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Mark 6:7 And he called the twelve and
began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean
Matthew 10:1 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and
gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and
While it isn’t popular to speak of Demons and Evil Spirits
nevertheless it is part of the gospel according to Jesus Christ. Much of his
ministry revolved around casting demons out of people but today many ministers
consider it beneath them and somewhat degrading.
It would serve one well to study the subject and garner all
the information available before attempting to cast out unclean spirits and to
be empowered as were the disciples. This isn’t a glamorous ministry for it is
dealing with the filthiest of Satan’s cohorts.
Further the subjects infected by these spirits have a
certain harmonious relationship with them. One man who exercised authority over
evil spirits was rebuked by the spirit he was dealing with; saying “You can’t
cast me out.” Upon asking the spirit, “Why
not?” the spirit said; “She don’t want me to leave so you can’t make me go.” In this case he said, “You’re exactly right,”
and left her in the same condition because she wanted the spirit’s influence in
Being more of the average type of a Christian I have not
majored in dealing with demons but on one of several occasions I was greeting
people as they came into the church and the Spirit of GOD spoke to me in a firm
voice saying; “This woman is possessed by the devil.”
This came out of the blue so to speak. She looked alright so
I questioned my sanity. I knew what I had heard but had to think on it till I
came to my senses and realized I had heard rightly. The fact I don’t get these
messages like that very often causes me to be a little shocked.
I began to focus my attention on her from that moment on.
She sat in the middle of a row in the middle of a section where it wasn’t easy
to get to her if she acted up. As the service started I joined the orchestra
and everything seemed to be in order until she stood up and yelled out many
things we didn’t need to hear.
When the ushers began to get near to her she stopped and
said; “And now I will leave” and left.
I only related that to show there are many varied way these
spirits will cause an individual to conduct themselves. She came back again and
asked for prayer but to my knowledge she wasn’t delivered for she didn’t want
the spirit to leave. There was enough of a desire to be rid of this spirit that
was driving her to come and asked to be prayed for but not enough to release
his hold on her.
GOD uses whatever is at hand and you might find yourself
being used on an occasion and never again but one who is used on a continuous
basis needs to have the anointing of the Holy Spirit and some of the other
gifts of the Spirit operating in their life.
Three gifts that reveal the unknown; the word of wisdom,
word of knowledge and the discerning of spirits are a must in order to be
effectual in this ministry. These gifts can give you inside information needful
for not making mistakes.
Not everyone who acts crazy is possessed. Some people are
just naturally nuts and silly. Also the gifts of Miracles and Healing may be a
part of the person’s deliverance.
While anyone who is a Christian may be used of God; people who are called and enabled as were the
disciples will have the greater success in dealing with unclean spirits so
don’t self-anoint yourself and get into trouble.
Here are some examples of Jesus dealing
with evil spirits;
11:14 Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man
who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed.
8:16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and
he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.
1:34 And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many
demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He
4:34-35 Let us alone! What business do
we have with each other, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are-- the Holy One of God!"
But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be quiet and come out of him!" And
when the demon had thrown him down in the midst of the people, he came out of
him without doing him any harm.
16:15-17 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel
to all creation "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved;
but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. "These signs will accompany
those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak
with new tongues.
The bottom line is; this world is plagued by Unclean
Spirits. In every phase of life they are active. To deny this begs the answer;
why are people so base and evil? It also insults the spirits themselves to deny
Much of the ministry of Jesus was involved in casting out
spirits and the need for this ministry continues today.
I hadn’t been feeling well and people kept saying I should
see a doctor. I would put them off by saying I will, I will.
This evening I was both tired and not feeling so good, and I
told my wife I was going to bed early leaving her to lock up and prepare the
house for the night. After a few restless minutes I dropped off to sleep and
some time later I woke with a start.
I found myself being drawn toward a huge entrance where this
high pitched sound was coming from. All at once I found myself surrounded by a
mass of people and the entrance was somewhat smaller than my first notice.
It was then I realized I was in a large mass
of people and was being carried further toward the big door in front of me. I tried to stop and evaluate what was
happening but the souls all around me were being drawn forth by the same force.
I became aware that I was passing through the entrance and
down into this huge room that was so large that you could hardly see the walls
they were so far in the distance. I tried to stop and question someone as to
what was happening.
Obviously this must be a dream but I couldn’t wake up, and
was carried forward by the crowd. This went on for what seemed to be hours.
Even though the room was almost without measure and there wasn’t enough air
because of so many crowded together.
The further we went the hotter it seemed, but it might have
only been my imagination I told myself.
Hours later suddenly we stopped. I looked around for an exit
but there was none only an entrance.
It was then I realized there is no way out, no way out, no
way out kept echoing in my mind.
It was then I saw it … “it” was a sign that said, “Welcome
to Hades” as the crowd surged forward taking me down into
the pit as the temperature began to rise…
I remembered the scripture verse, “Behold, Today is the day
of Salvation,” but I had missed that day.
Suddenly with sweat on my brow, I woke up- -Where
am I?Where are YOU?
Would you be
surprised that if the rapture had occurred and only five members of congress
Would you be
surprised if the rapture had occurred and seventy five percent of the pulpits
were filled by the pastors?
Would you be
surprised if the rapture had occurred and the church was still filled with many of its
Would you be
surprised if the rapture had occurred and there was only one used car dealer
Would you be
surprised if the rapture had occurred and you and I were still here?
2 Peter 1:10-11
New American Standard Bible Therefore,
brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and
choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;
for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you!
Seems no one likes a hypocrite except maybe another
The church is continuously being slammed with people saying
it is full of hypocrites.
Well we might as well admit there are some who aren’t as
represented. You can find them in the pew as well as in the pulpit.
There are many sins that qualify one to be a hypocrite but
there is one that stands out from the rest.
No it isn’t what you might think such as sexual sin,
stealing or backbiting; it is an issue of omission instead of commission.It is neglecting to witness to the world of
the salvation that is available to all men. The neglect of telling men they are
on the wrong path that leads to Hades.
Can you believe there are some in the church who will not
challenge men concerning the way they live and they consider themselves to be
the friend of the lost.They say: “I am
a Christian struggling with addiction or some other sin.”At the same time they are offended if another
believer obeys the gospel and exposes their friend’s sin.God’s Word says we are NOT to keep on
The hypocrite accepts what the sinner is doing and
encourages them to continue as they are instead of obeying the scripture that
says to repent and change your ways.
We are to preach the Full Gospel to every creature. I admit
preaching Truth can cause you to lose a lot of friends but it comes with a
In the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus asks the question;
“Who was the good neighbor to the man in distress”?The answer was obvious.
In the case of the Christian who tries to get a man to
change his course from Hades;to the
road to Heaven; isn’t as readily
It is plain that the world doesn’t like hypocrites in the
church so be faithful in obeying the commands to; Preach the Word and live the
2 Timothy 4:1-2I solemnly charge you in the
presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead,
and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and
out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
The hypocrites in the church will demand that you don’t
preach or testify against the sin of their friends but that is the way the mop flops.
I’m betting that there is an ALMIGHTY GOD who identified HIMSELF
as the great I AM (THE ETERNAL EXISTENCE ONE).
He is a God whose
intellect is all encompassing, and has unlimited creative power that can be
activated with his voice. One who
exercises his power over the whole universe.
would ask; what evidence do you have to back up your belief system. My response
would be simplistic for I would say it is a faith based system.A Faith that is anchored in the Biblical
evidence has been obtained by experience while working out my salvation.
Understanding that faith is of a spiritual nature and not a mental exercise the
discovery of one’s spirit allows one to contact and communicate with this
One of the
first manifestations of having made contact with GOD is the new birth
experience.God the HOLY SPIRIT comes to
indwell the believer’s human spirit and becomes a life changing witness that
you have become a child of GOD by regeneration.
This experience is undeniable
though some have not placed the proper value upon it and have strayed. Or as the Apostle Paul has put it; there are
those who love this present world more than the riches of Christ.
viable experience is known by the term; the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT. The
initial experience is when the HOLY SPIRIT comes to an individual and virtually
inundates the whole being of the person with himself and enables them for
spiritual service. Both of these
experiences are of an objective nature and are undeniable realities.
While I can’t
address everyone who denies the existence of GOD, I can speak to the time
before I became a regenerated child of HIS.
where those who are classified as the unsaved. I knew the uncertainty of having
no hope after death. It wasn’t that I feared the unknown but the uncertainty of
it caused me to be at ill at ease.
I had been
taught that the universe was acting and reacting upon itself as the stars and
planets flew thru the space with the greatest of ease until they smashed into
the language was a bit more sophisticated and convincing than that. To think I
believed what they were teaching me to some degree blows me away.
find themselves in somewhat of the same situation ultimately are betting on
something different from what I am. They are betting that there isn’t anything
after death. No existence, no judgment, no nothing.
They have to
believe the universe has always existed and a freak of nature somehow brought
about what we now see as our world.
It takes a strong
faith to believe that theory or some other version of it.
I’m betting on
the ALMIGHTY GOD, the creator, the God who planed all this and sent His own Son
to save us all from our sins.
avoid (though I tried) the thought of me being completely evangelized. Or in
other words; “Have I been completely evangelized?”
We think of
evangelization as being preaching which leads to conversion something like
saying “I do” at the wedding ceremony.
news is a complete package and the acceptance of Christ is but the first step.
sense of the total conversion process we have categorized the evangelization
process into baby steps, growth, and maturity. Paul alluded to this in the
verse where he said I couldn’t feed you with strong meat but only a little weak
evangelization process requires a process, from the beginning to the end (If
there be such a thing.) God requires obedience to the teaching of Christ as
taught by Him and his chosen anointed teachers who followed Him.
resistance to the commands of Christ slows and or stops your spiritual growth
in its tracks. Even if you skip over part of his Word and make gains in other
areas you still have to return to where you resisted his commandment.
There is a
vast difference between falling short of what he requires of us and outright
many, or I should say myriads of examples of those who have not yielded
themselves to the whole counsel of GOD. They
fall and are disgraced (and are a blot on the church) because of not being
totally committed to Jesus commands.
heard it said; “I’m not perfect” and thereby they excuse themselves from
obedience to what they know is Jesus commands. The good news is spiritual
perfection is available for those who are willing to do it Christ’s way.
1 John 1:3-9 King James
Version (KJV)3, That which we have seen
and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and
truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things we write
unto you, that your joy may be full.
5 This then is the
message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light,
and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have
fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the
light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the
blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have
no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our
sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from
are a call to righteousness not a cop out that we constantly return to “fix em
up a little bit.”
One may feel
like saying “Woe is me” when we realize we aren’t fully evangelized, but ask
yourself; What is it that God demands of me that I can’t accomplish with his
help and the Holy Spirit along side of me?
One of the
Sternest Warnings to Christians in Scripture:
14:34-35 "Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless,
with what will it be seasoned? “It is useless either for the soil or for the
manure pile; it is thrown out. He, who has ears to hear, let him hear."
are part of three parables concerning the cost of discipleship. If we do as the
scripture commands and count the cost of discipleship we find the price may be
higher than we first thought.
We revel in
the truth that salvation is free but living the life isn’t.
says thusly; “Sit down and count the cost; consider it
will cost the mortifying (the pleasure) of sin, even the most beloved lusts.”
statement cuts to the quick!
5:13 Jesus declared; ”Ye are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its
saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything,
except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
matter whether you are speaking of a person, a Church or nation. If the
saltiness is lost then it becomes useless to GOD.
doesn’t matter if it is in the pulpit or the pew the same thing applies.
saltiness is lost restoration is nigh to impossible.
pastor or leader who has been guilty of infidelity and is found out. He can
never recover that which is lost!
The only way
to stay salty is to walk according to the word of GOD, walk with GOD and pay
the price that saltiness demands.
I must say I am irritated - - when some undisciplined child
of two or three years old, vents it’s wrath upon it’s parents and all the
nearby people are subjected to the screeching,ear piercing sounds that the child produces.
When this little person with limited knowledge tries to rule
over everyone within earshot I want to escape from this ignoble beast.
point I don’t care about the parents limited parenting skills and am willing to
cut them some slack thinking go ahead and dope up that sucker. This is the only way to control some of these
Hearing someone voice the thoughts that might cross your
mind causes those who are more erudite among us the find excuses for such
behavior. They excuse the child and pity
the parents and proclaim in grandiose terms; “the child needs medical help”
hence the administration of various drugs.
What I have described is what GOD experiences on a much
larger scale twenty four hours a day.
children who (on purpose) do everything to tic GOD off.
While parents try everything they can think of to pacify
(what others call a brat) their little darling the self-willed child does its du
jour thing. I have heard it said; you’re going to get it when we get home or
when your father gets home. That might deter the unruly for a moment but unless
they follow thru it is less than meaningless rhetoric.
Sometimes what the parents see isn’t the mode they had in
mind when they collaborated to bring forth a replica of themselves.
Likewise GOD ALMIGHTY has a similar opinion about what he
sees on earth today but unlike today’s parent’s GOD has a remedy for HIS
One could use many similes and allegories at this moment to
make a point but suffice it to say God will put a stop to the disobedience of
The word probation comes to mind when describing man’s
sojourn on earth.
Our time here is a
preparation time for what is to come and those who fail to prepare will
unfortunately not be given the access to the :joys of the Lord and will instead
suffer the pangs of God's wrath. Revelation 21:7-8He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Perhaps it isn’t unlike the grouping of people together to
gain support and reinforcement for one another as to what is going on today
when people decided to show their rebellion toward THE ALMIGHTY.
They may call themselves atheists or in some cases a so
called religious organization like the Satanists. Perhaps they exude the popular
statement; “to be politically correct,” as they remove the Ten Commandments
from Public buildings under cover of darkness.
While it is totally passé in the view of many it still bears
some validation to restate the first commandment of the ten; "Now, Israel,
what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to
walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your
heart and with all your soul, and to keep the LORD'S commandments and His
statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?
Final word for all piss-ants in GOD’S sight; what does the
LORD require of you But to do justly, to love mercy, And to walk humbly with
The true meaning of a Christian life is receiving and
displaying what you have received “the risen life of Christ. If you are having
trouble showing forth the Christ life then might I suggest you are receiving
the wrong life force?
The scripture; “Let a man examine himself to see if he is in
the faith,” might apply here for it speaks to what and how you are eating. What
are you feeding your soul and what does it take to satisfy your appetite?
There were many things to eat I didn’t care for when I was a
small boy, but I acquired a taste for them when I became older.By the same token there were things I enjoyed
as a child I had to put away when I aged.
The same principle applies to the Christian life. There are
things you could do as a sinner but now these things are incompatible with your
new man status and you must give them up. If you are a victim of your old
appetite then it is incumbent that you change your taste.
When Jesus said; “Let a man deny himself.” Basically he was addressing “The lusts of the
flesh which are not conducive to the Christ life being lived through you.”
If you are struggling to live the Christ life as you know
you should then don’t grow faint for you are in the battle for your soul.
Spiritual warfare demands you be strong in the lord and a change of appetite is
the first step to becoming victorious in your quest.
Ephesians 6:10-18 are words of wisdom straight from GOD to
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of
His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God that you
may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not
wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this age,against spiritual hosts of wickedness
in the heavenly places.13 Therefore take
up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand.14 Stand therefore,
having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of
righteousness, 15 and having shod
your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all,
taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery
darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the
helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always
with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with
all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—