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Witchcraft and Deception, the Lust of the Flesh

1 Aug

Those whom the Lord saves who were accustomed to supernatural experiences like telekinesis, poltergeist and other magical  types of manifestations will try to explain such phenomena  with scriptures. They rationalize and continue to believe that  psychic phenomena  are  the gift of miracles.

For example, I was just born again a year or so when I spoke to a storm and it seemed that I stopped it.   It was one of those summer storms.  My clothes were drying on an outside line and I had just settled down in my backyard in a lawn chair with a cool drink when the sky got dark and the winds kicked up.  I stood up, spoke directly to the storm and commanded it to leave.  I kid you not, it rained all around my backyard, but not a drop fell where I dwelled.  The sun came back out, shined only above  me, while the entire neighborhood was flooded with rain. It was quite a deluge.  So of course, I connected this incident to the Lord speaking to a storm and what He said about speaking to mountains as my biblical “confirmation.   I look back now and I realize that this manifestation was not from God.  The motive?  To make me  into a signs and wonders, charismatic freak. The fallen angel responsible was quite successful.  It didn’t take much to turn me into granola—a fruit, a nut and a flake!

Here is the crux of the problem.  As a product of New Age occultism, Christians with psychic phenomena in their past remain ignorant of the deception of the mighty foe.  So once born again, each of us has been assigned a religious/witchcraft spirit entity whose job is to seek every opportunity to buffet us with counterfeits of the gifts of the Holy Ghost that seem to be from God..   The assigned fallen angel or demon waits for an element of the flesh  to manifest itself in the new believer, in order to gain his master’s end.  The Apostle Paul calls that aspect of our flesh by the name of witchcraft.  Like Simon the Sorcerer, we carry in our flesh a lust for the supernatural that the enemy works with. Since  occultists are trained to expect the supernatural, hidden in our flesh remains the same desire AFTER we are saved.

How did I overcome? My story is in “Come Out of Her, God’s People.”

I experienced  many dealings of the flesh—many trials, tribulations and tests.

Being put to death in the flesh goes on and on.  Overcoming was not finished in one mighty stroke.  The Holy Spirit covered all bases, first dealing  with my ambition for the 3 p’s of prestige, prominence and power.   What helped me is that even when I was a sinner,  I was  a lover of the truth.  So I became one who sought spiritual truth at all cost. Also,  as Paul was assigned a religious demon–a thorn in his flesh–to develop him, so was I.

I am a overcomer because my religious demon presented me with trials and temptations  to overcome. From 1977-2003, —26 years–the religious demon was in the driver’s seat  regarding charismatic manifestations. I was completely duped.  Yet in 2003—, once I prayed “Lord, show me the darkness that is around me,”—  all things continue to be exposed.

In every test, I had the choice of going down and being crushed by the spirit of the anti-christ  or rising up in spirit victory.  I ROSE UP!

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DOES GOD STILL HEAL?

28 Jul

You have probably run into an ad like the one below. Such types of posters are common all over the world.

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Many flock to these meetings, hoping that they will find remedies for illness affecting them or a loved one. Faith or spiritual healing has been around for a long time, some believe it’s a scam but to others it’s a show of faith in order to get a miracle from God.

Seeking supernatural help for healing is a practice that has happened both outside & in the church.

Brief history of Supernatural healing outside the church

Ancient Egypt and Yin & Yang philosophies in ancient Chinese healing traditions believe that illness came as a result of unbalanced human energy and returning the balance was key to bring healing back to the body.

In Egypt, several ritual practices that were done to bring about healing included chanting, drumming, dancing, incantations & hoaxes that would be done by priests. The Egyptian priests were supposed to be pure enough to connect with spirit guides who would let them know if the patient is ready to be healed or they should remain with their illness because it is intended to teach them a life lesson.

In ancient Egypt – a physical ailment was seen as an outward sign of an inner spiritual issue.

In Ancient Greece, around 4 BC many temples were built to worship a god called Asclepius who was referred to as the god of medicine & healing. Followers claimed they would receive healing just by entering the temples.

The rod of Asclepius, is a snake-entwined staff, commonly seen today as a symbol of medicine.

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Those who sought healing would offer sacrifices, and then spend a night in the holiest part of the temple. Any dreams or visions were reported to a priest who would interpret and prescribe the treatment the patient required. Some temples had sacred dogs to lick wounds.  There were also non-venomous snakes left to slither on the floor. These snakes were used in the healing rituals.

Healing practices such as Reiki, Yoga, healing touch used today share some similarities to the ancient practices..

Brief history of Supernatural healing in the church

When looking at the Old Testament, there are few references in relation to healing; a good example is when Prophet Elisha directed Naaman to dip himself in the river Jordan 7 times & he would be healed of leprosy. Naaman felt the instruction was insulting & beneath him, So he didn’t want to do it but at the pleading of his servant he did and his skin was restored. 2 Kings 5:1-14

The New Testament on the other hand has a lot of references to healing, mostly done by Jesus, some examples:-

Matthew 8:16

When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.

Matthew 12:15

Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill.

Matthew 14:36

and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.

Jesus also bestowed the power to heal on his disciples as well.

Matthew 10:1

Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

The Early Church

The Early church was characterized by miracles and huge growth as many people heard the gospel & were saved.

In Acts 3 Peter & John heal a lame man and the crowds became astonished and gathered around them, thinking they are powerful healers. Peter corrected them in verse 12 that they haven’t healed the man by their own power but that the crowd had witnessed  the power of Jesus Christ; Peter then preached the gospel of salvation to the crowd.

Another example where many were healed is recorded in Acts 5:12-16

The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade.13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits.

From this passage, we can see the apostles were known for healing people.  The end result was many started believing in Jesus Christ & the church grew rapidly.

Healing had a purpose for the early church – to show the people of that time that the kingdom of God had come & it was used to support the preaching of the gospel to others. Would it be correct to say that this specific gift of healing has accomplished its purpose & thus ceased with the early church?

God still does heal & restore people, I can personally attest to my mind being healed & restored as I went through my deliverance journey with Pastor Pam Sheppard. But In recent times, we haven’t seen healing situations as recorded in the book of ACTS where huge crowds of sick people legitimately received miraculous healing.

Will the gift of healing as shown by the apostles in the book of ACTS return? – maybe, if it does, it will be to fulfill a specific purpose that God wants.

Nowadays both in the Christian & non-Christian world there are many people seeking supernatural help for healing. The world has methods such as Reiki where people get hands laid on to receive healing. In the church people flock to crusades where the pastor breathes on them, lays hands on them and prophesy healing to the attendees, Christian TV has a lot of programs where people are told to touch the screen & receive healing. Some ministries send prayer cloths, handkerchiefs, oil which have healing power for a nominal fee. One might say they are doing the same as the early church, but are they?

The fruits of some of these healing ministries we have today can help us determine whether God is in it or not. Most ministries are embroiled in some sort of scandal. There are cases where people have come forward stating they were paid to act sick. Innocent people have also suffered as they were deceived into thinking they were healed only to continue suffering from their illness; and in some tragic cases, people have died because they stopped taking medication.

What purpose does healing in current ministries serve?  Is it to further the gospel that teaches we can accept Jesus into our  hearts by repeating the sinners prayer? It seems to be the case which in itself is a huge red flag since that is not the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Believers at this time need to be more vigilant as deception is the order of the day. God definitely has the power to heal but understand the devil can also perform supernatural acts in order to trick people. People have turned to Reiki, yoga and received immediate healing only to be tormented. In the church people have gone to healing ministries and asked Jesus into their hearts when they actually received the fake Jesus who calls himself Jesus Sananda Emmanuel. When they asked Jesus to come into their hearts, they opened themselves up to be demonized.

It can be confusing to know what to believe.  The key is to be undeceived and understand the times we live in.

The enemy is using everything including healing to Lead many into more deception. Therefore we need to learn the wiles & strategies of the enemy to avoid his traps. If you don’t know where to begin started by getting a copy of The Church of the End-Time Zombies. 

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Why Charismatics and Pentecostals Can’t Try the Spirits

28 Jun
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By Pam Sheppard of RESCUE ONLINE MINISTRIES

What I perceive among Charismatics and Pentecostals is a strange epidemic that I did not perceive to be in control in the Denominations – a kind of contagious disease – spreading itself among gullible people and rendering them incapable of commonsense, objectivity and intelligent thought. Those who have embraced this delusion seem totally unaware of the irrationalism that grips them. They are mesmerized by a counterfeit, false power. What do I say about such people? Well, I perceive that they are intoxicated- that like drunkards, they are “under the influence” of a STRONG DELUSION, that they should believe a LIE …” (2 Thessalonians. 2:11)

I was once of a similar mindset. How did I come out of it? Well, I said a little, but powerful prayer.  I said “Lord., expose the darkness that is around me.”  That prayer actually is very similar to the Lord’s prayer.  Lead me not into temptation but deliver me from evil or “the evil one.”

 My prayer was powerful because of my doubts. The year was 2002. I became skeptical of the Charismatic Movement because  I had recently discovered that a tongue-talking believer who also prophesied and discerned demons was full of them herself and  also, that she was not born again. .  Then again, I had not completely lost my commonsense. Logically speaking, I wondered “how many other Charismatics and Pentecostals, including myself, were also demonized and living under strong delusion?”

  The answer to this question is astounding.  Millions upon millions, maybe more.

Here is my main point in a nutshell.  If you are a Charismatic or a Pentecostal, or  one who seeks signs and wonders and who also  claims that you walk comfortably in the realm of the supernatural, then  the only way you can try the spirits is to assume that EVERY supernatural experience that you have ever experienced was demonically instigated and inspired.  Throw it all in the garbage and count it as dung!!! If the Holy Spirit was the source of any of these experience, He will bring it to light.

This is what I did to become un-deceived.  I left nothing unexamined, not even my salvation experience as it too was very supernatural. Here is what you need to know.

fb_891. God resists the proud but He gives grace to the humble. You  must learn your weak points including every area of vulnerability.  You will need to swallow your pride and come to terms with the fact that a religious demon is assigned to you and he knows your weaknesses better than YOU know them.  Quite frankly, he has been having loads of fun laughing at you. When you look back, you need to come to terms with what was it about you that caused you to fall into the enemy’s trap. For if you don’t do a complete self-examination, the seducing spirits will regain his territory in you. A part of your humility needs to be a realization that you must always be vigilant and on guard for attacks that come through people and things around you, or from your own flesh.

2.  We are living in the church age of Laodicea. Laodicea is a spiritually arrogant age.  Here are the words of a RESCUE member, a former Charismatic that definitely ring true as to why Pentecostals and Charismatics cannot try the spirits:

I just realized a common theme in the Charismatic belief system – at least it has been in my entire life. You can never be satisfied or at peace with your life, because there is always supposed to be MORE. However much money you make, you’re supposed to have more. Whatever your ministry is, it’s supposed to be bigger. You’re never healthy enough, happy enough, spiritual enough, anything enough.

I’m realizing, all my life, all I wanted was to be at peace with & enjoy my life, but I couldn’t, because  the charismatic  belief system was ingrained too deeply. It was called being “complacent” or “lukewarm,” or “placing limits on God.” Now that I’m unlearning a lot of these things, I’m actually feeling more satisfied with my life & at peace than was ever possible before. It’s like they’d have you think you should be happier because  of believing in all these “promises,” but the opposite is true.

Trying to undeceive  signs and wonders seekers who assume their supernatural experiences ALL came from God is impossible to man, like trying to put a camel through the eye of a needle.  But all things are possible with God.  If you are such a person, the reason why it is impossible to man is because of your spiritual  arrogance and pride. You will have to come to terms with the fact that the enemy has successfully enacted a scam on you. This scam has cost you thousands  of your hard-earned tithes.  A religious demon said “thus saith the Lord” and you believed him.  Consequently,  the enemy is laughing at you. 

Can you deal with this kind of mockery?  I did.  Wherever the Lord exposed the enemy, I was done. I spoke in tongues for 25 years.  That is over.  Done. I founded a church based on Charismatic doctrine and principles.  Pastored it for 12 years.  Its done.  Closed. I could go on and on. 

I paid the price to be undeceived.  You will have to do the same.

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HOW TO TRY THE SPIRITS

26 Jun

blog_11 By Pam Sheppard of RESCUE Ministries

It is not easy to teach another how to try the spirits to see if they be of God. Not easy by a long shot. Practically everything I know was acquired by personal experience. Now some may think that personal experience is not the best way to learn spiritual matters  and so  I am expecting that the  bible thumpers will say that you try the spirits by “the word.”  You need to know that the enemy knows the word better than we do. The enemy even  knows how much YOU know about the bible. So he can line up the experience or communication with scriptures, the way YOU interpret them.

He also knows US. That is why many sincere believers are being destroyed for a lack of knowledge of how the enemy works. Beside knowing how the enemy works, we also need to have an abundance of self-knowledge and an awareness of How the Holy Spirit works with us.  That is why it is difficult to lay out a prescribed course of study relative to how to try the spirits.

With that said, there are some general principles that  comprise  bits and pieces of information that may be helpful to you.

The bible speaks against doubt where it comes to faith and calls it wavering. However where it comes to testing or trying something supernatural, doubt is your best friend.

Consider this personal example. In 1985, I received a dream where a muscular, huge Mr. Clean looking man said “I am an angel sent from God to show you your ministry.” I believed every word he said. Doubt never crossed my mind. Yet  HE WAS AN ANGEL OF SATAN and not an angel sent from God.  One of the reasons I did not doubt was because the message line up with things that were going on in my life and the desires of my heart in those days.  Simply put, “there was loads of confirmation”  that the message actually was from the Lord. I held on to this message for the next 2 decades, until “I doubted it.”

The next thing I noticed was “detail.” This entity had loads of details about what my ministry would be, how it would operate, who would be involved, how much money it would take to operate annually, even drew a blueprint of the operating facility.  Details, details, details!!!! I have since learned that the Lord does not operate this way. He simply guides your steps and the next thing you know, you are ministering in ways that you never expected. 

Another important principle to consider is motive:  The enemy’s motive, God’s motive and YOUR motive. In fact, YOUR motive could influence you to desire to accept the message as being sent from God. Revisiting the message from the bald-headed angel, I was single at the time, expecting and waiting on Mr. Right, trying not to settle for Mr. Right Now. SO I HAD A MOTIVE CAUSE I WAS GETTING TIRED OF WAITING. I also held the false belief that I would always be hindered in ministry unless I had a husband in a co- ministry.   In the message, I was told that Mr. Right would be the director of operations in what was described as a huge residential facility for ex-offenders and addicts in recovery.  Looking back, I can clearly see the enemy’s motive.  His intent was to destroy me by sending Mr. Wrong and using the details in this “angelic message” to cause me to make the wrong choices. 

It worked. God stepped in and spoke to me saying “the man you married was sent by the devil to destroy you. ”

What did I say?  “THE DEVIL IS A LIAR!”  This foolish statement is what we ALL say when we have not faced the desires and motives of our heart. In such cases, re remain the enemy’s primary target for more deception and attack.

Finally, there is that fruit of the spirit called PATIENCE. Many times, the supernatural  experience does not contradict the bible but you can’t find anything in the bible to justify the experience. SO YOU HAVE TO WAIT!!!! perhaps years, even decades.

Since I work with people on a daily basis to not only know God and the bible, but also themselves  and the enemy  of their souls, these words from “War on the Saints by Jessie Penn-Lewis rings true:

Apart from such knowledge, when thinking he is “fighting for truth,” it is possible for
a believer to fight for, defend, and protect evil spirits, and their works, believing he
is thereby “defending” God, and His works; for if he thinks a thing Divine, he will
protect and stand for it. It is possible for a man through ignorance to stand against
God and to attack the very truth of God, and also defend the devil, and oppose God,
unless he has knowledge.
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