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Title: Enough is Enough to Captivity of Satan and Welcome to the Freedom in Christ Jesus – Seven (7) critical steps to deliverance + How to Identify and Expel Demon Groupings and Vision of The Final Conflict and How to prevail Strategically on Four (4) Frontlines of Engagement – Part 5 & Part 6
Dear brothers and Sisters, today, we bring you part 5 and Part 6 of our series on enough is enough to captivity and welcome to freedom in Christ.
When you and I spent considerable time praying over issues on self, family, church, our nations and nations of the world over a 90 day period as we did last year – October 1st to December 29, 2020, asking God for His kingdom and His will on all these five realms, there is a way the Lord impregnates one with what is in the front burner of His heart for each of each children in those five realms.
I believe fervently, for this time, it has to do with deliverance from bondages of satan into the freedom He died to give us. So many give their lives to Christ every day but if you and I look at our lives critically with the lenses of the Holy Spirit – We will figure that there are areas in our lives that are squarely under the bondage of Satan that relentless prayer cannot deal with in our spirit, in our souls or in our bodies and all around us. It requires direct combat with the enemy of our soul – Enforcing the kingdom mandate that we have left on dusty shelves of our closets. Asking God to come fight the battle He has already won for us and giving us the key to do battle..to occupy until He returns is a misplacement of responsibility and priority. A misplaced and misdirected line of command.
This act of proper warfare, this I think is where labourers are few. In the frontline of combat with the enemy.
I am saying, we should win souls, loads of them and equip them to fight the good fight of faith so that they can experience that freedom Christ died and rose again to give us all. The territory to occupy is in our minds and our bodies so that without much talking, the lost can see what we are experiencing on a daily basis – Freedom in Christ – Full circle. Not just in the spirit, but in our souls and our bodies.
I want to appreciate Dr. John Lake; Derek Prince, Frank Hammon, Ida Mae and a host of others in absentia who have gone on to be with the Lord that I have received discipleship through their writings during my quest into the last 100 years of successful exploits by the Saints and why so many of us, me inclusive, modern day Christians are devoid of power and authority as handed down to us by Jesus Christ in Mark 16:15-19 to confront and undertake a successful offensive campaign against the forces of darkness. Enforce what He has already won on the earth realm.
These documents have proved very timely and fully instructive on this subject matter of power and authority of the believer in Christ over the realm of wickedness that is always shrouded in so much secrecy by a few with very minimal success because they have failed to reproduce themselves. It has become a class thing, a thing of pride that belongs to all believers.
I know this is a device of the enemy to keep many bound through ignorance by his devices. By authority in the name that is above every other name, the name of our blessed and raisin Jesus Christ, I say “Enough is Enough to the captivity of the devil” This is already a possibility only If we are willing, we shall eat the fruit of our salvation- paraphrased by me.
Isaiah 1:19 (NKJV):
If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;
In order to eat the good, we must be both willing and obedient to follow through by thoughts, words and action all those commands in His word. Sometimes the Lord will tell us to do something and we obey Him, but we may do so grudgingly or with a loveless attitude.
That is not our portion in Jesus name. We are willing and we are obedient to all the commands Jesus has handed down to us in Mark 16:15-19 in the spirit of loving God and loving others as ourselves in Jesus name, Amen
If we are not willing and we are not obedient to carry out those command, there will be no vacuum in us and around us, the enemy will eat the good of the land – Souls of men and women, boys and girls, fathers and mothers and everthing that partains to life and godliness – It is not our portion in Jesus name. Amen
So what must be our mindSET? Read and meditate on this slowly – : 2 Peter 1:3
3 For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through [a]true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
That should be our mindset. We are conquers in Christ – Past, Present and Future! We always win. We are not losers on any frontline. Amen?
So, In part 4, we explored the title – Can Christians be demonized? The lies satan sells us to conceal his operation in our lives, How do you and I know they are in operation in and around us and how can we expel them and we rounded that up with a story of self-deliverance by a lady remotely. You can find that via this link hereunder or go direct to our website at https://www.otakada.org
In this part 5 and part 6, we are exploring – “Seven (7) critical steps to deliverance + How to Identify and Expel Demon Groupings and Vision of The Final Conflict and How to prevail Strategically on Four (4) Frontlines of Engagement – Part 5 and Part 6”
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Concerning the day of the Lord, Paul wrote to the Thessalonians in
1 Thessalonians 5:14-23
14 We [earnestly] urge you, believers, admonish those who are out of line [the undisciplined, the unruly, the disorderly], encourage the timid [who lack spiritual courage], help the [spiritually] weak, be very patient with everyone [always controlling your temper]. 15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek that which is good for one another and for all people. 16 Rejoice always and delight in your faith; 17 be unceasing and persistent in prayer; 18 in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench [subdue, or be unresponsive to the working and guidance of] the [Holy] Spirit. 20 Do not scorn or reject gifts of prophecy or prophecies [spoken revelations—words of instruction or exhortation or warning]. 21 But test [a]all things carefully [so you can recognize what is good]. Hold firmly to that which is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil [withdraw and keep away from it].
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [that is, separate you from profane and vulgar things, make you pure and whole and undamaged—consecrated to Him—set apart for His purpose]; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept complete and [be found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Peter also warned us not to be ignorant of the devices of our adversary in his final letters also to believers in
1 Peter 5:7-9
7 casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. 8 Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.]
IN answering the question – Can Demons inhabit Christians? We see the last part of 1 Thessalonians 23 saying 23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [that is, separate you from profane and vulgar things, make you pure and whole and undamaged—consecrated to Him—set apart for His purpose]; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept complete and [be found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The word sanctification is the word deliverance in Greek. Deliverance in our thought life which leads to wrong emotions, which leads to wrong actions. These are in the realm of the emotions, the intellect and the will
The spirit is renewed or comes alive from the dead state when we received salvation of our spirit by faith – An act of will. The Soul and the body requires work- which will also require an act of will
That was why Paul wrote in Phil 2:12b,13 – Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
In these series, we are raising an army of warriors to engage the enemy on the frontlines and deliver captives into freedom in Christ on three levels – The Salvation of the spirit which is called born again, Salvation of the soul, which is called deliverance and salvation of our bodies which is called healing.
It is a do it yourself strategy in a distributed framework, an act of disciplined will and the Lord Jesus Christ is our Commander in Chief. Our job is to equip you to engage. To free yourself, your loved ones and others within your circle. Our aim is to wake up that sleeping giant in every believer and to get you to learn the mindset of a warrior on the battlefield and engage in successful campaign without taking casualties in Jesus name.
You must understand that “The best defense is a good offense”, an adage that has been applied to many fields of endeavor, including games and military combat. It is also known as the strategic offensive principle of war.
We mentioned earlier in part 4 that There is no room for run way soldiers or running to fight again because the battle has already been won in the heavenlies. Ours is to use our authority and the power given to us through the resident Holy Spirit to enforce that victory because the enemy will always want to step his boundary. Testing the waters to see if we are ignorant. Unfortunately, so many of us are ignorant to the devices of the evil one.
To confront this type of enemy as a discipled army, we need the following as we have highlighted before as in A, B, C, D, E, F and G. I must emphasize that these series is not for everyone. The select few will prequalify themselves for enrolment by these 7 attributes. They are as follows:
- Availability (Spirit, soul and body)
- Compassion for others
- Earnest Love
- Fiery Anger
- Great Hunger
If you don’t have these attributes as minimum ingredients, it will be impossible to wage a successful campaign because all the above ingredients need to be mixed together to produce the kind of mustard seed faith to bring about a change because God feeds hungry people, not cold or lukewarm children be it in healing, deliverance and restoration within and without.
The spoils are ready for collecting but a mustard seed, consistent faith is required to collect them into our experience.
Today, in Enough is Enough to Captivity of Satan and Welcome to the Freedom in Christ Jesus – Seven (7) critical steps to deliverance + How to Identify and Expel Demon Groupings and Vision of The Final Conflict and How to prevail Strategically on Four (4) Frontlines of Engagement – Part 5 Part 6
Evil spirits or demons are, according to my understanding, the lower echelon of the “spiritual hosts of wickedness” (Ephesians 6:12) that satan directs against humanity. They have three main purposes assigned to them by satan:
1. first to torment and afflict us;
2. second, to keep us from knowing Christ as Savior;
and failing that, third,
3. to keep us from serving Christ effectively.
Here are Nine(9) attributes of demons:
1. Demons entice. 2. Demons harass. 3. Demons torture. 4. Demons compel. 5. Demons enslave. 6. Demons cause addictions. 7. Demons defile. 8. Demons deceive. 9. Demons attack the physical body.
We now look at seven (7) steps to deliverance as follows: 1) Honesty; 2) Humility; 3) Repentance 4) Renunciation 5) Forgiveness 6) Prayer 7) Warfare
Here are the details:
Seven Steps To Deliverance
One must be honest with himself and with God if he expects to receive God’s blessing of deliverance. Lack of honesty keeps areas of one’s life in darkness. Demon spirits thrive on suchdarkness. Honesty helps bring them into the light. Any sin not confessed or repented of gives the demon a “legal right” to remain. Ask God to help you see yourself as He sees you and to bring to light anything that is not of Him.
I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Psalm 32:5
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23,24
This involves a recognition that one is dependent upon God and His provisions for deliverance.
God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7
It also involves a complete openness with God’s servants ministering in the deliverance.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. James 5:16a
Repentance is a determined turning away from sin and Satan. One must hate all evil in his life and fall out of agreement with it.
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3) One must loathe his sins.
And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed. Ezekiel 20:43
Deliverance is not to be used merely to gain relief from problems but in order to become more like Jesus through obedience to all God requires. Repentance is a turning from all that hinders spiritual growth, ministry and fellowship. Repentance requires open confession of all sin. It takes away the legal rights of demon spirits.
Renunciation is the forsaking of evil. Renunciation is action resulting from repentance.
When he (John the Baptist) saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? BRING FORTH FRUITS THEREFORE MEET FOR REPENTANCE. Matt. 3:7,8
Bringing forth fruits meet for repentance involves more than words. It is demonstration of repentance… evidence that one has truly turned from his sins. For example, if one repents of lust he may need to destroy some pornographic materials. If one has repented of religious error he may need to completely renounce it by destroying all literature and items associated with that error.
And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. Acts 19:18,19
Renunciation means a clean break with Satan and all his works.
God freely forgives all who confess their sins and ask forgiveness through His Son. (See I John 1:9). He expects us to forgive all others who have ever wronged us in any way.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matt. 6:14,15
Willingness to forgive is absolutely essential to deliverance. (See Matt. 18:21-35). No deliverance minister can effect a deliverance unless the candidate has met God’s conditions.
Ask God to deliver you and set you free in the name of Jesus.
Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be delivered. Joel 2:32
Prayer and warfare are two separate and distinct activities. Prayer is toward God and warfare is toward the enemy. Our warfare against demon powers is not fleshly but spiritual (See Eph. 6:10-12; II Cor. 10:3-5). Use the weapons of submission to God, the blood of
Jesus Christ, the Word of God, and your testimony as a believer. (See James 4:7; Rev. 12:1 I; Eph. 6:17). Identify the spirits, address them directly by name in a commanding voice, and in faith command them to go in the name of Jesus. Enter the battle with determination and assurance of victory. Christ cannot fail! He is the Deliverer!
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils.” Mark 16:17a
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19
“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and MY DELIVERER.” Psalm 18:2a
We are expanding this by giving you the groupings of demons. One single demons act as a stronghold and others accompany this main stronghold demon to wreck further harvoc in the life of Christ Army, whose you are. The attach themselves based on some negative habit by our act of will and that invites them in like a magnet to indwell the soulish and body realm of the believer. Remember, darkness attract darkness. Light repels darkness. Anything that we do that God will not agree with or is not in the good books of the bible is darkness. Check out Galatians 5 where Paul outlined how we can keep the freedom Christ gave us. Anything outside freedom is an attraction for the realm of darkness. Remember, they are franctically looking for a dwelling place and human body is one of top priorities.
13 For you, my brothers, were called to freedom; only do not let your freedom become an opportunity for the [a]sinful nature (worldliness, selfishness), but through [b]love serve and seek the best for one another. 14 For the whole Law [concerning human relationships] is fulfilled in one precept, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, you shall have an unselfish concern for others and do things for their benefit].” 15 But if you bite and devour one another [in bickering and strife], watch out that you [along with your entire fellowship] are not consumed by one another.
16 But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the [c]sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts]. 17 For the sinful nature has its desire which is opposed to the Spirit, and the [desire of the] Spirit opposes the [d]sinful nature; for these [two, the sinful nature and the Spirit] are in direct opposition to each other [continually in conflict], so that you [as believers] do not [always] do whatever [good things] you want to do. 18 But if you are guided and led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the Law. 19 Now the practices of the [e]sinful nature are clearly evident: they are sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality (total irresponsibility, lack of self-control), 20 [f]idolatry, [g]sorcery, hostility, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions [that promote heresies], 21 envy, drunkenness, riotous behavior, and other things like these. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the [h]sinful nature together with its passions and appetites.
25 If we [claim to] live by the [Holy] Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit [with personal integrity, godly character, and moral courage—our conduct empowered by the Holy Spirit].
Demons are identified according to their nature. A demon of hate is called “hate”. Each demon is a specialist. A hate demon does not foster lust – he only promotes hatred. When demons are commanded to name themselves, they will usually name themselves in identity with their nature, e.g. rebellion, cursing, indifference, etc. Occasionally a demon will give a personal name such as “Jim” or “Shirley”. At times they will give foreign names. This is a deceptive measure to keep the deliverance minister from knowing their true nature. The minister should command the demons to reveal their nature, saying, “What is your nature, demon?”
Indwelling demons are seldom found singly; they are together in groups. Such groupings may be referred to as colonies, clans or families. When one demon is detected or discerned, one should immediately be alerted to look for its companions. A group of demons is banded together for the purpose of controlling a particular area of a person’s life. Therefore, there is a very logical pattern of spirits to be found in any particular group. Certain types of spirits are found over and over in the same combinations; however, one must not assume that the combination will always be the same. THE POSSIBILITIES FOR GROUPINGS ARE UNLIMITED.
Within each group there will be a “strong man’ or ruling spirit. Often during ministry a ruling spirit will be specifically identified. It is not always necessary that he be identified as a ruling spirit in order to effect the deliverance. Such identification will usually be given reasons. First, the Holy Spirit may be directing an order of procedure. The deliverance minister will want to be alert to whatever battle plan the Lord may give. There are situations where the Lord will direct that the ruling spirit be dealt with first and then his companions. At other times the leading of the Lord will be to drive out the lesser spirits first and the ruling spirit last. There seems to be no real merit in questioning why the Lord leads one way and then another. A good soldier is trained to follow orders without questioning his commander. At times he may be given great latitude in choosing his own route of attack, and at other times his orders are quite specific. The same is true in the battles of spiritual warfare.
A second reason why the ruling spirit may be identified is that it is for the benefit of the person receiving deliverance. It can be quite helpful to know which spirit to be on special guard against in the future. Some spirits are especially tied in with habit patterns that must be changed and areas of the carnal man that must be crucified. Subsequent to deliverance the person will have to fight some battles on his own to maintain his deliverance. It is very helpful to know exactly what one is fighting, and what is flesh and what is demon spirit. From experience gained through hundreds of deliverance sessions and in dealing with demon
groupings, I am persuaded that the ruling spirit is the first spirit to invade a certain area. Because he is the first to gain entrance he can establish himself as the ruler. He then becomes the key to opening the way for other spirits to enter. When demons are being driven out it is not uncommon to give a command to the ruling spirit, “Come out and bring all of your companions with you!” or “Come out and bring all your roots!” If any part of a group is not expelled, the way is left for the group to be let back in. For this reason the deliverance should be as thorough as possible.
More than one spirit of a certain type may be found within a given group. For example, the bitterness colony may contain several demons of resentment. Also, a certain type of demon may be present in more than one group. For example, a demon of anger may be found in the bitterness clan and another anger demon in the perfection clan. In one deliverance several groups of spirits were cast out. In each group there was a spirit of depression. It is only by the operation of the supernatural gift of discernment that one can know that all such combinations of spirits have been dealt with.
For example: Bitterness
In Hebrews 12:15 a warning is sounded: “lest any root of bitterness springing up TROUBLE you, and thereby many be defiled.” The root of bitterness is responsible for much “trouble”. Bitterness harbored in the heart for any length of time will open the door for demon invasion. This is probably the most common opening for demon activity. In the majority of cases the bitterness is towards someone within the immediate family.
Bitterness spirits keep alive hurtful incidents. Things that happened years ago are as fresh and alive in the memory as if they had only happened today. Thus, the person not only copes with current problems but is ever faced with the backlog of hurts. The spirit of unforgiveness keeps alive every detail of the hurts; reviews them continuously in the person’s mind. The most trivial hurt is neither forgiven nor forgotten. Whenever the attitude of bitterness is found, one may expect to find the demons of bitterness, resentment and hatred. In some instances the chain of spirits goes on to include other or all of the spirits in the grouping.
The following list of demon groups represents patterns experienced through actual deliverance sessions.
THESE GROUPINGS ARE ONLY SUGGESTIVE OF WHAT MAY BE ENCOUNTERED. THE LISTING IS BY NO MEANS INTENDED TO BE EXHAUSTIVE, NOR THE GROUPINGS TO BE INVARIABLE. An explanation is given of some of
the groupings listed. This is to offer some insight into the problems caused by particular groups of spirits. Most of the groups are rather self-explanatory.
We believe that the information given hereunder will prove to be of great practical value to those who are moving into deliverance ministry. It will help anyone to better understand how demons set themselves up in groups. Years of study and experience are condensed into a few pages.
Resentment Hatred Unforgiveness Violence Temper Anger Retaliation Murder
Self-will Stubbornness Disobedience Anti-submissiveness
Contention Bickering Argument Quarreling Fighting
Possessiveness Dominance Witchcraft
Destruction Spite Hatred Sadism Hurt Cruelty
Judging Criticism Faultfinding
Fear of Rejection Self-rejection
Inferiority Self-Pity Loneliness Timidity Shyness Inadequacy Ineptness
COMMON DEMON GROUPINGS
Envy Suspicion Distrust Selfishness
Pouting Daydreaming Fantasy Pretension Unreality
Indifference Stoicism Passivity Sleepiness Alcohol Drugs
Funk Indifference Listlessness Lethargy
Despair Despondency Discouragement Defeatism
Dejection Hopelessness Suicide Death Insomnia Morbidity
Gloom Burden Disgust
Anxiety Fear Dread Apprehension
Tension Headaches Nervous Habits Restlessness Excitement Insomnia Roving
Self-awareness Fear of man Fear of disapproval
Unfairness Fear of judgment Fear of condemnation Fear of accusation
Fear of reproof Sensitiveness
19. MENTAL ILLNESS
Insanity Madness Mania Retardation Senility Schizophrenia
Jealousy Envy Suspicion Distrust Persecution Fears Confrontation
Frustration Incoherence Forgetfulness
Procrastination Compromise Confusion Forgetfulness Indifference
Self-delusion Self-seduction Pride
Confusion Fear of man Fear of failure Occult spirits Spiritism spirits
27. MIND IDOLATRY
Intellectualism Rationalization Pride Ego
28. FEARS (All Kinds)
Phobias (All Kinds) Hysteria
29. FEAR OF AUTHORITY
Ego Vanity Self-righteousness Haughtiness Importance Arrogance
Theatrics Playacting Sophistication Pretension
Stealing Kleptomania Material Lust Greed Discontent
Pride Vanity Ego Frustration Criticism Irritability
Driving Argument Pride Ego
Agitation Frustration Intolerance Resentment Criticism
36. FALSE BURDEN
False responsibility False compassion
Sorrow Heartache Heartbreak Crying Sadness Cruel
Tiredness Weariness Laziness
(any disease or sickness)
(Physical) (Emotional) (Mental) (Curses)
Restlessness Driving Pressure
Blasphemy Course jesting Gossip Criticism Backbiting Mockery Belittling Railing
44. ADDICTIVE & COMPULSIVE Nicotine Alcohol
Nervousness Compulsive Eating Resentment Frustration Idleness
48. SEXUAL IMPURITY
Lust Fantasy Lust Masturbation Homosexuality Lesbianism Adultery Fornication Incest Harlotry
Rape Exposure Frigidity
Unitarianism (Lodges, societies & social agencies using the Bible & God as a basis but omitting the blood atonement of Jesus Christ)
Ouija Board Palmistry Handwriting analysis Automatic handwriting ESP
Hypnotism Horoscope Astrology
Levitation Fortune Telling Water Witching Tarot Cards Pendulum Witchcraft Black Magic White Magic Conjuration Incantation Charms Fetishes Etc.
Ritualism Formalism Doctrinal obsession Seduction Doctrinal error Fear of God Fear of Hell Fear of lost salvation Religiosity Etc.
Seance Spirit guides Necromancy Etc.
53. FALSE RELIGIONS
Buddhism Taoism Hinduism Islam Shintoism Confucianism
The Final Conflict
We all know that throughout Biblical history, God on occasion spoke to His servants through visions and dreams. On the day of Pentecost, Peter quoted from the prophet Joel:
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS. Acts 2:17
On July 9, 1970 the Lord spoke to me in a spiritual dream. He made it clear to me that I was to minister the truth shown to me through this dream. I pray that it will be a blessing and inspiration to you as it has been to many others with whom it has been shared.
As the dream began I found myself entering a large stadium.
The stands were completely filled with people, and there was an air of excitement and expectancy over what was about to take place. It was to be a baseball game, and I was to be one of the players. I was already in my uniform. The uniform my team was red and
white. I saw members of the opposing team and they were dressed in black and white uniforms.
As I moved onto the field I realized that all of my teammates were on the sideline in a heated controversy with all of the members of the opposing team. I wanted no part in the rhubarb and walked onto the field, hoping that the others would soon join me there. As I moved onto the field one of the opposing team members moved out with me. My mind was filled with concern to get on with the engagement. From the position of the sun I knew there were about two hours of daylight remaining. The action must get started soon.
Finally the argument on the sideline broke up, and the teams began to take their positions. Our team was to be in the field and the opposing team at bat. I had walked out into left field realizing that I had not yet been given an assignment as to the position I would play. I looked for my coach and saw that he was in the middle of the field. He motioned for me to cover third base, and I immediately took my position there.
Our team began to “talk it up”, as they say. We were all shouting words of encouragement to one another and getting into the spirit of the engagement Next, we began doing our limbering-up exercises -stretching our arms, flexing our knees and bending our backs. It was now time for the game to get started.
The pitcher threw the first ball across the plate. The opposing batter slashed into it with all his might. He hit
a very high, fly ball. I watched it as it went high over my head and back, back, back falling foul outside the playing field. Fear gripped my heart. I thought, “If all of their players are that strong what chance do we have?” I realized that I must be very alert. I shifted my weight from foot to foot. If the next ball should come in my direction I must be as agile as a cat ready to spring in any direction to catch the ball and get the player out. At this point the dream ended. When I woke up and began to recall the dream my initial reaction was one of disappointment. I love baseball and was disappointed that I did not get to finish the dream.
A spiritual dream cannot be figured out – it must be interpreted. As the Holy Spirit recalled the dream to me the next morning He began to give me the interpretation. I grabbed a pencil and paper and began to write the interpretation as fast as I could. The whole thing was made clear in a few moments time. It was written out without interruption just as the Spirit was giving it to me.
The playing field represented the whole world. The stands filled with spectators is the picture presented in Hebrews 12:1.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses …
The Lord told me that those in the stands were the great
cloud of witnesses. They were all of the Christians who have ever lived and were now looking down upon the world from their heavenly position. All of the patriarchs and saints of the Old and New Testament eras were in the stands. There were Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Joseph, David, Daniel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Peter, James and John and all the rest. They were the ones who had been in the “pennant races” in former generations. Many of them had done well and were in the “hall of fame” as recorded in Hebrews chapter eleven. They were looking with keenest of anticipation to see how those of us on the field in this generation would do.
Then the Lord said to me, “THIS IS THE WORLD SERIES! THIS IS THE FINAL CONFLICT BETWEEN THE FORCES OF EVIL AND THE FORCES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. THIS IS TO DETERMINE THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!”
Then I was told the meaning of the uniforms. Our uniforms were red and white. Red represents the blood of Jesus. It marks us as those who belong to the Lord. The blood speaks of our power in Christ Jesus. “They overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb …” (Rev. 12:11). The white speaks of purity. Those on the Lord’s team today must be, marked by purity. The Spirit is laying strong emphasis upon personal holiness and practical righteousness. This is no time to be walking with one foot in the world and the other in the Kingdom of God!
The opposing team was dressed in black and white.
Black is the symbol of evil. It characterizes Satan and his evil works. The opposing team was clearly identified as the Devil and his host of demon spirits. I was puzzled. The devil’s team also had white in its uniforms. What could this mean? While the question was being formed in my mind the Spirit was giving answer… The black and white represents a mixture of evil and good. Satan never comes at us with all blackness and evil. He comes to us with white as well. The black and white represents a mixture of truth and error. This is one of Satan’s greatest strategic mixtures. Today, as never before, there is a mixture of good and evil; truth and error.
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. I Tim. 4:1
Why was I in this conflict? The Lord showed me that my presence in the encounter was that of a representative person. I was representative of the many Christians who are moving onto the field of spiritual conflict to carry the offensive against the forces of hell.
I inquired, “But, Lord, why are all of my teammates on the sideline in an argument with the opposing team?” The Lord explained that this is just another tactic of the enemy. He tries to get God’s people on the sideline, and out of the main action and keep them tied up. He showed me that this represents the divisions of denominational Christianity. The devil has Christians on the sideline defending their own doctrines and
traditions, little realizing that they have been deceived by the devil. It is time for God’s people to come into a unity and get on with the business at hand! In reality this is what is happening as a result of the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit throughout the world today.
My concern was that the day was about over. Only a couple of hours of daylight remained. Truly, the night is coming when no man can work. We are living in the final hours of human history. We must make every minute count. We must realize that as Christians we must get onto the field and defeat Satan and his hosts.
Finally the teams began to move onto the field. One man does not make a team! The phase of church life that we are moving into requires team work… unity! The Lord then reminded me that there were nine players on a baseball team. The number nine suggests the nine gifts of the Spirit and the nine fruits of the Spirit. Those on the Lord’s team in this final conflict with the forces of Satan will be operating under the direction of the Holy Spirit, The gifts of the Spirit – the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, the gifts of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues (See I Cor. 12:8-10) – will operate in their ministry. The fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance – will be in evidence. (See Gal. 5:22,23). Praise the Lord! He is bringing His team onto the field in our day. It is a Spirit-filled team. The gifts of
the Spirit are being restored to the church. The fruits are being evidenced among God’s people as never before. The barriers which have separated us and kept us side-lined for so long are being overcome. Denominational barriers are crumbling. Dividing doctrinal questions are being buried. Jesus is Lord! We are experiencing the flow of love. We are on common ground. We can worship and minister together under the Holy Spirit.
When I moved onto the field an opposing team member moved out with me. In actual experience I moved onto the field of conflict when I experienced the Holy Spirit. It was then that I was endued with power and became a threat to the devil. It was after that experience that the gifts of the Spirit began to operate in my ministry, and most of the resultant power was directed at the devil. The baptism in the Holy Spirit certainly did not spell an end to my problems – in truth my problems seemed greater than ever. Overnight most of my friends became enemies who rejected me and accused me of pride and deception. Fear gripped my heart and I wondered what would become of me. The demon powers had moved onto the field to counter me!
At this point I was standing in left field. Do you know what it means to be in left field? This expression has been used to describe a person who is confused and does not know where he is. I knew I was in the conflict and on the field but had no idea what my part was. This adequately and graphically describes my dilemma following the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Does not this
describe a lot of Christians? They are in left field. They have never really found the will of God for their lives. They are wandering aimlessly. They are of no real help to the team. The place they are to fill is left empty. There is a gap in the ranks. But the Coach is there ready to give direction! Who is the Coach? He is the Holy Spirit. And where is He to be found? This was a strange feature of the dream. Ordinarily the coach is on the sidelines or in the dugout. But here the coach was right in the middle of the field. Where is the Holy Spirit today? He is right in the very midst of us. He is there to give us direction as we look to Him. He showed me that I was to be at third base. We will come to the meaning of this in a moment.
The various team members were quickly finding their positions. The game would soon be underway. We began to shout words of encouragement to one another. Oh, what a beautiful picture of the church.
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Heb. 10: 24,25
Then began our exercises. The Lord showed me that the physical exercises of ball players parallel the Christian’s spiritual exercises. If we are to stay in shape for spiritual conflict we must follow the rules and disciplines of spiritual exercise flexing our knees in prayer, lifting our arms in praise, bending our backs in
worship! Hallelujah! The participants in a world championship conflict will always be in top condition. Let it not be said of us that…
The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. Luke 16: 8b
If men in the sports arena can discipline their lives and stay in the best of condition to achieve an earthly crown, how much more should the Christian pay the price to be fully prepared for the greatest conflict of all
Now, it was time for the conflict to begin. God showed me that our team was in the field on the defense. He told me that I His people had been in this position long enough. It was time to take the upper hand of the devil and get on the offensive. A good defense is important, but it is the offensive team that scores. Through spiritual warfare the church is taking the offensive today. Demons are being cast out. Principalities and powers of spiritual darkness are being assailed and defeated. Jesus once said…
If I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. Luke 11:20
This is the day of spiritual battle and spiritual victory. Before the Kingdom of God can ever become a reality in your life or mine, the forces of hell that beset us must be faced and overcome. Before the church can fulfill that which the Lord prophesied concerning His victorious church (Matt. 16:18) it must take the
offensive against the devil. The message and practice of spiritual warfare is spreading rapidly today throughout the church. The devil is being resisted and he is forced to flee. For the first time we are seeing the backside of the devil. It is a beautiful sight!
I am reminded of the story of the boys who were playing ball out in a field one day. A man was passing by. He asked one of the boys how the game was going. The boy replied that it was going fine. The man inquired as to the score. The boy said it was 35 to 0. The man wanted to know in whose favor. The boy said that it was in favor of the other team. Then the man commented that the boy’s team was getting beaten very badly. The boy looked puzzled and said , “Oh, no, Sir! We are not getting beat.” Now the man was puzzled. He wanted to know how the boy figured that they were not being defeated when they were behind 35 to 0.
Whereupon the boy explained, “Sir, we haven’t come to bat yet.”
What a picture of the church! The devil has been running up the score. But now it is time for the church to take the offensive and defeat the devil. Amen!
Then the first ball was pitched. The opposing batter hit the ball very hard. The ball went very high and far but fell foul. The Lord said, “I want to show you the work of the enemy. It is like that ball that was hit. The enemy does have some power. And what he does is often very high and impressive, but it is ‘foul’ all the way.”
The fear that struck my heart is common to many of God’s servants when they see all that the devil is doing. They wonder if there is any chance of victory. They begin to think in terms of being caught off in a rapture. But God is not bringing forth that kind of a church! He is Lord of a militant church. He has been waiting for a generation like ours to take the field. Under his leadership it will be done. The enemy will be defeated. Are you on the team? Are you taking the offensive against the devil?
I realized at this point in the dream that I must be ready. I must be my best. I must be able to move in any direction required and get the opponent out.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Eph. 5:15,16
The dream seemed to have ended prematurely. I inquired of the Lord as to why I was not permitted to see the finish of the game. The Lord asked me in return why I wanted to see it through to the end. I explained that I was desirous of knowing the outcome. The Lord then said a beautiful thing to me, “Son”, He said, “you do not need to know the outcome; you already know it. My Word has promised you that you are on the winning team. It will be even as I have said. No, you do not need to know the outcome, but you do need to know that THE FINAL CONFLICT HAS BEGUN!”
Yes, dear Christian friend, we are in the end of the age. The final conflict between the forces of Satan and the army of God is ALREADY under way. We see the evidences of it on every side. It is the call unto battle. There is no more time to delay. The warfare is on! Are you involved?
The interpretation of the dream had not ended. I was given the meaning of the bases. First base represented social relationships, second base was business relationships, third base was church relationships. This is why I was assigned to third base. It was my business to put the devil out when he tried to get on third base – in the church.
Home base represented just what it signified – home relationships. The Spirit showed me that everything began at home base and ended at home base. When the members of the Lord’s team came to bat they had to start at home and get a hit there. No matter how impressively they ran the bases of social, business or even church relationships, if they had not gotten started right at home they were nothing but hypocrites!
God is placing an emphasis upon right home-life today. He is setting our homes in order. He is restoring the husband and father to his place of authority in the home. The home is becoming the center of spiritual life. This is God’s divine order. We cannot be right in any other relationship in life until our lives are right at
home. The devil’s team is throwing fast balls and curve balls at home. The devil must be defeated first of all in his onslaught against our homes. Each member of the family must assume the roll that God has ordained:
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord … Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for i t . . . Children, obey your parents in the Lord; for this is right. Eph. 5:22,25, 6:1
The first test for Christian living comes at home. If the love, joy and peace of the Holy Spirit does not issue from our lives in relationship with members of our own household, then Satan has gained a victory over us. When it becomes apparent that Satan has already gained a foothold in our home and through oneself, it is a call to spiritual warfare. Defeat the devil in your own life and in your family and then you will be able to carry the warfare on into other areas of life.
In His parable of the mote and the beam Jesus showed us that we must get our own life in order before we can minister to others. Let’s be sure there are no pigs in our own parlors.
Short Prayer for Self-Deliverance.
“Lord Jesus Christ, I believe You died on the cross for my sins and rose again from the dead. You redeemed me by Your blood and I belong to You, and I want to live for You. I confess all my sins-known and unknown- I’m sorry for them all. I renounce them all. I forgive all others as I want You to forgive me. Forgive me now and cleanse me with Your blood. I thank You for the blood of Jesus Christ which cleanses me now from all sin. And I come to You now as my deliverer. You know my special needs-the thing that binds, that torments, that defiles; that evil spirit, that unclean spirit—I claim the promise of Your word, “Whosoever that calleth on the name of the Lord shall be delivered.” I call upon You now. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, deliver me and set me free. Satan, I renounce you and all your works. I loose myself from you, in the name of Jesus, and I command you to leave me right now in Jesus’ name. Amen!”
Let it come from your heart and see the salvation of the Lord!
Are You Sick or a need for restoration?
For those who are sick or unwell in whatever shape or form, or needing deliverance? Or restoration, kindly touch the dot below in faith (Faith is seeing the precise positive outcome of your current situation, knowing that Jesus has done His part more than 2000 years ago to secure your healing and deliverance, restoration as a down payment, trusting that that down payment is available to you to draw from, like a positive balance in your checking account with the bank, no questions asked as we agree with you and pronounce BE HEALED in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen)
By the authority, you have granted unto me and unto them, I exercise that authority now in faith with their anger against the enemy and hunger to get what you have freely given unto them all, I curse every illness, every disease, be it cancer, COVID 19, be it spirit of infirmities, be it demonic possession or oppression, be it the spirit of poverty, setbacks, delayed fulfilment of what God has already determined and released. We come against the anomaly, I bind them, we curse them to their root and we cast them out by authority in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. We call forth a release of healing, deliverances and restoration into their lives in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Thank you Lord for testimonies that are abiding to your glory and honour and adoration. Thank you for souls that are being added to Your kingdom as a result of this message, the miracles that we are already seeing right now and manifesting for your glory in Jesus name, Amen. It is done! Rejoice!
Touch this spot highlighted as a point of contact and confess with your mouth – I AM HEALED, I AM DELIVERED and I AM RESTORED in my Spirit, Soul, Body and all around me in the name of JESUS Christ, Amen!!!
Begin to do what you could not do before and begin to confess until full healing, deliverance restoration becomes a fruit in your life in Jesus name, amen. Stay hungry for all of God, stay angry and take back all that the enemy has held back in Jesus name, amen
Testify to the healing for God’s glory and to the shame of the enemy! Send us an email or whatsapp us if you still need us to agree with you on the issue. And connect at the equipping series starting next week Thursday. Find detail shortly on our website!
Ambassador. Monday O. Ogbe
Otakada.org Cyber Church Ministries Inc