Bondage Breaker

BONDAGE BREAKER !

What then is the meaning of Romans chapter 6 ? … and how does this apply to the “born again” Christian ?

People often say that Christians are no better than anybody else because they sin just as much….. but it does NOT have to be this way !!

The born again Christian has the POWER to overcome sin in his/her life IF they will utilize it CONTINUOUSLY.

This is the main difference between the true Christians and the rest of mankind…. UNTIL a person is “born again” they are under sin and cannot overcome it on their own…. but after the indwelling of the Holy Spirit they have the POWER to overcome ANYTHING !!

So why do we have such pathetic Christians walking around the place….. scarcely recognizable or no different at all from the unrighteous mankind ?

1. Possibly they have never been instructed into the spiritual realities of how to overcome and obtain the victory

2. Maybe they know they could get the victory but don’t want it for some reason

My friends you are spirit, soul and body…… at the bottom end are those people whose fleshly body controls everything they do (they are victims of their flesh)….. on a slightly higher plane comes the Yoga practitioners and TM and the other practices that elevate the mind to control the body (these are the soulish ones)….. finally at the top we find the spiritual ones …. but this is only a very small percentage of humankind….. and they are always either GODLY or DEVILISH… there can be no in-between here because their human spirit is either linked to the Holy Spirit or to the Demonic.

How can REAL Christians ignore Romans Chapter 6 ????

They have the POWER to overcome ANYTHING….. but prefer to go on sinning ?

WHY ?

because it’s easier than going forward with GOD ?

Evaluate your life today and make some decisions about your future…. Jesus Christ can set you FREE….. the real question is do you want to be free ?….. I am NOT saying that it is easy to break free because it calls for FAITH and CONTINUOUS COMMITMENT for the rest of your life….. but it IS POSSIBLE !

thankfullness

As the last day of 2011 passes into the first day of 2012…  people reflect on what has transpired this year… and wonder what is in store for the new year…. they may make plans… they may have hopes.

May I suggest an attitude of THANKFULLNESS to GOD…. for everything that He has done for you…. even if you feel that it was a “bad” year and you have little to be thankful about….. the FACT that you are still around on planet Earth, is reason enough to be thankfull….

…Thus says the LORD: “Behold, what I have built I will break down, and what I have planted I will pluck up, that is, the whole land. And do you seek great things for yourself ? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring ADVERSITY ON ALL FLESH” says the LORD. “But I will give YOUR LIFE TO YOU as  a prize in all places, wherever you go” (Jeremiah 45:4 – 5)

This is not some GLOOM and DOOM “new year’s” message to depress you….. merely an acknowledgement that the whole world IS heading in the devil’s direction (as PREDICTED long, long ago)….. and you should NOT expect “utopia” on Earth…. but rather, give THANKS TO GOD for the blessings that you have TODAY.

The Psalmist says:

“Oh, that men would GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men !” (Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, 31)

… and yet again:

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all” Psalm 34:19

Even the most favored “people of God” WILL experience difficulties, challenges, problems, frustrations, depressions….. these maybe financial…. or health challenges….. accidents or problems caused by other people…. pollution…. or weather problems…. SOMETHING…… how will you handle it ?

By blaming God ?  by blaming man ? by blaming the devil ? by blaming yourself ?

May I suggest an attitude of THANKFULLNESS ? …. yes, that’s right ! …… because no matter what your problem is….. there is ALWAYS something to be thankful about…… “Give thanks with a grateful heart”….. Christ has redeemed you from destruction…. what is more, you have no idea how many things you have been protected from that COULD have befallen you……  give thanks that GOD IS GOD (perfection in every sense of the word…. merciful and mighty, loving and just) , and that HE LOVES YOU (even when you do not FEEL loved)…

Have you ever witnessed the POWER of THANKFULLNESS ?

No matter what you may be going through….. BEING THANKFUL TO GOD….. is the VERY BEST thing you could be doing at ANY point in time…. under ANY circumstances.

Your circumstances can change in an INSTANT…. whether for better or worse….. GOD is ALMIGHTY…. and HE is from EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING….. you better LOOK TO HIM……  and give HIM rightful PRAISE amd THANKSGIVING……. because there is NONE OTHER  that can help you….. so getting “vexed” with HIM is the WORST thing that you can do (and certainly Satan will put that idea into your head, he will wisper in your ear, “blame God, it’s all HIS fault, after all HE could easily change your circumstances but HE wont…. because HE likes to punish you for everything”)

SO what will be your attitude in this NEW YEAR ?

Do you plan to get RICHER….. bigger house, more cars, foreign travel, more clothes, parties ? ….. or will you be content with seeking to know  GOD better, and allow HIM to determine your circumstances…

Read Luke 12:22 – 34 …. with emphasis on Verse 31

demons

(please note yesterday’s post on Angels has been updated to be more accurate and now includes more Bible verses)

From the beginning of time the human race has had a fascination with demons…. the lore, the legends and the occult….

…. and it’s still going on TODAY…..  most “modern” people may not bow down to images…. or sacrifice animals to the devil…. but they all seem to love movies dealing with hauntings, zombies and demon posession….. and what about the video games featuring characters with “superpowers” battling for “good” and “evil” ?…. the appearance of these graphical characters are taken right out of “occultic” books depicting demons.

The imagery used in music videos …. “Umbrella” and “Disturbia” by Rihanna…. “Alejandro” by Lady Gaga…… either designed to fuel this fascination with the macabre and demonology/posession OR representing posession of the singers themselves.

But whether you believe they are posessed or not, one need look no further than the stage antics and performance to see that the LEWD and CRUDE behavior could not possibly please God.

Humans either fear or embrace demons….. but true Christians need not fear them, we have the precious Holy Spirit manifesting in our lives the Power of God…. our bodies are temples of the Most High….. nothing evil can ever hurt us, except by permission of God, to test us and strengthen our character or deepen our Faith…. and God is always protecting us even in times of testing…. Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5

You will hardly find anything about demons in the Old Testament but in the Gospels, Jesus cast them out of people.

The Bible does not tell us about them… because there is really no need to study them… we are instead to focus on God…. who is presented as our ultimate all-sufficiency…

People seek to use the power of demons to gain knowledge, power and money to get ahead in life…. to get an “advantage” over the rest of mankind… when they should be seeking the Lord instead and asking of Him the questions… why else would anyone want to know about demons ?…. occultism is an abomination to God, because it represents man’s effort to gain “knowledge” apart from Him… it is consorting with the “enemy”.

Leviticus 17:7 and Deuteronomy 32:17… make it abundantly clear that sacrifices to idols are in fact sacrifices to demons…..

The Gospels tell us of demons causing sickness and disability in humans….. as well as irrational (mental) behavior (madness)…. but the Word also makes a distinction,  because sickness, disability and madness also have natural causes also.

Demons can enter both people and animals and control their behavior (Mark 5:2 – 5, Mark 5:11 -13)

They earnestly seek embodiment (Matthew 12:43 – 45)

They can pass from one person to another through sex……  and homosexual demons are of a more powerful variety, they manifest sullen and violent behavior (the person can seem to be the nicest of people… but once the demon manifests (gains control), they have violent temper tantrums, nasty attitudes, spiteful, malicious behaviors).

Demons know Jesus Christ is Most High God and they know their fate is eternal torment….  they do their best to make sure that their host victim never gets “born again” or comes in contact with true believers (who can discern them)…  they may enjoy spiritually-dead “religion” and false piety (asceticism) but this ultimately degenerates into uncleanness and blasphemy… they are sexually debased… they control their host victim through fear and through pain and sickness (as they can manifest all manner of symptoms in the host body)

All unbelievers are open to demonic influence (2 Timothy 2:26, Ephesians 2:2)… but long term posession usually takes place under the following conditions:

1. When a person is not actively controlling their  own body  (like under the influence of drugs or alcohol)….  or “opening their mind” in trances, hypnosis or meditation

2. Illicit sex…. fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism

3. Occultic practices…. ghost hunting, paranormal investigating, ritual chanting and incantation.

4. Inheritance… passed on from parents i.e. “family” demons

5. Childhood trauma

Demons can be cast out by born-again believers acting in the Name of Jesus Christ and through the Power of the Holy Spirit…. or they can be removed by God Himself (in the absence of a human instrument)….. but unless the “delivered” person receives the Holy Spirit through surrender to the Lordship of Christ, the demons can come back at a later date (Matthew 12:43 – 45), therefore what is the point of delivering people who dont want to love God and follow Jesus ??

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, Thank you for your protection from evil and we ask that we might be a blessing to others…. fill us with your Holy Spirit and enable us to bear fruit as we abide in Jesus… please have mercy on our island and forgive our sin…. as the people go out to “play” in the streets tomorrow, convict the ones that should not be there… let them see it for what it is… and may they be ASHAMED of their behavior and not return to it next year…. we ask now for mercy on our island home, in Jesus name. Amen.

NOTICE OF EXPLANATION: for our foreign readers… tomorrow is Crop Over Festival on my island of Barbados…. a public holiday filled with drunkenness, revelings, lasciviousness, lusts and carousings (1 Peter 4:3)….. as most of the population parades in the street half-naked… perhaps this is why I felt led of the Holy Spirit to write on this topic at this time. How far our nation has fallen from the Godly fear of our ancestors…. now they worship materialism, money and pleasure…. and not God… but even so, there is a GODLY REMNANT on this island who will not take part… and who will be praying for them and for our island…. that their wickedness may be forgiven them.