Even though I have been serving in ministry since Oct. 25, 1981, experiential learning has been more a part of my serving than preaching, pastoring or any other ministerial function. What I have been learning for the most part is how to be “spiritually sensitive.”At first I thought that spiritual sensitivity could only be attained through the 9 supernatural gifts of the Holy Ghost, particularly the discerning of spirits. Yet the word of God makes it plain that these 9 gifts only operate “as the Spirit wills” and not simply because we either desire them or seek them. We are told to seek them and to desire them, yet one of the purposes of “the New Idolatry” is to warn the elect that Satan has some very clever counterfeits. In summary, here are some biblical truths to remember:
1.Anyone who is truly saved cannot be touched by the devil without God’s permission. (Job Ch. 1)
2.The plan of God is to lead the demons to reveal their own folly. (II Timothy 2:26)
3.The devil believes that the only thing that keeps the believer faithful to the Lord is the fact that he or she is protected by the hedge. In other words, we are in it for the blessings and protection from demons. Demons are convinced that when the pressure is placed upon us, we will not stand. (Read Job)
4.When a demon has been able to have place in a Christian’s life, we should examine the situation based upon points 1-3.
5.When the battle comes in a believer’s life, the Lord will make a way of escape. Very often, the deliverance counselor or worker IS the “way” that the Lord has made for a particular captive to escape.
6.Sometimes the Lord will permit a believer to be deceived because there is a valuable lesson to be learned from the experience.
7.We must all humble ourselves to those times we do things that cause us vulnerable to demonic deception and attack.
8.We will never be smart enough to discern the trap that has been set before us. However, if we remain lovers of the truth, the Holy Spirit that we have will reveal all truth to us. (John 16:13)
9.Deliverance counselors must simply trust God to open our spiritual eyes and reveal demonic devices to us, as long as we continue to walk by faith with complete and total trust in Jesus Christ.
10.Anyone who is not saved, is in the hands of the devil because the devil has rule and authority over him. Any unsaved person who seeks deliverance must first come under the authority of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who is the Deliverer.
Although I may not be able to walk in a supernatural gift according to my own will like the false prophets and psychics do with Satan’s power, I leave supernatural manifestations in the hands of God. In fact, I no longer actively seek the supernatural, as it is definitely a weakness of my flesh. For example, if the testimony of Celie in Africa is of the Lord, then He will move sovereignly and miraculously when He chooses, without even my personal knowledge. What I have learned is that I can become “spiritually sensitive” to the extent that I can discern the Lord from what is emanates from my own soul, or from what is demonic in nature. As you can ascertain from the profiles that have been presented in this book, the bulk of this kind of discernment has come to me by learning through experience. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their sense exercised to discern both good and evil. (James 5:12-14) The “exercise” to which James is referring will produce true “LEARNING!” The more you and I learn, the more we can discern. Hopefully, you too can learn from my trial, errors and failures.
How does “learning to discern come?” Many study all the time by learning facts but they cannot discern truth in the spirit. I have found that the most important aspect of learning how to discern is to experience the Lord’s hand upon me as I myself am broken. When I am broken, then I become sensitive and discerning. Here is an example. I am acquainted with preachers who have studied all the scriptures on pride and can quote them, even preach a good message about pride, yet not really be able to sense the sinfulness of pride in their own spirits. Therefore, when pride appears in the captive, such a minister will not be able to sense it. His spirit will not be distressed. He may even feel sympathetic to the captive when what he should be feeling is a sense of distress within his own spirit.
When the Lord deals with me through the work of the Holy Spirit by breaking me, then when I come across a sinful situation, I feel distressed because my senses have been exercised to discern evil and to feel what God Himself feels about that evil. Once I have discerned the ailment or weakness that opened the door to demonic oppression, then I can serve my brother in the area of pride, if pride was the problem. The more my own soul is renewed, the better I can serve. The more I myself have been dealt with, the better I am able to make an assessment based on spiritual truth. Once The Holy Spirit has broken me in a particular area, I find that I am better equipped to pinpoint the real condition of others.
A previously indicated, just as the mouth speaks what is in the heart, so too does the mouth speak through an email. To make a good assessment of a person’s soul, we listen to his mouth. One of the benefits of using emails in counseling is that I can examine every written word and phrase, even the ordering of a captive’s thoughts by the way he puts forth his inner man in his sentences. Since both the religious demon and the witchcraft demon are rooted in the pride of its captive, pride uncovers the nature of the soul. In the scriptures, rebellion,— a form of pride—, is comparable to witchcraft. However, since the captive to the witchcraft demon will invariably suffer loss, or some other negative outcome to his physical and emotional well-being, its captive will ultimately desire freedom. I repeat again that the relief from torment by an apparently passive captive will often reveal a rebellious heart, filled with pride.
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