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Toxic Religion and the Fear of Hell

3 Dec

By Pastor Pam Sheppard

The “fear” of not being saved/born again is a tactic used by evil entities to capture and keep the individual in bondage.

The methods are numerous. A popular one is preaching or teaching on Hell – then giving the altar call afterwards to scare up a conversion.  The evil entities will play on the individuals’ emotions, and fill their minds with such fearful thoughts,  that they can not rightly think or reason for themselves. Many misunderstand and are motivated by what seems like a desire for God, but when you look closely at the roots of their experience,  it is out of fear of going to Hell that produces a surface “desire” for God which birthed a false conversion that came through the underhanded work of a religious fallen angel.

The doctrines of original sin and eternal damnation are true.  Yet  the way those doctrines are preached have caused  tremendous psychological distress, forcing folk into  to a  double bind. The duality is that they are judged  as  guilty and responsible and face eternal punishment, yet they  have no ability to do anything about it. In fact, they cannot even stop sinning altogether because they  are not really saved. so the captives to this dilemma  continue to confess and be forgiven, hoping that they have met the criteria despite a  complete lack of feedback about whether they  will actually make it into heaven.
 Were you led to God because of fear of hell? The psychological damage does not go away overnight. In fact, because this sort of indoctrination in young childhood is so powerful, the fear of hell can last a lifetime despite rational reasoning. Likewise the damage to self-esteem and basic self-trust can be crippling. This is why there are so many thousands of walking wounded – people accused and condemned by  a religious demon., aka the spirit of the Anti-Christ.
Deep down, the fear makes it that much harder to actually LOVE, or even LIKE, the God they  are supposed to love in order not to  go to this horrible place of eternal torture.

It’s like a catch-22.If You DON’T love God with all your heart, soul, and mind,  the teaching strongly implies that you are going to this horrible place. Yet just the fact of having to force yourself to conjure up feelings of love under threat of torture, makes it IMPOSSIBLE to do. All  such captives to this form of toxic religion can  do is bury those feelings & deceive themselves. – So spiritual deception becomes a spiritual defense  mechanism to keep them  alive, because  if they  really comprehended the dilemma placed in front of them, how could they NOT end up in a mental hospital?  One must have  strong, sound mind to withstand the accusation, condemnation, guilt and shame that religious demons act upon such captives on a daily basis.
This is spiritual abuse. Torture, in fact. Toxic theology, at its best.

So what is the answer?

Live your life.  Do not listen to such preaching.  We are not to preach hell but we are to preach the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  If you have been chosen by God,  you belong to God even on your most sinful day.  Before you die, He will come for you, even if its at your death bed. The Holy Spirit  needs less than 5 seconds to save you and snatch you out of the devil’s hands.

Also know that the true  desire for God comes from God.  We are ALL sinners and the scriptures reveal that none of us would desire Him on our own for any reason.  So if you desire God because you are afraid of hell, then you have not heard from God. God does not hand out spirits of fear and torment to His people.  So if you are in fear, you have not heard from God.  Also what that tells me is that you believe more in hell than in the God who created the place, not originally for us, but for Satan, fallen angels and demons.  Satan and demons are not IN hell—at least not yet.

If you truly desire God, then He put that desire in you.  He has given you the desires of His own heart.  And once He  has given you a desire for Him, He will cause you to be born again. Read how He does it from the prophet Eziekiel:

Ezekiel 36:25-27New American Standard Bible (NASB)

25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will removethe heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.

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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

Born in Adam’s Casket!

3 Jul

It does not matter what religion you follow or whether or not you are an atheist.  You cannot escape Adam’s casket on your own.  Death is just that final. Yet if you are chosen to be delivered from death by Jesus Christ of Nazareth, there is no casket with your name on it. Adam got himself into the worst situation known to man.  He got himself put into a casket when he and his wife sinned, and since then, all of us got born into our own casket.

Mankind has accomplished so many marvelous things, including walking on the moon, but no one has been able to avoid a casket. in spite the marvelous hands of various human beings, capable of inventions beyond most of our ability to even describe, yet those same minds and hands have not been able to avoid the casket.

Yet THE Son of God, crucified by the unrighteous, came out of his burial  tomb, aka, His casket after 3 days dead. As God evermore, Jesus, the Lord declared, ” the hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear SHALL LIVE.”

In the shadow of recent impending worldwide tragedy and confusion, we sense that  the people of earth are burdened in spirit and bewildered in mind as to the fate of this planet. RESCUE ministry was formed as a dwelling place for all those who are waiting for the return of the Lord.

IS THAT HOUR VERY, VERY NEAR?

We at RESCUE FELLOWSHIP BELIEVE THAT SOME WHO ARE ALIVE TODAY WILL NEVER ENTER A CASKET. Furthermore, we believe that those who have died believing in Jesus Christ shall hear His voice and soon and very soon, break forth out of their caskets.

What is very clear to us at RESCUE from a study of biblical prophecy is this.


Here in America, a shift took place on November 8, 2016.  Simply put, things are no longer as they were, things are no longer going to continue as they are, and  there is a change coming soon.  The only thing that is unchangeable is the will and purpose o God, which prophetic evidence has revealed is moving toward consummation—a consummation that requires all of His people to be prepared for His return.

This is what we do at RESCUE.  Our mission is to get God’s people ready.  If this ministry is for you, the Lord will speak to your spirit.  When He does, either call 1-888-818-1117 or complete the contact form below. If you want to get ready on your own, we have the tools that can help you, so click here.

 

People Pleasing, the Flesh and Resisting the Devil

25 May

By Pastor Pam

Consider Jonah and his disobedience and sudden flight from God to a ship filled with men about to be shipwrecked because of Jonah’s folly. So to find out why they suddenly entered into a severe storm, the men on board cast lots and the lot fell to Jonah. Once Jonah was revealed, he confessed. You would have thought that the men would have immediately picked up Jonah and thrown him off of the ship. Instead, they tried to row faster. Yet when all human effort failed, they reluctantly threw Jonah overboard and peace immediately prevailed for them.

Why didn’t Jonah just jump overboard himself? Perhaps it was not physically possible and he needed someone to lift him up and cast him into the sea. My suspicion is that as it is in most cases, the people who are bringing storms into our lives are “all about self,” especially when their needs are being met by us.

However what I have learned by experience, is that once the cause of an attack has been uncovered or revealed to me, my next step is to refuse. Sometimes you have to refuse a condition or persuasion that is within your personality or in other words, a refusal may have to be made to your flesh.

For example, if you are a person that must be liked or approved of by others, you will have to refuse your flesh in this regard. If you can answer an emphatic “yes,” to the following statements as conditions of your own flesh, refusal will eventually be in order, if you are going to effectively resist the devil:

• I try to avoid being alone

• I let other people decide what to do.

• I get upset when people don’t include me in their activities;

• I am stressed if I don’t include other people in my plans;

• I am easily led;

• I hate any form of confrontation;

• I can’t stand being left out of things;

• I am emotionally dependent upon people.

So one way to crucify your flesh is by refusing to act out its nature.

Besides refusing your former nature without Christ, there are times when you also have to refuse your former perception or understanding as it relates to spiritual and religious matters. In fact, refusal is one of the ways that we cast down our imaginations, and every thought that is contrary to our obedience to the inner leadings of the Holy Ghost.

For example, if you have assumed that God would not allow the enemy to deceive you under any circumstances, to resist the devil that is assigned to you, you will have to refuse every thought connected to this false assumption. I personally know from experience that I can be deceived by the enemy because I have been, several times in fact.

Here is a personal example. It has been revealed to me that in 1996, I founded a church based upon the nature of my flesh and the leading of the religious demon assigned to me. Certainly, I believed that I was led by God at the time. However, with the discernment and the enlightenment that I have received over time, I can look back now with such understanding. What was confusing and complicated in 1996 is obvious and simple today.

Once my eyes were fully opened in 2008, I had to exercise refusal by closing the church doors. Certainly I had to face opposition to closing it. In fact, for a year, services continued in a members home, until her eyes were also opened and the doors of the church were permanently shut, never to open again.

As soon as I took the first step of refusal as I resisted the devil, the next revelation followed. Since the enemy was the secret force that led me to start this church in the first place, it logically and spiritually follows that each and every person who played a significant role in its operations was sent by the enemy also. In 13 years, several people were involved. Out of all of them, I have contact with two persons from the former church.

I published a e-book entitled Be Delivered From Deliverance Ministry”.  If you have been in  bondage to people pleasing with deliverance workers who caused your spiritual and physical condition to worsen, you need this book.  If you have ever been in a deliverance session that lasted longer than 5 minutes, this book is for you.  If you have read a lot of books on deliverance ministry, this book will un-ravel the confusion and de-mystify how to cast out demons.

If you have questions about deliverance call 1-888-818-1117.

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Why Reincarnation?

30 Apr

 

Pastor Pam Sheppard wrote:

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Reincarnation was once a major component of my belief system when I was a New Age atheist. However once I became born again 40 years ago, it was the easiest false teaching to eliminate. Why? Because it nullifies the Lord’s purpose for His sacrifice for sin in His death on the cross. For why become sin for each human being if we all have additional lives available to correct past life karma. For as the bible says, it is appointed to each man ONCE to die, and then the judgment.

I watched the 1977 movie called Audrey Rose, a movie that strongly supports reincarnation. I missed this one as I was born again that very year. So watching this movie in 2013 was quite revealing. For it is obvious that Satan is in control of Hollywood to send his own subliminal messages.

The setting for the movie is New York City in the 70’s. Janice and Bill Templeton are Park Avenue types, living in a splendid apartment bigger than most houses, with thousands of dollars of art work on the ceilings. They have an 11-year-old daughter named Ivy who is a happy, gregarious child until she starts to have these trance like fits, where it looks like she is trying to escape from a fire.

In the meantime, Elliot Hoover makes contact with the Templeton’s about Ivy, telling them of how his four-year old daughter died in a car crash, where she was seen banging on the car windows screaming, surrounded by flames, shortly before the car her mother was driving, exploded, killing them both. Interestingly enough, this incident occurred just a few hours on the same day that Ivy was born. After the death of Audrey, Elliot reports that famous psychics revealed to him that Ivy is the reincarnation of his daughter Audrey. As confirmation, the psychics accurately described the lush penthouse apartment in great detail, including the fine art on the ceilings.

As the story unfolds, the Templeton’s take Elliot to court, accusing him of kidnapping Ivy. The defense lawyer took the position of defending reincarnation to prove that Elliot was correct about Ivy being the reincarnation of his daughter, Audrey Rose. At the trial, a hypnotist was brought in to perform a past-life regression on Ivy. It worked, but it got out of hand. Ivy became Audrey and the trauma of re-experiencing the fire was too great and Ivy died because the hypnotist did not call the girl by the name of Audrey. He kept saying “Ivy.”

I did some googling today and discovered some interesting information about the author of the book. In “the Case For Reincarnation,” by Joe Fisher, the screenplay “Audrey Rose” was inspired by an actual incident in the author’s life. The author heard ragtime piano being played by his six-year-old son who never had a music lesson. The boy told his father that his fingers were touching the keys on their own. This experience was the catalyst that directed the author’s thoughts toward the possibility of reincarnation.

I am sure that many were awed by this movie and some even became believers in reincarnation as a result of watching it. Yet there is a simple explanation. If the case of Audrey Rose had been true and not fiction, here is how I would explain it.

First of all, even bona-fide psychic mediums or channels receive information from demons. So Elliot was deceived by them to believe on reincarnation. The demons know how his daughter died. They saw it and probably arranged and even caused the car accident that killed his family in the first place. They worked on his emotions, causing him to change his belief system and to appear and act “strange.” They set him up to find Ivy by using the psychics.

Somehow, Ivy’s chakras were opened. When the kundalini energy is released and the person enters an altered state through dreaming, very often the person feels like he or she is burning from within. When the hypnotist took Ivy into a much deeper altered state, as the fire sensation intensified, so did the terror and so Ivy died of intense fear. Her heart stopped.

In this end time season, the enemy needs every human being’s chakras to be opened so that the Antichrist can perpetuate the biggest spiritual fraud—–EVER!!!!

If you think your chakras have been opened, have questions or comments about this article you can contact Rescue at 1-888-818-1117. You can also email rescueonfb@icloud.com.

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The Fear of the Lord Will Keep You Free!

14 Oct

When you become born again, there is no doubt in my mind about the truthfulness of the scriptures. All past sins are forgiven. old things are passed away, and all things are made new in the new creation.

Yet, there is an overlap. here is an example.

You committed a crime and you got arrested and jailed. While in jail, you become born again. Yet, you go to trial and you are found guilty. YOU HAVE TO DO THE TIME.

Even so, the difference between you and other prisoners is like night and day. All guilt, shame and condemnation is wiped away from you and you serve your time in the joy and peace of the Lord. Your time served becomes productive. Other inmates with problems and issues come to you for advice and solace. You are respected because of your faith and viciously hated by some who are demon filled, yet you are protected in the midst of your enemies from all harm and danger.

I recall what was going on in my life when I got born again in 1977. I had been seeing a married man, a colleague for about a year. In fact, the Holy Spirit used that sinful relationship to prove to me that I was a sinner.

However, I tried to hold on to the man AFTER I was born again. I was not in church, and I had no CHRISTIAN elders to advise and guide me, so I kept the relationship. One day, shortly after I was born again, I was walking through my apartment and suddenly, I hit the floor on my back. Almost like slain in the spirit without a catcher!!!! LOL

It felt like I was pinned to the floor. Then I heard a voice say “Pam, you are causing that man to commit adultery. STOP SINNING NOW!!!!!

You talk about the fear of the Lord? I was afraid to go outside because I thought I might be hit by Lightning or run over by a truck!!!

I LET THE MAN GO!!!!

My point is this. When God saves you, LET GO OF THE SINS AND MISTAKES OF THE PAST. DO NOT CARRY THEM OVER INTO YOUR BORN AGAIN FUTURE. THIS IS NOT ONLY A TEACHING BUT A SERIOUS WARNING TO EVERYONE!!!!

Do Christians Sin?

31 Jan

CAN A BORN AGAIN PERSON SIN?

According to the Apostle John in I John 3: 9, the answer to that question is “NO!” The scripture reads: “Whosoever is born of God doth not sin; for his seed remaineth in him; and he CANNOT sin, because he is born of God.” Yet, John also wrote in the first chapter of his epistle that “if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us of ALL unrighteousness.” (I John 1:7-9)

John certainly seems to be contradicting himself on this subject of whether or not a born again person CAN or is ABLE to sin, BUT HE IS NOT. In the first chapter, I believe that John is saying that if a person sins, but then says he has not sinned,–in other words, deceives himself by rationalizing his behavior–then the truth is not in him because he has grieved the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth. Once the sinning Christian comes to his senses, the thing for him to do is to confess it, and he or she will be both forgiven and cleansed. What Chapter 3 suggests is that since a born again believer CANNOT sin, the only way he CAN, IS TO DECEIVE HIMSELF!!!!

Of one thing I am sure. I am born again. Of another thing I am sure. In 34 years as a Christian, I have sinned. So I know full well that a born again person CAN sin. When I look on those occasions where I sinned, deception was key. The only way that I could sin was “to deceive myself.” In each case, I convinced myself that God was in accord with my behavior. Therefore, I was out of touch with my spirit, where the seed is. That “seed” is the Holy Ghost. I grieved and quenched the Holy Ghost and consequently, I had no conviction because I believed that I was right. It is not built into my personality to receive accusation and to convict myself, so the enemy rarely accuses me of anything because it does not work.

One of the ways to make sure that we overcome sin is to learn how to discern the difference between the rebuke of your own conscience as led by the Holy Ghost from the accusation of the religious demon that is assigned to you.

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 I have a religious demon assigned to me. The day I preached my trial sermon, a picture was taken of me in the church, posing beside the piano. Standing to my left, you can see a huge head of a gargoyle, outlined in green. Anyone who desires to see that picture, let me know. So I have seen the religious fallen angel that is assigned to me. However, for years, I convinced myself that the evil-looking entity in the photo was the church’s demon and that it was not in the picture because of me. No, it is assigned to me. I suspect that you have one assigned to you also. In the book “Faces of the Religious Demon,” the many facets of this clever entity is exposed, case by case.

Anyway, learning how to differentiate between the reprimand of the Holy Spirit and the accusation of the evil spirit assigned to us is a key factor in overcoming sin. Since there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, if accusation persists once a born again believer has repented, it is NOT the Holy Ghost. He never reproves further, once the sin is cleansed by the precious blood because you have forsaken it.

According to Watchman Nee in “the Spiritual Man,” born again persons commit fatal blunders when we think that because we are saved, our spirits can only be controlled by the Holy Ghost and not ALSO by the enemy. (pg 57) The Holy Ghost is a helper, not a controller. Once He is either quenched or grieved, He will “back off.” When He retreats, the enemy comes in full force with counterfeits of His presence. This is why so many true believers remain in sin for too long. Actually, the practice of the sin of spiritual fornication, aka idolatry–goes un-noticed, with the believer completely unaware of his or her spiritual condition.

In fact, I found it a lot easier to overcome physical fornication than spiritual fornication. I believe that every committed churchgoer is a spiritual fornicator.  My spiritual fornication endured and dominated most of my “born again” life for more than two decades. In this regard, I am certainly not alone. However, I am among the very few who have been un-deceived.

And why IS that?

 Well, my self-deception began to gradually fade away due to the book, “War on the Saints,” by Jessie Penn Lewis. I read it and “I saw my charismatic, religious self.” But it took time regarding my pet spiritual fallacies. I reasoned, “Jessie can’t be right about this or about that! Then one day, I caught the deceiver in a lie. My eyes started to open. So I prayed, “Lord, if there is any darkness around me, please expose it.” In days, all hell began to periodically break loose. Yet, with each un-veiling, I became increasingly “un-deceived,” as my spiritual house came tumbling down like a row of stacked dominoes.

When the Holy Ghost is unable to rebuke us in our spirits because of our self-deception, the demons assigned to us begin to toss us about, to and fro. The enemy takes much pleasure in mocking God’s people. I can remember how I found myself mocked in every sphere, from finances to family, from friends to foe, from fallacy to faith, the demons assigned to me had themselves a good ole time! Yet once I asked the Lord to “show me the darkness,” I ended up putting the demons on the run!

 I’ll end this article  with the first statement and the first step to becoming a believer who “cannot sin.”

STATEMENT #1 Born again believers CANNOT sin until we FIRST submit ourselves to self-deception.

Step #1 Go to the Father and sincerely ask Him in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth:,

“Lord, if there is any darkness around me, please expose it.”

If you are sincere, get ready for a wake-up call that will knock your spiritual socks off!!!

Joel Osteen, Sin, Temptation And the Lord’s Prayer

10 Jan

 I agree with Joel Osteen who when interviewed by Oprah on “the Next Chapter,”  reluctantly affirmed that homosexuality is a sin. Even so, as I am  a minister of the gospel for 30 years, I strongly disagree with Osteen’s belief that “sinners go to heaven.” Christians who repeatedly sin after they  have become born again are an insult to the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The truth is that most believers who habitually sin actually experienced a false conversion and they are really not saved, which is yet “another story.”In other words, they sin because they are not saved. Nevertheless,  the good news is that since sin can be overcome because of the Lord’s blood sacrifice on the cross, homosexuality and all other sins and perversions  can be resisted and defeated as will. However, it won’t be easy because demons are involved in all sin. Consequently, demons will fight dirty to keep you bound to the sin that so easily besets YOU!.

 Yetit  is truly  amazing that THE main clue to overcoming temptation is built right into the Lord’s prayer, particularly the statement, “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” It is Satan’s job to tempt and it is the work of the Holy Ghost to keep us from being led into temptation. So it is really a matter of commonsense to understand that first, we must know how the devil tempts each of us as individuals and to ensure that we do not grieve or quench the Holy Ghost as He protects us from yielding to temptation. Since He is our Helper, we have to create and maintain conditions conducive to receiving His assistance.

Here is THE BIG SET UP!

1. The first thing the devil must do to set you up to be led into temptation is to lie about what God has or has not said. Satan did so with Eve and tried to do so with the Lord Jesus Christ. He will either out-and-out lie, or take a scripture out of its context and mis-apply it to your particular circumstances.

2. The lie is skillfully planned to coincide with your major character defect. In my case, I was born with a lack of patience. So he set me up by giving me a so-called “word from the Lord,” and then caused me to have to wait so long, that I then took matters in my own hands to “make things happen.” After many, many mistakes, one of my virtues or fruits today is patience..

3. Our false assumptions cause the enemy to “not have to work so hard.” For example, if you are a woman who assumes that just because she has the desire and the need for a mate, that God is going to send you a man fit to be your husband, you are already “set up.” No where in the bible does God declare that every woman has a divine soul mate. There are plenty other assumptions that God’s people make from submitting their souls to the doctrines, teachings and practices of false and or deceived prophets and ministers. The devils purpose is to use these people to cause you to make the false assumptions necessary to “lead you into temptation.” So examine your dreams, visions and prophecies to find the set up.

4. Another way of seeking the Father to “deliver you from evil,” is to ask the Father to expose ALL of the darkness that is around you. He will not do so unless you sincerely desire to know the truth, wherever truth will take you.

5. What keeps darkness from being exposed is our “rose-colored glasses.” As long as darkness is not exposed, we will not overcome sin. To remove the veil of deception, learning from the discipline of the Holy Ghost means that after a person has experienced the hand of the Lord dealing with him, he is gradually broken by the Lord. When this process is complete, you will be delivered from your former state of murmuring, fretting, complaining, personal opinions, self-interest, into a state of obedience.

According to the Apostle John, We have 3 enemies that lead us into temptation: the world, the flesh, and the Devil. According to experience, the world is the first to be overcome. If you can overcome the temptations brought to you by the world, then you are on a path leading to your victory to overcome sin. Next is the flesh. The Holy Ghost, through breaking and crucifixion will lead you to walk in the spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. To deal with the devil, you will need to uncover his agenda, a specialized set-up that is specifically designed to cause YOU to sin.

To do so, we need to always keep in mind that the demons assigned to you and I will resist us at every turn with the very elements of the world and our flesh that are already against us. Such elements are in the very makeup of our personalities. Therefore, we need to constantly seek God in prayer in order to know ourselves better than the devil knows us. We need to understand ourselves so that we know how to act and walk in humble dependence upon the Risen Lord for protection from the evil one–a protection which can only operate as we look to the blood of Jesus.

Certainly, I believe in the bible. However, those who claim a strict adherence to it often misapply what they read and study, putting others in bondage. We must first realize the bible is a book that was written to others. Surely we are blessed to have an opportunity to read it. Just know that Christians in several centuries did not have the same opportunity. The fact that we HAVE the written word at our fingertips is both a blessing and at times, it can be a curse when it is not “properly divided” or in other words, misapplied. You MUST keep yourself open to all truth that will give you light upon any possible ground that you may have given to the spirits of evil to be successful in leading you into temptation. It is a constant check and re-check to see if the enemy has gained admittance into your mind, your soul, your spirit and your body.

Therefore, the Lord’s prayer is actually an outline for not falling to temptation that leads to sin, particularly, “lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil or “the evil one.” If you find that you have resisted and refused any specific ground and you still cannot get rid of it, you must seek light from God regarding the cause. The cause can often be found in your past thoughts and beliefs. When God exposes the darkness and you have repented by refusing to act and function in former ways, the enemy has to give up the ground. However, he won’t give it up until you have disavowed it. Disavowing the temptation is not only verbal descent. All ground is not necessarily removed at the moment that you have expressed your refusal. No! Your refusal must be reasserted by your actions or lack thereof, and you’ve got to stand your ground until each point of captivity is detected and refused. Faith without works is dead.

For example, your unsaved family–even those that insist that you go to church because it is a family custom—- is “the world.” Very often, the enemy will use family and friends as the tools to “lead you into temptation.” God has shed light on your situation in His own way. The bottom line is that you have to stand on what has been revealed to you and not the opinions and promptings of the significant others in your life. Remember that even though we wrestle not against flesh and blood but principalities and powers, you must resist the temptation to passively give in to those who can pull your emotional cords and strings.. If you give in, you will remain deceived and even be led into sin by the temptation of other people’s opinions and beliefs. It is important to be aware that when the demons assigned to you see that their hold is coming to an end, they do not let go until the cause is fully removed, and they will attempt to “re-tempt” you if the thing through which they have attacked still exists in any degree. The methods of demonic temptation are what I call “the IONS,”–attraction, seduction, deception, distraction, accusation, and condemnation are but a few.

In “Secrets of Spiritual Warfare,” by Jessie Penn Lewis, the “fighting through” period is a very painful time:

“There are bad moments of acute suffering and intense struggle, arising out of the consciousness of the resistance of the powers of darkness in their contest for what the believer endeavors to reclaim. The moment he begins to advance from weakness into strength, he becomes aware of the strength of the evil spirits resisting him; consequently, he feels worse when fighting through. This is a sign of deliverance, although the believer may not think or feel it is so. The last thing given to the spirits of evil is generally the first thing removed because light is given upon the experience of the moment and deliverance from bondage of the moment is the most urgent need. Sometimes it is the advanced stage of terrible bondage that reveals a person’s condition to himself, and it is not until he starts, point by point, to fight back to his normal condition that he discovers the depth of the pit he has fallen into and the slow work of regaining the liberation of his whole being from the power of the deceiving enemy. ” (pg. 206)

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WHY YOU MUST EXAMINE YOUR FAITH TO SEE IF IT BE OF GOD!

22 Oct

 

 
   WAS YOUR CONVERSION REALLY OF YOUR OWN DOING? Was the Holy Ghost involved in leading you to the cross and to repentance?  Did the Holy Ghost plant faith into your spirit to believe that Jesus is alive in His physical body? Did you feel cleansed, forgiven and assured? Or did YOU make the choice, repeat “I accept Jesus into my heart,” and then joined a church?The church age that we live in is  the church at Laodicea. Everyone has been contaminated by false and mixed doctrine and practices for at least 100 years or more. Everyone has been deceived, across the board. That includes me, that includes YOU!

Imagine if you would, the horrific shock of faithful, religious people who after they died, heard the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ somberly say to them, “I never knew YOU!”  Wow.  Consider that more than 75% of their entire lives was spent either on a church pew or even behind a pulpit.  It blows my mind.   I can’t even speak any further on it. Yet, these very words are recorded in the book of Matthew as said to people who have claimed to cast out devils in His name.  How were they able to do that if He never knew them?  Well, they didn’t.  Demons merely used games and tricks to deceive people into believing that demons  were cast out from people, when they were not. Demons are skilled at playing possum.

Bringing this right down home into your own personal backyard, where do YOU stand in the midst of a spiritual conspiracy theory that is mind boggling, to say the least? 

 The first thing you must do is to “examine your faith.”  Jesus advised the church at Laodicea to “buy gold from Him that has been tried in the fire. ” In other words, examine the root of the tree and its fruit  and  simply go  back to the day that you believe you got saved and thoroughly  scrutinize it from top to bottom. In other words, shake that tree and see if your salvation can withstand the shaking. 

This is a hard thing that I enter into on the first counseling session with each of my clients.  What I have found is that  there are some developmental stages most go through: :denial, defensiveness, anger at me but mostly at God, and worst of all, fear of going to hell.  

A FALSE CONVERSION MUST BE OVERTURNED.

My dilemma is that I can’t spoon feed them.  I try to be as gentle and as supportive as I can be but I can’t hide the truth.  Never sure whether or not a client is going to continue with me, when  it is obvious to me that they are not saved, I am compelled to warn them for their sakes.  If they are among the elect, He will quicken my words to them at the appointed time for them to “be shaken.”

At least if I never hear from them again, I have planted a seed that they can’t throw away very lightly.  Jesus said that you can’t put new wine into old wine skins  or else the  wine skins would break.  I can’t confront demons in a person if that person is defenseless. You see, the weapons of their warfare are carnal and therefore will not work against the enemy because they are not saved. To avoid this most crucial “shaking,”  would be like trying to mend  an old garment with a new piece  of cloth. It will rip and be torn.   

So, I waste no time starting that fire that will bring about the shaking.  My ears have become accustomed to  familiar cries of complaint, like—  “I gave up the sin of fornication, packed my bags and stopped living in sin, I went to church regularly, and so on and so forth.”  They come back at me with yet another defense, like  “Well, I had a distinct change in lifestyle and personality.  All things became new.  So why is it that I am still not a new creature?”

Surely, its complicated because Satan has put his hand on the doctrine of salvation and as would be expected, he has brought about much confusion and religiosity. However, salvation is very simple. It is completely in God’s hands. 

The biggest mistake is how people relate to Jesus.  Most  don’t realize that they have by-passed Him and gone  directly to the Father.  Other’s ignore Him yet seek the Holy Ghost.  Both ways open the door wide to religious devils. Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. Demons know that better than anybody!  

With those who believe that they repented of sin, I find that they really have no understanding of the cross. They simply looked through their portfolio of sins, picked one, convicted themselves of it and said “I’m saved.”  Like  the Galatians, those who created their own born again experience  depended upon their own works. Then like  the Colossians, others have been drawn away from Christ through philosophy and the traditions of men. 

To both the Galatians and the Colossians, Paul had the same message—the cross of Calvary. 

Your understanding of the cross  will determine whether or not He says “I never knew You!”

Here is a clue.  If you are not separated from the world not only in your deeds but in your mind, if you still seek the approval and the acceptance of the world and the church world, then you do not understand the cross. You may have simply convicted yourself of sin and brought about your own change and lifestyle, yet  gladly giving the credit to the Holy Ghost when “it was really  ALL your own doing.”

If you are ready to face the truth, call 518-477-5759.