Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Deliverance Through Jesus Christ - Part II

Visions Update: We have updated the dreams and visions page with a new short vision!

This is Part II on this subject of deliverance. In October last year, I wrote an article titled Deliverance Through Jesus Christ - Part 1, and since deliverance is an on-going experience, the Lord charged me this morning (August 19, 2013) to write another account on deliverance. This account looks at the most critical issues affecting believers and non-believers. Satan, through his agents and demons, affects every household the world over. This is a human problem and we are all in dire need of our Saviour’s deliverance. I beseech you therefore to read this article, share it and apply it prayerfully as you prepare for the coming of our Lord and Great King Jesus Christ!

The Spirit World is Real

Brethren, as you may have noticed from our last few articles, we discussed wicked spirits and their influence on people. Our message has also been augmented by the Lord through visions from our Lord Jesus Christ. In these visions, the Lord showed how people are led into sin and disobedience towards Him. These teachings serve as warnings to you as we alert you of habitual or spontaneous behaviours that are displeasing to the Lord. Demons are very cunning and deceptive creatures; they are skilful in hiding their identities

Psychologists study the human personality in its varied degrees, but little do they know that some personality traits are those of demons blended with the human personality. Some of you may ask: “just how certain are you?” Well, I am not magnifying myself or the gift the Lord gave me. This gift of discernment is given to identify truth as from God and to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ. In this world, you are considered an expert if you have studied a certain subject. Likewise, we study the Bible not just to gain knowledge about our salvation and our Heavenly Father, but we are given spiritual gifts to discern activities beyond the veil. Having said this, I do not mean to say that we have contact with the dark spirit world. It is the mediums and those who practice divination who have contact with demonic spirits that disguise themselves as people. Some are called familiar spirits; I will talk about this later (Deuteronomy 18:9-12).

As it is, we and many other gifted and obedient children of the Lord are permitted by the Lord to know and see certain things in the spirit realm. The Lord does so to reveal to us that the spirit world is real and it exists. The Lord also reveals supernaturally to us how this world of spirits has an influence on humans generally. In this short introduction, we seek to make you aware that this world exists and that you are influenced knowingly or unknowingly by the beings in that realm. If you don’t have faith in Jesus Christ and deny or ignore that this spirit world exists, you are veiled and useful in Satan’s service (2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2).

In a recent message the Lord gave Charis, I learned that people are not just possessed by demons, but that people love to possess (own) demons (Luke 12:16-21; Matthew 6:24). I tell you the truth in Christ Jesus: if you habitually and wilfully practice certain wrong behaviour, you are being possessed, and you possess a demon; this is not for your good, but for your destruction (Esther 7:1-10; Matthew 27:3-5). Judas and Haman wanted honor, wealth and respect from man; however, their greed brought about their own destruction. This is the lot of many people! They want deliverance, but they still want to hold on to the demons. The Scriptures say you cannot have both (Matthew 6:24; Revelation 3:15-18).

How to Identify Demons?

Brethren, from the Bible we know that demons are able to identify the true children of God and they fear them because of the Holy Spirit and the anointing (Acts 19:13-18). Furthermore, demons also make themselves desirable through the things we desire and once we receive those things, they become the strong man in us (Genesis 3:6; Matthew 12:27-29). Through their strong influence and our desire for the forbidden things, we offer no resistance and we are “tied up” and our will starts to serve our appetites, which essentially are self-driven.

As I alluded above, demonic spirits are not easily identifiable. They hide themselves and pretend not to be there. The Lord revealed and told us that this is a vast dominion and through faith, prayer and fasting we are able to identify demonic spirit and their influence on people. The Lord Himself chooses which ones He wants to expose. Some demons are easily identified through some sinful behaviour like smoking, drinking, lust, greed, pride, slander, etc. (Galatians 5:19-21). Other demons, like the “wolves in sheep clothing”, are not easily identifiable (Matthew 7:15). The Lord does point to us that through their fruit we would know them only when we view them spiritually. We are being deceived and led astray by demons due to our appetite for sin and lack of spending time in God’s presence through daily Bible reading and prayer (Hosea 4:6; Ephesians 4:13-15). As we grow in maturity through the Word and our faithful service, the Lord grants discernment and our need for deliverance. In the Deliverance Through Jesus Christ Part I article, we pointed out that even believers are possessed and are in constant need for deliverance. I will share a few testimonies below and how the Lord administered deliverance through us.

How to Experience True Deliverance

Recently, the Lord showed Charis how a demon in the likeness of a chimpanzee with blood-red eyes influenced by whispering in the ear of one of our members to overlook the sinful conduct of a child. The child acted rudely towards an elderly person, and instead of rebuking the child, the member was told by the demon to ignore the incident. Also, the Lord showed Charis a vision of a demon in the body of a dead young man. These are familiar spirits. This particular young man died in a tragic car accident in our area. She never met the young man, but she saw his picture in a local newspaper report on the accident. In this vision, Charis saw the young man coming up to her and saying, “I have been sent by the devil to tell you that I am the one causing trouble for you. I influence someone (Name withheld) badly against you”. In both these incidents, the members involved are saved and serve the Lord faithfully, yet are not without demonic influences. The Lord gave a message and commanded one of the members to fast and pray for three days to experience deliverance, because without deliverance, Heaven was sealed for that member.

Also, my son in the Lord, Dwight was troubled by demonic spirits recently. Because he lives with us, it was easy to identify and spot his erratic sinful behaviour. He was at the receiving end of a lot of rebukes and discipline. The Lord commanded that he attend our Saturday night intercessory prayer sessions for deliverance. We prayed and encourage him to participate in our service through prayer and worship and in the name of Jesus Christ he got delivered and the Lord confirmed it.

Finally, many people think that when deliverance is being administered there must be screaming. When demons or people scream we rebuke them in Jesus name. Others want to see people convulsing. While I do not deny that there are people getting delivered that way, if people do not convulse or show any physical manifestations, it does not mean they are not delivered. The Lord told me that some demons leave painlessly when they see that the people being delivered are resisting their influence and their faith is in the Lord. The dominance of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God in our lives leave no room for demonic influence. In contrast, if our minds are in the world, we will not experience true deliverance because, like I said before, we possess the sin (demons) and do not want to let go.

In conclusion, I encourage you in Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour if you believe in the Lord and desire Him more than your sinful appetites, seek Him through personal fasting and prayer. He will meet you there and deliver you. In most cases in our ministry, the Lord commands we fast for three (3) days. We normally fast from 6.a.m to 6 p.m.; we asked the Lord and He accepts it as a fast and delivers on His good promises. Please pray and seek the Lord on this matter and do not miss Heaven because of some sinful behaviour.

If you would like to repent of your sins and begin a journey of deliverance from demonic influence through the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, please begin by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Your brother in Christ Jesus,

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Keeping Secrets

Why We Keep Secrets?

We will examine Scripturally, why people are keeping secrets. In the Bible, we are taught that keeping secrets can be either good or bad (Proverbs 11:13). When King David fled from Absalom, he advised Hushai the Arkite to return and expose the military secrets of Absalom and his advisers (2 Samuel 15:32-37). Likewise, we also read how Samson revealed his Source of strength to Delilah which he later admitted as an terrible mistake (Judges 16:4-22). This was a secret he should have kept because it was validated by a command from God (Judges 13:5).

Additionally, Queen Esther kept her nationality a secret and this decision became part of God’s plan to save His people from destruction (Esther 4:13, 7:3-6). Had Esther or Mordecai revealed her identity she probably would not have been in the race of becoming Queen. In Proverbs we learn “….But a man of understanding holds his tongue, a gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret” (Proverbs 11:12-13 NIV). In view of the above Scriptures, keeping a secret can be for noble purposes and that is to save lives, but secrets kept for wrong reasons are wicked (Proverbs 17:23). There is however one secret that will always be wrong in the sight of the Lord, “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Proverbs 28:13 NIV). God demands full disclosure of our sins and trying to hide sin from God is impossible. “For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open” (Mark 4:22 NIV).

The Force Behind Secrets

The Bible says that the Lord has secrets too (Deuteronomy 29:29). When our Lord Jesus Christ healed and performed some mighty miracles, He repeatedly warned the people not to disclose (Matthew 9:30).

Generally, there are certain things we may share with people and there are equally also certain things people shouldn’t know. The Lord’s concern is how secrets are kept, is it to protect or to hurt.How do wedetermine the motive of a secret? What we should consider is whether we are acting from malice to expose and hurt, or whether we are doing so to protect and help someone. Keeping wrongdoing a secret is sinful, and using a secret to slander is equally sinful.

Do Not Reveal Secrets to Slander

What increases discord amongst people is an unfaithful friend who reveals someone’s secret to slander and cause harm. This is often the case when friendship or relationships breaks up. People tear at one another’s weaknesses and vulnerability, the Lord will not forget the promises we made to each other to keep a friends weakness secret (1 Samuel 20:17). Therefore, do not slander one another by revealing your friends secrets unless it’s meant to hurt someone. The Lord says this is an act of betrayal and wickedness (John 18:2).

Personally, I am not ashamed to share that I made some bad choices in the past, and I know there are many people who might be in a similar situation as I were but they feel too ashamed to repent and come back to the Lord. Paul was not ashamed to declare himself a chief of sinners, God loves people who act in humility (1 Timothy 1:15). I had an experience of such an act of betrayal of trust. In the early 1990s, about a few months after my conversion. Being still a babe in Christ, I got involved in some wrongdoing. Some weeks passed and I felt the need to confide in someone. In my guilt I decided to confess my wrongdoing to some trustable brethren to support and counsel me. However, a few months later, these Christian friends went and gossiped telling another Christian brother what I confessed. In an act of malice, this brother went out to slander me. Some people were disappointed in me and consequently avoided me. I felt worthless as a Christian and this was marked the beginning of my journey down the road to backslidden land where I remained for more than 10 years. While there, I found all my old friends and habits until the Lord miraculously cleaned and brought me back to reunion with Him almost 10 years ago. From this experience I learned that my understanding of the Scripture that says: “Therefore confess your sins to each other…” (James 5:16 NIV) was not wrong it meant to only confess our sins to our fellow brethren if we have sinned against them (Matthew 5:23-24). If we use secrets to destroy the faith of others we will give account to God for the loss of that soul. We should therefore not use other’s weaknesses to drive them away from the Lord that is wickedness, instead we should encourage and pray for them. The Church is commanded to forgive the guilty person and restore them in the Lord rather than to slander through gossip (2 Corinthians 2:5-11). As we know, the Lord is merciful and forgiving and we should show the same kind of forgiveness and respect for people’s salvation. This is a serious matter and it would them turning from death (James 5:20). A few years ago, someone confided in us and confessed his sins and wrong doing to us. We did not use that against him, we counseled and corrected the person and since the person was praying with us we asked the Lord if the person should still be part of our intercessory prayers. Little did we know the person asked the Lord for forgiveness and turned from his wicked ways so the Lord said the person may continue to pray with us. We on the other hand, continued to show him our love and in Jesus name this led the person to regain his confidence in the Lord.

Let us therefore keep secrets we are entrusted with that protects the integrity and dignity of repentant people. As Christians our aim is to reconcile people with God so we should kindly correct and encourage them (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15). Let us not reveal people’s deepest weaknesses to hurt for that drives away any chances of people making right with Christ who paid with His blood for their priceless salvation. However, after correcting a person with wicked motives and if he is bend on doing evil and unrepentant. It then becomes a duty that we expose wicked secrets that seek to destroy others unjustly like Mordecai did (Esther 2:19-23). As a father, I have taught my children not to keep someone’s wrongdoing a secret, especially of children their age group or some adults who meant to cause them harm they must confess to us. This is what Paul’s nephew did, the boy exposed a wicked plot to save Paul’s life (Acts 23:16). Finally, we should respect God’s secrets especially what he entrusted to us regarding others, unless God reveals a secret of someone that is meant to lead others astray. In such cases we must look at the bigger benefit. In conclusion to this message. Please, please DO NOT KEEP THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL A SECRET. YOU HAVE PERMISSION TO PROCLAIM IT ON THE ROOFTOPS - THIS IS A COMMAND! (Matthew 10:27). The Lord has also revealed a few secret things to us which we are forbidden to share on this website or with others (2 Corinthians 12:14). Please pursue peace, faith love and purity in Jesus' name.