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  1. Matthew 8:16 King James Version (KJV) 16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick: "This is my [true life] story, this is my [sad, angry] song..." Luke 8:35-40 King James Version (KJV) 35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. 36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed. 37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again. 38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him. 40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.
  2. I've wanted to post this for a while, but I struggled writing it since I didn't know how to effectively explain my situation. It's been hard for me to talk to anyone about this because I keep thinking no one would believe me or people would think I'm insane. Though I've been drowning in confusion, apathy, doubt, and hopelessness for the past few months, I've finally mustered up the courage to write this. I was saved in 2005, fell away for a while, then rededicated my life to Christ at the end of December 2017. I was very excited about God and the Bible for the first three months of 2018, but then began dealing with spiritual oppression in April 2018. I spent my time trying to figure out how to get rid of the oppression, then I began hearing that “still small voice.” Since May 2018, I thought I was in communion with God, until in January 2019, I discovered there is a demon inside of me. It deceived me into thinking it was God, and it even had the audacity to also call itself “Holy Spirit,” “The Father,” and “Jesus.” It spoke to me in my mind, flooding me with images, ideas, and thoughts. It answered prayers, such as if I asked where something was in my apartment, I suddenly received an image in my mind of the exact location. It was able to control my body parts: arms, legs, hands, feet, head, mouth, eyes, lungs, stomach, heart. At times, it spoke out of me: received a “message from heaven” from my deceased Dad, taught me and my Mom tons of error teaching, and falsely prophesied the 2nd coming of Christ. Once my Mom discovered it was a demon, it spoke out and told her that I would never find Jesus, and I began convulsing when she took authority over it. That same night, it caused me to vomit two disgusting substances, changed the pitch of my voice to an unnaturally high and disgusting tone, and at a different time, I heard growling come from my throat. While under its influence, it made me get rid of my video games, movies, and certain bits of clothing. It taught me scripture so it could use it against me. It convinced me to pray tons of false things, such as for Jesus to forget me. It deceived me into doing a 3-week water fast that put me in the hospital, nearly killing me. It convinced me I committed the unforgivable sin, that I was the Anti-Christ, constantly deceived me into thinking I would die in my sleep, and constantly condemned me to hell. It caused me to have constant nightmares of me being condemned to hell, one where I was involved in witchcraft, one where I supposedly received the mark of the beast and was separated from God forever, and one of Jesus Christ forever abandoning me. I feel completely violated because not only did it rupture the relationship I thought I had with the real LORD, this thing helped me come up with book ideas, movie ideas, a future ministry, improved my drawing skills, and even helped me come up with names for my future kids, all under the guise of “God.” I've essentially given up writing and anything creative because I'm not confident whether the ideas truly come from me. As of now, I have a constant anxiety towards my hands moving on their own; sometimes as I'm falling asleep, either a few fingers start to move or one of my hands will violently shake for a few seconds. I can’t even pray without hearing a mental response from it. I’ve noticed strange physical abnormalities, such as my pupils dilating irregularly no matter how much light is present and an occasional putrid smell coming from my nose and mouth. I can’t effectively concentrate, constantly dealing with tons of confusing thoughts. I feel irritated / an aversion towards the Word, along with tons of accusatory thoughts about my salvation and how God is mad at me (which isn’t true). If I do manage to read the Bible, I get flooded with tons of doubtful thoughts about how I don't understand anything I read and how God's forgotten about me (which isn't true). This spirit has put me through so much hell, and I have no idea how I even accepted it to begin with. I'm ashamed that I was able to be so terribly deceived. I can't even effectively follow Philippians 4:6 about praying if you are anxious because I'm anxious about praying because something else answers. I want to overcome the confusion, apathy, doubt, and hopelessness that all torment me on a daily basis. Where should I even begin with recovery? How do I recover from all the deception I've endured? How do I get past the constant irritation towards anything God related? Also, thank you for taking the time to read this. Even if you can't figure out a reply to this post, could you P L E A S E pray for me? I desperately want to be delivered of this.
  3. Urgent Prayer Request I’m finding it hard to sleep and I’m spiritually attacked every night. It’s extremely IMPORTANT that someone does spiritual warfare and prays for me. Pray that a grievous sexual spirit will leave the house that I’m living in and will flee from my dad too.... I WANT PEACE IN MY HOUSE AND SLEEP... Please pray for like a month.. it’s that important.... Thanks .... from Melissa from Melbourne Australia
  4. The Lord led me to pray against the spirit of apathy (indifference towards the things of God) and for the salvation of people from a certain region and i did over a period of time. Gradually, i started feeling apathetic too. I suspect that this backlash from the enemy. Has anyone else ever been caught up in something they were praying against and if so how did you cope and get out of it? I know prayer is key but i'm also referring to ways one can protect themselves from being caught up in something like this. God bless
  5. I have been working on a book since 2012. It will contain my testimony and a few blog posts on spiritual warfare. I ran across a couple in a writers group who have a online business who will help me to edit and finish my book and self publish it. I am beyond excited and believe that this may launch me into a ministry that i have dreamed about for many years. I believe that God will us me to help those who struggle with mental illness. Please pray that it all comes together sooner than later. I am 54 years old and been a Christian since 1982. in 2002 I was diagnosed with schizophrenia. I have made a amazing recovery in Christ Jesus and believe that there are many in the body of Christ that are suffering quietly in the church with mental issues and are timid to speak up to receive spiritual help. Satan has tried to divert my tracks on many various occasions. It is a miracle of God I am not in a mental institution right now. So you know how to pray now. Please keep me and my endeavors covered in prayers. God has given me courage and a voice to stand up against the enemies attacks.
  6. So I have been thinking a lot about death with all these health issues. Truth is it could be anytime or a long ways off. Yes I am pretty ill, but I also know a guy who is still stubbornly living 20 years after a congestive heart failure diagnosis. He just freaking refuses to die. A lot can be said for the power of the human spirit. My husband put it very well: you can't go before your time even if you want or try to. I met a guy in the hospital who had six attempts in six months and was alive, sitting at the table with us. I was impressed and told him flat out there was a reason he was alive and he had to find it. Later that hospitalization, he found out his GF was pregnant with his child. He was gonna be a daddy. I have never forgotten that. You also can't prevent death when your number is up. When it is time to go, you go. And with very few exceptions, nobody knows when that is. So what does this have to do with me? Between spiritual attacks from evil people, (no not even going to attempt to explain that)and serious health issues negatively impacted and perhaps even caused by the evil people, a whole bunch of forces are converging to end me. The Lord Jesus Christ conquers all, but I am uncertain what He will choose to do here. I do know I have a lot of work yet to do, and I am also certain He will leave me here until I have accomplished it. But how long that is, I don't know. I think I struggle with this because I am in constant emotional pain, and this is connected to physical issues in that this stress makes them worse. Also I still, even after surrendering it to Jesus, struggle with suicidal thoughts. When the pain is really bad, I just want to quit and go to Heaven. But truth be told, I am near or at the peak of my usefulness to Him, so I need to stay and fulfill my destiny. I guess life for anyone is a battle. If I don't win mine, many people will be harmed, directly or indirectly. So I have to stay as long as He needs me to. I choose to do this. I type this with tears in my eyes. I feel so inadequate for this. But the Lord says His power is made perfect in weakness. So here we go. And if you also are struggling with suicidal thoughts, don't do it. OK? ❤ Love, Seren
  7. So many broken hearts walking Down the Boulevard of forgotten Dreams, The homeless search for food to eat While God is humbling the meek, No wonder God's heart cries for Justice Where doctors and witches pursue wickedness.... Lord, while we yell and throw our fists in the sky in demand, Asking you "Why are you not doing anything about this?" While the eyes of the unbelievers are always upon us... Broken Daughters and Sons Thirst for Revival as we slam doors At those who love us more than our own Blood Families.... Help us not to grieve the Holy Spirit- If cobwebs and antidepressants clog our rooms, What air is there left to breathe?
  8. At the exact point of salvation, YOU were GIVEN all the POWER and AUTHORITY of God you will ever need to contend with and resist, triumphing over the forces of darkness to defeat them with the power of the CROSS...you don't have to waste time trying work it up in your flesh...YOU ALREADY HAVE the ability to stomp out the devil and his minions through Jesus' death and resurrection...The Gospel of Grace!!! When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross. Colossians 2:14-16 AMP The devil would love to see your destruction. This scripture is a big truth to some of you...satan does NOT want you to know how to use the Gospel message to defeat him...He wants to run you over and ship you to the wrecking yard. He wants to beat you up and hurt you to the point that you do not care anymore about being a Christian. The enemy of your soul wants you to blame God, and thus live miserable, defeated and useless in the Kingdom of Light. How do I know this? For one, I experienced it first hand...all this I write about is not in vain, I want to HELP YOU not to take the same path I did. I have had several mental breakdowns since 1986....I had to learn the hard way....satan only thought I would take my life.... The word says that the devil's scheme is to steal, kill and destroy. The word say he is our enemy, that doesn't want us to wake up to the truth and never sober up to the truth that is plainly inspired by the Holy Spirit in the Bible. I wish I had been able to read something like this in 1982 when I gave my soul to Jesus. I just could not see it within MYSELF. It doesnt come from your body..you are not superman of the soul....It all comes from your spiritman, you have to put to death the deeds of flesh....and, for your information just because you dont feel it doesnt mean it isn't there!!!Maybe you are young in the Lord and going through this same ordeal....if so, you must wake up and fight the fight because satan's intent is to kill your soul.... Satan becomes YOUR lifelong enemy when you are born again, and NOT YOUR BUDDY!!! He doesn't want you to find or figure out that the victorious freedom in the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit is inside you!!! He wants to be your friend alright.... HE wants to use you to his advantage I did not know that. HE wants to use you to bring others down into the gutter... Somehow I thought that everything would be like walking through a bed of roses. I thought it would be easy to live like there is no tomorrow. I thought I could live like I wanted and go to church (or not go to church) and everything would be okay. I was very naive and did not know these things that are very important in the life of a victorious Spirit-led believer.... Satan does NOT care, he unleashes his hounds of hell upon you to get you to end it all. and He would make me think that he could run over and bully me into whatever he wanted to do. I did not know any better. Do you know any better after reading this post? I really hope and pray that these words make some impact on your walk in Christ...The enemy of your soul wants you to stay ignorant of His schemes to turn you away from the Cross. We were given all the armor at the point of salvation...we need to be proactive in our walk in Christ and stand firm against the forces that would like to drag you through the dirt. In Jesus' death and resurrection, we were given everything we will ever need in fighting the forces of darkness. We are equipped with all our weapons of war to stop the enemies in his tracks. All the armor you need is at the Cross, Jesus is standing there waiting to suit you up. Every piece of His armor has tracings of the Cross in it....from your head to your feet. 10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. 11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. 13 Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. 14 So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), 15 and having [c]strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. 16 Above all, lift up the [protective] [d]shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all [e]God’s people. 19 And pray for me, that words may be given to me when I open my mouth, to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news [of salvation], 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. And pray that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly and courageously, as I should. Ephesians 6:10-20
  9. I don't usually do posts in forums like this. I guess it just gives me a lot of anxiety to post something and not get an immediate response. But I'm up against some pretty tough circumstances and I need to reach out to others as I've gotten isolated over the years. So this mainly deals with my wife and the many troubles she's had in her and our past and the difficulties and possible dangers that still linger. I'm not really looking for an answer to our problems. I really just want a group of Christians to surround us and pray with us and cry with us as we wait on God. Both my wife and I have given our lives fully to Christ, and though we still struggle with sin, we live a repentant life, and seek God in all that we do. I'll try to keep things brief because I don't see the sense into going into details of years and years of trauma and pain. It's probably enough to know that whatever I may say is going to barely be the tip of the iceberg anyway, unless i write a book. So I'll start at the point where I first started learning what was happening, about 18 years ago. That was when my wife came to me and asked that we pack up everything and leave town. From the look she had I knew something was going on and I knew it was serous so I decided to trust her and leave. At this point in our lives we were both not very close to Christ, I had turned my back completely, but we were both living sinfully. Anyway after a few weeks of being in a new state and city she finally began to tell me that a person who I thought was a friend had been raping her and had tried to murder her shortly before we left the town I grew up in. That was just the beginning of a long line of abuses and mistreatment my wife had endured at the hands of countless people, and few repeatedly throughout her life. The years went by as I learned of these things and we moved around and familiar people always seemed to be close at hand no matter where we went. At some point my wife began to hear voices and started become extremely paranoid because of the familiar people and more and more memories were coming back to her. I wasn't a very good husband at this point, not at all, I admit. This was about 17 yrs ago. But I did want to help her and not see her suffer so much. I was looking for answers anywhere I could and fortunately the bible was one of those places. Finally when things seemed to be at their worse my wife and I broke down and gave our lives fully over to The Lord. We repented of all the wrong things we were doing at the time and completely turned away from that life. However things were never really addressed. We never got any answers and my wife was still having voices, memories, and paranoia. We did try medical treatment several times but nothing ever helped. We moved again and finally found a home church we were able to stay in for a few years. But everybody has always been standoffish to us. We came kind of close to making friends in our old home church but it all just fell apart when we had to leave because of the things that were coming against my wife. Besides shortly later I had to move because of my job and things just deteriorated from there. We've moved a couple times now and haven't been able to find a home church. Every where we go there's bad memories and voices getting in my wife's head. We don't have any friends. I talk to my mother but she doesn't really know anything that's going on. My wife doesn't have any family to talk to. Whenever we try to reach out people seem too preoccupied or judgmental to be there for us. My wife can barely hear me most of the time because of all the voices. I know you'll say go to a doctor, you need professional help and all that. But I'm sure it's impossible for you to understand how difficult it is. Besides I don't know that modern psychology would be of any help. And like I said I'm not looking for a solution, I just want a friend or two to talk to, and cry with, and maybe see God work in our lives. It's so painful that it's so difficult just to meet one caring Christian. I know it's this spiritual war we are in. That people around us are being manipulated by forces they don't understand. But still I'm discouraged. It feels like there's only love for family and friends....and if your a stranger your on your own. That's just how it feels I'm sure. I know there are loving Christians out there, somewhere.
  10. Wow. Not sure where to even begin. A young man in my church died yesterday. Details are not being released, but it seems like it may have been a drug overdose, as he was a recovering addict. He was the 24-year-old son of our youth pastor, loved the Lord, baptized last summer, sweet guy. Several people in our small congregation have family members who struggle with drug addiction and we are in the planning stages of forming a support group for families of addicts. One of my close friends knows of SEVERAL young people who have lost their lives recently to drugs. They are dropping like flies. Please help me pray for the family of this young man who has passed away, especially is father, who has already suffered some incredible losses recently. Also help me pray against this terrible tool the enemy is using against our youth. Thanks.
  11. "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves." - Matthew 10:16 A TRECHEROUS FOE Before we engage in spiritual warfare, we should know this about satan: he is an ancient and extremely treacherous foe. Therefore, be bold but never arrogant in your prayer life Whatever lofty spiritual plane you imagine that you are on, remember: Adam was in Paradise when he fell. Before your increased knowledge and religious experiences make you overly self-confident, recall that Solomon wrote three books of Scripture; he actually gazed upon the glory of God, yet he fell. Yes, even in your deepest worship of the Almighty, do not forget in long ages past lucifer himself was once in Heaven pouring out praise to God. WISE AS SERPENTS "Prepare plans by consultation, and make war by wise guidance" (Proverbs 20:18). "Wisdom is better than strength... Wisdom is better than weapons of war" (Ecclesiastes 9:16, 18). "There was a small city with few men in it and a great king came to it, surrounded it and constructed large siegeworks against it. But there was found in it a poor wise man and he delivered the city by his wisdom." - (Ecclesiastes 9:14-15) Ephesians 3:10 reveals God's glorious plan, that "through the Church" God has purposed to make known His manifold wisdom to the principalities and powers "in the heavenly places." You see, as the Body of Christ on earth agrees with its Head in Heaven, the Spirit of Christ Himself displaces the powers of darkness in the heavenly places. When the Church on earth is aggressive in its agreement with the will and Word of God, then the presence of God increases in the spiritual realm, proportionally displacing the influence of Hell on earth. Shortly thereafter, manifesting in the world of men, we see revivals, healings and miracles. But when the Church is passive, indifferent or carnal, the powers of Hell increase their rule over the affairs of men: marriages break up, crime increases, and wantonness becomes unbridled. We must see that our prayers, attitudes, and agreement with God are an integral part of establishing the reality of the Kingdom of God on earth! KNOWING GOD'S WORD Our fight is the fight of faith: Do we believe, affirm and meditate on what God has promised? Our war is against principalities and powers. Jesus said His words "are spirit and are life" (John 6:63), which is to say that the substance or meaning in Christ's words represents an actual reality -- the living Spirit of the Kingdom of God. CHRIST CAME TO TRAIN AND EMPOWER WARRIORS Jesus prepared His disciples for everything, including war. They saw Him casting out demons. In fact, He sent them forth doing the same. Christ not only came to set captives free, He came to TRAIN and EMPOWER the recently freed to be warriors. How can we, imperfect Christians, walk triumphantly? The Bible says we overcome "because of the Blood of the Lamb and because of the word of [our] testimony, and [we do] not love [our lives] even when faced with death" (Revelation 12:11). Many Christians are awakened spiritually, but they do not know God's promises in the Bible. To be successful, we must know God's Word, believe it, MEDITATE on it, and SPEAK it with faith. We overcome by the "word of our testimony." Proclaim the Word of God with authority. Indeed, the Holy Spirit tells us to take up "the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God" (Ephesians 6:17). If we advance protected by the Blood of the Lamb, if we war armed with the Word of God, and if we shoulder in our hearts the Cross of Christ, we will truly be "more than conquerors through Him that loved us" (Romans 8:37). CONSIDER HIS PROCLAMATION "So will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it" (Isaiah 55:11). No matter how the battle rages, God's Word shall not return to Him void. Consider also His commitment: "I am watching over My Word to perform it" (Jeremiah 1:12). "The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart' – that is, the Word of faith which we are preaching" (Romans 10:8). ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
  12. When i became a Christian my friends were Christian. But my parents are into spiritualism. I have a sister into new age. Oprah kind of stuff. Going to their homes I felt spiritual attacks. They would start arguments and gang up on me. I asked my paster what to do. He gave me two peaces of advice. 1. Pray before I go over there 2. agree to disagree. I prayed on the car ride to there home. It made a huge deference. I would say "lets agree to disagree" and the argument if there was one was ended, My parents are both gone now. But I have seen signs of hope. My Mother even started coming to my church. My sister still needs prayer. I still pray before I go to her home. Prayer makes all the difference.
  13. How to Overcome Depression With Christ How to Overcome Depression With Christ Have you ever had a dark cloud that seemed to follow you around everywhere you go? As much as the modern day psychologist would love to tell you that you suffer from depression, I’m going to challenge there diagnosis and mention that it could be a spirit of heaviness or an “unclean spirit” that has been assigned to you by Satan to keep your mind in chains. THE EFFECT OF A SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS It darkens our countenance: Our hearts are down cast. This spirit brings a “heaviness” over us.. It dims our vision, robs our hope. The room may actually look darker. It brings a heavy, oppressive feeling. It quenches our faith. It may come over many at once , like a plague. It can be like a cloud, hanging over a place. It causes us to isolate, it steals our love, makes us feel alone. Medication is Man’s Answer to Healing I was diagnosed with depression at the age of 16 while attending high school in my home town. The doctors recommended that I take 20mg per day of a drug that I just found out offers a shocking statistic. One and sixty people who take this medication commit suicide and that alone is insane! How could a drug that is met to “cure” depression also cause 1 person of every 60 to kill themselves? The answer is simple, drugs don’t fix the problems, they cover them up like a bandaid and the more you take them, the more you ignore the real issue at hand. Here is God’s cure for depression To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. Isaiah 61:3 Did you just see what I did? The cure for the spirit of heaviness is praise. What exactly is praise? Let’s look at the Greek definition of praise. λατρεύω (la-TREHV-oh) means to worship or adore. Now the word worship in Greek is (proskuneo) is “to fall down before” or “bow down before.” When we hear praise and worship we think of singing our favourite songs or reading hymes at church service, but how often do we got down on our hands and knees and cry out for God? Is God the ruler of your life? Do you take time everyday using preventative maintenance by praising and worshiping our father? If you only go to him when you need something than its no wonder the spirit of heaviness is coming around for daily visits. Before your next attack or during one try to give thanks to God for everything you have. It is impossible to receive God’s grace without thanksgiving. Grace can cover you like a warm blanket and make all your worries vanish into thin air. If you are depressed also try thanking God for everything in your life.
  14. In the book "War on the Saints" by Jessie Penn-Lewis and Evan Roberts (1911), I found this passage: THE MEANING OF "POSSESSION" DEFINED Such cases as these are known to-day, amongst even true believers in Europe, as well as in heathen China, but "possession" is much more wide-spread than is supposed, if the word "possession" is taken to mean just what it is, i.e., a hold of evil spirits on a man in any shade of degree; for an evil spirit "possesses" whatever spot he holds, even though it be in an infinitesimal degree, and from that one spot, as a spider finds his base ere he weaves his web, the intruder works to obtain further hold of the whole being. Christians are as open to possession by evil spirits as other men, and become possessed because they have, in most cases, unwittingly fulfilled the conditions upon which evil spirits work, and, apart from the cause of willful sin, given ground to deceiving spirits, through (1) accepting their counterfeits of the Divine workings, and (2) cultivating passivity, and non-use of the faculties; and this through misconception of the spiritual laws which govern Christian life. It is this matter of ground given which is the crucial point of all. All believers acknowledge known sin to be ground given to the enemy, and even unknown sin in the life, but they do not realize that every thought suggested to the mind by wicked spirits, and accepted, is ground given to them; and every faculty unused invites their attempted use of it. The primary cause of deception and possession in surrendered believers may be condensed into one word, passivity; that is, a cessation of the active exercise of the will in control over spirit, soul and body, or either, as may be the case. It is, practically, a counterfeit of "surrender to God." The believer who "surrenders" his "members"--or faculties--to God, and ceases to use them himself, thereby falls into "passivity" which enables evil spirits to deceive, and possess any part of his being which has become passive. The deception over passive surrender may be exampled thus: a believer surrenders his "arm" to God. He permits it to hang passive, waiting for "God to use it." He is asked, "why do you not use your arm?" and he replies "I have surrendered it to God. I must not use it now; God must use it." But will God lift the arm for the man? Nay, the man himself must lift it, note 1 and use it, seeking to understand intelligently God's mind in doing so. End of quote. As I am seeking to understand why I do what I do not will to do--in fact, I do things against my free-will, just as Paul did crying out in his guilt concerning this earthly body--I began reading this book. This section, chapter 4, rings true. I finally have an answer besides, “Call on the name of Christ,” or “The battle is in your mind,” or “Put on the armor of God,” or “You must not be saved if you are experiencing demonic control in your life.” I have also been told, repeatedly, that people give Satan way too much attention as he is conquered. He has no power over a Christian.” However, after experiencing spiritual warfare for years myself, these words became empty platitudes. I am not saying that the verses referenced are empty; I am saying that those of us who have unwittingly fallen into surrendering a small section of their members to the control of darkness need something more. The book continues with this quote: “THE WORD "PASSIVITY" DESCRIBES OPPOSITE CONDITION TO ACTIVITY The word "passivity" simply describes the opposite condition to activity; and in the experience of the believer it means, briefly, (1) loss of self-control--in the sense of the person himself controlling each, or all of the departments of his personal being; and (2) loss of freewill--in the sense of the person himself exercising his will as the guiding principle of personal control, in harmony with the will of God. All the danger of "passivity" in the surrendered believer, lies in the advantage taken of the passive condition by the powers of darkness. Apart from these evil forces, and their workings through the passive person, "passivity" is merely inactivity, or idleness. In normal inactivity, that is, when the evil spirits have not taken hold, the inactive person is always holding himself ready for activity; whereas in "passivity" which has given place to the powers of darkness, the passive person is unable to act by his own volition. The chief condition, therefore, for the working of evil spirits in a human being, apart from sin, is passivity, in exact opposition to the condition which God requires from His children for His working in them. Granted the surrender of the will to God, with active choice to do His will as it may be revealed to him, God requires co-operation with His Spirit, and the full use of every faculty of the whole man. In brief, the powers of darkness aim at obtaining a passive slave, or captive to their will; whilst God desires a regenerated man, intelligently and actively willing, and choosing, and doing His will in liberation of spirit, soul and body from slavery. The powers of darkness would make a man a machine, a tool, an automaton; the God of holiness and love desires to make him a free, intelligent sovereign in his own sphere--a thinking, rational, renewed creation created after His own image (Eph. 4: 24). Therefore God never says to any faculty of man, "Be thou idle." God does not need, nor demand non-activity in the believer, for His working in, and through him; but evil spirits demand the utmost non-activity and passivity.” End quote. I am posting this here for those who may want to debate these ideas, those who find themselves in this predicament also, and those who may find themselves ministering to those trapped by repeated sin. I welcome your responses and opinions.
  15. I would be grateful for your interpretations and discernment about a prophecy I've been reflecting on. It's in an online recording called "The Divine Parallax." It's 20 minutes long, but sprinkled throughout is a clear sense that God is warning us of a nuclear holocaust right around the corner if we don't do something about it. <<<Removed YouTube Link Per ToS>>> I've listened to this a couple of times with a deep spirit of discernment, and I believe I am hearing the voice of God in this prophecy. As Jesus said, "My sheep will know my voice." There's only one thing: the person channeling in the Spirit is using a lot of profane language. This was a bit of a turnoff at first until I reflected on what was actually being said. There's a lot of spiritual warfare going on here, so I wonder if that's the reason for the language. I believe in spiritual warfare, and I also believe in the real possibility that God still uses sinners like He used the wicked Balaam Son of Peor as a bringer of prophecy in the Book of Numbers. I also see the scripture that a "House divided against itself cannot stand," and can clearly hear Satan being ordered to vacate before God's voice can be discerned in the prophecy. Any distortions I see are a result of language alone, and how do you translate the presence of God? Divine imminance intact, God can use anybody. With whatever wisdom and insight God gives you, please interpret with me what this is. What is the meaning of this recording called "The Divine Parallax." What is going on here? I don't think there's Satanic deception going on while he's being pummeled, but what is this? At the very least, we're seeing a very close and personal image of spiritual warfare. It even goes as far as to claim that this is the approaching time of Armageddon.... A section of prophecy from the YouTube description: "Remember this fallen state and do not repeat it. You have the power to nuke the world; now, go be responsible. I don't want nuclear payloads armed at anybody. If there is one nuclear payload left on this Earth, I annihilate Earth. This is God's direct command to the powers that be. I, God, will send a comet and obliterate the Earth if you do not comply. God has the power to send a comet to obliterate the Earth in 2016. Now you have a choice, humanity. You either rot in your *profanity* and let this keep going-- And this is your choice. This is- This is ultimately humanity's choice. You either stew in your own destruction, or you fix this. This is Armageddon. It's real. Either we, the spiritual people of this world, take by force, down, the evil powers of this world . . ." Note: Please forgive that I am new here and do not know how you manage videos. Since I do not know how to embed a video, I have not posted to the General Video section, and since this is about prophecy it seemed more approriate here. It was previously posted to a conspiracy website... (Yes, I read conspiracy websites. Shame on me.)
  16. So I read this article Wednesday night http://www.greatbiblestudy.com/deliverance_believers.php on whether or not Christians can have/get demons in their minds. I sort of just "stumbled" upon the article while searching for verses to something entirely unrelated that led me to a different article on the website there. Anyway, it seemed clear to me after reading the article that Christians could in fact have demons in them, in their mind and/or vexing their mind/emotions/body/will. This was something completely new to me as I had previously thought that Christians could not in fact have demons ever in any way like that. I had learned a lot about spiritual warfare before but I never realized that it was so explicit! While reading the article I became more and more convinced that over the last several months (about 3) I had been acquiring more & worse demons in me. It began about a month before my Grandmother passed away a few days over 2 months ago. She passed away from a health illness that she had been battling for several years. Strangely enough it was always one of those "sure things, any day now" from the Dr's opinion but she kept on going for several years. Anyway in the end her health began rapidly spiraling downwards over a period of about 6 months. I've had a vast variety of more and more problems in my life as of about 3 months ago and reflecting back over the last year and combined with the new knowledge & insight of the demonic realm I gained from reading the article and suspicions I had had for a few weeks prior to reading it every thing that was going on in my life negatively over the last 3 months seemed to make a lot more sense. Well, what happened was that a month before she passed away, one night when I was overcome with emotional grief and sadness over her health, sadness about the weight of the world in my mind, I suddenly had this thought "why not get a few drinks to help, whats it matter at this point?". Unfortunately I did just that and went and got some drinks to drown out the pain and the thoughts. Now, I usually do not drink, even one drink. I like to read a lot, I think and reflect a lot and like having a clear mind just in general. Having one drank just normally makes me feel a bit woozy and kind of like I have a minor headache and too many just gives you the worse day when you wake up tomorrow so yeah It's just not something that I really entertain. But there it was! The thought just seemed to pop up in my head in the midst of agony, despair and crying and I completely caved into the temptation and did not in the least have any kind of noble intention about doing it, it was pure and simple to run away from the emotional pain. So yeah, I did that a month before she left here, another time 2 weeks before, then 1 week after, then once every other week for the following 2 months, it was kind of like an emotional rollercoaster. Sometimes I'd be fine, other times I'd have a dream about her and wake up crying and sure enough that weekend I'd try to drown all the pain away. The climax of the whole thing was last weekend, not just one day, but Friday, Saturday and Sunday...! I had planned to spend a lot of time with the Lord from Friday night-Monday as I had a 3 day weekend but nope I went trying to drown it all away again and clearly the temptation was gaining power, I could chart it gradually ramping up from 3 months ago. Started with a few drinks each time, gradually more and more, and 3 days in a row in the end. It ended Sunday night when I got angry at a good friend for basically no reason and I can't even hardly remember what happened. Over the last 3 months I was also experiencing mentally a lot of increasing problems that I don't normally. Depression, anxiety, sleep problems, sleep paralysis (a few times), nightmares, a few night terrors, physical pains, back pain, head aches, stomache aches, spiritual problems/doubts, increasing negative mental temptations/inclinations, like towards strife, anger, misanthropy, disputing. I think that lists most of it all... maybe a thing or two I missed. Quite a list now that I wrote it all out. It started with a few things... Kind of minor... Then more and more problems, coming and coming, all gaining in strength over time. A totally unpleasant time to say the least. To me it all began by inviting some demons in by giving in to sin and drinking 3 months ago. Gradually becoming worse and worse over time. Inviting more demons in or giving them more power in a spiritual way, or both, I don't know. In the end after reading the article Wednesday night and having spent all of Monday with the Lord and doing a lot of reflecting Monday-Wednesday, I came to God so very desperately in prayer asking him to cleanse me of the demons in my mind/body/around me that had been VEXING me, I begged him by the shed precious blood of Jesus, he defeated Satan & sin and I am his Son, to please cleanse, purge me, of the demons and the sins and I repented of them by his precious blood and in Jesus name... Next I immediately felt the Holy Spirit in my body, I felt it pulsating in every fiber of my being, my mind and my body. I could feel it washing me clean, tears running down my face, praying to the Lord, feeling His Holy Spirit purging the demons and the sins out of me and totally renewing me again. Amen! Since then I haven't experienced a single one of the ailments I listed that I had been experiencing before the Lord answered my prayer. From my own personal experience I'd say that yes Christians can get, have, acquire demons if THEY open the door for the demons and virtually invite them to come on right in. It's been very much a learning experience on many levels. Just like we break down muscles to grow them back stronger, some times I think we have to be broken down spiritually too to regrow spiritually stronger. That's the way I look at it anyway... I try to always see where the Lord is in the midst of hard times and suffering and I finally found him here in the one I have been going through for a few months now. Praise the Lord, when your back is up against the wall by a squadron of demons, all you see is darkness, and your heart is full of pain and ache, He is always there for you even if you have no one else that is. He is always there all the way to the very end of our lives here. He saves me again and again and again. Just the same, loving, caring, understanding, forgiving and comforting every single time. Well, this has been quite the trial for me and I just thought I would share. James 5:16, Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Job 42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. Psalms 56:8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? Psalms 147:3, He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Romans 5:8, But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. God bless, thanks for reading and hope you have an awesomely blessed day walking with the Lord today
  17. I testify that everything i am about to write is the truth to the best of my memory. My first encounter with the Holy Spirit was very intense. I cannot deny what happened. My Magic Jack phone started ringing between 3 and 4 pm in the beginning of February. I was going to let it go to voice mail at first but i was compelled to get up off the couch i had been laying on. I then sprinted for the phone before it stopped ringing. When i answered, i could hear someone on the other end of the line speaking in another language, one that i could not pin-point. Even though the language was strange to me i understood what was being spoken. I could not tell whether they were male or female, but the person on the other end of the line said, "Okay, here he is. I've got him." Immediately i understood that they were not speaking to me, but to someone on their end of the line referring to me. When i realized what was happening i started to get scared, so i said, "Tell me who this is or i am hanging up!" Silence. In my heart i knew there would be no answer, because there was a different Person on the line now. I just felt it in my heart and soul. I also felt that They were waiting for me to say something. After a few seconds i did. I didn't know what i was going to say until it came out of my mouth. My next word was a question. I asked, "Lord?" That was all. I felt as if They were waiting for me to say just that. As soon as that word came out of my mouth i started to feel a strange power emanating from the other end of the line. It felt as though i were being filled to the brim with understanding. Everything became clear. I felt Their intense love for me as well as the entire human race. It was as though i were feeling perfection. Like everything had always been under control. I felt a peace like none that i had never felt before. Most of all, i felt hope. Hope for Humanity and hope for my very soul. As soon as i started feeling all of this at once, i started jumping up and down for joy with the phone to my ear, exclaiming, "Oh, my God! You're real! You're real! I always knew it!" Now, i had said ,"Oh, my God!" before in the past, but i had always used it in vain. This time, for the first time, i meant what i said 100 percent and it felt right. Then it happened in a flash. It was like my mind was fast-forwarded just a few moments in time so that i would not be able to remember. The next thing i know i am hanging up the Magic Jack. I looked at the phone timer and saw that i had been on that open line for about 8 minutes. The first thing that went through my mind was that i had to tell the world what just happened to me. The nearest person to me at the time was my roommate, Connie, who was upstairs on her laptop the entire time. I started to jog for the stairs and slipped. I looked down where i was standing and saw that there was a puddle of clear liquid on the tile floor where i had been standing with the phone. As i continued for the stairs i brought my hand to my face and realized that i had been streaming tears the entire time i was on the phone and didn't even realize it. That explained where the puddle of clear liquid came from. I put my foot on the first step of the staircase and looked up. Connie was standing at the top of the staircase looking down at me. She spoke first. "Who was that on the phone?" So she obviously heard the Magic Jack ringing. Then realization hit me! I had Caller ID! I completely ignored what Connie asked and ran back to the phone and pulled up the caller i.d. log on the computer screen. The last call to come in on the Magic Jack was at 7 o'clock that same morning. It was my roommate's boss calling him in to work. Their was no trace of that call, yet Connie heard the phone ring as well as i did. How do you explain something like that? And a question that still bothers me today is: Why wouldn't the second Person say anything? Ever since that happened there has been a radical change in my life that has made me a much better person. I can't explain it but my behavior did a 180 degree turn for the better. Even my closest friends noticed a radical change as though i had become a different person altogether.
  18. I had brought up the subject of how inacurate the NIV bible was. Below are but a few verses that totally water down or lose the meaning all together of the original KJV translation (1611). I put this in here (Spitual Warfare) because if you are going to battle in this type of ministry, trust me, Satan knows God's Word better than we do, and he twists it every chance he gets, thus watering down our power against the enemy. As I stated in chat last evening, the NIV bible is published by Zandervan Publishing, which is owned by HarperCollins. HarperCollins publishes the Satanic Bible by Anton LeVey as well as probably half of the world's pornography. Translation...buy a new NIV Bible and a portion of your money goes to support porn and Satan, which is one in the same. The old testament has it's own mistranslations as well, such as Satan being referred to as the Mourning Star when KJV refers to Jesus as The Mourning Star. The NIV also says David's brother killed Golliath, when we all know David did so. I bring this up for you to at least consider your choices more carefully when deciding on a bible for yourself or for someone else. I realize these diferences I listed are quite lengthy, so just pick five or six and be done with it.
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