Deliverance and Healing (2 of 5) – Evil Spirits and how they Operate

Deliverance and Healing (2 of 5) – Evil Spirits and how they Operate

November 16, 2019 18 By William Hollis


What we want to start to look at now is, we
want to look at how demons enter people, how do spirits get into people’s lives and if
a spirit got into someone’s life, what ways would it operate? What would it do? How would
you know that a demon was in a person’s life? We’ll find there are a number of ways you
can establish that there’s an evil spirit present, so we want to look first of all at
how evil spirits enter, and before we get into how they enter, it’s a help to understand
what they are So if you’re going to be doing deliverance,
you will engaging or commanding an evil spirit to come out, it helps if you understand firstly
what Jesus taught about it, and what happened in His ministry related to it, and secondly,
how actually they gain entry into a person’s life
Then we’ll look at the foundations for a person being set free So the first thing we’ll do is, we’re just
going to look at the way demons enter in and oppress people
The first verse we’ll look at is in Acts, Chapter 10 and Verse 38
It tells us in this verse: God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost, and with
power, and He went about doing good, healing all who were oppressed of the devil, for God
was with Him So Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit
That’s the same anointing you carry He had a different level of it, a different
portion of it, the anointing flowing on His life, but it’s not a different anointing
It’s the work of the Holy Spirit, flowing in your life – and it said: He went about
doing good, healing all who were oppressed of the devil
Now the word oppressed means literally to exercise dominion or spiritual force and hold
someone down, to exercise spiritual force and to hold a person down, so it tells us
very clearly in this verse, that evil spirits, whatever they are, exercise a spiritual force
on people, so that they feel held back, held down, held imprisoned, like I can’t break
out, even though I want to I can’t seem to change, even though I want
to change But behind it is a spiritual force
That’s why people struggle to get free of things
They want to get free, they know what’s right and what they should do, but there’s often
anchored to the problem in their life, a spirit being which literally holds them down
In Ephesians, Chapter 2 and Verse 2 it says that spirit that works or energises within
the children of disobedience, so when we our life is out of alignment with God, when we
disobey or break His laws, and a spirit gains entrance, it’ll do one of two things
It’ll either hold you down so you’re held imprisoned and can’t break free, or/and it
will energise problems in your life so they stay alive, and keep working, and you can’t
ever seem to get over them Say for example a spirit of unforgiveness,
or a spirit of bitterness, they often work together these spirits, then what the person
would do, they would find that they’re constantly feeling offended and hurt by things that people
are doing to them They can’t ever seem to get out of thinking
about the injuries that have been done to them by other people
It’s like it just goes on and on and on A new hurt comes, suddenly they’re preoccupied,
and they can’t get out of their mind the injustice they’ve got and what’s happened Now they may not be thinking that consciously
but they get reactionary, so you’ll find a person who’s got a demonic spirit say working
in that area, they get very reactionary over something quite small
The response, or reaction, is out of proportion to the injury that was done
A little misunderstanding and someone can flare up, and they didn’t do the most obvious
thing which was just, calm down, think about it, ask what’s happened, enquire for information,
try to establish and work out what’s going on
It doesn’t happen It’s just this fire suddenly comes alive inside,
of anger or resentment or whatever, or reaction or a wall of offence comes, and it feels like
there’s little control or management Even though the person knows I ought to, they
just can’t, and so the demonic spirit will either bring a cap and a pressure and a binding,
or it’ll energise problems, so they just flare up, and they’re hard to manage, like a fire
that’s suddenly gone out of control The word the Bible uses is the word energise,
to energise or flame something in, so it becomes quite big So you notice that many people you know, have
you noticed how little is much for them, and how it doesn’t take much to get them really
upset, a little wee thing? What are you – off they go
They’ve got an area of their life out of control, they’re in bondage, and demonic spirits are
energising a root problem Now it’s not just a matter of getting the
demon out You need to address the root problem that
gives it a right to be there We’ll come to that later
So the second thing we notice is – we going to have a look at an example of Jesus doing
deliverance, so it says: He was anointed with the Holy Ghost
That’s a crucial thing You cannot do deliverance without the Holy
Ghost, and usually He doesn’t do it without you, so you’ll see a little later, it’s a
working together with the Holy Spirit So we’ll have a look in Luke, Chapter 4, and
we’ll go down, read it there in Verse 32 They were astonished at His teaching, for
His word was with authority Now in the synagogue, there was a man who
had a spirit of an unclean demon So the environment they’re in, is in church
The guy’s a believer, and he’s sitting in church, and as he’s sitting in church, Jesus
gets up and begins to minister, and He’s preaching, sharing the word of God
The spirit of God starts to fill the place, and as the spirit of God fills the place,
there’s a man in there, now he’s come to church to worship, to give, and to listen to the
word of God Instead he’s becoming agitated, and he’s firing
up inside, and suddenly he just bursts out in the middle of the meeting, and starts yelling
out What does he yell out? Leave us alone! Ever
prayed that prayer? Leave me alone [Laughs] It’s a male prayer I think
[Laughter] Leave us alone! What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come
here to destroy us? I know who You are – the Holy One of God! Now let’s just have a look at what the demon
said, and see if we can gain a bit of insight The man is now no longer in control
A spirit is speaking through him The spirit has now got a hold of his voice,
and it’s now the spirit that’s talking, so what happens to the guy? Here’s what would
happen to the guy He would be aware that someone is talking
through him, but he’d have no control over it whatsoever
The spirit being is now speaking, and expressing itself, and talking directly at Jesus, and
reacting to Jesus very, very strongly He would be aware of what is happening, but
he has no power to deal with it The hidden spirit that tormented him is now
in a full manifestation – so that’s what it means, the spirit is manifesting through him
It’s expressing its life in a way which it can’t be hid
Now one of the things about evil spirits is, they seek to conceal that there’s a spirit
there They want you to think you’ve just got a problem,
so if we look at this man – the Bible says it was – notice another thing we notice, it
was an unclean spirit, so it’s almost certain that the man had problems of a sexual nature,
meaning his mind was tormented with lust, or tormented with unclean pictures
There’s an unclean spirit is operating in his life, so he would be pressured into sexual
sin He would find himself falling and failing
regularly, he’d be troubled in his mind with pictures, he would be under pressure, or there’s
like a fire burning inside him, that he can’t seem to get the power over
He’s forever saying sorry, and asking God to forgive him, but can’t break free into
wholeness Why? It’s empowered by an evil spirit, and
not only that, we notice here it says, the demon said: leave us alone, what have WE to
do with you? So it’s almost certain there’s more than one spirit there So we gain insight, that not only can a demon
come into a person’s life and torment them, but it will try to bring others in, so they
get a cluster of them, and that makes the problem worse
So for example, if this say was a sexual demon, how would it have come into his life? It could
have come in a number of ways It could have come in generationally
It maybe was in the family, it’s a family spirit
I remember praying for one girl, age of four, tormented with unclean pictures
It was a demon that came in, because of the conduct of the father and the mother, which
we established when we talked with them, so it could have come in and been in his life
all his life It could have come in if he’d been molested
at some point in his life, and from that point on, there’s got this defilement, and this
burning lust thing going on in his life – never wanted it, but can’t stop it because it’s
a spirit that’s empowering it The third thing it could have been, he may
have been involved in idolatry, or some form of spiritism When people are involved in idolatry, much
of the idolatry in those days was connected with temple prostitutes and sexual sin, because
the part of our mind that’s engaged when we love God or worship, or when are loving or
expressing love, is the same part that’s involved in the sexual area, so worship and the sexual
area of your mind are very similar areas They touch the same part of your brain, so
we don’t know then whether he was involved in idolatry and that’s how the spirit entered
into him My experience has been, that when people have
been involved in idolatry or spiritism, they usually have spirits of lust go with it – or
he may have been involved in sexual sin, had a relationship or engaged a prostitute, or
been involved in sexual sin of various kinds We just don’t know
The Bible leaves that part out, but those are some possible ways What we do know, is he had more than one spirit,
and the main one was an unclean spirit In the presence of a strong anointing, it
began to flush up and manifest in a way which was visible
I was in Singapore a couple of years ago and we were just speaking in one of the meetings
[laughs], and I just got up and started to talk; well the Holy Spirit’s going to come
and start to touch people I’d talked less than five minutes and this
cleaner lady suddenly appears up the top there and she’s holding a broom, and she must have
been just outside the room cleaning She just burst in, held up this broom and
began to shake it, and she’s shaking it at me, and yelling at me: why you come here?
Why you do this to me? And it’s obviously a demon, so I began to walk down towards her,
but as I did I saw other people start to manifest and I thought if I do that, we’re going to
have it all go off right now, and I want to preach the gospel and get some people saved,
so I’m not going to let demons take over I just re-managed the meeting a bit, and then
we had all the full scale deliverance at the end of the meeting So you see here, the evil spirit cries out:
leave us alone, what have we to do with You? We know who You are, so evil spirits recognise
the person of Jesus A lot of people don’t know who Jesus is, but
the spirit world does know The spirit world sees things as they are
We see things as they appear to be, so people can appear to have their life together, but
in the spirit world you’re seen for who you are, and what you are
Everything is seen, so if we were to look at one another now, we’d just see the temple,
the body, the external, but the real man is the hidden man of the heart, the spirit and
the soul Now we look, and the body looks as though
it’s got substance, the soul and spirit looks a bit, sort of way out there
I can’t kind of see that or understand that, but from the spirit world if you looked, they
would look at the spirit man and soul, and say that’s the substance, the other is temporary
It’s like a cloud of water vapour that conceals the person So in the spirit world, it’s your spirit man
and soul that are eternal, and therefore substantial So the spirit world, demons, can look at people
and see their condition We’ll come across that a little bit later
Now that’s a bit scary isn’t it? God can see your condition too
It’s just we’ve lived so long thinking no one knows what’s going on, that we can hide,
and we do try and hide like Adam and Eve like hiding from God, rather than actually being
and living a full life and an open life before Him
So the demon said: what have we got to do with You? We know who You are
Now see how Jesus handled it; Jesus rebuked him, or rebuked the spirit – Be quiet
Come out! So you notice how Jesus dealt with in the area of deliverance
He asserted His authority, He spoke a verbal command, and He had faith that the demon would
come out That’s how it operates, just straight verbal
commands, to deal with the demonic spirit – and the demon came out It says when the demon had thrown him on the
ground, it came out of him, and didn’t hurt him, so you notice that the demon manifested
as it came out It threw the guy on the ground, and I have
see some extraordinary things of demons throwing people on the ground, or doing different things,
and it looks spectacular, but at the end what really counts, is actually that the spirit
came out So the key thing is not that he manifested,
not that he fell on the ground, it’s that the spirit came out, and so the man got mightily
delivered, and the demon – notice it didn’t hurt him at all
It just looked like it was going to, but it couldn’t
Jesus was in firm control The demon didn’t hurt Jesus
The demon didn’t hurt the man The demon just left the scene
I’ve spoken to one or two who have had spiritual visions or pictures of demons leaving
I said tell me what did it look like? Both of them said to me a similar thing
They said: they went so fast, we could hardly even see them
They said they’re just like [whoosh] They just were out of that place as quick as they
could They just left the place, couldn’t wait to
get away Also, you can see that implied in the story;
the demon is now reacting very strongly, leave us alone, what have You to do with us, I know
who You are, the Holy One of God And Jesus shut him down, because He didn’t
want a demon announcing that He’s the Son of God
Stop, and then out, and the guy’s set free – so that’s an example of a person being set
free, and they said, notice this, what kind of word is this! With authority and power
He commands the unclean spirits, and they go out of him
So you notice they ascribed to Jesus two things; He had authority, and He had power
Now let me just explain what the two are, so you understand the difference
The word authority, authority is a legal right to speak and act on behalf of someone else,
so Jesus had a legal right to speak and act on behalf of His Father
That makes sense, because remember He says: whatever I see the Father doing, that’s what
I do; what I hear Him say, that’s what I say So you notice that He had authority
He had authority, a legal right The demons had to yield Now you also have authority over demons
God has given you that authority That’s part of being joined to the conqueror
of demons It’s part of being joined to Jesus Christ
Where is He? In heavenly places Where are you? Joined, one spirit, with Him
You also have a right to represent Him, and of course the right to represent Him is also
conditional on you listening to His instructions what to do, so if we’re going to move in deliverance,
you have to understand this; I am delegated the right to represent Jesus
So when you are doing deliverance, it’s not about you
Sometimes in deliverance a demon might challenge you, and say: who are you? Who are you? You
know Don’t tell him your name, you know? No, no,
no, no No, what the demon is doing is challenging
your authority to actually confront him and push him out, and the response is always the
same; I come against you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth
I represent Him, who defeated you at Calvary You will yield
You understand, we’re representing the government of God Okay, the second thing He had, was power
Power is the word dunamis, it’s a different word
It has to do with the level of anointing, or activity of the Holy Spirit on your life
So authority means I’m delegated the right to represent Jesus
Power means, I actually am connected to the Holy Spirit, and am empowered by Him to do
the job, so that comes out of your personal life, and your walking with God and so on
Let’s have a look then what Jesus taught about that
I love that story, it’s a great story, and I’ve seen that, and I’ve heard demons talk
It’s quite interesting how they talk at times I’ve had one of my daughters was in Indonesia,
and she was praying for this woman, and a man’s voice spoke out of the woman: I will
kill you She got a bit of a surprise when that happened,
just kept praying and the demon came out She asked the lady later, do you know any
English, and she didn’t understand her at all
She knew NO English, but the demon understood the words
It doesn’t matter what culture I go to, if I address the demon in my own language, it
understands it Okay, now let’s have a look what Jesus spoke
on deliverance In Matthew Chapter 12, He’s just done a deliverance
– Verse 22 – and He’s cast a demon out of a man who had problems with his vision and
his speaking Then of course there’s a huge reaction
Now notice what He says in Verse 28, and here’s the first thing about Jesus’ teaching that’s
important to grasp Deliverance is the kingdom of God manifesting
It is a manifestation of the kingdom of God It said, Verse 28: if I cast out demons by
the Spirit of God, then surely the kingdom of God has come upon you
So let’s go through that scripture and have a little look at it
The word cast out, means literally to violently displace something, so He said: if I violently
displace evil spirits, by the Spirit of God, it is the kingdom of God manifesting
So whenever you do a deliverance, or command spirits and they leave, the kingdom of God
has become established You’ve represented Jesus, and now the devil
is displaced Probably a way of picturing it is like this;
if you wanted to become a policeman, police officer, you’d have to do training
Then you have an oath of allegiance to the government, that you will represent the government
Then they give you a uniform, and if you’re in another country they give you a gun
Now the uniform, you represent the government That’s why you’re driving down the road, and
you’re going a bit fast, and you see a police car or a policeman standing there, the immediate
thing is you become conscious of your sin and failure, and conscious of the authority
Now it’s not the authority of the man It is the government that is actually confronting
you, and you become immediately aware of it In other words when you see the uniform, you
become aware of authority, and aware of your condition straight away, so this is one of
the things So the policeman’s just an ordinary person
He gets up and goes to work like everyone else goes to work
Now he’s wearing the uniform, has the gun, now he’s got the power to stop someone – stop,
or I shoot you! So he has authority, a legal right, so long as – notice this – he has to
stay within his jurisdiction If I’m a policeman here, it doesn’t mean I’m
recognised in Australia, or anywhere else I’m a policeman here, I’m representative of
the government, I’ve got to stay within the law, and I’ve got to operate out of my own
instructions that have been given to me So I have the law book, and I have direct
instructions, and I have to heed both of them You have the word of God, and the instruction
of the Holy Spirit, and you’ve got to listen to both of them – and you have the power to
carry it out Now what did Jesus say? He said: if I cast
out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come among you
Now who does the casting out? A person must cast out the demon
Someone has to make the demon leave It will not leave unless it’s made to, so
that word is to hurl it out, so in deliverance, a person has to represent God and confront
the demon You’ve actually got to hurl it out
That means you engage it You can’t just pray some little prayer; oh
God, just set this person free It’s not like that at all
It’s like with word commands, you are violently displacing a spirit
It requires asserting your spirit It requires being aggressive
It requires – you know, like it says, the kingdom of heaven, violent men enter and possess
it, so it requires you be strong and forceful You can’t be passive in this matter
Now that doesn’t mean loud or shouty or losing your voice
It’s you must speak strongly, with conviction and authority from your voice
Okay, so I cast them out by the Spirit of God, so the work of deliverance requires the
Holy Spirit to engage with me, so therefore I need to believe that something will happen
when I pray I need to believe God is in me, God is with
me, that when I pray, something’s going to happen
Now if you go and you think, well I wonder what will happen, then maybe something, maybe
not, but most times nothing much happens But if you go there, I know that when I speak,
that spirit is going to go, when there’s a confidence in your heart that faith gives,
something will happen Demons, often in deliverance, will just deliberately
resist you, to see if you’ll persist and give up
They check out whether you really do believe you have the right to deal with them, and
sometimes they just play up and just resist you, or just pretend there’s nothing happening,
and just make you – oh, maybe nothing going on, I knew I couldn’t pray very well anyway,
it’s not my thing, you know? Your mind starts to fill with thoughts that would take you
out of casting the demon out So if I, by the Spirit of God, cast them out
– so in order to cast out demons, you need the Spirit of God working with you
Now one of the exercises we’re going to get you to do is we’re going to get you to pray
in tongues, and activate the flow of God inside you, then learn to minister and release the
power of God to another person by voice command Now you’ve all got excited about that
We’ll do that, I’ll show you how to do it shortly, and I’m going to get each of you
to start to practice, believing, that if I speak, then something will happen
Isn’t that a good thing? If you have no confidence that God is in you,
or God is with you, then nothing much will happen
If you are absolutely confident that God is in me, God is with me, I’m a minister of God,
when I speak, something is going to happen; then you’ll find things will start to happen
So how do I move from where I am, to that kind of place? Well you develop confidence,
the more you are willing to step out, and learn to work with the Holy Spirit in this
area So what we will do shortly, I want to just
do a little bit more of this, and then we’ll have a break before we go onto gateways, I’m
going to get you ministering to one another in just a moment
But before we do that, let’s have a look a little further down, we’ll finish in Verse
43 through to 45, and we’ll look a little more on Jesus’ teaching on demons When an unclean spirit goes out of a man – Verse
43 – what happens? Where do they go? Well, he goes through a dry place seeking rest,
but finds none Then he says: I will return to my house from
which I came And when he comes he finds it empty, swept,
and all in order Then he goes and takes with him seven other
spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state
of that man is worse than the first Alright then, so notice now, Jesus is giving
a tremendous insight in this passage to the spirit world
He’s talking about what happens when someone gets delivered, what actually goes on
Now He says: when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, so He’s talking about deliverance
The whole context is deliverance, so when you speak and command the spirit it goes out
of the man, what happens and where does it go? It says here it goes through dry places
seeking rest, so let’s just talk a little bit about this Firstly, it’s referring to the demon as a
spirit being It is a spirit being
You’re a human being You’re a spirit living in a body, you’re in
one place at one time A demon is a spirit being, so it can only
be in one place at one time It’s either in the person, or it’s gone from
the person – it’s a spirit being Now just because you can’t see it, doesn’t
mean it’s not real, like for example, I can look and I can see the outline of a body,
I can’t see your spirit, I can’t see your soul, but it doesn’t mean they’re not there
If they weren’t there, you would be quite different
You’d be gone There’d just be the shell see, so just because
you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there It is there, and it’s a spirit being
Now notice it says a number of things; spirit beings have a name, just like you’ve got a
name You have a name – if I say Brian, so you notice
Brian just turned around straight away, the moment I called him by name, and then everyone
else looked Now in deliverance, if you name the spirit
and challenge it by name, it’ll immediately respond, and all the other demons will wake
up and get concerned I’ve had that many times
I start to challenge demons, other demons start to stir up, and very soon you can actually
trigger off lots of things happening in the room – then it’s a big problem then
[Laughter] You’ve just got a lot of things to do then So demons have a name
Now generally the name of a demon, really it describes the work it does, for example,
a spirit of lust, what does it do? It stirs up passion, lust, unlawful hunger for something
inside a person A spirit of fear torments their mind with
fear, causes them to believe evil is going to come upon them, fill them with dread and
sick feelings in the stomach, so that’s what a spirit of fear does
A spirit of bitterness will cause a person continually to resist forgiving, and to become
sour and angry, and to speak critically and negatively
You notice the spirit of bitterness, the name describes the kind of work it does
A spirit of death, what would a spirit of death do? It will come around a person, and
will cause them to become feeling separate, or unable to bond and connect in relationships,
and quite numbed in the emotions, so when people have had trauma or abuse, generally
they have a spirit of death around them, and they’re numbed in their emotions
They can connect properly There’s that spirit keeps them isolated So we could think of lots of various kinds
of spirits, so the Holy Ghost will guide you what the spirit is
In almost every situation He’ll show you what it is, so it could be a spirit of idolatry,
which is a spirit that bonds a person in, and connects them in, so they continually
are drawn back to worship something, or to stay connected to something in place of God,
so there are various – spirit of hatred A spirit of hatred will eventually erupt with
violent anger in a person, and so you find if you go visit the prisons, you find people
in there who were involved in violent crime or in murder, and they say something like:
I don’t know what came over me They don’t know what came over them
I’ll tell you what came over them, a spirit of hatred, and hatred’s the root of murder,
so a spirit of hate and murder came over the person, and what happened is, it caused rage
and hate to become destructive against the other person So mostly you can just describe a demon, or
the name of a demon describes what kind of work it does
In the case of occult spirits they do have names, and it requires revelation to get those
names God would have to tell you what it was
In almost all of these things, if we’ll listen the spirit of God will help us identify what
the particular spirit is, so spirits are real They’re a spirit being
They have a name and a nature They’re only one place at one time
They can enter and leave people, and notice there that demons have a personality
You notice the demon says: I will, it’s got a will of its own
Notice it remembers where it came from, so it’s got a memory, it can remember where it
was, so demons have a personality They have emotions
They can get fearful They have desires and plans, so they actually
have a personality, evil personality So it says: when it goes out, it seeks to
find rest; now when it says find rest, that does not mean the demon is wanting to have
a lie down, it’s exhausted What it means is that the demon is wanting
to find a place where it can live, and be in harmony with the environment, so a spirit
of bitterness will want to enter a person who’s got bitterness sins in their life
A spirit of hatred will want to enter into a person who’s got hate in their life, and
then dwell there and inflame it, so it becomes an out of control issue A spirit of anger will want to come in where
a person’s got unresolved sin or anger issues, or unresolved grief in their life, and inhabit
that person, and stir it up so it becomes out of control
Getting the idea? So it says then: the demon’s seeking rest, so where would a demon go? Well
demons could inhabit a number of things Spirits can go in and live in a building,
so you could find perhaps in a house – one of the most obvious things is a temple
If you’ve ever been to a temple, there is a feel of oppression, because of the presence
of multitudes of demonic spirits, or spiritual power, sitting over the building
I don’t encourage you to go into those places, because sometimes the spirits transfer
It’s just not a smart thing to do Sometimes in a house, if there’s been a trauma,
like a murder – have you ever noticed the thing like maybe a multiple murder or something
horrendous happened in a house, often they burn the house down? Someone gets there and
burns it down You ask yourself – why do they do that? Really
simple, it just comes out of superstition and fear, there must be something bad or evil
in the place The only answer for it is to burn it Now people may not know what they’re doing,
but they’re actually thinking demons need to be consigned to hell, but people don’t
understand They just try and destroy it
What’s really needed, is for the house to be cleansed of the demons, and to be sanctified
and set apart for the Lord, and the presence of God to come back again
So demons can live inside a house or a building If you’ve ever ministered to cleanse, or to
do house cleaning, sometimes you’ll find one room can be unusually cold
It doesn’t matter what you do, you can’t warm it up
I’ve been to some places where you go into one room and whoa, some weird or oppressive
– so demons can enter a house Demons can live inside objects, particularly
things used with idolatry, carvings and things like that
Many times with carvings of idols, they lay hands and invoke the spirit into it, or dedicate
it to the spirit that it represents, and that allows the demon to come in, so when the person’s
worshipping an idol, they’re actually engaging the evil spirit that lives in the idol What that means is, if you pick up items that
have been used for idolatry, or used in various places, and hands have been laid on to impart
a spirit, and you bring it into your home, you’ve welcomed a demon to come into your
home, and generally you have some consequences of that
Now one of the consequences is oppression enters the place, so you can have a heavy
or a dark atmosphere come I had one man ask me to come to his place
and pray because he said – here’s what he said; we have constant sickness, and constant
conflicts in the home This is a Christian, and I prayed before I
went, and the Lord showed me that he had some carvings that came from Fiji
I said do you have these faces, face masks at all in your house on the wall, that come
from Fiji? He said yes, we do I said well hands have been laid on those,
to impart a demon into them, and I said: when did this start? Did it start following your
trip to Fiji? He said yeah – but he hadn’t connected, just what he thought was a work
of art, actually it was representing a demonic deity, and he’d opened the way for the spirit
to come in, and create the turmoil in the home that he was now experiencing There’s a chapter in the back of the notes
on house cleansing, how to go about doing it
This would apply to objects specifically which are involved with the occult or idolatry
Most objects are quite neutral Sometimes if you’re uncertain, just pray and
ask the Holy Ghost what to do So this man, I said: why don’t you get rid
of those masks, why keep them? So he took them outside, and I said why don’t you just
take them out and burn them? So now they’re wooden masks, so he took them outside, and
I said: how did you get on? He said: I couldn’t burn them
I said why is that? He said they would not burn
I said they’re wood aren’t they? He said yeah He said I lit a fire and the fire went out,
so I poured petrol on them and the fire still went out
They did not burn! I said really? I said that’s a new one, I haven’t heard of that one
I said why don’t you stand and next time just pour some more petrol on them, light the fire,
before you light the fire, bind the spirits, and forbid them operating in Jesus’ name
He did it, and he said I’m glad I stepped back, because the thing nearly exploded, they
just burnt, and there was nothing but ashes left, just burnt completely, so he’d encountered
a real demonic power around these objects So when the demons seek rest, they look for
a building, they look for an object, or preferably they look for a person
Demons want a person, to get into a person Why are they so obsessed with getting into
people? Very, very simple, because God made man for dominion in the earth, and what demons
want to go, is they want to go in, number one, they want to hurt God’s heart by injuring
His children, and number two, they want to defy God, by expressing their own life, through
His representative on the earth That’s why they do it, so they can’t hurt
God in any way God’s in control totally
The devil has very limited spheres of power God is totally in control
It’s not a touch and go battle whether God wins or not, not at all
God is totally in control, and the demons have a specific realm they can operate in,
outside the laws of God However, we can find we have our challenges
in dealing with them – so there it is Let’s read on a little bit further
It says he goes and finds and then he says: I’ll return to my house
from which he came out So notice the person – this is a bit disturbing
– that after a demon’s gone out, it can come back and find you
That’s a bit disturbing isn’t it? So the demon’s cast out, it can relocate to you
In other words you can’t hide The demon comes back, and notice this, the
demon calls you – it says: you’re my house Now that’s a legal term
If I say: this is MY house, I’m claiming ownership, I’m claiming a legal right
So if you were to say, concerning a building: this is my house, you’re saying that because
it’s your house, you know? If it’s a flat, well this is a rental place, it’s not my house
I live here, but it’s a rental place, I don’t own it
So demons look for legal rights, for a legal ground to occupy a person’s life
What do we mean by that? Well for example, outside here we’ve got I think a 50 kilometre/hour
zone, and so there’s a sign up there somewhere saying 50 kilometres per hour
That is a legal requirement, that if you’re going to drive down the road outside this
building, 50 kilometres per hour, so that’s a law
It’s written in red, got the number, it’s all legally gazetted
It is the law, outside there, 50kph So if you break the law, if you go in excess
of the law, you go 70k, now you may not see the sign
You may just be out there, and you’ve come from the country, you’re zooming along, and
you didn’t even see the sign that says the speed has changed
Now you zoom down there, and you’re doing 70 not 50, and the policeman sees you, he
can then pull you over and say: you broke the law
You say: I didn’t know He says: there was a sign, you were responsible
to know, so not knowing is never counted as an excuse
You broke the law, you pay the fine You notice now there is a consequence for
the broken law In other words, he has the legal right to
impose a fine, because you broke the law Now there are also spiritual laws, the laws
of God People break the laws – whether they knew
or not, it still creates a legal ground for evil spirits to enter people’s life
That’s what the cross was about The cross was about removing the legal rights Notice this scripture, you may remember it
but not really thought too much about it, because often you read scriptures, don’t really
understand what it means In Colossians 2:14 it says that Jesus took
away the list of ordinances, the writing that was contrary to us, and against us, took it
out of the way, nailing it to the cross, and disarmed spiritual powers, principalities
and powers, and triumphed over them What is that scripture all about? Very simple
The list of every possible transgression, broken law that you and I have committed,
Jesus took it all in Himself on the cross, and by taking it to the cross He broke the
legal rights of the demons to gain access to our life
He disarmed them He took away their weapon
The weapon demons use is sin, so when sin happens, they have a right of access, so a
demon will tempt a person to sin Once they’ve sinned the legal ground, or the
broken law, is now established They have the right to enter
Getting the idea? So if we’re going to set people free, we have
to understand what the cross has done, and bring sin issues to the light, and to the
cross There’s no deliverance without dealing with
sin We have to be willing to address sin issues
If we don’t address sin issues, the way the Bible tells us to, confess them to Him, if
we confess our transgression, we confess to Him our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive
us all our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness
So what Jesus has done, by the power of our confession, He can wipe away the legal rights
the demon has, and also make us clean on the inside – but I’ve got to do my part, bring
my sin to the light Now many people just want to get free of demons,
but they don’t want to address the root cause the demons are in there
Generally the root cause is legal rights, or issues of trauma and brokenness in the
person’s life Got the idea? So notice the demon will say: my house
Now to just illustrate this, I have had many deliverances where the demon suddenly erupted
and began to argue and said something like this: she belongs to me, he belongs to me
I will not leave In other words, the demon claimed legal ownership,
so we’ll see when it comes to preparing people for deliverance, it is quite important to
get them to confess that they belong to Jesus Christ, their faith in Christ, that Jesus,
I belong to Jesus, spirit, soul and body Why? It’s a profession of faith
Why? Because we want to counteract what the demon’s about to say: no, I won’t go, they
belong to me So we get the person into a confession, or
profession of their faith, to remove the legal grounds that the demon has, so when they profess
their faith in Christ, they’re in the kingdom of God, they belong to Jesus
When they repent of their sin, the legal rights for the demon to enter are now dismissed
Now we are able to command the demon, it cannot stay, it must go
Getting the idea? So the work of Jesus on the cross is extraordinary
There’s so much you can continue to learn about what our loving saviour has done for
us Okay then, let’s keep going then
So demons, what else can they do? They can come back, they find the person, and find
it’s empty, swept and put in order, so notice that demons can recognise your condition,
so if you’ve just tidied up your place, and you’re empty – that word empty means on holiday,
not active and not business, not going and you’re just looking good, but you’ve never
established your life with God, the demons can come back and enter again
So it’s important that people are discipled, not just delivered
We have to help them establish their life with God again, so he goes and takes seven
other spirits more wicked than himself So obviously there are levels of wickedness
among evil demons, and some are more wicked than others, and create more harm than others
It’s also obvious from this, that demons talk to one another, and strategise how to work
together to get into a person’s life So we see that we need, not just to cast the
demons out, but to help the person rebuild their life with God, so now there’s no doorway,
no gateway There’s a resistance, and the person is now
on the alert Amen
That’s fantastic isn’t it aye? Alright then, why don’t we just stop now, and I’m going
to – the next session we’re going to look on spiritual gateways, how demons enter people’s
lives We’re going to go into that shortly, and then
we’ll look finally at what demons do when they get inside people
But what I want to do, is to just give you a bit of a break, and we’re going to get you
to do something, so we’ll just have a break and we’ll have the next 10 minutes we’re going
to do some exercise It’s going to be fantastic
You’ll all have a chance to do something That be good? Okay then, so what will we do?
Now don’t get nervous It’s just going to be a lot of fun
It’s always a lot of fun Okay, here’s what we’re going to do
How many are filled with the Holy Ghost, can speak in tongues? Okay, alright, great, so
we have the gift of the Holy Spirit, and we can speak in tongues and build our spirit
man, so in a moment we’re going to get up, and begin to start to pray, and exercise the
gift When you speak in tongues, your spirit is
speaking, the Holy Ghost is arising in you, giving you the language, you’re building your
spirit man Let’s just do that for a little bit, and just
energise ourselves and come alive I encourage you, when you’re praying in tongues
like that, begin to move your body, allow your whole body to yield and get excited,
God is in me! God is in me! A lot of people think God’s so far away, isn’t
he? He’s just right inside me, but you don’t always believe that
Your mind often thinks that God seems like He’s a long way off from me, so begin as you
pray in tongues strongly, and move your body and physically shift your body, begin to think
as you’re praying God is in me, God is filling me! Let your mind and heart grasp, God is
filling me Amen
Let’s just do that together first of all, and see what you experience as you do that
strong praying, strong building up your spirit man
Are we ready? So make yourself a little bit of room where you can do that, there we go,
are we ready? We’re going to all pray in tongues, going to bless God
Amen, so here’s the first thing we’ll do On the count of three, we’re all going to
give the loudest clap, and the biggest shout we can give, then we’ll pray in tongues
Ready? One, two, three [Applause, shouts of praise] Halleluiah Lord,
we love You Lord! Wonderful Jesus! We love You Lord! Halleluiah! That’s good, alright,
now let’s begin to just pray in tongues We’ll go about 30 seconds
Are we ready? One, two, three [Prays in tongues] Thank You Lord, Holy Ghost,
how we love You Right, how many of you felt the energy just
start to come up, just speaking in tongues like that, start to lift you up? Alright,
how many you consciously were thinking God is in me, how many were doing that, just starting
to think God in me? How many of you sort of felt you became aware of the spirit of God
filling you? How many kind of had that awareness? We don’t necessarily feel a lot, but usually
what happens is your mind clears and your energy rises, you just are more alive on the
inside Amen Okay, now I want to just demonstrate for you
what I want you to do, and why I want you to do this, okay? Now what I’m wanting you
to do, is I’m wanting to lead you to a point – you can just sit down, that’ll be easier
for you to see then I want to lead you to a point where, you start
to have confidence that if I speak, God is with me
Remember, if I cast out demons BY the spirit of God – notice it’s BY the spirit of God
I need the Holy Spirit to move If He doesn’t move, nothing’s going to happen,
but I’ve got to do something, so I work, believing that as I minister, the spirit of God will
work with me Now the problem of course is, that the moment
your mind starts, I wonder if God is with me? Then immediately you’ve got a gap between
you and the Holy Ghost See, He loves us to just love Him, and honour
Him, and thank Him that He’s with us, He loves us to delight in Him
It doesn’t take much to grieve the Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit’s like a dove
He rests where there’s peace The moment there’s turmoil, His presence lifts,
so you know that’s why it tells us in Colossians 3: let the peace of God be the ruler of your
heart, because the moment you lose peace, and get in agitation or fear or anxiety, the
spirit lifts, until you come and set your mind right again, then He comes back and rests
again It feels like that
Does that make sense? He’s a dove
Doves get frightened off easily They get frightened away, so doves lift off,
and it’s very easy for us to grieve the Holy Spirit with a heart attitude that’s wrong,
with holding things in our life that aren’t right, but it’s easy to welcome Him if I just
begin to just talk how much I love You Holy Spirit, I thank You, I’m just dependent on
You Now Lord work with me as I begin to minister
– and as I begin to become conscious of Him, see the spirit of God is living in you all
the time, but often we forget that, and we say and do things
We just forget He’s there, and we dishonour Him, and He’s grieved and He draws back, and
there’s no power around our life So what I want to do is, I’m just going to
show you an exercise, a very simple exercise to do, and the purpose of the exercise – it’s
not to see whether you can do it, or whether you can’t do it
The purpose of the exercise is to get you to start to expect that if I begin to speak,
God will work through me, and touch people That’s the purpose of it, okay? That actually
God will work though me, alright? So you’re here nearest Brian
We’ll start with you, then I’ll pick two or three others and go around the room and just
pick some different people, so Brian, like to come up? Can I practice on you? I need
someone to stand behind him, someone stand behind him just to catch him
Okay then, we’ll just move this back here so – alright then
So Brian, I want you just to close your eyes and look up to the Lord, expecting for God
to touch you So notice I’ve directed his attention towards
the Lord, not to me, because it’s the Lord who must minister, not me – but I’ve got a
vital part So now what I’ll do, is just take his hand
Now I’ll speak out loud what’s going on Now what I could do is begin to pray in tongues
Now just praying in tongues itself isn’t all the picture
Praying in tongues stirs your spirit, [prays in tongues] but what I’ll do with my mind
and heart, is just begin to reach out; Holy Spirit, You’re with me
You are with me, and so I’m just expecting Lord, for You to flow through me and to touch
Brian right now So as I release POWER, I expect the Holy Ghost
to touch him Now – that’s good, he’s had a whole touch
of God on him, that’s great We’ll get someone else up too
We’ll get a few more people, and we’ll just do the same thing
Like to come up? Can I pray with you dear? Okay, just come on over
We just need someone to be there to catch her
Come on up on the top there, alright then Can I practice on you? [Yeah] Great, just
close your eyes, and just reach up to the Lord, expecting God to do something good in
your life Now I’m not trying to do any deliverance
This is not the point of this exercise The point of this exercise is to become aware
of the Holy Spirit, become of God in you, so pray in tongues
[Prays in tongues] As you’re praying in tongues, your spirit is becoming alive with the Holy
Spirit Now I need to centre my attention and focus
– what do I focus on? I just think well, Holy Spirit, You’re there
I so need You Lord Just come and touch her
I know she wants the touch of God Holy Spirit, as I speak now, just flow through
me and touch her POWER – now, you feel the power of God just
touch her Yeah, could you feel it while I was talking?
Could you feel Him starting to come on you, and touch you? Yeah, I could feel that too,
sense Him coming Now the point of this is to help you become
confident – you are a minister of God, God is with you
Now I’ve just done it in a very slow and very low key way, so you can see it’s nothing about
striving or struggling It’s all about a relationship with a person
who loves you, He’s committed to you, He lives inside you, and there it is – so just close
your eyes and look up again Let me take your hand
Taking a person’s hand’s quite an easy thing to do
Holy Ghost, come Holy Ghost, come
Now I’m going to speak the word power – POWER! – and she gets touched by the power of God
Alright then, great, we’re all getting ready I’ll do one more, and you can feel the atmosphere
already starting to change, because the spirit of God is here Josie, can I just pray with you? Okay then,
now I’ll just do it again I’ll explain what we’re going to do, okay,
we right? Need someone to catch – okay, you right? Can I practice on you? [Yes] Great
stuff Okay, close your eyes
Look up to the Lord in your heart So remember again, we’re going to pray in
tongues [Prays in tongues] Now already, I can feel
the spirit of God just coming on her right now, just straight away, presence of God
Now you notice, it’s like God was wanting to do it, and got ahead of me
I’m sort of trying to get through my thing [laughter] and He’s just already going ahead
of me [vroom] Holy Ghost! [Laughs] Just stay there
and enjoy the presence of God, see? Now can you see that God is more willing to
use us than we realise? He just needs someone to co-operate with Him, so a lot of this,
it’s not about trying to make God do something It’s actually about you just resting in your
heart, that I am a minister of the spirit, God is with me, and that He will work through
me The key issue is one of just believing that
God can work through me Can I pray for you too? Come on – I can see
you looking, wanting something to happen [Laughter] Why not? Exactly, that’s the spirit,
why not me? Amen Alright then
Now you notice that there’s an anointing flows from within, but there’s also the spirit of
God will come on people as well, and so I always yield to Him moving, coming on people,
but I can always stir what’s within me – there it is, He’s already starting to happen [Yes] right now, so you could feel it straight away
couldn’t you? See, so I’ll just again pray [Prays in tongues] Now what I’m wanting you to do is to get used
to doing this, stirring up your spirit through praying in tongues, expecting God to do something,
and being willing to just speak POWER! Release the power of God into the person’s
life Believe that as you say – thank you Brian,
well done, catching all the ladies tonight It’s a grand thing to do
[Laughs] So I’m wanting you to get used to, that as you will just arise in your spirit,
and speak, that God will work through your words, to touch the other person
Amen Okay then, so we’re going to get you all into
threes, one catches, one receives, one prays and ministers
Follow the same process, because it’ll just make it easier
Ask the person, can I practice on you? Why? Because it is just a practice, to just do
what we can Secondly, ask them to close their eyes, and
lift their heart, or look up to the Lord, not to you so the pressure’s not on you to
perform – unless it’s inside you to perform Then you close your eyes and take their hand,
and just begin to ponder and meditate that God is in me, and begin to pray in tongues
Allow your heart to become conscious of God, then POWER! Okay? [mumble mumble] Come on,
you can do it! [Laughter] Let’s do it! Let’s do it!