You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free
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SOMEONE ASKED, “HOW DO WE DEAL WITH POSSIBLE DEMONIC ATTACHMENTS, WHICH WE PICKED UP THROUGH FALSE DOCTRINES, LAYING ON OF HANDS, ETC?”
We must fully realize that Jesus has already completely redeemed us at the moment we truly accepted Him as our personal Lord, God, and Savior, (1 Pt. 2:9-10; Col. 1:13-19.) Except that our minds must be constantly renewed through the truth of His Word and the truth about everything else that affect us, we are completely free in Christ — unless we unrepentantly choose to live in denial and remain in darkness, of course. It is only Jesus’ truth that can forever set us free, (Jn. 8:32-33.) Growing in truth concerning all things is a therefore a lifelong transformation in Christ, (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Pt. 1:9-14.) We become what we believe we are. That is why deception so effectively enslave people to church systems and other forms of bondage. So, if we believe the devil can possess us while we are living in Christ, we can only imagine how many doors we open to him! It is the truth about everything, (Jesus’ Word, religion, politics, abuse, our own problems, other people, etc.) that sets us free, and which keeps us free in Christ.
Therefore, if we do not understand God’s Word, our position of salvation, redemption and blessing in Him, and so forth, the devil steals the truth, and so also our freedom from us, (Mt. 13:19.) Additionally, if we do not withstand the devil’s deceptions and onslaughts in whichever way he presents himself, we passively allow him to take what God has entrusted to us, (Jam. 4:7.) It is therefore essential, as soon as we are truly born again through personal faith in Christ, to deal with all our personal sin such as deception, adultery, or if people laid hands on us to possibly attach demons to us. Spirits are always transferred through the laying on of hands in the occult, and sadly, also in churches where false church norms, forms, and doctrines govern the lives and minds of leaders and their congregations. The Scriptural laying on of hands must be done by laying holy hands on believers in the unmistakable leading of the Holy Spirit. 1 Tim. 2:8; 5:22, “Lay hands suddenly on no man. [And do not allow just anyone to lay hands on you.] Keep yourself pure.” The laying on of hands is Scriptural and carries great Holy Spirit power when done in His leading, but there is no New Testament mandate to use it to cast out demons. All true believers have the power to heal the sick by laying hands on them — but only as God directs them to do, (Mark. 16:17-18.) The laying on of hands is also used in confirming the ministry of those who were truly called by the Holy Spirit; dedicating them to God, (Acts 13:2-3.)
We deal with our personal sin, which could possibly have brought us into bondage, by confessing it all to God in detail, asking His forgiveness, redemption and cleansing through the blood of Jesus. It is then also essential to ask God to “fill” us with the Holy Spirit as we surrender every area of our lives to His control, (1 Jn. 1:5-10.) Someone wisely said the [continuous] cleansing of Jesus’ blood is the “believer’s bar of soap, which constantly cleanses us from our transgressions against God, other people, and ourselves.” As said, confessing serious sin against other people, (such as adultery and other types of abuse,) is vital because it is the only way to bring true healing to our relationships, as such sin also taints our relationship with God, (Jam. 5:16-18; Mt. 5:23-24.)
Repentance form all our personal sin, (to flee from it, reject it all, withstanding it, expose it,) must follow to keep us cleansed in Jesus’ blood. Simultaneously, we must withstand the devil’s plans and wiles constantly in the truth of God and in the truth of all other things until he flees from us, taking his torment, deception, and enticement with him. This might be a process which can severely test our faith in and commitment to Jesus. All such active obedience to the Word and Spirit of God clashes with church deception and their easy ways out of demonic harassment. However, there is no other way to really grow spiritually and emotionally in Christ.
Facebook post, June 2017: THE PROBLEM WITH UNREPENTANT SIN: ACCUMULATING DEMONS BY GIVING THEM A ‘FOOTHOLD’ IN OUR LIVES. I call spouses who peek at potential sex partners "Meerkats." Those cute little rodents sit upright, stretching their necks to spy out their surroundings. However, human meerkats are not funny or cute like these little animals are. They might not know it, but human meerkats are committing adultery and accumulating demons for themselves, (Mt. 5:27.) Left unconfessed and unrepented, these demons will help them to commit physical adultery; destroying their marriages and families, because demons will become their spirit ‘lovers,’ ‘husbands,’ and ‘wives,’ never allowing human lovers and spouses in their lives for long. However, God is almighty and longsuffering, and often good spouses suffer for a lifetime holding on to “meerkats.”
Demons will do everything in their power to get rid of human spouses and families. Whether innocent spouses withstand them by obeying God's Moral Law commandments or prefer to live in denial, innocent spouses and families will suffer. All sin is inspired by the devil – which is not a reason to sin, as Jesus conquered him at the cross, (Col. 2:14.) But all sin gets a hold on us as soon as we sin, because at that moment we give demons permission to control our thoughts and our lives. Of course “we all sometimes sin,” but we must then take immediate action and choose to confess that sin and repent from it. It is easy to pick up a demon, but once it has a foothold on us; it is not easy to get rid of it. Of course Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness if we confess our sins, (1 Jn. 1:8-10,) but if we do not repent from that sin, the devil digs in his heels and the longer we commit that sin, the deeper he digs in until he can control us, and destroy us and those around us. The Moral Law, in O.T. context commands punishment for every single sin we commit. The Moral Law under Jesus' blood commands, “Sin not at all so that there will be no punishment,” (Mt. 5:21-42.)
What to do about those who seriously sin against us? Our own sin is easy to 'deal' with, [Jam. 5:15-17], but we cannot force others to repent. The “wages sin pays is death,” and Jesus came to bring Life. If we do not ‘deal’ with sin God’s Way, we face serious consequences. His forgiveness is not a cheap ‘whitewash’ that gives us a licence to continue in sin. The devil “does not come to us except to kill, steal and destroy.” Whatever happens between people is motivated by destruction. The only way to deal with serious, unrepentant sin against us is to obey Jesus’ commandment in Mt. 18:15-20, “If [someone] sins against you go tell him his fault between you and him alone… If he will not listen, take with you one or two witnesses… If he still refuses to listen tell it to the congregation [or family, etc., who are able to assist in his/her healing by repentance.] If he will not hear the congregation, let him/her be to you like a heathen and a tax collector…”
The world buries its sins against one another and lives over it all – but such ceasefires have no benefit. We live holy by obeying God’s Moral Law of Love. To confront our offenders is love not nastiness, because the aim is to restore them to us and to God. The serious sin we bury and allow others to bury, will always rot and contaminate everyone so that none can be healed. The only ones that benefit from such weakness and disobedience to God are the demons that will pit people against one another until the end of the world. If Moral Law obedience cannot reconcile offenders to us and to Him, (although they will still feign Christianity,) it will save us. We must not only love others, we must also love ourselves enough to deal with every situation and sin that can give the devil a foothold in our lives. Jesus’ Moral Law is not our Guide to punish but to prevent punishment. Do not delay in dealing with sin. Demons are always behind it all. We “wrestle not against flesh and blood,” but with the demons that work through flesh and blood. If we can change the minds and ‘hearts’ of our sinning loved-ones and other blood-bought people in this world by obeying the Moral Law of Christ, we destroy the foothold of the devil before he can destroy our relationships. This might not always be possible, but this is the commission, which Jesus gave all His true disciples, (Mt. 28:19-20.)
Facebook Post 20.10.2017, PART 1: HAUNTED HOUSES WHERE SPIRITS REFUSE TO LEAVE – WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?
Such phenomena permeate the planet and thus deserve further discussion. Moving objects and strange noises in houses and roofs and even demonic attacks at night... Some of these phenomena might be natural, but God explained in Hab. 2:11, “The stone will cry out from the wall and the beam from the timbers [in the roof] will answer it.” Ps. 91:5-6, “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night… or of the pestilence that walks in darkness…” Some say this is not literal but allegorical – I say it is both. Demons do pester people by manifesting in houses. If demons are not real, everything Jesus had done in our place in the wilderness, Gethsemane and on Golgotha was for nothing. Yet, it is not in vain that God declared in Col. 2:13-15, “You, being dead in our trespasses [your lost, cursed spiritual position without God…] He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against you… And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
So, why do believers struggle to rid houses of demons in the light of such unchangeable truth? Jesus also promised that “These signs will follow those who believe: in My Name they will cast out demons…” and “the Name of Jesus is the Name above all names, that at the Name of Jesus every knee must bow of those in heaven, on earth and under the earth, and every tongue must confess that He is Lord…” (Mark 16:16-18; Phil. 2:8-11.) If any of these manifestations are real, Jesus is more real, as He is the Creator of everything that lives, (1 Pt. 3:19; 2 Pt. 2:4.)
As always, the truth is in the context of the passage. Hab. 2:4-13, “Behold the proud, [there is nothing worse than a person who sins boundlessly because he serves only himself and cares nothing about anyone else,] his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by [humble] faith! Because he transgresses by wine [through the abuse of alcohol and drugs the sinner destroys his conscience…] and he does not stay at home because he enlarges his desire as hell and is like death, and cannot be satisfied… and loads himself with many pledges… [His priorities are not his home, wife, children, job, but every evil thing that lures him away from being a God-fearing man who keeps his promises.] Because of men’s blood, [he murders others spiritually, emotionally and even physically because] he covets evil gain for his house… plunders many people and sins against his soul. He gives shameful council to his house and builds [it] with iniquity… Woe to him… [because] the stone [buried sin] will cry out from the wall and the beam from the timbers will answer it.”
Such sinners will sooner or later be exposed for what they really are.
It is therefore never the ‘house’ that is haunted as a building is not alive in any way. Nor are these entities the ‘souls’ of people who died there. The dead is either in heaven or in hell and “know nothing [of what is going on here on earth.] Nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun,” (Eccl. 9:5-6.) It might be familiar demons left behind when the previous occupants moved as unrepented sin always rides on demonic power – but it is more likely that the people living there now have an unrepentant person in their midst. Such sin “give the devil a [legal] foothold,” which always affects the whole family living there. The Old Testament law commanded concerning “leprous houses,” “They shall take away the stones in which is the plague, [and the house must then be thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned...]” (Lev. 14:33-45.) This relates to the spiritual New Testament in terms of confession of sin to God and to one another (Jam. 5:15-18) and repentance; not so much to scrubbing the building. Once the ‘foothold of the devil’ is cleaned by the blood of the Lamb, (Rev. 12:11,) and the offender has submitted to God, the “leprosy” must go. (Lev. 14:43-45.) If it spreads instead, the house must be destroyed. Under the New Testament Covenant, this refers to Jesus’ commandments to dealing with unrepentant sinners. If repentance does not flow from obedience to Jesus' commandments, (Mt. 18:15-20) the hardened sinner must become “as a heathen and a tax collector” to protect the innocent involved.
So, even Jesus’ disciples who followed Him closely, said, “This is a hard saying; who can [bear] this?” When He heard them complain, Jesus said, “Does this offend you? …There are some who do not believe [and therefore do not obey Me.] Then many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more… But Peter said, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life!” (Jn. 6:60-68.)
Facebook Post 17.10.2017, PART 2: HOW TO ‘CLEANSE’ OR “DEDICATE” THE ‘HEALED’ LEPROUS HOUSE
As seen in the first part of “Haunted Houses,” terrible things [continually] happened there and so, God allowed demons to dwell and manifest there. In Lev. 14:33-53 and Hab. 2:11, God demonstrates that He allows demonic activity there so that the “plague” can be dealt with according to His Word, (Hab. 2:9-12; Mt. 18:15-20; 1 Cor. 5:12-13. We must, as far as possible, avoid bad, unrepentant company, not to be infected with the ‘leprosy’ of it; attaching demons to us, our homes and our loved ones, (1 Cor. 15:33.)
The Matthew Henry’s Commentary states, “Where sin reigns in a house, it is a plague there, as it is in the heart, [mind, and life of all those who are affected by it.] We must be vigilant against the first appearance of unrepentant sin and put the iniquity far away from our homes… [and lives,] because it will be the ruin of families, [marriages and believers.] Thus, we must take attentive care of ourselves,” [our marriages, families, congregations, and everyone and everything God had entrusted to us.]
The “healing and cleansing” law from the Old Testament, which was written as an ‘example’ for Jesus’ believers, (not to follow ceremonially but to interpret in New Covenant Light), is one of the clearest Old Covenant symbols of Jesus completed work in our place, (Lev. 14:35-57; 1 Cor. 10:11; Rom. 15:4.) In the New Testament it relates directly to “dedicating” our homes to Jesus: to “cleanse” or make “holy” our “healed” or ‘delivered’ homes [or actually ourselves and our loved ones] to live in peace there. Old Israel apparently “dedicated” their houses by “living” in it in holy ways; occupying it while giving God all the glory and praise for entrusting the house and their family to them; (Deut. 20:5) “claiming” it as their God-given “territory,” and worshiping God for the great privilege to welcome the presence of His Spirit and angels there. When such “dedication” lacked in a house sin took over and it became “leprous,” dreadfully diseased and demon-infested.
So, the purpose of Hab. 2 and Lev. 14 is to symbolize how unrepentant people, who eventually repented from spiritual ‘leprosy’ that caused houses to be “haunted,” must proceed with their new lives in Christ. In Lev. 14:48-57, the Old Levitical priest had to proceed by “cleansing” the house that was “healed from leprosy” or demonization from unrepentant sin.
(V. 49:) He had to take “two birds, cedar [pine] wood, scarlet and hyssop.
(v. 50:) One of the birds had to be killed in an earthen vessel over running water. [It does not seem as if the blood and water mix here. The blood is in the vessel with the water running underneath it. Both the water and the blood have significant New Testament meaning. 1 Jn. 5:6, “This is He Who came by water and blood - Jesus Christ… and it is the Spirit Who bears witness, because the Spirit IS truth.”]
(v. 51:) “The cedar wood, hyssop, scarlet and the living bird must then be dipped in the blood of the slain bird and [then] in the running water, (1 Jn. 5:8.) The house must be sprinkled 7 times. (V. 52,) [Thus] the house shall be cleansed with the blood and the running water…
Then the “dipped” living bird must be loosed outside the city in the open field to make atonement for the house, and it shall be clean.
(V. 54-57,) This is the law of leprosy for any leprous sore, scale, garment, house, swelling, scab, and bright spot…”
Cedar wood is pine wood, which represents preservation in Christ. 2 Ths. 3:3, “But the Lord is faithful, Who will establish you and guard [or preserve] you from the [onslaughts of the] evil one.”
Hyssop is a bush used for healing purposes, which represents Jesus healing through His wounds. Isa. 5:4-5, “…By His stripes you are healed…”
Scarlet is scarce, blood red, permanent dye, which possibly represents the permanent price, which Jesus paid for our lostness, cursedness and bondage without God. Gal. 3:13-15, “Christ has redeemed you from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us… that the blessing of Abraham might come upon [all those who truly accepted Him, Jn. 1:12-13.)”
The two birds, (the blood of one and the other one dipped in blood and set free to carry the ‘plague’ of sin far away,) are an allegory of Jesus’ full atonement on the cross, when He established His New Testament blood-covenant for us for all eternity, (Col. 2:14, “…He has disarmed principalities and powers… triumphing over them…” Rev. 12:11, “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony [because] they did not love their lives [even] to death.”
The bird dipped in the blood, cedar, hyssop and scarlet is a “scapegoat” described in the Mosaic Law, which carried the sins of the Old Israelites far away, (Lev. 16:5-23; 17:11.) All these rituals and blood sacrifices pointed toward Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, Who was sacrificed on the cross in our place. Jn. 1:29, “There is the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the whole [truly believing] world!”
The “running” or “living” water is the symbol of the cleansing, saving, redeeming, blessing Word of God; the contextual truth of the Bible, (Jn. 1:1-3.) Jesus said in Jn. 4:14, “…Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become IN him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life,” (Jer. 2:13; 17:3.) Jn. 7:37-39, “…If anyone thirsts [for salvation, redemption, healing, blessing…] let him come to Me and drink. He who [truly] believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart [blood-cleansed human spirit, Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5,] will flow a spring of living water. This He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive [after Golgotha at Pentecost,] for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified [crucified, resurrected, and ascended.]”
From these symbols, translated into New Testament realities in Christ, it is obvious that all believers, (especially those who persisted in unrepentant sin after accepting Christ,) must live in obedience to the Moral Law of Christ and in everything He did for us in our place, so that “we sin no more, [unrepentantly] lest a worse thing comes upon us,” (Jn. 5:14.) Jesus said, if a spirit “goes out” from a person who was “delivered from the power of darkness [at the moment of his rebirth in Christ, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5,) and conveyed into the Kingdom of Jesus, (Col. 1:13-14,) in Whom we have [complete] redemption through His blood…” and that spirit returns to find his healed “house empty,” he will bring seven demons worse than himself and they will enter and live there, “and the condition of the last state of that man will be worse than the first,” (Mt. 12:43-45.)
Read the relating article, Fairies, Orbs and Angels - are all these Manifestations of God?