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The Monthly Brief
September 2014: Do you want to please Jesus?
Do you really want to be pleasing onto God? Then you're going to have to learn what it means to be in faith, because that's what the Bible tells us pleases God:
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
Hebrews 11:6, KJV
Many times when we hear this, we think of faith to move mountains or raise the dead, but in reality, we overlook many other areas where God wants us to get in faith. Do you struggle with forgiving yourself? If so, do you realize that by failing to forgive yourself, you are denying what Christ has done for you? If God has forgiven you, but you fail to forgive yourself, then you don't really believe what Jesus did. You don't see yourself as a forgiven person who Christ has paid the debt for. Such a position dishonors what Jesus did for you, it almost mocks the great and terrible price that He paid for you on the Cross! When working with people who struggle with self-unforgiveness, I like to look them in the eyes and ask them, "If it pleased Jesus for you to forgive yourself, would you do it for Him?"
The reality is that when you look at the mirror at yourself, and see yourself as a less than amazing person, you are failing to see who God made you to be. You would never walk into God's art gallery and point at the picture that Jesus Himself painted, and exclaim "Gosh that's ugly! Who painted that?" But yet that's exactly what we do when we put ourselves down after God Himself made us the person we are.
I will tell you what pleases Jesus, it is when we recognize what He did for us, and see how it applies to us personally. It pleases Him when we see ourselves as that new creation that He had paid a steep price so that we might be. It pleases Him when we recognize and honor the payment that He made on our behalf on the Cross by forgiving ourselves because it honors what He did for us. It honors what He did when we see ourselves as worthy to receive all the benefits of the New Covenant that He made with us such as our physical healing, blessings in our finances, deliverance, and so forth. What is this business about God's own children not being worthy to receive the benefits of the Cross? What kind of self-image do we carry around when we feel like we aren't worthy to receive those things?
It pleases God when we see ourselves as we are in Christ, just as if we've never sinned, or that person who should have no more conscienceness of sin (see Hebrews 10:2), who has been made worthy to receive all the benefits of the New Covenant!
Blessings in Christ,
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Top spiritual warfare and deliverance questions
Over the years, we keep getting asked the same questions. These are good questions that we need to address! These are a few of the top questions that are asked today about spiritual warfare and deliverance:
Can a Christian have a demon? Yes! Otherwise, it would be pointless to cast out demons, period. If all we had to do was get people saved so that their demons go away, then what is the point in casting them out?
What does it mean to be possessed with a devil? This is confusing, but you must realize that the NT Greek tells us that to be possessed does not refer to ownership, but rather means to have a demon, or to be vexed or tormented by one. You can be completely sane and yet have a spirit of infirmity like the woman in Luke 13.
Who can cast out demons? Anybody who is a true believer and follower of Jesus Christ. In Mark 16:15,17, we are told that those who believe will be casting out demons. All Christians have the authority necessary to drive out demons!
What are the symptoms of having a demon? There are many physical and mental symptoms that we may experience as a result of having a demon. Ongoing bondages to fear, depression, rejection, and so forth are usually good indicators. Many physical infirmities such as cancer or arthritis are also things to look for.
Why does this site exist?
I've been given a mandate from the Holy Spirit to teach what He's given me, the way that He's given it to me, with no regard for what anybody thinks. That is why I'm bold and fearless to teach on controversial topics. My intent is not to reach the world with a sugar or religious coated message, but to equip the saints with the truth in God's Word. That's the whole point of my ministry. The result is millions of people being reached through my web site. These people are fed up with the church and today's religious system, and crave the raw truth in the Word of God! They want something that WORKS when it comes to real world problems like dealing with sickness, depression, fears, financial difficulties, emotional wounds, demonic oppression, and all sorts of other problems. This is the generation that God is raising up in these last days and I'm honored to be a part of that!
Why are you doing what you're doing?
Did you know that a person who does the right things, may not always do them for the right reasons? Let's take three people, who all do the right things, but are doing them for three distinct reasons:
Person A) does what is right because he fears that at the slightest mistake, God will be angry with him. He does what is right, but out of fear that God is a strict taskmaster, tapping His foot, waiting for a slip up.
Person B) does what is right, because he feels that he's earning his good status with God. He is not relying on the mercy and goodness of God, but rather his own acts of righteousness. This is legalism.
Person C) does what is right because they have came to know God in a genuine relationship with Him. He knows that God truly loves and cares for him, and is merciful towards him in spite of his failures. Therefore he WANTS to do what is right, because he has been conformed to the image and likeness of Christ. He hates the things God hates, and loves the things God loves.
Person C is the only one who's life (and heart) has been transformed by the love and power of Christ. The other two have not been transformed on the inside (their heart), and if you take away the fear and brownie points, where would their heart be? Would it be Christ-like?
Which person are you? I believe that God wants to take us to a place where we WANT to do what's right. That only comes from a genuine relationship with Him! We have to KNOW of His goodness, before we can truly repent in our hearts for our failures. God's Word tells us that it is His goodness (mercy, lovingkindness, forgiveness, love, etc.) that leads a person to true repentance:
Romans 2:4, "Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?"
You can read more brief articles of insight and revelation in my spiritual warfare and deliverance blog on the MinisteringDeliverance.com website.
Looking for ON-FIRE anointed sermons?
If you want to be fed with the Word of God through anointed sermons, you will want to check out Pastor James Brandt's audio sermons. Pastor James is a personal friend of mine, and a dynamic pastor that is full of the Holy Spirit! He has signs and wonders following his ministry, and the testimonials to prove it! You can listen to his sermons online or download them in MP3 format. Whether you are looking to establish a solid understanding of the Word of God or diligently seeking to tear down strongholds, these sermons are life-changing.
Often when I am working with somebody who is in spiritual warfare, and needs to desperately tear down strongholds, I send them to Pastor James' sermons because it is just what they need... it renews your mind and changes the way you think when you hear the Word of God being preached with an anointing from the Holy Spirit. I highly recommend James' sermons to anybody without hesitation!
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What if miracles were supposed to be normal?
What if the lifestyle presented in the early church was meant to be normal for the believer, while what we see in most churches in America is a watered down, lukewarm, religious, diluted version of Christianity?
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:17-18 KJV)
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." (John 14:12 KJV)
Think about this: What we witness in most churches just isn't even close to what we read about in the early church. What is different? It's the teachings. Religious teaching cripple our faith because they point to our performance. Faith comes by hearing the message of what Jesus did for us (see Romans 10:3-17). When we realize that our righteousness is of God, our faith soars!
Would you like to record your own MP3 sermons?
If you are a minister and looking to record your own MP3's of your messages, you need to check out my page on how to record MP3 sermons. I have a really nice little setup that cost me less than $100, which I will show you in my video, along with some tips you'll want to know when recording your messages.
Spiritual warfare as the Bible presents it
You guessed it! We are in spiritual warfare. The Bible is clear that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness... let just say our struggle is against various demonic powers that are in the world today!
Ephesians 6:12, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
The goal of this Web site is to equip you to do spiritual warfare using the principals laid fourth in the Bible. You can fight and win spiritual warfare and come out completely free, but if you go about it without considering what the Bible has to say, you might as well resign right now! Through waging Biblical spiritual warfare, you can overcome and break free from the strongholds in your life and live in freedom!
Believe it or not, many times a person's bondage needs more than just applying the spiritual warfare tactics presented in the Bible, but also the Biblical process of driving out evil spirits. If you are vexed (which means to be harassed, tormented or troubled), oppressed, or controlled by them, then you likely need more than just spiritual warfare to break free... you may need to have the intruders driven out in Jesus' name!
The purpose of spiritual warfare and deliverance is not to fight the devil, but to learn what we have in Christ, and use the weapons Jesus gave us to experience victory in every area of our lives. The purpose of confronting the devil is so we can remove the obstacles in our lives that are hindering us from experiencing the best that God has for us! If you want to live in spiritual freedom, peace, joy and love without constantly facing blockages and walls ahead of you, then you need to learn what the Bible has to say about spiritual warfare, and begin to apply those principals in your life today!
Praise God for spiritual warfare and deliverance!
May the Lord bless and keep you!
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spiritual warfare is presented in the Bible"