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Ten Biblical Truths of Deliverance Ministry

18 Jan

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Even though I have been serving in ministry since Oct. 25, 1981,  experiential  learning has been more a part of my serving than preaching, pastoring  or any other ministerial function.  What I have been learning for the most part is how to be “spiritually sensitive.”At first I thought that spiritual sensitivity could only be attained through the 9 supernatural gifts of the Holy Ghost, particularly the discerning of spirits.  Yet the word of God makes it plain that these 9 gifts only operate “as the Spirit wills” and not simply because we either desire them or seek them.  We are told to seek them and to desire them, yet one of the purposes of “the New Idolatry”  is to warn the elect that Satan has some very clever counterfeits. In summary, here are some biblical truths to remember:

 

1.Anyone who is truly saved cannot be touched by the devil without God’s permission. (Job Ch. 1)

 

2.The plan of God is to lead the demons to reveal their own folly. (II Timothy 2:26)

 

3.The devil believes that the only thing that keeps the believer faithful to the Lord is the fact that he or she is protected by the hedge.  In other words, we are in it for the blessings and protection from demons.  Demons are convinced that when the pressure is placed upon us, we will not stand. (Read Job)

 

4.When a demon has been able to have place in a Christian’s life, we should examine the situation based upon points 1-3.

 

5.When the battle comes in a believer’s life, the Lord will make a way of escape.  Very often, the deliverance counselor or worker  IS the “way” that the Lord has made for a particular  captive to escape.

 

6.Sometimes the Lord will permit a believer to be deceived because there is a valuable lesson to be learned from the experience.

 

7.We must all humble ourselves to those times we do things that cause us vulnerable to demonic deception and attack.

 

8.We will never be smart enough to discern the trap that has been set before us. However, if we remain lovers of the truth,  the Holy Spirit that we have  will reveal all truth to us. (John 16:13)

 

9.Deliverance counselors must simply trust God to open our spiritual eyes and reveal demonic devices to us, as  long as we  continue to walk by faith with complete and total trust in Jesus Christ.

 

10.Anyone who is not saved, is in the hands of the devil because the devil has rule and authority over him. Any unsaved person who seeks deliverance must first come under the authority of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who is the Deliverer.

 

       Although I may not be able to walk in a supernatural gift according to my own will like  the false prophets and psychics do with  Satan’s power, I leave supernatural manifestations in the hands of God.  In fact, I no longer actively seek the supernatural, as it is definitely a weakness of my flesh.  For example, if the testimony of  Celie in Africa is of the Lord, then He will move sovereignly and miraculously  when He chooses, without even my personal  knowledge.  What I have learned is that I can become “spiritually sensitive” to the extent that I can discern the Lord from what is emanates from my own  soul, or from what is demonic in nature. As you can ascertain from the profiles that have been presented in this book, the bulk of this kind of discernment  has  come to me by  learning through experience.  For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their sense exercised to discern both good and evil. (James 5:12-14) The “exercise” to which James is referring will produce true “LEARNING!” The more you and I learn, the more we can discern. Hopefully, you too can learn from my trial, errors and failures.

 

     How does “learning to discern come?”  Many study all the time by learning facts but they cannot discern truth in the spirit.    I have found that the most important aspect of learning how to discern is to experience the Lord’s hand upon me as I myself am broken. When I am broken, then I become sensitive and discerning.  Here is an example. I am acquainted with  preachers who have studied all the scriptures on pride and can quote them, even preach a good message about pride, yet not really be able to sense the sinfulness of pride in their own spirits.  Therefore, when pride appears in the captive, such a  minister will not be able to sense it.  His spirit will not be distressed.  He may even feel sympathetic to the captive when what he should be feeling is a sense of distress within his own spirit.

 

   When the Lord deals with me through the work of the Holy Spirit by breaking me, then when I come across a sinful situation, I  feel distressed because my senses have been exercised to discern evil and to feel what God Himself feels about that evil. Once I have discerned the ailment or weakness that opened the door to demonic oppression, then I can serve my brother in the area of pride, if pride was the problem.  The more my own soul is renewed, the better I can serve.  The more I myself have been  dealt with, the better I am  able to make an assessment based on spiritual truth.  Once The Holy Spirit has   broken me in a particular area, I find that I am better equipped   to pinpoint the real condition of others.

 

    A previously indicated, just as the mouth speaks what is in the heart, so too does the mouth speak through an email.   To make a good assessment of a person’s soul, we listen to his mouth.  One of the benefits of using emails in counseling is that I can  examine every written word and phrase, even the ordering of  a captive’s  thoughts by the way he puts forth his inner man in his sentences. Since both the religious demon and the witchcraft demon are rooted in the pride of its captive, pride uncovers the nature of the soul.   In the scriptures, rebellion,— a form of pride—, is comparable to witchcraft.  However, since the captive to the witchcraft demon will invariably suffer loss, or some other negative outcome to his physical and emotional well-being, its captive will ultimately desire freedom.  I repeat again that the relief from torment by  an apparently passive captive will often reveal a rebellious heart, filled with pride.

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Are You Hearing From God or the Devil About the Gifts of the Spirit? Part 2

13 Nov

ARE YOU HEARING FROM GOD OR THE DEVIL ABOUT  THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT?

The enemy really designs his deception based upon his knowledge of us.  The secret desires of our hearts  and our assumptions provide religious demons with  both the blueprint and the building blocks of the grand deception that fuels  the enemy’s overall  plan.  The plan begins as a kind of conspiracy theory which answers the questions , “what makes him or her tick? And if I do THIS,  then will he or she do THAT?”  What the religious demon has to do is to find a way to “guide our steps.”  There is no greater thrill than for a religious demon to manipulate and control a child of God and cause that person to become both his prey and his captive.

Point number one in trying the spirits is this: When you go wrong in your assumptions, you have given place to the devil.

What is an assumption?

An assumption is taking for granted that a particular supposition, fact or circumstance is true. It is prematurely accepting as truth, what is merely a hypothesis or a guess.   For example, when I reflect upon my very first assumption as a Christian, I “assumed” that because I had power in my hands to heal, that:

1.  the healing power was from God;

2.  that God was calling me to minister healing.

It took about 25 years for me to find out that “the healing power that I had was NOT from God.”  So logically speaking, if the power was not from God, and if it was not from ME, then it must have come from the enemy.  If the power came from the enemy, then what was his agenda in giving me the power?

When I “tried the spirits” on this matter, I realized that I had first manifested healing power while I was a new age occultist.  When I became a Christian and I saw in the bible that Jesus is a Healer, I just “assumed” that since I was now “born again,” I could simply transition occult healing into my Christian work for God.   WRONG!!!  Along this same train of thought, we “assume” that because what we are doing is similar to what the early apostles did, that we are doing “the same thing.”  It ain’t necessarily so.

With every Christian, the enemy assigned to you is going to “set you up” to be disappointed in God, so that eventually, you will be so frustrated with failure, that you will throw your spiritual hands up in the air and declare, “I’m done with this.”  This was the intent of the healing power I operated in.  The religious devil’s  motive was to frustrate me when those I laid hands on did not “keep” their healing.  This works also in the opposite direction.  If the sick keeps the healing, then “the healer” will assume that he is operating off of divine power, when he is not.
Consequently, the devil remains in control and can exercise authority in the healer’s life whenever he sees fit.

Assumptions are constantly made by Christians who believe that  “the 3 witnesses rule”  is an indication that a sign, wonder, message or circumstance is  “a confirmation” from God.Confirmation!  It’s a twelve letter dirty word that covers a wide field of consideration! In fact,  Satan and his crew get many chuckles out of this one.

There are so many varieties of “confirmations” that it is hard to present one representative example, so I’ll have to  make one up.  You had a dream that you should move to Georgia. Or perhaps someone from your church prophesied over you—“God has called you to minister in Georgia.”   The same day, you heard Ray Charles sing, “Georgia on my mind.”  Then  someone called you on the telephone from Georgia, but it was a wrong number. In the afternoon, a friend stopped by and gave you some peaches.  Georgia peaches.

“So there it is” you say to yourself.  I got 3 signs or witnesses that provide “confirmation” to my dream or prophetic word.  God wants me to move to Georgia. I give this foolish example to make a point of how un-wise Christian “confirmation” really is. Yet  foolish believers  constantly depend upon “confirmation.”

Getting back to the subject of the Gifts of the Spirit, counterfeit healing and miracles shall be rampant in the end times. I believe that I have the gift of healing and the gift of miracles.  However, it is not for right  NOW.  It is for the end, just before the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth returns to earth to rule ALL nations. The elect of God will go through the tribulation and therefore we will need all of God’s supernatural gifts like no other generation has ever  needed them.  The devil knew that about me before I knew it and so he tried to co-opt me with his fake healing counterfeit. With 30 years of ministry under my belt, I know how to WAIT!

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Are You Hearing From God or the Devil About the Gifts of the Spirit? Part 2

13 Nov

ARE YOU HEARING FROM GOD OR THE DEVIL ABOUT  THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT?

The enemy really designs his deception based upon his knowledge of us.  The secret desires of our hearts  and our assumptions provide religious demons with  both the blueprint and the building blocks of the grand deception that fuels  the enemy’s overall  plan.  The plan begins as a kind of conspiracy theory which answers the questions , “what makes him or her tick? And if I do THIS,  then will he or she do THAT?”  What the religious demon has to do is to find a way to “guide our steps.”  There is no greater thrill than for a religious demon to manipulate and control a child of God and cause that person to become both his prey and his captive.

Point number one in trying the spirits is this: When you go wrong in your assumptions, you have given place to the devil.

What is an assumption?

An assumption is taking for granted that a particular supposition, fact or circumstance is true. It is prematurely accepting as truth, what is merely a hypothesis or a guess.   For example, when I reflect upon my very first assumption as a Christian, I “assumed” that because I had power in my hands to heal, that:

1.  the healing power was from God;

2.  that God was calling me to minister healing.

It took about 25 years for me to find out that “the healing power that I had was NOT from God.”  So logically speaking, if the power was not from God, and if it was not from ME, then it must have come from the enemy.  If the power came from the enemy, then what was his agenda in giving me the power?

When I “tried the spirits” on this matter, I realized that I had first manifested healing power while I was a new age occultist.  When I became a Christian and I saw in the bible that Jesus is a Healer, I just “assumed” that since I was now “born again,” I could simply transition occult healing into my Christian work for God.   WRONG!!!  Along this same train of thought, we “assume” that because what we are doing is similar to what the early apostles did, that we are doing “the same thing.”  It ain’t necessarily so.

With every Christian, the enemy assigned to you is going to “set you up” to be disappointed in God, so that eventually, you will be so frustrated with failure, that you will throw your spiritual hands up in the air and declare, “I’m done with this.”  This was the intent of the healing power I operated in.  The religious devil’s  motive was to frustrate me when those I laid hands on did not “keep” their healing.  This works also in the opposite direction.  If the sick keeps the healing, then “the healer” will assume that he is operating off of divine power, when he is not.
Consequently, the devil remains in control and can exercise authority in the healer’s life whenever he sees fit.

Assumptions are constantly made by Christians who believe that  “the 3 witnesses rule”  is an indication that a sign, wonder, message or circumstance is  “a confirmation” from God.Confirmation!  It’s a twelve letter dirty word that covers a wide field of consideration! In fact,  Satan and his crew get many chuckles out of this one.

There are so many varieties of “confirmations” that it is hard to present one representative example, so I’ll have to  make one up.  You had a dream that you should move to Georgia. Or perhaps someone from your church prophesied over you—“God has called you to minister in Georgia.”   The same day, you heard Ray Charles sing, “Georgia on my mind.”  Then  someone called you on the telephone from Georgia, but it was a wrong number. In the afternoon, a friend stopped by and gave you some peaches.  Georgia peaches.

“So there it is” you say to yourself.  I got 3 signs or witnesses that provide “confirmation” to my dream or prophetic word.  God wants me to move to Georgia. I give this foolish example to make a point of how un-wise Christian “confirmation” really is. Yet  foolish believers  constantly depend upon “confirmation.”

Getting back to the subject of the Gifts of the Spirit, counterfeit healing and miracles shall be rampant in the end times. I believe that I have the gift of healing and the gift of miracles.  However, it is not for right  NOW.  It is for the end, just before the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth returns to earth to rule ALL nations. The elect of God will go through the tribulation and therefore we will need all of God’s supernatural gifts like no other generation has ever  needed them.  The devil knew that about me before I knew it and so he tried to co-opt me with his fake healing counterfeit. With 30 years of ministry under my belt, I know how to WAIT!

To know more about end times, you need “the New Idolatry.”

ebook www.lulu.com/content/11927464

soft cover www.lulu.com/content/8761420