You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free
So, we might think, why all the ‘fuss?’ To stand is not that difficult? Well, let us look what we are really up against in this defensive war that intends to flatten us over time if not instantly, and which the enemy deploys against us every day.
In the case of great resistance and demonic attack, because some demons are stronger than others, fasting under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, combined with prayer, is necessary. Confession of personal sins and making right with others to cancel all ‘footholds’ that the devil might have gained, can only benefit the situation, (Mark 9:28-19; Isa. 58:6-12; Jam. 5:16; Eph. 6:18.)
All true believers are constantly wrestling with the devil because he is constantly at war with us through numerous strategies and different types of assault. The enemy always sows sin like doubt, fear, unresolved anger, unforgiveness, and confusion, which are Trojan horses that can demolish all our standing beliefs if we’re not careful! Constant prayer and supplications, (intercession for ourselves and others before the throne of God,) is wrestling, resisting and withstanding even warfare of the fiercest kind, and should be our lifestyle in Christ even throughout our busy day, as we direct our thoughts in prayer to Him inwardly, not just during our ‘quiet time’ or in ‘wresting.’ Someone said that prayer is the ‘breath,’ (air, or life) of our human spirits. A whole day without prayer, is a whole day without a single breath for our human spirits!
Our personal character and lifestyle in Christ make up our whole spiritual armor, which, under the banner of His atonement in our place, are our defence against evil entities that work in our thoughts, lives, and through other people. This does not refer to a charismatic or brave human character and a flawless Godly lifestyle, but to Jesus’ own righteousness, which He bestowed on us by fulfilling the entire Law in our place. Colossians 1:13-14 and Eph. 1:7 triumphantly declare, “He has delivered us, [past tense,] from the power of darkness [spiritual death and deception] and conveyed [or transferred] us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love, in Whom we [already] have redemption [or absolute freedom] through His blood: the forgiveness of sins.” Righteousness is not part of the so-called quick-dress rituals before a ‘deliverance’ session. We are already constantly in a sinless ‘right standing’ before God’s holy throne by what our Savior and Redeemer had accomplished for us on the cross. Our ‘righteousness’ or holiness in Christ is a most important spiritual position, which all truly born again believers occupy in the Kingdom of God, and where they must continually stand, (Mt. 5:17: Col. 1:13.)
The ‘helmet of salvation’ is an important part of our ‘armor’ and not something tangible we can cover our “minds” or thoughts with. It is our personally born again hope of eternal life in heaven through our Lord Jesus Christ.
If we are not prepared to preach the true Gospel as God opens doors and presents opportunities, we are standing bare feet against the wiles or schemes of the enemy, (Eph. 6:15.) Without the willingness to fulfil Jesus’ commission, (Mt. 29:19-20,) we cannot go into all the world to preach His Real Gospel of Peace as, when, and how the Holy Spirit leads us. Hence, we will never be able to overcome the “wiles” of our enemy, either in our own thoughts, or in the thoughts of others.
Girding our waist with the truth is not a physical thing we can strap around our waists. Living and speaking the truth of God’s Word and of everything else, hold entire holy character intact, (Jn. 8:44; 16:13.) As soon as we lie and keep it up unrepentantly, we are without the ‘belt of truth,’ which keeps our whole armor or Godly character together. The enemy’s most dangerous assault is through false dogma and other lies and deceit. So, a disciple of Christ, praying ‘in the Spirit’ and following obediently as the Spirit leads; fulfilling the commission to preach His True Gospel, and teaching the Truth of His Word where possible, is at the forefront of this ongoing defensive advancement into Hades or spiritual death. Our quest is for the salvation, redemption, and blessing of souls; bringing them God’s Gospel and telling them the whole truth about everything.
Additionally, we will never be able to use the ‘sword of the Spirit,’ (the Word of God,) against the enemy without our symbolic “shield of faith” to ‘quench all the flaming darts’ or lies against God’s Word, other people, and against us personally. It was with the truth of His Word that Jesus withstood (not attacked) Satan in the wilderness; quenching all the flaming darts that Satan shot at Him, (Mt. 4.) Even when Jesus eventually chased Satan away by name, He used the ‘sword’ of His Word against him, saying, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written…” Then the devil left Him and angels came to minister to Him...
We cannot add stunts and gimmicks to God’s Word to supposedly ‘cast the devil out of people,’ or to withstand the schemes of the evil one. True believers do not have demons; they have deceptions or ‘strongholds of delusion’ in their ‘minds.’ We don’t actively ‘hunt’ demons either; we withstand them in God’s truth. Once we have obeyed the Scriptures and the leading of the Spirit as far as possible to withstand the enemy, we “have done all.” This is it; we have done everything God allows us to do. Spiritually and emotionally, we must now stand or actually continue in God’s truth, leaving everything behind, which the person whom we ministered to allows the devil to do, knowing that the Holy Spirit will use all we have done thus far.
We may boldly leave the ultimate outcome of the spiritual conflict in the hands of Almighty God Himself, (Eph. 6:18.)
CONTINUALLY ‘BINDING’ AND ATTACKING DEMONS IN “SPIRITUAL WARFARE,” SCARING BELIEVERS INTO BELIEVING SATAN IS SO POWERFUL?
With all their violent attacks and constant ‘binding’ of the devil by ‘hyper-anointed’ and other clergy, how scared and bound is the defeated devil by now, I wonder? Because these entities were totally “disarmed” at the cross, they only have the power, which us humans allow them to have, (Col. 2:11-15.) As disembodied spirits, demons must use the thoughts, (minds,) mouths, hands and feet of human beings to do real harm in this dimension. Once given the go ahead by their unrepentant human disciples and co-workers, however, they are powerful entities, although still under God’s control.
Jesus gave all His sincere believers the authority to preach life, redemption, and blessing to the lost and bound world. In Mt. 16:18-19, Jesus promised, “On you, Peter, [a little rock of the Great Rock, or a particular member among the members of the body of Jesus Christ,] I will [begin to] build My [spiritual] Kingdom [in the hearts, minds, and lives of all My believers.]” This promise was fulfilled when Peter, at Pentecost, under the New Covenant of Christ, with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, was God’s instrument to preach Jesus’ truth to 3,000 souls, who chose to accept Him, (Acts 2:1-42.) All Jesus’ sincere disciples, through the ages even until the end of this world, have exactly the same authority in Christ, (Mt. 28:19-20.)
What does “binding the strong man” really mean? Then Jesus continued in Mt. 16:19. “I will give you [Peter, as all other true disciples,] the keys of heaven, [or the Holy Spirit “power” to preach My Word, Acts 1:8.] Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” This is not, as Old and other Apostolic Churches teach, a key to turn before the faces of non-members and go “Click!” to shut or open the Kingdom of God for them.
“Rabbinic in imagery, binding and loosing have to do with forbidding or permitting,” the footnote in the Spirit Filled Bible explains. “Jesus empowered His body of believers to continue in the privileged responsibility of leavening the earth with His Kingdom power and provision. So, if someone is bound by sin, [true disciples] have the authority to “loosen” him by preaching the [full] Gospel of Christ to him, (Rom. 6:14.) If someone [like the unbelieving slave girl, whom Paul ‘delivered,’] should be possessed with a demon [that completely overrides the decisions of the person,] the disciples have the authority (or Holy-Spirit power,) to forbid [‘or bind’] that spirit to withstand the truth of Jesus.” Should the person choose to accept the truth, he or she will be completely ‘loosened’ to know and follow Jesus, (Mark 3:27; Mt. 12:29.)
Binding and loosening also pertains to dealing with an unrepentant believer, where, through private confrontation at first, confrontation by one or two witnesses later, or if necessary, corporate confrontation, the ‘bound’ or unrepentant sinner might choose to repent and be ‘loosened’ on earth and in heaven to worship God in spirit and in truth once more, (read Mt. 5: 23-24; 18:15-20.)
WHAT ABOUT THE ‘INHERITED SIN’ AND ‘BLOODLINE CURSES’ OF OUR FOREFATHERS?
‘Deliverance experts’ insist that, even after we were completely saved, redeemed, and blessed in Christ as His personally born again children, who live inside His spiritual Kingdom of Light and Liberty, we all are still guilty of the atrocities of our forefathers; all their false beliefs and satanic deeds. Therefore, they say, even the true disciples of Christ must be ‘delivered’ from the ‘generational curses,’ which came upon them through the ‘bloodlines’ of their forefathers. The demons that allegedly still live in believers through these curses must therefore be “cast out” by special deliverance ministers.
Well, let us see if, this time, they might be telling us some truth.
Can true believers and their children really be cursed? A good point of reference to lead us into “all truth” concerning this question, is to first see if believers can be cursed through their unbelieving spouses, because then, their children will also remain under a ‘generational curse,’ isn’t it so?
It is a Scriptural fact that all true believers are fully blessed by Jesus Himself and can therefore never be cursed unless they sin unrepentantly, or believe and follow lies such as false doctrines, actually cursing themselves by disobeying their Blessor Jesus, (Gal. 3:10-14; Prov. 26:2.) We must also consider that none of us could choose the family, society, and nation we were born into. Still, all of us inherited, by default, the lost, cursed, sinful state or position in the kingdom of darkness, which Adam and Eve, by disobeying God, brought us into, (Rom. 5:12.)
Spiritually, a small child, before the age of accountability, belongs to Jesus and will go to heaven if death comes prematurely; (Mt. 19: 13-15.) However, physically, through the unsaved spiritual state of their parents, they are still under the power of the prince of darkness, and under the lost and cursed state of their unsaved parents, (1 Cor. 15:21-22; 1 Jn. 5:19; Mt. 19:13-15; Deut. Chapter 28.) Nevertheless, look how merciful our God really is. When a wife or husband truly accepts Jesus while the disobedient spouse refuses Him, (if the unbelieving spouse is willing to continue living with the believer and not the other way around,) they shall not divorce. Because of the believing spouses’ holy or sanctified position in the Kingdom of Christ, “the unbelieving spouse is sanctified, [made holy not saved,] by the believing spouse; otherwise their children would be unclean, but now they are holy!” (1 Cor. 7:12-16.) Yet, we must understand that these sanctified children, once they reach the age of accountability and can understand the Gospel, become responsible for their own decision to either accept or reject Jesus.
So, can the believing spouse and the “holy” children of that marriage still be under a ‘generational curse?’
DID GOD SUBJECT NEW TESTAMENT BELIEVERS TO THE GENERATIONAL CURSE OF EX. 20:1-6?
Let God’s Own Word answer this question. In verse one of Ex. 20:1-6, God said to the Old Israelites, “I Am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, [past tense,] and out of the house of bondage [past tense.]” The Israelites, in the desert, had no excuse to commit idolatry and witchcraft against God. They, as an allegory of New Testament believers in Christ, were completely delivered from “the [physical kingdom of darkness and the physical] house of bondage,” (1 Cor. 10:11; Rom. 15:4.) In New Covenant terms this means: At the very moment true believers personally accepted Christ, God brought them spiritually “out of the land of Egypt and the house of bondage” or actually, “out of” the kingdom of darkness, and “into” His Eternal Kingdom of complete salvation, liberty, (redemption,) and blessing! (1 Pet 2:9-10: Col. 2:13-14.)
That is why, (just like the Old Israelites,) being completely saved, redeemed and blessed in Christ, God forbade us to continue in the sinful ways of our forefathers. Just like the fully redeemed Hebrews in the desert, “you must [never again] have other gods before Him. You shall not make for yourself a carved image of any likeness of anything [to revere or worship as a god,] bowing down to them and serving them. [For you know that He is a jealous God,] visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Him [and prove their hatred by the idolatry and witchcraft they commit against Him,] but showing mercy to thousands of those who love Him and keep His [New Testament, Moral] commandments,” (Jn. 13:34.)
So, are you still a hater of God? Or are you His blood-bought, Holy-Spirit indwelt child, to whom He shows mercy? Do you still belong to the kingdom of darkness, which your ancestors continue to cling to, or were you “delivered from the power of darkness and conveyed [spiritually] into the Kingdom of Jesus, because in Him we [already] have redemption through His blood, the [total] forgiveness of sins?” (Col. 1:13-14.)
You decide. If you choose to reject the truth of God’s own Word, you “hate” Him and will “make for yourself a carved image [of false doctrines, religious norms and forms] to worship as a god. Then, you and your children are cursed. If not, all of you are fully blessed in Christ. If you remain faithful to New Testament commandments and continually repent of your transgressions against His Moral Law of Love, you will remain under His blessed, redeemed state or position of eternal salvation. Although we all “sometimes sin” or miss the mark of remaining in the will of God, “if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” (1 Jn. 1:5-10.) This is not a licence to keep on sinning, but being the humans that we are, living in a broken world, “we all sometimes sin,” and therefore need to continually experience Jesus’ blood cleansing from all unrighteousness.
WHAT ABOUT THE ‘EVIL BLOODLINE,’ WHICH WE MUST ‘CUT OFF?’
At our personal rebirth, we immediately became spiritual children of the Highest God Himself, (Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:4-7.) At that moment, God took us out of Satan’s kingdom, removing us from all the cursedness in the kingdom of darkness. Spiritually, we were instantly placed into the holy body of Christ: “Members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones…” (Eph. 5:30.) To become, as the holy bride, body, and temple of the Holy Spirit, “flesh of His flesh and bones of His bones,” emphasizes our completed spiritual position as holy or sanctified, fully redeemed children of God,” (Ex. 20:1-2; 1 Pet. 2:9-10.)
Still, it is always good to confess all sin to God. It is also necessary to obey God’s commandment to confess our abusive sins against those, whom we have wronged, (Jam. 5:16.) Because all confession of sin requires repentance from sin to be effective, it is therefore also good to ‘cut off,’ renounce, reject and remove ourselves as far as possible from all evil and unrepentant people, and their wicked works, (1 Cor. 15:33.) This includes distancing ourselves from the evil and wicked works of our spouses, family, religion, church, nation, and the whole unbelieving world, (Mt. 10:37.)
However, physically, we can never remove our ‘bloodline,’ and God certainly does not expect us to attempt any such silly thing. We can never go out of this world; the sinful ways and thoughts of the world must go out of us. If we were born Asian, African or European we will remain what we are as long as we are live on this side of the grave. We cannot and do not become spiritual Hebrews or Messianic Jews when we accept Jesus. Thus, we do not have to call God by His ‘Hebrew’ Names, as we have all His Names in intelligible English in the New Testament, which God is utterly capable of understanding. Gal. 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ…”
As stated in the study of freemasonry, someone told me about a “powerful prayer book” that someone wrote. The author supposedly leads ‘demon oppressed and generationally cursed Christians’ to confess every ritual of freemasonry in detail to ‘deliver’ them and their descendants and allegedly, “the effect is immediate.” I can only say that, if it were true that we must confess the sins of our forefathers in such great detail to be redeemed, we were not brought “out of darkness into His marvelous light” at our personal rebirth, and were not born again at all, (1 Pt. 2:9-10; Col. 13-14.) For instance, if our grandmothers were prostitutes, we certainly do have to describe all their filthy acts with men in detail to be ‘delivered’ from the ‘ancestral curse’ of prostitution! [Our own sin against God, ourselves and other people is different matter, Jam. 5:16-17; Mt. 5:23-24; 1 Jn. 1:8-10.]
According to the contextual truth of God’s Word, it seems that such elaborate confessions were compiled by sensation seekers. If we ourselves were male or female witches, (all those disobedient to God commit witchcraft and idolatry, 1 Sam. 15:23,) prostitutes, (men committing adultery, fornication, and witchcraft are prostitutes and witches too,) masons or any other kind of Satanists, and participated and/or shared in human and animal sacrifice ourselves, confessing such (and the many other) atrocities to God by name is necessary. However, if our ancestors committed such atrocities and we never actively joined them, we might fall under the spell of sensation seekers to think that God is not omniscient and almighty enough to have redeemed us in full at our personal rebirth.
While God does work in family units for the sake of born again believers, (1 Cor. 7:12-16,) it is not the so-called “salvation by birthright” that some people see in the Old Testament. Salvation under Jesus’ New Covenant is a rational, personal choice — and redemption and blessing in Christ are inseparable ‘components’ of salvation through Jesus’ full atonement in our place. For instance, the “holy” child and “holy” spouse of the believer (1 Cor. 7:12-16) must, at some intelligible stage in their lives, make a personal choice for or against Jesus. Although God as a million ways to deal with unbelieving and unrepentant souls, no one can be saved through the faith of Jesus’ believing disciples. Even under the Old Covenant, this was how God judged humanity. Deut. 14:16, “Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers. A person shall be put to death for his own sin,” (Jn. 3:16.)
However, because the “battle is for the mind,” (Rom. 12:1-2,) and for the purpose of decidedly distancing ourselves and our descendants from the kingdom of darkness, our simple, sincere confession and renunciation of all the evil beliefs and practices of our ancestors cannot do any harm, (1 Pt. 1:13-19.) It is good to consciously reject all the evil ways of our ancestors to live wholly in God’s Kingdom of Light and Truth. We may also confess to God that our ancestors were masons, prostitutes, and other types of devil worshippers, who did wicked deeds and satanic rituals, probably even sacrificing animals and humans to make pacts with, and promises to the devil. And yes, we can, in the Almighty Name of Jesus Christ, renounce, break and distance ourselves and our descendants from all pagan/church and other rituals, pacts with and promises to the devil, and bind and reject all spirits that concerned us and everyone and everything that pertained to our lives before we were born again in Christ. If challenged by the lies of the evil one, (all he has to get hold of us again are lies, deception, and temptation to sin again,) we must actively withstand his onslaughts out loud, (Mark 16:16-18,) declaring God’s true promises in His Word over us, our descendants, and everything that relate to our lives.
Then, all we need to do, is to ask our Father in heaven to keep us, and everyone and everything else that connect to our lives, under the blood Covenant of Christ, the full control of the Spirit and the protection of His holy angels.
It is enough to wholly dedicate ourselves, our descendants, our homes, lives, etcetera unto God Alone; welcoming His presence, protection and blessing in our lives, and praising and worshiping Him for everything He made possible through the atonement of Jesus, the truth of His Word, and the power of the Holy Spirit! (Heb. 12:15-16; Rom. 12:1-2.)
Can we give the devil ‘Legal Ground’ or ‘the right’ to oppress and harm us? (See the Facebook Post below)
There is no doubt that we must never attempt to play hide and seek with the devil, or lend our ears to any of his deception, lies, and false church doctrines. The devil does not have any ‘legal ground’ inside any true believer, who remains at the feet of Jesus. However, he is always trying to gain ‘legal ground’ in our thoughts, decisions and lives by helping us to make, and stand by the wrong choices, (Jn. 8:44.) He knows how to shoot straight and hit the target bull’s eye; prying on that particular weakness that is unique to each of us, because he has studied humanity a very long time. He knows how to manipulate our thoughts if we lend our eyes and ears to him, and how to execute his assaults through those who can harm and even murder us spiritually, emotionally and physically. Just as importantly, the enemy does not shoot paper claps from a toy gun, but ‘flaming arrows,’ which we can only quench through our personal faith in Jesus Christ and the truth of God’s Word.
When that old snake strikes, it is always with the deadly venom of temptation, tribulation, and deception, which we can only survive in the grace of God by standing, fully clothed in the armor of God’s integrity, on Jesus the Rock, Who is the Truth of God, (Eph. 6:10-20.) The difference between venom and poison, is that we ingest poison and it is often slow working, while just one bite from a venomous snake instantly injects death into our veins. It is time the believers of Christ realize that false doctrine and religious church practices of all kinds are poison and venom, which, in relatively small doses, have the power to kill us spiritually, emotionally, and even physically, (Gal. 5:9.)
Besides all his dangerous weapons of war, Satan, who pretends to be a roaring lion, “walks about, seeking whom he may devour,” (1 Pt. 5:6-9.) Lions usually hunt in darkness. They will ambush and kill anything that does not know they are being stalked. Mostly, being opportunists, they will take those who are weak, unwary, lazy, and sleeping. That is why Peter warned, “Be sober, be vigilant; resist the devil steadfast [or constantly and strong] in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your [true] brotherhood [in Christ] throughout the world.”
If the devil cannot get us as the venomous snake or the roaring lion, he will play on our physical needs and of course, our wants, turning what is natural and not sinful, (such as thirst or hunger) into lust, greed, manipulation, fraud, theft, adultery, and emotional, or even physical murder. Under temptation many accept his deception that God’s Power, Truth, Companionship, Redemption, Provision and Protection are not enough, and they fall prey to all kinds of get-rich-quick schemes and other kinds of evil, which are “foolish snares, whereby they pierce themselves with many sorrows,” (1 Tim. 6:3-12.)
There is only one way to avoid the devil’s snare, or to get out of his death grip, and it is not by visiting ‘deliverance’ ministers of any kind. God commanded in Jam. 1:7, “Submit yourself wholly to God. [Then,] resist the devil – and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands [from all unrepentant, immoral sin,] and purify your hearts, you double-minded… Humble yourself in the sight of Lord, and He will lift you up.”
The first thing afflicted disciples of Jesus must do, is to bury themselves in prayer and in the truth of God’s Word. It is the truth of God’s Word in the teaching, leading and power of the Holy Spirit, and the truth about our situation that set us free. We must also become doers of God’s Word, [His Moral Law of Love,] and not remain hearers only, deceiving ourselves, (Jam. 1:22.)
If there is anything we need to make right with God and other people, we should do it right away, (Jam. 5:16.) If the problem persists, we must make use of prayer and fasting to seek God’s clear direction on the matter. Never postpone obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit and the New Covenant commandments of His Word. We may also ask a spiritual leader, or, if such a person is not available, another sincere believer to anoint us with oil as the symbol of the Holy Spirit, and to pray with us. “Where two or three are gathered in Jesus’ Name, there He is in the midst of them.” If we do not have anyone to pray with us, we can trust Jesus, our High Priest, to be in us and with us; interceding for us — which He always does in any case, (Rom. 8:34.)
With the anointing of oil, we should ask God to heal us spiritually, emotionally, and physically. We may boldly ask Him to close all demonic doors and entrances to our human spirits, souls, bodies, lives, work, relationships, etc., and to protect us under the blood Covenant of Jesus Christ and the ministry of His holy angels.
We should also keep in mind that Satan can use the hatred of people to attack us on a spiritual, emotional, and physical level. We must pray for the salvation of our enemies as Jesus commanded, and ask Him to ward off all attacks from demons and human spirits, (the spirits of people who are still alive.) God is Almighty, Omnipresent, and Omniscient; there is not a single thing He does not know. As a result, we must also ask Him to reveal to us the “great and mighty things we do not know,” and help us to deal with everything according to His Word and the leading of His Spirit, ( Jer. 33:3.)
Having done all we can Scripturally and in obedience to the Holy Spirit, we must then stand in the truth of God’s Word, clothed spiritually in His whole armor, our eyes fixed on Jesus until He answers our cries. Our Father will never “leave us nor forsake us,” as long as we remain at His feet, (Heb. 13:5.)