You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free
This is what Paul actually commanded in Eph. 6:13, “Take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand [not ‘make war] in the evil day, and having done all, [as Scripture and the Holy Spirit commanded,] to [just] stand.”
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 is our whole spiritual armor, and one of our greatest defences against evil entities that work in our thoughts and through people. This does not refer to a charismatic or brave human character, 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 has 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.
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, 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 wrap around our ‘armor.’ Living and speaking the truth of God’s Word and of everything else keep our 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, for the salvation, redemption, and blessing of souls by 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 truth of His Word against him, “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; we withstand them with and 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 continue in God’s truth, leaving everything which the person, whom we are ministering 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, 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, however, they are powerful entities.
The authority of Jesus to preach life, redemption, and blessing. 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, with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit under the New Testament Covenant of Christ, 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 the Kingdom of God for them, and visa versa. The footnote in the Spirit Filled Bible explains,
“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 [who completely overrides the decisions of the person,] the disciples have the authority (or 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 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 all the atrocities of our forefathers; all their false beliefs and all their satanic deeds. Therefore, they say, even the true disciples of Christ have to be ‘delivered’ from the ‘generational curses,’ (and the demons that allegedly still live in ‘strongholds’ in our minds) through the ‘bloodlines’ of our forefathers.
Well, let us see if, this time, they might be telling the truth.
Can the children of true believers be cursed? Let us first see if believers can be cursed through their unbelieving spouses, so that their children can remain under their ‘generational curses?’ All true believers are 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.) 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.
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 almighty and 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 have to 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.
Did God pronounce a generational curse over all people in Ex. 20:1-6, which believers are also subject to?’
Let God’s Own Word answer this question. In verse one, it is written as follows, “I Am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, [past tense.]” As already stated, in New Testament Covenant terms, this means: You were already bought out of the kingdom of darkness that very moment when you accepted Christ. God already brought you “out of the house of bondage” into His Eternal Kingdom of complete salvation, spiritual liberty, (redemption,) and blessing! (1 Pet 2:9-10: Col. 2:13-14.) Therefore, being completely saved, redeemed and blessed in Christ, God forbade you to continue in the ways of your forefathers. You shall 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, but showing mercy to thousands; to those who love Him and keep His [New Testament] commandments.”
So, are you a hater or a lover of God? You decide. If you hate God, you and your children are cursed. If not, all of you are blessed. If you remain faithful to His Moral Law commandments and continually repent of sin, 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, (1 Jn. 1:5-10.)
WHAT ABOUT THE ‘EVIL BLOODLINE,’ WHICH WE HAVE TO ‘CUT OFF?’
It is always good to confess all sin to God. It is also good to obey God’s commandment to confess our abusive sins to other people, (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. This includes the evil of our spouses, family, religion, nation, and the whole unbelieving world. However, physically, we can never remove our ‘bloodline,’ and God certainly does not expect us to attempt any such silly thing. If we were born Asian, African, or European we will remain what we are as long as we are alive on this side of the grave. We cannot, and do not become spiritual Hebrews or Messianic Jews when we accept Jesus. 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.
As stated in the study of freemasonry, someone told me about a “powerful deliverance prayer book” that someone wrote. The author allegedly leads ‘demon oppressed and generationally cursed Christians’ to confess and renounce every single ritual of freemasonry in detail to ‘deliver’ them and their descendants. I can only say that, if it were true that we have to confess the sins of our forefathers in such great detail to be redeemed, we were not brought entirely into the Kingdom of Light at our rebirth, (1 Pt. 2:9-10; Col. 13-14.) For instance, if our grandmothers were prostitutes, we certainly do not have to name and describe all their filthy acts with men to be ‘delivered’ from the ‘ancestral curse’ of prostitution! [Our own filthy sin against ourselves and other people is another proposition, Jam. 5:16-17; 1 Jn. 1:8-10.] To confess to God that our ancestors were masons and prostitutes, and devil worshippers, who did all kinds of evil rituals, probably even sacrificing animals and humans to make pacts with, and promises to the devil concerning their descendants, (if that were the case,) and to ask Him to cleanse and deliver us and our descendants from all their idolatry and witchcraft according to the full atonement of Jesus, is enough!
According to the contextual truth of God’s Word, it seems that such elaborate confessions were compiled by sensation seekers. If you were a mason or any other kind of Satanist and participated in human and animal sacrifice yourself, confessing such atrocities in detail to God is necessary. However, if your ancestors committed such atrocities, you might fall under the spell of sensation seekers to think that God is not omniscient and almighty enough to redeem you and your descends in full by your simple, sincere confession. To renounce and reject all promises concerning you and your descendants, and all rituals and spirits that pertained to it, is quite sufficient in the light of God’s true Word. Praying God’s blood-cleansing in Christ and His angelic and Holy-Spirit protection over everyone, is always necessary. Once this is done, everything is over and done with. We should never believe the lie of the devil that Jesus’ atonement and redemption remain not absolutely sufficient under all circumstances.
At our personal rebirth, we immediately became spiritual children of the Highest God Himself, (Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:4-7.) At the same moment when God took us out of Satan’s kingdom, He removed us from all the cursedness in the kingdom of darkness. Spiritually, we were instantly placed into the 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 Christ, “flesh of His flesh and bones of His bones,” emphasizes our completed position as holy, or sanctified, fully redeemed children of God, who were taken out of the land of Egypt, [the kingdom of darkness,] and out of the house of bondage!” (Ex. 20:1-2.)
Can we give the devil ‘Legal Ground’ or ‘the right’ to oppress and harm us?
There is no doubt that we must never attempt to play hide and seek with the devil, or lend our ears to listen 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 in the truth of God’s Word.
When that old snake strikes, it is always with the deadly venom of temptation, tribulation, and persecution, 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 that the believers of Christ realize that false doctrine and false religious practices of all kinds are poison and venom, which, in relatively small doses, have the power to kill us spiritually, emotionally, and even physically.
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 him 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 good 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 that snare, or to get out of its death grip, and it is not found 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 any afflicted disciple of Jesus must do, is to bury oneself wholly in prayer and in the truth of God’s Word. It is the truth of God’s Word and the truth of our situation that set us free. In addition, we must become doers of God’s Word, [His Moral Law of Love,] and not remain hearers only.
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.
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 own 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 have to 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 always 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 just stand in the full 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.