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Discerning of Spirits: Is It God or the Devil?

4 Aug
What seems heavenly may be a snare from the devil!

It was decided the other week that I would begin writing for the ministry again. I had expected this to go smoothly, as I used to write on a consistent basis last year. After going a good amount of time without much in the way of significant attacks from the enemy, I had not expected him to assail me.

I was dead wrong in that expectation.

My last article spoke about the spirit of the antichrist, an evil spirit who acts as the antithesis to the Spirit of Christ that dwells within born again children of God. I have noticed that when something good happens in my life, often by the grace of God, that the enemy is right around the corner to try and down me after experiencing victory and peace in the Lord.

The Enemy Poses as God in Dreams

The same night where I had correspondence with Pastor Pam on what to write about, I readied for bed. Yet a strange happening occurred. I sat in bed when it seemed like things around me got foggy and dim, as in, existence itself got dark and blurry. It was spiritual in nature and I found it strange, then went to sleep where I dreamt.

I used to be in the Marine Corps. I have had dreams before where military life is used as symbolism, both by God and the devil. In the first dream, I found myself on the first floor of a school, roaming the halls, as if I was skipping class. Up on the second floor, I could hear one of my old sergeants, Sergeant Moore, speaking.

“I’m worried about George’s progress in class,” she said.

I remember Sergeant Moore. She was one of my best sergeants. I could hear how much she cared in her voice, which was consistent with her character as she had always gone out of her way to check on me when we served together. She was a woman who was brave, kind, intelligent, strong-willed and unintimidated by any circumstance. Sergeant Moore represented a reliable and loving leader in the spirit.

I walked up the stairs and went to attend her class after hearing her and saw her in the hallway. She sneered at me.

“Well, look who decided to show up after skipping class!” Her voice bellowed this time and was mighty as she mocked me.

I found myself in the classroom taking a test, where I hid the answers and had a second test on top of it, cheating and hiding my answers.

She shouted, “And he was doing so well, too!” I could feel the disappointment in her voice.

I woke up and interpreted the dream as Sergeant Moore representing God telling me that I was not applying myself to learning in the spirit, because classrooms represent spiritual growth in dreams.

The next night, I experienced the same dimness around me. I slept and found myself in a warehouse, a similar work environment that I have experienced in the natural realm. As I was working, a manager came up to me, stirred with anger so great that steam was fuming out of his head. He was telling me about all he did for his workers and every step he took to optimize their working conditions, and that I was messing it all up.

I woke up and interpreted the dream as similar to the first one, though with this one suggesting that I was being used to frustrate the work of the ministry.

I slept again the next night and found myself in a bus with a few passengers on a draw bridge. The bus crept up to right before the bridge split open, then backed up. Then, it roared forward and sent us diving off the bridge into the core of the earth, splitting open and sending us to hell. A city where instead of oxygen in the air, there were instead flames and lava.

I awoke and was cautious. These dreams had come in straight succession and I wondered if they were designed to create urgency in me. I went about my life.

As I went about my business, I peered into the spirit. And I saw a shadowy demon who has stalked me throughout my life, breathing and glaring at me. I would sometimes see a huge bull, ugly and in a position as if he was standing right next to me.

The Difference Between God & Satan

I took all these experiences to Pastor Pam and it was revealed that they were dreams designed to get me to fear and make me ineffectual.

Because my fear is not of the devil or any of his wiles, but of the Lord. The thought of God being disappointed, angry or thinking that I was a roadblock to His work was what I really feared and the enemy used it against me.

Since I had thought the first two dreams were from God, it actually stressed me out and made me doubt myself in a serious way because I did not want to do anything that would be displeasing to God.

Seeing the demon was an intimidation tactic, sending a message posing the question of, ‘if you can see me so easily, are you truly right with God?’ The whole week had been a barrage of assaults launched by the devil against me during a pivotal time where I wanted to sit down, lock in and do work for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Beyond that, the evidence that it was from the enemy was that the dreams were condemning in nature. I can tell you from experience that the Lord will lovingly correct His children for their betterment in a gentle, tender way that is sometimes even humorous.

I’ve learned that when analyzing a spiritual occurrence, that one’s emotions must be looked at. Are you feeling condemned, accused or even shamed? That’s the devil. God chastises those He loves for the nourishment of their soul and spirit, to make them more Christlike. Satan accuses those he hates.

As I said, when God moves, the enemy will often be right around the corner to counteract. This links back to my writing about the spirit of the antichrist versus the Spirit of God and how they interact with the children of God. I was fortunate to have Pastor Pam counsel me on these things, and it was good that I brought them to her. Revealing subjects that may be difficult to face is pivotal and key to spiritual growth and progress in counseling.

Discerning good from evil is a skill that takes time to develop, even a lifetime, but things worked out for the good of the Lord. I was reassured to stay the path of righteousness and service to God.

Exodus Internet Church is about gaining knowledge to discern what is from God versus what is from the devil according to the individual and their own unique experiences. If you find yourself seeking spiritual growth in Christ, give EIC a call at 888-818-1117 or email rescueonfb@icloud.com.

Kim Burrell’s Judgmental Commentary: Empowerment in Christ

2 Aug

           

Kim Burrell, the 49-year old Gospel singer who has worked with musical artists like Mariah Carey, Jay-Z and Frank Ocean recently went viral for comments she gave during a sermon at Kingdom City Church. Burrell received backlash online for referring to the attendees as broke, ugly and praising anti-vaccination ideas in favor of “walking by faith.”

Here are some of the comments she made:

“Sometimes before we get friends we have to do an interview: How long you been broke? How many times have you changed your name on your light bill? How many of your bills are in your little cousin’s name? Do you live in a trailer home or a house?”

“You understand. It’s not about status or material things. It’s just about choices.”

“We’re at church… those of us that are walking by faith without a mask and no vaccine,”

“Who likes to be told you’re just ugly? No one likes to be told that,” Burrell said. “Most don’t get offended until they know the bad thing about themselves… I haven’t chosen anyone to be ugly yet. God is good. God is great. You all look great. Most of you have on hats covering most of that anyway. Here’s to you.”

“I have a great personality.”

I want to notate three things in particular when analyzing these comments. 1) Luke 6:45 tells us, “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks 2) There is a spiritual element to the words Kim Burrell spoke and 3) Sermons like these are evidence that the loving spirit between the brethren of the church is not there.

The Spiritual Agenda Behind Burrell’s Words

We live in a spiritual world. While we live here in the physical/natural realm, the truth is that there are invisible spirits all around us with their own agendas. Satan’s agenda for the churches across the world are to take them over and “slip in” his own deceptions into the sermons while masquerading as God.

I have gleaned into Kim Burrell’s sermon and the truth is that the spirit of the antichrist is at work behind what she said! The spirit of the antichrist acts as the antithesis to God and Godly things. The Spirit of God promotes love, joy and peace amongst brethren. The antichrist who counteracts these things looks to promote judgement, condemnation, strife and conflict between people.

Lies, judgement and condemnation are among Satan’s most effective tools at keeping people in bondage and Burrell’s words are laced with them. They are used to attack a person’s soul by lowering their self-esteem and instilling falsehoods in them. Once a person “accepts” these falsehoods and it becomes part of their soul, evil spirits around the recipient have more ground to attack, influence and even use them for their own wicked agenda.

When one goes to church, one should be uplifted, empowered or sobered spiritually because the truths of God are being sprinkled into their soul upon listening to the speaker. Kim Burrell’s message has instead been used to mock people for their lack of material wealth or belongings, judging others, and promoting the idea that one is walking by faith by not wearing a mask or getting a vaccine. Are all of these ideas not purely of the flesh?

Since becoming born again, I have become more sensitive to the impact that words have on others and the human soul. Kim Burrell’s words revealed her innermost beliefs on what makes someone worthy, whether it be by their financial status or how they “exercise faith,” in this case by not wearing a mask.

Yet, I have mercy for her because it’s clear her evil spirits have gotten such a stronghold on her that she can say these ungracious and unkind things to the people she should be uplifting in Christ. It is also a sad truth that she is not the first pastor recently who has denigrated their fellow churchgoers or spread the lie that neglecting to protect oneself from COVID-19 is a form of Godliness.

Be Uplifted at EIC

Here at EIC, some of the most important fundamental teachings are understanding God, having love for the brethren and differentiating spirit from flesh. Lately in our assemblies, we have been speaking about what makes EIC unique and one of those things is demonstrating what it means to be Godly towards others both in deed and speech.

I am someone who had many flaws that were brought to the surface while being counseled in EIC. In fact, I experienced the things that Kim Burrell mocked people for because I have lived as someone who was broke with a great many ugly things in his soul. I was narcissistic, selfish, self-absorbed, manipulative, cold-blooded, angry, and many more ungodly things!

Yet, not once when I brought the truths of myself to Pastor Pam did she judge, condemn or mock me. Not once did God’s chosen vessel for pastoring me make me feel like I was less of a person or unworthy for the weaknesses and deficiencies of my soul. Instead, she taught me that I had a narcissistic flesh that was not beyond God’s power to restore with His love and mercy. I cannot imagine anyone truly being born again in Christ make the denigrating statements Kim Burrell said so casually. Indeed, a born again person would be convicted of their harsh speech and God’s Spirit would call them to repent.

Beyond this, I was taught how important it is to exercise common sense and logic, both with making decisions for myself and while interacting with other people. I was taught to be courteous and kind to others because that is what it means to be Godly. I was taught that using the scientific advantages that we as a people have been blessed with in this day and age like the vaccine is something to be grateful for and use to one’s benefit.

When the assembly of EIC gets together for service, we are about spiritual empowerment, gaining Godly knowledge from each other and moving as a cohesive unit as different limbs of the Body of Christ. EIC is what a church assembly should be, a place where we see one’s confessed weaknesses made into strengths by the mercy, glory and brilliance of God.

To the reader: I lovingly urge you to not accept ungodly ideas into your spiritual life. Do not be complacent or lukewarm with giving someone a pass if they are preaching falsehoods, condemnation and judgement to your face in the pulpit. Because God is infinitely noble and cares for you! He wants one not to be bogged down by ugly and hurtful words from a false teacher, but to give you a new spirit and heart for Christ! If one’s speech evidences that the devil is speaking through them, flee from them and instead seek God!

Exodus Internet Church is about spiritual empowerment and gaining knowledge to discern what is from God versus what is from the devil. If you find yourself seeking spiritual growth in Christ, give EIC a call at 888-818-1117 or email rescueonfb@icloud.com.

T.D. Jakes: Femininity & Masculinity in Christ

28 Jul
Femininity & Masculinity balance each other out!

T.D. Jakes’ Comments on Black Women

Recently, Megachurch Pastor T.D. Jakes had a sermon on Father’s Day 2022 entitled “Real Men Pour In.” This came to the ministry’s attention after it set off a wave of backlash across social media as people suggested that Jakes made comments that were misogynistic, disparaging and critical of black women.

Jakes claimed that black families are struggling to exist as a strong, loving unit because men and women are failing to balance each other out for the sake of nurturing a family. He went so far as to say that black women are “too masculine.” I went to go view his sermon to see what he had to say for myself.

I was appalled at what I saw and heard.

Here is a list of statements Jakes made about women throughout his sermon:

  • “We [men] were not designed to receive from women”
  • “Your self-esteem is compromised when you have to ask your wife for lunch money”
  • “When Adam started eating out of his wife’s hand, sin came in because the divine order was broken”
  • “We [men] are designed to pour into you. And you are designed to take what we pour into you and increase it, and make it better.”
  • “This breaks all sociological order of the culture that we’re living in now, because we are raising up women to be men.”
  • “And you are not applauded for your femininity. You are applauded by the contemporary society for how tough, rough, nasty, mean, aggressive, hateful, possessive you are and you’re climbing the corporate ladder, but we are losing our families.”
  • “I know you can buy your own car, I know you can buy your own house, but until you create a need that I can pour into, I have no place in your life.”

How can we not receive from a woman, when we received life from one? How can one’s self-esteem be so fragile that it breaks when asking for help from a lover? Why should a woman be shamed for pursuing a career, autonomy and independence in a society that has long sought to take these things from her?

I was disturbed that Jakes could say these things with a straight face. When the camera shot out into the audience, I saw many young women who are in their formative years watching him and listening. I worry for how many people are believing in his message.

The underlying issue with T.D. Jakes’ opinion of black women and how they act is that he is operating on a very narrow, archaic point of view on what the “role” of a woman is in modern society. There is nothing Godly about what he said. There’s an undercurrent of “You were designed to be subservient to us and if you act outside of the realms men expect you to, you are in the wrong” to his comments that are quite ugly.

It is a sad thing that the progress women have made to make a better life for themselves is still getting pushed back against on such a large scale.

History has shown that women have been oppressed and limited throughout the ages, expected to be subservient to a husband and relegated to being a caretaker of children and taking care of the home. Yet the times are changing; recently in America they have more freedoms than in other periods of history because they can educate themselves and compete in the workforce. In fact, womens’ participation in the workforce is at a higher number than ever before.[1] This has led to many women being able to make a life for themselves without depending on anyone else and climb up to positions of influence and power in their respective fields. This is something that we should celebrate! The majority of the population can now build a life for themselves.

Yet it’s clear that T.D. Jakes has no regard for this. Comments like a woman “creating a need that a man can pour into” are woefully misguided and a sexist attempt at trying to tug the current times back into the 1700s.

Femininity & Masculinity in Christ

My friends, we must turn this discussion to instead put the focus on God and highlight His wonderful glory and brilliance in how he has designed both men and women, as well as the masculine and feminine in both of them.

The truth is that God has both masculine and feminine traits, and a strong person has a balance of both types of traits. Godly masculine traits include faithfulness, protectiveness, walking in truth, courage, commitment and spirituality. Godly feminine traits include nurturing, grace, mercy, beauty, caring and affectionate.

Two of the most beautiful and profound characteristics of God are the mercy and grace He has given His elect and, yes, those are feminine traits!

To take this a step further, we can see in scripture that God has used the image of a woman to illustrate His Godly characteristics such as:

  • Comforting God’s people like a mother to a child (Isaiah 66:13)
  • God hovering over His children like a mother eagle over her chicks (Deuteronomy 32:11)
  • God never forgetting His children like a woman never forgetting her nursing child (Isaiah 49:15)

A man having feminine traits to balance his masculine and a woman having masculine traits to balance out her feminine are something to be commended! This means they are a more balanced complete person, one who is able to connect with the people around them in a positive way more. Can you imagine how beautifully they can contribute to a loving family and/or relationship when either a balanced man or woman is paired with a partner that complements them and is also balanced?

If the human race is created in God’s image, and God has both masculine and feminine traits, how much greater is a woman if she has those masculine traits that He has? Or a man who has the feminine traits that He has? It’s glorious to think about, and this all relates to what it means to grow spiritually in the Lord Jesus Christ!

The ministry is all about working on one’s soul. This includes getting to know oneself and embracing both the masculine and feminine traits that can be used in the individual to serve God. If you find yourself seeking spiritual growth in Christ, give PSM a call at 888-818-1117 or email deliverancecounseling@yahoo.com.


[1] Bleiweis, Robin Senior. “Quick Facts About the Gender Wage Gap.” Center for American Progress, 24 Mar. 2020, https://www.americanprogress.org/article/quick-facts-gender-wage-gap/.

Demonic Influence: Dreams

27 Apr

Demons seek to control you through even the most innocuous things. How do we combat them?

Demons and fallen angels are about control. They are assigned to people from their birth and aim to influence the person’s life in subtle (and sometimes overt) ways to bend them to their will. If the person obeys them and falls for their traps, they gain more ground over them. Ground is legal rights for a demon or fallen angel to interfere in that person’s life.

Examples of people who have given themselves over to strong demonic influence are religious fanatics and occultists. Both live their lives practicing rituals that empower the demons and fallen angels monitoring them. Their dedication to their crafts serve as a feeding cycle to their own deception.

A new initiative God has undertaken is freeing His captives from the likes of the occult. The occult is a noteworthy field of study because the nature of it is that the person is drawing evil spirits to them in a very overt way. Activities like ouija, palm reading, fortune telling, etc. are surefire ways to invite demons to oneself.

Yet there is a way demons and fallen angels try to establish control over people in a subtle way that seems harmless and even fun: dreams.

They tried this with me. The dreams would come in different categories that I am going to lay out because I know they’re doing this to the people who end up coming to PSM for help. The dreams tend to fall into the categories of 1) posing as God 2) stirring up fear and 3) commanding that the recipient of the dream does some kind of action.

Demons and Fallen Angels Posing as God

This is happening far more than people know. The vast majority of people claiming to have heard from God have actually heard from fallen angels misleading them. Fallen angels pose as different gods whether it is pretending to be Jesus, any God from the trinity, and a great number of false gods throughout different religions. For me, it was a fake Jesus. The one you see in paintings. One dream he sent me had a Godly voice call out to me and say, “You will be born again when you can say: I am with you, even unto the end of the age.”

There was no reason for the Lord God to have told me that then. When God would come to me in dreams, it was often to show me my sinful nature to help me understand why He was about to bring me rebirth. The deceit of the dream posing as God above was to get me to put my faith and hope in it. If I had done so, the fallen angel would have had more legal grounds with which to distract me.

What one needs to keep in mind is that when they receive a dream, they must test the spirits by waiting on it. Do not just immediately assume it is from God and act on it. You’ll end up a sitting duck just asking for a fallen angel to put on some robes, appear to you in a dream claiming he is God, and having you run around in circles trying to “serve him” when he’s fooling you. If you look at the testimonies of people who have had false conversions, you will find that many spoke of having dreams where a religious being came to them with a great revelation. Such tales are laden in deceit.

Stirring Fear

By putting the target in a state of fear, that person is more susceptible to demonic influence. The person is less likely to act rationally because their heightened emotions will fog their ability to resist attacks from evil spirits.

Any and all nightmares are from demons and fallen angels. When one sleeps, what you see in your dreams is your spirit in the spirit realm. Things like monsters, demons, cartoons or people doing evil things in dreams are from evil spirits taking full advantage of the person’s vulnerable state to instill fear into them.

Sleep paralysis is another form of demonic influence over a person during sleep. Your spirit does not have much autonomy in the spirit (unless you’re born again) and is therefore susceptible to the overpowering actions of demons.

One dream I had showed the fake Jesus walking a path and gave me a sensation that I was following him. At the end of the trail was a grave. The message was clear: George, I am going to kill you. Yet if that fallen angel had the ability to kill me, he would have done so already. Instead, here I am alive in Christ speaking to you.

When you have dreams, nightmares or things showing you things that are alarming, do not panic. Keep a cool head and analyze it from a logical point of view, then wait to see if there’s any truth to it.

Commanding the Dreamer to take Action

This is the most direct way demons seek to gain control over their targets: telling them to do something. If the person obeys, they are drawing closer to the evil spirit ruling them because they are consenting to their ungodly suggestions.

One clever way they do this is using their ability to pose as different people. An example of this from personal experience was a dream wherein an ex-girlfriend came up to me on the street. She was telling me the real, true Gospel and emphasizing sin, resurrection and rebirth to me with great zeal. The dream was intended to show me, “look, this woman is right for you. Get in touch with her and be with her.” Yet I knew she was still in false religion and such a venture would prove futile. If I was to believe everything I saw in a dream and acted on it, I would have been in more bondage and possibly attached to someone on a different spiritual path than I was.

Sometimes their methods are more overt where they will literally tell you: go do this, go do that. Other times it’s more subtle and a suggestion like the above.

Conclusion

Dreams are a soft spot for many people. We have seen great saints like Daniel and John receive dreams with information that is still being studied to this day.

And that’s where the devil comes in. He knows that people want that special communication with God. Who doesn’t want to think that God took time out of His day to reach down to one of His people and give them a special message?

We do not have to completely give up on dreams and throw the baby out with the bathwater. What we need is WISDOM and to exercise it by heeding the scripture wherein we are to test the spirits, meaning we wait on dreams and watch what happens if we cannot quickly deduce that it is of Satan.

I also caution the reader to not allow dreams to fill up one’s mind throughout the day. If the devil can come to you 2 nights a week and have you thinking about those dreams for the other 5, then he is taking up rent in your head which will cause more demonic attack due to the accepted ground.

It takes great wisdom to interpret dreams. It takes even greater wisdom to accept that we are to walk by faith and not completely rely on them. Dreams have their place, but exercise caution and wisdom always.

Have you had dreams of a spiritual nature that you seek to understand? Would you like to learn more about the nature of dreams? Get a copy of Pastor Pam’s newest book, Dreams, Your Guide Through Deception and Confusion here https://shoptly.com/i/b29q or https://lulu.com/spotlight/pam_s911.

Chakras & Occult: Yoga

18 Apr

This post is part of a series covering practices related to chakras and the occult. Our ministry offers Christian truth and information on worldly practices that isn’t offered elsewhere. If you’d like to read the other installments of this series, check out my articles on 1) empaths and 2) reiki.

As I touched on in my last article, more and more Eastern practices are gaining popularity in America as East blends with West. This is a subject to go more in-depth on another time, but it’s clear that Satan’s strategy for America has been to implement false religion and then — as the people got bored with his brand of counterfeit Christianity — replace it with Eastern mysticism and religions in its stead. Once he’s done using up one tactic, he tosses it away and plugs in his next plan of attack to keep his spiritual assault rolling.

Yoga is a practice we are seeing gain steam nationwide. Go to a gym that holds group exercises and you’re likely to see a yoga class offered there. I grew up near Philadelphia, PA and the art museum there holds weekly yoga classes. There are thousands of dedicated yoga studios worldwide. There’s even scientific studies showing that yoga has health benefits which is a driving reason for its popularity.

This touches on 2 points that I’ve seen Satan implement with his approach to spiritual deception. 1) He is implementing his practices to be socially accepted and easily accessible and 2) a focus on the physical aspects of his deception because of the ignorance to the spiritual implications of these matters.

Yoga: Where did it start?

One of the teachings here at the Spiritual Warfare Library of Pam Sheppard Ministries is that if you want to know the validity of something, you must look at its root. The root of something is the beginning of it, its origin. The approach to analyzing things in this manner was demonstrated by the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth in Matthew where He taught that good trees bear good fruit but corrupt trees bear evil fruit.

So what’s the root of Yoga?

An interesting fact about Yoga is that it was birthed and developed in ancient times before Christ descended to earth. This means that Satan was at work creating false ideas, religions and practices long before the Son of God began His ministry to teach the people the truth of salvation in Him.

Yoga was developed across different civilizations and cultures over 5000 years ago with its earliest record having been recorded by the Indus-Sarasvati in Northern India (1). Originally an oral tradition, its practices would bleed into other cultures by means of Hindu texts called the Vedas. Veda means “knowledge” and were intended to be sacred texts that served as the foundation of the Hindu beliefs. (2)

Yoga in ancient times tended to have 2 purposes. 1) Worship to false gods and/or 2) Getting body, mind and soul to “align.” From there, it was passed down to the modern day where yoga has been divorced from having an inherent tie with religion and instead presented as a healthy practice.

Spiritual Implications of Yoga

Let us examine what the above information means for yoga from a spiritual perspective. In the spirit realm, demons and fallen angels are acting constantly to bring about the downfall of man. One of the main ways this is done is thru false religion, beliefs and practices that by acting on them draws demons and fallen angels to the person.

By partaking in any false practice that was birthed in a false religion or other lie, you are inviting said demons to hold ground over your life. “Holding ground” means to have legal rights to that person; they are inviting evil spirits to have influence on their life and soul thru their actions. Yoga is especially foul from a spiritual perspective because it is interlinked with the worship of false gods.

So what did Satan do? He implemented the poses as a standalone exercise and pushed them out to the gyms, fitness centers and studios nationwide. Tens of millions of Americans practice yoga, who can say how many tens or even hundreds of millions are practicing it worldwide?

By presenting it as a harmless exercise that is good for one’s health, Satan’s plan is to gain ground over millions of lives who are drawing evil spirits to them unknowingly.

Furthermore, yoga is intended to activate “life force energy” inside one’s body. This means that yoga is used and developed to “align” and “balance” one’s chakras. Our chakras are to be closed and left alone, not interacted and toyed with. Yoga can intermingle with meditation wherein the participant is entering an altered state of consciousness that can and will attract demonic influence in their life without them knowing.

The Antidote

The main reason I see people bring up to justify their practicing of yoga is supposed health benefits. Reasons I’ve seen include relieving stress, increasing strength, developing focus, etc. The thing is, all of these benefits can be achieved thru physical activities that don’t draw and invite demons to oneself. If one wants to develop strength, they can lift weights. If they want improved heart health and cardio, they can run or swim, so on and so forth.

People will come with their studies and research done on it, saying, “look, here are the proven health benefits of this practice.” They are focusing only on the physical realm and the flesh. Do you think that Satan won’t give you improved physical and health benefits if it means he holds more control of your spirit and soul?

We are only here for a short time. Put your mind on what must be done to tear away the legal rights and control that the enemy has assailed you with so you can be prepared for salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Have you been a partaker of practices related to one’s chakras such as reiki, energy healing, yoga and so forth? Have you found yourself in bondage due to practicing things of this nature thinking it was innocent and are now in torment? Give PSM a call at 888-818-1117 or email deliverancecounseling@yahoo.com.

Sources: 1) https://www.hindustantimes.com/gurgaon/rediscovering-the-ancient-practice-of-yoga-for-the-future-generations/story-o0PncwghclDQToys0tkcCN.html
2) https://www.worldhistory.org/The_Vedas/

Chakras & Occult: Reiki

11 Apr
One will find true healing in the hands of God

Chakras and Occult: Reiki

My last article discussed empaths and how chakras are related to them. PSM’s mission as a ministry is broadening and one of the driving forces of clients making their way to us is activities related to the occult. One of these activities has been picking up steam and is becoming more accessible than ever: Reiki.

What is Reiki?

Reiki is defined as “energy healing,” a kind of healing that can restore one’s physical condition or emotional state. Do you have some kind of injury that is persistent and neither medicine nor physical therapy is helping it? There is a reiki healer out there who will try to heal you. Do you have an emotional trauma that is weighing you down? A reiki healer will volunteer to help you.

Reiki is all about healing. The practitioner puts their hands on the client and taps into an “energy” that then physically affects the person receiving them. Yet after they seek reiki to be healed and instead receive torment, it is PSM that they end up going to for help because we are equipped to deal with these kinds of spiritual deceptions.

The word “Reiki” is comprised of two Japanese words: Rei meaning “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and ki which is “life force energy.” Put them together and you have the concept of using a spiritual power that is interconnected with life itself to bring healing unto its partakers.

Understanding Reiki Spiritually

First off, let us understand that reiki is a byproduct of Eastern mysticism. The practice was created by Dr. Mikao Usui in the late 1800s. Dr. Usui was interested in medicine and theology and wanted to craft a form of healing that was unattached to religion. His mission was to make a form of healing that was accessible to anyone.

Dr. Usui partook in practices such as meditation and martial arts and eventually became a Buddhist priest. He partook in a 21-day retreat on a mountain where he fasted, meditated and prayed. He believed that his prayers were answered when on the 21st day he saw Sanskrit symbols that helped him develop Reiki further.

From there he created a clinic in Tokyo and passed down the teaching to others who would carry on the practice after he perished. It eventually spread to the West and throughout the world.

What needs to be understood is that Dr. Usui was used by Satan like many people: a well-intentioned person obliviously partaking in fields ruled by Satan. We must look at the root of something to determine its validity. The root of reiki is a man who participated in meditation, martial arts and Buddhism: all practices inherently opposed to Christianity. These practices were developed by false gods who use them to gain ground and control over its participants.

Pitfalls of Reiki

Reiki proclaims to be a religion-free practice. One does not have to believe in a religion to partake in it or use it for others. And that is precisely what makes it so dangerous!

Any observance into Satan’s methods in the last days we are living in reveals a simple truth: he is operating in a way that makes partaking in activities he rules over easier than ever. One can type in “reiki healing” into google and find a number of practices near them in seconds. What’s more is that reiki is being combined with existing practices such as physical therapy, massage parlors and other health practices.

When one practices reiki or accepts it being done to them, they are giving license to the demons and fallen angels to have influence over their life. The person receiving it may experience relief but it will be at the cost of evil spirits working in their lives more intricately.

To go into further detail: we have had a number of clients who have come to us tormented by demons because of their partaking in reiki. What’s worse is that reiki is so accessible that we have even had people who picked up demons and torment by simply watching youtube videos! The healer will reach out to the camera and proclaim a healing unto the viewer which can lead to torment.

Furthermore, reiki is closely interlinked with chakras. The logic behind this is that by placing one’s hands over a certain chakra, that chakra can be balanced and the person will feel relief. For example, the third-eye chakra slightly above and centered between the brows is related to anxiety and depression. One would receive a reiki healing by having hands placed on it to reduce anxiety.

The Antidote

People go to reiki practitioners because they want to be healed. They did something to their chakras so are now seeking out someone to help them. This goes hand-in-hand with how Satan operates: he creates a system where each piece is intertwined and the people caught up in it bounce from one deception to another. Martial arts, yoga, reiki, meditation, etc. are all different flavors of the same deception.

The greater point to this is the fact that reiki is proof to the fact that Satan is a master of counterfeit. Reiki is counterfeit healing and its partakers will often face consequences even if it’s not until the end of their life.

Yet Satan does not bring true healing. Try as he might, God has assured that His people are led to a place where true healing can occur: this ministry.

We have had clients who have been delivered from opened and imbalanced chakras. How was such a thing done? We do it through deliverance counseling. Deliverance counseling is the process of preparing the soul to empower one’s free will to successfully resist the devil. We work with our clients and are anointed by the Lord Jesus Christ Who emboldens us to prepare His people and deliver them.

Part of the PSM mission is to help inform and protect the elect of God by providing accurate and balanced information on the ever-changing world of spirituality and religion. It is our hope that our models and products serve as a valuable resource furthering that goal.

Have you been a partaker of occultic practices like reiki, energy healing, chakra-opening and other things? Have you found yourself in bondage due to looking into these things are now in torment? Give PSM a call at 888-818-1117 or email deliverancecounseling@yahoo.com.

Chakras and Occult: Empaths

20 Mar

Chakras and Occult: Empaths

We are in the last days, watching the geopolitical relations of the nations develop and tending to the damaged sheep of the good shepherd, Jesus Christ. We’ve come nearly 2000 years since the Lord God ascended and have seen different church ages operate in a variety of ways. At PSM many of the clients were formerly involved in different aspects of religion.

But God is One Who is full of surprises. We are seeing a steady increase of clients from a field that is getting more mainstream and prominent than ever: the occult. And one of these occult practices that is gaining prominence is that of the empath.

What is an empath?

An empath is one who can feel the emotions of others. It differs from empathy because it takes the idea of empathy and ramps it up by 500%. It’s one thing to hear a friend confide in you about some difficulties that are crippling them and to feel sad for them. This is empathy, and that’s a good thing. It’s part of human connection.

The problem is when one hears the story and literally feels the same, deep sadness inside their body despite not having personally gone through those circumstances. Instead of just feeling sorry for the person, they become just as crippled as the person and experience the same deep pain they are experiencing. This goes for any emotion: anger, sadness, happiness, etc.

As humans made in God’s image, we are soul, spirit and body. Part of the soul is the emotions. Our emotions are our own; they are not meant to be explicitly experienced through others.

Do not misunderstand me: there is validity in sharing in emotions with people through social interactions. But there is an occultic practice where experiencing others’ emotions starts to dabble in the supernatural. Empaths have the ability to physically touch someone and “absorb” their emotions into their own body, feeling whatever emotion that the other person did within.

Understanding empaths spiritually

Being an empath is lauded in the occult because it is often the gateway to other supernatural powers such as telepathy, psychic abilities and experiencing energy among others. It is also linked with the chakras, especially the solar plexus chakra which is located right above the navel and below the sternum. The solar plexus chakra is equated with one’s self-worth.

The world of the occult and chakras often speak about energy. A quick description of what energies mean in an occultic manner is that they are stored emotions in different parts of the body, in organs and chakras. The confusion arises from one looking at different parts of their body and chakras then trying to interact with them to change their mood, emotions and outlook on life.

An example of this is touching one’s heart and saying affirmations about self-love and forgiveness.  Or tapping the solar plexus chakra and saying statements of self-worth. Empaths distort reality by trying to make existence all about emotions and energy and constantly managing them through interacting with chakras.

The hole goes deep. By doing this, they are inviting demonic influence into their life because they are interacting with others and themselves on a spiritual basis through means that was enhanced by Satan.

Compare empathy and living through Christlike means and you will see that the two contradict and cannot coexist. The born again Christian has a new spirit and they live a life where they grow, developing Godly and Christlike aspects to their character. They do this by walking in the Spirit.

The empath on the other hand is on a quest to become more spiritual through their own means instead of God’s. Their absorbing of other peoples’ emotions and interacting with their chakras is often a precursor to going further into the occult world with other practices like reiki and energy healing.

Godly ignorance

Empaths are an interesting topic because they are directly interacting with the spirit realm on a level most people are not. The thing is, we are not meant to have consistent interaction with the spirit realm. God has closed our eyes to the spirit realm for a reason: we would go crazy if we saw all the things that are happening in the spirit. That’s because demons and fallen angels are running circles around man, taking wicked and foul forms to mock human beings while controlling them.

Dabbling with empaths in the occult is a lot like Satan’s other forms of deceptions: it has room to go deeper and deeper. Those who participate in these ideas often have a notion that they are becoming a more divine creature by partaking in occultic actions and rituals. Their eyes become more open to the spirit realm and they start seeing changes to themselves in the physical realm. They fool themselves into believing they are reaching a higher level of consciousness and even godliness.

One must be content with what they have in the physical realm. It’s how God created us and intended us to be. Any and all Godly interactions with the spirit realm will be decreed by God Himself and one does not have to go seek it outside of prayer that His will be done through it. This notion that man can ascend through occultic means has a vanity and pride at its root: that man is his own master, and is so powerful that he can reach divinity and godliness by himself.

So do away with it. The antithesis of these occultic practices is simple: walk in the Spirit, and by definition walk in faith. When one does so, they do not need to see or feel things in their flesh to attain a form of Godliness. They can rest in the knowledge that their soul and spirit has been preserved by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

Have you been a partaker of occultic practices like reiki, energy healing, chakra-opening and other things? Have you found yourself in bondage due to looking into these things are now in torment? Give PSM a call at 888-818-1117 or email deliverancecounseling@yahoo.com.

Assurance: Discover Yourself in Christ

10 Mar

I want to talk directly to anyone who is waiting to be born again or healed by God in this post.

I have been a part of this ministry since 2016 during some of the most formative years of one’s life: their early 20s. I have seen people who were here before me grow and serve God in honorable ways. I have seen people who came after me do the same. And finally, I have seen people serve for a season or two then depart, having even left myself for a while.

Yet I have noticed a difference in the last year or two: God is causing His people to be born again more than ever. We have had clients meet Pastor Pam and get born again in the same week, even the same day. We have seen God reward people who have been here for years waiting patiently on Him by leading them in rebirth.

This ministry is kicking into high gear. Members are finding their callings. This post is from someone who recently became born again reaching across the aisle of life over to the side of the spiritually dead waiting to come to life thru the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I want to encourage you and tell you what it’s like to be born again. I want to give you a sense of what you have to look forward to.

Before I got born again, I reached a point where, in my eyes, my physical life was a failure. I had spent my entire life building up ideas and philosophies with which to live by. And what it meant to live in a way that was right, meaningful and honorable. Yet for all my efforts, I was ice cold. I could smile but felt a nothingness deep in my soul, devoid of joy.

I came to a point where I realized I was evil, not on just an intellectual level but something I felt physically and emotionally deep in my heart. And I remember being surprised that such a deep evil existed there. My main motivation to live was to hang on until God came for me. I had concluded that if my efforts at building my life to a place of meaning failed after all of my many attempts, that perhaps God could give me meaning.

He did. And he gave me what I want to talk about today: assurance.

In Hebrews 10, the Apostle Paul writes to the church encouraging them to “draw near [to God] with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.”

Assurance is something that each and every child of God is either waiting on (those awaiting rebirth) or experiencing (those already born again). It affects every single person involved in this ministry whether they realize it or not. The importance of this topic cannot be understated.

I was like many of you: a faithful member of the church going every Sunday with Bible studies and other meetings in between. Yet I had a lingering, nagging doubt about salvation. I didn’t feel saved. My thought was: if I am an heir of eternal life, should I not know deep within that I am?

There was an emptiness in my soul. An insecurity about salvation, a fear of not being saved that led to psychological issues which we are seeing churchgoers run to the ministry with. People come asking why they are lukewarm, why they have no zeal. Why they doubt salvation, why they feel unsure about their souls. Deep things. I will tell you the answer: they do not yet have a heart for God. But they will when He comes for them!

And when you get born again, the Lord God places a crown of life on your head and plants peace and assurance in your heart and soul. Do you remember when the Lord Jesus Christ came to the Apostles after His resurrection? He said, “Peace be with you” and breathed on them, giving them new life through God the Holy Spirit and an inner peace and assurance. He does for His people today what He did for them while He dwelled on earth: grant them eternal life and a heart for God!

If you are not yet born again, you will be in time and all of those doubts, insecurities, fears will be replaced with an empowering ASSURANCE! You go from an emptiness and depravity of the soul that is universal to every person who has ever lived (except Christ) to an inner CERTAINTY that you belong to God. You know that your time here on earth is short until you are reunited with Him, whether through His glorious return or when you leave the physical realm into His arms.

How strong is this assurance? Well, it is this strong certainty that rests in one’s soul and spirit. It is the Godly mark of Christ, this peaceful feeling that grounds you and gives you the knowledge that no matter what, you belong to God and NOTHING will change that. I make no exaggeration when I say that if someone came up to me and shot me, obviously I would feel physical pain but my spirit is so emboldened by God that I would simultaneously feel a peace within that He gave me. That is what it means to walk in the Spirit: you walk with a confidence that nothing will move you because you are in the Lord’s hand.

Yet there is even more to the life that God gives His people. My brothers and sisters in Christ in the ministry and I have experienced how God has made us aware of skills and talents that we did not even know we had!

Think of when you were a child and went through life, you didn’t realize it at the time but in retrospect you can see how your personality developed in certain places and how you matured at times. As someone recently born again, I am “developing” a new life and I find myself reacting to things in new and different ways because I am a completely new being. So will YOU who are waiting on God.

That’s the brilliance and beauty of God: He takes his people and leads them in an ENTIRE LIFETIME of growth to become more Christlike. It’s the ultimate adventure. I remember reading the scriptures and the saints seeming so distant, just characters in a book. They no longer feel that way now that I understand what it means to walk with God. Anyone in Christ is like another character from the Holy Bible who is being molded to what God wants them to be, it’s glorious. We have mentors who can interpret dreams. We have mentors who can cast out demons. We have mentors who can decipher the deep troubles of peoples’ souls and counsel them.

And Pastor Pamela Sheppard, the head of the ministry under God, works with individuals one on one. She leads them to a point where they are free of the demonic influence that shackled them and brings them to a place of STRENGTH. And when God moves and breathes on the individual like He did for the Apostles, the person discovers a NEW SELF IN CHRIST who can accomplish things they NEVER thought themselves capable of doing. They put on the armor of God and go forth with confidence, grounded by a Godly assurance in their soul as a constant reminder of eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

So what do you fear?

Do you wish to be free of demonic influence in your life? Do you seek purpose and want to be born again in the Lord Jesus so you may live a life of meaning and discovery in Him? Give PSM a call at 888-818-1117 or email deliverancecounseling@yahoo.com.

Idolatry of the Heart & Mind

2 Mar

One of the ongoing missions of Pam Sheppard Ministries is to lead our clients out of the captivity of Satan and into the freedom of Christ. A prevalent reason for their spiritual woes is idolatry, often having manifested in them worshiping fallen angels posing as Jesus without them knowing it. They often cause this by asking Jesus to come into their heart or prior involvement in religion or the occult.

Yet there is another form of idolatry, a deeper one that is essentially a heart issue that arose out of original sin. This is inner worship of something. Let me break this down on two fronts: 1) How sin and fall from grace led to man practicing idolatry and 2) How idolatry is often practiced today with whatever one wants.

First off, look at the scriptures and you will see God’s original intent for His beloved creation, man, was to have a special relationship with God and that one of the main components of this love was worship. Adam and Eve got to enjoy an incredibly blessed and privileged existence because they were constantly near God both in a physical and spiritual sense. When one is close to God and worships Him, one feels a Godly joy and peace within. Too many times have I seen worship misunderstood as a physical act wherein the person may feel some fleshly emotion but not the Godly, spiritual sense of satisfaction and joy that God brings.

Adam and Eve’s disobeying of the Lord God opened the door to sin taking a foothold inside of man. It led to a corruption of the soul and a separation from God that was passed down to every single human being conceived after them except for Jesus Christ. In Old Testament times, the Lord God began a mission to overcome sin by leading a lineage of people who would eventually pave the way for Christ to be born. We read of the saints of old who were Godly men and women who worshiped the true God.

Yet due to man having sinned, there were many people who were led astray into deceit because ultimately man still felt a deep sense of needing to worship something to draw close to God. A byproduct of sin allowing man to become aware of evil was that man started to worship false gods. This is the first form of idolatry we read about in history and it became commonplace, resulting in events like golden calves and other gods being worshiped across different cultures.

Idolatry continued throughout the ages in various forms up until the modern day. The plight we see with regards to idolatry today is twofold: 1) outer worship of false gods, most commonly through churches claiming to be Christian and 2) inner worship and love of something that is not God, whether it be self, an activity, money, etc.

Think of the path the common man takes today. One is born with a dead spirit. Their first priority should be to want God and become alive spiritually. But due to being separated from God they are blinded to the idea of seeking Him.

Instead, their life becomes a mission to have a good career, find a mate, have a family, find something they are passionate about and dedicate their lives to it, so on and so forth. While these things and others have their place, the problem arises when they become the top priority in one’s life and seen as the meaning of it. They aren’t.

The meaning of life is to be reconciled to the Lord God and serve Him so that He may be pleased with you. The idolatry of things that are not God come because man has an innate need to worship and love. So because the person is ignorant to the idea that they should seek God, they find something else to replace Him and make that their god instead.

Perhaps the god we see most in the world today is self, with the common man motivated by self pleasure. The past few hundred years especially have seen things like philosophy and science pump man’s ego to the point where he believes he is his own master. You choose your own path in life and do whatever you want so long as it is in the context of completing the broader mission you have set out for yourself. People do this because they do not understand what it is to worship God in spirit and truth.

I’ll speak plainly: it is better to have one’s spirit reborn in Christ and live what would be considered an unremarkable or meager life than it is to accomplish all of one’s goals, dreams, attaining all of their physical desires, only for them to die with a dead spirit which never got to experience the love of God. Their spirit was dead and empty without them even realizing it because all they focused on was flesh.

What most people do not realize is that by serving the Lord God in spirit and truth, you also benefit from it. You experience joy. You experience love. You experience devotion to a perfect Being Who loves you unconditionally and fills your soul and spirit with a peace, happiness and assurance that is IMPOSSIBLE to get from ANYTHING in the world.

Love of self or fleshly desires has led to a myriad of issues that our clients have found themselves in counseling for. There are people who made a god out of things of the world and have experienced some form of psychological damage. For myself, I was mostly my own god before being born again and this led to arrogance, anger, emptiness and coldheartedness. Yet God forgave me for my wrongful ways and has graciously redeemed me, giving my life purpose in Him.

So I ask you: who do you love? What do you love? What is being put first in your life? Do you seek God? All I illustrate is that there are millions of people caught up in a wave of self-worship unaware that a second flood is coming which they will be blindsided by because all they could think about was their flesh. Seek God, for He has a life for His people full of mystery, wonder, meaning and love that transcends anything the world offers.

Do you wish to understand more about idolatry and how it has negatively affected the church today? Have you made idols out of things that have distracted you from seeking the Lord God? Learn more about the subject by purchasing Pastor Pamela Sheppard’s book, “The New Idolatry” here: https://shoptly.com/i/yiz or http://lulu.com/spotlight/pam_s911.

Alternatively, if you seek to be free of false idolatry that has manifested in your life give PSM a call at 888-818-1117 or email deliverancecounseling@yahoo.com.

Idolatry & Rituals: How You Invite Demons Unaware Pt. 2

14 Feb

This is the second part of a 2-part series about invitations to fallen angels. If you have not seen the first part, check it out here: https://settingcaptivesfree.me/2021/02/14/idolatry-rituals-how-you-invite-demons-unaware-pt-1/.

How easy is it to draw an evil spirit to oneself? We have had a number of clients who did nothing more than watch a youtube video on the kundalini awakening or a reiki practice where the person they were watching “transferred” energy to them and boom, the person became demonized! I myself spoke to a picture of the fake Jesus and he leapt out of my smartphone in the spirit and led me in a false conversion!

Because by obeying these deceptions and practices that were crafted by demons to “bring healing” or “bring salvation” or any number of things they purport to be, they actually serve as an invitation to the devil himself to act in the person’s life! No elaborate ritual or summoning is required these days. Here is a list of common practices which actually attract demons to a person:

–       Prayer to any god or deity who is not God the Father, Who is approached in the Name of God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ by those who are born again
–       Reiki
–       Yoga
–       Eucharist
–       Speaking in tongues
–       Hypnotism, including hypnotherapy which is on the rise
–       Magical practices that seem like harmless fun such as palm reading, Ouija, fortune telling, etc.
–       Astrology and horoscopes to the point that one is living their life around it
–       And many more!

In addition, a lot of groundwork has been done on Satan’s part to ensure that the ideas of summoning and drawing evil spirits seem like madness, something that only superstitious people, religious zealots or crazy people do. My own perception before joining the ministry was that drawing demons to oneself was a product of false religions, something you mainly see in the Middle East where they go into temples and pray to false gods.

Yet there are so many vehicles of deceit and destruction that appear benign on the surface that all one has to do is open up their youtube app or go to church on Sunday and there they are, demonized. Social media and online communication is great for allowing people to connect with each other, but there’s danger in how accessible things of the devil are. Because he is sly and knows how to dress up evil so that it looks harmless on the surface level.

Have you ever heard of a serial killer pleading in court that “demons told him to?” In actuality, he is probably telling the truth and got so far into obeying evil spirits that he began to see and hear them when most people can’t. Yet due to his evil action and the lack of knowledge of the spirit realm that is pervasive in the world he is written off as insane and ignored.

These things happen on a smaller scale: if someone is hateful and prone to violence, demons may target that person and trigger an event that gets them so angry they may inflict violence on another or even take their life. If they are greedy, demons may set them up to lose a great sum of money or even win some, ultimately to go in debt and commit suicide from the devastation. If they are interested in the supernatural, there are dozens of methods (some named earlier in this article) that will be brought to that person’s attention so they can pursue it and stir more demonic influence in their life.

The topic of how one’s personality (a part of their soul) draws demons to themselves is a whole other topic to be explored. A quick takeaway on the subject is this: Satan uses different strokes for different folks. He studies the individual and no matter what personality they have, his army is seasoned enough to craft a customized gameplan to bring about their downfall.

For now I leave you with this: if you were going to put your money in a stock that you heard secondhand might be successful, would you not research it before doing so? If you were going to put your time into a pursuit, hobby or relationship, would you not look up information about it or get to know the person before committing to them? So it is with various practices: Research what you are getting involved in. Look at its history, the root of it. Ask yourself: is this dangerous on a spiritual level? The pitfalls arise when the person takes a careless attitude towards it and hops into the activity without understanding its deeper implications or consequences.

The issue is that a lot of these practices are presented as harmless, healthy, all in good fun and that’s causing people to find themselves in peril. People are also doing these things in an effort to draw nearer to God, only to be led to a false god. Do not seek God through some practice or dramatic act. When you are born again, you do not need such things. When you are born again, you have inner peace and an assurance you can palpably feel within as a result of being reborn in the Spirit of Christ. One does not command God to save them; He saves them in His own timing and way. If you are reading this, it’s likely you are His and salvation is only a matter of time. Rest in that.

Have you experienced spiritual torment? Are you currently under attack by demons and find that no matter what you do, they are not relenting or leaving? We can help: send an email to rescueonfb@icloud.com or call 888-818-1117.

If you would like to learn more about the spiritual warfare that is going on in our times, pay a visit to Pastor Pam’s shop and pick up a book via one of the following links: https://amazon.com/author/pam911 or http://www.lulu.com/shop/pamela-sheppard/the-church-of-the-end-time-zombies-a-guide-to-religious-detox/paperback/product-22095176.html.