Have you ever come across a verse of scripture that you know you have read hundreds of times over your life, when suddenly bells and whistle ring out, bright lights dance in the heavens and a flock of white doves flying in dramatic formation appear?
Me either. However, there are times when The Holy Spirit – as only He can will cause the eyes of my understanding to be enlightened [Eph. 1:18] concerning a passage I thought I had a full understanding of.
Recently, I’ve been spending some time in study regarding deliverance. You see, I came to the Lord many moons ago. My conversion took place during a time when churches still made altar calls and when persons who answered that call and were bound by demonic spirits the preacher and the mothers would gather around and commence to casting those demons out. It was a time before our store-front church preachers used the Greek and Hebrew translations or bible commentaries, but one thing was abundantly clear; they understood the power and authority in the name of Jesus to set men free.
Even then, we understood deliverance to be something that mostly rank sinners and non-believers needed. Deliverance ministry for folk who had been saved for a while was scarce in my churches back then, it was expected that once we came to Christ and got our initial deliverance we were set for life. I have noticed as the years progressed, old fashioned deliverance ministry was commonly abandoned and substituted with a referral to a Counselors or Therapist. I believe that both of these mediums can work in sync as we seek to minister to the total man in a balanced way, unfortunately, in some circles, leaders have completely walked away from one method over the other with no middle ground.
Now, back to the bells and whistles in regard to my study on deliverance. Holy Spirit quickened what we call “the Lord’s prayer” in my spirit recently. For the sake of this devotional, look at our base scripture found in Matthew 6:13 which says “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…”. I’m sure I have read and quoted this verse hundreds of times but suddenly it stood out to me I understood that Jesus was teaching this pattern of prayer to those whom He called His own. To further solidify this point I went over to Luke 11:1 which reads “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples”.
Could it be true? Could there be areas of bondage in our lives that require prayers for God’s delivering power to be activated in order that we may be free? The answer my friend is yes. We could very well have areas of residual bondage and demonic strongholds of which we are unaware.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). Understand this dear one, the enemy of our souls is always lurking at the door looking for any point of entry we make available to him.
A few examples of entry points could be:
- Wounds of rejection you received perhaps during a divorce or fall out in a close relationship
- The result of being victimized (physically or mentally) in some way
- Allowing oneself to be unforgiving and bitter for extended periods of time
- Living a life that is rooted in gratification of the flesh and in disobedience to the Word of God
- A prideful spirit and an unrepentant lifestyle
Let’s look at it the way Frank Hammond, author of Pigs in the Parlour explains it. If you get a cut somewhere on your body which creates an open would, a basic rule of the healing process is to keep the wound clean to prevent infection and further damage. Well when we experience rejection and brokenness of soul it is like an open wound. If that soul wound is not kept clean by the word of God coupled with Godly character and a repentant life then infection (demon presence) can enter in, thus wreaking havoc in areas of our lives.
Hear my heart today family, we have been given power over all the power of the enemy through the indwelling Spirit of God. We have also receive the love of God which never fails and casts away fear. There is no need to fear what the enemy can do to us as long as we surrender our hearts and lives to Jesus the Christ who has already triumph over the enemy. Simply go to God out of a pure heart and pray as Jesus taught us to pray Matthew chapter 6 (below), then ask as the Psalmist did in Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: nFor thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.