Joh 8:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
Joh 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you FREE, ye shall be FREE indeed.
FREE: G1658, eleutheros
1a) in a civil sense, one who is not a slave
1b) of one who ceases to be a slave, freed, manumitted
2) free, exempt, unrestrained, not bound by an obligation
3) in an ethical sense: free from the yoke of the Mosaic Law
There appears to be something that is obviously missing in the world, and in the Church, which is: genuinely FREE, mature Christians. If there is one word that should be associated with authentic Christianity, it is FREEDOM. I am not talking about the modern hedonistic, “Why don’t we do it in the road?” type of freedom or the infantile “you’re not the boss of me” type of freedom, I am talking about the old fashioned, responsible citizen type of FREEDOM. I am talking about adults who do not believe they need to be constantly monitored and supervised because they might do something stupid type of FREEDOM.
Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Gal 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
The modern nanny states, organized religions, supra-national corporations, and all the other satanic hierarchies in the world, want us to be in constant fear that without them, we will be curled up in the fetal position with our thumbs in our mouths. Unfortunately, a lot of people have bought into this antichrist propaganda.
2Co 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Do you want to be a mature Christian? Do you really want to be FREE? I am going to make this as plain and as simple as possible.
SEVEN STEPS TO PERMANENT DELIVERANCE
- FAITH IN THE WORD OF GOD (SWORD OF THE SPIRIT)
First and foremost, you must, must, MUST believe that the Bible is the inspired WORD of GOD!!!
Joh 10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
Joh 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
Joh 10:36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
THE SCRIPTURE CANNOT BE BROKEN!!!
The authority of the Scripture is final; it cannot be set aside. Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible.
Heb 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was IMPOSSIBLE for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
Unbelief is the original curse of mankind, it is like a cancer which is fed and nourished by doubting the WORD of God.
Gen 3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Gen 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Gen 3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Our ONLY hope of escaping the curse is by BELIEVING in the WORD of God!
2Pe 1:20 Knowing this FIRST, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
UNBELIEF is absolutely the crux of mankind’s problems, and it is impossible to serve God without FAITH in God’s WORD!
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by FAITH.
We must have an unshakeable faith in the absolute verity of God’s WORD no matter what anybody else might do or say, whether that person is an authority figure, a scientist, a religious leader, or even an angel from heaven!
Rom 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
Rom 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
Second, we must re-examine all of the education, and the conditioning, and the philosophies, and the religion that we have been taught and categorically reject anything that opposes the plain TRUTH of God’s written WORD.
2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Repentance is not a once in a life time event, it is an ongoing process that will last a lifetime. As we pray, and read God’s WORD, and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us into God’s truth, we must reject the lies of Satan and his Babylonian system, we will then begin to be transformed into the image of God’s WORD…eventually we will cease being carnal and we will become mature spiritual Christians.
1Pe 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the WORD of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
It is important to understand that our spiritual transformation is not occurring in a vacuum. We are in a constant battle to achieve spiritual maturity. Try to imagine a herd of elephants on the Serengeti plain of Africa, surrounded by lions, and jackals, and hyena, and various other types of predators which are constantly seeking to separate the weak and the defenseless from the rest of the herd in order to devour them. However, also recognize this fact, once an elephant reaches MATURITY…there are very few predators that stand a chance against them.
According to the ancient Book of Enoch, two-hundred (200) wicked angels called watchers descended on Mount Hermon and then committed the grievous sin of begetting children with the daughters of men. These evil offspring of the fallen angels were called the Nephilim, and there were also the offspring of the Nephilim which were called the Elioudi, these evil offspring of the fallen angels have continued to plague mankind throughout history and today they are known as demonic spirits.
Enoch 15:8 And now the giants, who have been begotten from body and flesh, will be called evil spirits on earth, and their dwelling-places will be upon the earth.
Enoch 15:9 Evil spirits proceed from their bodies; because they are created from above, their beginning and first basis being from the holy watchers, they will be evil spirits upon the earth, and will be called evil spirits.
Apparently, these disembodied evil spirits are continually searching for a physical body through which they can satiate their evil lusts and commit their evil deeds. Satan has set up a supernatural hierarchy consisting of the angelic watchers and their wicked offspring, which continue to operate and control the world’s various hierarchal systems through people who practice sorcery and either willingly, or unwillingly, worship and obey them.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities (arche), against powers (exousia), against the rulers (kosmokrator) of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
3. PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD (CONSTANT DILIGENCE)
Third, we must recognize that our only hope of victory is recognizing that our true battle is with evil spiritual entities and we should NOT fight with their human puppets.
Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about demonic spirits that is being propagated in the world and in the Church. I believe the main error that is promoted in the Church is that demonic spirits cannot “possess” a Christian. This is why it is so difficult these days to tell the difference between a “born again” Christian and a reprobate sinner.
I suspect most people get their understanding about demonic POSSESSION from Hollywood movies or from the Roman Catholic Church, both of which are just propaganda machines disseminating lies for Satan’s vast world-wide communications network.
POSSESSION: G1139, daimonizomai, dahee-mon-id'-zom-ahee
Middle voice from G1142; to be exercised by a daemon: - have a (be vexed with, be possessed with) devil (-s).
The Greek word daimonizomai does not necessarily mean somebody is completely controlled by a demon. The word is sometimes also interpreted as “oppressed” or “vexed”. I believe there are various degrees of daimonizomai, or possession. The Bible indicates that mankind is made up of three parts: a spirit, a soul, and a body. It is important to recognize that demonic spirits can attack our physical body with sickness and disease, etc., they can attack our soul (minds) with negative thoughts, and depression, and fear, etc., and finally they can attack our spirit (conscience) with doubt, and unbelief, and pride, etc.
How many demons are there? There could literally be millions or maybe even billions of demonic spirits…I suspect the last number is closer to the truth. We know that they attack Christians, otherwise why would we need to wear spiritual armor or learn how to use a spiritual sword? Also, the Bible indicates that we can be attacked by more than one demonic spirit at a time.
Mar 5:9 Then Jesus asked the man, "What is your name?" The man answered, "My name is Legion, because there are many spirits inside me."
A Roman legion usually numbered around five-thousand (5000) soldiers! It is obvious that this man in Mark 5:9 is completely overrun by demons and can truly be described as POSSESSED. It is interesting to examine the “symptoms” of this man’s demonic possession.
Mar 5:3 He lived in the burial caves. No one could keep him tied up, even with chains.
Mar 5:4 Many times people had put chains on his hands and feet, but he broke the chains. No one was strong enough to control him.
Mar 5:5 Day and night he stayed around the burial caves and on the hills. He would scream and cut himself with rocks.
We notice that the man was isolated from people, he possessed supernatural strength, he was self-destructive, and he appeared to be in total despair. His isolation may have been imposed upon him by others, I doubt if anyone wanted him to be around them or their loved ones! I suspect that a lot of demon possessed people are confined to prisons or mental institutions. It is also interesting to note that the United States has more prisoners per capita than any other country in the world.
Prison rates in the US are the world's highest, at 724 people per 100,000. In Russia the rate is 581. At 145 per 100,000, the imprisonment rate of England and Wales is at about the midpoint worldwide. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/uk/06/prisons/html/nn2page1.stm
However, the Bible also illustrates that some people can be vexed (possessed) by demons and their only symptoms appeared to be physical illness, they did not necessarily have any mental or emotional problems.
Mat 4:24 The news about Jesus spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all those who were sick. They were suffering from different kinds of diseases and pain. Some had demons inside them, some suffered from seizures, and some were paralyzed. Jesus healed them all.
There were also people that showed no signs or symptoms of demon possession, but the presence of Jesus caused the demons to reveal themselves.
Mar 1:23 While Jesus was in the synagogue, a man was there who had an evil spirit inside him. The man shouted,
Mar 1:24 "Jesus of Nazareth! What do you want with us? Did you come to destroy us? I know who you are--God's Holy One!"
Mar 1:25 Jesus, his voice full of warning, said, "Be quiet, and come out of him!"
My next article will hopefully explain how we can be permanently set free from being oppressed, or vexed, by demons…I believe they are a lot more common than most people realize.
Eze 37:4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
Eze 37:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
Eze 37:6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.