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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

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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