Resist, Persist, and Proclaim your victory.
Dear friend let me share with you how GOD enabled me to deal with unrelenting issues and demons on assignment. My ancestry was plagued with various issues ranging from islamism, occultism, idolatry and religiosity which resulted in curses as well as personality, psychosomatic and genetic disorders. Including so many other issues which tormented me, until I realized my rights as a BELIEVER- the ‘born again child of GOD’!
I began to ‘work-out’ my salvation!
If Christ has ‘delivered’ me from the power of darkness why then should I be ‘demoned’ as in being tormented, oppressed, manipulated, controlled/influenced by forces beyond my control?
Why was it that after I became empowered to become a child of GOD, my biological genetic issues continued to manifest?
These and many other questions I wrestled with and found the answers in the Bible!
I discovered that humans operate in 3 realms of existence – spiritual, soulical and physical.
When you get born again, the spirit is reborn and fellowship with GOD is initiated.
When the spirit man controls the soul and body, one would enjoy peace and harmony.
But the issue is that the ‘reborn spirit’ is a baby that needs to be fed and nourished by Bible Doctrines before it can rule over the soul and body!!!
Though I was reborn from above, I was a soulish and carnal Christian. My spirit was underdeveloped and undernourished.
But my soul was being fed pollutants through my body. I was not of the world but was dominated by the world’s ideologies and beliefs.
The things I wanted to do, I could not and I did things I did not want to do, because my spirit was weak and suffering from malnutrition!
The food of the spirit is the Word of God – Bible Doctrines!
My spirit lacked Bible Doctrines and my soul and body was feeding well off worldly principles which informed my thoughts and behavioral patterns. And thus allowed demons re-entry into my world! I was in the scenario Christ described in Matthew 12;43-45 which states :
43″Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. 44″Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. 45″Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”
So you see my friend, the demons left when i got ‘reborn’ but my evil life style gave them access into my world. Then they reinforced their perimeter by inviting more malevolent demons to join them to accomplish mission -‘Kill, steal and destroy’.
My situation got worse after I got born again and worst when I got into Christian ministry. Because my lifestyle was attracting demon activity.
Am being real here.
You need to know that unless you change your lifestyle to reflect your Christianity, things would get worse before it can ever get better.
Don’t give up!
Work out your salvation/deliverance. The demon hordes may get more virulent. You must get more determined to live above them in Christ Jesus.
It’s a mind game
Satan is already a defeated foe.
But you have to do some soul-searching to isolate whatever is attracting demon-activity and the resultant negatives you are experiencing in your circumstances.
Ironically, When I had my issues, I blamed everybody blame-able for my challenges! I never saw me as being the issue!
My body and soul were in a power tussle. The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life dominated my sensibilities! My eyes were feeding my soul all manner of evils: because I watched wrong television programs and read wrong books.
In my quest for knowledge, I read all manner of books- from romantic novels, crime, Lopsa Rampa / eastern religious books.
Worst still, I dabbled into the occult. I had kabbala books of magic as well as other occult materials. I got into spiritism and spiritualism and other negative spiritual activity. I was into the occult big-time in the pursuit knowledge. I also wanted answers to the questions tormenting my soul.
My ears too actively participated on opening my soul to torment through the kind of music I listened. The wrong kind of music fed my soul more evils to work work with.
I was addicted to reggae, afro-juju, afro-rock, and hard Rock etc.
My ears received and fed my soul and my mind processed it all and out of the fullness of my heart my mouth spake -NEGATIVES- curses, swear words etc.
In my counseling ministry, the hardest people to work with are the ‘know it all’s’
They know the Bible cover to cover but to no profit.. They get very argumentative and I let them be because they still have options. When they exhaust all options, they would be well positioned to ‘work out their salvation’.
I was once like that, I could recite the psalms by rote because of my ‘religious’ upbringing.
I had head knowledge of the the Bible. But my spirit did not benefit from such head knowledge. And thus it was malnourished.
But my soul and body were well-fed: My malnourished spirit was no match for my well fed soul and body. Because my spirit was in a weakened state, it had no control over my soul and body. And the war raged for dominance.
That situation made me very prone to demon attacks And the demons had a field day. They took advantage of my carnality and plagued me with all manner of evils: Until by God’s grace, I came to myself. I cried out to Christ the Ultimate deliverer.
Then Realization hit me.
I got dissatisfied with the status quo!
I desired a change. The torment, the recycling of problems and downward trends had to end!
I needed to make progress.
Then again I called out to GOD for mercy.
One of my favorite prayer then was ‘GOD please help me, am tired’.
Things did not just change by fiat!
But the process of Deliverance or change began with my full participation and cooperation.
First I had to accept responsibility.
Even though it is true that my heredity was not the best, and my environment exposed me to those who took advantage and did bad things to me: the greater Truth is I got born again!
In Christ Jesus, GOD gave me a new beginning!!A new heritage!!! A New Identity! The past was gone!
You may have been born into a ‘poor, black, nation, family’ or whatever!
That was in the past!!
As long as you are in Christ Jesus, DAD owns the world! You are HIS heir with Christ the Savior of the world!!! You are Spirit filled, blood washed, redeemed, justified, declared righteous, an extraordinary supernatural being, the poem of GOD!
You are somebody special!
I take back my space from the devil!!!! Get off my case satan!
I came to realize that no one but myself was to blame for my condition. Instead of resisting the devil, I gave him my space and he came in with my permission through my lifestyle and character and settled in!!!!
Timeout devils!!!!! You no longer have space in my realm of existence!!!!!!
Like the prodigal, I considered my options and decided to ‘recommit’ my life to God’.
As scripture states in Isaiah 30:15 :
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength”,
Therefore, I returned to GOD in repentance, and my strength got renewed.
Repentance is work!
Repentance involves action/activity!
It involves all the faculties of the soul and body!
With God’s enabling grace, all the books had to go and the reading habit changed. I made a bonfire of them. by
I began a tour of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation for the first time in my life!
Try it! You’ll be amazed at how ‘alive’ the Bible is.
I also started buying books by Christian writers- I love reading!
My music changed! All those mind polluting and demon attracting meaningless songs were replaced with Gospel, soul stirring, spirit lifting, inspiring with thought provoking and faith building lyrics.
I love music- we are a family of singers and musicians.
Television and the Big screen were affected also. It required discipline, determination and selfless commitment. It was not easy, but it was and is doable.
I had to take my ‘walk’ with GOD to another level and that involved attending regular fellowship with other Believers, which meant I had to ‘commit’ to a ‘church family’, as well as Join a service department in church.
I submitted to the ‘spiritual authority’ of the pastor and of course had to go through the ‘New Believers’ class/foundation school, got re-baptized(I chose to), went through school of discipleship etc.
Whatever was needful to take me out of the quagmire I got myself into, I was willing to do so!
Even though I got born again and Spirit-filled, my spirit man was underdeveloped.
My first major crisis after my rebirth was the death of my mother in 1972 when I was a teenager. It was a very traumatic experience for me. My grief and search for vengeance disabled my faith in GOD.
I did love GOD and grew up knowing I was a chosen vessel, but that did not stop my wrong choices.
I blamed my mother’s death on my paternal family and swore to avenge her death. I lost control and the demons regained control!
I cut off everyone, and left off my Christian community because they preached forgiveness. They counseled me to leave vengeance to God! I was too bitter to heed their counsel.
The devil took advantage of my unforgiveness, bitterness and grief and I reverted to ‘unsaved’ mode.
Those dark years lasted for as long as I allowed it.
As I stated earlier, my deliverance involved a complete turn around in all the faculties of my soul – my will/volition; my mind/intellect; my emotion/feeling had to change.
How I used my physical senses of sight, mouth, hearing, feeling and smell had to change also, so as to reflect my NEW nature in Christ .
When the positive spiritual controls the soul, the soul would control the body, and character transformation would become evident!
As I started receiving Bible doctrines into my Soul, my thought pattern began to change.
My mindset/mental attitude changed. My priorities changed as well.
Forgiveness and peace flooded my soul.
My life’s focus became God, and the doing of HIS will. Which was easy because as Bible states:
” it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” Philippians 2:13.
I had issues with ill-health – asthma, terrible allergy issues, weight loss, volatile temper, ulcers, etc.
I had to unlearn lots of self-defeating attitudes and character traits.
It was a deliverance process which I was determined to follow through!
I remember I submitted to deliverance ministrations once but it was too abusive – the hitting, pushing, turning and shouting I could not accept. I could not relate it with the GOD I had come to know.
Deep in me, I knew deliverance had to be better than all that pushing, shouting and shoving.
Now I know for sure. That deliverance from demons etc is by the Word of God.
As I pondered why some of my issues continued – especially the dream-state sex abuse by evil spirits, with its consequent marital issues, this scripture came alive in my spirit:
‘ whatsoever is born of God is victorious over the world, this is the victory that has overcome the world, even my faith”! 1John 5:4
That verse have had tremendous impact in my life and ministry. It became my ‘mantra’ and I confessed it like this:
“I Hephzibah I’m born of GOD. My dreams, goals and aspirations etc are born of GOD. Therefore, am victorious over- failures, sex in the dream, demonic oppressions, satan’s targeting, witchcraft manipulations, occult projections, family curses, ancestral yokes and burdens, single parenting, failed marriages, wickedness in high places, anger, bitterness etc.”
I confessed the Word over all my challenges, afflictions and character deficits!
Every day, I persevered in prayers as if my life depended on it. Every manifested evil in my family came under the hammer of the Word! I crushed them to pieces!!!! It was warfare.
From midnight to 6 am daily, I would be in prayers, my prayer ministry was birthed in those days. I prayed all manner of prayers. And the power of GOD came mightily upon me.
Demons ran out of my orbit.
The fire-power was too much for them.
If you are not praying the WORD then you are without spiritual weapons.
Such much power is released at the place of prayer.
As the warfare raged, I would pray for all my children and siblings: mentioning them by name and claiming them for Christ. As I battled in prayer over all my families known challenges, their circumstances changed as well.
Brethren, the Word works and GOD answers prayers.
Deliverance without the Word, prayers and Godly living is an exercise in futility.
Today, we are a living testimony that through Prayer, faith in GOD, receiving and applying of Bible doctrines and with the Help of the Holy Spirit: those unrelenting spirit, soul and body ‘issues’ will be CURED!
ABBA Father, I bring before your Throne of mercy all those who are experiencing a string of bad outcomes as well as those who are being sexually violated by demons.
In the matchless name of Jesus Christ I declare them loosed from the holds of those evil spirits and oppression.
I bind the forces of evil to never go near them again.
Thank You Father for the liberty we have in Christ Jesus who went a out doing good.
We pull down strongholds and demolish all arguments that is hindering people from advancing in their relationship with God.
Glory be to You Holy God for separating us to You as Holy and untouchables to the forces of evil.
Continue to work in us both to will and to do of your good pleasure, in Christ JESUS matchless name. Amein.