The truth about spiritual warfare

Spiritual warfare. Ever since I was saved this term really bothered me. Just the sound of these two words clashed with my spirit since the first time I’ve heard it. This just did not make any sense to me. To the church, Jesus Christ Himself, the apostles and millions of Christians right through the ages tried to defeat Satan but nobody could defeat him and his demons yet. The war goes on and on. Just the other day I saw a disgusting image of our Lord Jesus Christ engaged in an arm-wrestling contest with Satan. Let us face the facts people, if there is still a war then Satan is not yet defeated.

Through the years though, I thankfully learned a quite different story. I was fortunate enough to be taught by Spirit-filled men of God who did not believe this lie one bit. These guys really studied the word of God. They were taught by the Spirit and in turn they taught God’s people the truth.

Having said that, I need to make the following statement: Of course I know that there is a war between us and evil! It is just that children of God are completely ignorant about the principles governing this war and they are also ignorant about the way that evil needs to be resisted. 

It is absolutely amazing how easily people are being deceived into believing all sorts of false doctrine without even realizing it. The fact is that these people do not know the Scriptures. If they knew the Scriptures they would have realized immediately when somebody attempted to teach them a false doctrine. The mistake that we made through the years and still make today is relying on pastors and ministers to teach us instead of relying on the Holy Spirit to teach us. It is quite a different story when you take up the word of God yourself to study. You will be amazed at the results when you study the word of God yourself. If you really ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and to teach you that is exactly what happens. It is then a totally different story all together because when the Holy Spirit starts to reveal the word of God and the will of God to you, you supernaturally understand God’s will and God’s word.

What makes the difference? When you personally study the word of God you gain firsthand knowledge of the word of God. It is like planning your own trip to a really far destination. When you go through the detailed maps yourself you become familiar with all the information you need to know in order to reach your destination safely. If you rely on others to plan the trip for you though, you do not know anything except the directions that the person gave you. In such a case you just do not possess all the knowledge and information that you need to address all the difficulties and possible drawbacks that might cross your path. It is like being kept in the dark. You do not even know if the directions itself are correct in the first place.

We cannot rely on other people when it comes to the will of God and the word of God. We really do need to have a personal relationship with God. We do need to communicate with God and we do need to allow God to communicate with us and to teach us His word. This book enlightens the subject of “spiritual warfare” but you need to be brave enough to proceed with your own studies if you really want to know the truth. You cannot rely on others. So many people have been deceived and therefore they deceive many people in return. There is a Scripture that supports this statement to the letter:

2 Timothy 3:13-17

13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

This portion of Scripture makes it as clear as daylight. Verse 13 clearly says that there are people who are being deceived. It also says that these people also deceive others. Some of them might not do this on purpose but still, they have been deceived and they deceive others. Many exorcists fall under this category. I have devoted a whole chapter in this book on the damage they cause in terms of doctrinal issues when it comes to generational curses and spiritual warfare. Verses 14-17 confirm that we have learned from God, if we allowed Him to, and that we do have the Scriptures which is able to reproof, correct and instruct us in righteousness. Each and every doctrine need to be supported by Scripture. If there is no Scripture to support it then it is just not true.

An example is the false doctrine of generational curses. Did you know that there are absolutely no Scriptures that state or indicate that Christians are or can be punished because of the sins of their ancestors? Did you also know that there are actually Scriptures that clearly state that the sons WILL NOT carry the sins of their ancestors and that the ancestors WILL NOT carry the sins of the sons? Yet people believe in generational curses. Did you know that the only reference to generational curses was made only to heathen nations and people who hate God? Did you know that there are Scriptures that state that God even took generational curses away from heathen people and unbelievers?

This implies that since the cross, even unbelievers and people who hate God do not have to carry the sins of their ancestors? Did you know that there is not even one Scripture in the whole Bible that says that we must repent of the sins of our ancestors? Did you know that there is not one Scripture in the whole Bible that says that we must break generational curses? Did you know that there actually are a number of Scriptures that say that we must only repent of our own sin? Did you know that there actually are Scriptures that say that the sins of the one who committed that sin will be on him and on him alone? Did you also know that there are actually Scriptures that say that the righteousness of a person can only save him alone? That implies that nobody can be made righteous by their ancestors just as nobody can be made unrighteous because of the sins of the unrighteous or ancestors. There are Scriptures for all the statements I made here. I am going to give you those Scriptures but first I need to discuss a very important Biblical principle with you. This principle is of the utmost importance. If you know and understand this principle you cannot be deceived.

What is this principle? No matter how unbelievable Scripture might seem to you, it always is and always means exactly what it says! Apart from a few symbolic issues it is therefore quite easy to understand the Scriptures.

The moment people ignore this principle, those people open themselves to deceit. The moment you expose yourself to believe something contrary to what Scripture says, at that moment you become a victim of deceit. Really! Does this principle always work with all Scriptures? Yes it does. There are no exceptions. You can test this principle if you want to. In fact, we call it the “Deception test”.

It is quite easy to determine whether you have been deceived and whether you are still being deceived. This test proves these two facts beyond any doubt.

The test is done in two easy steps:

Step 1 will determine whether you have been deceived and step 2 will prove it beyond any doubt.

This is quite easy. Are you ready for the test?

Step 1: Just answer the following questions with a simple “yes” or a “no”:

  1. Are there any scriptures that you know of that make certain statements, but you actually believe the contrary? This means you know of Scriptures that make some statements but you also know that you actually do not believe that those Scriptures are valid anymore.

  2. Do you know of people who actually believe these Scriptures? This means that there actually are people who declare that they believe these Scriptures and that these Scriptures are true. They say that they do experience the results of what these Scriptures promise.

  3. Do you believe the contrary without supported scriptures to prove the contradiction? This means you do not know any Scriptures that actually directly contradict those Scriptures.

Now that was easy! Did you answer these questions honestly? How do you feel about the following Scriptures?

Mark 11:23-24

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

John 14:13-14

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Matthew 21:21-22

Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Ezekiel 18:20

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the fatherneither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

If your answer on at least one of the three questions above was “yes”, then you probably have been deceived and are still being deceived. Step two of this test will prove the facts beyond any doubt.

When the Bible makes any statements, those statements are true unless it has been overruled by another Scripture. In such a case the most recent scripture cancels the validity of the first or the former Scripture. You will probably recognize such Scriptures by statements made to this effect by the relevant writer or person that made that claim in the Bible. Jesus for instance brought up some Old-Testament Scriptures that were changed with the following words: “It is written that… then something will follow like “a tooth for a tooth”…and then He will say, “But I tell you”…followed by the change or the correct statement. Remember God is always the same. He does not change but He does change things. For instance, in the Old Testament salvation could be obtained through the blood or the offering of a lamb. God changed this by substituting the lamb in the New Testament with Jesus Christ, the true Lamb of God.

The above references are classic examples of Scriptures that have been changed. The Bible belongs to God because it is the word of God. He may change the word exactly like Jesus did in this case. If Scripture had not been changed then the first applicable Scripture still is the truth.

This is why the “Deception test” is so easy to do. This test is absolutely foolproof and the reason why it is foolproof is the complete absence of contradictory scriptures for all the valid statements in the Bible. Let us proceed and complete the “Deception test” now.

Step two: Just answer the following questions with a simple “yes” or “no”:

Do you believe that Jesus Christ still heals people even today?

Do you believe that people are still being baptized in the Holy Spirit today?

Do you believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still functioning in peoples lives today as it did in Biblical times?

Do you believe that we are living in the last days?

Do you believe that according to the prophet Joel that in the last days the Holy Spirit will come upon people and that they will dream dreams and that they will see visions? Do you believe that people still see visions?

Do you believe that people are still casting out demons, still laying their hands on people to heal them from diseases, still speaking in tongues, still prophesying and still functioning in all the other gifts of the Spirit?

Do you believe that generational curses does not exist anymore as stated above in Ezekiel 18:20?

If you answered “no” on any of these questions than you have been and still are being deceived. As a reminder; God followed a very important principle in the Bible that is very important for all of us to know. That principle is the following: All statements in the Bible made by God directly or by His prophets are in fact plain and simple the truth. It is exactly what it says and it means exactly what it says. That is why people believe these statements. Those who do not believe these statements are simply being deceived.

You can of course test yourself on a number of Scriptures. People who have been seriously deceived will find that there are quite a number of Scriptures or statements made in the Bible that they do not believe. They actually believe the contrary although there are absolutely no Scriptures that support their beliefs. These people will find that certain “man made statements” actually support their beliefs. This is where the deception comes in. If there is no Scripture that contradicts the original statement, another statement will do the trick.

Example:

Scripture or statement: Mark 16:16-20

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils;they shall speak with new tongues

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 

20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Now some people absolutely believe this Scripture. Yes they do, even though some parts in this Scripture seem totally outrageous. They however believed Christ and they speak with new tongues, they cast out devils, they lay hands on the sick, they take up/away snakes (demons, the correct translations is not “up” but “away”), deadly things do not hurt them, signs and wonders follow them. These people do not only believe, they also do these things. These people knows that if God says something then it is the truth no matter how ridiculous, outrageous or impossible it may sound. These people can therefore not be deceived.

Now some people do not believe this Scripture and they do not carry out these things. Why not? Although they are Christians, in this case they have been deceived not to believe God’s word. That is the bottom line. They do not have faith in this word.

More recent Scriptures canceling this Scripture:

None. There is absolutely no Scriptures that indicates that this Scripture is for some reason not valid anymore or not the truth anymore.

Alternative Statements made by people who do not believe this Scripture:

  • Signs and wonders were only there to get people to believe. Well it happened. People did believe and therefore signs and wonders are not necessary anymore. (There is no Scripture that supports this statement)

  • People were only baptized in the Holy Spirit in Biblical times in order to function in the gifts of the Spirit. This was necessary because at that stage they had no Bible yet. Well the Bible was eventually written and therefore we do not need the baptism in the Holy Spirit anymore. (There is no Scripture that supports this statement)

  • These promises were only for the apostles. It was not for everybody. (There is no Scripture that supports this statement)

  • God gave us the Bible. Therefore He does not speak to us anymore and therefore He does not perform miracles anymore. The speaking in tongues, the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge and other gifts of the Spirit are therefore not necessary anymore. In fact all the gifts of the Spirit are not necessary anymore. (There is no Scripture that supports this statement)

  • God only wanted to establish the church with wonders and signs. Obviously after the church was firmly established signs and wonders were not necessary anymore. (There is no Scripture that supports this statement)

Are there any Scriptures that support these statements? No. Now although there are no Scriptures to support these statements, people still do believe these statements. They will try to use certain Scriptures in the Bible to support these views whether those Scriptures are applicable or not. If they cannot find anything to support these views they just believe these statements anyway. Period. These people have been deceived to believe the doctrines of men rather than the word of God. This is actually nothing else than the doctrines of devils.

You will be amazed to see how many Scriptures are either just totally ignored and how many times the exact opposite is believed. Well this is the world of the deceived.

The ultimate “Deception test“

The more Scriptures, like the one above, that you identify as being contradictory to what you believe, the more you have been deceived. This can be quite a shock for some people. The bottom line is that we should actually believe exactly what is written in the Bible. Not the contrary.

Now for those Scriptures on generational curses:

First I need to give you some background on why these Scriptures on generational curses came into existence in the Bible: The Israelites did not really understand the concept of generational curses and so a lot of misunderstanding and a lot of myths came into being in Israel in the time of the prophet Ezekiel. There was actually quite a debate among the Israelites on this subject. They knew that something of this nature was written in the book of Deuteronomy but that was about all most of them knew about the subject. Remember that those days the Old-Testament was not available to the common man resulting in a lot of speculation about the word of God.

God saw all the misunderstandings and He heard all the speculations so He decided to get involved in this debate with the sole purpose to set things straight. We read all about this in Ezekiel 18:1-32.

Scripture: The son will not carry the sins of the father and the father will not carry the sins of the son:

Ezekiel 18:17

That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.

Ezekiel 18:19

Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.

Ezekiel 18:20

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the fatherneither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Scripture: Even heathen nations and heathen people do not have to be punished for other people’s sin:

John 1:29

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

The Greek word for world in this Scripture is“кόσμος” which means the “whole world and all its residents”. This means that Jesus Christ was punished in our place. Even the sinner does not have to be punished today. This is called the “time of grace”. From the moment that Jesus died and got punished for the world on the cross, nobody is punished until of course an unbeliever dies without Christ. At that moment, when he dies, the curse of the law hits him with full force. That means that the moment a person dies without Christ he has to carry his own punishment. This is clearly stated in Isaiah 65:20.

Isaiah 65:20

There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.

This Scripture pointed to the time of Christ, the good and acceptable year, the “time of grace” when even sinners will live a full and a long life. However when his time of grace runs out, he will be cursed and he will pay the penalties for his sins.

Galatians 3:13-14

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Ezekiel 18:20

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Scripture: Repent only of your own sin:

Ezekiel 18:21-23

But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

Ezekiel 18:26

When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

Ezekiel 18:27-28

Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

Ezekiel 18:30-32

Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel,every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

Scripture: People will be punished only for their own sin:

Ezekiel 18:4

Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Ezekiel 18:18

As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.

Ezekiel 18:20

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Deuteronomy 24:16

The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathersevery man shall be put to death for his own sin.

Scripture: The sins of a person cannot make another person unrighteous:

Ezekiel 18:13-17

13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him. 

14 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father’s sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like

15 That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour’s wife, 

16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment, 

17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.

Scripture: The righteousness of a person cannot make another person righteous:

Ezekiel 18:9-13

9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD. 

10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things, 

11 And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour’s wife

12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination, 

13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live:he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely diehis blood shall be upon him.

God really wanted to kill this false doctrine in its tracks. If you read the whole chapter of Ezekiel 18 you will see that God purposely covered all scenarios and all aspects from all angles in order to make it as clear as daylight. There is no such things as generational curses because everybody pays for his own sin. Because everybody pays for his own sin everybody must repent of his own sin. The accountability of sin is respectively upon each individual. God says a number of times in this chapter that the soul that sinsthat soul must die. Even in Deuteronomy 24:16 he said that the son cannot be punished for the father’s sin and the father cannot be punished for the son’s sin. The Bible just cannot be more clear on this subject than this.

Now there is absolutely no Scriptures that states the contrary. So what did the deceivers do to counter this problem? They made a lot of statements that contradict these Scriptures. They even attempted to use some Scriptures out of context to support all these statements.

Here are some of these Scriptures that were taken out of context:

Deuteronomy 5:7-10

7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me. 

8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: 

9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, 

10 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

Now this portion of Scripture has nothing to do with the church and nothing to do with believers. It has everything to do with people that HATE God. Verse 10 can be related to us though because we are people who LOVE God. It is however quite interesting to note that verse 10 says the same thing as Galatians 3:20. It also says that we are blessed and not cursed. This was God’s way of telling Israel, whom He is about to make a covenant with, how He feels about heathen nations who hate Him. Verse 9 can only be related to people who HATE God. Unbelievers could have been brought into the equation here was it not for Ezekiel 18 which clearly states that the one (son or father) SHALL NOT help to carry the sins and iniquities of the other (son or father). This portion of Scripture does NOT support generational curses in a Christians life because it was at that time only applicable to nations and people who HATED God. It also does NOT support generational curses in an unbelievers life because of Ezekiel 18:20 which clearly states that the one who sins must carry his own punishment and that the son will not carry the father’s iniquities.

Lamentations 5:7

Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.

This Scripture has nothing to do with generational curses. It has everything to do with the nation of Israel. Just as we today as an “Afrikaner” nation have to carry the results or burdens of “apartheid” because of the decisions our nation’s forefathers made. “Apartheid” was a sin. The Israelites had to carry the burdens of the mistakes and sins of their forefathers. Many nations all across the world were burdened and are still burdened because of the sins of their forefathers. Germany and Japan are classic examples of this. Adolf Hitler and the German nation as well as the Japanese nation committed serious atrocities during world war two. Both these nations were severely punished for this in terms of war-penalties and discrimination through the years. The culprits were long dead while their descendants were still paying for their iniquities. This is what this Scripture in Lamentations is all about. It has nothing to do with visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation. It has nothing to do with family or generational curses.

Nehemiah 1:1-6

1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, 

2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 

3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. 

4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven, 

5 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: 

6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.

Again this portion of Scripture is all about the nation of Israel. Nehemiah fasted and prayed for the nation of Israel that was taken into captivity. He mourned over the walls of Jerusalem that were broken and the gates that were burnt. It has nothing to do with generational curses. Nehemiah also mentioned that he himself and His father’s house also sinned against God. This was all about the judgment of God that came upon the nation of Israel.

I used generational curses as an example to show you how people are being deceived. Although Scripture is clear on the truth people are being conned into believing a lot of things which are not Biblical.

I sincerely hope that you are satisfied with the results of your “Deception test”. My earnest hope is that people would not ignore this truth about God’s word. It is a very important key that will prevent people from being deceived. It will set people free. The moment that people realize that God’s word is written according to this principle they have a very good chance to be set free and not to be deceived again.

I want to repeat this principle once again: “All statements in Scripture are simply the truth exactly as it is written”. When the Bible says God heals then He heals. Period. Is there a scripture that says that God does not heal anymore? No. Then He still heals. Period. Are there a lot of statements with all sorts of reasons why He does not heal anymore. Yes but if it is not in the Bible. It is statements made by men and because of that it is not the truth. Period. Please read this paragraph again. This can and will set you free if you decide to make it part of your life.

The false doctrine called spiritual warfare came into existence exactly as I mentioned above. In fact the false doctrine of generational curses gave birth to the false doctrine of spiritual warfare. It was almost an automatic result of the generational curses doctrine. You will be amazed how many statements, sayings and war-cries, people who believe in these doctrines make and use daily that cannot be find in the Bible. Yet they believe these statements and these doctrines as if it is in the Bible.

Paul used the term “spiritual warfare” as a metaphor but unfortunately people took it literally. Paul did bring the true facts about this subject into perspective in other portions of his letters but people missed that.

I sincerely hope that this chapter thoroughly introduced you to that all important key that will protect you from being deceived in future. I want to “say” it for a last time just to emphasize it once again: No matter how unbelievable Scripture might seem to you, it always is and always means exactly what it says!

How does the devil oppress Christians?

This just do not sound right! How on earth does he succeed doing this?

When Jesus Christ still walked this earth this very thing kept Him very busy. He went through Judea and healed the sick right through His earthly ministry. He delivered people who were oppressed by Satan. Yes I admit that those people were not Christians; they were Jews. But yet, even after the redemption work of Christ on the cross, this is still a problem for most Christians today. In the Bible we see that people were oppressed by Satan although we clearly see that Christ redeemed us from that oppression:

Luke 4:18 (NKJV)

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

Matthew 4:24 (ESV)

So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them.

Now how does the devil go about oppressing people even after Christ paid the price for them and after He delivered them from sin and diseases? No, the devil does not have the power to go out and oppress people all over the world by inflicting them with all sorts of diseases. It does appear that way but it is just not the truth. He however does oppress people and this is why I am writing this post today. Christians need to know how he does that in order to understand how to resist being oppressed by him.

Firstly we do need to understand the following about hell, diseases and the punishment of God:

  • God created hell to punish Satan, demons and unrighteous people if they die without Christ. Those who reject Christ cannot escape hell.

  • God created sickness and diseases to punish people who sin. We however know that God the Father do not punish anyone anymore because of the redemption work of Christ. This includes the saved and the unsaved. Even the unsaved live in a time of grace. Anyone who dies without Jesus Christ however brings the curse of the law upon himself the moment he dies without Christ. At that moment he descends into hell where he must now carry his own punishment. Because he rejected the blood of Christ God the Father now punishes him for that. The point I want to make here however is that God the father created sickness just as He created hell. Both came into existence because of a decision made by the Father. Both belong to Him.  

  • Only a God can punish. Only a ruler of a kingdom can make laws and force his subjects to live according to those laws. In order for such a ruler to make laws, to enforce those laws and to punish his subjects if they do not conform to those laws, he needs to be a lawful ruler. His ruler-ship needs to be legitimate. These are some of the reasons why Satan cannot punish people. He is not a lawful ruler or a God who can make laws, who can enforce laws and who can punish people who do not conform to those laws. Satan cannot throw you in hell and he cannot put sicknesses and diseases upon you even if he wanted to. Firstly he is not God the Father and secondly a child of God cannot be punished anymore by anyone at all. Not even God the Father can punish you because of the redemption work of Jesus Christ. A child of God can legally not be punished and sicknesses and diseases are nothing but punishment. That is what it was created for. It serves and cannot serve any other purpose.

  • Right through the Bible it is clearly stated that God punishes people with sickness. He also throws people in hell and He uses His angels to throw those people in hell. Does that make Him a bad God? Does that make Him an unjust God? No, that makes Him a fair God. This world is filled with bad, unholy people who murder and oppress women, children and good people! God always protects the weak. These people need to be punished. They need to pay for their atrocities! That is only fair and that must be done! God cannot allow people to do what they want and just get away with it! All righteous people do understand this principle of the kingdom of God.

  • Don’t you believe that this wonderful and loving God of us is able to carry out such violent and harsh acts? This does not make Him cruel you know. It makes Him just. Read the Scriptures below and see how God used to punish people and how He did it:

    Isaiah 45:6-7

    That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. 

    7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things

    The evil that God refers to in verse 7 is the “punishment” of God. That includes hell and it includes diseases, famine and all sorts of other ways of punishment in order to bring people to justice. Just read the following Scriptures as proof for this statement:

    Deuteronomy 28:21-25

    21 The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.

    22 The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish. 

    23 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. 

    24 The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed. 

    25 The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.

    These verses are just a few among a lot of Scripture saying the same thing. It was a warning from God to Israel. He warned them but they did not listen. God then kept His word and HE brought all the evil described in this Scripture over the nation of Israel. He did not use the devil to do it for Him. No, He did it Himself. He is God and He does this when necessary.

    God uses angels to throw the devil, demons and even people in hell. Do you know what type of torment and afflictions people have to go through in hell? God is certainly capable of punishing people and He uses the good guys to punish the bad guys. When a man committed a crime the police arrest him and they, along with prison wardens, throw him in jail. It is the good guys who are enforcing the law. It is the good guys who bring people to justice. The government does not utilize criminals to bring other people to justice. God does not use Satan to punish people.

    God even punished His own Son in our place there on the cross. He did not call Satan to come and punish Jesus. No, He did it Himself. It is recorded in Isaiah 53:

    Isaiah 53:4,6,10

    4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken,smitten of God, and afflicted.

    6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

    10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

    Now we know that God punished Jesus so that we may walk free. For this reason God does NOT punish anymore. After He punished Jesus Christ for the sins of all men, there is no more punishment except for those who die without Jesus Christ. The day a person dies without Jesus Christ, on that day God’s grace runs out on that person. Isaiah clearly predicted that there will be a period of grace in the dispensation of the Messiah:

    Isaiah 65:20

    There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.

    Please take note that the curse of the law is nothing else than punishment. When someone, according to Deuteronomy 27:11-26, declared a curse onto someone it meant that the law was broken and that the person who trespassed the law must now be punished. In the dispensation of Christ that cannot happen because all sins have been paid for by Christ when he took all punishment on Him. A person has to die without Christ before the curse can come over Him. The curse kicks into action when a person dies if he rejected the blood of Christ. Such a person must then pay for his own sins. This is a clear indication that God does not punish anyone anymore. So how can people believe the lie that the devil makes them sick. No, nobody confiscated or hijacked hell or God’s methods of punishment or God’s legal right to punish from Him. The devil cannot throw you in hell and he cannot put diseases upon you. He is not God!

What caused the confusion in terms of punishment and diseases?

It is clear from certain Scriptures in the Bible and from personal testimonies that there definitely is a connection between diseases and satanic oppression. Jesus referred to sick people as being oppressed by Satan. One testimony that I heard was in the life of Kenneth Hagin. He testified that he once prayed for a lady with lung cancer for four evenings in a row. She just did not get healed in the healing services. The next evening, the fifth service that he held, she was in the healing-line again and Kenneth decided to pray for her again. The moment he started praying for her he suddenly saw in the spirit realm. He could see a small demon hanging onto this lady’s lungs. Kenneth immediately knew that the cancer was caused by this little demon. He immediately cast it out and the lady was immediately and miraculously healed.

Now Scriptures referring to sick people being oppressed by Satan and testimonies like the one above may bring us under the impression that Satan can go around to randomly inflict people with diseases. This is however not true. Satan hasn’t got that power. If he had he would have gone rampant on all mankind. He hates us so much that he would have killed us like flies.

Exactly how does the devil oppress Christians?

In order to answer this question we need to make it clear why people and even why Christians still get sick today. There are two very important reasons for this. Firstly sickness is a natural and a direct result of sin. That means any person using drugs, smoking or getting involved in any sin will eventually bring diseases into their bodies directly because of that particular sin. Smoking can cause lung cancer and so can drugs also cause a number of diseases. Even spiritual sin like unforgiveness can cause sicknesses like cancer. It is not God the Father punishing people. It is people naturally causes sicknesses to germinate and to grow inside their bodies because of sin.

Secondly Christians get sick because of unbelief. They just do not believe that God can protect them against danger, sicknesses and any other acts and occurrences that can and may cause injury or damage to their bodies. Because of unbelief many Christians are exposed to this kind of thing. This is where satanic oppression gets to such people. Sin and unbelief open doors to satanic oppression.

Satan’s primary goal is to get Christians involved in sin. His secondary objective is to cause people to doubt in God’s word of protection. This is how satanic oppression starts.

Every sickness and every disease starts at the “border posts” of the kingdom of God. It starts at the “border posts” of your circumstances. It starts at the “border posts” of your life which is your own little kingdom that God wants you to have dominion over. Let me explain:

Jesus Christ conquered over the devil on the cross. As a sinless human being He paid the price on the cross for the redemption of our souls. With this victory Jesus took the reign of the earth back from Satan. He totally disarmed him and He gave us dominion over our own personal circumstances, the earth and over Satan and his demons. We read about this in the book of Colossians:

Colossians 2:15

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Jesus won the battle for us. He openly triumphed over Satan and He disarmed him. The devil really has no power over us. He is a defeated foe. For this reason we are not involved in a war with him. The instruction from God is to submit ourselves to God and to resist the devil. Resisting is a somewhat passive resistance like manning a border post. The sole purpose of a border post is to keep illegal people out. Yes, God did equip us with strong and potent armor in order to protect ourselves. We need to be ready for evil forces by clothing ourselves with the full armor of God.

Although we are not involved in a warfare we do need to protect our borders and we do need to be strong. Like any nation we deploy our soldiers on our border posts, ready and clothed in full armor.

At this border post our enemy arrives with lies and deception. He does not arrive at the border post with firearms, canons or bazookas. He is not even clothed in spiritual warfare armor because the Lord Jesus Christ completely disarmed him on that wonderful day. He however does have a very strong weapon! His tongue! He uses his tongue to deceive and to entice us into all sorts of sin and temptations. At the border post he seeks only one thing and that is entry. He wants an open door. He wants a place in our lives. In order to achieve this he starts to negotiate with us. He starts to reason with us. He tries all his dirty little tricks in order to persuade us to open the gate for him. He even tries to creep past us without us noticing. He entices us to open the door for him by allowing sin in our lives. He attempts to get us so far as to confess negative things over our lives. He lies and he deceives hoping that we will fall for those lies. Exactly what he did with Eve. And again, Adam and Eve were not involved in a spiritual warfare with Satan. Even today the devil uses the same tactics as he did with Adam and Eve. He questions the word and the promises of God in order to make us doubt in God. There at the border post is where it all starts.

As a result we sometimes start harboring ungodly and toxic thoughts. The more we give in to his lies, temptations and deceptions, the more we act and the more we say what he wants us to do and wants us to say.

This leads to sin and sin brings death. We start smoking and drinking. We start despising other people and we start to be unforgiving towards other people. Sin is the cause of sickness. Smoking causes all sorts of lung diseases. Hate and bitterness (unforgiveness) causes cancer and other diseases. This is how we open the door for the devil. This is how Satan slowly but surely starts oppressing a child of God. We allow him to influence us and that causes us to become sick. We sometimes allow demons to cause affliction in our bodies by giving them permission to do so. We give in to his ways, his will and the pressure that he puts on us. He cannot make you sick unless you open the door for him by getting involved in all these ungodly practices, disobedience and fear. The devil does not oppress innocent Christians by putting all kinds of disease onto them. In fact, the devil can do absolutely nothing to an innocent Christian. It is the “not so innocent Christian” who picks up problems.

People, we can never blame God because He does not tempt us and He does not punish us. We can never blame the devil because he just hasn’t got any power over us. We can only blame ourselves because we got involved in bad thinking and sin because of the lies, temptations and deception that we listened to and adhered to. We accepted the lies of the enemy there at the border post and we allowed him to enter into our lives. We are absolutely NEVER a victim of circumstances outside our control. That is a lie from hell! We are always to blame for anything and everything that goes wrong in our lives. God gave us Divine protection, Divine healing, Divine provision and Divine maintenance. If we serve God the way we should we are totally protected.

The problem is that we are not obedient to God and His word. We do not believe his word and we do not make his word part of our lives. We do not meditate on His word so that the Holy Spirit can use the word to build up our most holy faith. Stop blaming the devil and stop blaming God. Accept your responsibility to reign as a king in the kingdom of God and over your personal circumstances according to His will and His word. Do not give the devil any place in your life and do not open any door for him. Submit yourself to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. If you do this, he cannot do anything to you at all.

What a wonderful truth this is? We can always be victorious in all circumstances in life. Praise God for the work he has done! With His blood he saved us! With His power He raised us! Praise God for the work He has done!

Is Spiritual warfare dangerous?

l want to discuss a very interesting aspect of spiritual warfare that I came across with recently. John Paul Jackson, a well-known preacher received some interesting insight directly from the Lord Jesus Christ a while ago on this subject. This insight came as a result of an occurrence in which John was involved. According to John, three different pastors all contacted him on a specific day to obtain advice from him. All three pastors experienced a difficult time in their lives. They were all unexpectedly facing either a personal crises or some problems within their respective congregations.

One pastor’s daughter disappeared and he had no idea what happened to her. The other pastor’s son ran away from home and the pastor had no idea why this incident occurred. He also did not know how to deal with this problem. The third pastor contacted John shortly after the other two. This pastor reported that six ladies in the congregation, who were all pregnant, simultaneously and unexpectedly experienced complications with their pregnancies. They were all facing unexplainable miscarriages.

These pastors, who were all from different locations, were all devastated. They all contacted John for advice. He promised to pray for them and to seek the Lord for guidance in these matters. John prayed the whole day but at the time he went to bed he still had no answer from the Lord. He however had a very interesting dream that night. In the dream he saw a very big moon very close to him. It appeared that the moon was touching the ground and it appeared to be no more than a few kilometers away. He then saw the silhouettes of three men standing on small platforms with their backs towards him. In the dream John noticed that the three men were all shouting at the moon.

Behind the men a crowd gathered and this crowd started cheering them on. John then noticed that all three of them were armed like cowboys with holsters and weapons in the holsters. Inside the holsters however, were no revolvers but hatchets or small axes. We know that in dreams an axe symbolizes judgment. The men started throwing the moon with these axes but it fell way short onto the ground. This means that the three men were busy applying judgment on something but the judgment did not come into affect. The moon, in this case, symbolized evil spirits, evil activities and an evil domain. Although these actions, the shouting and the throwing of the hatchets, had no effect, still these men carried on with these actions. In spite of this the crowd on the spectator stands kept on cheering these men on.

Every time the people cheered these men on their respective platforms raised a bit. Even the people on the spectator stands were elevated a bit every time they cheered. Eventually it was clear that everybody became tired. The shouting, the cheering and the throwing of axes made them wore out. The activities slowly declined and eventually the three men and the spectators got really tired. Soon they all fell asleep on the platforms and on the stands.

When these people were fast asleep, demons started slipping off from the moon and they quietly crept up onto them. They then suddenly launched an attack on the unsuspecting sleeping crowd that took them completely by surprise. When the three men and the people awoke they were under serious attack by these demons. John witnessed in the dream how the three men and the people were suffering under the attack. They were actually tormented and they did not stand a chance against these demons.

In the minutes that followed the Lord spoke to John. He told him that the reason for the tormenting and suffering was because these men and the crowd got engaged in something they were not called to be engaged in. They were acting and they were entering a realm or an area of dominion that they were not legally supposed to get involved in. The Lord then explained that he did not lead them to be engage into spiritual warfare with the enemy on this level, in this way or in this realm.

John Paul Jackson explains:

There are three areas of dominion. The first area of dominion is the third heaven where God reigns supreme. In this domain everything is complete and everything is according to the will of God. In this area of dominion God does not allow anything contrary to His will and His kingdom principles.

The second area of dominion is the second heaven. This is the spiritual realm of the heavenly beings like angels and demons. In this realm the heavenly beings have dominion. In this area of dominion God allows the heavenly beings to perform actions which is against His will and against His kingdom principles. This implies that in this realm demons do what they want. Although these demons do what they want, there are still principles in place that govern this realm. God has put these principles in place. Although He does not force His will down on these heavenly beings He still keeps them within certain boundaries.

Then thirdly, we have the natural realm which is the earth. In the natural realm man reigns supreme. People do what they want although, in this realm also, certain principles and laws have been put in place by God to keep mankind within certain boundaries. On earth we reign over our personal circumstances and in our own lives. God gave us our own free will and we can actually do what we want. He gave us a choice between good and evil and we have the free will to choose whatever we want. We can even contravene God’s will and His principles. We will however have to face the consequences of our decisions and our actions. This means that we also have to stay within certain boundaries determined by God. There are natural laws like, “If you jump off a bridge you will be injured or you will die”. This is a natural law and it will always come into play whenever somebody jumps off a bridge. We reign supreme and we can jump off the bridge if we want to. We can also decide not to jump off a bridge. In both instances we will either suffer the consequences of bad choices or we will reap the benefits of good choices and positive actions. There are also spiritual laws which do not differ from the natural laws in this regard. Again you can choose what you want to do with these laws and again you will also suffer the consequences of bad choices or we will reap the benefits of good choices.

When demons enter our realm or area of dominion they are in actual fact leaving their domain and entering ours. They have no legal rights to do that unless we give them legal rights to enter our realm. You as a child of God and as a king in the kingdom of God have the right and the power to cast these demons out of your circumstances. Demons have no other option but to obey when we legally act in the Name of Jesus Christ. Even when a person who is demon possessed comes to you for deliverance, you can take authority over these demon spirits in their lives and cast them out. These demons have no choice but to obey. Here on earth we reign according to the power and the authority that Christ Jesus gave us. We can live victorious lives and we do not have to submit to evil at all. This means that Divine provision, Divine maintenance, Divine healing and Divine protection belong to us, everyday of our lives. Demons have absolutely no rights in our area of dominion.

This is apparently a very different story, according to many preachers, when these demons have legal rights to enter our area of domain. An example of such a case was in the life of Kenneth Hagan sr. He once attempted to cast a demon out of a certain women. The demon refused to go out and he told Kenneth that the specific person actually wants him to possess her. When Kenneth discussed this allegation with the woman it turned out that her husband brought her for deliverance. She admitted that she actually wants the demon to possess her. This woman left without being delivered because the demon had legal rights to possess her.

Back to the problem with the three pastors:

John Paul Jackson contacted these pastors separately and all three of them confirmed that they and their congregations were in the midst of serious spiritual warfare against the principalities in their respective cities. They were busy tearing down the strongholds that the enemy has set up in their cities. John surprised all of them with the advice that he gave them.

He told them to stop these activities immediately because of the following reasons:

They are wasting their time with these tactics because they have no legal rights to do that. God did not lead them to do that and He will never lead them to do that. They should actually pray to God to remove those strongholds. They should also pray for the repentance of the people who gave the enemy the right to set up those strongholds in their cities. Only God can remove these strongholds. Mankind has no authority or dominion in and over this domain. The enemy actually succeeded to set up these strongholds legally.

Many people in their respective cities, through their own will and through their own actions have allowed the enemy to set up these strongholds. Spiritual warfare will achieve nothing to set the city free. The people of these cities need to repent in order for God to remove these strongholds. Christians can only and should only pray for their cities and for the people in their cities. Christians and even unbelievers in these cities are protected against these strongholds because they were not responsible for these strongholds to come into existence in the first place. Christians and churches reign over their own lives and own areas of responsibility and influence. These strongholds have absolutely no effect on Christians, unless of course, they are part of the problem. Even non-believers are protected against these strongholds. These strongholds only affect the people who were responsible for allowing these strongholds to be put in place by evil spirits.

John then explained to the pastors the principle of the different areas of dominion. He also explained that it is actually rebellious to engage in something that God did not command them to do. They were actually following their own ideas and their own doctrines and their own ways. That is why this manifested in the natural through one pastor’s son rebelling against his father by running away from home.

Just as a demon is exposed in our domain and eventually cast out or chased away, so we also, when we enter their domain, are exposing ourselves and making ourselves vulnerable to them. That is why one pastor’s daughter got missing and the ladies of the other congregation were facing miscarriages. John told them to repent and he promised them that if they do, everything will be restored immediately. The pastors and their congregations did repent and in fact everything was indeed restored within 24 hours.

I am not in favor of spiritual warfare. We should reign as kings in the kingdom of God over our own circumstances, our own areas of influence and areas of responsibility. This means we reign over the earth. This has however nothing to do with fighting demons. We are not supposed to be fighting the enemy.

The questions I do want to ask are the following:

Does countries who are not involved in a war have military armies? Of course most do!

Are all the soldiers wearing uniforms and are these soldiers armed? Of course they do and of course they are armed!

How does these countries deploy these soldiers if they are not involved in war? They deploy them on border-posts to prevent hostile people or illegal people from entering their countries. Hostile people can be considered as enemies. These soldiers are also carrying out border patrols in order to prevent illegal excess into their countries. This is exactly what God wants us to do: Do not give the enemy any foothold!

Are we involved in a war? No, Jesus Christ already conquered the enemy. He completely defeated Satan and his evil empire when He died on the cross. The Bible says that He nullified the enemy. Do we need to be alert like a soldier? Of course we do! Our enemy should never be under estimated. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places”

How do we do this? Firstly take note that the Bible says we have a “struggle” or we “wrestle” against the enemy. We are not involved in a warfare. How do we wrestle against the enemy?

We stand against it. It means we do not give in to sin or unbelief.

We refrain from getting involved in sin and bad attitudes.

We live holy lives.

We keep ourselves busy with good things.

We submit ourselves to God.

We live in faith and we live obedient lives.

This way we do not give the enemy any foothold. This is manning our border-posts and this is patrolling our borders.

The devil is only interesting in two very important things in order to defeat us: He wants us to sin and he wants us to doubt in God’s promises and His word. That is all he needs. The moment you live in sin, you start losing your righteousness. At that moment the devil has a foothold in your live. Also the moment you start living in sin, you start to doubt in God’s word. Why? Again because you start losing your righteousness. When a child of God starts looses his righteousness, he immediately doubt if God’s promises will be effective in his life. That is how it is. If you start loosing your righteousness you are defeated.

How do we stand strong against the enemy? By not getting involved in sin. By not doubting in God’s word. That is all we need to do. This is the core message of the New Testament. Jesus, Paul and the other apostles constantly focused on the following important issues: Build up your most holy faith. Pray for each other. Pursue holiness. Keep yourself separated from this world. There is absolutely no evidence of any spiritual warfare in the Bible. Nowhere do you see in the Bible that Jesus or the apostles were involved in the breaking of generational curses, shouting at evil spirits and breaking down strongholds. Nowhere do you see any judgment uttered onto evil spirits. No, the Bible says, “Submit yourselves to God, resist (take a stand against) the devil and he will flee from you.

In this chapter we read about three pastors who led their congregations into spiritual warfare against the enemy. In this case we noticed, according to John Paul Jackson, that it was not the right thing to do. We read that spiritual warfare was not only ineffective but it also wore the congregations out. It did not achieve anything and instead it only brought problems and devastation. Many times through the years I have noticed people getting involved in spiritual warfare only to see them ending up facing all sorts of problems. 

Spiritual warfare and generational curses got very much integrated through the years. If you read my book about the false doctrine called “generational curses” (At this stage only available in Afrikaans although it is currently being translated into English) you will see this doctrine completely exposed as a false doctrine birthed in hell. My opinion is that “spiritual warfare” is no different. Both are strategies the enemy use to keep people in bondage. If you still think you should achieve deliverance by means of something called “spiritual warfare”, it actually implies that mankind was not yet set free. It implies that Jesus did not carry out a complete work of redemption.

Is spiritual warfare dangerous? I think it is! It is not Scriptural and therefore a false doctrine. Jesus Christ and the apostles did not preach this doctrine and they did not carry out any of the actions promoted by people who believe in this doctrine. Also, if demons have legal rights in people’s lives, those people need to repent. That is the bottom line. If we engage in or if we get involved in false doctrines, we are bound to pick up problems. 

I have no doubt about the reality of this fact. We should rather spend our precious time with God. Submit ourselves to Him. Learn from Him. Read and study the word of God. Apply the word of God. Refrain from sinning. Keep our minds on God. Take every thought captive and replace it with the word of God. Pray. This is true Biblical and divine protection against the enemy. Give the enemy no place and no foothold in your life.

How did Jesus Christ really conquer evil?

This is actually very important because it gives us some very important information on how we should deal with the devil and with demons in our faith walk with Christ.

Are we really involved in a warfare against the enemy? The Bible sometimes uses words that is directly linked to warfare. in Ephesians 6 we read about the spiritual armor that all Christians need to put on daily in order to protect themselves against the enemy. The spiritual armor mentioned in this verse is none other than weapons of warfare.

We also read that the Bible specifically mention the word “warfare” in 2 Corinthians 10:4

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds

This is what this word means in the Greek:

LSJ Gloss: an expedition, campaign

Dodson: warfare, military service

Strong’s: military service (figuratively) the apostolic career (as one of hardship and danger)

Thayer: an expedition, campaign, military service, warfare
metaphor (Paul likens his contest with the difficulties that oppose him in the discharge of his apostolic duties, as warfare) military service, that is, (figuratively) the apostolic career (as one of hardship and danger)

Ephesians 6 also compares our struggle as a “wrestle” against the enemy:

Ephesians 6:12

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Paul really succeeded in getting our attention with these Scriptures. He really had to carry it over to us that the enemy should not be underestimated. He is serious and he plays for keeps. He also succeeded in making us understand that we should understand what we let ourselves in for when we report for duty as workers of Christ. We should count the cost first. It really is not easy to do the work of a New-Testament apostle. To plant churches and to equip the saints or the workers for the work of the ministry is not easy.

So although we are not involved in a warfare against evil, Paul thought it fit to compare our struggle against the enemy with warfare. He used this metaphor to prepare us for life’s battles and hardships as a Christian. This is how serious it is.

Paul however did bring the necessary balance and the reality of Christ’s victory over evil in the equation. He did bring all factors and the reality of the victory that we have in Christ into perspective. The church however seems to have missed that. People went overboard with the whole thing and they started getting involved in all sorts of spiritual warfare that are not from God. In the process they hurt themselves and instead of victory in Christ they suffer defeats and they suffer losses. This statement indicates that many Christians are doing something wrong when it comes to resisting the enemy. Something does not add up. Are some Christians following the wrong strategy? I think they do. We are missing a very important key when it comes to spiritual warfare. What is this key? This is what this chapter is all about and this brings me back to the question that I asked in the beginning of this chapter: “How did Jesus Christ conquer the enemy?” I need to ask this question because that might give us some indication on how we should deal with the enemy.

Another question might be, “If Christ conquered the enemy, why must I still do anything?”

Previous chapters that I refer to above really answered these questions in detail except for the all important key of victory that I wish to discuss in this post. Christ did defeat the enemy once and for all that day on the cross.

Colossians 2:15

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

We really do not have to fight the enemy. We do not have to be involved in any warfare with the enemy. Christ conquered him once and for all. It is finished. It is done. We have been set free and we have been delivered. How did Christ manage to defeat the enemy?

Jesus Christ did not sin and He did not doubt

Have you ever read in the Bible that Jesus Christ was involved in a warfare with Satan? Have you ever read that Jesus Christ, with His angels, and Satan with his demons, gathered together against each other in battle? How many of these battles occurred before Satan raised the white flag?

No people, this never happened. Jesus Christ did not need angels to assist Him defeating the enemy. Jesus did not have to face the enemy in any kind of a warfare. Satan and all his demons did not attack the Son of God ever. They knew they could not attempt such an outrageously suicidal act. Why not? Because spiritual supremacy and spiritual power are not attained or decided on the battlefield. Spirits cannot be killed and they do not loose their power by means of a sword or a spear going through their hearts. This is how the movies have it but this is not how God determined it to be in real life. So what were Satan and the demons afraid of? What made them back down and what made them shiver with fear when Jesus Christ moved into their direction, even before the cross? This answer is a mystery but also so liberating:

Through all Jesus’ days on earth as a human being Jesus did not sin even once and He did not doubt in the word of His Father at all. That brought the victory! Good defeated evil. In His wisdom and in His power God the Father made good to reign over evil. There is something awesome in the goodness of God. This is a principle in the kingdom of God. It is a law like Newton’s law of gravity. There is power in righteousness! Purity and holiness is righteousness. This means righteousness defeats evil. There is an inherent power in righteousness. Whenever a person is righteous, which, in our case means the presence of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, such a person possesses an inherent power which always overrules evil power. That power that we possess is the Holy Spirit. That power is also Christ in you. It was exactly for this reason that, even before the cross, demons always fearfully begged Jesus Christ not to punish them before their time or not to cast them into hell immediately.

If He did sin, only once, and if He did doubt in God’s word, only once, He would have been defeated. He would have gone to hell not to be raised up again. He wouldn’t have been able to carry our sins and He wouldn’t have been able to pay the penalty for our sins. He also wouldn’t have been able to set us free. Not only Jesus Christ Himself but even us would have been lost forever. We would have died in our sins and we would have been cast into hell forever. Not only us but Jesus Christ with us.

If this happened I think God the Father would have cast the devil and the demons in hell with us and He would have been alone with the angels forever. What a wonderful Man Jesus Christ was! As a mere human being (100% human being), He came to this world to take the sins of this world away. He was obedient to God from His birth right unto the cross where He paid the price for all sin. As a Lamb without any blemish He was found worthy to be slain for the sins of the world.

Is this how He conquered the enemy? Exactly! Because He did not sin the enemy could not find any foothold in His life. There was no battle at all ever between God the Father or Jesus Christ against evil. Jesus Christ went down to hell and He took the keys of death and of hell and of dominion away from Satan. Satan did not put up a fight at all. He just handed over the keys to Christ and he begged Him to leave immediately. He could not bear standing in the presence of such holiness!

Jesus went down to hell where He was punished and where He paid the price for us. Father God punished Him in our place. The moment Father was satisfied that each and every sin had been paid for, He sent His Spirit to raise Jesus from the dead. At that moment we were included in the life and triumph of Jesus Christ. He brought us absolute and permanent victory! From there the saying, “There is victory in Christ”

Jesus then went into the house of the strongman and He bound him. He then stripped him of all his weapons and He took it all away. In His triumphal procession all across the universe He publicly displayed the enemy as being defeated once and for all. They were part of this triumphal procession as a defeated foe on display. Why? So that every living creature could be a witness of Christ’s victory over evil:

Colossians 2:15

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

Is this how Jesus defeated the enemy? What are you saying? Not even one battle? Didn’t Jesus break generational curses and did He not shout all sorts of war-cries? Didn’t He bind Satan and his demons every morning? Didn’t He cast down strongholds and didn’t He break all plans of evil? Didn’t He stand against evil forces and didn’t He break the enemies works of evil? Didn’t He carry out important rituals like anointing people, property and doorposts of houses with oil? Didn’t He prevent housebreakers and evil criminals from entering His property by anointing His car and His windowsills with holy oil?

No, not even once. The enemy had no foothold in Jesus’ life because Jesus did not sin and He did not doubt in God’s word. Jesus was and still is righteous. The enemy tempted Him but he failed when Jesus went to fast in the desert for 40 days. He did not visit Jesus in the desert to make war against Him. He visited Him to deceive Him. His purpose was to make Jesus doubt in God’s word and instructions and to make Jesus sin. He wanted Jesus to sin against God in order to loose His righteousness.

Does that differ from our struggle today? Not one bit. We are in exactly the same situation Jesus was when He had to deal with the enemy. Just as Jesus we should not give the enemy any foothold in our lives. We should not sin and we should not doubt in God’s word. That is how we stay victorious over the enemy in our personal lives. We do not need to get involved in any kind of warfare against the enemy. He is a defeated foe. Jesus Christ defeated Satan and all his demons once and for all on the cross for us. He gave the dominion back where it belongs; in the hands of the sons of God.

Yes we put on the whole armor every day according to Ephesians 6:13-18 because we need that armor to stay strong and to stay in faith. Paul did in fact use the term “warfare” as a metaphor but he did not literally mean that we are physically involved in a warfare with evil. Even if that warfare is spiritual it is still a warfare. This is not what Paul had in mind when he used the term “warfare” as a metaphor. It is just a metaphor.

Take a good look at the armor that God gave us: (This is now going to be a wonderful revelation to many people. Look what the spiritual armor really is. It is the words in bold)

Ephesians 6:13-18

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Can you see that these words have nothing to do with warfare or the enemy. It is all about God and His word and faith in that God and His word.

How not to sin and not to doubt in God’s word?

This is really easy people. It is not difficult at all. We all know that Jesus did not sin but many Christians do not know that we can also live a sinless life. Many people think it is impossible for human beings to live a sinless life. Scriptures are in fact quite clear on this:

1 John 3:9-10

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest…

Now this Scripture clearly says that he who is born of God does not commit sin and it also tells us why such a person cannot sin. Really? Why can such a person not sin? Because the seed of Christ is in us and because we are born of God. These are the two reasons why we cannot sin. This suggests that it is impossible to sin in Christ. There is of course important conditions that we need to comply to but the important reality is that it is absolutely possible to live a sinless life in the presence of God.

Now the conditions that need to be complied to in order for us to live a sinless life is not that difficult to maintain in our walk of faith. We have already seen that it is possible to live a sinless life according to these two verses above. We see the conditions that we need to comply to in the following verses:

1 John 3:21-22

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

1 John 3:2-3

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

These two portions of Scriptures make it all clear to us. It says that if we walk in faith in such a way that our hearts do not condemn us we have all the confidence we need. It is also important that we keep our hope in Christ to maintain righteousness. We do not somewhere along the way start seeking other means of attaining righteousness. We do not suddenly start to rely on own works. No, we keep our eyes fixed on Christ as the only way, through grace and through faith, to maintain our righteous stand before God. This is a very important condition to comply to. If we really comply to these conditions we have confidence in the presence of God. If we keep these two conditions than it is impossible to sin in Christ Jesus. This way we keep our confidence.

What is so important about confidence? When do we need confidence? We need confidence when the enemy sits on our shoulders cunningly trying to condemn us. If we do not sin he will try to con you into thinking that you have sinned and that you are living in sin. The mere fact that many Christians do not believe that they can live a sinless life takes their confidence away already.

The other Scripture says that any man who has put his hope in Christ, purifies himself and is as pure as Christ Himself.

Now how is this possible? How can the Bible say that I can be just as pure as Christ Himself and that I can live a sinless life just as Christ Himself?

Can our hearts condemn us? When does our hearts condemn us? This happens when we contravene one of the principles of salvation. We find this principle in Romans 8:1

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

This portion of Scripture tells us exactly when our hearts start to condemn us. The moment that we start walking after the flesh then our heart starts to condemn us. Please take note, “It is not when the devil condemns us but when our own hearts condemn us that we loose our confidence”. What does this mean? It means that as soon as a sin starts to be a way of life, our hearts (spirit) knows that we are no longer resisting that particular sin. This means that we are in fact living in sin. It does not mean that we are not Christians anymore. It only means that we are starting to loose our confidence. Why? The moment our hearts starts condemning us there is condemnation according to Romans 8:1. When  there is condemnation we loose our confidence and at that moment we, through sin, give the enemy a foothold in our lives. This is when we loose our victory over the enemy. As you can see it has nothing to do with warfare. It has everything to do with abstaining from sin and believing God’s word. At this point we need to repent of this particular sin in order to restore our confidence. We also need to resist this particular sin with everything we have in us. We have to “fight” against this sin. This fight is the “wrestle” that Paul mentioned in Ephesians 6:12. We do not get engaged in a wrestle against a demon! Not physically and also not spiritually. The demon is not our problem. Our wrestle is against temptation. We resist the temptation people!  

If we loose our confidence we cannot ask God whatever we want to. Suddenly we loose our confidence because we know that we do not keep His commandments anymore and we know that we do things that are not pleasing in His sight. (1 John 3:22)

Did you know that it is absolutely possible to get anything you ask from God if you adhere to only two very important conditions?

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

1 John 3:21-22

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

These two verses above are the ultimate test for any man of faith. If you meet the condition of the first condition you are halfway there. If you adhere to the second condition also you will receive whatsoever you ask God. This promise is actually guaranteed! I will even go so far as to say that it is absolutely impossible not to receive the desires of your heart, in more clear terms; whatsoever you want from God, if you comply to both these conditions. This is guaranteed people! I do not doubt this fact at all. These promises go hand in hand with the following two Scriptures:

Psalm 37:4

Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Philippians 4:6

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

The correct translation for the Greek word in this verse is “desires” and not “requests”. It makes this promise a bit more clear. There are actually quite a few other Scriptures that also makes it super-clear that we, when we walk in righteousness and in obedience, can and may ask whatsoever we want from God and we will receive it. It is absolutely guaranteed! Faith and obedience opens doors that nobody can close. It is the key to victory. This gives the enemy absolutely no foothold at all. Such a person lives a victorious life.

If you know that God exists but not only that, you also know that He is a good God who rewards those who diligently seek Him, and you live a holy obedient life, then you can and may ask Him whatever you wish and you will receive it.

There is of course one other condition that we need to comply with in order to ask and to receive whatever our hearts desire from God: Patience.

James 1:4

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Just look at the world that these three conditions open for us:

John 14:13-14

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Matthew 21:21-22

Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

James 5:15

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Romans 8:37

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

John 10:10

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Mark 10:27

And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

John 16:24

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Matthew 7:7-8

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

John 15:7

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Luke 18:1

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Mark 11:23-24

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

2 Timothy 1:7

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Corinthians 1:20

For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

John 8:36

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Jeremiah 1:12

Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.

Romans 8:31

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

This last Scripture summarizes it all, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Jesus Christ really did set us free indeed. “Who can be against us?”, means nobody can come against us. Not even in battle! Does that stop the enemy from attempting to deceive us? Unfortunately not. Even Jesus was tempted by the enemy. Jesus however showed us that if we resist this tempting the enemy has no other choice but to flee from us. Why does he flee from us? Why does he not just give up? He flees from us because of fear. Why does he fear? Righteousness always causes the enemy to fear. This is a principal in the kingdom of God. The enemy does not fear a Christian who is breaking all sorts of curses and who shouts all sorts of war-cries. No, he fears righteousness. He fears a Christian who abstains from sin and who refuses to doubt in the word of God. Righteousness destroys and removes all strategies from the enemy. Righteousness is absolutely devastating and absolutely intimidating to evil. Righteousness causes God Himself IN you to manifest in the particular situation. That causes the enemy to flee. This is how Jesus conquered evil and this is how we should conquer evil in our lives. There actually is no such thing called “spiritual warfare”. It is a lie from hell.

We cannot and do not have to do “fight” in order to obtain any redemption or deliverance of any kind. Jesus Christ did it all for us. If you still think that you need to carry out all sorts of acts and rituals called “spiritual warfare” in order to obtain some kind of deliverance you really are not free yet. This is not true people. You are being conned into believing that you need to stand against the enemy. The truth is that you, as a righteous child of God, only have to submit yourself to God, abstain from getting involved in sin, live an obedient live in Christ and you will see that by resisting the devil this way, he will flee from you. You do not have to be devil-conscious at all.

If you experience defeat in your life it is not because you lost a “spiritual battle” or are still loosing  a “spiritual battle” against the enemy. No, it is because of a lack of faith or a lack of ability to change circumstances in your life. One of my previous posts clearly described how and why we need to speak to the problems and not to the enemy. We speak to the mountain. We speak to the problem. It has nothing to do with the enemy. We remove the mountain or the obstacle in our lives through faith and through the word of God. We do not fight demons and evil in order to remove obstacles and mountains in our lives.

I hope that this short chapter will enable you to take up and to possess this very important key of victory in Christ. This is how we reign in Christ. This is the key to victory. Victory and dominion is indeed in Christ and not in all sorts of strategies and tactics called “spiritual warfare” or “spiritual battles” against evil forces.

Common mistakes exorcists often make

Exorcists often make some mistakes when they cast out demons resulting in the strengthening or promoting of false doctrinal beliefs in the church of Christ. In turn Christian observers make a few common mistakes when they watch these exorcists in action. It is so easy when you watch a YouTube video of an exorcism to make wrong conclusions regarding certain doctrinal beliefs.

This is a problem that Jesus Christ spared His disciples. When Jesus cast out demons in the New-Testament He showed the disciples exactly how to do it. He trained these disciples and He allowed them to cast out demons themselves under His supervision. Eventually He sent them out two-two and these disciples went out on their own to cast demons out of the oppressed all over Judea.

Luke 10:17

And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

It is important to note at this point that Jesus did speak to demons. He also did allow them to speak to Him on some occasions but he only allowed them to say the minimum. He asked them their names and he asked them how many of them were inside a specific person and that is about it. When they asked Him questions He answered them very briefly and then He instructed them to keep quiet. This was not only to prevent them from declaring who He really was but by this Jesus also set an example for us.

He did NOT ask them questions about the way they operate, what they did with a certain person, how they destroyed such a person’s life and how they succeeded to enter a specific person. He DID NOT have long conversations with these demons. Why not?

I want to answer this with another question: Do you know how bad demons really are? They are capable of anything. They have absolutely no inhibitions and they do not draw the line anywhere. They are capable of telling lies, steal and physically kill anybody if they only get the slightest chance to do so. They cannot kill you but they surely will deceive you. We are NOT supposed to be chatting with demons. They are really bad company!

This is where many exorcists make a very big mistake. They cast the devils out alright. This is not the problem. I know of even backslidden or young and inexperienced believers who have cast out demons when they were suddenly caught off-guard by demons manifesting in their presence. Exorcists cast demons out of people and they are delivering God’s people. Their ministry is very important. Exorcists are anointed workers in the Kingdom of God. Some of them do not only cast demons out of people. They are also healing the sick and some of them are good teachers of the word of God. When it comes to this exorcists are doing a great job. How they do it is however a different story. Do NOT make the mistake to think that because a person is anointed that he is in the perfect will of God. In fact, some of these guys can and are sometimes just as deceived as many other children of God. Ministry and anointing do not proof doctrines. It only means that a specific person is used by God to perform a certain work in His kingdom.

Some of them cause a lot of damage to other believers witnessing how they deal with demons. Believers see and hear these exorcists and these demons and then they use this information to support and to prove all sorts of doctrines. You here statements like, “it must be true because even the demons say that this is the case”.

This is a really bad mistake. Firstly you cannot trust a word that demons say. Do not believe the myth that demons will not lie when an exorcist asks them questions. People are under the false impression that the Holy Spirit forces these demons to tell the truth when they are interrogated by an exorcist. That is NOT the truth. Some exorcists tell the demons not to lie to the Holy Spirit but in fact they are talking to and lying to the exorcist.

Have you ever seen a police detective interrogating a cheating, lying, murderous lunatic of a criminal? These people are bad and they will lie, cheat and murder whenever they can. They do not want to tell the truth and they will not if they do not want to. This is exactly how demons are. Like so many dangerous criminals they will sometimes tell you what you want to hear. It really depends a lot on what the detective is willing to accept and willing to believe.

Have you ever heard of the term, “doctrines of devils”?

1 Timothy 4:1

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

This verse tells us that devils or demons can create their own doctrines. They do it just as we create our doctrines but they also lie to support their doctrines. Doctrines of devils are based on pure lies but also on the word of God. They mix the truth with lies in order to make their doctrines authentic to believers. They preach these doctrines and they teach these doctrines to each other. Yes, they do preach to and they do teach other demons and as the above Scripture suggests, they also teach people who are willing to be deceived. Not only people who depart from the faith but also Christians can and are being deceived this way. They absolutely have to promote their doctrines because it opens a whole lot of doors for them. One of their strategies is to persist with these lies in order to achieve their goals, even when an exorcist is interrogating them.

If we have the Bible which is the only and true foundation of all Godly doctrines, why do we question demons in order to gain information about the way they operate and other doctrinal issues? Why do we want to know detail and information about them and their ways? Isn’t this what Jesus Christ warned us against?

Revelation 2:24

But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.

Revelation 2:18-29 was a letter from Jesus Christ addressed to Christians. It was the letter addressed to the church of Thyatira. As you can see these Christians were busy with things that Christians should not be involved with. They were busy with doctrines of devils. Where did they obtain this information or these doctrinal beliefs? In order to learn the depths of Satan you need to learn it from Satan. There is no other way. This information is not in the Bible. These Christians learned from demons and they taught other Christians what they learned from them. They were still Christians but they partly departed from God’s word and instead they asked demons to tell them how certain aspects in the spiritual realm function or operates. This is a big mistake because the moment you do this you are open to deception. This is when devils start teaching you their doctrines.

Among some other false doctrines in the church today, two of them have really serious consequences for believers. Although they are integrated with each other the second doctrine is actually a result of the first one. These doctrines are “generational curses” and “spiritual warfare”. Although both these doctrines have no Biblical foundation, many Christians believe in them like they believe in Christ Himself.

I have found that for some reason it can sometimes be quite difficult to get these people to see the truth in Scripture. Their belief in these doctrines is so strong that they immediately disregard Scriptures that contradict these doctrines without giving it a second thought. My honest opinion is that many of these people have witnessed exorcisms and were deceived by the exorcist (unintentionally) and the demons that were cast out (intentionally).

Exorcists often ask demons for how many generations have they tormented people and how did they enter these people. They ask them how did they obtain the legal right to enter these people and so forth. These demons, in order to keep one of the biggest lies or false doctrines in the church intact, just keep on lying to these exorcists. Most of the questions exorcists ask demons have these false doctrines as foundation. This makes it so easy for these demons. They just proceed building even further on this false foundation. The answers usually vary from a number of generations to some curses that were put on these people to portholes caused by generational curses to something that was eaten or drank and so these lies just go on and on. The aim is to bring people under the impression that they can and are being oppressed and possessed because of situations out of their control. They were in many cases just innocent victims. They are not really protected against them and they need to fight them with this unfair and unjust foundation as the point of departure.

These are all lies! Now I do admit that they do need legal rights to enter a person. What actually, according to Scripture, gives demons legal rights to enter or to possess a person? When can and may they enter a person? A demon can enter a person only when that person is personally involved in sin. This oppression and possession takes place progressively in stages. Demons cannot just enter people like they want to. God put very clear principles in place that govern this aspect. The demon of “lust” for instance, deceives a person to get involved in pornography. After some time this demon does everything he can to get the person to take this practice to a next or a higher level. Each time the person is incited with some kind of reward and each time the person willingly proceed with this temptation, the demon gains ground. Over time he firmly establishes his stronghold in this persons life. Eventually the person gives up his own soul and eventually he gives up his spirit, all for the benefit of obtaining more and more pleasure out of this particular sin. This person actually “gives in” to the temptation or “gives himself over” to the temptation in order to obtain more pleasure. People enjoy sin and sometimes they will sell their souls for more pleasure.

The demon then enters the persons soul (oppression) and eventually the spirit (possession). With Christians it stops at the soul because a demon cannot enter the spirit of man whilst the Holy Spirit occupies the spirit of such a person. Take note that even a Christian needs to be delivered when a demon entered his soul, just like an unbeliever who is possessed (in his spirit).

The Bible is quite clear on the fact that we carry the consequences of our own acts. We bring things on ourselves. We are absolutely never an innocent victim of circumstances out of our control. No, when we are demon oppressed or demon possessed it is a result of our own acts. We cannot blame anybody for this. You cannot blame your ancestors for it.

I have discussed these facts in a previous post but I need to do it again:

Did you know that there are absolutely no Scriptures that state or indicate that Christians are or can be punished because of the sins of their ancestors? Did you also know that there are actually Scriptures that clearly state that the sons WILL NOT carry the sins of their ancestors and that the ancestors WILL NOT carry the sins of the sons? Yet people believe in generational curses. Did you know that the only reference to generational curses was made only to heathen nations and people who hate God? Did you know that there are Scriptures that state that God eventually took generational curses away from heathen people and unbelievers?

This implies that since the cross, even unbelievers and people who hate God do not have to carry the sins of their ancestors? Did you know that there is not even one Scripture in the whole Bible that says that we must repent of the sins of our ancestors? Did you know that there is not one Scripture in the whole Bible that says that we must break generational curses? Did you know that there actually are a number of Scriptures that say that we must only repent of our own sin? Did you know that there actually are Scriptures that say that the sins of the one who committed that sin will be on him and on him alone? Did you also know that there are actually Scriptures that say that the righteousness of a person can only save him alone? That implies that nobody can be made righteous by their ancestors just as nobody can be made unrighteous, because of the sins or the unrighteousness of ancestors. There really are Scriptures that support all these statements.

Scripture: The son will not carry the sins of the father and the father will not carry the sins of the son:

Ezekiel 18:17

That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.

Ezekiel 18:19

Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.

Ezekiel 18:20

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the fatherneither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Scripture: Even heathen nations and heathen people do not have to be punished for other people’s sin:

John 1:29

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Isaiah 65:20

There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.

This Scripture pointed to the time of Christ, the good and acceptable year, the “time of grace” where even sinners will live a full and a long life. However when his time of grace runs out, he will be cursed and he will pay the penalties for his sins.

Galatians 3:13-14

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Ezekiel 18:20

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Scripture: Repent only of your own sin:

Ezekiel 18:21-23

But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

Ezekiel 18:26

When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

Ezekiel 18:27-28

Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

Ezekiel 18:30-32

Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel,every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

Scripture: People will be punished only for their own sin:

Ezekiel 18:4

Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Ezekiel 18:18

As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.

Ezekiel 18:20

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Deuteronomy 24:16

The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathersevery man shall be put to death for his own sin.

Scripture: The sins of a person cannot make another person unrighteous:

Ezekiel 18:13-17

13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him. 

14 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father’s sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like

15 That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour’s wife, 

16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment, 

17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.

Scripture: The righteousness of a person cannot make another person righteous:

Ezekiel 18:9-13

9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD. 

10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things, 

11 And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour’s wife

12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination, 

13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely diehis blood shall be upon him.

God really wanted to kill this false doctrine in its tracks. In the Old-Testament already! If you read the whole chapter of Ezekiel 18 you will see that God purposely covered all scenarios and all aspects from all angles in order to make it as clear as daylight. There is no such things as generational curses because everybody pays for his own sin. Because everybody pays for his own sin everybody must repent of his own sin. The accountability of sin is respectively upon each individual. God says a number of times in this chapter that the soul that sinsthat soul must die. Even in Deuteronomy 24:16 he said that the son cannot be punished for the father’s sin and the father cannot be punished for the son’s sin. The Bible just cannot be more clear on this subject than this.

Now there is absolutely no Scriptures that states the contrary. So what did the deceivers do to counter this problem? They made a lot of statements that contradict these Scriptures. They even attempted to use some Scriptures out of context to support all these statements.

Here are some of these Scriptures that were taken out of context:

Deuteronomy 5:7-10

7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me. 

8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: 

9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, 

10 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

Now this portion of Scripture has nothing to do with the church and nothing to do with believers. It has everything to do with people that HATE God. Verse 10 can be related to us though because we are people who LOVE God. It is however quite interesting to note that verse 10 says the same thing as Galatians 3:20. It also says that we are blessed and not cursed. This was God’s way of telling Israel, whom He is about to make a covenant with, how He feels about heathen nations who hate Him. Verse 9 can only be related to people who HATE God. Unbelievers could have been brought into the equation here was it not for Ezekiel 18 which clearly states that the one (son or father) SHALL NOT help to carry the sins and iniquities of the other (son or father). This portion of Scripture does NOT support generational curses in a Christians life because it was at that time only applicable to nations and people who HATED God. It also does NOT support generational curses in an unbelievers life because of Ezekiel 18:20 which clearly states that the one who sins must carry his own punishment and that the son will not carry the father’s iniquities.

Lamentations 5:7

Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.

This Scripture has nothing to do with generational curses. It has everything to do with the nation of Israel. Just as we today as an “Afrikaner” nation have to carry or “pay” for the results of “apartheid” because of the decisions our nation’s forefathers made. “Apartheid” was a sin. The Israelites also had to carry the burdens of the mistakes and sins of their forefathers.

Many nations all across the world were burdened and are still burdened because of the sins of their forefathers. Germany and Japan are classic examples of this. Adolf Hitler and the German nation as well as the Japanese nation committed serious atrocities and war-crimes during world war two. Both these nations were severely punished for this in terms of war-penalties and discrimination through the years. The culprits were long dead while their descendants were still paying for their iniquities. This is what this Scripture in Lamentations is all about. It has nothing to do with visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation. It has nothing to do with family or generational curses. Ezekiel 18 clearly states that when it comes to family, the son WILL NOT carry the sins of the father. He will not be accountable for his father’s sin and the father will have to carry the consequences of his own sin.

Nehemiah 1:1-6

1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, 

2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 

3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. 

4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven, 

5 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: 

6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.

Again this portion of Scripture is all about the nation of Israel. Nehemiah fasted and prayed for the nation of Israel that was taken into captivity. He mourned over the walls of Jerusalem that were broken and the gates that were burnt. It has nothing to do with generational curses. Nehemiah also mentioned that he himself and His father’s house also sinned against God. This was all about the judgment of God that came upon the nation of Israel.

Generational curses is an example of how people are being deceived. Although Scripture is clear on the truth people are being conned into believing a lot of things which are not Biblical.

My opinion is that exorcists and this practice of interrogating demons on all sorts of things like their “modus operandi” and doctrinal aspects of the spiritual realm caused this whole problem. When an exorcist believes in generational curses demons will only be too happy to agree with him. They will feed him lies on generational curses without him even knowing it because he has been deceived in the first place. He will not push them to talk the truth because he believes it is the truth anyway. Even criminal detectives are deceived this way when they interrogate suspects. This caused Christians to be deceived into believing doctrines of devils.

Do not forget that demons are under immense stress when they are being cast out of a person. They will do anything to hide or to get off the hook. Imagine a little boy being interrogated by a bully. His ears are pulled and he gets a slap in the face every now and then. An exorcists can and will get a demon to agree with about anything he wants him say.

The Holy Spirit is actually the Person who casts out demons. The presence of the Holy Spirit causes a lot of turmoil and pressure for such a demon. On top of that they have to deal with the exorcist also. They really aren’t themselves during such a session but they will never seize to lie even during these circumstances. This is their nature.

Matthew 12:28

But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you

Why does Satan create doctrines of devils? He does that to put God’s people in bondage. When you belief a false doctrine you are being deceived. When you are being deceived you are vulnerable. When you are vulnerable it is only a matter of time before you will be in bondage.

Are people who believe in generational curses and spiritual warfare in bondage? They definitely are! One very distinct characteristic of people who believe in this false doctrine is the fact that they never stop breaking generational curses. They always fall back in bondage and they are never sure that they are really and truly free. They are always involved in some kind of spiritual warfare against some demon or spiritual being. It never stops. They are never sure if all iniquities and all sins of all ancestors have been declared and confessed. They live in bondage. This doctrine was designed to keep Christians in bondage. They always have to do something to stay free. There is always a setback or a relapse or a new insight or a new revelation of yet another thing in the past that are still keeping them accursed. That is when they, yet again, need to break some generational curses. Yet again they need to ask God for forgiveness for the sins of people that he or she sometimes do not even know.

This bondage cannot stop because of the uncertainty and because of the fact that if you believe a false doctrine that doctrine becomes real in your life. You get what you believe. Christians who believe in this doctrine actually make this doctrine a reality in their lives. This opens a whole lot of doors for the enemy to play with. He controls this doctrine and he controls people who believe in this doctrine. I am convinced that Christians are being oppressed by demons solely because they believe in this doctrine.

The truth is that Jesus Christ have been punished in our place so that we do not have to be punished at all. He carried the curse for us! We do not have to endure any curse. He took the curse on the cross for us. He became a curse for us so that only the blessings of Abraham could come to the gentiles.

Galatians 3:13-14

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

This is real freedom! When you still need to break generational curses and getting engaged in some battles and spiritual warfare against the enemy, you are not free yet! This doctrine is not the truth people. Jesus Christ has set you free on that cross! Once and for all! You are free! Do not believe demons and people who does not know the Scriptures. You really need to take this up with God Himself. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth.

John 8:36

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Romans 8:37

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

How can I deliver demon oppressed and demon possessed people effectively?”

What strategies do evil spirits utilize to oppress people?

Is there a correct, Biblical way in dealing with the deliverance of satanic oppressed people?

In order to understand the answers to these questions, we need to know how people are oppressed and how people are possessed by demons. We also need to know what happens with these people, physically and spiritually, during the process of oppression and the subsequent possession. It is very important to understand that both satanic oppression and satanic possession do not happen overnight. It is a process. Of course we also need to know what our focus needs to be when we deliver demonic oppressed and possessed people.

I have written a few posts regarding satanic oppression. It was quite a revelation for many people and quite a number of people gave me very positive feedback after they have read these posts. Click on the category, “Spiritual warfare” if you wish to read these related posts. It was also a very pleasant surprise to see that many people do understand that the devil and his demons just cannot harm us at all, in any way, because of the protection of God in our lives. That is of course if WE do not allow these evil spirits to harm us. People also know that we allow evil spirits to harm us when we give in to temptations or when we believe and accept their lies. When you believe evil spirits and when you do what evil spirits tell you to do, just here all your troubles start. If you do not believe their lies and if you don’t do what evil spirits tell you to do, you are absolutely safe.

Evil spirits can only oppress people who are guilty of sin and unbelief. Evil spirits cannot oppress or possess innocent people. They need to find somebody who is willingly getting involved in sin in order to oppress them. In order to possess such a person, they need to convince such a person to give themselves over to the pleasures and the benefits of that particular sin to such an extend that they slowly and progressively give the control over to the demonic spirits influencing such a person. With every temptation to have more pleasure, the demonic spirit entices the person to go deeper and deeper in the particular sin for even more pleasure. People who loves sin will eventually sell their souls for more pleasure and more power or for whatever the demonic spirits entice them with. People cannot be possessed by evil spirits any other way. Demons just cannot oppress or possess people just like they want to. They need legal grounds to do that. For this reason not even nonbelievers can be oppressed or possessed if they do not allow demons to do that. The only way for demons to possess people is through sin. If they are enticed through all sorts of promises and lies to give their souls over to these evil spirits, then these people are seriously oppressed. If they, again through lies and deceit, go to a deeper level in their sins, they eventually willingly allow these evil spirits to enter their spirits which results in absolute possession. See my book, “The truth about spiritual warfare” for more information on this subject. In the book I have a comprehensive section on the reasons why there is no such thing called generational curses. People believing this false doctrine believe that innocent people can be possessed by demons because of the sins of their forefathers and numerous other “innocent” ways like unknowingly eating cursed food or food offered to idols. This is just not true! Any person who is demonic oppressed or possessed has only himself to blame for that. There is no way that an innocent person was ever oppressed or possessed. These are all lies from hell.

The statements above make it very clear where our focus should be when dealing with evil spirits, demonic oppression and even demonic possession. Our focus is determined by the strategies that evil spirits utilize when attacking people. It may be a surprise to many people but the truth about the strategies of demonic forces is that it is not a complicated subject at all. They have only two strategies. The first strategy is to lie to people and the second strategy is to tempt people to sin. That is it! They have no other strategies. With their lies demons deceive people into believing all sorts of false doctrines. With their lies they also deceive people into all sorts of temptations. The more people give in to these lies and these temptations, the more it enables them to oppress those people.

The ultimate goal of these spirits is to take control of our minds. The more they control our minds the more control they have over our beliefs and over our actions.

When learning about demonic influences in the lives of people the Lord once showed me the strategies of evil spirits in a dream:

First strategy (lies): In the dream the Lord showed me a very dark place that resembled a gold mine or a plant or a salvage yard. I could see all sorts of rusted equipment made of steel all around me in the semi-dark area. Some of the implements and equipment were greasy and dirty. Most of the equipment were out of order and just lying around rusting away. This symbolized a dark world governed by worldly systems. Demonic spirits aided by corrupt human beings created this world. Steel symbolizes man-made doctrines and systems influenced by evil spirits. Dirty oil and grease symbolizes contaminated anointing or false anointing. People contaminate the anointing of the Holy Spirit with their own intellectual revelations influenced by the love of sin and by evil spirits.

In the dream a person came to me and he gave me a cup filled with a black fluid which resembled old oil or transmission fluid. He gave it to me to drink like coffee. He did the same. He then showed me broken greasy car parts. He wanted me to taste the grease and dirty oil on these parts as we walked through this junkyard. I slowly realized that the fluid that he gave me to drink is highly toxic and that both of us will surely die a slow death because of this. Even the grease and oil he wanted me to taste were toxic. I decided not to taste it but only to smell the different substances. Smelling symbolizes spiritual discernment. He then showed me a transparent packet with what looked like rat poison of a blue-green color. I know that blue symbolizes the revelation and the authority of God. Green symbolizes soulish intellectual reasoning. This mixture of real truth with soulish revelation symbolized the strategies of demonic spirits when they deceive people. A little bit of truth mixed with lies. What God showed me in this dream is that the lies of evil spirits are really of a seriously toxic nature. That is why people die a slow death because of oppression and possession. This is literally the truth! Both oppression and possession, as you will see below, literally cause death!

In the dream I took a hosepipe with pure clean running water. I turned a big rusted, greasy piece of equipment on its side. I thoroughly washed it with this pure running water. Water symbolizes the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through the word of God. The word of God is life and it is spirit. This symbolized that we as Christians can use the pure revelation power of the word of God to purify our belief systems. We can remove dirty lies and dirty worldly systems with the washing of pure water by the word of God.

Ephesians 5:26

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word

Second strategy (temptations to sin): In the dream the Lord showed me someone I know standing in his garden. This person was upset because of the noise that a rather big sun-bird was making when it feeds on the nectar in the flowers in his garden. This sound irritated this person. Although sun-birds are normally very small, this one in the dream was almost the size of a big dove. The color of this bird was a mixture of light yellow and light green. Birds in dreams symbolizes spirits. It also symbolizes the activities of evil spirits in a person’s life. The sun-bird symbolizes the constant pursuing of sweet nectar. It has a never-ending craving for sweet nectar in flowers and with its long down-curving beak it sucks out all the nectar it can get out of these flowers. The sun-bird has short wings which it can flap very fast which enables it to hang motionless in the air whilst sucking out nectar. The prominent long down-curving beak makes it well able to reach all the nectar it so craves.

Nectar symbolizes sin. Sin is sweet like nectar in your mouth. It is wonderful to eat. It is quite an experience, but like nectar, in reality it has no nutritional value. In fact, pursuing sin is a constant running after nothing. It cannot fill one’s hunger. Our hunger can only be satisfied with the true bread of life, which is the word of God. The light yellow-green mixture (the color of the sun-bird) symbolizes hatred, jealousy, blasphemy and rebellion against God, the Holy Spirit and other Christians.

The person’s irritation by the constant chirping of the sun-bird symbolizes the fact that this person do not want to be demon oppressed anymore. At first these enticing sounds were sweet in his ears but not anymore. This person decided he does not want to listen to the lies of the evil spirit(s) anymore. He wants to be set free.  

In the dream the person asked me to kill the bird by throwing it with a piece of rock. I took the brownish dark-beige rock out of his hands, aimed at the bird but I missed. The sun-bird flew away but was back a few minutes later. It went strait for a flower and it immediately made that irritating chirping sounds again. The beige rock he gave me speaks of a person who, although he wants to do the right thing, is still involved in sin and still wants to be involved in these particular sins. This is why I failed to kill the bird. This speaks of the fact that people who do not want to be delivered from satanic oppression, because of the love of sin, cannot be delivered.

This person asked me again to kill the bird. This time he gave me a flat piece of rock that resembled a flat piece of fossilized bread. In the dream I suspected that this fossilized rock is actually manna, which, like bread, symbolizes the revealed word of God. It specifically symbolizes the willingness to seek the deeper truths of God’s word. The fossilized manna also symbolizes that the word of God is the ancient truths of God and it is ageless. It can never loose its power. It also symbolized that this person is now willing to allow the word of God to change his life. People who are demon possessed need to willingly give their cooperation if they really want to be delivered. I took this piece of rock, aimed at the bird and I hit it dead center (on the side but middle of the body). The sun bird was seriously wounded and it made a nosedive right into the ground. The long beak and the head of the bird went right into the ground. This symbolizes the fact that the power of the word of God defeats any demonic spirit or demonic oppression immediately and effectively. The buried head and beak speak of intellectual reasoning and enticing words losing its power in a person’s life. The reason why the word of God is thrown like a rock, speaks of the word of God, when it is spoken, is able to go out and do what it was sent out to do. It is able to reach anything anywhere in the universe in any realm (physical and spiritual).

The next moment the sun-bird was floundering on the grass. The head now not buried in the ground anymore. I hit it again with the word, by throwing it with the rock (fossilized manna), causing a wound to the head. A third blow killed the bird by cutting off its neck. This sequence symbolized the sequence of Godly demonic deliverance. First, as symbolized by the body hit, the persons spirit or soul needs to be delivered by casting out the demons or taking away the demons. Then as symbolized by the wound in the birds head, the person needs to be delivered of false lies and false doctrines (toxic thoughts). Then, as symbolized by the neck that was cut off by the rock, the yoke is broken by removing the head (removing toxic thoughts). The removing of the head speaks of submitting to the will and ways and truths of God. This was all done by the ancient fossilized rock, the word of God, which can never loose its power and which will stand fast until all eternity.

What happens when a person is slowly loosing control over his mind?

It is important to understand that all people are, most of the time, under demonic attack. Yes, all of us! By far, most people are demonic oppressed and many people are demonic possessed. Only a few people, those who lives a victorious life in Christ, are really free from demonic oppression. However, to be a Christian does not exempt people from being demonic oppressed. In fact, although not demonic possessed, most Christians are demonic oppressed. Why so? Because most Christians are being deceived into all sorts of sins and deceived into believing all sorts of doctrines and lies which are not in line with the word of God!

There is a very important principle regarding false doctrines that Christians do not realize. That principle is the following: “When a Christian believes a false doctrine, that doctrine brings him or her into bondage”. People act on false beliefs or false doctrines. They believe a lie and that lie brings certain realities into existence in their lives. These false doctrines cause people to say certain things and it causes people to do certain things. These words and these actions have devastating results in the lives of people. This is the reason why so many Christians are sick and why so many of them live really mediocre lives or lives of failure and defeat. It all starts in our minds.

What happens when demonic forces slowly take control over our minds?

The first things that are evident in people’s lives are the following?

Doubt, unbelief and sin

People start to doubt God’s word and God’s favor in their lives. That causes people to become insecure. People start to worry, stress and walking in fear. This happens in the lives of both Christians and nonbelievers. This is probably the first or lowest degree of demonic oppression. However, there are believers who really believe God and His word. These people do not walk in fear and they do not stress about anything in their lives. People like this are absolutely free in Christ. They are happy. They are healthy and they lack absolutely nothing. 

People also get involved in all sorts of sins. Nonbelievers obviously more that Christians. Galatians 5:19-21 – Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings…

Sickness

Because of doubt, unbelief and sin, all sorts of sickness and diseases start to surface in the lives of Christians and nonbelievers. It is important to understand that these sickness and diseases are the natural result of sin, stress, fear and unbelief. Fear and stress are the most destructive cause of most diseases! Just because we doubt in God’s word and in His goodness, even Christians pay a very expensive price! These diseases and calamities do not come from God and it does not come from the devil. It is the fruit of our own actions and our own words of unbelief that we declare in our own lives. Although the Bible do refer to people who are sick, as being oppressed by Satan, the sickness and diseases are actually caused by people getting involved in sin, doubt and unbelief. The devil cannot make you sick but he can cause sicknesses to come over you if you fall for his lies and temptations. You actually bring all these things over yourself!

Undesirable behavior

Depending on the severity of the control that evil spirits obtain over people’s minds, all sorts of unacceptable behavior start to surface in peoples lives. People feel a compulsion to abuse animals or other people. They feel that they have no control over their sexual desires. Things like sexual perversion and immorality like homosexuality and molestation start to surface in people’s lives.

A compulsion to abuse their bodies with drugs, alcohol, gluttony and abuse or misuse of other substances start to surface in peoples lives. People start seeking spiritual knowledge through Eastern religions and other counterfeit religious groups like yoga, humanism and the many other false religions in the world today. People start getting involved in practices of the occult like fortune-telling, satanism and magic.

Severe mental distress or oppression like anxiety, fear, anger, and disorientation at more serious levels in terms of severity start to surface in people’s lives. Psychological disorders like split and multiple personalities, schizophrenia and paranoia start to surface in people’s lives. People experience a constant inability to function normally.

People experience a lack of freedom or joy and also an inability or constant refusal to repent of sin, though they know that they are sinning against God and against other people.

Seriously violent demonic activities

The most serious degree of satanic oppression results in seriously violent demonic activities. People start to act radically violent and intolerable towards other people. Murder, rape, satanism and satanic rituals and witchcraft start to surface in such peoples lives. These people are normally demon possessed and have almost lost complete control over their minds souls and spirits. Evil spirits run rampant in these peoples lives. These people are usually completely in serious bondage and cannot free themselves out of this nightmare that they allowed themselves into. They are a serious danger to themselves and to other people and needs to be delivered from satanic possession and oppression.

How to deliver satanic oppressed people

When it comes to deliverance, there is a very important principle that needs to be taken into consideration before a person is delivered. Every believer and even nonbelievers have a conscience and therefore the will and ability to choose what is right. The Lord taught me once that the human “kidney”, in dreams and visions, symbolizes the conscience of man. Just as the kidney purifies the blood, so the conscience of man “purifies” the life or soul of man. The “life” or the “soul” is in the blood. The spirit of man is already saved and in harmony with God. The soul however, needs to be purified by means of pursuing holiness. We need to live holy lives. It is all about making the right choices. It is all about removing specific sins out of our lives.

When a person dreams that his “kidneys” are damaged or his “veins” are damaged or that something is wrong with his “blood”, it means that the process of “purification” cannot be carried out. This means that the person’s blood cannot be cleaned or purified. These organs need to be healed first before the blood can be cleansed or purified by the kidney. When the organs are all functioning, it speaks of the ability of the kidney to purify a person’s blood. When this happens, it symbolizes the acknowledgment of sin in a person’s life. The result or the outcome of this purification is usually symbolized in dreams by a person releasing himself (urinating). When the blood is purified by the kidneys, it releases a side product called urine. The urine goes to the bladder from where it is released. If you dream that you release yourself it speaks of victory over a particular sin in your life.

This same principle is true when it comes to the “purification” of our souls. Most of the time a person can be delivered by mere counseling. Remember we said that the focus with deliverance is the word of God and the will of God for our lives. We need to change a person’s behavior through ministering the word of God to him. Such a person is given the opportunity to replace toxic thoughts (lies) with the pure living word of God. This word will purify the person’s thought pattern and will set him free. Sometimes however, mere counseling will have no effect. Such a person needs to be delivered from evil spirits first. The blockage that’s preventing this process of detoxification needs to be removed first.

The word of God is powerful. We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free. It is all about getting a person to find the truth. When we hear the word of God and we believe it, we are being delivered. There is absolutely enough power in the word of God to set us free. The moment we believe the word of God, we will declare it over our lives and it will put wonderful things in place in our lives. Real Biblical deliverance is not about swinging a magic wand around. It is not about all sorts of rituals and all sorts of soulish spiritual warfare against evil. All the rituals that we so often see during deliverance have absolutely no value. People feel emotional and people’s hair are raising, they get goosebumps and it just feels to many people that they have really defeated the enemy by means of carrying out these rituals. The truth however is just the opposite. It sometimes unknowingly causes even more problems. The enemy is not the problem. People are always the problem. We allow the enemy to carry out unwanted things in our lives. They can do absolutely nothing if we do not allow them to. They have absolutely no power over us, even over nonbelievers.

The influence of the word of God or the lack of the word of God in a person life is actually the problem.

It might be a revelation to many people to understand that the primary focus, when delivering people from satanic oppression, is not the devil or the demons but rather the ministering of the word of God. We need to allow the word of God to deliver people.

The problem however with people who are demon possessed, is that their conscience does not function anymore. Just like the damaged kidney or damage veins, which cause the purification process of the kidneys to malfunction, so the ability to pursue holiness in a person who has no control over his conscience or his own will, will also malfunction when it comes to living a holy life before God. Such a person has given the control over to demonic spirits and cannot really choose to do the right thing. Such a person needs to be delivered from demonic influences first before he can be truly delivered by means of counseling.

In cases like this we briefly put our focus on the evil spirits. Practically this means we, if the person is demon possessed, cast the evil spirit or spirits out of the person or, if the person is demon oppressed, we take the demonic spirits away from them. When this is done, we put our attention immediately back where we need to; the power of the word of God in terms of proper Biblical counseling. Just by casting out demons or taking demons away, a person is not really delivered. The evil spirits will merely come back and possess the same person again together with even more other demons worse than themselves. By merely taking demonic spirits away from a person we will basically have the same result.

Real deliverance is helping a person to be obedient to God and His word. Remember the Scripture, “Submit yourselves to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you”. We need to introduce people to the living Christ and the living word of God. We need to teach people to be obedient to God, His word and His will. We need to motivate people to pursue holiness. When people focus on God and his word, they will truly be delivered from demonic influences and demonic oppression.

What does the taking away of spirits mean? The Scriptural grounds of this statement is found in Mark 16:18

Mark 16:18 (Geneva Pilgrims Bible – 1560)

They shall take away serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay their hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

I truly view the 1560 Geneva Pilgrims Bible the most authentic Bible ever translated. Quite a number of versus in this Bible is different from other Bibles. The reason for this is that the reformers in the middle 1500’s, who translated this Bible from the original text, did an excellent job. Contrary to Bible translators in the Catholic church, these reformers truly translated exactly what they read in the original text. They did not adapt certain Scriptures to fit their own beliefs. Take this Scripture (Mark 16:18) as an example. In the original Greek text, the word incorrectly translated as “take up” by other translators is in fact “take away”. It says that they shall take away serpents. Serpents symbolizes demons. Mark 16:18 actually says that these Spirit filled believers will “take away” demons. They will take them away from people or from certain situations. They will actually deliver people from demonic influences.

We know that there are two types of people who needs to be delivered from demons before we can minister the word of God to them effectively. People who are demon oppressed but still in control of their own free will and their own conscience, do not need to be delivered from demonic influences. We can minister the word of God to them and they can be delivered from oppression by merely applying the word of God in their lives. The second group, those who are demon oppressed but struggling to stay in control of their conscience and own free will, are those who need to be delivered from evil spirits by removing these spirits away from them. Removing evil spirits from them means to stop these spirits from influencing these people. However, it can also mean casting out evil spirits from their souls (not their spirits). This means they are not demon possessed but the evil spirits did take control over their souls. The third group, those who are demon possessed, have no control over their conscience and their own free will. We need to deliver these people by casting out the evil spirits from their spirits.

In the life of Kenneth Hagin, something happened which shed more light on Mark 16:18

Years ago, Kenneth had a problem with a family member who was really struggling living a holy life. Although he did give his life and his heart to Jesus Christ, this guy was really struggling. He was backsliding often. He often did things that was not acceptable in the church of Christ. He lost his job many times. Other family members often complained to Kenneth about this family member who was really untrustworthy and a disgrace to the family.

Kenneth often prayed for this guy. One day, after yet another family scandal, Kenneth again prayed for this man. He was seeking wisdom from God to change this person’s behavior. Whilst Kenneth was praying, he suddenly saw a vision of this man walking down a familiar street in their hometown. He then noticed that on the other side of the street, three huge demons that looked like baboons were walking alongside his family member. He could see how these demons interacted with this person. They were shouting at him. They were making all sorts of vulgar suggestions and remarks. Sometimes some of them ran across the street to the person and they jumped on him. It was clear that these three demons were giving this man a hard time. They were a really bad influence on this person. Although this man has been oppressed by these demons, he was only reaping what he sowed. He obviously allowed these baboons to influence him and he was seemingly not able to reverse this oppression.

The Lord then told Kenneth that this person was struggling because of the influence of these demons. He then told him that he (Kenneth Hagin), being a child of God, can and may intervene by commanding these demons to leave this person, in the Name of Jesus Christ of course. Kenneth did just that. He reported that these demons, immediately when he told them to leave this person alone they did. He commanded them, in the Name of Jesus Christ, to leave (and then Kenneth spoke the name of this person), immediately. He commanded them to stop their manoeuvres in this person’s life. He also commanded them to never return to this person ever again. These demons got the fright of their lives and they left immediately. When Kenneth saw this family member again a few days later he immediately noticed a huge difference. This man immediately changed for the better. God was able to restore this man’s life after this incident.

The Lord showed me in a dream that one of the major causes of demonic oppression is ignorance: In the dream I was lying on my back, half asleep, similar to what one experience when slowly waking up. Although not really awake I knew, in the dream, that I was eating something. I knew it was not food. It was hard like metal but I tasted a really sweet and pleasant liquid flowing into my mouth. Somebody woke me up just as I was enjoying this sweet taste in my mouth. When fully awake I decided that I need to check what I was eating. When I checked I realized that I was chewing on four penlight batteries. The number “4” symbolizes knowledge. In this dream it symbolized intellectual knowledge or intellectual revelation. I punctured some of these batteries with my teeth and that allowed this sweet liquid to flow into my mouth. This liquid was none other than battery acid. I immediately knew that the acid was about to burn and damage my mouth, teeth and stomach. I also noticed that the four batteries were connected to each other and wrapped inside a package. There was a label on the package. I attempted to read the label but realized that I destroyed the label with my teeth while chewing on the package in my sleep.

The Lord showed me that this dream symbolized the method that demonic spirits utilize to oppress people. They look for a person who is ignorant regarding their spiritual conditions and obligations. That is symbolized by me being half asleep in the dream. While people are spiritually ignorant, demonic spirits deceive them by all sorts of lies that really taste wonderful as symbolized by the sweetness in my mouth in the dream. The damaged label symbolized the fact that people are totally unaware of what they are really eating. They are in fact eating toxic poison without even knowing it. This poison will destroy their ability to digest the word of God as symbolized by the damaged teeth, mouth and stomach. If demonic lies damage your spiritual teeth and spiritual stomach, it cannot digest the word of God. This is why demonic oppressed and demonic possessed people need to be delivered.

The Lord also showed me in a dream what the enemy’s strategy is concerning the word of God: In the dream I was in a darkish rural area. I supernaturally knew that huge water tanks filled with water are hidden underground. I could see that sprayers were installed all over on top of these tanks but I could see that either the sprayers did not work or were missing. I could see that somebody threw alarm systems into these tanks at the sprayer holes. People were walking all around these tanks. I noticed that these people were ignorant and did not know what exactly was going on. One person asked me why the sprayers were not working. I told him that somebody (the enemy) installed alarm systems in the tanks and at the sprayers. Although huge resources of water were available to people, they did not use it because of it being hidden, equipment being missing and broken and alarm systems warning the enemy whenever somebody attempted to use the water. When the evil spirits is warned by the alarm system, they move in immediately to counter the word of God with lies. By this strategy (keeping the word of God in obscurity by means of unbelief), evil spirits prevent people from applying the word of God in their lives. If you have no access to the pure revelation power of the word of God, which can be applied in your live by removing impurities with the washing of water by the word of God, people cannot be delivered.

Ephesians 5:26

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.

I wrote this post to help people to be set free from demonic oppression effectively. It clearly explained the strategies of evil spirits and it clearly explained what our focus and strategies should be in order to set people free. It is all about true authentic, Biblical deliverance and that is why I attempted to cut away all the “clutter”. The “clutter” do not only confuse people, it also minimize the success of real deliverance. It sometimes even causes oppression! Deliverance is actually really simple. It is not the big thing with all the useless rituals the people so easily get involved with. There is no need for breaking all sorts of curses and cleaning houses and all the focusing on spirits and all sorts of spiritual warfare. It is all about God and His word. It is all about proper Biblical counseling. Of course we do teach people to stay away from occultism, pornography, astrology, demonic music, drugs, magazines of the occult, books of false religions and idols of pagan gods and so forth. It is however not the big spiritual thing that people make it. Just tell the person to go to his house and if he is guilty doing these things or knows of things like this in his house, to stop doing it and to get rid of these things. He can do it himself. These things are wrong and should be stopped or removed from his house yes but do not make a big thing out of it. The focus should be God and His word.

I believe that this book will bring more clarity on proper Biblical deliverance and that it will help people to effectively deliver people from demonic oppression and possession.

The most effective spiritual warfare strategy for God’s people you can imagine! This is what this chapter is about!

We have covered quite a lot on the subject of spiritual warfare lately. We debunked all sorts of myths and false teachings on this subject. We came to realize that a lot of teachings on this subject are none other than doctrines of devils. We surely covered a lot of Scriptures and we came to know and understand the will and ways of God on this subject.

We learned how evil spirits succeed in oppressing Christians and other people in the chapter, “Satanic oppression”.

In this post we learned the strategies the enemy follows with the ultimate goal to obtain power over people’s minds and lives.

We have learned that the traditional way of getting into battles with the enemy is not effective at all but in fact dangerous. We covered that in the chapter, “Is spiritual warfare dangerous?

Yes we clearly determined that the wrong strategies of spiritual warfare that young and immature Christians often embark upon are definitely dangerous. It is precisely for this reason that many Christians suffer and actually why many of them are being oppressed by evil spirits.

We also learned how Jesus Christ conquered evil when He walked this earth, in the chapter, How did Jesus Christ really conquer evil?

This is actually very important because it gives us some very important information on how we should deal with the devil and with evil in our faith walk with Christ.

We also learned how the devil succeeds in getting people to believe all sorts of false doctrines. We learned that in the chapter, “Have you done the deception test yet?”

We learned about the danger caused by exorcists who actually do a good job delivering demon possessed people but who, unfortunately, teach people a lot of false doctrines in the process. We learned that in the chapter, “Common mistakes exorcists often make”.

We have also learned how to deliver demon oppressed and demon possessed people correctly and effectively. We learned that the Biblical way of delivering people from satanic oppression and satanic possession, is not what we so often see today in the chapter,Authentic Biblical deliverance”. In this chapter we debunked a lot of myths when it comes to deliverance.

I wish to discuss these principles in detail. In fact, this book is all about the ultimate and the most effective strategy when it comes to spiritual warfare that God gave us.

The real weapons of our warfare!

To start off, we again need to see what our spiritual weapons of warfare really are. This is the list of weapons Paul gave us in Ephesians 6: Truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation and the word of God.

We need to excel in obtaining these weapons and utilizing these weapons in our daily lives. Paul gave us a very distinct instruction regarding these weapons. He said in Ephesians 6:13 that we must “take unto” us these weapons. If we have protected ourselves with these weapons we will be able to withstand the strategies and the attacks of the devil and all evil. How do we “take unto” us the truth? How do we attain righteousness? How do we get ourselves prepared to preach the gospel of peace? How do we attain faith? How do we attain salvation? How do we attain the word of God?

What is the practical implications of these aspects or these principles? What do we see in the lives of people who are in fact busy attaining these weapons of warfare?

We see people often studying the word of God. We see people living in righteousness by pursuing holiness. We see people constantly renewing their minds with the word of God. We see people actively preaching the gospel of peace. We see people actively getting themselves into positions and situations where they use Godly faith to get supernatural breakthroughs. We see people actively pursuing deliverance in all areas of their lives when it comes to attitudes and the way they live. We see people learning how to apply the written word of God in their lives and in their circumstances. When you meet somebody that I just described to you, you have met a true warrior! You have met somebody who “took unto” himself the whole armor of God. You have met somebody who really lacks nothing!

What very important practical things will be evident in such a person’s life? You will see a lot of praying in his life. You will see a lot of praising and worshiping in his life. You will see a person who often prays in tongues. You will see a person who often praises and worships in tongues also. You will see a person who often meditates on Scriptures. You will see a person who often learns certain Scriptures by heart. You will see a person who often seeks intimacy with God. You will see a person who constantly submits himself to God. You will see a person who often enters into the rest of God. This is real spiritual warfare! And yes, it has nothing to do with demons and it has nothing to do with evil directly.

You will not see this person facing demons and all sorts of evil! In fact, evil has no foothold in the live of the person that I just described to you. There is just no open doors or opportunities in his life that evil can work with or utilize to oppress him. He is totally protected. There is a wall of protection right around this person similar to the way that God protected Job:

Job 1:10

Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.  

This is the devil complaining to God that there is just no way that he can harm Job at all because of the “hedge” of protection around him and his house, his family and everything that he owns! This is the life of every believer who “took unto” themselves the whole armor of God the Biblical way. Such a person lives in peace and in victory.

James 4:7

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

This is a person who entered into the rest of God. This is a person who learned, even whilst facing all sorts of challenges, to find rest and peace in a place of childlike-intimacy and childlike-faith! That place is deep in the heart of God.

This is not a Christian “fighter” who takes on demons all the time. This is not a spiritual warrior waving around his magic wand in the Name of Jesus Christ, with the sole purpose of submitting and subduing evil to the word of God and to the will of God. People like this follow all sorts of man-made rituals which are not even in the Bible. These people do not experience real victory in their lives. They are always and constantly busy with yet another curse to be broken, yet another spirit to face, yet another counter-attack in order to defeat the enemy once again.

Again and again these attacks occur and counter attacks have to be carried out in order to ensure protection and victory in all sorts of situations in the lives of these people. They cannot really rest at all. The focus shifted from being intimate with God and being in an intimate love relationship with Christ, to a constant focus on evil and a constant fighting against evil. There is no rest in the life of the believer who does not know who and what he is in Christ. There is no rest in the life of the believer who does not know that the battle has been won and that the battle is over!

I know that people have the best of intentions. I know that many of them are ignorant because of being taught false doctrines by ignorant preachers and ignorant ministers. In reality, while these people are calling their brothers up for the battle, God is inviting people to enter into His rest. While these people are mobilizing God’s people for battle and embarking on all sorts of strategies against the enemy, God is inviting his people to a place of intimacy. This is what Jesus Christ showed Lana Vawser recently:

This morning I felt the Lord saying that we are entering such a deep rest in His love this year, it is unlike anything we have known before. The key is and always is – our intimacy with Jesus!

Your simple positioning before Him in intimacy in this season is going to see the Spirit of God uproot any areas of your heart and soul that may be causing these cycles of striving, anxiety and perfectionism. The Lord is breaking measuring sticks with His love that many are using to measure whether they “measure up”.

I had a vision where I saw Jesus breaking those measuring sticks. He took His people by the hand, one by one and He said “This is the measuring stick” and before them I saw THE CROSS!!!!

Such love surrounded me… Jesus spoke again “You are enough! You were enough! Not because of what you do but because of WHO YOU ARE!!!! You are Mine!!!! You measure up because of My great love for you!!! I am breaking off and healing the weariness that has come over many of you through this striving. You do not need to prove yourself! You are valued and dearly loved! You are accepted and not rejected!!! I delight in you!! I love you!!!”

THE GREATEST BLOSSOMING AND BREAKTHROUGH IS HERE RIGHT NOW… IN YOUR YES!!!

The greatest refreshment, strengthening, vision, fruitfulness and breakthrough is beginning to happen in your life and will explode with great momentum FROM the place of being and resting in My love! Many of you have been looking at the “rest” as a physical thing, living lives that aren’t busy, intentionality with your time and alignment and boundaries in this season is crucial, but I am talking about a deeper rest. The rest of your heart, the rest of your soul and of your mind. A REST in My love that secures even deeper your identity! The rest of My love that is stopping the tormenting, racing thoughts and lies and teaching you to renew your mind with My Word and in My love. It is happening and as you continue to draw deeper into the place of intimacy with Me it is going to blossom and explode like never before. More fruitfulness, favor, acceleratory breakthrough, opportunity, power and flow of My Spirit is coming to you from this place of deep, deep rest. This is your season to not only be REVEALED but this is your season to be HEALED. Yes, you will be revealed to the world in this season of great favor and with greater opportunities and positioning, but your heart and soul must be healed. I am soothing and healing you with My love! I am quieting you with My love! (Zephaniah 3:17) I am arising you with My love! I am awakening you with My love! I am unraveling you in the most glorious way with My love, so YOU can come forth!!!”

BUTTERFLIES ARE BREAKING THROUGH

I saw butterflies breaking forth everywhere in this vision. New life, transformation and flight! I saw Jesus admiring these beautiful butterflies, His eyes filled with such joy. He was beaming! He spoke again “It is in My love, the cocoon of intimacy with Me, that you are all finding your wings!!! You are coming through this process as you give me your YES and obey Me, healed of this trying, this striving, this performance, awakened to your OWN SONG! The expression, message and gifting I have placed with each of you that is uniquely different! Different “songs” are going to rise up all across the world in accelerated ways in this season. The “songs” being the life message, the gifting, the anointing I have given you, and you will sing your own song with confidence in My love and not comparison. You will see what you carry is powerful, beautiful and so needed. The world is waiting for YOU to take your place in and through your encounters with Me. Do not miss your turn, do not miss your time, through comparison, striving, insecurity, fear, intimidation or competition. Come deeper into the rest of My love! Ask Me to take you deeper! Invite Me! Give Me your YES and I will do the rest!”

I saw the Lord sitting on a mountain top that was so beautiful! Green grass all around, colorful flowers blooming everywhere, the sun shining brightly and He called His people to come and sit with Him. I watched as many, many, many people came and sat with Him.

He spoke “Because of wounded souls, there is a lot of TRYING going on amongst My people. Come deeper and live in Hebrews 4.

I will awaken in you a greater revelation of the FAITH-FILLED LIFE rooted in Me and My love and it will see doubt washed away. You will see your greatest days of encounter, breakthrough, fruitfulness and promotion come upon you, from the glorious place of ABIDING in Me!! I am wooing you with My love. Deeper and deeper still. Get ready to be undone by My love in the most glorious way!”

So we conclude that there is still a full and complete “rest” waiting for believers to experience. As we enter into God’s faith-rest life we cease from our own works, just as God celebrates his finished works and rests in them. So then we must give our all and be eager to experience this faith-rest life, so that no one falls short by following the same pattern of doubt and unbelief.” – Hebrews 4:9-11 (The Passion Translation)

– Lana Vawser

You may ask, “How exactly do we enter into the rest of the Lord?”

The answer is so simple. It is by sitting at the feet of Jesus. It is by allowing Him to look into your eyes for ours without even saying a word. It is by seeking intimacy with Him. It is by learning to hear His voice. There in His presence you will learn who He really is. There in His presence you will bathe in His Glory, His Goodness and His Love. There in His presence all fear will disappear. In His presence you will be transformed from an immature child of God into the beautiful wondrous mature bride of Christ. In His presence you will be transformed into an instrument and into a vessel of glory. There you will find peace. There you will find victory. There you will find protection. There you will know what it is to be loved. There you will learn that loves causes all fear to cease.

Ephesians 3:17-21

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

The truth is, real intimacy with Jesus Christ and real resting in God is the purest form of Biblical spiritual warfare God gave us!

This is what true intimacy with Christ Jesus and what real resting in God do:

It strengthens and it develops the six weapons of spiritual warfare!

In His presence we really find the truth, we really live in righteousness, we learn how to boldly preach the gospel of peace, we really learn to trust in Him and to believe His word, we really know salvation and we really learn how to apply the word of God in our lives. With this intimacy and this rest as foundation we mature and we grow. It is actually Him we find. It is actually He that becomes our Foundation. He is Truth! He is Righteousness! He is Peace! He is Faith! He is Salvation and He is the Word of God!

1 John 1:1

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

With this knowledge and with this foundation and out of this intimate relationship with Christ, and out of this place of resting in Christ, the devil and evil just cannot find any foothold or loophole to harm you at all. Here you are safe. Here you truly live a victorious life. This is true spiritual warfare!

True resting in Christ does not mean you are to be passive in terms of your faith walk in Christ

It is very important to understand that we cannot be passive in our faith walk. We as children of God need to know what God expects from us. There are a few aspects and a few principles regarding our faith walk in Christ that seem to be contradicting each other. The truth is that it actually completes each other and that it is all like the different pieces of a puzzle that fits perfectly together to form this amazing work of God.

God completed His work

God Himself entered into a state of rest. He does not work anymore. When Christ said those words on the cross, “It is finished”, it really was. He conquered evil, He disarmed Satan and his kingdom, He nullified the devil, He openly triumphed over all evil, He took back the keys of hell, He gave the dominion over His creation back to mankind, He reversed the curse of sin, He set us free once and for all.

Many people do not really understand this. God does not work anymore?? Yes, He did everything that He could do for you already. There is nothing more that He can do for you. There is nothing that you need from God that He did not already given you. God is not working behind the scenes for your good anymore. He is not fighting your battles for you while you are resting. No, He already did that two thousand years ago on that cross of Calvary! We were completely delivered and completely set free. Christ did it all. After that He entered into His eternal rest. He delegated His power to the church when He entered into His eternal rest.

The fact is, the ball is now in our court. We need to tap into what He already did and make it ours. It is not God’s will to heal you. No, He already healed you on that cross. God does not want to save you. He already saved you on that cross. The first time that somebody taught these truths to me I did not really understand it. It is only after I spent some time in the secret place of intimacy with Jesus Christ that these truths were revealed to me. Only then could I fully understand what His words meant when He said “it is finished”.

I do not have to beg God for healing. He already gave it to me. I do not have to ask Him if He really wants to heal me. He already healed me. He gave us everything that we need. It is all always available to us and for us to use whenever we need it. He already provided us all that we will ever need. It is ours. It is our inheritance. It belongs to us. We just have to tap into these wonderful resources of spiritual blessings and make it ours in faith.

I always like to tell the story of a father and a mother who went to bed one night. All the children were there and they all had a wonderful evening with them. The parents prepared a wonderful supper for the children and they even had a barbecue. There were so much food and it was cooked perfectly. After the feast, fit for a king, the leftovers were stored in the fridge. After a joyous time of fellowship, all of them went to bed after the children decided to sleep over.

When the father and the mother woke up the next morning they heard the joyful laughter of the children in the kitchen. They dressed themselves and went to the kitchen to join them. When they arrived in the kitchen they discovered that the children were enjoying what was left of the barbecue the night before. The rest of the food was already divided among them and it was clear that they were taking it home with them. The children all laughed when they saw the surprised look on their parents faces. “Looks like I am taking you out for breakfast and dinner honey” is all the father could say whilst they also started breaking out in laughter.

This is just a short story but it tells us a lot about the will and the provision of God. Our God is good and He provided for us according to his riches in Christ. He wants us to be like these children. He wants us to take what He provided for us. He wants us to take our inheritance. If we do not take it Christ died in vain. He wants us to have this same attitude with what He gave us, exactly as these children did in this short story. They knew that their parents loved them. They knew that they had the right and the privilege to take what they want. They knew that their parents would have no problem with that. They knew that this is actually what they wanted them to do. They did not hesitate one second when they opened that fridge and almost emptied it.

God wants us to tap into His provision. He wants us to take our healing. He wants us to take our salvation. He wants us to take our deliverance. It belongs to us. He do not want us to doubt one second about His will and His ability. In fact, He already gave it to us. That says He was able and it says that He wanted us to have it all along.

THE PROMISED LAND WAS DESCRIBED BUT ISRAEL FAILED TO POSSESS IT

After Moses died, God told Joshua that he would be leading the Children of Israel across the Jordan River into the “Promised Land.” God reminded Joshua where the geographic boundaries were. For a detailed description of the boundaries, from landmark to landmark, read Numbers 34:2-18. The Promised Land would encompass over 300,000 square miles.”

THEY BEGAN, BUT DID NOT COMPLETE

The “Promised Land” never fully became the “Possessed Land.”

The most that the Israelites ever possessed was about 10%, a mere 30,000 square miles.

As Christians, every promise in the Bible is given to us to possess, but do we possess every promise in the Bible? How many of God’s promises have we made our own by conquest? They are given to us but we must take possession of them and make them our own.

Unfortunately, the Church, like Israel, has failed to claim the possessions given by the Lord.

– Mike Clinton

We do not claim our inheritance because of a lack of faith. We do not claim our inheritance because of ignorance. We do not claim our inheritance because we do not know God intimately. We do not even know what we really inherited!

Did you know that it is absolutely possible to get anything you ask from God if you adhere to only two very important conditions?

Hebrews 11:6

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

1 John 3:21-22

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

These two verses above is the ultimate test for any man of faith. If you meet the condition of the first condition you are halfway there. If you adhere to the second condition also you will receive whatsoever you ask God. This promise is actually guaranteed! I will even go so far as to say that it is absolutely impossible not to receive the desires of your heart, in more clear terms; whatsoever you want from God, if you comply to both these conditions. This is guaranteed people! I do not doubt this fact at all. These promises go hand in hand with the following two Scriptures:

Psalm 37:4

Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Philippians 4:6

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

The correct translation for the Greek word in this verse is “desires” and not “requests”. It makes this promise a bit more clear. There are actually quite a few other Scriptures that also makes it super-clear that we, when we walk in faith and in righteousness and in obedience, can and may ask whatsoever we want from God and we will receive it. It is absolutely guaranteed! Faith and righteousness and obedience opens doors that nobody can close. It is the key to victory. This gives the enemy absolutely no foothold at all. Such a person lives a victorious life.

If you know that God exists but not only that, you also know that He is a good God who rewards those who diligently seek Him, and you live a holy obedient life, then you can and may ask Him whatever you wish and you will receive it.

John 14:13-14

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Matthew 21:21-22

Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

James 5:15

And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Romans 8:37

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

John 10:10

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Mark 10:27

And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

John 16:24

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Matthew 7:7-8

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

John 15:7

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Luke 18:1

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Mark 11:23-24

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

2 Timothy 1:7

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Corinthians 1:20

For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

John 8:36

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Jeremiah 1:12

Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.

Romans 8:31

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

This last Scripture summarizes it all, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Jesus Christ really did set us free indeed. “Who can be against us?” means nobody can come against us. Not even evil!

Does that stop the enemy from attempting to deceive us? Unfortunately not. Even Jesus was tempted by the enemy. Jesus however showed us that if we resist these temptations the enemy has no other choice but to flee from us. Why does he flee from us? Why does he not only give up? He flees from us because of fear. Why does he fear? Righteousness always causes the enemy to fear because the legality and the supremacy of righteousness in the spiritual world always subdue any other force that exists. It is a legal law in the kingdom of God. Righteousness is a hedge of protection if it is founded on childlike-faith and child-like obedience. See my post, “Getting rid of the weeds” which explains what happens when we start loosing our righteousness.

This is a principal in the kingdom of God. The enemy does not fear a Christian who is breaking all sorts of curses and who shouts all sorts of war-cries. No, he fears righteousness. He fears a Christian who abstains from sin and who refuses to doubt in the word of God. Righteousness destroys and removes all evil strategies. Righteousness is absolutely devastating and fatally intimidating to evil. Righteousness causes God Himself IN you to manifest when you are under attack. This causes the enemy to flee. This is how Jesus conquered evil and this is how we should conquer evil in our lives. There actually is no such thing called “spiritual warfare” in the sense people so often believe. It is a lie from hell.

We cannot and do not have to do anything in order to obtain any redemption or deliverance of any kind. Jesus Christ did it all for us. If you still think that you need to carry out all sorts of acts and rituals called “spiritual warfare” in order to obtain some kind of deliverance you really are not free yet. This is not true people. You are being conned into believing that you need to stand against the enemy. The truth is that you, as a righteous child of God, only have to submit yourself to God, abstain from getting involved in sin and unbelief, live an obedient live in Christ and you will see that by resisting the devil this way, he will flee from you.

If you experience defeat in your life it is not because you lost a “spiritual battle” or are still loosing a “spiritual battle” against the enemy. No, it is because of a lack of faith or a lack of ability to change circumstances in your life because of disobedience. One of my previous posts clearly described how and why we need to speak to the problems and not to the enemy. We speak to the mountain. We speak to the problem. It has nothing to do with the enemy. We remove the mountain or the obstacle in our lives through faith and through the word of God and through obedience. We do not fight demons and evil in order to remove obstacles and mountains in our lives.

This however, cannot be achieved without the foundation of intimacy and the foundation of resting in the Lord Jesus Christ. This is your stronghold in life! There is a verse in Scripture and a song that say that “The Name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and they are saved”. Jesus Christ IS the strong Tower. He is His Name. We need to run into Him! In Him is a place of rest!

We have seen that we do need to claim our inheritance, we however do it from a position of rest and a position of intimacy. We do it from a position of trust and a position of faith. We do not do it out of ourselves. We do not rely on own works but on the power and the goodness and the love of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

This is very clearly grace and faith at work here. This is resting in Christ. Still we always have a part to play in obtaining God’s promises. We need to claim our inheritance. This is where the works come in:

James 2:24

You see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

This verse emphasize the fact that God did everything for us but that we also need to do our part. We live by faith but also by works. We enter into the rest of God but we also need to claim our inheritance.

Through faith and grace only, our salvation comes to us. This is a gift from God and we cannot do anything to be saved. God gave us complete redemption irrespective of who we are. We however need the works to save our souls from sin. We need to pursue holiness in order to live holy lives. God does not do this for us. We need to pursue holiness in all obedience. That is our part. That is true Godly works in the lives of God’s people.

From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force, yet we do it from a position of resting in God. We do it from a position of intimacy with Christ. We do from a position of childlike-faith and childlike-intimacy. This is authentic Biblical spiritual warfare!

What is on your mind?

When it comes to spiritual warfare it is very important to check what is on your mind. What type of thoughts are constantly going through your mind? What are you thinking about everyday or most of the time? What issues are your pondering upon? With what are you keeping yourself busy with? What “data” are you processing in your mind.

This is very important. We all have certain God given abilities irrespective of who we are. One of the most important facts to remember is that all human beings were created into the image of God. That makes us different from all other living creatures. We all have the ability to create. Like the Creator of all things that exist, God Almighty, we also have the ability to create. People create new things all the time. It is all in us just waiting to come to life or to come into existence. That is what we are and that is what we do. Sometimes it takes an effort to create something, especially the good things. People creating all those beautiful paintings or those beautiful sculptures really dig deep into their resources of creativity in order to bring those pieces of art into existence.

Just think of a writer writing a book. It takes time and it really takes creative thinking to write a best seller. What is more enjoyable and more self‐sufficient than writing a good book that changes people’s lives?

Some things are easier to create but may involve more efforts and more work from a lot of people to bring into existence. Engineers and building contractors building a new bridge or a skyscraper come to mind. Still, even a concrete structure created by human beings can be a wonderful piece of art.

What does all this have to do with spiritual warfare? Everything! You see, like God, human beings create with their minds. Everything that we see around us started with a thought. Somebody thought of something and eventually that thought brought that thing that he thought about into existence. A lot of things happen after the initial thought but the bottom line is, that thought eventually became a word and the word caused actions. These actions eventually caused the final product to exist. Actions bring reality, although it started off with a mere thought.

These things are important because it determines not only our physical circumstances but also our spiritual circumstances. It lays out new journeys that we continuously embark upon. It determines our future. It determines who we will become one day. That is why we read in the book of Proverbs that man is what he thinks:

Proverbs 23:7

For as he (man) thinketh in his heart, so is he…

You really become what you think! That can only imply that what we think does influence us tremendously. How does it influence us? It influences us because we have the ability to say what we think. This is the big and the very important mystery about the ability of all mankind. Because we have been created into the image of God, we also have that same ability that God has. We can also speak! Like God we can also speak things into existence!

Romans 4:17

...and calleth those things which be not as though they were

This is exactly how God created the universe; He just spoke everything into existence:

Genesis 1:3

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light

That is exactly how God created the whole universe. He created everything by speaking it into existence. We cannot create things with our words like God can but when it comes to spiritual matters we can.

Luke 17:6

And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you

Matthew 21:21

Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

It is important to understand that we must speak the word of God in faith. When we believe what we say, what we say will eventually come into existence. Unfortunately this principle also applies to negative words of unbelief. If we really believe negative things, we start saying or confessing those negative things. Eventually those negative words, will bring those negative things that we confess, into existence. If we believe what we think we actually speak those things into existence. This is how our fears become a reality in our lives.

Job 3:25

For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me

Many people do not understand this all important truth. They just cannot get it that this whole business of speaking negative things really is bad for us. They hear people preaching these truths but they just do not get it. They really do not believe this! That is why even Christians are continuing the bad habit of just recklessly thinking what they want and recklessly saying what they want. We actually expose ourselves to toxic thoughts that result in us speaking toxic words which bring toxic things into existence.

Because of this recklessness and this ignorance, undisciplined people pay dearly. There is just not the necessary caution, pertaining to thinking and speaking, that people should have. They think and they gossip and they say things recklessly just as they want to. People speak their minds without realizing the consequences. Unfortunately all these negative words always have its affects on our lives. It creates our future. It brings a whole lot of trouble our way. Why, because we always believe what we say. The fact that we have said something is the proof that we believe it. Nobody just say something unless they believe it. This principle applies to everybody, believers and unbelievers.

Thoughts are always initiated by someone. Thoughts come into existence by evil spirits, by other people, by ourselves and by God. We as human beings have the ability however, to reject all those thoughts. We do not have to accept any thought unless we want to ponder on certain specific thoughts. We get to choose! It is our God given ability. This is a very important principle in the kingdom of God. 

2 Corinthians 10:5

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

There it is, we have control over our thoughts. We can “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ”. This tells us that we really should control our thoughts. We should actually replace negative thoughts with the word of God. We should be disciplined when it comes to this aspect of our faith walk with Christ. This changes everything!

The other day I received a message from one of my friends. This brother really loves Christ and he really loves all peoples and all nations. He was called as a missionary to preach the gospel of Christ all over Africa.

The text message I received from this guy however, was actually very negative. He felt very negative towards his own people, the white Afrikaner nation. In this message he was complaining about all sorts of things pertaining to the white Afrikaner nation. He compared the white Afrikaner nation to the nations where he ministered and he had all sorts of bad things to say about our own nation.

I could not understand why this was such an issue to him. To be honest, I do not even think about these things and to me there is nothing to be complaining about. In fact, I do not complain about anything pertaining to any nation that walk this earth. I am a Christian. I belong to Christ. Although I am part of the white Afrikaner nation I am first and foremost from the family of God. I am not from this world. I actually treat and judge all nations the same. That includes my own nation. To me the white Afrikaner nations is just like any other nation that walk this earth. To me there is no difference. The Afrikaner nation needs Christ just as much as any other nation do.

Is the Afrikaner nation bad in comparison to other nations? No, not at all. When I compare the white Afrikaner nation with other nations I am actually very proud of this little nation.

To me this nation is at the very top when it comes to the way we live. We are a Christian nation and we really have some good people in this nation. Although we are not perfect we really keep high moral standards and we really treat other people very well. We do love other nations. The level of racism within the white Afrikaner nation is probably lower than most nations right across the world today. I think we came a long way since 1994. Is there anything to complain about pertaining to our nation? Probably but we are no worse than other nations. I really think we are actually doing very well as a nation.

My question pertaining to this aspect is, why is my brother in Christ wasting his time harboring all these negative thoughts about this? What purpose does this have? Is there any good in this?

Sometimes I see and hear people talk about and complaining about the state of economic affairs in the country. They talk about the high cost of living and they talk about all the difficulties putting food on the table, maintaining a roof over their heads and facing all the financial challenges that they have to face everyday. I also hear people complaining about the challenges getting their children through school and through college. They are constantly talking and they are constantly thinking about the challenges of life, making a living and raising their children.

Many people have many sleepless nights pondering about these things?

What is all this complaining and all this thinking do for us? Why are we harboring all these negative thoughts? Lets face it, these thoughts are all negative thoughts that influence us negatively. It causes fear, it causes doubt and it causes unbelief. It causes us to believe certain things and it causes us to say certain things. These are the very thoughts that we should actually bring under captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Paul so many times tells us in the Scripture not to worry about these things. The Bible so many times tells us not to fear. It tells us not to regard all these negative things. We really do not have to ponder on these things at all. We need to spend our time meditating the word of God and to seek God’s face in prayer.

Matthew 6:25-34

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

This Scripture is as clear as daylight about the ways of God when it comes to these things. It says over and over, “take no thought” for or about these things. Why should we not think about these things? Because when we think about these things we open doors of doubt and unbelief in our lives. We start to doubt and we start to fear. In the process we are opening ourselves up to temptations. We are tempted to do something about these things. We make our own plans. We do things built upon unbelief and fear. We are tempted to say things that are contrary to the word of God. We say negative things and these negative things bring negative situations into existence. Exactly what we have feared came over us. We became what we feared. We became what we thought.

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”

“For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me”

I think we all understand that thinking about all sorts of negative things is not good for us. What are we actually supposed to do then? It is all about focus. Lana Vawser answers this question so beautifully:

A THRONE ROOM ENCOUNTER WHERE JESUS GIVES PURITY A GIFT

Last year I had an open vision in my quiet time where I was taken to heaven and shown a mansion that was being prepared for a saint – a leader that was walking in Purity. A prophetic picture of what He was doing in the body of Christ.

I have had another encounter with the Lord recently where I saw a little girl before the throne of God.

She was dressed in a beautiful white party dress and she stood before His throne with such love, adoration and worship of Him. She stood wide eyed in awe of His beauty.

Her name is Purity!

I then see Jesus walk to her and He is holding a HUGE BUNCH of balloons in His hand. All the colors of the rainbow. He is smiling from ear to ear. Such deep affection and delight in who she is! His face is glowing and His eyes filled with tears at His love and delight for her.

He bends down and hands her this huge bunch of balloons but I then notice on the bottom of these balloon strings was a HUGE GOLD KEY!!! All of these balloons were tied onto this huge key.

I see Purity standing there before the throne holding this key and there was a RAIN of His Glory falling like gold dust all over her as she held this big bunch of balloons. She was filled with such joy and she started to dance and twirl.

Then Jesus speaks to her:

I love you! I am so proud of you! I delight in you! My affection and love for you is higher than the heavens and deeper than the seas. I am CELEBRATING YOU! I am UNLOCKING a CELEBRATION over your life. To SEE how I celebrate you for who you are. I am UNLOCKING a greater season of CELEBRATION over you. A celebration of My promises being made manifest, joy and freedom like you have never known and breakthroughs beyond your wildest dreams. Heaviness and struggles you have been facing are melting away in this place as you are moving into greater ease and grace in the flow of My Spirit! Celebration and joy all around!”

His gaze intensifies as He looks at Purity with the fiery flame of His love burning in His eyes for her and He grabs her hand and says..

And it’s all going to flow and overflow from this deeper place of CHILDLIKE INTIMACY. It is all going to flow and overflow from this deeper place of the CHILDLIKE FAITH.”

Throne room encounters are before you in this season that will restore any areas where our intimacy has been lost. I will awaken you with My song over you to your identity and My love! I am celebrating you! My Glory is raining down on you! It is from THIS PLACE that you will change the world with Me.”

The KEY is THIS PLACE of CHILDLIKE INTIMACY!!!”

In this encounter I heard the Lord speaking of the impartation contained in this word for deeper encounters of childlike intimacy with Him and LIVING FROM THAT PLACE and a season shift into greater CELEBRATION!!!

He celebrates you!!!! He is performing a great unlocking in your life of greater breakthroughs in His promises and increasing joy.. But the invitation in this encounter is to receive the greatest treasure of all…

HIM!!!

As we walk in purity of heart before the Lord, may we see God. (Matthew 5:8)

– Lana Vawser

We need Christ! We need an intimate relationship with Him! We need to seek His face! We need to live in His presence! We need a childlike-intimacy with Him! We need to spend time in the secret chambers of God! We need to enter into His rest! From this place of childlike-intimacy, childlike-faith and childlike-rest we reign over all circumstances in our lives!

This brings me to the topic that I really want to discuss in this post:

How to deal with thoughts about spiritual warfare?

This is what the Bible says about how we should spend our time:

Philippians 4:4-8

4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

These Scriptures say it so beautifully. We should be busy with God and His word.

We should not be busy with evil spirits and demonic activities. We should not be busy pondering on water spirits and curses. We should not be busy meditating on doctrines of devils. We should not be pondering on forefathers and the sins of forefathers. We should not be busy with all sorts of strategies facing evil and evil spirits in our lives. We should not be busy pondering on the sins and the negativity of people and even of ourselves. We should actually not be pondering on any kind of evil or any kind of bad things.

We should meditate on the word of God. We should ponder on the goodness of God. We should think of all the good things God did for us. We should remember all the miracles that God performed in our lives. We should pray to God and we should listen to God. We should be praising and worshiping God whenever we get the chance to do so. We should read books about God and we should listen to beautiful songs about God and about what He did for us.

We should not waste one minute harboring bad or negative thoughts of any kind and of any nature. We should not expose our spirits to these toxic influences.

When we spend our time pondering on evil spirits and evil strategies, we will become what we are thinking. What we fear will come over us. Evil spirits will gain control over our minds and over our bodies. We will open doors of unbelief. We will suffer and we will pay dearly for these mistakes.

This post makes it very clear on the way we need to go pertaining to our faith walk with Christ. Today, protect yourself against evil by taking control over your thoughts, your words and your actions! Remember, it all starts with a mere little thought, but look at what it causes in our lives! The little thought becomes a word, and then the word becomes an action, and then the actions makes the thought a reality.

It should have been stopped even before it became a thought. Why is it too late? Because once the thought is conceived and believed, it becomes very difficult to control the tongue. The word that we speak is a natural result of the thought. It is very difficult not to say what we think:

James 3:1-18

1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

This is what this post is all about right here in verse 6, “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell”

This is why our thoughts and our words changes our lives. It has a power in them similar to the creative power in the mouth of God. The only difference is that our power lies in our own circumstances and our own lives. We can change and we can create all sorts of things in our own circumstances and in our own lives.

Our ultimate goal and our first priority should always be to control our thoughts. This is where the battle is won. This is where the victory is secured. Not in all sorts of rituals and all sorts of man-made strategies pertaining to spiritual warfare. True spiritual warfare is not about evil and about evil spirits. It is all about preventing evil from taking over our minds. It is all about not allowing toxic thoughts from germinating in our minds. This is where the battle is won and there is no better place to guarantee victory than in the presence of God.

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