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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.
The Monthly Brief
June 2012: The expression of true faith
There are a lot of misunderstandings concerning faith. True Biblical faith is simple, it makes sense, and it WORKS! Faith is not mere words or actions, but it is knowing the Will of God (found in His Word), then taking God at His Word. True faith is simply believing what God says to be true!
You receive divine healing, not by begging, crying, feeling sorry for yourself, or all of the above; you receive the promises of God by believing and receiving what His Word has said to be true. Faith doesn't thank God for the problem, it doesn't beg Him for something He's promised you; faith praises God for the provision that is already made on your behalf! Thank God healing is in the atonement and part of the work that Christ did for us on the Cross; it is part of the covenant, that is signed with blood, which is ours in Christ!
Did you know that there are many times when you cannot believe for one thing, without first believing something else God has promised you? For example, there are many who struggle with feeling forgiven of their past, yet they are trying to believe God for a healing or financial provision. The enemy will waste no time in accusing them, trying to tell them that they don't qualify for the healing Christ has purchased for them. In many cases, you cannot believe God for His promises on healing, finances, etc. until you first believe what Jesus has done for you in the area of righteousness. Once you know in your heart that you are forgiven and made right with God by faith in Christ's work on your behalf, it is then that you are able to believe for the other promises of God (without the enemy "disqualifying" you!). None of us are perfect by our performance, but whosoever will take God at His Word and believes what it tells us about being made right with God through faith, stands before God innocent and justified, just as if we've never sinned! We are only qualified for the other promises of God because the righteousness of Christ is upon those who believe:
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference.
If the enemy can make you believe that you are somehow not totally right with God, then he will naturally be able to severely cripple your ability to believe God for the rest of His promises. That is why believing that we are 100% forgiven and made right with God through the work of Christ is so vital to receiving all of the other promises of God. We have been made worthy to partake in all the promises of God! Do you not feel worthy because of the sins of your past? Then you aren't fully convinced that you are 100% forgiven, righteous, justified (according to NT Greek, it means just as if you've never sinned!), and stand before your heavenly Father blameless and pure, completely forgiven... and you know something else? He doesn't even remember your failures!! He looks at you and sees the righteousness of Christ that is upon you! How can you not feel worthy after the Blood has made you a worthy partaker of the covenant? If God says you are worthy, then who are you to doubt that? Unbelief is a sin, ya know!
Blessings in Christ,
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Have you checked out Robert's Blog?
I don't know how many of you visit the blog on a regular bases, but there are some really dynamic truths that the Holy Spirit gives me, and the blog allows me to quickly share little hints of insight that I don't have the time to put in a teaching. Here is a sample article that I just added this morning:
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.
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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!
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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"