Kingdom of God
We have entered into a day and time where the Body of Christ is in much confusion over a little understood aspect of Jesus ministry. Fear, control and confusion have clouded spiritual judgment over how to handle deliverance. It has become apparent that Christian believers are not walking in total victory. Manifestations of spiritual torment have surfaced lack of knowledge o f how to handle these manifestations has brought division and great fear. For those who are caught in the bondages Satan it has brought self condemnation and torment. Fear to speak of the unspeakable has bound believers to walk in darkness alone. Many are a f raid to ask others to help them because they feel they will be judged. The Lord does not intend for us to walk in fear but in the faith of His promise. Freedom is available for the Bride of Christ. It is indeed the children's bread given to us by our Savior. We must approach the throne boldly and take up the weapons given to us by Christ overcoming the enemy. In turn we will be able to help others by the same measure Of consolation we received. It is time that we embrace the entire ministry of Jesus Christ so we can all be free.
For too long we have looked at deliverance (casting out of demons) through our natural eyes. Either by being ultra demon minded, using tactics much like heathen practices to free the tormented individual. Or by ignoring the enemy exists. Neither is a proper attitude as Jesus taught. It is time for temperance to come forth for the body of Christ in this area. Deliverance is a tool given to all believers by our Savior so that we may inherit the fullness of the kingdom of God. This is why the enemy has brought so much confusion to us about this subject. He knows as we learn to operate in the gifts with the full authority given by Jesus, his power is diminished. As we come into unity of the Body utilizing all our power, we will walk in the greater (dunamus) power. This is the next step as we mature into sons and daughters. We desire to have freedom more abundantly, but so many seem to come short of it. When you inwardly know you have not overcome it brings a double-mindedness within a person. We are to walk in the spirit of truth, yet we deny the existence of certain problems and situations. Christians are taught to put on a phony smile and lie. We are afraid to admit we are not yet walking in full victory. Fearing the judgment of other and confused at why it isn't\t working for us. Religious doctrines have intensified the fear and made it impossible for some to even listen. The bible has a very stern word that describes this condition, it is called a hypocrite. When we look at the definition of a hypocrite, how many of us either are or have walked as one in the past. I myself was horrified when I came to the fullness of knowledge of this term. HYPOCRITE, n. 1. One who feigns to be what he is not; one who has the form of godliness without the power , or who assumes an appearance of piety and virtue, when he is destitute of true religion. And the hypocrite's hope shall perish. Job.8. 2. A dissembler; one who assumes a false appearance. Fair hypocrite, you seek to cheat in vain. When I read this definition it really struck a nerve. Feigns is to pretend. If we put on a happy face when we are dying inside and speak perfect ness when we are in bondage, we are a hypocrite. If we go to church on Sunday and Wednesday never telling of the tormenting thoughts and behaviors we have yet to overcome, we are a hypocrite. Not only do we outwardly profess freedom we also are without power. It is impossible to become godly when we are living in a chosen lie. Transformation into righteousness can only occur when we humble ourselves before the mighty hand of God and admit our faults. He is closest to those who are of a contrite spirit. The kingdom of heaven belongs to those who are poor in spirit. Our focus on our ability to gain victory has instead brought more bondage upon us. We profess freedom but in actuality we are powerless. It is time for us to speak the truth in love, embracing the power invested us by Jesus Christ so we may be healed and freed. I realize many will be offended by some of the word spoken here. I do not write to judge or condemn anyone. I write out of a mandate from the Father to speak His heart. Calling forth a repentance to prepare for the wedding to our precious Jesus. If this pricks your heart deeply. I ask you to search within yourself to see why it does. I know in my own walk it forced me to address parts of my own heart to see where my own motives were. The Word of God is not meant to condemn but to bring life to our Spirits by bringing forth conviction for change. According to the word of God manifestations of the demonic will intensify. Deceiving the very elect if this were possible. The anti-Christ and his angels of light will do lying signs, wonders, and miracles. Even today the spirit of anti-Christ is moving mightily in the world. This cannot be stopped as every word of prophesy must be fulfilled. It is important for us to understand we have been called to walk in the fullness of the authority given to us. To delete portions of the commandments of Jesus is disobedience . We must live by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God. So we may be brought into a unity which will bring forth unstoppable power to free the Body of Christ. We cannot use the wisdom of men to bring forth freedom from the oppressions in the spirit. To use weapons of a carnal nature will not overcome the spiritual forces of darkness. We have done this for too long and freedom eludes many because of it. The Lord wants us to understand that deliverance is not to be feared but used to cleanse and sanctify our land (body-soul-spirit) to glorify the Lord. We can no longer refuse to accept this portion of Jesus\ministry. We cannot allow the spirits of fear and confusion to dictate to us how to walk. If we do not recognize this part of Jesus ministry and operate in the power already invested many will perish because they lack knowledge. The kingdom of God will not fully come to the Body of Christ. The time for freedom is NOW.
In Matthew 12:22 Jesus was brought a man possessed with a devil. This man was tormented with a demonic spirit that caused him to be blind and dumb. When the spirit left he was made whole by what Jesus called a healing. This outraged the religious Jews. They spoke against him with accusations of using the power of Beelzebub. Translated ed in the Greek the name means lord of the flies. For every miracle Jesus did he made enemies. Many were jealous of his power. They did not understand it so they tried to come against him in any way they could. It made them look bad and brought fear upon t hem. It is no different today. When something occurs and it is not understood we generally avoid it or condemn it as false. Jesus warned as we walk as Him the same persecutions would come upon us. A servant is by no means above his master. We will be rejected as well walk in the steps of our master. Mat 12:22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spoke and saw. Mat 12:23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? Mat 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. When many who are in our body hear of deliverance they either cast it away as unnecessary or they judge those who are actively using the power given by Jesus to perform this ministry. It seems to be no different today. In Jesus\time the religious Jews spoke against Him. Our master was told Satan gave Him the authority to cast out the devils. The same voice speaks today against deliverance. We were warned by Jesus this would occur but this should not deter us from embracing the fullness of Jesus. [Mat 10:24] The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. \par [Mat 10:25] It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub , how much more shall they call them of his household? [Mat 10:26] Fear them not therefore : for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. Jesus tells us not to fear those who speak against His ministry. There was confusion and strife when our Lord walked in Power. The same spirit of anti-Christ is in existence today denying the power thereof. For the body of Christ to be fully freed enjoying the liberty of the kingdom of God we must ask the Lord to remove all confusion. Embracing the truth of the gospel. In Mark 16 we are given a commandment by Jesus when n he returned after the resurrection. We must receive every word which procedeeth out of the mouth of God. The Word is very specific about our calling as believers of Jesus. Our commission was uttered by our commander and chief long ago. Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils ; they shall speak with new tongues; Mark 16:18 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. \par \par One sign of a true believer is to cast out devils. This is so we may walk in victory overcoming every wicked work of Satan. Jesus at first refused to cast the devils out of the sirophencian woman's daughter because He called it the children's bread. When her faith showed him she accepted him as her Lord he gave forth freedom to her daughter. She had eyes to see and ears to hear. \par \par Jesus tells us in Matthew 12, if a kingdom is divided against itself it is brought to desolation. How many in our body feel they can no longer go on. They are e being destroyed from the inside out. Our spirits have been coveted to the Lord Jesus, but our flesh is riddled with sin. We have not taught the importance of being separate and holy. Dedicated only to the Lord and not being a friend to the world. To inherit the kingdom of God we must obey the scriptures. Cleansing our minds by the Spirit of the Lord to achieve freedom and using the tools given by the Lord to set the captives free. Unless we stand in the fullness of the Spirit using all gifts for Gods glory. We will be divided and therefore shall not stand. Mat 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them , Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: Now Jesus h ad been accused of casting out demons by Satan. He in return questioned by what authority the Pharisees cast out demons. He continues to tell them He uses the Spirit of God and by this (deliverance) the kingdom of God is come unto them. Everything we are taught in the word was not just for then. Every word spoken was for us to profit from today. The key to our own freedom lies in receiving the authority given to us by Jesus. It is available but will continue to be questioned by the religious individuals. Mat 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? Mat 12:27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. \par \par Now in the word of God t his is where most people stop reading. But the teaching Jesus had concerning this subject continues. Before this point not only was Jesus speaking about casting out demons. But about how the Pharisees did not believe He was operating with power from God. Jesus now goes on to say He that is not with me is against me. Mat 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. The following scripture has been repeatedly quoted out of context. When read in context the meaning is very clear. It is a warning to Christians pertaining the rejection of deliverance( casting out of demons). If we cast the ministry of deliverance away we are in danger of blasphemy of the Holy Ghost. Mat 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. Mat 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. \par \par The passage above begins with \Wherefore\it is a statement which means in addition to or an explanation of the previous idea. Note while explaining these scriptures they were not pulled from elsewhere in the word. It is read exactly as written. When you look at the text it is unbroken. So many of our important lessons have been chopped up by verse and chapter breaks. This is very strong example of how so many scriptures have been misinterpreted. We must read every word of God. Not chopping up the bible to prove a personal point. I know this is a strong statement but it important we do not perish by lack of the knowledge. We must study to show ourselves approved, rightly dividing the word of God. \par \par We cannot stop with here, we must read on to fully understand more of the ministry of deliverance. It contains qualifiers and safety checks so we may use and receive this gift wisely. The next portion of the scripture again cautions us to look at the fruit of a person before accepting doctrine. It is either evident by good or bad, not both. If someone is living and growing in the qualities of the Lord. It should be evident in their lives. The fruit of the Spirit should be seen in the followers of the Lord. Otherwise we are warned we will be deceived by those who speak vanity and show all manner of lying signs, wonders and miracles. Mat 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. Now again, the Lord issues a strong statement of condemnation. Oh generation of vipers. How can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. How a person communicates, especially through speech is a biblical technique to check the fruit they bear. Now Jesus tells us because of their spiritual blindness the Pharisees are unable to see nor understand the importance of deliverance. He is warning them they will be condemned by their own words. For if they offend on one point of the law they are bound by all points of the law. Mat 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Mat 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. Mat 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Mat 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Those who operate in a religious spirit will be known by their evil tongue. If they condemn those who walk as Jesus walked their own words will condemn them. We must remember this as belivers we will have all manner of evil spoken against us for righteousness sake. The beautitudes give a very clear outline of what to expect in a Christ like walk. As we continue to read in Matthew 12 we find in verse 43 a warning. This needs to be highlighted. Once the demon is cast forth from a person it cannot find rest until he (the demon) returns unto the person whom he left. If the believer (house) is not full of the Spirit of the Lord the unclean spirit can and will return. If we have fallen back into worldly ways there are entry ways for its return. The state of a person who has been delivered then becomes worse than before. . Notice the unclean spirit locates seven more wicked spirits to try to gain entrance. This explains why so many seem better for a season then fall into deeper sin. It is not automatic for us to maintain freedom. We are cautioned as Christians to fill our cups daily with the Spirit. It is a choice to walk in the Spirit thus not fulfilling the lusts of the flesh. The more deliverance a person receives the more assignments for their destruction and fall. When someone has received much deliverance they stay rooted and grounded in the word. Daily fellowshipping with the Lord and growing in His wisdom By doing this they are protected by the Spirit of God. To whom much has been forgiven, much is expected. [Mat 12:43] When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. [Mat 12:44] Then he saith , I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. \par [Mat 12:45] Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. \par \par It is also important to understand the importance of not performing deliverance on someone who still desires active sin. Or upon someone who desires to be an unbeliever. If a person does not want to profess Jesus as his Lord and Savior, do not perform deliverance on them. But if they continue to renounce Jesus we are not to feed the children's bread to them. You will make it more difficult for them to come to the knowledge of the truth. This does not disclude you from binding the unclean spirits with the power of Jesus. Using the spiritual authority given to us in the word. Sometimes you will fin d a dumb spirit will actually bind a persons tongue from speaking the will of the individual. When that spirit is bound by the Lord if they desire Jesus they can receive the Lords forgiveness and freedom. According to the word of God we are given authority by and with the name of Jesus. It is our responsibility to call upon the Spirit of the Lord to give full wisdom, knowledge and understanding of His word. Satan does not want unity within the Body of Christ and will stop at nothing to divide and conquer. A s long as the doctrines of devils and doctrines of men rule bondage will remain. It is time to receive every word that proceeth out of the mouth of God. Not picking and choosing what seems comfortable to our flesh. Controversy was part of the walk of Jesus. It will also be part of our walk as we become more like Him. There are so many in bondage and have no idea of how to enter fully into the kingdom. It is time we walk in victory. I write this to the Body of Christ by a mandate from the Father. I know firsthand the torment suffered by a Christian when they have dedicated their lives to the Lord and feel they are not walking in the victory of the kingdom. I myself was bound by tremendous torment until the Lord released me into the kingdom of God through deliverance. I could not be free, I was divided. Jesus had been my Lord and Savior for 32 years. I had been filled with the Holy Spirit for the same amount of time but still lacked full freedom. I was confused and did not understand why I was not walking in victory. Even the church leaders did not know why I was so tormented. I could not stand and was in the process of being destroyed. I was caught in the lie of hyprocisy. Speaking freedom outwardly in my confession but not possessing it. When I continued to f all into sin I felt it must have been because of my own lack of faith. I was told by many if I just confessed freedom and stayed in the word I would be free. When my desired freedom did not materialize, I sunk deeper into darkness. Feeling as if because o f my own faithlessness I was doomed. I bought the lie but the truth has made me free. How many are in the same snare caught by the enemy, ensnared by the torments in their mind. I was freed when the word taught me what I endured was not meant for my own consolation but to console others by t he same consolation I received. The ultimate sacrifice we are called upon is to allow the Lord to bring us through trials, temptations and testings so we may uphold our brethern in their time of need. It is a part of spiritual maturing and we all are call ed to enbrace it. There are many others who feel as I did. Some even as you read this are ending their own lives because they could not face living in the torment of being a divided house. They cannot come home to the house of the Lord until we are armed with the wisdom, knowledge and ability to walk in the fullness of the anointing. We cannot stand idly by and watch our brethern die within their own minds because of lack of knowledge. Let us join hands and embrace the power and authority given to us by Jesus and bring the kingdom of God unto the Body of Christ.