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The School of the Holy Spirit - 48 of 52 -  Part 36 The Secret of total or partial lockdown, confinement and imprisonment in the secret place + How to minister to self and others who are under demonic influence and Everything you need to know about demons and deliverance
The School of the Holy Spirit – 48 of 52 – Part 36 The Secret of total or partial lockdown, confinement and imprisonment in the secret place + How to minister to self and others who are under demonic influence and Everything you need to know about demons and deliverance

The School of the Holy Spirit – 48 of 52 –  Part 36 The Secret of total or partial lockdown, confinement and imprisonment in the secret place + How to minister to self and others who are under demonic influence and Everything you need to know about demons and deliverance

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Quotes: Walking with God

“Hearing Gods voice in your lockdown, confinement or imprisonment – A 21 Day Challenge for you: When I go on my knees in my partial or total lockdown, confinement and imprisonment and i sincerely ask Him to speak to me, He does nine out of ten times when my desire is to honor Him and please Him. When I am not thinking just about my needs and concerns but the needs of others, God moves to speak because He is looking for channels to communicate with His people. When He speaks to one, He speaks to all because we all need a word from the Lord at one time or another in our work and walk with the Lord. Be the channel through whom He can speak today – He needs Humility, faithfulness and Loyalty from you – You determine how far He can go with you. Try this by praying like this, “Lord, speak to me today, speak to others that are desirous to hear from You. Make me a channel of Your grace in hearing from You concerning the needs and concerns of others so that I can be a blessing to Your people by communicating to them what You always want to get to them and as I do this, cause me to be refreshed and blessed in Jesus name, Amen.”  Make this a 21-day challenge beginning today and see how Your spiritual sensitivity skyrockets like never before. Be others minded. Jesus did not come to die for Himself, He came to die for others. He is right now interceding not for Himself but for others like you and me.  Moses did not go back to Egypt to deliver Himself. Moses went back to Egypt to deliver others. John, confined in the island of Patmos did not receive revelation for Himself only but for others. Abraham was called to the land of promise so that He can be a blessing not just to himself but to others. You are Abraham’s seed, act like one. Reach out to others- Go beyond your own needs and see how God meets your needs in spectacular ways you can never fathom.”- Monday Ogwuojo Ogbe – Otakada.org

“When God speaks, he does not give new revelation about himself that contradicts what he has already revealed in Scripture. Rather, God speaks to give application of his Word to the specific circumstances in your life. When God speaks to you, he is not writing a new book of Scripture; rather, he is applying to your life what he has already said in his Word.”

― Henry T. Blackaby, Hearing God’s Voice

“Unless we see God’s activity in the midst of them, we will be unaware of their spiritual significance. They will simply be events in a long succession of confusing occurrences. A miracle could take place, and we would miss it. But if we are sensitive to God’s voice, these same events can hold enormous significance for us.” – Hudson

“Some people can be so disoriented to God that when he begins to work around them, they actually become annoyed at the interruption!”

― Henry T. Blackaby, Hearing God’s Voice

Key Verses:

Matthew 6:6 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) But when you pray, go into your [ most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.

Matthew 7:24-27 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) 24 So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [ obeying them] will be like a [a]sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock.

25 And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

26 And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand.

27 And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great and complete was the fall of it.

Revelation 3:18 Amplified Bible (AMP)

18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold that has been heated red hot and refined by fire so that you may become truly rich; and white clothes [ representing righteousness] to clothe yourself so that the shame of your nakedness will not be seen; and healing salve to put on your eyes so that you may see.

Luke 21:34-35 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

34 But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the [a]giddiness and headache and [b]nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [ the [c]business of] this life, and [ lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose;

35 For it will come upon all who live upon the face of the entire earth.

Revelation 1 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

1 [This is] the revelation of Jesus Christ [His unveiling of the divine mysteries]. God gave it to Him to disclose and make known to His bond servants certain things which must shortly and speedily come to pass [a]in their entirety. And He sent and communicated it through His angel (messenger) to His bond servant John,

Who has testified to and vouched for all that he saw [[b]in his visions], the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Blessed (happy, [c]to be envied) is the man who reads aloud [in the assemblies] the word of this prophecy; and blessed (happy, [d]to be envied) are those who hear [it read] and who keep themselves true to the things which are written in it [heeding them and laying them to heart], for the time [for them to be fulfilled] is near.

John to the seven assemblies (churches) that are in Asia: May grace (God’s unmerited favor) be granted to you and spiritual peace ([e]the peace of Christ’s kingdom) from Him Who is and Who was and Who is to come, and from the seven Spirits [[f]the sevenfold Holy Spirit] before His throne,

And from Jesus Christ the faithful and trustworthy Witness, the Firstborn of the dead [first to be brought back to life] and the Prince (Ruler) of the kings of the earth. To Him Who [g]ever loves us and has [h]once [for all] loosed and freed us from our sins by His own blood,

And formed us into a kingdom (a royal race), priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the power and the majesty and the dominion throughout the ages and forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth shall gaze upon Him and beat their breasts and mourn and lament over Him. Even so [must it be]. Amen (so be it).

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord God, He Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty (the Ruler of all).

I, John, your brother and companion (sharer and participator) with you in the tribulation and kingdom and patient endurance [which are] in Jesus Christ, was on the isle called Patmos, [banished] on account of [my witnessing to] the Word of God and the testimony (the proof, the evidence) for Jesus Christ.

10 I was in the Spirit [rapt in His power ] on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a great voice like the calling of a [i]war trumpet,

11 Saying, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last. Write promptly what you see (your vision) in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia—to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.

12 Then I turned to see [whose was] the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands,

13 And in the midst of the lampstands [One ] like a Son of Man, clothed with a robe which reached to His feet and with a girdle of gold about His breast.

14 His head and His hair were white like white wool, [as white] as snow, and His eyes [flashed] like a flame of fire.

15 His feet glowed like burnished (bright) bronze as it is refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters.

16 In His right hand He held seven stars, and from His mouth there came forth a sharp two-edged sword, and His face was like the sun shining in full power at midday.

17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as if dead. But He laid His right hand on me and said, Do not be afraid! I am the First and the Last,

18 And the Ever-living One [I am living in the eternity of the eternities ]. I died, but see, I am alive forevermore; and I possess the keys of death and Hades (the realm of the dead).

19 Write therefore the things you see, what they are [and signify ] and what is to take place hereafter.

20 As to the hidden meaning (the mystery) of the seven stars which you saw on My right hand and the seven lampstands of gold: the seven stars are the seven angels (messengers) of the seven assemblies (churches) and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Psalm 139:1-18 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

Psalm 139

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

O Lord, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me.

You know my downsitting and my uprising; You understand my thought afar off.

You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways.

For there is not a word in my tongue [still unuttered], but, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

You have beset me and shut me in—behind and before, and You have laid Your hand upon me.

Your [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high above me, I cannot reach it.

Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence?

If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), behold, You are there.

If I take the wings of the morning or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

10 Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.

11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me and the night shall be [the only] light about me,

12 Even the darkness hides nothing from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.

13 For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well.

15 My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery ].

16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life ] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

18 If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awoke, [could I count to the end ] I would still be with You.

Luke 22:39-49 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

39 And He came out and went, as was His habit, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples also followed Him.

40 And when He came to the place, He said to them, Pray that you may not [at all] enter into temptation.

41 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw and knelt down and prayed,

42 Saying, Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but [[a]always] Yours be done.

43 And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him in spirit.

44 And being in an agony [of mind ], He prayed [all the] more earnestly and intently, and His sweat became like great [b]clots of blood dropping down upon the ground.

45 And when He got up from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from grief,

46 And He said to them, Why do you sleep? Get up and pray that you may not enter [at all] into temptation.

47 And while He was still speaking, behold, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the Twelve [apostles], was going before [ leading] them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss Him,

48 But Jesus said to him, Judas! Would you betray and deliver up the Son of Man with a kiss?

49 And when those who were around Him saw what was about to happen, they said, Lord, shall we strike with the sword?

Introduction.

Dear friends I welcome you to the series on the school of the Holy Spirit. Today, we bring you –

The School of the Holy Spirit – 48 of 52 –  Part 36 The Secret of total or partial lockdown, confinement and imprisonment in the secret place + How to minister to self and others who are under demonic influence and Everything you need to know about demons and deliverance

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Read – 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Amplified Bible (AMP) 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.

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If you missed the last two series of Sunday and Wednesday as follows hereunder:

The School of the Holy Spirit – 46 of 52 –  Part 34 The Secret of walking with God + How to Help people who are under visible influence of any kind of curses

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Now, let’s explore The Secret of total or partial lockdown, confinement and imprisonment in the secret place

Like John on the isle of Patmos, some saints are finding themselves in places of restriction in this hour, and are struggling with all the emotional trappings that attend lockdown, imprisonment and confinement. Feelings such as hopelessness, uselessness, despair, abandonment, rejection, reproach, lack of understanding, loneliness, vulnerability, etc. With such a host of emotions assaulting the prisoner’s equilibrium, it’s difficult to maintain an unswerving confidence in the simple secret of lockdowns, confinement and imprisonment: When you’re in lockdown, confinement or imprisonment, God is closer to you than you realize if you open up your spirit to His Spirit – Deliberately, Patiently, and attentively.

The Lord assures the afflicted soul, “I will be with him in trouble’” (Psalm 91:15). When you’ve been troubled by circumstances that twist and press your soul, be assured that your Lord is closer to you than ever!

David said of the Lord, “He made darkness His secret place” (Psalm 18:11). When the lights of understanding go out and you’re plunged into emotional darkness, you are actually being issued an invitation into God’s secret place. It’s in the darkness where God meets in secret with His chosen ones.

The Lord’s prison is generally characterized by social isolation and loneliness. Friends drift away, and relationships that once ministered life and grace to you are distant or estranged. Your ability to function is greatly curtailed, and you find no joy in the small amount of movement that your chains grant you. This confinement, however, has been orchestrated by your Lover. Your heavenly Husband will allure you into the wilderness (as per Hosea 2), He will comfort you with His presence, and He will renew your affections for His goodness and glory. It is here, in the pain of loneliness and aimlessness, that the Lord designs to ignite a depth of love relationship like you’ve never known. Before, you were too busy to find it or care about it. Now, you’re so determined to understand the nature of His hand in your life that you’re pressing into Him with abandonment and desperation.

In His kindness, He dries up every other fountain that has nurtured your soul, that He might become your only fountain in the quietness of this cell. It’s here you will learn to own the reality of Psalm 87:7, “All my springs are in You.” Instead of being energized by projects, you will now become energized by a Person. Being with Him and in Him will become your criteria for success.

David spoke of the intimacy of the prison: “You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it” (Psalm 139:5-6). Being hedged behind, David cannot stop or quit because he is being herded forward. Being hedged before, he cannot accelerate or push ahead, he can only move forward at the pace the Lord sovereignly sets for him. He can’t work up momentum, and he can’t quit. Then, he’s under the mighty hand of God, which means he can’t move to the left or right either. He is a man without options. And his evaluation of this place of constraint, restraint, and harnessed direction? David could have been tempted to view this as highly constrictive and controlling, but instead he called it such high knowledge that he cannot attain it!

Not only is this prison a place of intense intimacy, but it is also a place of revelational importation. Jesus said, “‘Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light’” (Matthew 10:27). In the place of darkness, God is saying more to you than you realize! While He might not be talking about what you want Him to talk about, He is desiring to download to you the thoughts and intents of His heart. If you listen and hear in the darkness, one day you will speak in the light what He whispered to your heart in the dark.

When I go on my knees in my partial or total lockdown, confinement and imprisonment and i sincerely ask Him to speak to me, He does nine out of ten times when my desire is to honor Him and please Him. When I am not thinking just about my needs and concerns but the needs of others, God moves to speak because He is looking for channels to communicate with His people. When He speaks to one, He speaks to all because we all need a word from the Lord at one time or another in our work and walk with the Lord. Be the channel through whom He can speak today – He needs Humility, faithfulness and Loyalty from you – You determine how far He can go with you. Try this by praying like this, “Lord, speak to me today, speak to others that are desirous to hear from You. Make me a channel of Your grace in hearing from You concerning the needs and concerns of others so that I can be a blessing to Your people by communicating to them what You always want to get to them and as I do this, cause me to be refreshed and blessed in Jesus name, Amen.”  Make this a 21-day challenge beginning today and see how Your spiritual sensitivity skyrockets like never before. Be others minded. Jesus did not come to die for Himself, He came to die for others. He is right now interceding not for Himself but for others like you and me.  Moses did not go back to Egypt to deliver Himself. Moses went back to Egypt to deliver others. John, confined in the island of Patmos did not receive revelation for Himself only but for others. Abraham was called to the land of promise so that He can be a blessing not just to himself but to others. You are Abraham’s seed, act like one. Reach out to others- Go beyond your own needs and see how God meets your needs in spectacular ways you can never fathom.

Are you in a prison of sorts? Just give Him your love! The Scripture says, “A friend loves at all times” (Proverbs 17:17). Even when the Lord is mysterious in His ways, His friends still love Him. And in the quietness of that love, a new depth of intimacy is cultivated and established in the heart that will carry you for life. You will learn that “Faithful are the wounds of a friend” (Proverbs 27:6), for He loved you enough to wound you, that He might woo you into a greater connection with Him.
Here’s one of the secrets of darkness: He imprisons those He loves in order to awaken them in the secret place to mature bridal affections. Don’t despise your chains, for they bind you to the heart of the One you long for. You are the prisoner of the Lord.

Lord, help me today to be deliberate, intentional, patiently and attentively wait to hear from You for self and others who are also desirous to get directions as to the route to proceed for their life walk and work with You. Lord do this for Your glory and honor in Jesus name, amen

Now Let’s explore How to minister to self and others who are under demonic influence and Everything you need to know about demons and deliverance

DEMONS AND DELIVERANCE

DEFINITION:   Demons are fallen angels who joined Satan’s rebellion against God and were cast out of heaven (Revelation 12:7-9).  They were originally angels of God but are now evil spirits operating under Satan’s control.   They are also referred to as “devils”, as distinct from the Devil who is Satan.  People affected by demons are in need of deliverance from captivity and/or the influence of demonic powers.  

FACTS ABOUT DEMONS AND DELIVERANCE:

Spiritual warfare is a battle with the forces of evil, Satan and his hosts of demons (Ephesians 6:12). Our armor is truth,  righteousness, the Gospel, faith, and salvation. The Word of God and prayer are powerful spiritual weapons (Ephesians 6:14-18). Our authority and power is from Jesus (Mark 16:17). 

How demons operate.  Demons oppose God, His plan and purposes, and His people.  They also war against unbelievers to keep them from the truth of the Gospel.  Demons control specific territories (principalities) such as the prince of Persia mentioned in Daniel 10:12-13.  Demons also work through personalities–through men and women–to accomplish Satanic objectives in the world.   Opposition to God’s will and His Word is Satan’s main objective.  The word “Satan” means “adversary.” Satan and his demonic host are primarily God’s adversary (Job 1:6; Matthew 13:39).  He is secondarily, man’s adversary (Zechariah 3:1; 1 Peter 5:8).

Demons have different natures.  One demon identified himself as a “lying spirit”  (1 Kings 22:23).   A “deaf and dumb” spirit is identified in Mark 9:25.  Demons of various natures operate as spirits of infirmity, seducing spirits, and unclean spirits. 

            -Spirits of infirmity afflict the bodies of believers as well as unbelievers. See the story of     the daughter of Abraham (a Jewish believer) in Luke 13:10-17.  For other examples of           demonic powers afflicting the body see Matthew 12:22; 17:15-18; Acts 10:38;

            1 Corinthians 12:7.

-Seducing spirits afflict the spirit of man, seducing him to believe doctrinal lies and be condemned to eternal punishment.  They are deceptive spirits of false doctrine, cults, false Christs, and false teachers (1 Timothy 4:1).  They do miraculous works which lead some to believe they are of God (Revelation 16:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10).  Seducing spirits include the “spirit of divination” mentioned in Acts 16:16 and “familiar spirits” that operate in fortune tellers, witches, and palm, crystal ball, and tea leaf readers.  Through unscriptural methods of divination, these spirits foretell the future and reveal things not naturally known.   Warnings against familiar spirits are given in Leviticus 19:31; 20:6; Deuteronomy 5:9; 18:10; Leviticus 20:27; and 1 Samuel 28:3.   Seducing spirits sear the conscience, seduce, entice, tempt, allure, interest, fascinate, excite, arouse, attract, and deceive.  They are operative in every cult and wherever doctrinal error exists.  Seducing spirits entice men and women to worship idols and even Satan himself.

-Unclean spirits afflict the soul.  They are responsible for immoral acts and unclean thoughts.  When Satan controls individuals with unclean spirits, he uses them to cause problems in homes, churches, and nations.  This is how Satan works in the various levels of structure in society (Matthew 10:1; 12:43;  Mark 1:23-26).

Demonic oppression.  To oppress means to bear down, come against, or bind from the outside.  This oppression is accomplished by evil spirits in various ways.  They cause depression, create negative circumstances, and cause wrong thoughts such as of suicide, immorality, unbelief, fear, etc.

            -A physical binding: The “daughter of Abraham” who Jesus relieved of a spirit of infirmity was bound physically (Luke 13:10-17).  Chronic sickness may be demonic oppression, although all illness is not caused by demonic powers. 

            -A mental oppression: Disturbances in the mind such as mental torment, confusion, doubt, loss of memory, etc.  Restlessness, an inability to reason or listen to others, abnormal talkativeness or reserve  may be exhibited.  All mental problems are not caused by Satan, but some definitely are caused by demonic influence.

            -Emotional problems: Disturbances in the emotions which persist or recur, including resentment, hatred, anger, fear, rejection, self-pity, jealousy, depression, worry, insecurity, inferiority, etc.

            -Spiritual problems: Extreme difficulties in overcoming sin and sinful habits.  Spiritual solutions are rejected and doctrinal error is frequent.

.           -Circumstances: Demons can create difficult circumstances which are oppressive.  These circumstances usually involve confusion and can immediately be identified as demonic because God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33; James 3:16).

Demonic possession.  Demon possession is a condition in which one or more evil spirits (demons) inhabit the body of a human being and take complete control of their victim at will.  Some people prefer using the word “demonized” rather than possession, but regardless of the term, the possessed person is host to resident demons.  “Possession” does not mean a person is not responsible for his own sin.  His responsibility rests in the actions that led to his condition, i.e., involvement with demonic influences.  Demonic possession can be recognized by the following signs:

            -Indwelling of an unclean spirit: This is demonstrated by a basic moral uncleanness and filthiness.  For examples see Mark 5:2 and Luke 8:27.

            -Unusual physical strength: A person shows strength beyond normal capabilities.  For examples see Mark 5:3 and Luke 8:29.

            -Fits of rage:  See Mark 9:14-29 and Luke 8:26-39.

            -Resistance to spiritual things: In the accounts in Mark 6:7 and 1:21-28, the demons knew Jesus  and asked Him to leave them alone.  Fear of the name of Jesus, prayer, and the Word and blasphemy of that which is spiritual are all symptoms of demon possession.

            -Changes in personality and/or voice:  A person who is normally shy may become aggressive or violent.  Actions as well as appearance may be affected.  Moral character and intelligence may change.  The voice may be altered (Mark 5:9).

            -Accompanying physical afflictions: These appear most commonly as afflictions of the mental and nervous systems  (Matthew 9:33; 12:22; Mark 5:4-5).  They can also include a general wasting away physically. (Mark 9:14-29). 

            -Self-inflicted physical injury:  In Matthew 17:1421 there is the story of a man’s son who would cast himself in the fire.  In Luke 8:26-39 this demon possessed man cut himself with stones to inflict physical injury. 

            -Terrible anguish: Luke 8:28 relates that this man went about crying because of the inner torment caused by his possession.

            -Incapacity for normal living:  This man could not reside in society, but lived in the tombs of the cemetery (Luke 8:27).

            -Divination:  This is the ability, through unscriptural methods, to foretell the future or reveal that which is unknown.  The woman in Acts 16:16 is said to be possessed by a spirit of divination.

            -Obsessive immorality such as involvement with pornography, adultery, fornication,  homosexuality, and other sexual sins.  Strong compulsions toward eating disorders, suicide, self-mutilation, maiming, and murder.

            -Addiction to drugs or alcohol.

            -Trances, visions, and meditation which are not focused on or from the one true God.

            -Bondage to emotions:  Rage,  hatred,  jealousy, etc.

Demon obsession.  This is a condition where one is obsessed by an interest in or preoccupation with demons.  It is an unusual interest in the occult, demons, and Satan.  Demonic obsession is recognized by an uncontrollable and unusual preoccupation with demons, Satan, and the occult.  A person may dabble in occult practices, constantly credit everything to Satan or demons, or be preoccupied with the study of demons and Satan.

A true Christian cannot be demon possessed.  He may be obsessed with demons or oppressed by them, but a true believer cannot be possessed by a demon because the Holy Spirit cannot inhabit the same temple as an evil spirit  (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).  When you belong to God and are filled with the Holy Spirit, you cannot belong to Satan and be filled with his spirits at the same time.  The Holy Ghost will not abide in the same “temple” with Satan. 

Demons gain control in varied ways.

-Through generations:  Demonic powers operating in parents and the sins of the parents can affect the next generation.  This may account for demon possession or oppression of children such as recorded in Mark 7:24-30 and 9:17-21.  (See also “Generational Curses” in this database.)

            -Through the mind:  If Satan controls your thoughts, he will eventually control your actions.  Lack of mental control eventually results in lack of use of the will.  This leads to sinful actions.  Continuing in sinful thoughts and actions can lead from oppression to possession and eventually to a reprobate mind such as is described in Romans l–a mind totally controlled by evil thoughts.  Demons also gain access through mind-altering drugs which reduce the ability to resist demons and grant increasing access to the mind.  “Brain washing” and “mind control” also provide entrance points for the enemy into your mind.  (See also “Mind And Thoughts” in this database.)

            -Through sinful actions: Sinful thoughts lead to sinful actions.  For example, the thought of adultery is fulfilled in the actual act of adultery.  Sin is rebellion, and rebellious thoughts and actions provides an entry point for demonic activity. When a believer continues in sinful thoughts or actions they “give place” to the Devil (Ephesians 4:27).   Sins of involvement with the occult, including objects, literature, séances, etc., are actions which are especially dangerous and attract demonic powers.    

            -Through desire:  Some people ask Satan for demonic power to enable them to perform supernatural acts.  Others worship Satan or join Satanic cults.

            -Through an empty house:  Demons consider the body of the person they inhabit as their own house (Matthew 12:44).  When a person who is delivered from demonic powers does not fill his spiritual house by the new birth experience and the infilling of the Holy Spirit, reentry may occur.

            -Through permission: Sometimes God grants permission for demonic powers to operate through a trial–as in the case of Job–or judgment for sin–as in the example of King Saul.

Jesus dealt with demons.  The teaching and ministry of Jesus demonstrated that demonic spirits are real forces of evil. Jesus accepted the fact that Satan is the ruler of a host of demons.  He taught of the reality and power of demons.  He said that casting out demons was one of the signs that the Kingdom of God had come.  Read Matthew 12:22-30, Mark 3:22-27, and Luke 11:14-23 for a summary of what Jesus taught concerning demons.  Jesus ministered deliverance to all who came with demonic problems (Acts 10:38).

You do not need to be afraid of demons.  Jesus gives true believers power over all of the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19).

Jesus commissioned His followers to  cast out demons.  You are not to focus your ministry on casting out demons, but as you go into the world preaching the Gospel you will encounter demons that would hinder your ministry.  You have the power and authority delegated by Jesus you to cast them out of yourself and others (Matthew 10:1,8; Mark 6:7; Mark 16:17; John 14:2). 

DEALING WITH  DEMONS AND DELIVERANCE:

Pray for discernment.  Ask God to reveal the cause of the demonic influence.  Ask for discernment in knowing how to minister and/or receive deliverance.

Faith, fasting, and prayer are essential when dealing with demons.  Read the account in Matthew 17:14-21.   Tools for deliverance include the Word of God (Ephesians 5:17; Hebrews 4:12); the blood of Jesus (Revelation 12:11);  and the infilling power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; 2:38).

            Determine the specific problem.  The problem may be in the: 

-Spiritual realm:  Problems related to sin.  These require a ministry of spiritual healing (repentance and forgiveness of sin).

-Physical realm:  Bodily sickness caused by demonic spirits of infirmity.

-Emotional realm: Problems of anxiety, fear, anger, bitterness, resentment, guilt, doubt, failure, jealousy, selfishness, confusion, frustration, perfectionism in the energy of the flesh, unforgiveness, past situations.

-Mental realm:  Problems stemming from negative thinking and attacks of Satan on the mind.  

Remember: Because man is a triune being, problems in one realm affect the whole person so deal with the whole person, not just one area.  Man is body, soul, spirit.  Wholeness implies dealing with all of these. 

Pray a prayer of deliverance.  Focus on the specific problem–possession, obsession, oppression, etc.   You do not have to persuade God to deliver by your prayer. Just as salvation is readily available, the same is true of deliverance.  Just as salvation is based on the condition of faith, so is deliverance.  God wants to deliver, just as He wants to save.    Here is a prayer of deliverance to pray over yourself or to someone to whom you may be ministering:

            “In the name of Jesus Christ and on the basis of the authority of His power, His Word, His blood, and the Holy Spirit…”

            …This establishes the power base for deliverance…

            “…I bind you….”

            …Jesus taught to bind the strong man first before attempting to cast him out…

            “…and I command you…”

…Ministering deliverance is a prayer of authority, not of entreaty.  You can speak quietly, but you must take authority over the forces of evil in the name of Jesus.  Look directly into the eyes of the person as you speak.

            “…the spirit of_________” or “…you foul spirit of Satan…”

…if the spirit has been identified either through spiritual or natural discernment, then name it specifically; otherwise, generally.

            “…to depart….”

            …this is the casting out process…

            “…without harming________(your name or the name of the person being delivered), or anyone in this house, and without creating noise or disturbance”

…Sometimes the demon will try to harm the person or create a disturbance.

            “I forbid you to reenter…”

            …Remember that Jesus used this command…

            “…and I loose the Holy Spirit to cleanse and fill this vessel through the power delegated by Jesus Christ…

…We are told to loose as well as bind.  If you have identified a specific spirit, name it.

“,,,in the name of Jesus Christ.”

            Recognize the signs of deliverance.  In cases of demonic possession, sometimes demons come out with a struggle, such as crying out or throwing the person on the floor. When demons have departed and their hold has been broken,  there will be a sense of release and joy, like the lifting of a weight.

Take follow-up steps.   Jesus emphasized the importance of follow-up so that demons will not return (Matthew 12:43-45).

            -Pray a prayer of renouncing.  After deliverance, pray a prayer of confession, repentance, and renouncing of any sins or involvements connected with the demonic.

            -Destroy occult items.   These would includeidols, voodoo items, witchcraft equipment, books, charms, etc.

            -Fill the spiritual voidWhen a demon is cast out, he will seek another body through which to operate.  A demon is restless and discontent outside of a human body.  It is only by indwelling and controlling a human life that a demon is able to fulfill Satan’s evil purposes.  Because of the danger of a demon returning to his former victim accompanied by worse spirits, the spiritual void must be filled.  A person must receive Jesus Christ as Savior and be filled with the Holy Spirit.  He should continually immerse himself in prayer and the Word of God and become part of a community of believers.

            -Testify of the deliverance.  Jesus told the demoniac of Gadarene to tell others about his deliverance (Mark 5:19-20).  Revelation 12:11 confirms that we overcome the powers of Satan by the word of our testimony.

            Protect yourself from demonic powers.  Here are specific ways to protect yourself from demonic powers:

-Accept Jesus Christ as Savior. 

-Avoid sin.  After you are saved, keep yourself from sin, for through sin you “give place to the devil” or provide opportunity for him to oppress you.

-Be filled with the Holy Spirit.  Demonic spirits and the Spirit of God cannot inhabit the same spiritual vessel.

-Avoid an obsessive interest in demons.  It is not wrong to study what God’s Word says about them or expositions based on God’s Word, but do not read secular books, attend séances, etc., to learn more about demons.

-Avoid any contact with the occult.  Do not consult witches, shaman, astrologers, horoscopes, or card, palm, or tea leaf readers.  Do not serve false gods or allow idols to come into your home (Deuteronomy 7:25-26).

WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS ABOUT DEMONS AND DELIVERANCE:

Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.  (Leviticus 19:31)

When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,  or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord,  (Deuteronomy 18:9-12)

My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you.  (Psalm 9:3)

For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.  (Psalm 27:5-6)

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy  and I will give thanks to him in song.  (Psalm 28:7)

This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.  The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.  (Psalm 34:6-7)

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

(Psalm 34:17)

A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.  (Psalm 34:19)

Read Psalm 91.

News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them.  (Matthew 4:24)

When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick… (Matthew 8:16)

He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.  (Matthew 10:1)

If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?  And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.  But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.  “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.  (Matthew 12:26-29)

Whenever the evil spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” (Mark 3:11)

And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;  they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”   (Mark 16:17-18)

In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice,  “Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”  “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.

All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What is this teaching? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!” (Luke 4:33-36)

When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.  Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Christ.    (Luke 4:40-41)

He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.   I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”  (Luke 10:18-19)

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  (John 10:10)

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)

Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.  (Acts 5:16)

With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed. 

(Acts 8:7)

You know what has happened throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached–how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. (Acts 10:37-38)

You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.  But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.  And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.  (Romans 8:9-11)

No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. (1 Corinthians 10:20-21)

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.  (Ephesians 6:11-18)

The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.  Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.  (1 Timothy 4:1-2)

The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.  (2 Timothy 4:18)

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment;  if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;  if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;  and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)–if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. (2 Peter 2:4-9)

He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

(1 John 3:8)

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,  but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.  You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.  They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.  We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.  (1 John 4:1-6)

And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home– these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.

(Jude 1:6)

And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.  But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.  The great dragon was hurled down–that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.  (Revelation 12:7-9)

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.  (Revelation 20:10) 

Prayer

Father, we present ourselves to You today, Like Abraham, Moses, John  and a host of others that have gone before us, we pray this prayer today as follows : “Lord, speak to me today, speak to others that are desirous to hear from You. Make me a channel of Your grace in hearing from You concerning the needs and concerns of others so that I can be a blessing to Your people by communicating to them what You always want to get to them and as I do this, cause me to be refreshed and blessed in Jesus name, Amen.”

Lord, help me today to be deliberate, intentional, patiently and attentively wait to hear from You for self and others who are also desirous to get directions as to the route to proceed for their life walk and work with You. Lord do this for Your glory and honor in Jesus name, amen

We thank you once again for the lessons you have brought our way as we meet hurting people everyday on our journey here on earth. Give us a heart of sympathy Lord God. Help us to be alive ourselves to the fact that there is nothing you cannot do as we make ourselves channels of your blessings to others who are hurting at this time. Give us a tenacious heart that is driven by love for you first and foremost. Thank you Lord for giving us the grace to represent you correctly as we raise the dead, spiritually speaking to a new life in you in Jesus name, amen

We dig deeper roots in You today, Lord God, because we know you have given us the grace which comes from the position of humility, faithfulness, a willingness to dig deeper roots, to abide win you 24/7 in Jesus name. We pray for those who are obsessed or possessed by demons, as they pray the prayers above, we declare total deliverance in the name of Jesus Christ as we bind the strongman in their lives, Lord visit us all today to know that You are always beside us to help us be all that You have called us to be and to do in Jesus name. We commit from this day to work out our salvation with fear and trembling in the name of Jesus as we belief in you Lord cord afresh from our hearts in obedience to your instruction as we die daily to self in Jesus name.  We thank You for total healing, spirit, soul and body in Jesus name, amen.

Now, experience all round-success this week and beyond as You are led by your closest friend – The Holy Spirit!

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