Archive for the 'Spiritual Warfare' Category

The root of unforgiveness

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

While it is true that unforgiveness involves a lack of thankfulness for what God’s done for us (in paying such a steep price for our own sins), but the true root of unforgiveness has to do with a lack of trust in God. The reason that a person holds so tightly to unforgiveness is because they feel like they are the only one who is concerned about justice coming to that person who wronged them. They do not believe that God is going to ensure that justice happens. God’s Word tells us to give place to wrath so that He can do something about what was done against us, but if we take it into our own hands, we fail to give place to wrath, and can actually hinder God from doing something about it. Do we want the person off our hook, or God’s? Then we need to handle things the way that God has commanded of us in His Word.

One of the keys to living a life of forgiveness, is getting it down into your spirit that God truly cares for you and what is done against you, and will bring justice to those who wrong us as we trust Him with those situations.

The religious spirit and self-image

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

It would shock many Christians today to find out how many religious spirits and strongholds are at work in the everyday believer’s life. This is something that affects almost everybody! Many also have a tainted perception of who they are, and an inaccurate self-image.

Religious spirits often work to belittle and “humble” people falsely. A religious spirit says, “You shouldn’t feel good about yourself; you’re just an old sinner barely making it to heaven!” but if we look into God’s Word, we find that our heavenly Father says, “You’re the work of my hands; you are my child and a member of the royal family; you were created in my image, and purchased (redeemed) with the Blood of My Son; you are a masterpiece because you’re my creation! You are my artwork, and I am your painter!”

Religion opposes God’s Word on so many levels, it’s not funny! Paul speaks against the religious mindset (and other ungodly mindsets) and tells us that is why we must take every thought captive which rises itself against the knowledge of God. Religious mindsets do just that - rise them self against the knowledge of the truth in God’s Word!

2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

Our perception of our relationship with God

Monday, September 8th, 2008

It seems that a nearly endless flow of problems can be found when a person does not truly feel loved and accepted by God. It creates jealousy against other brothers and sisters in Christ. It causes a person to find it hard to spend time with God, in His Word, and they cannot really get into worshipping Him. Feeling distant from God makes it hard to trust Him for anything, because we feel so unworthy. We may be able to believe His Word when it tells us that we can heal the sick, but we feel like we’re not in a position to walk in that kind of power. Feeling distant from God also discourages us from giving God our burdens and trusting Him to heal our wounds. It therefore, hinders the inner healing process from emotional wounds of our past.

It’s no wonder that Satan and evil spirits try so diligently to cause a person to feel like God is somehow disappointed or even angry with them!

If Satan wants us to feel like God is angry with us, then how does God want us to feel?

So how do we change our perception of our relationship with God? Begin to take God’s Word seriously; you need to begin accepting what God’s Word says concerning your relationship with Him. If it says that you’ve been justified, then you need to begin seeing yourself as having been made innocent, just as if you’ve never sinned, because of the Blood of Jesus. After all, that is what it means to be justified!

When we begin to see ourselves in light of what God’s Word has to say, our perception begins to change and our faith soars. If God’s Word tells us that you’ve been forgiven and clothed in the righteousness of Christ, but you continue to wonder if your sins have been forgiven, then you’re not taking God’s Word seriously, and it’s allowing a devastating stronghold to remain in your mind.

Jesus tells us that if we continue in His Word, we will know the truth, and the truth will make us free (see John 8:31-32). Free from what? The bondage which the lies of Satan have held us in!

Is God is angry with you?

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

This is a lie from the devil if I’ve ever seen one. I am convinced that it is rooted in the bondage of religion. If you read the accounts in the Bible, you’ll find that Jesus was loving, merciful, and quick to forgive towards those who turned to Him!

Just how deep is His mercy towards those who fear Him? As high as the heaven is above the earth!

Psalms 103:11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

Psalms 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

Psalms 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

I think Satan has been telling God’s children a flat-out lie about the nature of their heavenly Father!

Don’t listen to the devil!

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

The other day the Holy Spirit spoke to me and told me to be discerning for the voice of the devil… it is absolutely vital to be able to tell the difference between God’s voice and the devil’s… then it is your responsibility to disregard that which you know is coming from the enemy!

For example, if you hear a condemnation-toned voice in your mind (condemnation NEVER comes from the Holy Spirit… see my teaching titled Condemnation vs Conviction on Great Bible Study), then stop listening to it… this is your responsibility! By paying attention to the voices of Satan, you are willfully allowing yourself to fall into bondage to his lies. You are not using your spiritual weaponry, but rather laying them down and letting the devil move right in on your mind!

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Believed lies will put us in bondage

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

This is a powerful passage, and goes on to show us how the truth (found in the Bible) has liberating power to it. It’s not just any book, it’s a living, anointed, life-giving Word from God! Jesus made it clear that knowing the truth shall set us free. When people believe lies about themselves or about God, it puts them in great bondage. Many are tormented by fears of being hopeless, because they see God as a cruel, distant taskmaster (which is so not true!) or they hate themselves, because they keep beating them self up over failures in their past (when they were already erased by the Blood of Jesus!).

My point is this: If the truth can make us free, then that means when we believe lies from the enemy of our souls, then we will fall into bondage. The lies that Satan feeds us can land us in bondage if we accept/believe them.

We need to not believe the lies of Satan, but get into the Word of God, and know the truth… that we might believe it, accept it, and be made free! The #1 weapon against strongholds is the Word of God, because strongholds are built on lies and false beliefs that we have accepted and believed!

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Allying with demons

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Did you know that everyday Christians ally with demons without even knowing it? We ally with a spirit when we agree, support or defend it. Let’s say that we have a spirit of rebellion, but when somebody confronts us concerning our problem, we become defensive and start to attack them or make them feel bad for saying such a thing. That is a prime example of a person allying with a demon, and it will give that demon legal grounds to remain. If we have an eating disorder, yet become defensive anytime that a person points out how we are not eating healthy (example, “why don’t we stop and look at what YOU eat for a change??”), then we are defending our spirit of addiction and giving it legal permission to hang around. Be careful never to justify or defend a weakness or bondage in your life!

A key to avoiding this pitfall is to be open to constructive criticism (either from God or others) and be careful never to justify or defend a weakness or problem in our lives. If you are going to justify the bondage, then you aren’t really ready to receive deliverance in that area of your life.

The danger of holding onto emotional wounds

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Did you know that holding onto our wounds (past hurts) can actually deny the Holy Spirit the ability to heal them? The Holy Spirit is a gentleman, and does not go where He is not invited, and if we do not invite Him to heal our wounds, then we cannot expect Him to go where He is not welcomed in our life. One of the biggest hindrances to emotional healing is simply letting it go and putting it into the Lord’s hands… allowing Him to heal that area of your soul. He is waiting to do it, but we must first make way for the Holy Spirit to bring fourth healing in that area of our life.

Another big hindrance to inner healing is unforgiveness. Did you know that holding something against another person actually cuts you off from God’s forgiveness concerning your own sins (see Matthew 6:15), and will actually put you into the hands of tormenting spirits (see Matthew 18:23-35)? When we are in this position, it can be very difficult to receive any type of healing.

If you are having a hard time forgiving somebody, I encourage you to read my teaching that will help you forgive even the worse offenses: Unforgiveness and how to forgive others

What does escapism and addictions have to do with each other?

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Escapism is a form of living outside reality or trying to escape the pressure that reality (or projected reality) has put upon a person. Examples of escapism is when a person turns to food (excessive eating), alcohol, drugs, pornography, etc. in order to suppress the feelings they are experiencing. The danger in doing this, is that you can open the door to a spirit of addiction and relating spirits that can bind you to that escapism. If you are doing drugs, excessive eating, etc., then you are not taking care of your body (the temple of the Holy Spirit - 1 Corinthians 16:9), thus telling unclean spirits that you really don’t care about what God’s given you and they are more than happy to take you up on the opportunity to aid in the destruction of your body.

Suppressing our problems is not the answer; true healing takes place when the root of the problem is brought into the light and treated. For example, if it’s an emotional wound, then we need to stop holding onto that wound (infection grows in the darkness of our souls), and open it up to the Lord, and make yourself available for His healing to take place.

Addictions can also be rooted in an unmet need, such as a young boy not receiving an adequate supply of healthy love from his parents can cause him to seek a different type of love and picks up his first pornography magazine. Then there’s generational curses which can also open a person up to addictive spirits.

Addictions are usually birthed because a person is trying to fill a void or need with something else. If you want to be set free from an addiction, then your first step is to find out what void that addiction was trying to fill. First make sure that void is cleaned up, and once the root of the problem is taken care of, then it’s time to seek deliverance from the spirits that are fueling or binding you to that addiction.

What is a stronghold?

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

A stronghold is an incorrect thinking pattern or perception of something. Let’s say a person sees God as a cruel, distant and unloving taskmaster who is angry with them, when the exact opposite is true. That is a common stronghold. They see Him through a distorted pair of glasses, and as a result, are unable to feel close to Him. This type of thinking pattern serves as a wall or blockage that greatly hinders their intimacy with their heavenly Father. Many times, demons can utilize such strongholds to their advantage and bring about much mental torment upon that person.