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Learning From Your Mistakes

20 Jul
By Pastor Pam Sheppard 

 

Mistakes and Deliverance

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 It has been my experience that the doorway UNKNOWINGLY left wide open to demonic torment is a captive’s fear of ever making a mistake. Demons take great pleasure in tormenting people who they can control with criticism, shame and accusation. As a deliverance counselor, I realize that for each captive, there is a different root cause. For the most part, a fear of making a mistake comes from how you were raised. Those who have been under the authority of extremely judgmental, critical parenting are inclined to either become passive or aggressive in their response to this fear.

The passive ones try to “always be correct and proper” because they are afraid of suffering the consequences that judgmental parenting brings. On my web caseload over the last 14 years, those who are constantly hearing critical, accusing voices in their minds have been raised by critical, judgmental parents. Perfectionism in passive people also leads them to be ardent people pleasers–a breeding ground for depression.

The aggressive folks tend to become the rebels of the world who often seem to make mistakes on purpose and by design because they simply enjoy annoying people. In other words, “if you made me the black sheep of the family, I’m going to play that role with style and gusto! If you told me when I was 10 years old that I am going to be no good, just like my father, well, I am going to be “my father” to the 25th power. So watch me, Mom, as I go through the revolving prison door of recidivism. Watch me and suffer Mom, because you have tried to frame me with a fear of being like a Dad that I didn’t even know, because of you and YOUR failures!

Here is another pattern. January 2 of every year  could be renamed “Get Rid of the Fat Day. There are unseen reasons why some of us got fat. Here is the scenario for the rebel:  ” If you have called me “fat” all of my life when I was not fat but voluptuous and my sensuality disturbed you, Mom—-I am REALLY going to become fat just to show you what FAT REALLY IS AND that I don’t care what you think of my body type!!!!”

Scenarios like these are often played out on a sub-conscious level. Anytime you don’t know who you are and why you are behaving the way that you do, you are a prime target for demonic interference. As a deliverance counselor, this is the reason  why I am less concerned about whether or not you ever experimented with the occult or drugs than I am about how you deal with “making mistakes.” It does not take a great deal of education to become a great learner. Learning involves listening and mimicking. Even if we can’t read or write, life itself is going to teach us something!!!” If you have never made a mistake then you have not learned very much.

For the Christian in particular, God designs the lessons of life disguised in the form of obstacles, mistakes and difficulties through a maze of trials, tribulations, troubles and tests. Why? Because the Christian walk in the spirit by faith in God alone is what earns us our eternal crowns. Without any ashes, there is no beauty. Without failure, there is no glory. Without falling, we really don’t know how to stand. We are sinners who must totally rely on the Holy Spirit’s leading in order to please a perfect God. He is pleased when we can resist the pride of our sinful nature and embrace our ashes.

I was born 73 years ago. I was born again 40 years ago. All I have to give to God is a life of mistakes and failures. These are my infirmities, and like Paul, I actually glory in them. I know that I glory in them because when I speak or write about my mistakes, I have no inner pulling of sorrow, shame or regret in my heart. I know that I glory in them because I give practically no thought or expression to the things that man would consider successful accomplishments. I glory in my mistakes because I have come to know that the power of Jesus Christ of Nazareth is all over me when I can acknowledge my own weaknesses.

There is a difference between making a mistake and being a mistake. If I am in Christ, then I am not a mistake. On the contrary, if I rely on “self,” then I am functioning as a mistake. What the bible confirms is that God did not believe that I was a mistake or I would not be here. God does not believe that YOU are a mistake or YOU would not be here either. When we begin to see even an iota of how big and all-consuming God is, then we will stop worrying about our mistakes and the demons that are assigned to us will be bound and gagged.

Twenty eight years ago, I committed a serious sin that brought about its consequences and its ramifications. On last Friday, the religious demon assigned to me sent me a dream that showed me committing the exact same sin and “loving it.” Demons rarely accuse me of sin because they know that I don’t receive or respond to their guilt trips. However, THIS time, they “got me good” because the dream disturbed at least half of my day. The dream was a mockery. What I found offensive is that I was shown that I still have the desire to do the exact same thing, a sin that would be extremely hurtful to God as well as to other people whom I would certainly hurt.

Do I have the desire to commit the sin again? Absolutely not. Would I do so if tempted? Absolutely not. However, here is the truth of it. The flesh DOES NOT CHANGE! In my flesh, I am STILL capable of committing the exact same sin TODAY!!! Yet, though I am capable, I WILL not do it. Why not? Because I don’t walk in the flesh. I walk in the spirit. And because of Jesus Christ, the desires of my heart and my spirit HAVE CHANGED. There is NO CONDEMNATION TO THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS.

You see, Brethren, Christians who are afraid of making mistakes focus on self-righteousness and not on the righteousness of God in Christ. They are not looking to the cross. They are looking to self. They are trying to please God just as they tried to please their earthly parents. Yet our understanding and practice of perfection is totally different from God’s as it pertains to His people. Take Job, as our classic biblical example. He was as perfect as man can get, pleasing to God, yet prior to Calvary.

That was Job’s problem. He was toooo perfect. He had no mistakes to draw from. Without the mistakes, Job really did not know God very well. Once God allowed the devil to attack Job, Job’s hidden mistakes were revealed. He was focused on “self-righteousness. The true nature of God was also revealed. Once confronted by his religious friends, Job became defensive. Defensiveness is an outgrowth of pride. If you are defensive, then even the very thought of making a mistake becomes a bondage to you. On the real, face it. Mistakes are part of our lives and we will keep making mistakes till our last breath. In my book, “Faces of the Religious Demon” are scores of case summaries of professing Christians who religious demons tormented because their captives were afraid of making mistakes.  For one reason or another, deliverance counseling uncovered   a complicated pride system at the root.

If I am speaking to YOU, then deliverance counseling or mentoring will help you get the victory in 2017. So call and book a telephone session. 1-888-818-1117

“Rejection In The Church” by Pam Sheppard

27 Oct

Two Main Reactions to Rejection: Fear and Pride
“Both fear and pride are present in differing degrees when the flesh responds to rejection. Parental influences, environmental factors as well as familiar spirits assigned to our family lines determine which reaction takes precedence.

Since rejection is a denial of both acceptance, understanding, mutual respect and love, some turn to the safety of their imaginations where they are in control. In the process, they become their own god where they control life events to the desired outcome. This happens a lot in romantic relationships.

The pride reaction to rejection is to respond with rebellion, mocking, accusation,and counter rejection.

Now, here is the deal.

I don’t agree with the deliverance ministry teaching that there is a demon called rejection. So I don’t waste time trying to cast out a spirit of rejection. How we react to rejection is a thing of the flesh.

What I believe happens is that the enemy will set us up to be rejected. Then when we react with either fear or pride, we open ourselves up to demonic infiltration. Why? Because fear brings torment and pride goes before a fall. Also, God resists the proud.

So the enemy’s camp uses rejection to torment the fearful and cause the proud to fall without God’s intervention.

Think of a time when YOU were rejected. How did you react and what happened?”

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A Depressed Christian? It Should Not Be!

3 Jan

According to Hebrews 4, entering the Lord’s rest is labor or in other words “work.” If you want to overcome the blues, it’s a struggle and  you have to “work at it!”

Yet, the irony is that we enter in by “ceasing from our own works.”  I believe that  we struggle or “labor”  to enter in for one main reason.   The enemy knows that in order to keep us defeated, he has to block our way by  stealing  both our joy, peace and our rest. So strategically, demonic entities have   designed three main  styles of deception.  Demons revel in depression, oppression and vexation of spirit because these three (3) emotional conditions are open doors to relapse during the restoration process.

Depression is spiritually nurtured by a poor sense of esteem, dissatisfaction, and alienation–each rooted in a lack of patience.  Evil spirits thrive on the three “d’s” of doubt, disappointment and despair to lower our physical energy and vitality. Their method is to entangle weeds of negative thoughts, emotions and attitudes into a stronghold or spiritual underground root system that develops into a solid fortress or base of operation from which demons can function unhindered.

Condemnation and accusations are central to the guilt experienced by the depressed.  Oppression brings a sense of being smothered or weighed down with the burdens of a troubled, problematic life.  In such cases, the demon assigned to oppress you is by metaphor a “monkey on your back”, hovering around and pressing you down with a persistent attack, until your spiritual back breaks and you fall or “relapse” into depression.  At  both sudden and shocking, the demon will apply a steady and relentless attack with persecution and disarming calamities of all sorts.

Vexation of spirit ALSO takes several forms.  Restlessness can lead to a feeling of annoyance or irritability.  In this regard, evil spirits will employ sequentially ordered petty harassments to cause worry and a disquieted state, akin to mild or even acute stages of paranoia.  In the mental realm, vexation also brings confusion and disorientation.  The demonic weapons of choice are fear and intimidation.  Demons will use others close to us to create situations that incite our emotions.  The agitation we feel may become so intense that we might literally react compulsively and consequently lose control.

Attempting to control ourselves  with human will power alone is an exhausting struggle  that Satan will ultimately win.  We need to humble ourselves to the fact that human will power cannot outlast Satan’s power.  However,  when we are able to rest in Christ by ceasing from our own works,  the Holy Spirit  empowers our spirits with strength that exceeds the capacity of our will.  Ceasing from our own works  will enable us to walk in the spirit and not fulfill the lust of our flesh. You will find that you will enter into  peace and rest without much effort because you have sought the kingdom and found righteousness.

The evil spirit’s goal is to take advantage of  and condemn you for what you have been trained to perceive as  past failures, coupled with  worry and fear over the consequences you may face for your actions, causing you to cry over spilt milk.  The demons are skilled at maneuvering  the perceived failures  to motivate a setback. Deliverance counseling can help you to place the past on the dung heap and press forward to the victory that truth brings. You can stat off the New Year right by booking a telephone session by calling 518-477-5759.

However, when you are ignorant of Satanic devices, evil spirits can and DO repetitively and consistently employ the same strategies to defeat you, over and over again=== simply because in previous years, you were  ignorant to the fact that whatever failures and mistakes  used by  the devil  to destroy you, God intends to use to employ you! So make 2012 your year of victory.

My word of hope to you for the New Year is to let you know that a perceived failure is just another opportunity to struggle to “enter into His rest.” Once you’ve entered, the struggle is over! Remember this.  Satan won’t completely give up on you.   However, once you become a overcomer, deliverance counseling will empower you to the enemy consistently “on the run.”So our lines are open for you to book a session. We will help you  get a jump on the enemy.518-477-5759

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HOW DEMONS USE THE WEAK TO DEFEAT THE STRONG

9 Nov

HOW DEMONS USE THE WEAK TO DEFEAT THE STRONG
By Pam Sheppard

The religious demon will cause the captive to be in a constant state of irritation when others are “disobedient” or “noncompliant” to his suggestions, recommendations & instructions. Any kind of delay or necessity to wait may even lead to outbursts of temper that may also erupt into rage. Demons will also work to cause the captive to minimize such outbursts so as to cause him to be ill prepared for a future eruption that will lead to a disaster that demons have secretly planned for years.

In such cases, the  demon will align itself with a spirit of death. The spirit of death specializes in accidents, suicide and murder. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. The demons also work well when the captive is unaware of his own bossy behavior. Even if the captive  becomes hostile and angry when things don’t go his way, the witchcraft demon will cause him to still insist that he is merely a gentle and meek soul who is provoked into anger because the brethren are so ill-advised in their rebellion against him. The rage arising from the rebellion of significant others may be hidden to such an extent that the captive may not even recognize why he feels depressed and tired. Only accurate observation can gradually and progressively uncover the connection between the captive’s desire to control others and how this desire must be broken by the Holy Ghost.

If the captive begins to recognize the connection between his pride, his desire to control others, and his fatigue, depression and anxiety, he will be able to successfully prepare the ground of his soul for the expulsion of the witchcraft demon. In fact, quite often, when a captive is able to resist personal pride, frequently  demons  flee on their own, without the necessity of casting them out.

The witchcraft demon can hide in a person who naturally has a strong personality as well as a person who appears to have a low self-image. Every newborn comes into this world a sinner, yet tooting his own horn. Infants learn quickly how to have a temper tantrum by screaming to get its needs met. Babies have the power to control their adult parents with  screams of temper. Jesus said that the meek would inherit the earth. A meek person is one who puts the Lord’s will before his own and complies and submits to the word of God in spite of his own desires and feelings.

Yet, somehow,  demons can and  will use the seemingly weak to inherit or “own” the souls of others. Religious demons  use “the weak” to bring guilt trips, condemnation and accusations against those who have a strength of character that they themselves lack. This is the religious  demon at its best because the weak seem to be so helpless in their attempts to control people with “love and affection,” they can set a strong trap for the unsuspecting. This is the manner in which the witchcraft demon very often enters into parent/child relationships, a situation that is conducive to a demonic soul tie..” In this particular conversation regarding witchcraft predispositions of the human soul, suffice it to say that the domineering character flaw is the pursuit of power and control.

The blind side is that witchcraft does not necessarily manifest itself with open hostility towards others. In fact, it is often disguised in socially acceptable ways, like  giving unsolicited advice, seeking to manage other people’s affairs, or taking a helpful initiative in problem solving—the butinski personality type. So keep your eyes opened so that you can see beyond the blind side.

For more on  how various demons sneakily  work on  different personality types, you need “Faces of the Religious Demon.”

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HOW DEMONS USE THE WEAK TO DEFEAT THE STRONG

9 Nov

HOW DEMONS USE THE WEAK TO DEFEAT THE STRONG
By Pam Sheppard

The religious demon will cause the captive to be in a constant state of irritation when others are “disobedient” or “noncompliant” to his suggestions, recommendations & instructions. Any kind of delay or necessity to wait may even lead to outbursts of temper that may also erupt into rage. Demons will also work to cause the captive to minimize such outbursts so as to cause him to be ill prepared for a future eruption that will lead to a disaster that demons have secretly planned for years.

In such cases, the  demon will align itself with a spirit of death. The spirit of death specializes in accidents, suicide and murder. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. The demons also work well when the captive is unaware of his own bossy behavior. Even if the captive  becomes hostile and angry when things don’t go his way, the witchcraft demon will cause him to still insist that he is merely a gentle and meek soul who is provoked into anger because the brethren are so ill-advised in their rebellion against him. The rage arising from the rebellion of significant others may be hidden to such an extent that the captive may not even recognize why he feels depressed and tired. Only accurate observation can gradually and progressively uncover the connection between the captive’s desire to control others and how this desire must be broken by the Holy Ghost.

If the captive begins to recognize the connection between his pride, his desire to control others, and his fatigue, depression and anxiety, he will be able to successfully prepare the ground of his soul for the expulsion of the witchcraft demon. In fact, quite often, when a captive is able to resist personal pride, frequently  demons  flee on their own, without the necessity of casting them out.

The witchcraft demon can hide in a person who naturally has a strong personality as well as a person who appears to have a low self-image. Every newborn comes into this world a sinner, yet tooting his own horn. Infants learn quickly how to have a temper tantrum by screaming to get its needs met. Babies have the power to control their adult parents with  screams of temper. Jesus said that the meek would inherit the earth. A meek person is one who puts the Lord’s will before his own and complies and submits to the word of God in spite of his own desires and feelings.

Yet, somehow,  demons can and  will use the seemingly weak to inherit or “own” the souls of others. Religious demons  use “the weak” to bring guilt trips, condemnation and accusations against those who have a strength of character that they themselves lack. This is the religious  demon at its best because the weak seem to be so helpless in their attempts to control people with “love and affection,” they can set a strong trap for the unsuspecting. This is the manner in which the witchcraft demon very often enters into parent/child relationships, a situation that is conducive to a demonic soul tie..” In this particular conversation regarding witchcraft predispositions of the human soul, suffice it to say that the domineering character flaw is the pursuit of power and control.

The blind side is that witchcraft does not necessarily manifest itself with open hostility towards others. In fact, it is often disguised in socially acceptable ways, like  giving unsolicited advice, seeking to manage other people’s affairs, or taking a helpful initiative in problem solving—the butinski personality type. So keep your eyes opened so that you can see beyond the blind side.

For more on  how various demons sneakily  work on  different personality types, you need “Faces of the Religious Demon.”

www.lulu.com/content/357089 soft cover
www.lulu.com/content/11647727 e-book

How To Help Yourself In Deliverance

4 Nov

HOW TO HELP YOURSELF IN DELIVERANCE

Here are some practical ways to start the process of ridding yourself of demonic captivity by casting down imaginations and every high thing that would exalt itself above the knowledge of Christ and bringing every thought into obedience to Him:

    • Your Attitude Toward the Past: You should have no regrets or brooding over things done and undone.  To avoid an evil kind of thinking that leads to brooding, you must learn to discern for yourself if you are simply “thinking” or if you are being drawn into a state of regretting or brooding by the demon that is assigned to YOU. If you are to overcome, you need to know that success at   being set free requires victory over the past, in spite of all your failures that the enemy helps you to list and record in your mind.  Your failures should be dealt with on the basis of I John 1:9.
    • Your Attitude Toward the Future: You must concentrate on the Lord’s own words by “taking no thought for tomorrow.”  Not that you should not think about or even make future plans, but you should be careful not to fall victim to trying to make up in the future for sins of the past that already have been forgiven by God.  Once a sin has been repented of, cleansing will occur when you can forget what is behind and press toward the future that is God’s plan for the rest of your life.
    • Your Attitude Toward Devils and Demons: You should be trained to discern your own thoughts from those implanted into your mind by spirit entities.  You should realize that only the Lord knows your heart and that demons cannot read your mind.  Demons know only the thoughts that THEY have successfully planted into your mind–thoughts that you have received as your own because of the nature of your deception.  Remember this.  “He that doeth the truth, cometh to the light.”  (John 3:21)
    • Your Attitude Toward the Present Moment: Doubt can be a good thing, particularly when those fictitious foundations upon which you have built up your pride system become shaky.  Doubt of this kind can lead to sincere humility.  God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.  Against the enemy, your best weapon is God’s grace.  Your worst mistake in judgment is your assumption that because you profess to be a Christian, that God will protect you from being deceived.  Not so.  It is God Himself who has released strong delusion in our times.  So deception is a matter of course.  God has given us the weapons and the tools to be un-deceived.  Your best weapon is to look around you, and allow your doubt to assist you to question EVERYTHING!
Sheppard’s Counseling Center sets captives free!

Prison bars and walls in the spirit are a lot stronger and several times more sophisticated than they were in the days of Paul and Silas.  In this present complicated age of the 21st century, what we do at Sheppard Counseling Center is investigate, observe and interpret our findings.  The purpose of investigation is to unravel confusion and to unfold the mystery by searching for repetitive themes.  Through concentrated and intelligent inquiry, we gather the clues as to the hidden reason behind your captivity. Demons do their damage by invitation.  We need to find out how you made the invitation to them, and what you must do to rescind it. We also use our knowledge of personality disorders to ascertain the various strategies that your particular personality type will employ to resist your own freedom. We do not waste time on people who use all of their energies to hide crucial things from us or those who become hostile because they are threatened by any real discovery.

We offered you in this post some sound advice on how to begin the process of self deliverance.  If you need our help, call us at 518-477-5759. The lines are open.

 

 

 

How to Handle Negative People Posing as Christians: Part 1 by Minister Marlene

22 Oct
Sister Nancy Negative from No Hope Christian Assembly

 

 

 

 

 

Negative church people posing as Christians, is an ever abiding reality. The wheat and the tare grow together so we know for a fact, negative people operate in and out of church. Negative people posing as Christians are not in the minority either. These type of people, spend their  waking hours complaining about everything and everybody. If they can’t bring at least one person down a day, they can’t sleep. The word of God teaches us that the mouth of the wicked is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: and that vanity and mischief are under their tongues (Psalm 10:7).

Negative people delight in pretending to help, this is deceit. A chronic complainer has no intention of helping anyone. Negative people will jump on church boards to complain, fuss, and disagree on every point. In this, they are frauds. Negative people dislike seeing projects move forward.
Negative people posing as Christians, are energy drainers and will leave you tired and confused. Why would you be confused? Negative people, like Sister Nancy Negative, from No Hope Christian Assembly, are often very religious. They’ll throw a barrage of scriptures at you, break out in tongues, and fall slain in the spirit, before you can bat an eye. When next you see them, their trying to discourage you from moving forward in a God-given project.
Negative people posing as Christians operate like this: you tell them that sister so and so’s outfit is fabulous, they tell you her shoes don’t match. You tell them your writing a book, they tell you how difficult that will be. Negative people will always give you a ” Downer Debbie ” response. You tell them your want to start a business, they tell you not to, because the economy is bad. Your on fire for God, but negative Christians work to put the fire out. When they see you getting too enthusiastic, or making strides they come along with a bucket of water to dampen you.
If you’ve been  reading articles on Pam Sheppard Publishing, you know about the religious demon. You know that unknown tongues, and being slain in the spirit, is a sign that religious demons are in operation. Pam has written a ground breaking book on the topic. Well known Christian authors, Derek Prince and Rick Joyner have also referred to religious demons in their published works. But Pam’s book digs the deepest, and exposes the intricate working of such demons.

Pam Sheppard, 30 years a minister for the Lord.

Negativity in a person claiming to be a Christian is also a sign. It’s a sign, that the devil sent someone  to drain your energy, and wear you down. Think about this, I never knew this, until Pam pointed it out to me. Negative people have no love or respect for you, if they did they would encourage you in the Lord.
Rather than encourage, negative people are on a mission to discredit, and disrespect every dream and vision you strive for. They do this by constantly throwing out negative retorts. You tell them your moving across town to a better neighborhood, they say they heard someone was robbed in the area. Someone who always has something negative to say, neither loves, appreciates or respects you.
I’m looking forward to meeting you again, in part two of this article. Pam Sheppard was a pastor for 30 years, and her  ministry experiences, shed light on exactly how negative people work to derail, stress and drain you. I’ll be sharing some of her experience, so do come back.
Until then, Sheppard’s Counseling Center is owned and operated by Pam. If you, or anyone you know is experiencing affliction of any kind call (518)477-5759. Pam’s team of supervised deliverance counselors are waiting to help. Pam is a specialist in deliverance counseling, and her desire is that you get free in Christ, and stay free.

How to Handle Negative People Posing as Christians: Part 1 by Minister Marlene

22 Oct
Sister Nancy Negative from No Hope Christian Assembly

 

 

 

 

 

Negative church people posing as Christians, is an ever abiding reality. The wheat and the tare grow together so we know for a fact, negative people operate in and out of church. Negative people posing as Christians are not in the minority either. These type of people, spend their  waking hours complaining about everything and everybody. If they can’t bring at least one person down a day, they can’t sleep. The word of God teaches us that the mouth of the wicked is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: and that vanity and mischief are under their tongues (Psalm 10:7).

Negative people delight in pretending to help, this is deceit. A chronic complainer has no intention of helping anyone. Negative people will jump on church boards to complain, fuss, and disagree on every point. In this, they are frauds. Negative people dislike seeing projects move forward.
Negative people posing as Christians, are energy drainers and will leave you tired and confused. Why would you be confused? Negative people, like Sister Nancy Negative, from No Hope Christian Assembly, are often very religious. They’ll throw a barrage of scriptures at you, break out in tongues, and fall slain in the spirit, before you can bat an eye. When next you see them, their trying to discourage you from moving forward in a God-given project.
Negative people posing as Christians operate like this: you tell them that sister so and so’s outfit is fabulous, they tell you her shoes don’t match. You tell them your writing a book, they tell you how difficult that will be. Negative people will always give you a ” Downer Debbie ” response. You tell them your want to start a business, they tell you not to, because the economy is bad. Your on fire for God, but negative Christians work to put the fire out. When they see you getting too enthusiastic, or making strides they come along with a bucket of water to dampen you.
If you’ve been  reading articles on Pam Sheppard Publishing, you know about the religious demon. You know that unknown tongues, and being slain in the spirit, is a sign that religious demons are in operation. Pam has written a ground breaking book on the topic. Well known Christian authors, Derek Prince and Rick Joyner have also referred to religious demons in their published works. But Pam’s book digs the deepest, and exposes the intricate working of such demons.

Pam Sheppard, 30 years a minister for the Lord.

Negativity in a person claiming to be a Christian is also a sign. It’s a sign, that the devil sent someone  to drain your energy, and wear you down. Think about this, I never knew this, until Pam pointed it out to me. Negative people have no love or respect for you, if they did they would encourage you in the Lord.
Rather than encourage, negative people are on a mission to discredit, and disrespect every dream and vision you strive for. They do this by constantly throwing out negative retorts. You tell them your moving across town to a better neighborhood, they say they heard someone was robbed in the area. Someone who always has something negative to say, neither loves, appreciates or respects you.
I’m looking forward to meeting you again, in part two of this article. Pam Sheppard was a pastor for 30 years, and her  ministry experiences, shed light on exactly how negative people work to derail, stress and drain you. I’ll be sharing some of her experience, so do come back.
Until then, Sheppard’s Counseling Center is owned and operated by Pam. If you, or anyone you know is experiencing affliction of any kind call (518)477-5759. Pam’s team of supervised deliverance counselors are waiting to help. Pam is a specialist in deliverance counseling, and her desire is that you get free in Christ, and stay free.

HOW TO TAKE BACK YOUR PEACE!

10 Oct

According to Hebrews 4, entering the Lord’s rest is labor or in other words “work.” 

Yet, the irony is that we enter in by “ceasing from our own works.”  I believe that  we struggle or “labor”  to enter in for one main reason.   The enemy knows that in order to keep us defeated, he has to block our way by  stealing  both our joy, peace and our rest. So strategically, demonic entities have   designed three main  styles of deception.  Demons revel in depression, oppression and vexation of spirit because these three (3) emotional conditions are open doors to relapse during the restoration process.

Pam Sheppard, A licensed therapist for 38 years.

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Depression is spiritually nurtured by a poor sense of esteem, dissatisfaction, and alienation—each rooted in a lack of patience.  Evil spirits thrive on the three “d’s” of doubt, disappointment and despair to lower our physical energy and vitality. Their method is to entangle weeds of negative thoughts, emotions and attitudes into a stronghold or spiritual underground root system that develops into a solid fortress or base of operation from which demons can function unhindered. 


Condemnation and accusations are central to the guilt experienced by the depressed.y to rest and peace. 
Oppression brings a sense of being smothered or weighed down with the burdens of a troubled, problematic life.  In such cases, the demon assigned to oppress you is by metaphor a “monkey on the back”, hovering around and pressing you down with a persistent attack, until your spiritual back breaks and you fall or “relapse”.  At times sudden and shocking, the demon will apply a steady and relentless attack with persecution and disarming calamities of all sorts.

Vexation of spirit ALSO takes several forms.  Restlessness can lead to a feeling of annoyance or irritability.  In this regard, evil spirits will employ sequentially ordered petty harassments to
cause worry and a disquieted state, akin to mild or even acute stages of paranoia.  In the mental realm, vexation also brings confusion and disorientation.  The demonic weapons of choice are fear and intimidation.  Demons will use others close to us to create situations that incite our emotions.  The
agitation we feel may become so intense that we might literally react compulsively and consequently lose control.

Attempting to control ourselves  with human will power alone is an exhausting struggle  that Satan will ultimately win.  We need to humble ourselves to the fact that human will power cannot outlast Satan’s power.  However,  when we are able to rest in Christ by ceasing from our own works,  the Holy Spirit  empowers our spirits with strength that exceeds the capacity of our will.  Ceasing from our own works  will enable us to walk in the spirit and not fulfill the lust of our flesh without much effort because we have sought the kingdom and found righteousness. 

The evil spirit’s goal is to take advantage of  and condemn us for what we have been trained to perceive as  past failures, coupled with  worry and fear over the consequences we may face for our actions, causing us to cry over spilt milk.  The demons are skilled at maneuvering  the perceived failures  to motivate a setback. Deliverance counseling can help you to place the past on the dung heap and press forward to the victory that truth brings. 

However, when we are ignorant of Satanic devices, evil spirits can and DO repetitively and consistently employ the same strategies to defeat us, over and over again=== simply because we are ignorant to the fact that whatever failures and mistakes  used by  the devil  to destroy us, God uses it ALL to employ us!”

A perceived failure is just another opportunity to struggle to “enter into His rest.” Once you’ve entered, the struggle is over!  Satan won’t completely give up on you.   However, once you become an overcomer,
you will find the enemy consistently “on the run.”

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