Luke 9:1-2 “When Jesus had called the disciples together, he gave them power and authority to drive out demons and to cure diseases, …”
Now I am not one who looks for an evil spirit under every rock and in every situation. You’ll notice that I am on Part 3 of this series, and we’ve already discussed many other causes of problems up until now.
When no other cause can be found for persistent, overwhelming problems, a person may need to consider the possibility of demonic activity. I will be referring to Derek Prince’s book, “They Shall Expell Demons” as the basis for most of the rest of this column today.
Indications of demonic activity are suggested if there are:
-Overwhelming, persistent emotions or attitudes.
-The mind out of control.
-The tongue out of control.
-Sex or other physical appetites out of control.
-A re-occuring illness (like arthritis, epilepsy, deafness or muteness).
-Spirit of death or suicide.
How do Spirits come in?
-Through a family background in the occult or false religion.
-Other negative prenatal experiences.
-Pressures in early childhood.
-Emotional shock or sustained emotional pressure.
-Sinful acts or habits.
-Laying on of hands.
-Idle words (Statements of lies, rebellion, hate or disgust).
We are so careless of our words, myself included. I have needed to confess, repent and renounce words and the power they have over myself and others. Relationships can be destroyed by words we have spoken in private or to ourselves, because we opened a door to allow Satan in “to steal, to kill and to destroy.” The other person may not have heard the negative words, but we have allowed Satan to drive a wedge between us none-the-less, because of our negative confession. Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life and to have it more abundantly.” Also, Isaiah 61:1-3 says:
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because the Lord has sent me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and to provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
Steps to Deliverance
-Affirm faith in Christ.
-Be humble (honest).
-Repent and Renounce.
-Forgive all others.
-Break with occult and false religions.
-Prepare for release with information, bible reading, prayer.
-Take a stand with God- agree with His Word, and come into submission with it.
-Come against Satan and command him to go. (You may want to get someone with experience in this area to help you with this.)
Satan is the father of lies, in fact his name means, “slanderer.” He is also called the “accuser of the brethren.”
Jesus says, “Neither do I condemn you,” and “there is therefore no condemnation in Christ Jesus…” So you see, we do not need to listen to Satan’s lies. Once we confess and turn from our sins, we can no longer be condemned for them (unless we keep on doing them). That is what repentance means, to turn the other way and go a new way. Do not let Satan falsely accuse you. Use scripture to battle the lies, as Jesus himself did- and be free!
Thought: slander: the act or crime of uttering a false and malicious statement about another person that is damaging to their reputation or well-being.
Prayer: God come take control of my thoughts today. Teach me not to listen to the enemy’s lies over me or my family. I ask for a Spirit of Truth to be present. God I believe what YOU say about me. Help me always be quick to believe truth and reluctant to believe lies instead of the other way around. Set me free, and Holy Spirit give me discernment to be able recognize the Evil One when he is present and operating and to come against him in Jesus Mighty Name.
Challenge: Look honestly at your life and relationships and ask God to reveal to you any areas that are not completely under the Lordship of Christ. Is there any unforgiveness, or ongoing battles in your life with anyone. Carefully consider if this needs to be dealt with as Christ would, so you can be freed today..