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How God Uses Demons To Set Captives Free

3 Jan

    A part of living in the endtimes is to hear and recognize  the “wake-up”call.  God sends out different kinds of alarms.  The alarm that every human being heard in 2011 was an  environmental alarm.  None of us in any part of the world could have slept through the  earthquake alarm that sounded as  a result of the devastation in Japan.  I have my iodine pills to prove it!  We are all thinking, “how can I prepare myself for something like this happening in MY backyard?!”

So we bought  generators, stocked  upon  food, purchased Iodine drops and  water filters.

I believe that making preparations is good commonsense.  However, if we too are struck with a huge tsunami, most stockpiles will be  buried under fallen buildings or washed into the sea by  tidal waves.

   Then there are “the spiritual alarms” that come upon individuals.  As a deliverance counselor, what I have seen God do is  release demons of torment upon the deceived, in order to wake them up to the reality that something is most definitely wrong with their “religion.”  This is how it works.  You attend church every time the doors are opened.  You are tithing your gross income, giving additional offerings and donations, and so you are expecting a financial harvest–a 100 fold return blessing that prosperity preachers have assured you that you will receive for your giving.  Yet, you are in the worst financial shape that you have ever been in.  The more you give, the less you have, and that’s a fact.

But you keep waiting and you keep lying to yourself and to others every time you say “I’m blessed.”  Then your car breaks down, your house burns down and you have no insurance.  You let your insurance laps in order to give toward the church’s building fund.  Out of nowhere, you are homeless.  You cry, “why Lord, why?”  His response?

I sent you a wake-up call, a demon of poverty as your “alarm clock.”  Can’t you read the signs?  Have you completely lost ALL commonsense? The prosperity message is one of the doctrines of the devils the Apostle Paul warned you about in My word.  I have allowed you to suffer poverty as “a wake up call.” When you come out of that church, I’ll bless you again!”

There are other wake up calls.  In my book, “the New Idolatry,” I quote the late Watchman Nee:

“Should the child of God desire freedom, his folly must be removed.  In other words, he must know the truth.  He needs to appreciate the real nature of affairs.  Satanic lies bind, but God’s truth unshackles.Naturally the knowledge of truth is going to be costly, for it will shatter the vainglory one has assumed due to his past experiences.  He looks upon himself as far more advanced than others, as being spiritual and infallible.  How hard hit he will be if he confesses the possibility of his being invaded or if he is shown to have been so invaded!” (The Spiritual Man 1968)

Therefore, if you are a child of God, and you have been ‘invaded,’  what you need to know is that the enemy could not  invade you without your cooperation. And if you have unknowingly been cooperative with the enemy , then God allowed a demon to invade you  “for your good.”  Once you receive the message of the wake up call, you will be set free.

So wake up and smell the coffee. 2012 is a wake-up call year!
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How the Fear of Making Mistakes Hinders Deliverance

3 Jan

Mistakes and Deliverance

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 9 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 68 years ago. I was born again  almost 35 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 2012. So call and book a telephone session. 518-477-5759

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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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