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August 2015: What is Emotional Association?
Emotional association is an important concept to understand if you are going to get to the root of your struggles. Let me just say that most of the times when you become angry, feel fear, or struggle with some other daunting emotion, it's most likely not a result of something you are experiencing in the present time, but rather something in the present has just triggered a wound of the past. The key to finding out the root of this emotional issue is through understanding emotional association.
Emotional association is something your mind does automatically when you are triggered. It is where you feel the same feeling as you did in the past at the point of wounding. Let me give you an example, say you are like me and seem to get triggered by rude drivers on your way home from work - you know, the ones that jump into a freeway ramp just to pass a bunch of cars and then cut back in. Sure, there is room for some legitimate anger there, but it's that ungodly rage that surfaces in you that isn't healthy. One day while driving, right after my encounter with yet another rude driver, I realized something - that anger that rises up in me and wants to totally leave behind my “Christian” title and teach this unfriendly fellow a lesson, was actually the same exact feeling I've felt in the past with other situations, not even relating to driving or road rage!
I personally find that some of the best times to start doing ministry on myself is at the times when I'm triggered. Why? Because it gets me feeling the emotion, which helps me figure out the association (where did my heart learn this feeling?). Looking back, and finding out where the associated emotional experience lies, helps me get right to the root of the issue and quickly get freedom from the present day experience. Learning how to use your triggers to discover why you trigger is one of the most powerful everyday keys to finding lasting freedom from those negative emotions!
Why is this important? Because if you are ever going to overcome these types of ungodly emotions, it's crucial for you to get to the root of that emotion. You need to find out where your heart learned that feeling, or rather the belief that produces that feeling. That takes me to another subject all together, which is beyond the scope of this monthly brief, but is covered in much greater detail in a recent teaching I posted on Holy Spirit Counseling.
If you will take the time to learn fundamental principals like emotional association, heart beliefs, etc., you can uproot once and for all some of the most painful emotions, along with things you've struggled with perhaps 5, 10 or more years. Many of us have carried emotional baggage our entire lives all because of things which have happened in our past that created heart beliefs which keep us living in those painful emotions many years later.
Blessings in Christ,
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Top spiritual warfare and deliverance questions
Over the years, we keep getting asked the same questions. These are good questions that we need to address! These are a few of the top questions that are asked today about spiritual warfare and deliverance:
Can a Christian have a demon? Yes! Otherwise, it would be pointless to cast out demons, period. If all we had to do was get people saved so that their demons go away, then what is the point in casting them out?
What does it mean to be possessed with a devil? This is confusing, but you must realize that the NT Greek tells us that to be possessed does not refer to ownership, but rather means to have a demon, or to be vexed or tormented by one. You can be completely sane and yet have a spirit of infirmity like the woman in Luke 13.
Who can cast out demons? Anybody who is a true believer and follower of Jesus Christ. In Mark 16:15,17, we are told that those who believe will be casting out demons. All Christians have the authority necessary to drive out demons!
What are the symptoms of having a demon? There are many physical and mental symptoms that we may experience as a result of having a demon. Ongoing bondages to fear, depression, rejection, and so forth are usually good indicators. Many physical infirmities such as cancer or arthritis are also things to look for.
Why does this site exist?
I've been given a mandate from the Holy Spirit to teach what He's given me, the way that He's given it to me, with no regard for what anybody thinks. That is why I'm bold and fearless to teach on controversial topics. My intent is not to reach the world with a sugar or religious coated message, but to equip the saints with the truth in God's Word. That's the whole point of my ministry. The result is millions of people being reached through my web site. These people are fed up with the church and today's religious system, and crave the raw truth in the Word of God! They want something that WORKS when it comes to real world problems like dealing with sickness, depression, fears, financial difficulties, emotional wounds, demonic oppression, and all sorts of other problems. This is the generation that God is raising up in these last days and I'm honored to be a part of that!
Why are you doing what you're doing?
Did you know that a person who does the right things, may not always do them for the right reasons? Let's take three people, who all do the right things, but are doing them for three distinct reasons:
Person A) does what is right because he fears that at the slightest mistake, God will be angry with him. He does what is right, but out of fear that God is a strict taskmaster, tapping His foot, waiting for a slip up.
Person B) does what is right, because he feels that he's earning his good status with God. He is not relying on the mercy and goodness of God, but rather his own acts of righteousness. This is legalism.
Person C) does what is right because they have came to know God in a genuine relationship with Him. He knows that God truly loves and cares for him, and is merciful towards him in spite of his failures. Therefore he WANTS to do what is right, because he has been conformed to the image and likeness of Christ. He hates the things God hates, and loves the things God loves.
Person C is the only one who's life (and heart) has been transformed by the love and power of Christ. The other two have not been transformed on the inside (their heart), and if you take away the fear and brownie points, where would their heart be? Would it be Christ-like?
Which person are you? I believe that God wants to take us to a place where we WANT to do what's right. That only comes from a genuine relationship with Him! We have to KNOW of His goodness, before we can truly repent in our hearts for our failures. God's Word tells us that it is His goodness (mercy, lovingkindness, forgiveness, love, etc.) that leads a person to true repentance:
Romans 2:4, "Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?"
You can read more brief articles of insight and revelation in my spiritual warfare and deliverance blog on the MinisteringDeliverance.com website.
Looking for ON-FIRE anointed sermons?
If you want to be fed with the Word of God through anointed sermons, you will want to check out Pastor James Brandt's audio sermons. Pastor James is a personal friend of mine, and a dynamic pastor that is full of the Holy Spirit! He has signs and wonders following his ministry, and the testimonials to prove it! You can listen to his sermons online or download them in MP3 format. Whether you are looking to establish a solid understanding of the Word of God or diligently seeking to tear down strongholds, these sermons are life-changing.
Often when I am working with somebody who is in spiritual warfare, and needs to desperately tear down strongholds, I send them to Pastor James' sermons because it is just what they need... it renews your mind and changes the way you think when you hear the Word of God being preached with an anointing from the Holy Spirit. I highly recommend James' sermons to anybody without hesitation!
Click the link below for more information:
Anointed streaming sermons!
I cannot recommend these sermons enough!
What if miracles were supposed to be normal?
What if the lifestyle presented in the early church was meant to be normal for the believer, while what we see in most churches in America is a watered down, lukewarm, religious, diluted version of Christianity?
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:17-18 KJV)
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." (John 14:12 KJV)
Think about this: What we witness in most churches just isn't even close to what we read about in the early church. What is different? It's the teachings. Religious teaching cripple our faith because they point to our performance. Faith comes by hearing the message of what Jesus did for us (see Romans 10:3-17). When we realize that our righteousness is of God, our faith soars!
Would you like to record your own MP3 sermons?
If you are a minister and looking to record your own MP3's of your messages, you need to check out my page on how to record MP3 sermons. I have a really nice little setup that cost me less than $100, which I will show you in my video, along with some tips you'll want to know when recording your messages.
What if God wasn't who you thought He was?
What if God wasn't who you thought He was? What if God didn't call your aunt home with cancer, but was rather grieved in His heart about her passing? What if God wasn't the one behind the hardships and problems in your life? What if God the Father loves you with the same love that He has for His son Jesus? (didn't know that was in the Bible? go read John 17:23!) What if God was on your side, and longing to have relationship with you? What if Satan has all along worked diligently to distort how you see God so that you won't want anything to do with Him? What if God didn't want to hold your past against you, but rather forgive you of everything you've ever done, so that you can stand before Him holy and righteous? What if everything you believed about God was wrong?
Perhaps you need to learn about the God of the Bible, and not the god that the religious folks have told you about... :)
Spiritual warfare as the Bible presents it
You guessed it! We are in spiritual warfare. The Bible is clear that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness... let just say our struggle is against various demonic powers that are in the world today!
Ephesians 6:12, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
The goal of this Web site is to equip you to do spiritual warfare using the principals laid fourth in the Bible. You can fight and win spiritual warfare and come out completely free, but if you go about it without considering what the Bible has to say, you might as well resign right now! Through waging Biblical spiritual warfare, you can overcome and break free from the strongholds in your life and live in freedom!
Believe it or not, many times a person's bondage needs more than just applying the spiritual warfare tactics presented in the Bible, but also the Biblical process of driving out evil spirits. If you are vexed (which means to be harassed, tormented or troubled), oppressed, or controlled by them, then you likely need more than just spiritual warfare to break free... you may need to have the intruders driven out in Jesus' name!
The purpose of spiritual warfare and deliverance is not to fight the devil, but to learn what we have in Christ, and use the weapons Jesus gave us to experience victory in every area of our lives. The purpose of confronting the devil is so we can remove the obstacles in our lives that are hindering us from experiencing the best that God has for us! If you want to live in spiritual freedom, peace, joy and love without constantly facing blockages and walls ahead of you, then you need to learn what the Bible has to say about spiritual warfare, and begin to apply those principals in your life today!
Praise God for spiritual warfare and deliverance!
May the Lord bless and keep you!
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spiritual warfare is presented in the Bible"