In this post I want to discuss a subject that is and can be very confusing to people, the subject of personal deliverance. While it is true that Satan has a horde and an army of demons that can attack and thwart us, the ones that damage us most are the ones that we host. Our bodies are vessels that spirits both clean and unclean can work through. You will remember the parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25), five were wise and five were foolish. The wise virgins had prepared their vessels ,the foolish had not. When the Lord came to sup with them,the unwise virgins began to beg the wise for part of their “oil” (Anointing), the wise virgins told them no. The door was shut on the foolish virgins and the Lord himself would not open the door for them,in fact he told them that he did not even know them.
While it is profitable in some cases to share your anointing and pray for others,there comes a time for each of us when we have to get truth on our own.
Personal deliverance is personal,meaning that it belongs to you or ‘affecting or belonging to a particular person rather than to anyone else’.
You may recall that God spoke to me during my life and said that is one reason He has counted me faithful, I have been willing to seek HIM about personal deliverance. While He has let me help others along the way,there always comes a point where HE requires the persons to journey with Him for themselves.In fact about a month ago God began to tell me that I could only cast demons out of people who are pursuing Him for themselves. He showed me that there was a litmus test that I must go by, the litmus test is humility and repentance. He even used the terms with me “they must be in sack cloth and ashes. That is how you will know”
I know that was a custom of the Jewish people when they had sinned against God,to sit on sackcloths and sprinkle themselves with ashes. The meanings in our language is the : Penitent,contrite,regretful,sorrowful,rueful,remorseful,apologetic,ashamed,chastened.
He has bound my hands and will not bless them anymore when it comes to casting out peoples demons when or if they do not really want it. Within 2 weeks of giving me this instruction three people came to me wanting deliverance. They were practically begging for it. As I prayed for them, God took the reins,and each of them are receiving dreams and direction from God for themselves. It is not about me to them, it is PERSONAL. It is between them and God.
In order to receive this type of favor from God there are a few things that I have seen that need to be in place when expecting God to deliver us:
1. We will not make excuses. We will not blame other people, our circumstances or our environment for our bondages. “Forsake the foolish (foolishness) and live; and go in the way of understanding” Proverbs 9:6
2. We will be open to correction, we will pray about it and see if it is truth. “Correction is grievous unto him that forsakes the way: and he that hates reproof shall die” Proverbs 15:10
3. We will be repentant. “Jesus said: Bring forth therefore fruits befitting repentance” Matthew 3:8
It seems (at least for me) that the season of leaning on others and /or leaning on our own understanding is coming to a close.
It is my personal belief that the Lord is speaking and pouring out His spirit on people more than ever before. While we may have gotten away with ignorance in the past,it will not always be so. ” Such (former,the past) ages of ignorance GOD, it is true,ignored and allowed to pass unnoticed; but now he charges all people everywhere to repent ( to change their minds for the better and heartily to amend their ways,with abhorrence of their past sins), Because He has fixed a day when He will judge the world righteously (justly)… Acts 17:30 (Amplified)
Deliverance is more than just casting out demons, it is summed up in the vast sacrifice of Jesus. Every thing he did was about deliverance from the kingdom of Satan and providing safe passage to the kingdom Of God.
I close this with a prayer on my lips,that everyone ,everywhere will seek the living God. To know Him and his voice and to learn of Him personally, To heed the call of repentance.In Christ Jesus ,AMEN