Archive for October, 2008

Rejection and jealousy leading to demonization

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom? And Saul eyed [literally meaning that he looked with jealousy upon] David from that day and forward. And it came to pass on the morrow [the next day], that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand. And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.
1 Samuel 18:7-11

I was reading my Bible today, when this passage really stood out to me. First, we see the women praising David for slaying his ten thousands, but Saul for slaying his thousands. This rejection made Saul angry with David, and jealous of him. The very next day, an evil spirit came upon Saul and caused him to become exceedingly angry, to the point of attempting to murder David!

The same thing happens today. A person can experience rejection, which leads them to other emotions such as rebellion, jealousy, anger, and so forth. As a result, they can make themselves available to unclean spirits, which will take advantage of these sins of the heart and take up residence.

That is why our reactions to what is done to us is so important to subject to the obedience of Christ. Whether it be rejection, theft, abuse, molestation, etc., which is done to us, our reaction to it is what opens the door to the enemy. Rejection can come from our parents, siblings, friends, family, teachers, peers, or even ourselves (self-rejection).

Many times, when dealing with cases of jealousy, anger, hate, rebellion, and so forth, the root is often rejection. Rejection is one of the biggest, and well known roots in the ministry of deliverance!

Hope comes before faith

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

So many of us put the carriage before the horse when we’re merely seeking the faith needed to be healed, delivered, or for whatever other miracle that we need in our life. Did you know that hope proceeds faith? Little is taught about hope, but it is another foundational key to faith. If you don’t have hope, you won’t be capable of having faith.

When praying for somebody to be healed, you might ask them, “Can you see yourself healed?” If that person cannot even imagine what it would be like to be healed, then they have a serious lack of hope. Jesus actually thew this out at somebody who came to Him for a healing…

And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
Matthew 9:28-29

Hope says, “I can get it!” Faith says, “I have it! It’s MINE!”

If you don’t have hope, then how can you have faith? How can you say, “It’s MINE!” without the hope of being able to receive it? You can’t!

Next time you want to establish faith for something, first imagine what it would be like to receive it. Are you seeking to be emotionally healed? Physically healed? Can you picture or imagine what it would be like to manifest that healing? There’s one of your first steps to growing faith. The devil and evil spirits do this all the time, but using fear and negative emotions to cripple our faith and trust in God… so why can’t we use our imagination for God’s purposes? We can!

Christ would still be in hell if…

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

The other day, the devil had conjured up the nerve to throw this at me: “You know how if we die without our sins being forgiven, we spend eternity in hell, apart from God? Isn’t it unfair that Christ took our punishment, but only spent 3 days in hell?”

This is the typical nonsense that the enemy will try to throw at us to break down our faith, and get us to look at God through the eyes of suspicion. Whenever you get an accusation against God like this, don’t be quick to buy into Satan’s message… instead trust that there’s a answer or reason that God has for it.

Then the Holy Spirit spoke to me clearly and basically said, “If I didn’t raise Jesus from the dead, He would have spent eternity in hell for your sins!”

My friend, we ought to be THRILLED that the Holy Spirit has raised Jesus from the dead so that we can spend our eternity with our Lord and savior someday!

Judging other Christians

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

This is very brief, and does not begin to do justice to this important subject, but I want to shed some light on judging within the body of Christ. It is vital that we love one another, and are prepared to give Godly correction in love, but if a fellow Christian continues in sin, then we are told to judge them and see them as an outsider. Consider this passage:

1 Corinthians 5:11-13 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

The kind of judging in Matthew 7 that we are not to do, is a different kind of judging which involves condemnation or damnation. While we are not to condemn or damn others, we are to judge the righteous judgement, as God’s Word tells us:

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

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.

Using the opposite to bring healing

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

This is a great rule of thumb that I believe is important to keep in mind when ministering. Whatever Satan uses to cause an emotional wound or bondage, usually the key to healing or restoration lies in utalizing the opposite tool which God has given us.

For example, somebody suffering from rejection needs to receive in their heart the reality of their being accepted, loved, and appreciated by their heavenly Father. REJECTION causes the wound, but ACCEPTANCE heals the wound.

Another example is somebody suffering from a bondage to religion and religious strongholds. The opposite of dead religion is genuine relationship, so such a person must come to grips with the reality of the beautiful and meaningful relationship that God desires to have with them. RELIGION creates the bondage, but RELATIONSHIP dissolves the bondage.

Somebody suffering with issues of self-hate will find that coming to truly love and appreciate the person that God has made in them brings tremendous healing. SELF-REJECTION is the problem, but SELF-ACCEPTANCE is the answer. Now I’m not saying that we ought to be stuck up about ourselves, but rather a type of loving oneself to where they are humbly loving and accepting the person that God has made in them. I have an entire teaching on loving yourself in a Godly way on the GreatBibleStudy.com web site.

While there are often demons behind these types of bondages, the inner wounds must be healed, and using the opposite of Satan’s tools is a powerful key to bring healing to damaged emotions and bondages.

Unfair tolerance towards ministers

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

You know, I find it interesting how little tolerance that many Christians have towards deliverance ministers. Even non-believers often have more tolerance when a deliverance minister is unable to get a demon out, or can’t seem to help a person! Some Christians look at deliverance ministers who are getting started, and point out all of their flaws or shortcomings, but ignore all of the real and genuine fruit that is coming forth from their ministry (people being set free, healed, etc.). Every minister is going to have shortcomings when starting out, regardless of what type of ministry they are involved in! It’s almost as if the non-believers have more common sense and mercy than the believer does.

I was even reading the other day about how the medical community would cause many deaths in their ventures to heal people of various sicknesses and physical infirmities. They would do all sorts of crazy things, and it would end up costing people their lives! At least the mistakes that deliverance ministers usually make aren’t costing people their lives, and can be undone when the person sees a more experienced and knowledgeable minister who can bring the person into freedom and healing that Christ has for them.

Why are Christians so tolerant for the mistakes made (and are still being made) in the medical community, yet they criticize even the smallest failures of a ministry that God is using to bring healing and deliverance to His children? Are non-believers more sensible than believers at things like this? At least the non-believer looks at a person who’s been healed of a serious ailment, and they overlook the failures that the minister has made where he was unable to help other people with the same condition. Is it true that the Christian community kills their wounded by criticizing the mistakes made by anybody starting out in the healing, prophetic, or deliverance ministries (while overlooking the fruit that is coming forward)?

I heard a pastor once say from the pulpit that we should never listen to a prophet who gives a false prophecy. While this may sound good on the surface, a statement like this is something the Jezebel spirit has been promoting in the body of Christ. Somebody who says such a thing has no real experience or knowledge of the prophetic ministry. Do you honestly expect prophetic ministers to be 100% accurate and flawless when starting out, while other ministries and professions (medical, etc.) have much room to make mistakes and still grow and be accepted? Anybody who starts out in the prophetic ministry is likely going to make some mistakes. While a person can have a strong prophetic gifting, it is important to learn how to discern the voice of God, without interference from our flesh. It is quite possible to receive a message from God, but have our flesh to twist or distort the message. Anybody who desires to operate in the prophetic ministry must learn how to recognize and properly walk in their gifting, just as in any other ministry.

When somebody says, “So and so gave a false prophecy that never came true, so we know that they are not a true prophet” what it does is sets up a zero tolerance for mistakes made by anybody getting started in the area of the prophetic. Who in their right mind would dare step out and give a prophecy, if they run the risk of having their entire ministry discredited for the rest of their life? That puts an enormous fear upon a person who’s just getting started and learning how to hear God’s voice. The spirit of Jezebel is very aggressive against true prophetic ministry, and would love to use fear to keep people scared stiff from ever coming forth with a prophecy. Should a person go unchecked in their prophetic utterances? Not at all, as a matter of fact we are told that the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets, and to let one prophecy and the rest can judge (see 1 Corinthians 14:29-32). Why does the Bible give us this passage for our guidance? Because prophets, especially those starting out with their gifting, are liable to make mistakes and think that something was from God, when their flesh was twisting or tainting their message that God was trying to give them.

I think of when Oral Roberts started the healing ministry movement, how they say that every single denomination (including pentecostal!) would come up against him! What he was doing was foreign to them. I shouldn’t have been foreign to them, had they been feasting on the Word of God (which is loaded with the healing message). But no, they were stuck in their own traditions, and rejected anything that did not fit into their traditional way of thinking. This is the same thing that happens towards many deliverance ministers today; because their bringing something to the table which the church has rejected for so long, it’s as if they are put under microscopes to see if there are flaws to be found. But try to point out the flaws in these Christian’s lives, and what’s the first thing you hear? “But nobody’s perfect! We’re all growing!”

It’s no wonder the non-believers look at us and consider us hypocrites who kill their wounded!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say that mistakes and failures should run ramped in our midst. If God has called us to be a prophet, then we need to learn and grow in our gifting, and come to know when something is of God, or if something is of the flesh. If God has called us to be deliverance ministers, then we need to do our best to learn and understand the various bondages that are affecting people today, and minister the best we can with what God has given us. If God’s called us to be a teacher, then we need to learn and be the best teacher that God’s called us to be. If God’s called us to be an accountant, then we need to do our best and consider our work as if it were done unto the Lord. But we also need to be tolerant towards our brothers and sisters when they are doing their best, but make mistakes as they are growing and learning (just as we all do!).

Satan desires to see you discouraged

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

The Holy Spirit has been speaking an awfully lot lately on the subject of discouragement. There are so many of God’s children who are discouraged about their relationship with God. Satan desires to make us feel discouraged or even downright terrible about our relationship with God. Satan does this through reminding us of our past failures (guilt, shame, and condemnation). Let me ask you this, was your past greater than the Blood of Jesus and the work of the Cross? Satan would surely like you to see it that way, but such a imaginations completely belittles Jesus and His work. We need to stop listening to the enemy, and start taking seriously the Word of God concerning the power of the Blood!

Why does Satan want us to feel discouraged? Because discouragement takes away our incentive. If we are discouraged with cooking, we’ll likely not be as excited to spend time in the kitchen. If we are discouraged with our job, we won’t have the incentive to keep going and do our best. Satan wants us to be discouraged with our relationship with God, so that we will lose our incentive to keep going deeper with God and spend quality time with Him.

Discouragement is one of Satan’s fine weapons that is used against us. We need to be on guard against it, and declare the Word of God true over the words of the devil. If God’s Word declares us justified and made right before God, then we should not question that or see things any other way!