You keep hitting the same wall. You are practicing sin and can’t stop. These are two of the five signs you might need deliverance I shared with you a few weeks ago.
Of course, those aren’t the only signs of demonic activity in your life. Demons can oppose you from the outside, but they can also oppress you from the inside.
When it comes to spirits at an individual level, I subscribe to the late Dr. Lester Sumrall’s theory of demon possession as outlined in his Demonology & Deliverance manual. I believe there are seven stages of demonic influence: regression, repression, suppression, depression, oppression, obsession and, possession.
For the record, I do not believe a Christian can be demon possessed. Jesus came to set the captives free and He has given us a command and the authority to go along with it to cast out demons.
Like angels, demons are created beings. When Lucifer rebelled and was cast out of heaven, along with a third of the angels that followed his rebellion. Demons are fallen angels. They are evil spirits that work against God’s will. The late Derek Prince called them persons without bodies—and Jesus cast them out everywhere He went.
1 John 3:8 tells us, “For this purpose the Son of God was revealed, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” And Acts 10:38 says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
You can be demonized in your emotions, in your mind, in your body or your physical lusts. But how can you tell if you need deliverance? Read these five tell-tale signs of demonic oppression below, but remember—Jesus came to set the captives free.
At Awakening House of Prayer, I've been doing a series on deliverance ministry. Part of that training includes protocols for casting out demons.
Before you engage in deliverance ministry, the first thing you need is a revelation of who you are in Christ and, more specifically, your authority in Christ. See, Jesus commands us to cast out devils in Matthew 10:8, "As you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give."
Listen to Jennifer's podcast on this topic: How to Cast Out Demons.
Of course, you won't have much success casting out demons if you are afraid of them or don't understand your authority. It's important to fully understand Luke 10:19, in which Jesus said, "Look, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy. And nothing shall by any means hurt you."
Casting out devils. It's one of my favorite things to do because I love to see the kingdom of God manifest. I love to see the power of God set the captives free. I love to see people loosed from oppression, depression, obsessions and all manner of sickness and disease.
Jesus gave us authority to drive out demons (see Mark 3:15). We see Him do it time and again in Scripture and we've seen quite a lot of demons leaving the minds and bodies of people at Awakening House of Prayer in recent weeks. Spirits of doubt and unbelief, spirits of lust, spirits of rage—all of these unclean spirits scatter by the finger of God in the name of Jesus (see Luke 11:20).
Jesus said, "These signs will accompany those who believe; in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover" (Mark 16:17-19). Yes, even Christians who have authority over all these things can have a demon—but the good news is the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Year after year I hear the same prayers rising to heaven from many denominations, flows and camps across the body of Christ: "God, pour out your Spirit. Send revival." Yet, that fervent prayer seems to be ineffective. What gives?
Sexual immorality is all around us, from fornication to adultery to pornography to homosexuality to polygamy to bestiality and beyond. On this week’s Chosen Generation radio broadcast, Jennifer LeClaire not only discusses the rising tide of perversion in America but also discusses how to break free—and stay free—from sexual sin. Click the headline to get to the audio listening page.
"It was an ordinary weekday morning when Caroline first noticed how much pornography was taking over her life. With 15 minutes to go before she was due to leave for a job interview, she opened up her laptop to print off an extra copy of her C.V. and there, onscreen, was a grab she'd saved from [a porn site].
“'I remember the feeling of being sucked in, really wanting that two-minute fix, that numbness I got when I used porn,' says Caroline. 'I was stressed out, and I risked being late for my interview, but I pressed play anyway and fast-forwarded it to the bit I wanted. It took two minutes. ... Afterwards I just hated myself for giving in and getting off on images that treated women like pieces of meat. But I kept going back.'”
Those are the opening paragraphs of a story from The Guardian called “Why More and More Women Are Using Pornography.” Revelations of female porn addiction are an eye-opening issue. Most people assume the problem is exclusive to testosterone-driven men. But a new study reveals that women are struggling with graphic sexual immorality in droves.
From praying in tongues to Christian persecution to faith healing, mainstream media mockers are lifting their voices ever more loudly against Jesus and His church these days.
At the same time, the Hollywood Reporter is noting that sexual infidelity is “fall TV’s hottest topic,” media’s new mania is being transfixed by transgender, and video game makers are developing a title where players hunt for abortion access in Texas.
Can you see the contrast? From immorality to abortion to the gay agenda, the culture war truly is raging—and the latest target is people who believe God still heals. I know God still heals because He healed me—but even if I hadn’t received healing, I would still believe God heals because His Word says He does.
Yet mockers are increasingly coming against so-called “faith healers.” Mind you, I’m not talking about secular media reports about extremists from “faith-healing churches” who refuse to take their kids to the doctor for diabetes or fake faith healers charged with rape—or even phony faith healers on Christian television, for that matter.
I’m talking about the simple belief that God still heals. I’m talking about believing “the Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness; [He] will sustain him on his sickbed” (Ps. 41:3) and that “by His stripes we are healed” (Is. 53:5) and that “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” (Ps. 107:20) and many, many other healing Scriptures that I’ve confessed over my own life in times of sickness.
“Have I crossed the unforgiveable line? Is there still hope for me?” A man named Roy recently asked me those questions in a private message via my Facebook page.
I get hundreds of messages every week from people looking for prophetic words, wise counsel or just a little encouragement as they walk by faith one day at a time. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to respond to everyone, but this struggling soul’s message so struck my heart that I immediately sought the Lord for help to answer Roy’s absolute anguish. Here’s the body of his entire message to me:
“I’m in desperate need of advice. I recently disassociated with the hypergrace movement and it has left me in a spiritual struggle, from anxiety and depression to straight up confusion and other mental symptoms. Unbelief has eroded me pretty well. I have questioned my salvation and even God’s existence and I can barely even read the Word without being critical and doubtful. Have I crossed the unforgivable line? Is there still hope for me? This has been going on about 4 months. I feel as if my heart has hardened. I really want my sincerity for God and spiritual things to return! Thanks for any help.”
In a headline that may remind Christians of the old “devil made me do it” excuse for sinning, an admitted porn addict is suing Apple for opening the door to his naughty habits and destroying his marriage.
Chris Sevier, 36, filed a 50-page complaint with the Tennessee Supreme Court blaming Apple for neglecting to install a porn filter on new devices. The way he reasons it, if Apple had taken steps to make sure customers can’t watch porn on its iconic computer, he wouldn’t be in bondage to sexual immorality.
Sevier also points the finger at Apple for horrible acts like sex trafficking and even the proliferation of Viagra commercials on late night TV. What does Sevier want? Money, of course.