Archive for September, 2007

Going a little deeper

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Many times we see a family where the parents are overweight, and the children are overweight. Most Christians in America would attribute this to the children being raised in that environment (which can certainly play a role), while some may say that the children were simply suffering from a generational curse of gluttony (which is not impossible), but many times it goes deeper… since addictions usually are a result of escapism, there is likely something that has been working under the surface in that person’s life… many times that bondage is handed down from generation to generation, thus causing the same addiction in the child’s life as well. This is generational, but there’s more to it than what some may think.

That is why it is so important to look for the true root of the bondage when walking the person through deliverance!

Must Read Book: The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind by Bill Johnson

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

I don’t usually praise books unless they far exceed my expectations… and this book is worth it’s weight in pure gold. It is one of the most uplifting and life-changing books I have ever read! Bill Johnson is a powerful man of God who has a heavy anointing and speaks from deep revelation on our relationship with God. It will transform the way you see yourself, God and how your relationship with Him was intended to be… it is truly a faith-building book that will show you a whole new level of intimacy with your heavenly Father that you probably never dreamed of!

I am almost done reading this book, and I cannot speak high enough of it. The Holy Spirit has been speaking me on intimacy with Him, and this book goes hand-in-hand with what the Lord has been showing me. Get deliverance, tear down strongholds, and then pursue intimacy with Him with everything you’ve got… and it will be only a matter of time before you have the faith needed to raise a person from the dead!

When Jesus told us that faith the size of a grain of mustard seed can move a mountain, and that nothing is impossible to him who believes… He meant business… but it takes an entirely different mindset to come into that walk out that faith in real life… this book will help you get on the fast track to mountain moving faith!

If you want to go deeper with God and come to know Him on a whole new level, then I would strongly encourage you to get your hands on this book! It has to be one of the best $10 I’ve ever spent!

Pastor James Brandt has a 3-part teaching series entitled “Keys to an Effective Prayer Life” that is a perfect companion to this book… you can download or listen to these sermons online at www.GreatBibleStudy.com/Pastor_James

Watch what you say!

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Did you know that the words that proceed from our mouths carry spiritual weight and can shape our future? It’s true! There are people who claim death with their tongue and actually welcome a spirit of death (a demon) by doing so. Proverbs clearly points out how the power of life and death lie in the tongue:

Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

Jesus told us in Matthew that by the words the proceed from our mouth, we will be justified or condemned. This ought to make us seriously consider whether or not what we say lines up with God’s will for us!

Matthew 12:37, “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”

And finally, it is quite possible (and not uncommon) to spiritually defile ourselves by negatively confessing the wrong things. Spiritual defilement is an open door for demons to enter us (I have an entire teaching on this), and therefore it is important for us to watch carefully the things which we say.

Matthew 15:18, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.”

As harmless as it sounds, it is dangerous to confess things contrary to the Word of God. Everyday confessions such as “I’ll never get out of debt” or “I’ll never lose the weight” can be serious hindrances to our success in those areas of our lives!

Want to bind your soul and shut off your heart towards others? Say something like, “I’ll never allow anybody to get close to me ever again!” Somebody who has been through divorce and has made confessions like that, may find it nearly impossible to truly bond with another person. Has this happen to you? You CAN be released from this bondage… you can start by repenting for making such confessions, and then begin to take back the negative words which you spoke (do this step verbally)… once that step is done, possible deliverance may be needed in order to rid yourself form any unclean spirits that may have entered in through your vows.

Negative confessions are cleaned up through repentance and renouncing the words spoken. Further deliverance may be necessary in order to be fully set free from the resulting bondage. Don’t give up… Jesus paid the price for you to be set free!

“But light cannot dwell with darkness!”

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

This is the single most common reasoning that is given to somebody who asks if a Christian can have a demon. While it sounds reasonable, they are avoiding the fact that sin and bondage can exist in the life of a believer… which is darkness in itself!

How can a person who is born of incorruptible seed (see 1 Peter 1:23), washed with the Blood of Christ (see Revelations 1:5), justified (see Romans 3:24) and given the righteousness of God (see Romans 3:22)… still be in bondage to sin or continue to commit it? Even Paul realized that there was indeed evil present in Him (see Romans 7:21)! How can this be? When you are born again, your soul (mind, will and emotions) and physical body are NOT born again. God’s Word tells us that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (see Romans 12:2) and that through the washing of the Word (see Ephesians 5:26), He will prepare the bride (that’s us) to be without spot nor wrinkle nor any other blemish for Jesus’ return… apparently Christ’s bride can have blemishes before His return!

In answer to the question, “Can a Christian have areas of their life in bondage and darkness?” the answer is clearly YES. This is due to the fact that we consist of a spirit (the real us), a soul (our mind, will and emotions) and a body (physical ’shell’). While demons cannot own us or be united with our spirits, they can indeed dwell within our souls and bodies. I have more on this topic in my free e-book, “A biblical approach to the ministry of deliverance.”