy hero, had just captured his fifth little Pokemon. But that wasn't good enough, said his mentor. He must catch lots more if he wants to be a Pokemon master. And the more he catches and trains, the more power he will have for future battles.
So Ash sets out again in search for more of the reclusive, power-filled, little Pokemon. His first step is to find the "psychic Pokemon" called Kadabra and snatch it from its telepathic, pink-eyed trainer, Sabrina. With the ghost Haunter on his side, it should be a cinch!
But Ash had underestimated the power of his opponent. When he and Sabrina meet for the battle, both hurl their chosen Pokemon into the air, but only Kadabra evolves into a super-monster with a magic flash. Haunter hides. "Looks like your ghost Pokemon got spooked," taunts Sabrina.4
Obviously, Ash didn't understand the supernatural powers he had confronted. Neither do most young Pokeman fans today. Unless they know God and His warnings, they cannot understand the forces that have captivated children around the world. And if parents underestimate the psychological strategies behind its seductive mass marketing ploys, they are likely to dismiss the Pokemon craze as harmless fun and innocent fantasy. In reality, the problem is far more complex."
...for the rest of the article, visit: http://newsletters.cephasministry.com/pokemon_kjos_12_99.html
You became a Christian… you received tremendous freedom… now the scriptures are opened to you and there's no denying that God is real, but now you're beginning to grieve and sorrow. Perhaps your eyes are too wide open now… for now friends that laugh and talk about getting drunk on the weekends, you know, that thing you used to do too… now seems so pointless, meaningless and a waste of time. Yet these are your friends, and try as you might to plant seeds, you know that bible thumping them will push them further away, yet you also recognize that you are not their Savior and they must choose for themselves.
Suddenly you feel stuck. You feel doubt-- because you do not feel joy.
What happens after the Honeymoon?
A friend shared this lament with me… honestly sharing how bitter it feels. This is normal. Every Christian on the planet goes through this, just like every newly married couple goes through this. You're in this commitment that is more real and tangible than your bank statement. It's in your midst, it surrounds you, it's undeniable, what the Lord has done for you. But that first joy at the altar is now the reality that you have to take out the trash, mow the yard and change diapers and you look around and wonder "I'm supposed to be happy and thankful surrounded by this?" I remember when my husband called his mother, after we had our fist child, and lamented some parenthood issue and she just laughed at him! Admittedly, shocking to him at the time…because he was really looking for padded sympathy!
When your eyes have opened & you 'know better'.... welcome to the reality of what carrying our cross is about. It's hard because the 'world' is all you've ever known. In the world you didn't care about your dirty laundry… you didn't pick up after yourself… you could gossip to plenty of people to get the sympathy your flesh demands… but now…. OUCH.
When this happened to me, (when I first had my conversion experience)... I was already in a relationship with a guy that wasn't a Christian. Suddenly my eyes were opened... and when the 'big issues' in life came up I would always choose the God way & he would go the other way. It didn't matter that we had tons in common or common friends.... I realized that I was now with 'a stranger'. Whenever I would share Jesus & the excitement I had because the veil had been removed from my eyes... the boyfriend would only ask pointed questions with an agenda behind them. I continued to 'cry out'... but, I was not this man's Savior, and if he rejects mine….ahhhhh, the dichotomy, the turmoil, the doubt because of the sorrow and lack of peace. We can't make people love Jesus…. this is the sorrow... man's free will to willfully reject!
I've pointed out many times that in the scriptures it says the lost cannot enter in lest the veil be removed.
"…but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away." 2 Corinthians 3:16
Jesus often did parables to get people to receive biblical truth without banging it over their heads. See the heart must change for anything biblical to make sense. By the parables he got people to DECIDE either pro or vs those precepts. The ones that chose 'life'....if they would continue to follow Him they would begin to hear the scriptures which would then open up to them. Most people only want to smell the rose, not to tend it.
But a sniff isn't relationship... to hold it in one's hand's...thorns and all ---IS.
*Earnestness TRUMPS 'comfortableness' every time! Because even when we ‘can't do it’... IF WE ASK...HE WILL do that hard thing for us!Because I continued to cry out, the Lord blessed me to move away from that guy and THEN I was able to surround myself with healthy fellowship --to grow in the Word and relationship with Him.
Have you asked Father God for help? --For His change for your life? It may not be a 'move away' like I had, but will He not hear you and move on your behalf?
"The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous." Proverbs 15:29
The only people that get disappointed in their prayers are the ones that tell God what they want Him to do because they think they know it all.
("But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, "GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE." James 4:6)
But that's not how it works, right? We seek HIM, ask Him, and He answers.
"Yet they seek Me day by day and delight to know My ways, As a nation that has done righteousness And has not forsaken the ordinance of their God. They ask Me for just decisions, They delight in the nearness of God." Isaiah 55:2
After all, His ways are higher than we can comprehend, right?
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD." Isaiah 55:8
So let me recap:
• Ask God to change your situation
Counter the alienation and sorrow by asking God to change your situation for His Glory, without dictating what your flesh wants to do.
"In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:6
• Let Jesus do the work
Pray for those that were Pre-'your conversion', asking Him how to best sow seeds, recognizing that He is the Savior not you, lest you carry unnecessary yoke upon yourself.
"For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Matthew 11:30
• Look to God, not your 'comfort zone'
Focus on the Promises of God, despite whatever it looks like around you. Your focus is on the 'Big Picture'. If you go to college and train hard and get a Master's Degree, you can get a fantastic job. On the same token, if heaven is our home, should you not also be studying hard and getting your Kingly Master's degree because where we are going is the goal.
"For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst." Luke 17:21b
And with Jesus in our Holy temples… it begins Now!
"For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end…" Hebrews 3:14
With eyes wide open... the sadness is in that what used to be fun or happy isn't that anymore because you 'know too much'. It can also be because you're now a target for the enemy. Anyone that 'knows too much', what does he (satan) want to do with you? So there's some warfare involved there too.
So, You may be out there feeling this too, and you are right IT IS bitter, but it is bitterSWEET, if we turn our focus in the right direction….. the bigger picture; because nothing can touch the promise of heaven when you 'know too much'!
We hear: "He is the potter, we are the clay" (Is 64:8) in the scriptures, but the beauty of a parable is that we are drawn to step into another's shoes to liken our own situation. So as you think of Him as a potter…. place yourself in His shoes…
Let's dig into a very valuable study based on the reflection of a Potter and of the process that a vessel goes through…
We first take a piece of clay and pound on it to get out any air. I liken this as the fact that salvation is offered to every man and woman. We are all offered a choice. We are all put in a pounding place where we must choose light or darkness.
Under those tough times we are proven what we are made of.
Luke 6:45 "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
Then we throw the lump of clay down onto the wheel. Within your mind you've already decided what type of vessel you are going to make. Let's look in our cabinets…. we have plates, bowls of various types, platters, sugar, creamer etc. If we are making a set for ourselves, we will make what we will use. Each have a specific purpose in our place setting and we will make enough to fit our family size.
God purposes us individually … He foreordains what part of the 'place setting' we are to be… but He doesn't make junk. He doesn't sit there and say… "Now I need a broken dish just so I can throw it away". No, let's step into a potter's shoes.
Did you know that if you don't beat the air out of clay it can explode in the kiln?
"God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (1 Peter 5:5)
Did you know that contaminants in the clay can cause the same to occur? If you have a little rock (contaminant) in a bowl you are spinning on the wheel, it can collapse the whole thing as it catches in your hand and creates a perforating score that then collapses the whole piece.
As we are conforming to Christ Jesus, we are co-laborers in the Kingdom. He created us all good with a purpose, but it is us that must keep out the contaminants of sin… it is us that must take the full gospel… not only bits and pieces.. it is us that must bear good fruit in the 'try times' of purification.
After the vessel is created it must dry and become greenware because there must be no moisture in the firing process because moisture is also an agent that can cause pottery to explode. You can have a kiln full of many beautiful pieces, but one with moisture in it can act as a grenade destroying the whole batch. What is that moisture like? It's like pride because it makes things swell. We can really relate to this one, in that one individual can have the power to destroy the faith of many, or to lead many astray.
But let's get back to this greenware stage…. greenware is very fragile. Does it look finished? Well, maybe from a distance, but is it usable? NO. It will melt if water is reintroduced to it. It must be fired.
After firing it becomes bisque. Is it usable then? To some extent, but it won't hold liquid, but for a short time, because it's too porous. It must be glazed and then fired again.
Are you seeing the parable of the sower in this analogy? Some only go so far with the 'Word' they hear.
It's the same with pottery… He gives us a place in advance, but we have a part in making it. I like song from Eli… it's from the 90's called 'The Lumber Song', in it, it focuses on the concept of how we lay up our treasures in heaven.
Passed a mansion made of stone
But with each new house he's shown
They get smaller by degrees
Stopped in front of a two room shack
Pete said hope you're happy with that
Man said: "How can this be?"
That's all the lumber--that's all the lumber
that's all the lumber you sent
Looks like the builder--man he's got your number
That's all the lumber you sent
That's all the lumber you sent! It's the same with our hand in pottery… He's already determined the vessel… but like the Lumber song… are we choosing the right clay? (*side note: A different clay could be likened to a different doctrine... in the end however, it's our HEART, and if we are FOR or Against Jesus.)
Are we keeping out impurities? (Sin) Are we going the distance? (Empowered in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit)
So let me recap and flesh out the Parable nature of this "Potter and the Clay"….
On the hard surface:
We must first choose light or darkness. Pounding is inevitable as we are amidst an unseen battle for our souls.
On the wheel:
To some there are too many contaminants in the clay so that a vessel cannot even be formed, which is likened to rejecting God. But, some go on and make it off the wheel.
To some they have the appearance of being a vessel; or we could say an appearance of 'goodness' or ‘godliness, but explode in the kiln because they didn't follow the instructions [Jesus is the only door]. Remember that greenware is brittle… I've got this fun little piece my son made in preschool where they pressed toy dinosaurs into it to get an idea of how fossils were made. A little straggler piece broke off very easily. If I put the whole thing in water the clay will soften and he can do the whole thing over again. Greenware is where a lot of the 'church' is… the appearance of ‘godliness’, but when taken under a faucet… just like in the parable of the sower, greenware is like all the seeds that fell everywhere but on the good soil.
Fun Fact: The finest porcelain wares do not need glazing to render them
impermeable to liquids, but glaze makes them resistant to dirt and staining... How far will the Bride go in adornment?
And others retain their shape, but only have limited usage. They've went through some fire, they are solid… they aren't going to melt. This is likened to receiving Jesus as Lord, but not being Baptized in the Holy Spirit… we must receive the 2nd baptism, if we want to be fully useful in the Kingdom of God!
Jhn 7:38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being ((ie. belly)) will flow rivers of living water.' "
But the ones that are glazed are not only beautiful; tried through the fire several times, but are also true vessels to be set at places of honor at the banquet. With the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, these are able to carry rivers of His life.
The finest porcelain may not 'need' glazing to hold liquids, but it is the glaze that adds that touch of beauty to adorn the finest of tables.
There are many rooms in His Father's house (in OUR Father’s house). Only Bisque and Glazed items are fit for use at all. As we lay up our treasure in heaven, do we have a meager dwelling with cupboards of Bisque or are we producing fine glazed porcelain in palaces of honor in His kingdom? We all need to examine and contemplate, "Am I being used to my full potential? Am I on the path to conforming to the vessel that He has created me to be?"
I had a person ask me a very frank question…
"I can't reconcile salvation with the wedding garment. Is there such a thing as eternal security?"
Matthew 7:21-23a begins to churn in the brain and we begin to become worried, "Am I even saved?"
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you..'"
If this is you, let's put this issue to rest!
Truly, this one of those mental battles that everyone deals with at one time or another in their Christian walk. But I assure you that you can know that you are saved and on the right path if you have an active relationship with Jesus; whom gives us many parables in the bible to help flesh out the path set before us.
The wedding garment is our conforming to christ.... our diligence to being holy and righteous. All day long we can say this or that.... but if we do not move past being a 'hearer' only....into being a 'doer' as well... we are not putting on the attire we need for the banquet. The wedding garment is tied into the condition of our heart.
And this is easy to understand if we also turn it into a parable....
John says, "Will you marry me, Martha?"
"Yes John," she says and she slips the ring onto her finger.
She has the appearance of betrothal doesn't she?-- But Martha continues to act as though she is single...she meets other guys at the coffee house etc. She shows no respect for the commitment she's made.
God has told us everything we need to know....He's given us everything.... His Spirit in our hearts to convict us as well.... there's really no excuse.
So let's fast forward to the wedding day.... will John take Martha's hand? Will she even remember to show up? The commitment was made, but she didn't honor it by changing her lifestyle to fit it. The groom will not marry a whore.... He cannot look upon her. Traditionally, an engagement lasts 6 months…..in all that time, she did not get ready....she did not change!
Martha would honor John by going beyond wearing the ring (claiming salvation) into behaving as a bride... but as it stands now….we need to start at Matthew 7:20 for the full context:
"So then, you will know them by their fruits."
To begin to conform to His image we must understand and trust what the Lord says about Salvation within the Holy Scriptures. The Word is our measuring rod.
If you begin to dig in and study, you begin to note a theme that 'we are not perfect and His sacrifice has redeemed us'. If we are examining ourselves --learning the Word and what it is to become the likeness of Jesus.... we are getting ready. What Jesus did is the free gift... but we show our love and commitment by honoring Him through our life. We begin to not only recognize that we need a Savior, but clearly, we must be born again. Have you assumed that in receiving Jesus as Lord that you have automatically received the baptism in the Holy Spirit?
No, you have to ask.
I would like to encourage you to watch Derek Prince's teaching on Receiving the Holy Spirit in it's entirety so that you can clearly see what the scriptures say.
But you say…. "What about if Martha tries and tries, but she just didn't try hard enough, she just wasn't as attentive as she could have been, and she never got completely cleaned up in time?"
As a believer it is healthy to be concerned by our sin, but not in by being overwhelmed by our shortcomings. As we know, they are many! We cannot beat ourselves up over the lifelong process-- we are not perfect.
In the example I've given, it clearly shows that Martha has NOT given John her heart and exhibits that by her bad fruit.
So to further this, 'what is commitment' theme, let me share about being married....
I can say that over and over my spouse and I have issues that arise... we disappoint each other... are not thoughtful at times.... we are not perfect....but we ALWAYS reconcile.... always forgive and pick right back up where we've left off. With Jesus, mind you... he is ever faithful .... it is us that must humble ourselves and return to pick back up where we've deviated the path.
With my marriage, though little struggles happen, we never go so far as to abandon our covenant in unfaithfulness, or abandon our children.... we do not deliberately hurt each other.... to do so would be bearing 'bad fruit'... that would compare to Martha's whoredom. That kind of fruit would prove a heart that has not changed... not committed... does not truly love.
In Spiderman 3…. Spiderman makes a very bad decision. He encourages the girl at the rally to kiss him because the crowd is shouting 'kiss her' oblivious that, 'that kiss' was only for him and Mary Jane. There is no amount of saying, "She's just a girl in my class."(like he had done in a previous movie) They were dating and he crossed a line that damaged their relationship.
Later, he repented and relationship was restored.... but what we need to be wary of is either not repenting and/or not changing. If he'd continue to do stunts like this, Mary Jane would see the fruit that, he was all talk & didn't really love her.... this goes the same with God.
We do 'screw up'.... look at the life of David whom had 'a heart after God' [Acts 13:22]…. he made some really bad mistakes, but he repented and then did not fall and do those same big sins again. To really appreciate what it is to screw up big but then have a heart after God, check out Psalm 51. It is David's very cry and return to the Lord from a bout of grievous sins including covetousness, adultery, deceit and murder.
Psa 51:11-12 "Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit."
God used the Prophet Nathan to speak a PaRaBle to David to open his eyes to the inevitable drift and rift that blinding sin had caused in his relationship with Father God.
However, those sins still carried the responsibility for transgressing.
2Sa 12:10a “Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house…"
We are warned in advance not stray in the first place! This is the fair and Just God we serve, else people would be more prone to willfully sin knowing a magic pill would take all the bad away as soon as they repent.
Galatians 6:7 "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”
Past bad choices still bear a harvest time. Though we are forgiven we can't expect what we've sown to disappear....no, what we sow, we shall still reap.... but we can be forgiven and on the path to a pure, clean wedding day. Ask any newly born again Christian in a jail cell! Now that's HOPE!
Don't doubt your salvation because you're in a rough place that you created. God WILL work all things to the good on your behalf...
Rom 8:28 "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
...but like David we need to 'man up'… clinging to His mercy, but accepting the rippling consequences that sin has in this life.
[2Sa 12:22-23 "He said, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, 'Who knows, the LORD may be gracious to me, that the child may live.' But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me." ]
As you know… our sins welcome attack from the accuser of the brethren. Learn something from David though… throughout the Psalms he often sings the Praise-- the character-- the attributes of God, and later Jesus quotes the truth about God as well. If you've made some big screw-ups, of course the enemy will try to rob you of your free gift of salvation. Ironic that oftentimes the first place we should be looking in overcoming-- taking any thoughts captive that oppose the truth and simplicity of salvation-- is the last thing on our minds. In this life we don't deal with flesh however. If we care about offending God, we are on the right track, but if we beat ourselves up about it guess who oppresses and robs and steals etc. See the real enemy….bind any spirits of doubt and loose our tongue like David--- like Jesus to speak the Truth of God, the Faithfulness of God to His promises-- our effective sword in the spirit.
We do mess up at times but our path must contain forward motion. By our fruits we are known [Mat 7:16, Mat 7:20]. As a professing believer in Jesus we must be a doer and not a hearer only [Jam 1:23-26]. It is true that we cannot blame everything upon the devil because of our other enemy… 'our flesh'.
Our flesh must be made our 'slave' [1 Corinthians 9:25-27].
Have you ever looked at a memory chip before? If you look at the strips of metal on one in your camera you see evidence of a worn path. There are habits, there are people that are bad influences that we might have soul ties with… we might have negative expectations, soul wounds, forgiveness to be displayed… let's face it… when we really lay out our wedding garment and scrutinize we must realize that part of our walk is a process and we cannot expect it to happen overnight. God will in-fact, use this process of purification to prove us.
Hbr 12:6 "FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES, AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES."
Again, we cannot allow the enemy to come in and condemn us, but it is our responsibility to press into God as we wage war with the flesh, so that we can conform to the wedding attire that will be proper at the banquet.
If I speak an offensive expletive, it is not good.... it's something i need to work on in being holy and it takes time... but I have not rejected God by doing so. I feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit.... I may still curse, but OVER TIME, I do so less and less because it is my desire to please the Lord and be Holy. I may have to choose to keep away from people that harbor an environment where filthy talk is welcomed.
Conversely, let me show an example of outright rejecting God... let's say a Christian KNOWS that Islam is a false religion, but a cute girl has invited this guy to an Islamic function known to honor allah...and the guy accepts only because he wants to date the girl. See the difference between these examples? The second ignores the prior covenant entirely-- is willing to abandon God's commands of not having anything to do with foreign Gods. It is true that he can repent and 'about-face', but It's likened to that 'Mary Jane kiss', it needs to happen quickly, not something that keeps going and going, because like Nathan having to give David a parable, continued sin deafens our ears to the voice of God.
Romans 1:28, 32
"And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper..."
"...and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them."
When it comes down to it, we can see that 'salvation' is simple, --believe what God says about it. Then grow in relationship by reading the Word of God and seeking more than a 'honk if you love Jesus' bumper sticker on your car. No, in a committed relationship, you don't just 'look' like you know Him… you take Him with you!
Drew wanted to share a BIG song with you called: "My God is so Big"!
Be encouraged and SHINE, for our Lord is so strong and mighty, there's nothing our God cannot do!
I share the warning dream I received from the Lord regarding 'fracking' in Oklahoma.
Other videos on the subject:
Air from water tanks on fire:
'Gasland' Extended trailer:
Fracking is not a new method of drilling for natural gas, but its dangers to citizens and our environment are becoming more apparent. Known by names including hydraulic fracturing and hydrofracking, it is a way to get natural gas out of the earth. An oil well is drilled, and then huge amounts of water plus sand, salt and chemicals are forced in to the well. The tremendous pressure fractures the shale deep underground and opens pathways that enable natural gas to flow out of the well more easily.
But what happens when gas leaks out other places.... and what about the escape of these 'chemicals' pumped way down to taint the water supply? It's happening... there is solid proof. And now there is heavenly warning... because He cares for YOU.
Spiritual balance takes real self examination, real relationship in Messiah Jesus and obedience in studying the Word. Today I will share how Christians can start off in a good place, but get derailed into deception on this episode of hearingGod.
Hi Freedom 1, hearingGod.tv Did you know that the enemy loves Zealots? You can be so entrenched in Christendom and yet the enemy is right there to try and scoop you up. In this message I share ways that very zealous Christians get derailed… whether it's flesh of a wrong heart, lazy flesh, proud flesh, greedy flesh--you name it… repeat after me…. what get's us derailed? FLESH.
This is a category where I'll be giving examples of people pursuing things that tantalize the senses more so than a relationship and His truth.
Back when I was in a cult… we had a request from one of the members for prayer over her property as she seemed to have lots of witchcraft attacks. After we finished, one of the members walked across the driveway and went into a hysterical laughter. They said, "Oh, it's a Holy Ghost 'hot spot'… come and stand in it". And so other members would walk through that spot or stand in it & eventually begin to behave the same way. I had walked through that very spot earlier and felt nothing. I became the odd man out, but I refused to manufacture something that was not there. On a side note… that member that started this whole thing…. the Lord had been telling me for months that they were a 'false prophet'. This in fact, has been the only person God has ever told me was a false prophet. This knowledge, I tried to push off as the enemy trying to poison me. I certainly didn't want to be in 'offense' or 'unforgiveness' but, The Lord would continue to put scriptures in front of me, and the person would keep manifesting bad fruit vs. me & my family. Again… through His Word, everything is revealed.
I've got an example that fits into this 'touchy-feely' category; it's an excerpt from the writings of Frank Hammond:
"Christians, especially those suffering from rejection, inferiority and insecurity, are prone to crave an intimacy with the Lord which can draw them into unscriptural ways of achieving such closeness. For example, a Christian woman who had an unloving husband, was encouraged by a counselor to visualize Jesus as being her husband. She was to imagine Jesus coming through the door, hugging her and kissing her. Her visualized Jesus became very real to her, and she found this fantasy very satisfying. But one day her visualized Jesus became so intimate that he made sexual advances toward her. She was frightened enough to seek counsel which lead to her deliverance from a familiar spirit, the spirit of "another Jesus" II Cor. 11:4."
The salad bar leads us astray-
Pulling out isolated scriptures to make them fit instead of understanding the character of God throughout the scriptures.
Big example: street preachers that salad bar the judgement scriptures and condemnation to justify their hellfire as a broad net, while ignoring that God is always speaking to the house of God… not to pagans that can't receive God because of the curse and veil upon them for rejecting God. Doesn't it make more sense that these hellfire preachers go instead into churches? Even Jesus only judges the religious of His day…. but speaks parables [ and without a parable He did not speak] that break the veil and then the pagans are convicted of their sin and receive the Kingdom.
I'll probably just put an article on my blog if you want to know more on my stand about this, because that's a whole separate issue. I have yet to ever been in the presence of or watched a video of bible bashing street preaching net a positive confirmation on it's behalf by the Holy Spirit. The end result of a recent sharing of my scripturally based position with someone that condones it, was for them to turn around and mock christians 'that love, love, love'.
Well, sorry, but there's no condemnation in Christ Jesus and I will love the lost into the kingdom and I will continue to do just as Jesus did in correcting the 'religious firmly'.
WHEN RELIGIOUS SPIRITS SNEEK IN, YOU BEGIN TO SEE SOME, IF NOT ALL OF THESE MANIFEST:
(1)TENDENCY TO SEE MORE OF WHAT IS WRONG WITH OTHER PEOPLE OR OTHER CHURCHES THAN WHAT IS RIGHT WITH THEM
(2)TRYING TO FIX WHAT'S WRONG WITH OTHER PEOPLE AS IF THEY WERE APPOINTED BY GOD WITH THIS MISSION
(3) JEALOUSY/SUSPICION OF ANYTHING OUTSIDE THEIR BOX
(4) A PRIDEFUL SENSE OF BEING CLOSER TO GOD THAN OTHER PEOPLE
(5) MECHANIZED PRAYER LIFE
(6) COMPARING ONESELF WITH OTHERS
(7) DO MORE/FEEL BETTER=KEEPING SCORE
(8) SEEKING NOTICE AND ACCEPTANCE OF MAN
(9) GLORYING MORE IN WHAT GOD HAS DONE IN THE PAST THAT WHAT HE IS DOING IN THE PRESENT
(10) OUTWARD CEREMONY AND RITUAL BUT THEY OFFER NO POWER FOR A CHANGED LIFE
Wrongs don't make a 'right'-
Do you know that most of the secular self improvement, positive thinking systems are chock full of biblical principles but minus God and what Jesus did for us? These timeless biblical precepts work regardless of what side of the fence you are on. God's Word is faithful, it goes forth not to return void with access for anyone, but as believers we know it's only the end choice that counts. And you wonder why people get deceived? They see results. When you continue to see results despite things getting farther and farther watered down from the truth…. you begin to justify goodness by the results and not the path to get there.
A crooked road with results has an end result of no reward.
I knew a 'prophet' once that had gotten involved in an african money scheme in the past. It was said that it was an innocent mistake, her heart being to benefit ministry. The problem was, that she did it a second time, again foregoing the safety in a multitude of counsellors - secretly. So let's look at the fruit…. it doesn't matter that she wanted to 'help ministry', greed has many disguises. Again, using that platform of a trusting Christian, others lost thousands of dollars again. If you 'innocently' got caught in a mess once, why wouldn't you seek the counsel of other Godly people?
"But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity and does according to all the abominations that a wicked man does, will he live? All his righteous deeds which he has done will not be remembered for his treachery which he has committed and his sin which he has committed; for them he will die." Eze 18:24
Wallowing in the Mud-
Character in being a Christian is so important and one way people lose balance is by chopping down the tree and then erecting it again. What I mean by this is aligning with spirits that demean our high standing and then expect people to be impressed with Jesus after you've spoken things that oppose the Truth in the Word.
Now in the scriptures we hear,
1Cr 4:10a "We are fools for Christ's sake…"
but what I'm talking about jumps from that scripture into a negative confession over one's life. It is one thing to say 'look who God can use' but it's another to begin to confess negative negative negative, --chopping down that tree. Remember, Pro 23:7 "For as he thinks within himself, so he is." It's funny because most people do this to humor people-- let's say you're a lawyer or a politician, so you cut yourself down with 'jokey idle words'. HE may use broken vessels, but as we are conforming into His image we can testify what He's done without wallowing in the mud.
Spending too much time nosing around with what the devil is doing-
This is a big one folks! When I was in a cult, the leader would push that we needed to educate ourselves about what the enemy was up to by poking our nose into their culture. The cult leader actually had all of us watch the movie called 'The Craft' and then in watching the mini series spin-off that birthed from that called "Charmed".
Church, we are to be about our Father's business. After I left the cult and dug into 'God alone'… I found that if HE wanted to educate me, He would bring stuff to my attention without my having to dip my toe into any cesspool. Do you know how many people are out there that have been into the occult that have been redeemed and now are able to educate us with what we need to know? It is true, what was meant for bad will always be turned around for His glory! If you've been redeemed from a shady past, the Lord has a ministry for you!
We need to spend the bulk of our time examining ourselves; being pure and growing in the Lord… trust me, there are no 'hidden secrets' that we will find apart from the shadow of His wing.
Off the path for lack of the Word-
Another excerpt from the writings of Frank Hammond:
"The church there had been organized by an anointed woman pastor, who had been deceased for several years. One night, the Lord revealed to Ida Mae, by means of a spiritual dream, that several in the church were being visited by an apparition of the former pastor. In the dream, Ida Mae was shown the apparition. It appeared very beautiful. When Ida Mae identified it as an apparition, the face became hideously demonic.
The present pastor of the church, a young man, confirmed that everything Ida Mae was shown was true. Several older women in the fellowship were resisting the new, young leader and wanted everything to continue as it was before. These women, who had been closely related to their former pastor, so desired to stay in communication with her that they opened themselves up to being visited by the deceptive apparition. The sad part of the story is that the deceived women refused to believe that they were communicating with a familiar spirit rather than their deceased pastor.
Satan is a sly deceiver. When forbidden things are sought; or when good things are sought in wrong ways, the devil is quick to take advantage."
What's another big 'apparition' we hear of? Marian Apparitions. What do we know of Mary, the Mother of Jesus?
She was chosen of God:
Luke 1:30 "And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God."
She was obedient:
Luke 1:38 "And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word."
Luke 1:48 "For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed."
The scripture does not say:
Mary was without sin
She ascended to heaven without dying
Is a mediator
Those are things the Catholic Church added.
Proverbs 30:6-5 "Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar."
(also note*: Deuteronomy 4:2 & Deuteronomy 12:32)
These additions give Marian apparitions credence. But next to the Word of God these apparitions speak of Necromancy: The supposed practice of communicating with the dead, esp. in order to predict the future.
What happens at these apparitions… people flock to get some new revelation or direction through Mary or "Jesus".
"But the message is good", people say. Doesn't matter does it? We are all too aware that the enemy knows the scripture too. If the enemy has gotten us into necromancy, we lose!
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter." Matthew 7:21
The scriptures say that God reveals His secrets to the Prophets…[Amos 3:7], no mention of any other mediator to His sharing than Jesus Christ.
I don't bring up the Marian Apparition example so that you bible bashers out there can rail on Catholics… remember if Michael the archangel wouldn't even judge satan…. than how much more so we shouldn't be railing each other. Michael the archangel would’t even pronounce a railing judgment against satan, how much more so, we as believers shouldn’t be railing each other!
[Jude 1:9 "But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"]
What happens when you assume? Never assume any phenomena is God reaching out to you!
We need to be satisfied by His Word alone. And through His Word we shall know the truth….and the truth shall set you free!
[Deu 8:3 "He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.]
I was in a big spiritual battle a few months ago and I had very strange phenomena happen. I awoke abruptly one night to see a swirling 2.5-3ft portal at the end of my bed. It didn't look good, it didn't look bad, but I hollered the Word of God at it, and professed Jesus as my authority etc. till' I ran out of things to say and it finally disappeared. This all occurring in a minute to a minute and a half's span of time. I'm hollering & my husband sleeps through the whole ordeal!
A friend tried to research if any others have had this happen to them before for comparison's sake… but I concluded it was bad based on:
1.) the fact that nothing happened in the face of the professed Word
2.) and the fact that I had already mentioned having been in the midst of a big spiritual battle
And that's what the enemy like to do folks… when you are in battle and pressing in we can't allow our guard down for a desired ‘flash in the pan’. We examine fruit and we use the Word. Am I repeating myself throughout this message?
How many ministries have we witnessed that get derailed by this one? Do I want to SEE the GLORY? Doesn't everyone? Praise God we have that to look forward to in all of eternity!---But we have to go through the narrow gate [through the crack of the bible].
We will SEE God -
Jhn 11:40 "Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?"
2.) Being Holy
Psalm 24:3-4"Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood, And has not sworn deceitfully."
3.) Being Pure
Matt. 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
Awaken your discernment… if you have an uneasiness about anything….you should be watching the fruit and reading the Word. You should be questioning everything… you don't want to miss the Holy Spirit straightening out any crooked parts in your path and you don't want to allow the enemy's voice to meld in your spirit so you become that frog cooking gradually in the boiling pot of water. If something doesn't set well in your spirit, seek to know WHY. Find out everything by holding God's hand in relationship and by the truth in the Word…. not by following a crowd of people into the glittery ditch.