Wonderful new week, dear ones! I hope you had a great Shabbat rest. I must admit that I'm a little tired even after resting. I facilitated several deliverance sessions last week and have a few more scheduled for this week. Now I know why I was being trained the way I was so I've stopped complaining. I told you before I didn't want to see other people's demons but ... the more you know.
Today I want to share some things I've learned about deliverance. We all need it, but myths and foolishness have placed a stigma on the process so many believers just rule it out altogether and remain inhabited by demonic spirits. So, after saying that you can deduce I believe Mark 1 that tells us there was a man in the synagogue (Jewish church) who was demonized. Nothing has changed in the world to the point that evil spirits no longer exist. Therefore if Yeshua encountered demonized Jews in the meeting place in His day you'd better believe there are demonized folks sitting in your church every week. Know that possession and demonization are not the same thing. The Bible uses both terms - the former for pre-believers and the latter for those who've believed in Jesus.
Proof that believers can be demonized can be witnessed in those with addictions to food, tv and sex/pornography, anger, laziness, deception regarding the truths of the Bible, angels, demons and much more. Yes, deception is one of the busiest demonic structures present in the believing community. There are folks who have confessed Jesus as Lord who don't believe Dad's promise of provision and so they finance everything (spirit of mammon). There are others who don't believe His promise of forgiveness so they open the door to the spirits of condemnation, guilt and shame. There are believers who refuse to live forgiveness and have opened their lives up to tormenting spirits (Matthew 18:34). Fear is huge in the Body. Believers are afraid and on anti-anxiety drugs or not sleeping just as much as the rest.
I mentioned on FB last week that most deliverances don't end in cray cray manifestations. People testify about and try to record those instances because they get caught up in the spectacle. It's not scriptural to tell a demon to manifest and I actually do the opposite. I tell them do not manifest, just get out. I don't need the show, I need freedom. Yeshua never once told a demon to manifest so we shouldn't either; if you read the Word you'll see what He did was ask names sometimes. There are times that they do/will manifest but you have authority to command them to knock it off and get out. And you might not want to say "knock it off," because they may take you literally (they're under your authority if you have Jesus) and thrash the person on the way.
If you recall from Mark 5:12 demons prefer to inhabit pigs (animals) than being without human bodies to harass. And Jesus told us in Luke 11:24 that evil spirits wander dry places looking for a home. Those who are homeless wait and watch for people to open doors and legally give them permission to move in. Some of the things that protect us are the Blood, the Armor and praise.
Remember that Yeshua gave us authority over all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19) and Mark 16:17 decrees the first sign that follows those who believe is they will expel demons in His name. The first sign isn't even love, it's setting people free - which in essence is love.
Now, you can take yourself through many layers of deliverance. You don't have to have anyone other than the Godhead, but, of course, there are times when you need help. And there's help available.
I'm constantly seeking deliverance so the last time I had a block, I confessed, repented and was restored. Then I confessed to Patti and those I teach because James 5:16 tells to confess so we can be healed physically, spiritually and mentally. And, that is what I'm going to discuss next week.
Great grace to you in Jesus' name.
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