Deliverance

In this Bible blog we have looked at many ways in which the “world viewpoint” is different from GOD’s viewpoint and we have also seen that many established churches have views that are “of the world” and not of GOD…. amazing, since they are reading the same Bible as all the rest of us.

Do you truly love GOD ? ….. you know many people who say they love GOD have not really analyzed their own heart…… SIN keeps us from fellowship with GOD but cannot really change our love for Him…. we either love Him, in which case our sin causes us much distress…. or we do not love Him, in which case our sin does not cause us much distress.

The greater is your love for GOD then the more problem you are going to have with sin in your life.

ADDICTIONS that you cannot overcome……  like drugs, sex, over-eating or any habit that controls your behavior….. can range from imperceptible to a “serious problem” that everybody can recognize….. because ALL addictions start small and grow gradually… some grow faster than others…. some get bigger than others…  just like plants, every one  is different.

One of the biggest CONFUSIONS is deciding for sure….. whether something is the work of DEMON spirits…. or simply a “natural” condition.

All sickness is not caused by demons….. and all habits are not the work of demons…. but some people preach this.

Other churches who are very confused over this….  simply ignore demons altogether.

So what’s the TRUTH ???

The term “demon possession” is not strictly correct…. because in most cases, the person is still exercising their own will and the demon is merely “influencing” them when possible, and in many cases very subtly.

In my case, the extent of the control of the demon over my body did not become apparent to me UNTIL I DESIRED TO DRAW CLOSER TO GOD…. once I realized the extent of his control over my PHYSICAL HEALTH…. I was VERY SAD AND UPSET…. and I CRIED AND CRIED, because I BLAMED MYSELF FOR BACKSLIDING FROM GOD….. it was in this state, that I HEARD THE VOICE OF GOD speaking to me….. I followed His instructions and HE REMOVED THE DEMON…. although the “deliverance experience” only lasted one night….  I came under “spiritual attack” for nearly a whole month after that….. GOD allowed me to go through this experience to reveal more of Himself to me and to make sure that I would NEVER EVER FORGET the lessons He taught me…. to increase my FAITH and TRUST in Him….. to show me that HE is ALL POWERFUL and OMNIPOTENT….. to show me that I need NOTHING ELSE but HIM (not food, not sleep… all the things  reason would dictate… humans “need” to surviive).

It was a time for me to battle FEAR itself…. doctors wanted to “medicate” me for all sorts of “conditions” they “diagnosed”….. my sister was convinced I would have a “nervous breakdown” and end up a mental patient.

It was an AWEFUL time for me…. I dont want to make it sound GLAMOROUS…. and I would NOT want to go through that again….. but it was BENEFICIAL and NECESSARY….

Here are the LASTING ADVANTAGES… which I list below….

1. Peace and joy in my heart everyday

2. The CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE that “it’s all REAL”….. the BIBLE…. heaven… hell…. angels… demons….. and most of all, JESUS CHRIST…. our SAVIOUR and BEST FRIEND….. the LOVE of GOD the FATHER.

3. Lots of people go to church and pray and love the Lord and do Christian work …. nice people…. who have never commited “aweful” sins (like me) or had a demon “in residence” in their body…. but most of them have NEVER actually HEARD THE VOICE OF GOD either….  or gone through what I went through physically…. and it is AWESOME…. I mean the CREATOR GOD…. MAKER of the UNIVERSE…. actually having a two-way conversation with me …. and working miracles, just like you read about in the old testament prophets…. it is not the experience of the “average” Christian…. and even though I am glad that I am back to living a “normal everyday life”…. because of that experience, the course of my life has been changed forever…. and I will never be the same again, I mean my values, my outlook on life…. everything changed.

4. I have new power over my own body and over my mind and I have power over sin.

I started this Bible blog at the prompting of the Holy Spirit…. and I KNOW that every post I make will ultimately be a blessing to somebody, somewhere in the world….. people I will never know or meet will be helped in their walk with God…. and you know…. that’s ALL that really matters…. this world is just a school to TEACH US ABOUT GOD….  Jesus said “the flesh profiteth NOTHING” (John 6:63)…. because when we leave this world, the ONLY THING that matters beyond the grave is “the fruit” we have born for Him (John 15:16)…. the lives we have touched for Him…. and the growth in our own spiritual character…  in our knowledge, understanding and relationship with HIM.

Look around you today…. no wonder Jesus said “many are called but FEW are chosen” (Matthew 22:14)….. no wonder He said, “narrow is the gate…..  which leads unto life, and FEW there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14)

Will you be one of those FEW ? …… Will you impact the world for Jesus ?

ASK GOD to direct your life and He will, IF you are serious….. if you mean business with Him…. God is no respecter of persons…. He will accept you and deliver you if you are serious…. you must want this with all your heart.

dispensations

God’s dealing with humans… through Covenants… first, God makes a pronouncement of what  he requires of man with respect to man’s conduct…. second man is given a time-period (or age) during which obedience (or lack of it) is tested.

1. Innocence – Genesis 1:28 – 29 – the test – Genesis 2:16 – 17

2. Conscience (Moral Responsibility) – Genesis 3:7 – The judgement for failure of innocence, the new conditions of life specified – Genesis 3:14 – 19 – the next test – Genesis 4:7

3. Human Government – the judgement for failure of conscience Genesis 6:5 -9 – the new conditions of life specified and the next test Genesis 9:2 – 7

4. Promise – the judgement on the failure of human government Genesis 11:8 – God decides to work through a specific man Abram and his offspring – Genesis 12:1 -3 the new test is FAITH and OBEDIENCE…  Abram partially passes and partially fails the test…. the fail Genesis 16:1-6  causes the modern misery between Israel and Palestine…. the pass Genesis 22:15 – 18 results in the promise of Messiah though his descendents

5. Law – Genesis 19:3 – 8

6. Church –  the law failed in that the Pharisees (the very embodiment of the “humanly corrupted” Law) and the masses of Abraham’s descendents crucified their Messiah – giving birth to the Church age – in which,  all humans are expected to  accept the atonement of Christ (which should lead to their mental rejection of  their basic sinfulness) and an empowering (though the Holy Spirit) to OVERCOME the world, the flesh and the devil.

7. Kingdom –  Revelation 20:4 – 6 –  the final “age” of the human race before God makes the “new heaven and the new earth” Revelation chap. 21 and 22

God knew everything that was going to happen before it did…. therefore the progressive revelation of the Bible is for OUR enlightenment as the human race… to show us both what we are like and to show us what God is like.

All the tests… the failures…. both the good and the bad are recorded therein over thousands of years of human history… for all of God’s other creation…. angels, demons, principalities and powers to observe.

Truly the world is a stage…. and the human history is an unfolding DRAMA…. that testifies to the greatness of God and the frailty of man…. nevertheless, the LOVE of humans for their God and for each other is precious in His sight and of eternal significance…. long after the human race has ceased to exist (in the flesh) according to it’s present form.

Prayer for Today:

Loving Heavenly Father, let us walk our daily life in humility and holiness before You … and may we be sensitive to Your wishes and direction both today and every day…. amen.