Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
For my first Christian mentor God sent me a woman named Nancy Kane. I was sitting in a women’s Aglow meeting in Visalia California where Nancy was the speaker. She was dynamic!
God spoke to my heart and said, “Ask Nancy to teach a bible study in your home.”
That was in 1977. People still had their phone numbers in the telephone book. I called her,out of the blue, and asked her to teach a bible study in my home. She agreed.
What I didn’t know at the time was that Nancy also had a deliverance ministry. She was so in tune to the Holy Spirit that she could meet someone and “read” their book immediately. She mentored me on deliverance. If there was a person who was a Christian, and constantly went back to something that was hindering their walk with Christ, she would say that they were oppressed by a certain little devil who had set up a home in their host and didn’t want to leave.
First let me say this; a Christian can not be possessed, only oppressed. When Satan knocks on the door of our hearts Jesus answers.
However if we continue to do something that causes us to backslide we have to wonder if we are being oppressed by a demon who doesn’t want to leave. The Bible says that the soul is willing but the flesh is weak.
What can we do. We first recognize that we have a problem resisting something on our own. It can be drugs, alcohol, pornography, over-eating, gossip or anger. There are more, but you get the drift of what I am saying.
Secondly we confess it, and ask God to restore us to a right relationship with him.
Thirdly we get one or two Christians, we trust, to lay hands on us and tell Satan to leave. We evict him and tell him to get out. There are times we don’t have anyone to pray with, or for, us. We can then do it ourselves after fasting and praying.
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
Return of an Unclean Spirit
43 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation.”
The above scripture shows the fate of someone who, after prayer, continues in the same sin over and over. The demonic spirit comes back and now brings his friends. Now it’s even harder to break free from the oppressive spirit.
I know, from my own life, that when getting involved in something, or with someone, I should not be involved with it became harder each time to break free.
Prayerfully ask God if you are being oppressed. If there is something you cannot break free from on your own, then it’s a stronghold. It needs to go so that you can live a life led by the Spirit of God.
Don’t be afraid of these things. God has told us that we walk in the same anointing Jesus had when we are totally surrendered to God.
The best thing to do is find an alive for Jesus church. There you will find people mature in the things of the spirit.
We can walk totally free from hindering spirits! Recognize, tell it to go in the name of Jesus, repent and be restored!
When I was first saved, during the Jesus movement that started in Azusa Street in Los Angeles, people knew that. But over the years, in order to fill churches, pastors quit teaching it.
A few years ago a person called me who was constantly failing in their walk with God. This was a good Christian who simply wasn’t living victoriously. This person was in my age group and had been saved for years. The problem was that this Christian, like a lot of us, had literally forgotten about tearing down strongholds. When I reminded the person about this fasted and prayed with the person they were set free from the oppression.
“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.”
John 10:10, KJV
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
James 4:7, KJV
You can walk free today, and stay free, by putting into practice these things I have written about.
In His Unconditional Love,
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