Table of Contents
EXPOSING THE DEVIL’S WORK
A. THE DEVIL AND MIND READING
1. The devil cannot read your mind
2. The devil’s powers are limited
a) He is not omniscient
b) He is not omnipotent
c) He is not omnipresent
3. The devil’s method of operation
4. The devil’s spy system
5. The devil’s defeat
a) To defeat the devil, you need to be educated
b) To defeat the devil, you must control your mind
c) To defeat the devil, you must have confidence and trust in God’s Word
B. BREAKING THE DEVIL’S POWER
Breaking the devil’s power over your life requires knowledge of certain facts:
1. His power is stolen
2. His power is permitted
3. His power is limited
4. His power is resisted
5. His power is broken
6. His power is deceptive
7. His power is destructive
8. His power is doomed
EXPOSING DEMON’S WORK
A. DEMON ENTRANCE (DOORS AND AVENUES)
1. In childhood
2. In participation in sin
3. In inheritance disguises
4. In occult participation
5. In accidents
6. In hospitals
7. In funerals
B. DEMON LOCATION
1. They cannot reach spirit of saint, only soul and body
2. The soul is the main attack area
3. The soul is influenced or controlled by enemy attributes
4. Godliness or ungodliness is the outcome
C. DEMON STRATEGY
D. DEMON GROUPS (FEW AND SUGGESTIVE)
E. DELIVERANCE FROM DEMONS
1. To realize the devil and demons work is destructive
2. To recognize unbelief that demonic works exist
3. To realize the value of your soul area
4. To know who can minister deliverance
5. To know how to be delivered
Exposing the Devil’s Work
EPHESIANS 6:12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Satan is an invisible spirit being. He has tremendous power, and is working to some degree in the majority of human beings. If you walk down the street of any city today, you will see the devil.
“How can you see him?” You will see his manifestations. You will see him manifested in fear, frustration, and confusion. As you read the newspaper, you will see him in murder, rape, beatings and accidents. You will see him in a man or woman hooked on drugs, or in the alcoholic, or in the person who cannot make it through the day without a nerve pill. As you observe these things, you will see the devil.
God wants His attributes to be expressed in a greater and mightier way. The only way the attributes of God can be expressed is for Christians to realize who their enemy is and how to defeat him. You cannot hit him with your hand or fist. The only way you are going to defeat the devil is through the knowledge of God’s Word.
God’s Word is the sword of the Spirit, and was made to fight spirit beings. It is to be used as a weapon against the invisible forces of darkness. Demons cause confusion, frustration, disappointment, hurt, tension, anxiety, etc. That is why the “renewal of the mind” is a must for spiritual growth and maturity. As long as the devil can keep you filled with fear, then God cannot keep you filled with peace. As long as the devil can keep you filled with confusion and frustration, then God cannot keep you filled with a settled mind. As long as the devil can keep you filled with resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness, then God cannot keep you filled with love and joy.
There are two spiritual forces in the world. One is the spiritual power of God and the other is the spiritual power of the devil. Both desire to control your mind, will, and emotions. If the devil is in control, then you will manifest hate, fear, frustration, and disappointment. But if the Spirit of God controls your soul, then you will manifest love, joy, peace, and victory.
This study exposes Satan’s methods to attempt to control you. His power can be broken as he is totally EXPOSED. His power over you can be broken, then you can take another step toward walking in total victory.
The Devil and Mind Reading
You will be a better witness when you
know that the devil is defeated. I John 3:8 says, “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, and you can be assured that He did. Most of God’s people have been ignorant of the devil’s devices, thoughts, and intentions. It is only as you become educated in the things of God, and know who you are in Christ Jesus that you will be able to override and defeat the devil.
Satan cannot read your mind. There is sufficient Scripture to prove that he cannot. He has fooled many people by making them think that he can read their minds. This is a snare of the enemy to deceive you.
1. THE DEVIL CANNOT READ YOUR MIND.
I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There
hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:…” Common means ordinary or natural to man. Fear, sickness, frustration, disappointment, hurt, and accidents are all common to man, but mind reading is not. The remainder of the verse says, “…: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” He says He will deliver you and take care of you no matter what is going on. He will make a way of escape for you. Therefore, if the devil can make you think he can read your mind, he will keep you in a frustrated and confused state. You will not plead the Blood of Jesus over your mind, and rebuke him. But, the Bible says, “There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man…”
Secondly, I will share a personal revelation that God gave me years ago. This was when I first started learning about the devil’s ways. I was driving in my car one day, when the Holy Spirit started speaking to me. I did not have anything to write on except an address book, so I took the address book and I laid it beside me and began to scribble. God told me that demons can be inside of you and outside of you. The demons inside begin to put thoughts into your mind and if you speak those thoughts with your mouth, you will act according to those thoughts. Then the demons outside know what is going on and will attack you. So, that way you have pressure from the inside first and then also from the outside. There is teamwork and cooperation of demons inside and outside the individual. If the demons inside put thoughts into your mind and you start talking a certain way or acting a certain way, the demons on the outside see your actions, and hear your words and say, “Hey, come on fellows.”
Paul says, in
II Corinthians 2:11, “Let us not be ignorant of his devices.” When you get to the place where you are wise to Satan’s devices, you will realize that he will plant some thoughts and block other thoughts, and you will know how to react. You will know how to control your mind.
The devil likes to make you think that he can read your mind. He likes to make you think that fortune tellers can tell your future, or that you can get information about your future from astrology and horoscopes. When you are trying to get guidance for your future, you have to either get it from the devil and his demons or from God. How can the devil predict the future? He has power. He can set up circumstances and situations, and have a thing or two come to pass to cause you to believe in it. Then, you will tell everybody that you went to a fortune teller and he told you something and it happened. You will spread that around and a lot more people will go to fortune tellers. Anytime you walk into those places, you open yourself up for demonic infiltration and guidance.
2. THE DEVIL’S POWERS ARE LIMITED.
Satan said in
Isaiah 14:14, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.” He failed because he went before the Most High and was cast out of heaven. He did not have what it took to be equal to God, therefore his powers are limited.
The devil’s primary purpose today is to make people think he has equal power with God. He tries to convince them through such things as witchcraft, seances, transcendental meditation, and mind-control. He deceives people into thinking that they can do things just like God. That is how he started in the beginning. He told Adam and Eve that they would be like God. Ever since then he has tried to counterfeit God’s power. However, there are three distinct differences that prove that the devil’s power is limited.
He is not omniscient. That means he is not all knowing. Matthew 12:1-13,18 says Satan did all he could through Herod to locate the baby Jesus. Now, if he could have read minds, he would have known where the baby Jesus was. There were many times in the Bible when the devil tried to find out information. If the devil could have read minds, I believe he would have read Jesus’ mind. If he could have read Jesus’ mind before He went to the cross and could have known that Jesus was going to die and defeat him, he would not have killed Him. He made a big mistake because he could not read minds.
The devil does not know everything. If he did, he would not be trying all the tricks he pulls to gain information. He would know it all. He wants to make you think he can read your mind so that he can deceive you.
He is not omnipotent which means he is not all powerful. If he was all powerful, do you think he would have let Moses part the Red Sea? Do you think that he would have let Elijah stop the rain for three years? Do you think he would have let all the blind eyes be opened and all those people be healed in the ministry of Jesus?
If he had more power than God and more power than we have through God, he would stop us. He would kill everyone of us. He hates us, because we proclaim that Jesus is Lord, and that through Him, we can walk in victory everyday. We are disturbing him by saying, “Praise the Lord. Glory Hallelujah.” If he were all powerful he would stop us from praising the Lord and influencing other people to get in the Jesus boat with us.
God is all powerful and you are a child of God. You are an heir of God, and joint-heir with Jesus. If you want to talk about somebody being powerful, you ought to talk about yourself.
I John 4:17 says that as Jesus is so are you in this world. He is all powerful. I John 4:4 says that He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world. Who is in the world? The devil. Who is in you? God.
He is not omnipresent. He is not everywhere at once. Romans 8:37 says that you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. The first one you have to conquer and defeat is the devil. He is not everywhere. He can travel at the speed of light, but he is not everywhere at once. Only the Holy Spirit of God has the ability to be everywhere at the same time. The devil would like to deceive you and make you think that he is equal with God. Only God is all powerful. Only God is all knowing. Only God is everywhere. The devil is limited. When you learn this you can defeat him and walk in victory. If Satan can make you think that his demons are bigger than you — that fear, worry and disease are bigger than you are, then you will be defeated. It does not have to be that way because you can walk in the victory God has ordained for you.
The devil has a well trained army of spirit being that desire to tabernacle themselves in human beings to show forth their attributes. They prefer humans, because the human being has more ways of expressing himself. They can enter into a dog or cat, but would rather be in human beings. The devil himself does not fool with most Christians. He does not have to, because his peanut demons can whip most of them.
The devil went to Jesus personally. He told his demons to move back because he was going to take him. He was not going to take any chances with Jesus, but he failed. When you begin to move with God as you ought to, the devil will come around sometimes. Smith Wigglesworth said one time that he awoke during the night and felt the presence of evil. He sat up and looked at the foot of his bed and saw the devil standing there. He said, “Oh, it is you.” And laid back down and went back to sleep. How could he do that? He knew who he was, and that the devil was defeated at Calvary. If you know who you are and what you are, you can do the same thing.
If you are lost and do not know Jesus, then you are a child of the devil. He can beat you anytime he wants to. He is your father regardless of whether you like it or believe it. Until you have been born of God, the devil is your father. Not all human beings are born of God. All people have had their first birth, the natural birth, but not all have had the second birth. Only those that have had the second birth are going to heaven. It took a natural birth to get you into this world, and it takes being born of God to get you into the next world. Without this birth you do not get in. If you are not born of God, you are not in the Kingdom of God. It is that simple.
3. THE DEVIL’S METHOD OF OPERATION.
What are the devil’s methods of operation? Invisible beings infiltrate and bury themselves into the personalities of persons to plant thoughts or to block thought and to educate them in evil. The devil does not have to control you to interfere with your relationship with God. He begins to torment you if he can get you into fear, the “maybes” and doubts.
He will torment you with thoughts such as: “Maybe God will not heal me.” “Maybe God will not save my husband.” “Maybe I will not get that financial need met.” He will begin to frustrate and confuse you and make you wonder, “Will God really do it?”
The devil came to Adam and Eve and said, “Did God really say you would die?” He is asking people today, “Does God really mean that you have to be born again to go to heaven? Does He really mean you have to shout, or does He give you some leeway?” You may take some leeway, but God does not give any, and it will always cost you.
Did you ever notice that when you wake up in the morning, how a thought will hit you? When I first began to walk in victory, I began to notice this every morning. Most of the time it was a bad thought about something somebody said, or something that did not work out like I thought it would. I had been sleeping and I woke up and it was on my mind. Next thing I knew, I would turn and say something to my wife about it, and then just mope around all day. The devil had dangled that bait in my mind, and I swallowed it. He planted that thought and I took it.
Haven’t you had a little fear come about something that might happen, and the next thing you knew, that fear got larger and larger and larger? Fear feeds fear. Satan plants those thoughts.
He plants the thought that maybe you will not make it. “Yes, Uncle Johnny had cancer. That little lump on you is going to be cancer, too.”
“My mother was nervous. She had a little nervous problem, so I am sure I have it.” This is what most people say, and the devil sits on the side-lines laughing. He has planted that thought.
He tells you, “Listen now, you do not have much education, you are not going to be able to go very far in life.” And the world says, “That is right.” But Jesus said He would provide whether you have a first grade education or four years of college. I am not against education, I spent quite a few years getting some; but an education is not necessary to receive from God.
The devil will plant thoughts or block thoughts to educate you to do evil. How did you learn to worry? Ever since you were a child you saw mom and dad worry and heard them talk about worry. They worried about prices, the war, and hard times. They kept you worried all the time. Where did these thoughts come from? Who projected them into you? The devil projected them into your parents’ mind and they transferred them to you.
A lot of people have fear. God says He has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind; therefore it is the devil putting fear on you. He is stealing from you, and trying to kill you. If someone was trying to kill me, I would fight him with the Word of God day and night. If the devil is fighting you with fear, fight him with the Word of God and tell him to get out. Do not let him plant that thought, because if he plants the thought, he will feed it.
My mother was raised not to go to sleep at night until her children were home. That was a sign of a loving mother. She would lay there and worry, as if worrying would protect her children. The only thing that will assure your children’s protection is faith in God. All worry can do is hurt you. When it is bedtime, I go to bed and sleep. What about your sons and daughters? God’s angels are out there. I cannot do them any good unless I am using my faith. Do I know where my children are? Yes, and I check on them. But I do not worry about them.
Suppose your child is supposed to be home from school at 3:15, and he is not there. The devil says, “A car ran over him.” Five minutes pass, and it seems like thirty. Then, half an hour but he is still not home. The next thing you know, you are going out trying to find him. The devil has planted that thought, and he is sitting on the sidelines laughing at you. He will do that with anything and everything if he can. He will work in a hundred different areas of your life. He will plant thoughts into your mind and block thoughts in your mind, not necessarily to control you, but to torment you. Torment is not an attribute of God. God is love, gentleness, and kindness. These other things are of the devil.
All the fear in the world will not help anything. It will keep the door open for the devil to torment you. This is what happened to Job. The Bible says, that which Job feared came upon him. If you have a fear of being sick, get ready to be sick. If you have a fear of losing your home, get ready to lose it. Fear keeps the door wide open, and faith closes it.
If you are fearful that you will not get a raise, you will not get it. Your fear has the door opened. If you are fearful that you will not succeed, you won’t. If you are afraid you will not learn the Word of God, and be an overcomer, you will not. Fear is the open door for the devil.
The Bible says you can do all things through Christ Jesus. Believe it. God wants to put you over. He is going to put you over regardless of how long it takes. Most Christians are standing still, while God is standing behind pushing them. Thank God for His grace.
The devil will not always plant evil thoughts. He will plant all kinds of thoughts to keep you away from God and the things of God. Have you ever noticed that when you start reading your Bible, your mind goes in about fifty different directions?
The first time God showed me about Satan planting thoughts, I was sitting at my desk at the First Baptist Church in Baldwin, Louisiana. I was reading my Bible and God was speaking to me and I was getting blessed. I would get up every once in a while and speak in tongues and praise the Lord, then get back into the Word. I was having a real good Holy Ghost time, and all at once the thought came into my mind, “You forgot to get that typewriter ribbon.”
The Lord spoke to me then and said, “Son, do you think that when I am blessing you like that, that I am going to put a little old typewriter ribbon thought into your mind?” I said, “I will get that ribbon next week.”
God will not put thoughts into your mind that will distract you from reading the Bible or praying in tongues. It was the enemy who put that thought into my mind about the typewriter ribbon. If I had acted on that thought, he would have had me doing two or three other things that I had also forgotten.
Did you ever decide you were going to pray in tongues for five minutes, and pray for what seemed like fifteen minutes and then look at your watch and see that it had only been two minutes? When you get down to pray does your mind begin to wander? You say, “What is going on?” The devil is trying to stop you from praying.
Say, “Devil, I want you to know, I am going to pray until it is so hot around here that you will not be able to stand it.” So just keep on praying in tongues.
Purpose in your heart, that whenever possible you are going to spend time praying in tongues. It will revolutionize your life. You will keep it so hot that the devil will not know what to do. He cannot plant very many thoughts when every time he gets near you he hears you speaking in tongues. It drives him crazy.
4. THE DEVIL’S SPY SYSTEM.
The devil’s spy system is how he discovers what is going on inside his enemy’s camp. In some of the biggest war time victories, a spy was sent to the enemy territory to give false information. When false information was acted upon, the trap was set. The devil puts thoughts into your camp. If you believe his false information and act upon it, he discovers what is going on inside the enemy’s camp. A demon plants the thought, but you reveal your acceptance by your actions and words. Your action and words show him how to proceed in his next step of deception, therefore the hole gets deeper and deeper.
How does this work? He comes and puts the thought in your mind that cancer will kill you. This is a lie. Jesus said He healed you. But, if that thought takes hold, he will see you dialing the telephone, “Can I make an appointment…”
Then he says, “Come on, fellows, they took the bait. They believe they have cancer.” Either by your actions or your words, you let him know that you took the bait. If he attacks your body while you are sleeping, and you wake up with pain then the enemy has come into your camp. How is he going to know if you took the bait? Who is going to tell him that you hurt? You will.
You will wake up and strain or groan, so they say, “Hey, look at that. I think he took it. Let’s watch him a little bit longer.” You reach and grab the bed post and complain. And they say, “Yes, he took it. Let’s watch him a little bit more.”
Next thing you know the enemy says, “We planted the thought, we caused the pain, and he took the bait. Now, let’s make it worse.” So soon you are in bad shape.
If you have a problem, you are the one who says that you have the problem. If your husband is mean to you, you are the one who says that he is mean to you. If your mom and dad are mistreating you, you are the only one who tells how much they are mistreating you. This is why the Bible says that death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).
Proverbs 6:2 says, “You are snared by the words of your own mouth.” If your mouth is always speaking good and you are acting right, the devil does not know what is going on. He does not know if there is any shortage, unless you tell him. He does not know if there is any fear unless you tell him. You say things like, “I had a bad dream last night, and I am so afraid because it scared me.” And the devil says, “I gave him that dream last night, and did not know if it worked or not, but now I know. Come on, boys.”
You are on the telephone, and say, “I believe if my husband would have said two more words last night, I would have hit him.” The devil says, “We will have him say more words tonight.”
Then you say, “I do not understand, it is getting worse and worse.” This is because you are telling the devil what to do to make it worse. You are pulling the covers back, and unfolding the secrets of your mind. All the devil needs to know is that Jesus is Lord in your life.
Confess the Word. Speak in tongues. Praise God. The devil will not know if you took a thought unless you tell him.
Another example is, “Nobody loves me. Nobody pays me any attention. Everybody slights me.”
And the devil says, “You hear that, come on fellows, come on.” And he keeps telling you, “Yes, that is right, they do not treat you right.”
When you say you cannot get out of a situation, you dig your hole a little deeper. When you keep confessing that you cannot get out of it, and keep telling people, always talking about it, you are digging your hole deeper and deeper. There are some things you have to talk about, but be careful. Most of the time, you do not have to talk so much. If you start praising God, He will show you how to get out.
You say, “What do I do if I need counseling?” Call upon someone who has been walking with God for awhile. Do not talk to 15 different people about the situation, or you will dig your hole 15 times deeper.
5. THE DEVIL’S DEFEAT
a. To defeat the devil, you need to be educated. II Corinthians 2:11 says, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” Education is the opposite of ignorance.
II Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Your mind has to be renewed for you to be an overcomer. You also have to know that He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world, and that you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind, so rejoice in the Lord always. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and you are snared by the words of your mouth. Count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations.
Whenever you come into a problem, praise God in it. This is contrary to the world. It blows the devil’s mind, and people’s minds, too. But, go ahead and do it anyway, then God will move for you. God is no respecter of persons. What He has done for me or any other man who is moving with God, He will do for you. It is His will for you to walk in victory over the devil.
Jesus said, “I come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” Why does He want you to have life and have it more abundantly? So that you will be a light to people who are frustrated and confused. People in this world are in bad shape. It does not make a difference if they have a nickel in their jeans or a million dollars, they are still in bad shape. They are lost, and bound for hell. They are going to spend eternity separated from God, so they need a light to follow. The only way you can be a light is to learn to walk with God so that they will know there is another and better way.
They Word says we are the head, not the tail. We are above and not beneath. We will be blessed coming in and going out. We are the light of the world. The only reason God does not destroy the earth right now is because we are here. Father God looks down, and if it were not for us, there would be total darkness. When He pulls us out, the world has had it.
It is time God’s people take a stand. Let people know they are lost. Let them know where you stand. They will not know unless you tell them. The world is getting more and more wicked. They are searching. The reason a man drinks is because he is searching. The reason kids pop pills is because they are searching. But, peace cannot be found in a bottle or a pill. It is only in Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. There is no other way.
John 16:13 says, “He has ordained us to bear fruit and our fruit shall remain.” God has ordained us to help people find Jesus and come to the love, joy, peace and contentment that is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
b. To defeat the devil, you must control your mind. Philippians 4:8 says, “Whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Sort the thoughts that come to your mind and see if they fit the Word of God. If so then swallow them; if not, then spit them out. It is your mind; so if you tell your head and arm what to do, then tell your mind what to think on.
Say, “Devil, you are not going to plant garbage in my mind, because it is not a garbage disposal. I have the mind of God and it belongs to Jesus Christ. I refuse any thoughts that do not fit the Word of God.”
If you do not fight against fear, insecurity, and frustration it will get worse. You will just feed on it and feed on it until it grows into a monster. It will affect your body and mind, and you will not know what to do. Jesus said, “My peace I give unto you, not as the world gives…” We have His joy and love, too.
The devil is defeated, but we have a part to do. The table is spread but we have to do the eating. We put the right kind of food on the table for our children, but they have to eat it. A lot of times, they would rather eat junk. God has put the right food on the table for us, but sometimes because we do not have the wisdom, we will eat junk — candy, ice cream, potato chips, and hamburgers. These are alright sometimes, but a wrong diet will catch up with you. God created the body to have a balanced diet. The consequences may take ten or fifteen years, but they will catch up with you. If you do not fill your mind with the Word of God, it will catch up with you, too, so if you do not have a balanced spiritual diet, it will also catch up with you.
c. To defeat the devil, you must have confidence and trust in God’s Word. James 4:7 says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” II Corinthians 1:20 says, “For all the promises of God in him are yea and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” One of God’s promises is that if you resist the devil he will flee. In the first part of James 4:7, he says to submit yourself to the Lord. This means to the Word. Be submissive to the Word, and to what God says is true. Psalms 119:89-90 says, “Forever, O Lord, thy Word is settled in heaven. (90) Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.” Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;)” Therefore, hold fast to the Word that says resist the devil and he will flee from you. Hebrews 6:15, “After he had patiently endured he obtained the promise.” Hebrews 10:36, “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” What is the will of God? “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” After obeying the Scripture, and fighting the good fight of faith, you will receive the promise.
You say, “God, why don’t you go ahead and give it to me? I am able to stand.” But, he says, “Show me. You have been giving me all those popcorn promises, now, I want to prove you.”
What are the promises? Jesus came that you might have life and have it more abundantly. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. You are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. You can do all things through Jesus Christ. God shall supply all your needs. Every promise in the book is yours. They are not just for Elbert Willis, Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, and Hobart Freeman. They are yours.
I Corinthians 3:21-23 says, “Therefore, let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; (22) Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; (23) And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.”
Breaking the Devil’s Power
I Corinthians 2:11 says, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us for we are not ignorant of his devices.” This Scripture must become a reality to you, if you are going to be an overcomer. The devil’s power has already been broken, so you can live an abundant, victorious life. Why is this so important? So that you might be a light to those in darkness.
Most people in the world are living fearful, frustrated, confused lives. On the outside they appear alright. They may have a smile on their face, but inside there is no peace. The psychiatric wards are full of people, and more are on dope and alcohol than ever before. They are looking for an answer, and this is why you must manifest Jesus to them.
The devil is going to fight, because he does not want to turn you loose. He does not want you to get free and start living a life that will be an example for a God hungry world. He knows that if your life begins to manifest love, joy, and peace, you will influence others for Jesus. The devil does not want anyone in the influencing business except himself.
II Corinthians 2:14 says, “Now, thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place.” As we triumph over the devil, and walk in victory, we are going to be like a sweet smelling savor unto the world.
Victory costs. It is a pearl of great price. You have to be willing to sell all to get that one pearl. There is a parable in the Bible about that. It says a man sold everything to buy one pearl. You have to be willing to get rid of everything to get that one pearl. That one Pearl is Jesus Christ and He is worth it all.
BREAKING THE DEVIL’S POWER OVER YOUR LIFE REQUIRES KNOWLEDGE OF CERTAIN FACTS
1. His power is stolen: Satan’s power is stolen.
Genesis 1:26 says, “And God said, Let us make a man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” In other words, God gave dominion to Adam and Eve. He created the world, and put them in charge; however, later they were deceived and relinquished their authority. Through that deception the devil became the ruler of this world.
Luke 4:5-6 says, “And the devil taking Jesus up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. (6) And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me: and to whomsoever I will I give it.” He showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, and he that they were delivered unto him, and whomsoever he wanted to give them to he could. Adam and Eve voluntarily agreed to do what the devil wanted them to do. Therefore, when they yielded to him, they lost their dominion and authority.
The devil can use his power to keep you in bondage through your ignorance but when you learn the truth, you are taking the first step to walking in total victory over the enemy. You do not have to fail in any area of your life and you do not have to be defeated spiritually, physically, mentally, or financially. You can overcome the devil because his power is stolen.
Jesus Christ has come and liberated you, but you have to know what you have been liberated from. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was the proclamation of liberation. He set you free from the power of darkness therefore you have eternal life. You have been redeemed from sickness, poverty and spiritual death, so therefore, you do not have to be sick anymore or have physical problems. God will bless you financially, but you have to pay the price of learning the Word. Tell the devil that you will not be in bondage to him any longer. Say, “I am not going to be in bondage to you anymore. You have beat on me all my life, but I will not be in bondage to you anymore.”
2. His power is permitted: Satan’s power is permitted.
Romans 13:1 says, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” Satan admitted in Luke 4:6 that his power was delivered unto him. He deceived Adam and Eve and they gave him dominion and control of the world so his power is permitted. God could have stopped Adam and Eve, but He wanted their obedience to be totally voluntary. He did not want a bunch of robots, so it was Adam and Eve’s decision.
Today it is your decision. God could liberate you, but He said, “I do not have to because I have already done it. You are going to have to comprehend what I have already done in Jesus. I could stop all the pressure from being put on you, but at the same time I cannot.” Why can He do it, and yet cannot? Because He gave His Word. He gave His Son Jesus. He said that it is already finished. All you have to do is learn the Word of God and find out who and what you are. Then, you can break the devil’s hold in your life; spiritually, mentally, physically and financially.
3. His power is limited: The third thing about his power is that it is limited.
I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” The devil’s power is limited, in that he cannot tempt you with anything that is not common to man. Do you realize that you let common things get you down? Fear, worry, anger, disappointment, discouragement, resentment, bitterness, and hurt are all common things, yet they whip you and whip you and whip you. Insecurities, nervousness, tension and pride are also common things, and God said, “He will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
Sometimes you may say, “I cannot bear it any longer.” When you do that, you call God a liar and cut off your faith line. You have to be wise because God says He will make a way of escape. What is the way of escape? I do not know, but He said He would make a way of escape. God’s power is unlimited, and He is faithful.
Isaiah 43:1-3 says, “But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. (2) When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. (3) For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.” God did not say that you would drown or burn or that the current of the river would be too swift. Nothing will be too difficult for a saint of God who believes the Word of God and realizes that the devil’s power is limited. I am free from the devil’s yokes and powers. He comes, but I can whip him. I know the Word. I know that his power is stolen, permitted and limited. But, I also know that my Father’s power is unlimited. I am a child of the King, an heir of God and a joint-heir with Jesus Christ. No problem that faces me can stand as I am faithful to God’s Word. He is the Way Maker and He paves the road for those who are faithful to His Word and stay in there with it.
4. His power is resisted: The power of the devil is resisted. He does not have total reign. Jesus said in
Luke 22:31-32, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: (32) But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” Jesus prayed for Simon’s faith so it would not fail. I believe when Jesus prayed, He prayed the prayer of faith. When He prayed for Simon, He prayed for me. He said, “Elbert Willis, I have prayed that your faith fail not.”
And I say, “Jesus, I know when You pray, You pray believing, and the Father has heard You. Therefore, the devil’s power is resisted.”
Hebrews 7:25 says, “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Jesus Christ ever lives to make intercession for us.
James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” When you are praying for others, the enemy will fight, but his power is resisted because you are praying. He is fighting that prayer of faith that you are praying for your husband, wife, son, daughter, mom or dad. Every time he sees you he remembers that prayer you prayed, and he has to face it all the days of his life. He is resisted. He does not have free reign, however he tries to make you think that he can do whatever he wants to, but he cannot. If he could, he would kill you, because he does not like you going around smiling and praising the Lord and shouting Glory Hallelujah. He would rather have you mope around.
Romans 8:37 says, “We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” The devil is the defeated foe, not you. You are a conqueror and an overcomer. Take your position and walk in your inheritance.
I want to make sure that you have this straight. Satan’s power is resisted. I am resisting it. I confess every day that the angels of the Lord are encamped around about me. That is part of resisting his power. In the morning my wife brings me a cup of coffee and opens the drapes. I look out the window and see, with my spiritual eyes, an angel smiling and looking in the window at me. That is the way to start the day. It is like He is saying, “Son, I am here. I am on duty.”
5. His power is broken: Satan’s power is broken to those who know the truth. Jesus broke his power at Calvary, but when you do not know it, he can keep you hooked. He can make you think you cannot get free from him. He can make you think because he has had you for so long that you cannot get free. He says, “You have been afraid for 20 years, so you cannot get free of that. You have had this sickness for 15 years; so there is no way you can get free from it.” That is what he tells people. Anytime he tells you that you can’t, shout, because Jesus says you can. Jesus says you are an overcomer. Jesus says you are a conqueror. Satan’s power is already broken.
I John 3:8 says, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” Jesus came and was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil. If his works are destroyed, how can he affect so many people today? It is because of ignorance. As long as you are ignorant of the fact that his works are destroyed, he can keep you in bondage. He says, “No, you cannot get free of that. You have had that all your life. Your dad was that way and your mom was that way.” Anytime he tells you something that is not in line with the Word of God, rebuke it. God does not speak contrary to His Word.
I John 4:4 says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” He says you are of God and He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world. That means that the power of God, that is living in you is greater than all the power of the devil. The devil has had you in training for years, but you can break free from him.
Luke 10:19 says, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” The Lord showed me to call anything that looks like it will hurt me a lie. When we first moved to Lafayette, we had a 1972 Ford Station Wagon. It seemed like every time I turned around we were having car trouble. I had been doing all the work on the car myself, and the Lord had been getting after me about that. He said, “Son, it would be better if you would exercise faith for your car.” Some of you men are very good mechanics, but the best thing to do is let somebody else fix it while you exercise your faith. That is how you grow. While some of you are exercising your muscles, I am exercising my faith and letting my faith grow for further down the road. Anyway, the starter went out on that car and that was the last straw. The devil had been fighting me left and right; but all at once, I just rose up and said, “In the Name of Jesus, I claim five times the amount to buy a new starter.” The starter was $75, so that would be $350. I claimed this from the devil. I even claim, sometimes, ten times as much.
The Bible says we are conquerors, not defenders. Nothing shall by any means hurt you, so if the devil comes around fighting, exercise your authority and power over him.
6. His power is deceptive: Satan’s power is deceptive. He has had 6000 years of practice on man. Anyone could learn something in 6000 years. In
John 8:44 Jesus said, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
If you believe a lie, you get the result of it. If you believe that the devil can whip you, then you get the result of that belief and will fail. If you believe that he can put fear upon you, then you have believed a lie of the devil, and he will put fear upon you, but if you believe the truth, you will have freedom. The Bible says you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. If you believe a lie, it will put you in bondage. It all boils down to what you believe.
Ephesians 6:11 talks about the “wiles of the devil.” The word “wiles” means arts. He knows what he is doing. He has a strategy. A good general plans and plots everything at head-quarters, and that is where the battle is won. The devil knows you and he knows how you have been reacting all your life. He can hit you with two or three things and he knows how you will react. When you come to Jesus, you blow his strategy. He attacks you with number one and you say, “GLORY!” Then he attacks you with number two and you shout, “HALLELUJAH!” Then he hits you with number three and you say, “WELL, PRAISE THE LORD!” Now he does not know what to do, so he says, “Come one, fellows, we have to get in the huddle again.” They go back in and plan some more strategy. They say, “Five years ago this is what worked on him. Our reports show that he had a little trouble over here, let’s go and stir that up again. Let’s make him think it is coming back on him.”
What you have to learn to do is act the right way. You will blow his fuse, mind and strategy because all you say is, “GLORY, HALLELUJAH, PRAISE THE LORD, BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD. I HAVE IT. I AM AN OVERCOMER. I AM A VICTOR.” He will not know what to do, but if he can get you to talk or act his way, he will have something on you.
He uses cunning devices and he knows how to stack the deck against you, but you can blow it down. He uses trickery, crafts and settled plans because he is not on a hit and miss deal. He has been studying you all these years, and he has had you programmed. Blow his strategy plans by rejoicing in the Lord always, and the next thing you will know is that every button he pushes will cause you to respond with , “GLORY, GLORY, HALLELUJAH. PRAISE THE LORD. THANK YOU, JESUS. PRAISE GOD, PRAISE GOD. HE THAT IS IN ME IS GREATER THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD. I AM MORE THAN A CONQUEROR THROUGH CHRIST JESUS. I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME. PRAISE GOD, I HAVE THE VICTORY. I HAVE AUTHORITY AND POWER OVER THE DEVIL.”
Satan uses framed devices. Framed implies that it is programmed. Demons have been in and out of people as long as they have been here. They know human nature perfectly. They know exactly the kind of personality that the world shaped you into and just what buttons to push; but if you learn to rejoice in the Lord always, then they do not know what to do.
The framed devices are to box you in and hold you down. He also uses continual following. He continually follows you like a blood hound, and he cannot stand to see you walk in victory. If you back up he will beat you to death; but if you go on, he will be like a blood hound on your trail. The Bible says it is better not to hear the truth if you are not planning to go all the way with the Lord. If you want to go all the way, you had better know these things and learn to whip the devil because if you do not, he is going to box your jaws all your life. If you do not learn these things he will keep you miserable.
7. His power is destructive.
John 10:10 says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.” You are his enemy and he is continually on your trail. You can get moving with God and foul up his plans, but if you keep flip-flopping around he will be able to defeat or destroy you. Scripture calls him the evil one, the tempter, the accuser, the seducer, and the liar. There is not one good thing about him. All his attributes are destructive and he tries to put them on you, as he is also doing with the lost man. You may think that if you back up a little bit it will be better, but do not do that. You will just let your guard down and he will kill you quicker. You will not have the angels protecting you any longer. He will put cancer on you quicker because you no longer believe in divine healing, and if he cannot do it with anything else, he will do it with worry. Worry is a killer. Nervousness, tension, and all these things are destructive.
8. His power is doomed: Satan’s power is doomed and he knows it. He tried to stop Jesus, but he could not and his power was eternally broken. Remember what happened when Herod heard the news that a baby was born who was called Immanuel? He sent his men and killed all the male children who were two and under. Who do you think was behind that? Satan has been living in fear ever since Adam and Eve left the garden. God said that there was going to be One who would come and crush his head. Every time an Old Testament prophet came forth the devil tried to kill him, because he thought maybe that was the one. Praise God, Jesus did come, and He came and totally defeated the devil. Now Satan is afraid of the overcomers who are coming up next. This is his final doom, as he knows that this message of total victory is beginning to be taught around the world. He knows that there are men and women who are rising up, like they never have before, to walk in total victory. That is why at every place where this strong faith message is being taught he is fighting because there is where the overcomers will come from. Most people in organized churches are not overcomers. They are saved, but Jesus did not say He was coming just for saved folks, He said He was coming for overcomers.
Revelation 12:1-10 tells about the overcomer. Revelation 20:2-3 says, “And He laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, (3) And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” The overcomers will reign with Jesus.
Satan could not stop Jesus, and he will not be able to stop the overcomers. What Jesus will do is come and shut the devil up for a thousand years, then the overcomers are going to reign here on earth with Christ Jesus. Then after a thousand years, Satan will be turned loose for a little while. He is going to be just as mean as ever. He is going to deceive the nations from all four corners. They are going to come against Jerusalem, that is where we are going to be and Jesus will be sitting on the throne in Jerusalem, Jesus will defeat all of them. Then we will walk right on into eternity.
The devil is doomed, and he has been doomed from the beginning. This was sealed when Jesus Christ came and paid the price. You no longer have to live under the curse of the law because you have been redeemed. The victory is yours — spiritually, physically, mentally, and financially. The power of the devil is limited, he can only do so much. When you have a knowledge of this then you can overcome him, but until you have that knowledge, you cannot do anything. You have been taught and trained all of your life to do the best that you could. The best you can do is get into the Word of God.
Confess this: “In the Name of Jesus, I confess the devil is a defeated foe. I am a conqueror. I am an overcomer. I am the one that always triumphs. The devil is the defeated foe. And I say, in Jesus’ Name, he is defeated, because I have power and authority over him.”
Exposing Demon’s Work
This is a study to reveal truths that will enable you to have victory primarily in the soul area. Your mind, will and emotions are the area that Satan most frequently attacks.
All of your life, you have been trained by the world. When you came to Jesus and received Him as your Lord and Saviour, you began reading the Bible, and you saw a new way presented. Romans 12:2 says, “Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
This new way is not easily comprehended because it is contrary to the old way. It is contrary to what you have learned from Mom and Dad, society and education, so you are therefore, unable to make the transition from a natural level, to a supernatural level. Your mind must be renewed by the Word of God in order to grow and mature as a Christian.
The biggest hindrance to having your mind renewed is demonic influence in the soul. This will prevent you from walking in victory 365 days of the year.
First, you must be born again. Salvation is for your spirit and will get you into heaven. Next, you need the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, to empower you, and you need healing for your body, and deliverance for your soul. Your mind will then be able to comprehend the truths of God, and you will begin to recognize the devil’s ways, and know when he is playing with your mind. Your mind cannot be renewed by God’s Word until you are free from demonic influence.
This study exposes demonic methods of entrance, strategy, deliverance from demons, and total personal defeat of an already defeated foe.
(Doors and Avenues)
The majority of demons come in through childhood. What little boy or girl has not had the door closed on them in the closet and gone into fear? What little boy or girl has not, at one time or another in their life, been so angry at Mom or Dad that they have said, “I would like to kill you?” What little boy or girl has not wanted something enough to steal it, and when it was found at their house, they have lied and said, “I just picked it up,” or “I just found it.” What little boy or girl did not have an argument with their brother or sister and get angry and say, “I wish you were dead.” What little boy or girl at some time or another in their childhood, has not heard Mom and Dad in some kind of serious argument and become frightened? What little boy or girl has not had their ears pierced with foul, vulgar, unclean language?
You see, dear Christian friends, it does not make any difference why you open the door or how you open the door, the devil comes in. He has an eternal hatred for you, because you are made in the image of God. The only reason you are not dead, is because God has His hedge around you. Satan would destroy all of us if he could.
John 8:32 says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” When you begin to learn the truth about fear, you can be set free from it. When you begin to learn the truth about frustration, confusion, doubt, worry, anxiety, and tension, you can also be set free from these things.
Remember, the majority of demonic entrances take place in childhood. I am sure you can look back in your life and remember things that happened to you which caused fear, anger, or frustration. Maybe that incident has been so imprinted in your mind that now when you come to a similar situation, you are reminded of it. A lot of people cannot be put in a closed room, because when they were a child, someone locked them in one, and they became frightened. Now, when you put them in a room and close the door, they go all to pieces.
IN PARTICIPATION IN SIN
Another demonic entrance is the participation in sin. There is no way to get into a pig pen without getting filth on you. Likewise, there is no way you can participate in sin and disobedience, without opening the door for demonic entrance into your life. For example, the spirit of alcoholism can get hold of a person and he can get free from that spirit, and not have the desire to drink; but if he goes out and takes a drink, he will draw up the spirit of alcoholism.
Any area of sin that you participate in will rub off on you. You can start fighting and some of it will rub off on you. You can start arguing, cursing, gossiping, or backbiting, and some of it will rub off on you. These things become a part of you. Once you know better or come into the light, then you are responsible for the light that you have. But, Glory, Hallelujah, once you know the truth, you will be able to walk in the victory that God has for you.
IN INHERITANCE DISGUISES
The Bible teaches that demons can affect people as far down as the third generation. Many people feel their problem is because of inheritance. “Well, Daddy had it so I have it.” If you confess it, then you have it. Many people say, “Well, Grandpa died with a heart attack, Daddy died with a heart attack, so now I will have a heart attack. It must be an inheritance.”
If I would have known what I know now, I would have never become bald headed. I would have never accepted a worldly concept that it is inherited. Inheritance is demonic, so all those who teach it, cannot explain it. They say that somehow it just passes down through the family.
Many people have allergies because, “Well, Aunt Susie had it, so I have it, too.” The devil says, “So-and-so just has girls, so all you can have is girls.” Or, “So-and-so just has boys, so all you can have is boys.” Well, if that is all you can believe God for, then that is all you can have.
Medical science tries to pass diseases and problems down to you as an inheritance, and the devil uses it as a disguise. As long as you believe it, he has free access to you. You may say, “Well, I have always had this temper. My daddy was that way. He had a tempter, and I guess I just inherited it from him.” Yes, you inherited a demon from your dad. “My mother was always real nervous, so I guess I just inherited this nervousness from her.” With a confession like that, you did. You received exactly what she had.
God wants you to have peace, love, joy, and victory. This is your rightful inheritance. Don’t let the devil pawn off any fear, sickness, confusion, disappointment or anything else that will not line up with the Holy Spirit of God. The Bible very plainly says that Jesus came that you might have life and have it more abundantly. The devil is come to steal, kill, and destroy. Anything that is killing your body, disturbing your mind, robbing your peace, or coming against you, is not from God.
There are two spiritual powers. The spiritual power of God is for love, joy, peace, victory, and the anointing of the Holy Ghost. The spiritual power of the devil is for fear, frustration, fighting, screaming, yelling, war, death, anxiety, tension, and nervousness.
You may say, “Ever since I can remember, our family has had eye problems.” Well, if I would believe that, I would have eye problems, too. You go to the eye doctor, and he fits you with glasses and says, “Those will be good for a year or two, and after that you will need some stronger ones.” You go back in a couple of years, and he puts some stronger ones on you, and he tells you that these will last maybe three years and then your eye-sight might get dimmer and dimmer, and you will have to have heavier glasses. You say, “Well, O.K., doc.” About a year and a half later, that demon of blindness begins to work on your eyes and you say, “You know what? I cannot see as well anymore. My eyes must be getting like the doctor said.” And that demon is sitting there laughing and saying, “Sucker, Sucker.”
This is another thing people say, “Five people in my family have died of cancer; I wonder if I may have it. That is a lie of the devil. God did not come to kill you. He came that you might have life, and have it more abundantly. You cannot enjoy life and enjoy it more abundantly if the devil is always jabbing you about having cancer.
IN OCCULT PARTICIPATION
Another demonic entrance is in occult participation. The Ouija board, horoscope, astrology, water witching, tea reading and palm reading are of the occult. It is plainly stated in Deuteronomy, that occultism is an abomination to God. Have you ever wondered why you wanted to read your horoscope? Was it just for fun, or was it to learn something about your future? If you were trying to learn something about your future from somebody besides God, you were consulting the devil. There are only two sources that can give that kind of information.
Slumber parties have gotten a lot of people involved in occultism by playing a Ouija board. That has been the thing for the last 25 years. You may have seen a Ouija board give out information. This is demonic.
If you start feeling tight inside, as you read this, it is because demons inside of you are becoming frightened because you are receiving the truth. They know they will soon be cast out of their abode. When one is exposing demons or teaching on demons the crowds are usually smaller because people start getting tight and tense inside. They become frustrated and confused, saying that they do not want to hear it or believe it. These are the demons of confusion, frustration, doubt and unbelief wanting to keep that person away so he cannot receive the benefit of the teaching.
When you have an accident you are unprotected. You are in shock. I was ministering to a man once, and a demon spoke out of him and said that he came into the man on the operating table. I asked, “What operating table?” He said, “In World War II.” This man had been shot, and while on the operating table, unconscious, and full of fear, the door was opened for that evil spirit to come in.
Just about everyone has had an accident at once time or another. Some just cringe at the sight of blood and even the thought of a cut will turn their stomachs. That is fear. How did they get that fear? They had an accident, and an evil spirit slipped in, and has been plaguing them ever since.
The hospitals are filled with death, fear, confusion, worry, frustration, anxiety, and tension. Everybody that is in there, and most who go to visit, are open for attack. When you visit a loved one in the hospital, you may leave feeling low. That is demonic oppression. When I walk into the hospital, I plead the Blood of Jesus over me. You better start doing it, too.
I am sure most of you have lost a loved one. It hurts, doesn’t it? It is a deep, deep, deep hurt. During this time of grief and sorrow, you are open for evil spirits to come in. I will use my wife as an example. She lost her dad several years ago, and she and her dad were real close. Her dad was a good man, and he knew God. Grief and sorrow got a hold on her during this particular time, and the spirit of suicide came in and tried to get her to commit suicide. God is not the author of anything that steals, kills or destroys.
I have not ministered to a woman yet that has not had a spirit of suicide. That is not God, ladies. God loves you. God does not want you to kill yourself. A lot of men also have a spirit of suicide, that has come through their failures and frustrations. I sat my wife down and began to minister to her, and to come against those spirits. The spirit of grief and sorrow came forth along with suicide. If you have lost a husband or a wife or a son or a daughter, that was enough to open you up for these things. Do not let it cause you fear because God is not the author of fear. I just want to open your eyes so that you can be set free for the glory of God. Jesus loves you, and Jesus does not want you to kill yourself. Jesus does not want you to be filled with sorrow or grief, anxiety, fears, frustrations, doubts, and worry.
Jesus is love, peace, joy, patience, longsuffering, and temperance. Learn the attributes of God. Anything that rises up in you or comes against you, is not of God. If it does not line up with the Word of God, then you know it is of the devil.
I have had a fear come against me. But, when it came, I knew that is was not of God and I said, “In the Name of Jesus, I reject that.” The Bible says to submit yourself to the Lord and the devil will flee from you.
Were you ever ridiculed and mocked when you were a child? This can bring inferiorities and insecurities into your life. My wife was born with two little thumbs on one of her hands, and she went through ridicule and mockery as a child because of this.
Maybe you could not talk as well as somebody, or you were not as big as someone, or you were too large. Maybe you could not make the team and they ribbed you, and picked at you. Maybe you did not do very well in school and they called you “Dumbhead.” Words that are spoken in line with the Word of God are life givers — words like, “I love you,” “I appreciate you,” “I encourage you,” “God loves you, He wants to save you, He wants to help you.” But, words of fear, frustration or ridicule bring death. This is one of the devil’s weapons. You may think the way you are today is because it is your nature. Your nature was shaped by the devil as he bombarded you with fear and frustration, defeat, failure and condemnation.
THEY CANNOT REACH SPIRIT OF SAINT, ONLY SOUL AND BODY.
I Thessalonians 5:23 says, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Man is three-fold. He is spirit, soul, and body. Every human is born with a spirit. That spirit is an unregenerated spirit, and will live forever, either in heaven or hell. The only way that spirit can go to heaven is for you to have a new birth. John 3:6 says, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”
There was a time when Elbert and Bernice Willis came together, conception took place, and I was born in the flesh. Inside of me was an unregenerated spirit. But, there was a time when I had another birth — a spiritual birth, and the Holy Spirit of God came and touched my human spirit and recreated it.
II Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” When you are saved, your body does not change. It is the spirit within you that becomes new.
Once the Holy spirit touches your human spirit, it is recreated. He makes a Holy place to live and then comes to live in you. Paul says in
I Corinthians 6:19-20, “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye were bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” So, therefore, man is spirit, he has a soul, and lives in a body. The spirit is what lives forever.
Satan cannot reach the spirit of a saint where the Holy Spirit is located. If you are born again, and know Christ as your Saviour, you cannot be demon possessed. The only way you can be totally possessed by demons is through them getting hold of your spirit. The devil can only get to your body and soul as a Christian. He can work in your mind with confusion, and worry; on your emotions with anger, hate, bitterness, resentment; and on your will with stubbornness, and hard-headedness. Evil spirits cannot totally possess the mind of a saint of God or his will or emotions, but they can have a great influence on them.
This is Divine order: The Holy Spirit of God lives in you, and He speaks to your human spirit. Your human spirit speaks to your soul; which is your mind, will and emotions. Then your soul speaks to your body. When your soul is not controlled by the Holy Spirit, your life will manifest the devil. You cannot show forth love and hate at the same time, but you can show forth hate one moment and then love the next moment. You cannot manifest both at the same time. You are therefore controlled by one or the other.
THE SOUL IS THE MAIN ATTACK AREA
The soul is the main area of attack and the
real battlefield is your mind, will, and emotions. The second battlefield is your body, and as long as Satan can keep your mind in confusion, he can affect your body so that you cannot learn God’s Word. If he can keep your mind filled with worry, then you cannot have peace. If he can keep your emotions filled with anger, then you cannot manifest love. There is a war going on for the control of your mind, will and emotions. When you yield yourself to the Holy Spirit of God and He is in control, then Divine order is established in you, and you will show forth God. If the devil is in control, then you will show forth the devil. If anger gets control of your life, you will show forth anger. If fear gets control of your life, you will show forth fear. If worry gets control of your life, you will show forth worry. If bitterness gets control of your life, you will show forth bitterness. If confusion gets control of your life, you will show forth confusion. If nervousness or tension gets control of you, you will show forth, present, or reflect to those around you nervousness or tension.
THE SOUL IS INFLUENCED OR CONTROLLED BY ENEMY ATTRIBUTES
Whatever you show forth outwardly indicates who has control inwardly. If the Holy Spirit of God is in control you shall reflect love, joy, peace, and victory, but, if anger, fear, frustration, worry, disappointment, hurt, resentment, and bitterness are in control, you will show forth Satan’s attributes. It is easy to tell who is in control and anybody can look at you and see. It is not a secret, and sad to say, what happens is that you do not care who is in control.
Romans 6:13, 16, says, “Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.” (16) “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servant ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or obedience unto righteousness?” If you yield yourself to anger, you are the servant of anger and anger is a servant of the devil.
GODLINESS OR UNGODLINESS IS THE OUTCOME
The Holy Spirit of God lives in you and He desires to control you from the inside. The enemy cannot control you from your spirit, but he can get into your mind, will, and emotions and cause pain and discomfort in your body. He can make you agitated, aggravated and hard to live with and he can stop you from praising and worshipping the Lord. That is his work and if he can control your mind, will and emotions with enough fear, frustration, confusion, disappointment, anxiety or tension, then that is who you will show forth. The devil knows the more he can control your mind, will and emotions, the more you will manifest him to the world. If you however yield to the Holy Spirit, God will control you and will show forth love, joy, peace, patience, longsuffering, victory, confidence, assurance, stability, drive, and determination.
When you are walking in victory, you can influence others for Jesus. How can you convince anyone that Jesus is the answer when you walk around with the mully-grubs? How can you tell people that Jesus gives you peace and joy when you take nerve medicine or the like? That is not a good witness for Jesus. With deliverance you can get free from these things and let the love of God show forth out of you. Everything you need is in the Holy Spirit. What are the attributes of the Holy Spirit? They are love, joy, peace, patience, longsuffering, and victory. Inside of you are ALL the attributes of God, but the devil wants to keep them from coming out.
You can walk in victory 365 days of the year, but you will have to break the hold of the devil. You need to get your mind renewed to the Word of God and get free from the devil through deliverance.
Let God shine forth. What is holding Him back? Fear, frustration, worry, bitterness, animosity, resentment, tension and tightness; these have the pipe clogged up. Use the Word of God and the Name of Jesus and open up that faucet. You are the one that is going to have to do it. God has done all He is ever going to do for you. He has saved you and has filled you with the Holy Ghost. He has put the power inside of you, but you must open the faucet. How do you open it up? With your mouth you should praise the Lord until everything is cleaned out.
When you begin to raise your hands and praise God, then the devil comes around and tells you that you are acting foolishly. Do not listen, because he is trying to clog your pipe. If I am praising the Lord, and the devil tells me that I am acting foolish, I just act more foolish. I praise louder and jump around a little bit and I say, “Devil, how did that look?”
You have the power inside of you, so you can blow the pipe out. Why are you sitting around waiting for somebody else to do your job? You say, “I wish I had some joy,” “I wish I had some peace.” You are the one that lets the devil take your joy. You will have joy one day, and the next day it is gone, and you say it is because someone said something to you, or your husband jumped on you. Well, do not let that steal your joy, keep your mouth open, praise God, worship the Lord, and confess Scriptures.
The Holy Spirit is within the human spirit therefore all He can do is remain inside while the devil is bombarding your mind, will and emotions. The Holy Spirit wants to come out, but there is no room for Him. Your emotions are affected by anger, fear, frustration, hurt, resentment, and bitterness. You say, “I should not feel this way; I am not going to act that way.” But, your mind says, “He had no business saying that to me, that stinker.” So confusion, doubt, and unbelief come in. Your will says, “You should not feel that way or think that way.” But, your emotions are so high and your mind so confused that it begins to block your will. The devil soon has the Holy Spirit blocked off and the Holy Spirit is sitting there crying, “Let Me out! Let Me out!” The devil is on the outside with the ear-aches, toe-aches, back-aches, tummy aches, ulcers, and sin. He is out there bombarding you, and the whole purpose is to keep the Holy Spirit inside of you throttled.
When he puts the pressure on me I just rear back, take a big breath and shout, “Glory Hallelujah, Thank You, Jesus.” I begin to praise God and confess the Scriptures until the pressure is blown out of the way. You may be doing real good and all at once someone will say something about you and hurt your feelings, and you say, “Who do they think they are? I would like to buy them for what they are worth, and sell them for what they think they are worth.” Your mind kicks into gear and you know that you should not feel that way; but it builds and builds and finally your will says, “I do not care.” You lose control of your will, and get angry and blow your stack. Whenever this happens, you are in a war.
The devil bombards you with outward pressure through your senses to control your soul and override the Holy Spirit. You yield to anger, fear, bitterness, or resentment, and although the Holy Spirit of God inside of you is greater than all these things, you let the outward evidence and situation get the best of you. This is why you need deliverance. If you want to break these things, then make up your mind that you will have the victory. You try and try and try, but cannot get victory, because those demons are in there stabbing you with fear, frustration, worry, anxiety, tension, pressure, trouble, problems, heartaches, resentment, and bitterness. He keeps you controlled so that you do not know where you are going, or if you are up or down because the devil and his demons are coming against you all the time.
(Few & Suggestive)
RESENTMENT: This includes bitterness, hatred, unforgiveness, bad temper, and rejection (friends, some boy or girl that you liked). Or maybe you feel like your mother or father rejected you because they were too busy doing this and that. This opens the door for resentment. Resentment leads to bitterness and many other things.
REBELLION: Stubborn, self-willed, disobedient.
JEALOUSY: Envy, suspicion, distrust, selfishness.
CONTROL: Dominance, possessiveness, fear. A dominating spirit in mothers causes more trouble for sons and daughters than any other thing. Mothers, do not dominate your sons and daughters, because this will cause them to have problems and insecurities all of their lives.
INSECURITY: Self-Pity. Women have more trouble with self-pity than any other thing. “Poor me, I am just a house-wife. My work is never done.” You say to your husband, “You go to work and come home and prop your feet up, but my work is never done. Nobody loves me. I am just an old slave around here, all I do is cook.” Loneliness: Many people are lonely even with their husband, wife, or children right there with them. This is the spirit of loneliness. Shyness or Inferiority: You say, “Brother Willis, I have always been that way.” Well, you have always had that demon. Another attribute is the feeling of inadequacy and of being unloved. People who feel unloved think that nobody loves them. That is a lying demon inside of them, because their husbands, wives, children, and God love them. “But, Brother Willis, how do I get that out of me?” Command it to leave, and every time it tries to come back, open your mouth and say, “Praise God, I am loved, I am loved, I am loved. I love everybody and everybody loves me. I love, I love, I love.” The devil says, “You are lying. You are a hypocrite.” “I love, I love, I love, and everybody loves me. Jesus loves me.” Just keep on and the devil cannot stay. What usually happens is that the devil starts telling you that nobody loves you, and you say, “Yes, that is right.”
DEPRESSION: Defeat, suicide, despondency.
NERVOUSNESS: Talkativeness: Women especially have this talkative spirit. Roving. Drive: Men especially are bound to the spirit of drive. They think they must make a living and cannot ever sit still. Defeat: Some men have been defeated four or five times, and that is all they talk about. They say that they are born losers. A restless spirit will try to keep you on the go all the time. So once you get rid of that spirit you will be able to sit down and relax. You say, “I just have to be on the move. I am an outside man. I am the out-door type. I just have to be on the go.” That is a spirit that makes you want to go all the time.
PERFECTION: We had some ladies in our fellowship who were perfectionists about their houses. When you went to their houses you felt that you had to pull your shoes off before you went in the door. Of course, the other side of it is just as bad, because some do not give a flip-flop about their house. You say, “At least I don’t have that perfectionist spirit.” But, you could have a spirit of laziness. Pride, ego, vanity: How long does it take for you to get ready, ladies? Irritability: Does anything or everything just kind of pick at you? You go to church, for instance, and someone makes the least little noise and you say, “I wish they would shut up. Who is that disturbing the reverence of our service?” Intolerance and criticism: Criticism is a big one. You find something wrong with everybody. Someone can walk up to you with a real pretty dress on and when they walk away you say, “That was a pretty dress, but it was hanging on one side.” You always have to find something bad about everything, no matter what it is, even if it is a brand new Cadillac.
SEXUAL: Exposure, fantasy, frigidity. Homosexuality. Many Christians believe that because they are married that any kind of sexual act, free sex, or any way they want to go about it is okay. That is a lie out of the pit of hell. The Word of God is not changed by marriage. The same Word that applies before you are married, applies afterwards. The marriage bed must be undefiled.
RELIGIOUS RESISTANCE: Not wanting to have anything to do with the baptism of the Holy Ghost or speaking with tongues is religious resistance. Unteachable. Ritualism. Formalism. Fear. Idolatry. Religion and religious spirits have more people bound today than any other spirit. For example, the Bible says to clap your hands but you cannot do it because religion has you bound. The Bible says to raise holy hands unto the Lord, but you cannot do it because of religion.
OCCULT: Ouija Boards, E.S.P., astrology, horoscope, charms, pendulum, levitation, hypnotism, reincarnation, water witching, witchcraft, palm reading, fortune telling, etc. Anything that has to do with the occult opens the door to demonic influence.
Deliverance from Demons
I John 3:8 says, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” Do you believe He fulfilled His purpose and His ministry? Yes, He did, because at Calvary, Jesus said, “It is finished.” So therefore, the works of the devil have been destroyed and through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, you can walk in victory 365 days a year when you follow Jesus and know the truth. The truth will make you free.
Deliverance liberates you from many barriers to Bible study and to the renewal of the mind. The primary function of demon activity is to keep you out of the Word of God, and from comprehending and understanding Scripture. This is because as you learn the Word of God, you will have a foundation to stand upon. The devil wants to bombard your mind, will and emotions with fear, frustration, and disappointment so that you will not be able to devote yourself to the Bible study needed for learning God’s Word. Your faith cannot function beyond your knowledge of the Word of God.
Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” As you study the Word of God and feed your faith, you will be able to stretch out and reach new horizons. You will be able to continually mature, and move on to the deeper things of God and walk in victory.
Deliverance from demons enables the Holy Spirit to more effectively guide Christians.
John 16:13 says, “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.” The Holy Spirit lives in you to guide you into all truth, but if demonic forces are also there, then there is a tremendous warfare going on. The Spirit of God wants you to follow Him, but demonic forces are trying to lead you the other way. Most Christians are seesawing back and forth, up and down, off and on, hot and cold, and they do not know which way they are going. At one time they are going all the way with the Lord. Then the next time, they do not know where they are going. One day they are on the mountain top with Jesus. Then the next day the valley is so low that they cannot even find the valley. This is not God’s will for your life.
Deliverance sets Christians free to manifest the fruit of the Spirit. If you are to reach others for Jesus, then you need love, joy, peace, gentleness, kindness, longsuffering, patience, and goodness so that people will know that there is something different about you. The devil wants to keep you involved and tied up so that you manifest to the world around you fear, frustration, worry, guilt, condemnation, resentment, bitterness, anger, etc. So therefore liberation from demons requires that you know certain truths.
TO REALIZE THE DEVIL AND DEMON’S WORK IS DESTRUCTIVE
God’s nature and purpose is love, joy, peace, goodness, longsuffering, patience and kindness. The nature of the devil is the opposite. Jesus said in
John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.” The devil is wanting to steal your love, joy, peace, health, strength and victory. He is trying to steal, kill and destroy you in every way that he can so that you will not show forth Jesus. That is why pressure comes against you.
Ephesians 4:25-29 names things that we are to put away. It says, “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor; for we are members one of another. Be ye angry and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your wrath, neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more; but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
Colossians 3:5-10 says, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: (6) For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience; (7) In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. (8) But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. (9) Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; (10) And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.”
II Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” The greatest weapon that the devil has is Fear. Fear is the opposite of faith, and fear leads to worry, anxiety, and tension. You have fear about tomorrow, sickness, making a living, paying your bills, getting old, and what the social security program is going to do. Fear is always the basis of worry, frustration, and confusion, but God has not given us a spirit of fear. You must know II Timothy 1:7.
It does not matter if steaks go up to five dollars a pound, the Bible says in
Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” He does not say that He will provide all your needs as long as steaks are $1.99 a pound. He does not say that He will provide all the gas for your car as long as it is 50 cents a gallon. He says, “ALL” your needs according to His riches in glory.
My earthly father always provided for my needs according to his riches. He did not have all that much, so he provided for me on that level. I provided for my sons and daughters according to my riches. Whatever your economic situation or status is, you provide for your children according to your riches. My heavenly Father shall supply all my needs according to
His riches. He owns the whole world, He supplies all my spiritual, physical, mental, and financial needs, according to His riches in glory.
TO RECOGNIZE UNBELIEF THAT DEMONIC WORKS EXIST
Unbelief that demonic works exist keep the door open. Many people do not believe in demons, or the works of the devil. I used to think the devil was a figment of the imagination, or some mystical monster. I used to think demons were just in South America or Africa. I thought people in North America were too smart to have demons, but the truth is that demons operate more here because North Americans close their eyes to the facts. They believe there is a heaven, but do not want to believe there is a hell. They believe there is good, but they do not want to believe there is bad.
Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:…” Christians are being destroyed mentally, physically, and materially because of lack of knowledge. In these last days, the Holy Spirit of God is bringing forth truths that will set His people free and allow a mighty army to rise up and begin to march across this land in preparation of the sound of the trumpet of the Lord Jesus Christ. If He is coming back for a bride without spot or wrinkle, He has a lot of work to do in us. Most Christians are living in fear, frustration, and worry and their actions contradict their confession. I am not mocking or ridiculing, but saying that they are perishing for lack of knowledge.
I did not know much until seven years ago. I was pastoring the First Baptist Church in Baldwin, Louisiana when the Lord baptized me in the Holy Ghost. I had been told in college and seminary that speaking in tongues went out with the apostles, and there I was doing it, and my wife thought I was crazy.
I was praising God one day, and all at once in my mind I heard, “My son, My son.” I did not know anything about prophecy, so I thought that went out, too, and that all we had today were priests and preachers. Finally, I opened my mouth and this just flowed out: “My son, praise the Lord, preach the Word in season and out of season, do not worry about anything, for I will open the doors before you, and I will close them behind you.”
I was perishing for lack of knowledge. I was being destroyed mentally and physically because of lack of knowledge of the liberating power of the Almighty God over all the powers of darkness.
II Corinthians 2:11 says, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” I John 3:8 says, “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” Jesus defeated the devil at Calvary, therefore, God’s people are deceived and held in bondage because of their ignorance. They hear about the devil, but do not really believe he exists. If this is true for you, ask the Holy Spirit to do a work in you so that you can believe and become free. Remember, God loves you and wants to bless you. The devil hates you and wants to destroy you.
TO REALIZE THE VALUE OF YOUR SOUL AREA
What is your soul? It is your mind, will, and emotions.
John 10:10 says, “…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
I Timothy 6:11 says, “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness.” God is an invisible Spirit, and so is the devil. You express one or the other of these spirits in your soul. If you are having tremendous turmoil within your mind, it is not God causing that turmoil. God loves you, so He will not bombard you with fear, confusion, or any of these things. If the devil can keep these things flowing through you, you will not manifest godliness.
James 3:11 says, “Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?” This is why it is so important that you receive deliverance. You cannot show forth love and hate at the same time. You will either yield to one or yield to the other. The demonic forces of darkness desire that you show forth Satan’s attributes, but the Holy Spirit of God desires that you manifest godliness.
James 3:12 says, “Can the fig tree, my brethren bear olive berries?” No. “Either a vine, figs?” No. “So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.” All of us have had the experience in the past when anger would rise up inside of us, and we would just lower the boom on somebody, and then two minutes later, turn around and love them. Something was wrong when the anger took over, and we yielded to the enemy. This is the devil’s desire to control our mind, will and emotions. He will always have you hurting somebody. He is going throughout the whole world today bombarding people with fears, frustrations, anxiety and disappointments and he beats them down physically, mentally, and spiritually. Some men are strong within themselves and can endure longer, but some are weak and are soon destroyed.
If you know Jesus as your personal Saviour, and have been baptized in the Holy Spirit, you are a threat to Satan’s kingdom because you have the power of God living inside of you to enable you to walk in victory. Jesus is raising up an army of men and women who can help others to be set free for the glory of God. The number one desire of my heart is to help set you free from any of the things the devil can put on you. Fear, hate, hurt, discouragement, disappointment, frustration, and confusion are terrible things to live with, but through the power and authority in the Name of Jesus, you can be set free. This is what Jesus wants for you: He wants your mind, will, and emotions to be used for the glory of God. He wants you to have emotions that are level and steady so that when the Holy Spirit wants to reach out and love someone, He can reach out through you and love them with the love of God. Victory in Jesus is the message that you have to offer to others; so walk in your inheritance.
TO KNOW WHO CAN MINISTER DELIVERANCE
Mark 16:17 says, “And these signs shall follow them that believe,…” Sincere believing comes with the studying of the deliverance Scriptures; meditating upon them and confessing them so God can establish His truths in your heart. The Scriptures will build an inward image that is larger than the fear, confusion, frustration, and hurt you come against. When you have that image created inside of you by the Word of God, then the Holy Spirit of God will rise up in you and set people free.
Luke 10:19 says, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” He says He gives you power to tread (walk upon, have victory over, stay above) serpents (the devil) and scorpions (demons). A scorpion has a deadly sting, and so does hurt, fear, disappointment, frustration, and resentment. “And nothing shall by any means hurt you.” This in the Greek literally means to injure, do wrong or cripple. He says it will come against you, and may cause pain, but it will not cripple you. He has given you power over Satan. Disease might come against your body, but He has given you power over that disease and it will not cripple you. It cannot stay there, because the power of God inside of you will drive it out. You may say, “I do not believe that.” You cannot get anything from God that you cannot believe Him for.
TO KNOW HOW TO BE DELIVERED
Confess your faith in Jesus Christ! Confess occult participation! Renounce Satan and the demon hold upon you! Command the demons to depart from you in the Name of Jesus!
Mark 16:17 says, “…In my name shall they cast out devils;…: He did not say to pray them out. Prayer has its function. It is for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus forgives your sins, but He has given you power and authority to cast out evil spirits.
Then you can praise Him and thank Him that you “are” free and not “going to be” free. You are free by faith, not feelings. You are saved by faith and baptized in the Holy Spirit by faith. Likewise, you are healed and delivered by faith, not by feelings.
As long as you do not believe that demonic activity exists, you are in bondage to it. I know some good men of God that are filled with sickness, fear, frustration, confusion, and doubt; but if you mention to them that Christians can have a demon, they refuse to believe it. They think God is the one who is making them sick. God is a God of love! Can a God of love bring a baby into the world all crippled and mangled? Would God put cancer on a man with five children? Your god might do that, but not mine. My God makes people whole, and sets them free. We need to get these things straight.
He wants His will done in earth as it is in heaven. (See Matt. 6:10). There will not by any demons in heaven, and you do not have to tolerate them down here. There is not going to be sickness, worry or poverty up there, so you do not have to tolerate them down here. Jesus came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly. He did not say that it was only for up there in heaven. He came to set us free from the enemy, that we might be shining examples of the glory of Almighty God on this earth.
Confess you will stay free through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.
I John 4:4 says, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
SALVATION IS A MUST FOR DELIVERANCE!
“Father, I confess that I am saved because I have asked you to come into my life. I confess faith in the Name of Jesus. I confess that all forms of occultism are sin and an abomination to the Lord. In the name of Jesus, I renounce Satan and his demons’ hold upon my life. In the Name of Jesus, I command every evil spirit that I am going to name to loose my body, and leave me in the Name of Jesus.”
“I command, in Jesus’ Name the spirits of bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness, anger, retaliation, stubbornness, strife, bickering, quarreling, witchcraft, spite, hatred, hurt, criticism, fault-finding, rejection, insecurities, inferiorities, self-pity, loneliness, shyness, inadequacy, jealousy, envy, distrust, selfishness, pouting, daydreaming, pretending, indifference, alcohol, drugs, nicotine, laziness, depression, despondency, discouragement, defeat, hopelessness, suicide, death, gloom, worry, anxiety, nervousness, tension, restlessness, roving, fear of man, fear of disapproval, fear of condemnation; mental illness such as insanity and retardation; suspicion, forgetfulness, doubt, unbelief, indecision, procrastination, confusion, self-deception, intellectualism, pride, ego, lying, deceit, vanity, haughtiness, arrogance, stealing, greed, discontentment, driving, argument, agitation, sorrow, heartache, crying, cruelty, fatigue, tiredness, and weariness; death, pressure, cursing, gossiping, back-biting, mockery, drugs, gluttony, lust, adultery, and fornication to go from me.”
“In the Name of Jesus, I command
every evil spirit to loose my body and leave me now in the Name of Jesus.”
“Father, I praise You, and I thank You that I am free. I confess with my mouth I am going to stay free through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.” Now praise Him!