April 17 2017

The Most Important Sign That You Need Deliverance

deliveranceWhen I first became a Christian, I had never even heard the term ‘deliverance’. I had no idea what it was, and I had no idea that Christians could even have demons. Once I had a firm foothold on the basics of Christianity, I knew I was a good Christian. I went to Bible Studies every week, got baptized, joined a church and did all the right things. I made sure to get rid of everything from the occult I had from my past and repented of all of my involvement with it. I was certain I was doing really well as a Christian.

I saw the fruit of Christ in my life in many ways. I had changed the way I talked, dressed, ate, what I watched and listened too. I was fully submitting myself to Christ in every way I could. Yet as time went on I was still struggling with some sins that I could not get rid of, as well as some other problems that plagued me. So I began searching diligently for answers as to why I had seen so much positive change, yet still struggled so desperately in some areas.

That is when I began to learn about the demonic forces that work against God’s people and how they affect us. It was a learning process that took time for me to understand. It was so contrary to everything that I had learned from church and Bible studies. No one I knew talked about demons and their effects on us, so it took a lot of research on my part to get the answers I was looking for.

As I began to realize that I was indeed fighting dark forces of the spiritual nature in my personal struggles, I began looking for people who could help me. I sought out healing prayer and deliverance prayer in hopes to find relief. Suffering began to really plague me, and the prayer usually offered a temporary relief, but still not enough. That is until God brought me a deliverance ministry that was actually trained and experienced in getting real results.

At that point I had been prayed for so many times I really wasn’t interested. However, my obedience to the Holy Spirit lead me to pursue this new avenue into deliverance. Deliverance is a subject that seems daunting to many. It reminds some of horror movies where your head spins around in circles and spews out green goo. I can assure you, with a properly trained ministry, things like that would never occur.

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:32

A deliverance ministry that is grounded in the Holy Spirit will be calm and will reveal to you the ways in which the devil has been hindering you all your life. It will also reveal to you a new depth in your relationship with Christ, as well as your spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit is the true leader of a deliverance session, and the deliverance minister is just the facilitator.

In order to determine whether or not you are in need of deliverance, there is only one important question you need to ask yourself. Are you saved? If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you need a deliverance. Every Christian, no matter where they are in their walk with Christ, needs a deliverance.

Why is it so important that every Christian receive a spiritual deliverance? This is critical to understand, so that we can move forward into our freedom and healing in Christ. When we are born, we are born into generational sin, as well as generational curses. Generational sin goes down the blood line for up to four generations. That means, if your great, great grandfather committed murder, was sexually immoral, or practiced occultism, etc. you are now affected by that sin.

But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors—their unfaithfulness and their hostility toward me,  which made me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies—then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin,  I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.

Leviticus 26:40-42

Having curses or demons in your life does not speak of your relationship with Christ, or of what kind of person you are. Anyone and everyone can have demonic oppression over their lives. It is completely normal and should actually be expected. When Jesus walked the earth for His ministry, He was constantly casting demons out of people. It wasn’t because they were bad people or had committed sin; it was because it’s simply part of the human condition.

When Adam and Eve rebelled against God in the Garden, they aligned themselves with the Kingdom of Darkness. This rebellion was an act of witchcraft and a curse on all mankind to inherit this nature of sin aka rebellion against God. No matter how hard we try, we cannot stop the nature of our rebellion. It is only through partnering with the Holy Spirit inside of us that we can follow the will of Christ and align our minds to His.

However, so many people struggle daily to even do this. They are unable to follow the Holy Spirit or fully submit their hearts to God’s plan for their lives. They have strongholds in some areas of their lives that they cannot conquer. For some, even cultivating a relationship with Christ is next to impossible. The struggle is real and deliverance is the first step.

‘The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’

Numbers 14:18

There are so many signs of oppression that a person could look for in their lives. Signs that you have demonic activity that is bringing you pain and struggle. The bottom line is, every single Christian needs a deliverance session with a trained and qualified ministry that has proven results to back them up. We don’t want to go out desperately searching for anyone who might help us, but instead wait on God’s timing.

God will lead us where He wants us to go. As you can see from my testimony, trying to do it on your own does not lead to the best results. After all my desperate searching the only real help I got was when God lead the way, not me.

Can a deliverance really help you? Maybe you think that you are doing well, just like I did. You seem to have everything together and really can’t see the point of a deliverance. One of the most important reasons to do deliverance is not only for yourself and your own personal freedom, but for your family. Whether you see the fruit of sin and rebellion in your life or not, it is there. This means that it is also affecting your spouse, your children, your grandchildren, and everyone in your family.

Every person that has a deliverance is actually bringing freedom into the lives of all of their loved ones. You are breaking off strongholds that would have gone down into the generations after you. You are walking out a model of personal healing and freedom for your family members, which will have a profound effect on them. Once I had my deliverance session, my husband was freed up enough to have one of his own.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

1 John 1:8-10

deliveranceIn my deliverance session I found out about generational curses and blood rights over me that affected my children, that I could have had no way of knowing otherwise. Everything I do, is for my children. Yes I want to be free, and I want to walk out my call and connect even more with Christ, but even more, I want these things for my family. For my parents, my children, my husband, and everyone else that’s connected to me. If I could do any of this for anyone, I would do it for them.

Time and time again God has shown me how every step I take in freedom is freeing someone I love. I want to see my sons not have to fight some of the same battles I have had too. I want the generations that come up after them to be free from all of the oppression, strongholds and rebellion that have been passed down from generation to generation. I want a heritage of the Lord Jesus Christ over my family line, and no other.

Deliverance can sound very scary for some, and completely unnecessary to others, but I can guarantee you, that if you are a born again Christian, you will greatly benefit from a deliverance session. It is one of the most important steps any Christian can take in their walk with Christ, and it helps lead us to not only freedom, but the maturity as believers we desire to achieve. Stop allowing the thoughts and motives of the world hold you back, and go to your Father and ask Him to lead the way. Trust in Him to show you what your next step in this process is. He is a good father, that gives His children good gifts.

I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God and there is none else. And my people shall never again be put to shame.

Joel 2:25-27

 

December 5 2016

Breaking Ties To The Occult

 occult tiesWhen I first came into a realization that I was still connected to the occult, I was confounded to say the least. I had come into this amazing relationship with Christ and had renounced witchcraft, and all my involvement with the occult numerous times. Wasn’t that enough? For some it may well be enough, but for me I knew there was something more than what I was experiencing in this life, something so palpable and tangible that I was willing to keep working to pursue it. That something was personally knowing Christ.

I had come to a point where I had seen the face of God, and felt His love envelope me. That was enough to know that what I was experiencing as a Christian was but a taste of what I was created to have. These times of experiencing God like this were mere moments in my life; and those fleeting moments left an impression on me so deep that I would do whatever it took to have more of the Living God.

I was so oppressed at that point in time. I had brain fog, depression, explosive anger, physical pains and much more. All of this was getting in the way of my daily life, let alone coming closer to God. If this oppression was what was getting in the way of my relationship with Jesus, then it had to be healed and removed. The problem was I had already tried everything I could think of to fix it, and nothing helped.

As the deer pants for streams of water,

so my soul pants for you, my God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

When can I go and meet with God?

Psalm 42:1-2

As I mentioned before, I openly renounced all of my involvement with witchcraft and the occult many times. I got rid of all my books, tarot cards, crystals, enchanted items, books, and much more. I even got rid of anything that was about witchcraft, such as movies with witchcraft, or fiction books with witchcraft. I was serious about cutting that part of my life off completely. So why was I so oppressed? What had I done to deserve this torment and hell I was living in?

The question was not what had I done, but what had been done to me. The connections to the occult do not always come simply because you chose to participate openly in witchcraft of some sort. As a matter of fact, many people who are attracted to the occult will most likely find they already have hidden connections to the occult within them. That is the reason the attraction is there.

In my last post I talked about being how being indoctrinated into the occult can happen to anyone and they can be completely unaware. I described how blood ties are all that is needed in order to create a connection with the occult into a person. You need not ever openly pursue witchcraft or the occult in order to have been indoctrinated into it’s belief systems. The occult is a way of life, much like Christianity. It prescribes to certain beliefs, thought processes, and mind sets. These beliefs are constantly reinforced through many TV programs, movies, music, and much more.

What I came to learn over this past year is that my connections the occult and witchcraft ran so deep, that even I was unaware of them. Many of my ancestors had been involved in the occult through false religions and worship of false gods and goddesses. Through these false beliefs they were indoctrinated into, they were convinced to give over access to, and the blood rights of, every generation after them. That was all that was needed for the devil to be able to begin his plan over my life.

The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

2 Thessalonians 2:9

Thankfully God had a plan far before Satan ever did. He had a plan over my life to bring hope and truth into this dark world. He chose me to be a light, shining brightly in the midst of this darkness, and bring many more torch bearers into awareness with me. At first I really couldn’t hear any of this truth. It was hard enough understanding that I was still in the occult. Let alone that I had been tortured into agreeing to allow many more connections to the occult inside of me.

Many people like myself will have experienced the same type of things, to varying degrees and levels, and have no memory of it either. I only was able to come into the truth of my life because I was willing to pursue Jesus with every ounce of my being. That meant going into the very darkness I had been trying so desperately to hide from. You see, because of the terrible events I was forced to participate in, I believed nothing by horrible things about myself. It was those beliefs; that I was evil, bad, that God hated me, that I was irredeemable; that kept me from every wanting to seek the truth. How could I go to God to find truth when it was the truth that was going to expose how evil I truly was?

Yet week after week I have been willing to walk into the pain, the hell, the terrible memories, and allow Jesus to bring light to all these dark places inside of me. I have been exposed to so much truth and hope and light that it has changed me in ways that are absolutely remarkable. I have gone from oppressed to encouraged; and it is all because of my surrender.

God has a plan for each one of our lives. A plan to bring us into His glory in this world. A plan to partner with us to do amazing things for His Kingdom. This plan was set in place for before the foundation of the world was even laid. Yet many of us have become lost and forsaken in a world that seems to constantly beat us down. God has not given up on you. He hasn’t even begun to show you the miracles He will work inside of you.

 

How can a person who suspects that have been indoctrinated into the occult find freedom? Finding freedom is a process. There is no clear and concise guide on how to do so, but there are definite tools to help a person who is seeking healing and freedom. Each person is going to come to this path in a different way, because each person is unique. Every person has different levels of oppression and also of denial that keep them from knowing more about the hidden truth within them. Yet there is nothing that is impossible with God.

The first step is just to begin to try to connect on a deeper level of intimacy with Christ. Knowing Him more will give us so much strength to continue on a journey that can seem hopeless or impossible. Yet for some, there oppression is so severe that connecting with God is so difficult that it may take great strides to make any progress. Fear not, God will reward you for all your work to connect further with Him.

Deliverance is also another very important step into freedom and healing. It is only one step however. Deliverance was never created to be the completion of the process, but instead, the beginning of it. Deliverance with a trained ministry who knows how to get to the roots of demonic oppression, curses and ancestral blood rights is going to do a great work within you. However, every Christian who has a deliverance needs to do continued work afterwards. This life is a learning process, and a gift not to be taken lightly.

I never recommend self deliverance. We do not have the tools or skill set that allows us to get to the roots of oppression, curses, and blood rights. A true deliverance minister will not only bring us into a new level of freedom, they will also help us to connect to the Holy Spirit in new and amazing ways. They will help us to see miracles happen within us. They will help us to hear the voice of the Living God for ourselves. They are facilitators who allow God to come in and run the show, while maintaining peace and stability.

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you.

Isaiah 43:1-5

I recommend that every single Christian have a deliverance, and that they use a ministry that goes to the head demon in charge. For more information on such a ministry, please go to my FAQ page. Many Christians will highly benefit from some sort of inner healing. Inner healing is going to help with healing emotional and spiritual wounds that have been stored up throughout our lives. Every person has some degree of emotional and spiritual trauma within them that has not been addressed, and it will fester inside of us if not healed.

Every person that wants to seek deliverance and inner healing needs to be deeply in prayer over this matter. It is not something to be taken lightly. If a person is not prepared they can be easily led astray by a minister who is actual trained to lead you back into oppression. God will bring the right people into your life at the right time. It took me almost 2 years to find the deliverance ministry that helped me. Two years of fighting and suffering and begging God for help. I had to be ready.

Warfare is a normal part of the Christian walk. The devil is not going to sit idly by while we pursue freedom and the call God has for us here. He is going to do whatever he can to try to trip us up, stop us, or throw us completely off course. Remember, he has already been working against us from day 1. He is not going to stop now.

swordEach Christian needs to begin to learn how to put on the armor God has given them and use the Sword of the Spirit to fight against the devil and his schemes. We need to be able to grow in discernment so we can understand the attack of our enemy. Every good soldier needs to know what they are fighting against and why they are in the battle. Each of us are soldiers in the Mighty Army of God, and as we strengthen ourselves in the Lord, we will grow our discernment and our battle skills.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

                                                                                                                  Hebrews 12:1-2

Having the occult hidden inside of us is not something to fear. The occult is just another device of the devil that he uses to render us useless against him. These devices are not something that are impossible to overcome, but on the contrary; we were created to overcome them. Think of it this way; you have been entrenched into darkness for a reason. That reason being that when you overcome it, you have the power and the strength to help others overcome it as well. The devil does not want you to overcome it, but when you do, you will be a powerful weapon of God against the darkness.

That is exactly what keeps me going. There are many days when it becomes so difficult I truly want to give up. I want to go back to a simple life of baking and taking care of my family and leave this blog far behind. God always is so kind and loving though, as He gently reminds me that even if I was to quit, the war would still continue. I was made for this, and so were you. Together, we can partner with Jesus Christ, to become an unstoppable force to spread the glory and goodness of God.

You don’t have to be ready, you just have to be willing. Trust in Jesus. Be with Him. Tell Him your fears. He already knows them all. Believe that He is going to redeem every bit of hell you have experienced in this world and absolutely turn it around for your good. He loves you. You were worth the highest price to Him. He paid it willingly, for you. No matter how bad you may think you are, how useless or worthless. To Jesus Christ, you were worth it all. And that is a fact that nothing can change.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Luke 4:18-19

April 25 2016

Breaking Generational Curses

 

generational cursesWhat are generational curses? First let us explore the meaning of some of these terms, so we can better understand what we are talking about. Here are the definitions from Dictionary.com.

Generational: “the term of years, roughly 30 among human beings, accepted as the average period between the birth of parents and the birth of their offspring.

Ancestors: a person from whom one is descended; forebear; progenitor.

Curse:  a) the expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, etc., befall person, group, etc. b) a formula or charm intended to cause such misfortune to another. c) the act of reciting such a formula.

So as you can see, a generational is something that comes from relatives within the past 30 years, and ancestral comes from relatives spanning any amount of time.  A curse is basically ill intent upon another person, released through sin, ignorance or rebellion. So a generational curse is ill intent upon a family generation, or specific members of ancestry, that was released through the sin, ignorance or rebellion of previous ancestors. How does a generational curse come about? Look at what the Bible has to say about being cursed:

Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.”

Jeremiah 17:5-6

According to God, any man who puts his trust in himself in the place of God will be cursed. This is exactly what happened in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve decided (with a little help from Lucifer) that it would be a good idea to trust in themselves in the place of the Lord. They knew that God had only forbid them from doing one thing. Just one. If God has given them that much freedom to run the Garden and take care of the earth, then that one forbidden thing must be a very important one. Yet for that moment they were willing to throw away their relationship with God and the freedom He had given them all for a lie. A lie that they themselves could be just like God.

How many people throughout the course of history have fell for the same lie? Thousands upon thousands. Yet it is one of the very first stories in the Bible, written in the very first pages of it. It should be hard to miss the lesson from it, yet here we are, thousands of years later and still putting ourselves in the same place that Adam and Eve did. As our own gods. This is the very root of generational curses. Adam and Eve not only cursed themselves, but the generations after them, all the way until Jesus Christ Himself came and died on the cross. It is the original generational curse.

For some families it may start with the desire for wealth or power. A man may decide to join into allegiance with a force that appears good, but is really completely evil. He will give over his life and the lives of every generation after him. He will do a blood ritual to seal the deal, and will never know the damage he has done to so many lives by his deeds. He will participate in witchcraft, because he believes, just like Adam and Eve, that he will become like God. Or that he will even be a god himself. This is how the devil lies. He goes straight for our pride and ignorance. A man’s pride is his folly, and will cause him to fall, taking his family line down with him.

 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:18

Another way a generational curse can come about is fear. A person can believe they have to submit to acts of rebellion or witchcraft in order to save themselves or others they love. They are very convinced of that this is the only way out of a deep problem. They may be willing to go as far as murder in order to find this solution. Yet by participating in this sin, this person has unknowingly cursed an entire generation after them. It is sin, but it is done out of fear and ignorance. When placed in a position of deep distress, a person can be willing to do just about anything to remove it from their lives. Some have even been willing to kill their own family over it. Just look at Cain. He believed he could remove Abel from the picture, thus bringing God’s love and blessing upon himself instead. Deep down Abel wanted God to approve of him, but at the same time he wanted to take on the very power of God, by taking life into his own hands.

There are really numerous ways in which a generational curse can start. For every family it will be different. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal these things to you, so that you can understand why you have been plagued for so many years. When you are under a generational curse, it affects you from Day 1 of your life, until the moment it is broken. For many, that day never comes. People do not often believe in or talk about curses. They sound ancient and superstitious. They are very real however, and the effects are countless.

What are some of the effects of generational curses? Some examples are depression and other mental anguish such as anger or rage; addiction to drugs, alcohol, sex or pornography; being accident prone; financial problems; relationship problems (divorce, family fall outs, etc); loosing things or having things taken from you frequently; having things around you break frequently: barrenness or infertility. These are just some of the examples of curses. Not all of these are necessarily generational/ancestral, but generational curses seem to be the most common.

Our ancestors sinned and are no more,
    and we bear their punishment.

Lamentations 5:7

Are generational curses a punishment from God? I have seen some who use scripture to back up the belief that a curse is a punishment from God. We need to have a clear understanding that God is not punishing us by the things that are happening in our lives. Jesus Christ has taken the punishment for all of our sin on the cross. Therefore we do not receive God’s wrath any longer. Jesus took all of God’s wrath upon Himself at Calgary. If we believe God is punishing us, we are nullifying all of the work Jesus did that day on the cross. If we believe we are being punished by God, it is the same thing that Adam and Cain did – tried to take the place of God in their lives. Are you going to decide that Jesus work on the cross was not sufficient enough for you, and that you need to take up punishment in His place?

Although Jesus bore all of our sin, this did not remove curses that are in place. There are laws in the spiritual realm that need to be upheld. The spiritual laws of Jeremiah 17 state that a man that makes of himself god, will be cursed. That will be upheld by God, just as all the other spiritual laws have been. If you are suffering from the effects of what you believe are a curse, then it is important to understand that it is not your fault. Somewhere in your family line a relative has made a choice to either purposefully or ignorantly bring ill intent into their blood line.

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”

Galatians 13:3

How can you break free from a generational curse? In order to attempt to break generational curses you must first know what they are. I highly recommend to anyone who believes they are suffering from a curse to have a complete deliverance session. It was through my deliverance session that I learned more generational curses and which ones I had over my life. I was able to break them free from not only myself, but every generation under me. Yes, you could pray and have the Holy Spirit walk you through a deliverance of generational curses, but it is not going to be a complete deliverance. Most of us have so much oppression in our lives that we are not aware of. Through a complete deliverance you find out about much more than just generational curses. You will find out the different ways the devil has been trying to steal the call of God on your life for his side, and how he has tried to completely destroy your life. You will also find out more about what your purpose is here, and how you can get closer to God.

generational curses There are many wonderfully skilled and trained deliverance ministers that can help you. I highly suggest you pray for God’s wisdom and guidance when you attempt to search for one. Not every deliverance ministry is going to be trained properly to help you deal with the complicated problems that can arise with deliverance. God is sovereign though, and it is in His plan for you to get complete healing. You were made for freedom, not captivity. You were made for love, by the author of love Himself. Not because He had too, but because it wanted You. You are very important and special to your Father. He has not meant for you to suffer, but unfortunately because of the free will of man, you have. It does not have to continue. You have a choice to make. You have searched for Truth and found it. Now you must reach out for His hand and let Him help you.

There is always hope, no matter how hopeless you feel. If you have come to this moment thinking that the problems in your life were normal, or just “who you are” you now know that is but another lie. You were created perfectly, in the image of God, and you have seen the reflection of the devil instead. Ask God to remove the veil from before your eyes so that you can take that next step. You must be ready for what is waiting for you on the other side, because it is going to take enough strength to fully rely on God to keep moving ahead now. You can do this. I know you can! You are loved, my darling. You are not alone. By trusting in God for this next step, you will receive His blessing.

 

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
    whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
    that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
    for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
    for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7 -8

April 4 2016

Demonic Oppression Or Spiritual Attack?

soldiers-856034_1920Demonic oppression and spiritual attack are two different things. I did not realize that for some time, especially when I first came into Christianity. As a new Christian I did not hear much about spiritual attack at first.  As I came to see it in my own life and recognize that it was the devil trying to bring me down and undermine me in the plan God has for me, I began to do more research on spiritual attack. I did not even know about demonic oppression at that point at all. It was not until I got further on my walk that I learned that not only are demons real, but they can actually live inside of us as Christians and wreak havoc with our lives.

I had cast demons out of myself and had demons cast out of me, but I don’t think it was really real to me that I could or did have demons until my deliverance session. During that session the ministers addressed the head demon inside of me. You can’t get much more real and in your face than that! I could hear the demon in my head, answering all the questions the deliverance minister asked of it. This was an experience that would forever change my life. It took the work of the devil to a whole new level for me. All the things I had thought were spiritual attack in my life – physical pain, sickness, brain fog, confusion, depression and much more, were not attack but oppression.

Let’s take a look at the meaning of the word attack. There is not meaning of the phrase spiritual attack in the dictionary, so I would like to start with just the words attack and oppression.

Attack:  1) to set upon in a forceful, violent, hostile, or aggressive way, with or without a weapon; begin fighting with.  2) to begin hostilities against; start an offensive against.  3) to blame or abuse violently or bitterly.  4) to direct unfavorable criticism against; criticize severely; argue with strongly.  5) to try to destroy, especially with verbal abuse.

Does that sound familiar to you? The devil is our enemy, and he is the accuser and the father of lies. He tries to destroy us in an aggressive way, and uses blame, criticism and verbal abuse as part of his attacks. Reminds me of one of my favorite Bible verses:

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Let’s look at some ways that the devil attacks us. Lies. Everyone has that tape in their head that plays out the lies of the devil, over and over again. You are stupid, ugly, worthless, God hates you, you will never go to heaven, you are a horrible parent, you can’t do anything right, you will never be free from your addiction. Those are just a few of the many lies that he loves to torture us with. And most of us listen to these lies and believe them. Unfortunately the devil also uses our life circumstances to back up his lies. He’s no fool. He is not going to spend time telling us how stupid we are, if he cannot give us confirmation through others saying the same things. Or maybe by causing failure in our lives to help us believe the lies.

Another way the devil attacks us is with his accusations. We can see in the Book of Job how Satan takes his accusations straight to the throne of God. He tells God that if Job didn’t have such a great life, that Job would surely curse God. Revelation tells us that Satan is busy going before God in this same manner, day and night, accusing the children of God. So what Satan does to Job is only a taste of what he is doing constantly. He is always looking for ways to disparage us before the Living God. Thankfully we have a Father in Heaven who is merciful and loving, and does not listen to these lies.

The devil also loves to use criticism and verbal abuse against us. We will never be worthy of our God, we will not be good enough to go to heaven, we are horrible sinners and need to be punished. We take these painful words on our shoulders and feel we must work harder to try to live up to an impossible standard that Satan has set, not God. Trying desperately to work to be better, righteous, and worthy. Punishing ourselves relentlessly when we constantly fail. It turns into a vicious cycle that never ends.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 6:12

Now let’s take a look at the word oppression:

Oppression: 1) the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner  2) an act or instance of oppressing or subjecting to cruel or unjust impositions or restraints.  3) the state of being oppressed.  4) the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc.

Oppression shows that the devil has gotten some sort of power to subject a person to being heavily burdened by cruel means. How would the devil have any power in the life of a believer? Well, simply put, people (Christians included), open up gateways for the devil and his demons to come in. We can open it through witchcraft, addiction, sexual sin, drugs, and many other sins. Witchcraft is actually very prevalent in our society, and more people get involved with it than even realize. Once the devil gets an “in” to a person, the door has been opened and it takes work and the help of Jesus Christ to shut it. If you are unaware that you have even opened a gate (which is the devil’s intention) then you can go on indefinitely with it open. Which means the devil has free access to that area of your life.

Another way that the devil gets a foothold for oppression in a person’s life is through generation sin, and through ancestral curses that come down your bloodline. This is also an often unrecognized fact, that is more like a plague than anything else. It only takes one person (usually it’s the man who is the head of his house) to get involved in the occult and then give away the rights to every generation after himself. It is very common. For instance, Mormons, Freemasons, and other cults or organizations (Moose or Elk Lodge, etc) have been known to practice satanic rituals where they do blood rituals in order to gain power and wealth. Usually the males that join have no idea and are lured into the group under the pretense that they are going to belong to an prominent group and be someone important. Within a matter of time, they are selling their souls and the souls of their entire family line.

‘The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression, but he will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, to the third and the fourth generation.’

Numbers 14:18

Oppression often manifests in physical, mental and emotional ways, such as illness, disease, death, mental illness, depression, anxiety, compulsive behavior, chronic disease, and much more. This is a clear sign that the devil has now entered into a person and is wreaking havoc with their health (mental, physical and spiritual health). Many people get ill or depressed and they think it must be genetic or because they need to change their diet, etc. Not to say those things do not affect us, but it is the perfect cover up to be focused on the obvious thing we see before us, and not think about the spiritual aspect of what is going on. Things in our spiritual life manifest themselves physically. We are spiritual beings in a physical house. So our spirit gets our attention by using our bodies, when we completely miss the spiritual signs. Which happens most of the time for most people. We have been trained away from being in tune with our spirits and the spiritual realm. The devil knows that if he keeps us focused on what is right in front of us, he can keep us trapped in his deceptions.

Spiritual attack is something that comes at you unexpectedly, and can be thwarted or defended against. Demonic oppression is being burdened under the power of demons inside of us. I think it is important to recognize when we are under attack vs when we are oppressed. If the devil can keep us thinking we are only under attack, we will miss the bigger picture of our spiritual health. We will keep fighting a battle that we can’t win, because the battle is now within. When you have oppression, you need the help of the Holy Spirit (and hopefully a trained deliverance minister) to cast out the demons that have gained access, and then close the doors that have let them in. This is especially important if you have been involved with witchcraft or have ancestral bloodlines tied to the occult.

It is important to know your enemy and know how to fight him. If you do not know what the enemy is doing in your life, you are going to continue to struggle with many problems. Jesus absolutely has given us power and authority to trample over Satan, but there are laws in the spiritual realm. Just as the devil went to God to attack Job, he also went to God to attack Peter. At that point in time, Jesus knew that Peter was not prepared to go into a battle of that level. He still had so much to learn. Yet because he had the intimate relationship with Jesus, Peter was able to hear Jesus tell him the plans Satan had for him. We must partner with God to fight these battles, and we must learn and strengthen ourselves in order to prevail. Yes, at the last day, Satan will be defeated when Jesus returns. But until then we have a job to learn about how we are to partner with God to fight him, in order to strengthen our brothers and sisters, and help spread the Gospel message to those dying around us.

But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:3

Many of us are being held hostage. We are like prisoners in a gilded cage. We have convinced ourselves that our imprisonment is not really a bad thing, and then make ourselves perfectly comfortable in it. Because facing the root cause of what brought us to this cell in the first place, is far more painful than the bondage we are suffering. This is not the life God has called you too. He has not called you to suffer demonic oppression. He has not called you to be depressed, or addicted to drugs, or living with a chronic disease. It does not help you in any way to suffer, because there is no righteous cause for it. Yes, bad things happen to good people, and that is not God’s plan either. He has a remedy for it though – freedom through Jesus Christ. Freedom is not just a sinner’s prayer, but a deliverance and healing so we can fully surrender to the will of God. We need to heal our souls and free ourselves from bondage so we can align ourselves with God and the call He has for our lives.

demonic oppressionGod has called you out, before time began. He knew you and created you for a special purpose. Do you want to live your life and fulfill that call, or do you want to stay in your gilded cage where it appears safe? Freedom in this life is not easy, but God never said it would be. He told us it would be difficult and full of trials, but He also promised us that He would be right there with us. God has so much to teach you! He is preparing you right now in this very moment! Every single  thing in this life that you have gone through will be used for your good! And in return it will benefit the Kingdom! God does not waste anything, especially that bad things we have to experience. Let you life be a living sacrifice to God, in full surrender. Experience His presence and love and new and inspiring ways. He is right here with you, right now, in this very moment. Calling to you. Whether you can hear it or not. He is whispering in your ear, with passion and adoration, because you are His dear child.

The devil has had his day. And now it is done. Give in no more to the temptation to sin and stay in the hell of your own creation. The devil may have helped you open up the door to his pit, but only you can choose to stay in it. In Christ, you are free. Now live it. Seek first the Kingdom of God, and see just what God has in store for you!

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 5:3

March 13 2016

The Ex Witch And The Occult Connection

  • ex witchWhen I came into a relationship with Jesus Christ, I as an ex witch. I had not, to my knowledge, been actively participating in witchcraft anymore. I did believe in the paganism ideologies of oneness with the universe, higher self realization, many gods and goddesses, and much more however. I acknowledged the witch holy days such as Winter Solstice and Ostara, and I had many idols around the house in tribute to gods and goddesses. I also had books on the occult and new age beliefs I held, that I read still.

I was very willing to repent of all of these things once I gave my life to Christ. I believed with all my heart that God was the One True Living God and Creator of everything. I got rid of the books and idols, etc. as the Holy Spirit moved me too. I started learning more about how the beliefs I held were false, and contradictory to God’s Word. I was willing of absolutely all of it, because I had found true unconditional love  and hope for the first time in my life. That alone was worth far more than all the trash I had in my life.

The Holy Spirit made many, many changes in my life. I had lived a very wordly and sinful life up until that point. He moved me to do a 180 turnaround and was forming me into a new creation. It was a beautiful thing, and I could just feel the Spirit radiating from within me, as I continued to be obedient to His leadings. Yet as I continued to change I noticed that there were things that still plagued me. I had anger issues that were borderline rage. I had health problems that would not be healed no matter what I would do. I had depression that seemed to be healed after a life of it, then would creep back in as suicidal thoughts. I began to learn about demons and spiritual attack. I became desperate to experience true freedom in Christ. Yet it became illusive to me.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:12

Every time I would seek out help, prayer and deliverance I would have to tell about my past involvement with witchcraft. Each time I would willingly repent of it, desperate to just be free of it, if that was what was holding on to me. I could literally hear the devil speaking in my head, telling me he would never let me go. I was desperately afraid that this was indeed truth. With everything that plagued me, it seemed very true.

Finally I had a deliverance session that would forever change my life. I gained a lot of information through this deliverance session about generational curses and blood covenants that were made, but I had no idea what that meant. I had no idea the truth about witchcraft and it’s affects on ones life, even though I had been right in the middle of it. In these past few months I have come to learn more about witchcraft and what it does and it has blown my reality away. I thought I knew about magic. I had no idea.

When you are in the occult – practicing any form of witchcraft; you are opening a door to the demonic. This door allows and gives rights to demons (the minions of the devil) to you and your soul. Your soul is your mind, emotions and will. So in essence practicing witchcraft is turning over your thoughts, your beliefs, your feelings and your free will to the devil. This usually comes in stages and progresses as it goes. In most cases a person never fully gives themselves over to the devil the first time.

It is very easy to believe that once you have been saved by Jesus Christ and have repented of your sin of witchcraft, that you are free of it. But this is not true. Witchcraft is a very sneaky thing, much like the devil. You see, the devil is not going to waste his time playing around as a child with toys. He is very clever and divisive in his ways. He wants to make sure that when we open a door into his realm, we cannot easily get out. Like a maze. You walk in and think you will quickly find the exit, but find yourself wandering for so long you loose track of time. This is what witchcraft is like. Once you are in, you do not just walk out.

We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

1 John 5:9

When a person does witchcraft (and this includes every form of witchcraft there is, even as “little” as yoga or Ouija boards), they open the door. Then each time they do witchcraft they are inviting in demon spirits. Each spirit brings something in with it to connect them within your person. This could be false beliefs or sickness or addiction, etc. More importantly it causes you to feel that you have tapped in to a power – which you have. The power of the demonic (aka the occult or witchcraft). You feel the power in some way or another. It may be a high, a surge, a force and “awakening” or something similar. This feeling is incredibly satisfying to our senses and fleshly ways and it creates a desire within us to continue to do it. So the person wants to delve deeper into the witchcraft practice, to reach higher levels of this power they have experienced.

What is actually happening is they are granting more and more access to the depths of their soul to the demonic, giving them more and more rights into them. Rights are permissions to use our bodies for their works and feed our soul with their beliefs and demonic spirits. Satan wants us to become portals for his evil work. Once we him access, we are connected to his power, and he sets up things inside of us that can work without our conscious knowledge. So basically, we are actually doing witchcraft and we are not even aware of it. The connection has been made and we have done it on our own free will.

How does this work? It is kind of like running a program on the computer. Say you open the internet and are surfing the web. Then you decide you want to start another project, such as writing an essay or making a poster, etc. You minimize the internet window, but it is still running. Maybe you need it for research later. You open up Word or another program and begin on your new project. You have forgotten you were on the internet. Yet in the background the internet is running. The connection was established. And even if you were to close the window, you can get back onto the internet in seconds, because you have already established the connection, and have the browser readily available.

That is what witchcraft is like. It is an open connection, already established and ready to be used at any time. All you have to do is tap into it. Except in this case, we don’t ever actually close it, like that window, so it is always running, even when we are unaware. That is the deception of witchcraft. It comes in disguise as light, but in reality it is the most dangerous thing you can ever do. You are like a loaded weapon walking around, and the devil can use you anytime he pleases, without any future consent. You have already given over so many rights to yourself, that you don’t need to give any more permission.

But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
    let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
    that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Psalm 5:11

There is a lot of work that goes in to disconnecting yourself from darkness. The amount of work depends on the depth you have gotten into witchcraft. If you only ever dabbled in Ouija boards as a teen, there will be less work to do then if you were a full blown witch casting circles and doing spells. Of course most people who dabble in witchcraft, tend to dive deeper than they even realize. Magic is so deceptive and disguises itself in so many forms, that often times we are practicing witchcraft without even realizing what it is.

The first start to becoming disconnected with witchcraft is an in-depth deliverance session. I have talked to many people who have had past involvement in the occult, but are still plagued by various problems. Some are just physical illness and others are having supernatural experiences of one kind or another. They have all gone through the steps to repent, renounce, pray for release, etc. Yet they are all plagued. The devil wants us to think that we have walked away from the occult, so he can continue to use us for his purposes and damage our relationship with God.

There are many types of deliverance possible, and I have tried a lot! I have tried all kinds of healing prayer and having demons cast out for over a year before I found a ministry that really made an impact. This deliverance ministry goes right to the head demon inside. Demons have a hierarchy, just like the army, ranging from high ranking to low level. The head demon inside of a person is going to be a higher ranking demon, but still be under another more powerful demon than itself. It is going to have assignments in how it works to stop the call God has on your life and hinder your relationship with God, as well as working witchcraft around you.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7

way outYou can cast out as many demons as you want, spirits of infirmity, despair, rage, addiction, etc. But if you don’t get right to the head of them all, the head will just call more lower level demons in to serve him. Remember, you have already opened up the connection, and they need no further permission. If you go straight to the head demon and break all of his rights and kick him out, all his underlings will have to go to. It is a wonderful way to make a clean break and start your road to freedom.

Deliverance is just the beginning step to healing from being involved in the occult. You may have to go into a deeper, inner healing type of journey, to begin to find out where you have made other connections willingly with the devil, and then have Jesus help you break them. Every person is different, and you need to be completely led by the Holy Spirit in every step of a deliverance and healing. After a deliverance you should see major fruit of the freedom that you have gained from it. If you go through a deliverance and still have spiritual oppression or signs of supernatural activity in your life, you may have not gone through a proper deliverance.

If you have been involved in the occult in any way, and are wondering why you aren’t experiencing true freedom, then it is time to take this to God. He has a huge call over your life, and believe me, the enemy will stop at nothing to keep you from it! You have a choice to make: either stay comfortable in the life you have now, or take a step out in faith to ask for help and begin this most important journey. It is not an easy step. And if you have hesitation or anger about the idea of deliverance, it is because the demons inside of you do not want to lose their foothold! God has not brought you this far so you can just stay connected to darkness. You did not know you were involved with the devil when you were in the occult, because the devil had you fooled. Now you have new insight from the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, and it’s time to break every chain! Hallelujah!

When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

Judges 6:12