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10/35 Sustain and Retain your Growth while Hearing God

 Be prepared for your healing and growth to be challenged as you journey against the man walking p_008enemy. You do need to learn how to stand firm in the face of old lies, self-talk and bad behaviour patterns that might still lurk around the corner.

Recently I attended an evening meeting where ‘Maintaining Your Deliverance’ was presented as a topic. I asked the guest speaker to write a Guest post for us.  So, may I present a Guest Post for our series Personal Spiritual Warfare and Hearing God!

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Many Christians go through a ‘deliverance experience’ and then wonder what they can do next to keep their heart close to the Lord. Sometimes, Christians even let the same old thoughts back into their world and as a result, the enemy gains another foothold in their lives.  They might even think: “Well that didn’t work!” and return to their old patterns.  Thus the enemy has won that battle.

It is important for us to know our enemy and the plans he uses to pull us down. The following discussion comes from working with many people to help them stand against the works of the enemy in their own lives.

  1. Let’s begin this post by remembering that Jesus has finished His work on the Cross. This is where every Jesus Follower must stand!
  2. Satan is already defeated in PRINCIPLE – Colossians 2:13-15, Jesus came to destroy works of devil – 1 John 3:8. By starting here, we have our authority to stand firm against the evil of this world and the thoughts that would bring us down.
  3. Satan is defeated in PRACTICE by the Saints – Luke 10:1-2. By our actions and thoughts we defeat him; that’s the practical part of our walk.
  4. We have been COMMISSIONED to cast the works of the enemy out – Mark 16:16-17. We do not have to give into any obsession thinking, or other degrading thoughts.
  5. Our Father SENT the Holy Spirit to help us be co-workers with God, 1 Corinthians 3:9.   He then stands with us to ‘work out our own salvation’, Philippians 2:12. That means we have some part to play in our walk with Him; He doesn’t do it all for us.
  6. Some people even ask: “Can a Believer be demonically afflicted or oppressed?”
  7. Peter was – Luke 22:23, Luke 22:31 Matthew 16:23.
  8. Ananias and Sapphira – Acts 5:3
  9. Paul was – 2 Corinthians 12:7
  10. Saul in the Old Testament certainly was, 1 Samuel 16:14.

Therefore, the answer must be yes but I do not believe a follower of Jesus can be ‘possessed’ unless they have so completely denounced the Lord Jesus that they have become what the Bible calls a ‘reprobate’.

In my over 25 years of counselling and deliverance work, I have found there are two basic models of deliverance. They are complimentary and often used together.

a. Traditional deliverance, where someone uses their God-given authority to cast out demons in someone else.

b. Self-deliverance, where someone uses their own God-given authority to cast out the demon stronghold out themselves.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both styles but by in large, we try and teach the self-deliverance model as a believer can then continue with their own work with the Holy Spirit.

  1. Traditional style deliverance relies on others for the word of knowledge as to the problem, the name of the demonic involved and the use of their authority to make the enemy leave. This method often neglects the heart issues which give the enemy the ‘legal right’ to hang onto that person. If the heart isn’t ready to release the ‘friend’ and the lies it believes, ‘manifestations’ can result.
  2. Self-deliverance teaches the believer to identify the stronghold in their own life. Often this method chains2takes in the heart issues and entry points where the enemy has taken a foothold. However, the believer then knows ‘the taste’ of the enemy, can sense when he approaches with lies and can keep the enemy out easier than with the traditional style deliverance. You need practice with this method and allowing others to help is important.        How to Maintain the Deliverance in Spiritual Warfare?

A good example of this question comes out of my own story. I was convicted (notice the Holy Spirit started with conviction) that a spirit of pride was behind some of my thoughts and actions.  I continued with the Lord in prayer, asking Him for His thoughts on the issue.  He showed me a scene in my teen years when I had to overcome a big rejection issues.  I had spent 4 years in another country, leaving my peers to continue their life onto high school.

Daniel 2newWhen I returned, I was a no-body! My old friends had moved away, past me by and even outgrown me.  I was a foreigner in my own school.  I had to find something that helped me survive those teen years, so I learned to play tennis.  To my surprise – and others too – I was quite good at it; so good that I let the pride of being good over-rule other thoughts.

I was more and more convicted I needed to deal with this pride in a Godly way as it had spread and grown into other areas. I went through the real process of self-deliverance.  The next day, I felt the pride was still there, so I repeated the prayer of repentance with my heart’s agreement and the thing left.  I asked the Lord what had happened and He said “My heart had let the enemy’s lies in again and besides, the enemy had a nice little home in you.  He wasn’t going to give up easily.”

In the next week, I had to kick the spirit of pride out twice. In the next month, I dealt with it probably another three times but these days, maybe twice a year the thing tries to get back into ‘…its happy little nest’.  The point is, having faced it myself in my own authority, I could sense it wanting to return and could guard my heart,

Demons are like spiritual ‘germs’. We can be re-infected.  If a demon comes back, repent and kick it out again.  Don’t panic, God’s grace is sufficient for us (2 Corinthians 12:9)  Our ‘anti-biotic’ is Repentance, which is to confess our sin, receive God’s forgiveness (and forgive ourselves) and turn around our un-Godly attitude.  Our ‘immune system’ is obedience and surrender to Christ, by which we receive a conviction of the HS, adjust our attitudes to reflect God’s thinking and keep them out.

Don’t let Satan bully you into thinking nothing happened or there is no change. Give it time, there WILL be change. If you need more deliverance, either learn self-deliverance, or get some more ministry.  Don’t let Satan intimidate you with fear.  Demons must bow their knee to Jesus’ Name.

There is a saying: “You can’t cast out the Flesh, or crucify a Demon”.

This means that you can’t get rid of a bad attitude by deliverance. You have to work on it through repentance and renewing the Mind.  This is what Paul means by learning to ‘crucifying the flesh’.

It also means you can’t get rid of a demon only by changing your attitude. Demons are bullies and trespassers.  They will try to stay attached to you, if you let them.  You need to cast them out.

If you get ‘stuck’ and nothing seems to be happening in the self-deliverance process, then check out whether there is: 

a. Your heart is unwilling to let the thing go as the demonic has become a ‘friend’. An example is a spirit of fear which your heart has used to stop you from doing things. Another example might be a spirit of shyness as it stops you from having to be with other people.

b. An unbroken curse (often Freemasonry or Occult)

c. A generational curse that you have ‘activated’ – Have you done the same as your ancestors?

2 Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, So a curse without cause does not alight.”  Proverbs 26:2

Many psychological ‘coping methods’ allow a demon to remain. They are ways to manage a problem (which can be useful short term).  However, to be really free we need to go beyond just managing the demonic to finding the cure to gain true freedom.

Only Jesus has the cure!

Deliverance is an essential part of all Believers being set free and ‘working out their own salvation’. It is easy to do, if you know what to do.  God has given all Believers the right to cast out demons.  The hardest part is finding out what keeps a demon locked in.”

Thanks Daniel for your insights into these very real issues for all believers,

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

www.hearingGod.mentorsnotebook.com/blog

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