Deliverance and Healing (3 of 5) – Gateways for Demonic Spirits

Deliverance and Healing (3 of 5) – Gateways for Demonic Spirits

November 23, 2019 6 By William Hollis


I want to welcome you this morning again,
we’re looking at the ministry of deliverance, and there are many approaches that people
have to this whole area of deliverance, so this is one approach
There are other ways that people approach it, and other ways they look at it and resolve
some of the issues, but what we want to do is to give you understanding of the ministry
of Jesus and deliverance, and we want to give you understanding of what demons are, how
they operate and how they access people’s lives, and some of the foundational keys to
getting people free, and ministering to people We also want to give you an opportunity to
just practice praying for, and ministering to one another, and I expect that God will
do some great things today Yesterday we looked at Jesus’ ministry
We looked first of all at the apostolic ministry, that we’re all sent by God, we all have a
sphere of influence and God wants us to be used in this ministry, not only of sharing
the gospel but of healing the sick and delivering people from evil spirits
We looked at Jesus’ ministry of deliverance We saw an example of His ministry, we saw
how He worked and how He operated, and then we looked at some of Jesus’ teaching as to
what evil spirits are, and how they operate So today, we’re looking now in your notes
on Page 4, Section 2 4, we’re looking at how demons enter people,
and when they get into people, what kinds of things would happen inside the person as
a result of that There are a number of ways of approaching
this particular aspect, and I’ve used a way which has been quite helpful for people to
get an overview, and so you know what to look for, you know the places to look
Then there are a number of ways that we can approach the actual ministry So first thing we need to realise is that
demons cannot access a person’s life unless they have a ground or a reason to be able
to do so We saw that demons will occupy buildings,
they’ll occupy objects, they can occupy animals, and they definitely seek to occupy people,
but they need in a way in They can’t automatically just get access into
you, so they need a way in, and if we read in Ephesians 4, Verse 18, Paul is writing
He’s writing to believers, and he’s talking about being angry but don’t sin, don’t let
the sun go down on your anger Then in Verse 27: give no place to the devil
Give no place to the devil He’s writing to believers, and he’s telling
them do not give a place to the devil The word place is a – many times these words
if you don’t understand the original, they lose their meaning in translation, so the
original word, it’s the word topos It means something like this; it means a foothold,
don’t let the devil get a foothold A foothold is where you put your foot in the
door, and you stop the door shutting, so you can get your way in Another translation of that word is a beachhead
In the Second World War, the allies sought to establish a beachhead, that’s a small area
that they occupy, from which they can launch a greater assault, a beachhead
But one of the most important meanings of the word means, a legal right, a legal right,
a lawful right to do something, a legal right We talked a little bit about that last night,
how legal rights are very, very crucial in the operation of demonic spirits getting into
people’s lives If they can find a place where the law of
God is broken, they have a room to operate against people, and so when we bring our life
under the kingdom of God, under the lordship of Jesus Christ, and begin to flow in His
principles, then legal grounds and rights are diminished
But when we violate the laws of God, we come outside the kingdom of God, then the grounds
have been established for demonic spirits to enter So they can enter when you break the laws
of God Now you say well, what if I didn’t know? Well
ignorance does not matter You know, the fact you didn’t know doesn’t
mean the demon can’t use it They will use every ground possible, and the
nature of the demonic kingdom is one of darkness and deception, so you may be sitting here
today, and already there are areas of your life which are in bondage to evil spirits,
and you’re not even aware of it; accept that’s just me, I’ve got this struggle I have, and
it’s just me, I’ve always been like that So we can have areas of bondage and we’re
not even aware of it, and we’re going to just identify some of the doorways now that evil
spirits use In Nehemiah 9, Verse 37, Nehemiah is praying,
and what he does is he says: You have set kings over us, because of our sins
So from a spiritual perspective he’s saying that we are under bondage because of sin,
and so let’s have a look then, at some of these doorways or gateways that demons use
Let me do one more verse before we go to look and identify the gateways, and it’s found
– it’s not in your notes – in 2 Timothy, Chapter 2, so if you’ve got a Bible you could look
at it It’s talking about ministering to people,
and it says in Verse 24: the servant of the Lord must not quarrel or argue or strive,
but must be gentle to all men, able to teach and patient
So it’s saying if you’re going to minister to people, then don’t argue with people, it’s
not going to work, get any results – but be gentle, able to teach and patient, in humility
instructing those who oppose themselves, and perhaps God will give them repentance, that
they may acknowledge the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare
of the devil, who have been taken captive by him to do his will So in those three verses there it says there
are some people, and the devil takes them captive
Any time he wants to he can manipulate their life so that they end up doing what he wants,
rather than doing what God wants They are taken captive
That word captive means a prisoner, taken in a battle, so it says the devil takes people
captive He captures people, holds them in prison,
and then manipulates them so they do things they don’t necessarily want to do, or they
do things which are destructive It says that he captures them by getting them
in a snare, and that word snare is like a trap, like a baited trap, like a bird trap
You have the bait, and the person goes in, takes the bait, and then they’re in the trap,
and then they’re manipulated because they’re now imprisoned
So it says that if we are to get people free, we as the servants of God, need to not quarrel
with people or argue, but just have a gentle, humble attitude
It says we need to instruct people on some of the foundation reasons why they’ve got
their life into bondage, and it says perhaps God will give them repentance to acknowledge
the truth, then they come to their senses, and get out of this area of the devil So there’s a part we play
We must instruct people, work with people, and help people see why they’re in trouble
Secondly, they have to make a response They need to actually acknowledge where they
have opened their life to the demonic powers, and come to a place of repentance and acknowledging
the truth Then they come to their senses, or they stop
being drunk and under the influence of a spirit, and we can set them free from the demonic
bondages So there’s a process of instructing the person,
helping them understand how their life got into bondage, working with the Holy Ghost
to identify some of the areas of bondage and the roots of it
Then they must come to a place of co-operation, so sometimes you’ll have people come and they
want help and want ministry, but they want it their way
They want you to pray and fix them up You can’t fix anyone up
What you can do is work with the Holy Spirit to get them realigned with Jesus, and then
you can minister on His behalf, and freedom comes So the process of deliverance is not all about
casting out demons That’s actually the easy part
The bigger part is actually discovering how they got established in the person’s life,
and bringing the person to place of co-operation with the Holy Spirit, so that you can then
minister and get them free So it really helps to understand it, because
many people will come, and they just want to be free, or to feel better, or to get over
the problem, whereas our role is to help them realign with God, and take responsibility
for their life So if someone’s blaming the demons for their
problem, help them understand the demon is not the problem, the demon is the consequence
of something The demon’s not the problem, the demon is
the consequence of something else that happened; deal with the root issue, and the demons are
quite easy to deal with That make sense? It’s quite important you
get that, because otherwise you’ll be looking to blame demons for all the problems that
people have, and of course demons do create huge problems
We’ll identify what some of them are shortly A demon can be at the root of the problem,
and creating all kinds of issues in a person’s life, but underneath that, there’s some legal
ground, some foothold it has Remove the foothold, and the demon’s got nothing
to hold onto to let go, so you can imagine a person coming to you, and what you can’t
see, but there’s all these handles on them, and demons have got a hold of the handles
Unless you get the handles broken and off their life, then the demons will just keep
coming back and latch onto the person again That’s perhaps a way of looking at it
Okay, so what are some of the doorways or gateways that evil spirits enter? Remember,
we are called to be a gateway for the spirit of God to flow through
Demons want to come in, and they come in because they’ve got a ground
Now here’s the first one I’m going to give you a list of a number of
them, they’re not necessarily in order of importance, but they’re common ones that I
have come across in working with people Number one, generational inequity, the sins
of family members of previous generations In the Bible, as in practically – let’s look
at it first of all from a practical level When you go to the doctor they will ask your
family medical history They know there’s connection in your medical
history and your family background You go to the insurance company, they’ll also
ask your medical history, because they know there’s a connection between medical history,
and the current problems, or the problems you may have in the future
So from a spiritual perspective, the generations are connected by genetics
We’re also connected spiritually God sees generations as being a continual
line, interconnected with one another, so God’s plan is that if you walk with God, that
all the generations after you will be blessed, they’re all connected
But if you walk against God, then you open a gateway for evil spirits to come in, and
everyone connected after you, is subject to what you have done
They come under They’re not responsible for what you did,
but they are subject to the consequences of what you’ve done, so if a person is involved
for example – well let’s just have a look at it, in Exodus, Chapter 20
You’ll see it very clearly laid out Exodus, Chapter 20 – there are many other
verses like this; You shall have no other Gods before Me
You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or the likeness of anything in heaven above
or the earth beneath, that’s in the water or in the earth; you’ll not bow down to them
or serve them For I, the Lord you God am a jealous God,
and I visit the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations
of those who hate Me, but show mercy to thousands who love Me and keep My commandments
Notice it says: visiting the iniquity The iniquity is the root of sin, it’s the
tendency to go crooked It’s the twistedness in a person’s life, so
when idolatry gets into a family, or spiritism, or sexual perversions, or things like that,
a legal right is established for spirits to come in, and the consequences go generationally,
from one generation to another So the sins of your parents and grandparents
will create a legal ground for evil spirits to come into your own life
When did the spirits transfer? Well they may transfer while the child is in the womb, they
may transfer at birth, they may transfer sometime during their early stage of their life, or
they may not even manifest until teenage years, or a little later – but they will always show
up They always show up Once a legal ground is established, they then
start to occupy generation after generation, so we are not at all responsible for what
our parents did We’re responsible for our own actions, but
it may well be that already, without us doing anything, we are subject to demonic oppression
and pressure Remember we said demons hold people down,
and energise sin? You could be born into this world already having demonic spirits, that
make you subject – that you become subject to the pressure they bring
I’ve had a whole heap of them I had one couple I prayed for, their child
would wake up very early in the morning – the child was two – and would become very destructive
We couldn’t work out why, and they couldn’t do anything
If they didn’t wake up early, the child would destroy things in the house, so we checked
their background, and he had a background of anger and violence and drugs, and she had
a background of the occult We prayed over the child, stood with the parents
and prayed over the child The child just sighed, spirits left, and then
there was no behaviour problem It just changed as dramatically as that, because
the origins were demonic I had another lady I prayed for, and she said
I’m a Christian, I’ve been a Christian almost all of my life
I’ve served the Lord faithfully, but I am tormented with unclean images in my mind
They just are there all the time I come to worship, they’re there
I don’t understand why I have such a problem, so I asked the obvious; have you been involved
in sexual sin? No, I haven’t, I’ve kept my life
Right, I asked the next obvious one; did anyone ever sexually abuse you? No, I’ve never been
sexually abused Oh, okay, I’ll ask another one
Have you ever had any bad sexual experience of any kind? No, I have not, I’ve kept myself
in God – so that left it back, it could only have a generational origin
Can you tell me about your family background? When she told me about the family background
I was quite amazed, because what happened was this
Her grandparents were missionaries in China, and they had two children, a boy and a girl,
and they had put the boy and the girl in a boarding school, and the missionaries were
in another area The Japanese invaded China – this was in the
’30s They invaded China, and they took over the
province that the boarding school was in They took the young boy and the girl, and
they sexually abused the girl – this is another generation back see? Okay, so then eventually
the children were rescued, the place was set free, the children restored to their parents,
but damage had been done, and through the sexual abuse, a demonic spirit had been imparted
So the young girl grew up and eventually married, but the marriage didn’t last
Because of the trauma she’d gone through she was unable to stay intimate in any relationship;
the marriage broke up, but she had this daughter, and this was the daughter that we were speaking
with and talking with So we realised then, that even though she
had done nothing herself, the consequence of an abuse two generations ago had opened
the doorway for the demonic spirit to come in, and she was now all her life under this
demonic pressure in her mind and emotions, that brought torment and guilt to her, because
as a Christian she wants to please the Lord She can’t understand why she’s got this stuff
in her head, and we prayed for her, and I got her to acknowledge this generational iniquity,
to forgive the Japanese soldiers who’d abused the grandmother, and the moment we did that,
the demonic spirits manifested, and she was completely set free
So it’s a very, very powerful story of this generational issue
Now, there are a whole number of areas from the generational background
One of the common ones in the west is freemasonry Freemasonry will always open the door for
demonic spirits They’re spirits of infirmity, they usually
produce coldness in the emotions of men, lack of love and intimacy in the relationship,
in the family, and they produce all kinds of spiritual blocks for people coming into
the things of the spirit and going on with God – so generational iniquity and the curses
that this brings The Bible’s very clear, in the days of Nehemiah,
he confessed not only his own sins, but the sins of the parents which had brought them
into this place of bondage So generational iniquity can open the doorway
for spirits, particularly around the area of the occult, so you find sometimes children
struggle from when they’re very young with occult experiences
There is a generational factor involved there The parents or grandparents or someone in
the family line has made an agreement, they’ve worshipped an idol, or made offerings to an
idol and come into agreement with it, or perhaps they have opened their life to divination,
fortune-telling and spiritism, or perhaps they’ve engaged in some form of occult practice,
or some sexual perversion They’ve broken laws of God, and it’s opened
a door through which the demons now have legal access, so it’s like leaving the door open,
and there’s wild wolves outside They just keep coming in while the door stays
open The door has to be shut So when you’re checking out, or working with
someone, one of the questions I always ask, is when did this problem first begin? Many
times you’ll find, well it’s been there all my life, it’s been there since I was very,
very young So you have good indication then, that the
likely cause or origin, is a generational iniquity or sin of some kind
When people pray, often God will uncover things in the family, and you become aware of issues
that no one had talked about In our generation no one talked about anything,
but the stuff went on, and so it was all secret The Holy Ghost was able to bring it out by
word of knowledge and by revelation That’s why you can’t do deliverance ministry
without the Holy Ghost He’s the only one who can help unlock the
generational iniquities and the bondages, and He’ll do that by a picture, a vision or
something will come to the person He’ll just bring it to mind what is the problem,
when we ask Him to help So for generational iniquity it is important
that they be acknowledged, and repented of, and confessed, and the curses renounced, so
the person can be set free The second thing there is patterns of sin
or habits of sin Sin always opens the doorways for spirits,
so sin – what we do, not what someone else did, they are what we do – and so a range
of areas to look for, that open doorways for spirits, are: hatred; a spirit of hatred
In 1 John 2:11, the person who hates his brother is a murderer
Unforgiveness; Matthew 18:35, Jesus said if you harbour unforgiveness in your heart you
will be delivered to the tormenters, so unforgiveness is a crucial one
You would be amazed how many people do not feel hate for someone, and do not feel unforgiveness,
but it’s there, sitting in their life, and the Holy Spirit can bring it to the surface
Unforgiveness is a huge issue, it’s a demand that someone pays me back
It’s a demand for justice, and we need to let that go, and release it to the cross,
and forgive and release others, as we have been forgiven Bitterness is another major root of sin, where
people harbour resentment, and anger, and hostility against someone
It eventually becomes a deep root of bitterness Hebrews 12:15, a root of bitterness will defile
Bitterness is a big problem that opens the door for demons
Anger is another one Now remember, behind all of these sins there’s
usually events, there’s something that’s happened, that caused the person to feel hurt and grief
and pain, then they’ve chosen to react by holding unforgiveness, rather than forgiving
and so on Rebellion is another one
In Proverbs 17:11, the person who rebels, a cruel messenger will be sent against him,
so rebellion – often people rebel when they’re rejected, so a young person who’s rejected,
one may become compliant, and another one may rebel, and be the black sheep of the family,
because they just feel so rejected, and they’re saying I’m not going to tolerate that, so
they react in many kinds of different ways Rebellion is a major one
Rebellion is seeking to impose your will over another, so it says it’s like witchcraft Many times when there’s roots of rebellion
in a person’s life, you’ll have spirits of witchcraft operating as well, so rebellion
is wilful resistance, and in New Zealand one of the most common forms of rebellion is what
you call passive rebellion Passive rebellion is not so easy to spot
Passive rebellion is the person resists, but they’re not showing it outwardly, they show
it in different other ways They show it by, I’ll do it my way, I’ll do
it on my time, I’ll do it when I feel like it, and so they may comply, but actually there’s
no heart in it There is a rebelling and imposing their own
will around it, and so you’ll find you can’t get things done, you can’t get them done on
time There’s actually a wilful resisting of you,
and you can feel the lack of flow, the pressure that it seems to bring around
So rebellion, they’ll just nod and smile and say yes, but then not do it
You see the pattern, you know there’s rebellion underneath, in the heart – but the person
doesn’t feel rebellious That’s their behaviour they’ve gotten used
to Another area is the area of lying
Lying brings people directly into agreement with an evil spirit
In Isaiah 28 it tells us that when we lie, we come into agreement with demonic spirits,
the spirit of death We’ve made a covenant with death, with hell
we’re in agreement, because we made lies our refuge
Isn’t that amazing? We’re in a covenant with death, and with hell we’re in agreement, because
we made lies our refuge, so lying opens the door immediately then, for demonic spirits
to come in and torment a person’s life So those are some of the patterns of sin that
you’ll find There are others which I’ve mentioned here,
because I want to identify them specifically, so remember patterns of sin, usually there’s
a trigger cause It helps to find out when this thing started,
what lies behind it, because often there’s grief and pain, or an injustice
When you talk that out, then the person comes to a place of resting, and releasing forgiveness,
and repenting of their sin A third area, which is a significant area,
is the area of occult involvement Deuteronomy 18, God wants us to be connected
to Him God is a spirit, and we are made for spiritual
experience, we’re made and designed to live and operate and move in the realm of the spirit
It’s not to be a complicated thing, it’s actually a natural part of our life that we would engage
with God who is a spirit, and learn how to activate, walk and operate in the flow of
the spirit But people who do not know God, get drawn
into the demonic realm, so when we talk about occult – the word occult means to be concealed,
or covered, or hidden, or to be covered over – so when we refer the occult, it’s any practice
where the source of the power is concealed So when you get involved in the kingdom of
God, it’s a kingdom of light Everything is in the open
What we see, is what we get There’s no big surprises in that
Jesus is the king of that kingdom, the kingdom has His nature, the power behind anything
that happens is the Holy Spirit, and when we open our life to Jesus the king, we open
our life up to the Holy Spirit The source of power is always identifiable When you get in the kingdom of darkness, you
have no idea who the king is, but the king is Satan himself
He’s a king over a kingdom, and it takes on his nature, cruel, deceptive, treacherous,
murderous and dark The second thing is, the source of power in
the occult practices, is concealed You don’t know where the power comes from,
so you’ll find in the occult realm, when people get involved and drawn into these things,
they have no idea what the power is They just know that there’s power there, and
many times people are drawn to the occult because of deep rejection or rebellion in
their heart, and they look for power to try and compensate, and they find they’re drawn
It’s quite addictive, it’s like a drug, that once people start down that track they get
drawn further and further and further into it
So when we talk about the occult of course, we’re aware that recently there’s been just
a huge interest in these things, like all the Harry Potter movies
They’re all about the occult They’re about two kinds of occult; about divination,
which is telling the future, various ways of finding the future, or trying to find out
what will happen ahead of us; and the second is sorcery, which is the dimension of power,
gaining power from hidden spirits, and of course Hollywood dresses it all up, so it
all looks wonderful, and they say it’s good against evil
But really in all of it, the power is never identified, and so occult areas will always
open the realm of the spirit People come into direct agreement with evil
spirits Common ones are pendulum swinging, Ouija boards,
just putting the Ouija board out When a person puts the board out, and puts
the letters down there, and starts to move the glass, they actually connect with a spirit,
and it’s the spirit gives the thing power Now they’re communicating with an evil spirit
God says this is detestable to Him, because He’s made us for intimacy with Himself
It’s like someone that you love going off and having another lover, and God grieves
in His heart over this, and there are very serious consequences for occult involvement
So let’s read in Deuteronomy 18, Verse 9; When you come into the land which the Lord
your God is giving you, don’t learn the abominations of the nations
Then He lists them: there’ll be not found among you who makes his son or daughter pass
through the fire The modern equivalent of that, passing a child
through the fire was offering your children up to Molech, God of brass that was – they
filled it up with fire and they put their children, living children, into this idol
to kill them The modern equivalent of that would be abortion There will not be found any among you who
makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, anyone who practices witchcraft, a soothsayer,
or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, one who conjures spells, a medium, a spiritist,
or one who calls up the dead, holds a séance, calls up the spirits of the dead, acts as
a medium or a channel for the dead We would call them today psychics, and you
find again very commonly psychic hotlines and so on, so all who do these things are
an abomination to the Lord Nothing could be clearer
This is evil to do these things, and when you do it, you end up engaging evil spirits
Now when you get into different nations you’ll find the further you get away from civilisation,
the more occultism becomes very powerful So in the areas of Indonesia we’ve come across
major stuff with people who practice this demonic realm, and their power is very real,
for example in the Bible the sorcerers in Egypt could change a stick into a snake, just
like Moses did Now that’s scary
Have a think about that – someone throws a stick down, it turns into a snake
That’s a major power dimension One of the challenges the church is facing,
is the ability to arise without fear in the face of all of this, and learn how to move
in the spirit, and bring heaven to earth, and confront the demonic realm
See, people are drawn there, because they see the church has no power
No matter how you dress it up, no matter how well it looks, or how well it’s managed, people
need the substance of God They need to experience God’s power in their
life, and in the absence of that, they turn and turn into all these kinds of things, so
there are whole ranges of aspects to this of course
All forms of fortune-telling bring people into connection with demons
Divination is seeking for hidden knowledge, hidden information, secret information
All forms of sorcery – sorcery’s trying to gain power over people, cursing them, doing
spells, magic, those kinds of things Idolatry is a significant part of this
Idolatry is the bowing down, and coming into, yielding into, spirits that lie behind the
idol In 1 Corinthians it tells us, the idol is
nothing, but when you bow down and make offerings to it, you are coming into agreement to an
evil spirit occupying the idol, and so wherever there is idolatry openly practised, you’ll
notice one, they bow down, a sign of reverence and yielding to the demon that’s in that place,
in that idol; secondly, they make an offering, which is a form of trading, I give you this
offering in return for protection, or power, or provision of some kind
So always there’s a form of trading goes on; I give you this, you give me something back,
but when you deal with the devil, you always end up the loser
You always end up the loser I remember a person that we ministered to
up in Malaysia, and she’d got involved with demonic spirits to bless her business, and
for a season her business prospered and she became immensely wealthy Then one day the demon manifested to her,
and said it’s time to pay She said what do you want? He said I want
your eldest son, and she could not believe – I mean she was just grief stricken
She tried every way that she could bargain, but she’d already received – she’d traded
She’d received the benefits, financially, of trading with the demon, and now she had
to pay the price, so there was a tragic car accident
Her son was lost, and this happened to both her sons, so she was devastated and you can
imagine that all the financial gain, through trading with the demon, was overtaken completely
by the shock and the grief that she had lost her children, because she’d given her life
into trading with a spirit So there’s always a price to pay, always a
price to pay, and it’s more than you think, always more than you think
Yeah, okay? So idolatry opens the doorway for demons
In the west of course, freemasonry’s a big problem in that area, so when you look in
the New Testament, you’ll find there were encounters with people with sorcery and divination
recorded in the Bible So in the area of occult involvement, the
person has an agreement with an evil spirit When you talk with anyone who has an agreement
with an evil spirit, they must actually recognise what they’ve done, and renounce the agreement
To renounce means to speak words to cancel something, so wherever there’s been an agreement
with an idol, with a spirit of divination, any kind of demonic spirit, the person must
renounce what they have done; in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I renounce every
agreement I have made, every word that I have entered into agreement, I cancel it, every
covenant I’ve made through sacrifice, I renounce and cancel it
The person needs to cancel, speak words to break what they have done, and renounce and
speak off their life what they’ve done Sometimes children when they’re young, are
dedicated to idols and so the child had no choice in it, they were dedicated to an idol,
or dedicated to a temple We would bring children in and dedicate them
to the Lord People dedicate them to the idol Now when a parent dedicates their child to
an idol, or a temple, it gives a legal ground for the spirit to enter the child’s life,
because the parent is the legal guardian, so we have prayed for many people, and they
were demonised from childhood because they were dedicated to an idol, a temple, or some
false god In the same way then, we should realise that
infant dedication or child dedication in the church is a powerful spiritual transaction
It’s not just a nice little thing you do in church
The reality is, you are invoking someone to come upon your child, you’re calling for God
to move, as you dedicate your child to Him In the same way, the demonic realm recognises
and seeks to gain the children, so there’s always a battle for the minds and hearts of
the children Now just before we get off the occult involvement
one, there are some other areas that you need to be aware of One area that’s becoming an increasing problem
now, is the area of role play fantasy games, and the internet, and this is becoming a huge
issue I was up in Singapore, and God spoke to me
about this, and I had a young man come up for prayer
He was addicted to playing a role playing game called the World of Warcraft, and he
played in that game a sorcerer The deal was, he would get on the internet
and he would go and begin to compete, and he would take on and use his powers that he
had on the internet to destroy his enemies and grow in power until he become bigger and
more powerful So this is the nature of that thing, they
all compete with one another Now what happened was, because of imagination,
he opened his life up to the demonic spirit, and it now entered his life and he’d become
addicted to the game, and his whole identity started to change as he started to get more
and more addicted to the game So when we recognised that, I said you will
need to renounce the game, and to renounce the identity that you took on in that game,
so he told me what the game was and the identity of the sorcerer, and I led him in a prayer
to acknowledge Christ as his Lord, acknowledge ownership by Christ and then to renounce in
Jesus’ name, I renounce all playing of this game
I renounce all escaping from real life into this fantasy world, because that’s what the
root of the problem was I renounce this identity, which is a false
identity, which I took on, and he named it The moment he did the demon manifested on
his face, he fell on the ground, and there was a full manifestation of that spirit
Now this shocked the students This is a student in a Bible College, so while
he’s given his life, and sacrificed to come and learn how to serve God, in his private
life, he’s engaging the occult realm, but didn’t know it Now what happened then was we had more than
200 students come up, and there was a massive flow of deliverance, young Asian students
addicted to these online games, becoming a growing problem in the next generation
It’s deceptive People don’t understand what lies behind it
They think it’s just harmless game playing Now don’t go in a big reaction, and then forbid
all game playing There’s a discernment needed as to what kinds
of things would actually become a problem, and I think that any game which is of a role
playing nature, that also includes the occult, will eventually lead to the person opening
their life, and being in agreement with, a demonic power
So rather than legalism, some wisdom and some management and boundaries are needed around
that area, and if you’ve – because what you find is, often the behaviour of the children
starts to change because of the occult and the violence in the games, it starts to affect
them What’s happened is they’ve opened their life
to a demon One of the scriptures the Lord spoke to me
about was this, as I was thinking about it and sharing it with the students, I was just
sharing what God was showing me about it He said there’s a scripture there, it says:
if you look on a woman with lust in your heart, you’ve committed adultery with her
Now just think about that He said if you look, or if you start to look,
or use your imagination, and you look and begin to long after someone that’s not your
wife, then you’ve already committed adultery So the sin of adultery is conceived in the
heart, when the imagination and the heart are activated together, so He said in these
games, people enter in with their imagination into the fantasy world, and then begin to
long after the power What happens is they conceive in their heart
the whole thing of sorcery, and the demon then can get in, so these are areas to become
very aware of There are other games that people get addicted
to, and I don’t even want to go there at all, but there’s a whole range of games, and people
who are in pain emotionally, substitute real relationships for a vast imaginary role playing
game world, and often they can become addicted to that realm
They can’t do without it, and so you know spirits are involved as well as soulish and
addictive processes, so I needed to spend a bit on that because that is quite an issue
Other areas of the occult involve martial arts, and yoga, and some, some alternative
medicine things We just need to be aware that you can open
your life to the demonic realm through these things Okay, next one, number four is sexual sin
We just look in – there’s a whole number of scriptures on this of course
Remember in Luke, Chapter 4, we saw the man who had an unclean spirit – Verses 43, 44
– we found that there was a man there who had an unclean spirit
In Chapter 4 of Luke, Verses 33 to 36, he had an unclean demon, which is almost certainly
a sexual demon that had come into his life We discussed that last night
So God has set a law in place; when two people become intimate sexually, the two become one
flesh Remember, it’s established in Genesis
They join together in sexual intimacy, the two become one
Now get this: if you become one with another person, one flesh, then whatever demons they’ve
got, they belong to you as well Think about that
Like if a person has got a sexual disease, and you have a sexual relationship with them,
you are likely to receive what they have, and the consequences will go on and possibly
affect children The child maybe innocent, no guilt, yet affected So in the realm of sexual sin, God has created
a law that two become one, so when people are sexually involved with one another, heavy
petting right through to penetration and sexual relationship, then there is a soul tie formed
between them The two become one
That’s the law that God set in place, and the way the law works is there is a bonding
forms between them Now that soul tie, or that bonding between
the two people formed through sexual intimacy, it can either be Godly, or ungodly
A Godly one is where it’s within the boundaries of a healthy relationship, and God’s principles;
an ungodly one is a sexual intimacy outside marriage, where we break God’s laws, violate
God’s laws, are involved sexually outside marriage, then there is an ungodly soul tie
or bonding Now there are two impacts of that ungodly
soul tie that I’m aware of One impact is this, is that because it’s an
ungodly tie, demonic spirits can use it as a gateway into your life, spirits of lust,
and all kinds of other spirits can enter your life through a legal gateway, a joining to
another person It’s like no matter how far you go through
your life you’re still joined to them, so if you have a number of sexual partners, now
you’ve got all this baggage, these cords of sin, that go back to these relationships – it’s
like an invisible spiritual cord linking you to the person
The demonic realm can see it, and use it to gain access so that’s one area, demonic spirits
can enter The second is this
I’ve observed in praying for people that – particularly with men but also with women – that the mental
and emotional impact of the sexual relationship remains with them
The memories remain alive and it’s like they cannot, even years later, get the memories
to diminish They are energised and alive, and so a couple
can be having sexual intimacy as husband and wife, and then these powerful images are there
of previous encounters, or the memories of previous encounters arise up when a person
tries to worship In other words, there’s some defilement is
taking place, which seems to keep – there’s an energising
Remember we talked how demons either hold people down, or energise sin inside them?
Then this is what happens around this area; the person’s got this energy around this that
keeps tormenting, and won’t ever seem to go away
They can’t come to peace, and I’ve prayed for multitudes of people, and when we broke
the soul tie, like it was an invisible cord, when we just cut the soul tie in the spirit,
pictured taking the sword of the spirit, and just cutting that soul tie joining the person
to someone else, then almost immediately there was a diminishing of the energy and power
of these things in the person’s soul, and they just started to find it quite manageable
after that So sexual intimacy was established by God
as a way of two people being bonded together, and getting to know one another, becoming
intimate with one another God’s purpose in forming the covenant of marriage
is to protect your capacity to be intimate, so when people are intimate without a commitment
for life, and then they break up, there are all kinds of hurts take place There’s a rending apart of that soul tie,
both men and women are affected No matter what people say it’s like, it isn’t
like that It always ends up with pain, and grief, and
sorrow, and so you find then there are reactions that people form; I’ll never let any man near
me like that again, or I wish I was dead, death wishes and inner vows start to – so
sexual sin and sexual abuse create these huge problems inside people’s lives, of soul ties,
of inward reactions, of inner vows, that create an energy centre for demonic spirits to torment
the person’s life So if a person has had a number of sexual
relationships through their life, what they need is to actually become cleansed by Jesus
Christ We need to come to Him – He’s willing to cleanse
us, but we need to just front up, this is what it’s been like, this is what I’ve done,
this is what I’ve been involved in, this is what I’ve been exposed to, and then to just
renounce all the agreements, renounce all the relationships, cut the soul ties, renounce
the soul ties, and release forgiveness Let go, where there’s grief and pain and hurt Many young men that we’re aware of have attempted
suicide, or committed suicide, because of a break up in a relationship with a girl;
many young women have been devastated because a relationship turned sexual, and they never
really wanted it to be They were looking for love and intimacy, so
this is a whole area of challenge today, where people have lost God’s boundaries and values
God’s principle, related to marriage, is to protect intimacy, so you can become a whole
person It’s not to stop you enjoying life, it’s to
protect you from destructive things So people need to be delivered, and you’ll
find that many of people that you will work with, you’ll find if you will check out where
the problem is, often it’s in this area; there’s been sexual sin, it could go back many, many
years, could have been a teenage thing, or even a younger thing that that, and the impact
of it’s so great, that it just leaves this energy going on inside them
So you’re dealing then with soul ties, you’re dealing with reactions, inner vows and bitter
judgements against men or women, and often you’re dealing with quite emotional trauma
of what they’ve gone through We’ll talk a little bit more about just ministering
to that area It is a major one
God wants people to be free, and we saw Jesus set the man free who’d been bound in that
kind of sin So I’ve put a list in your notes of various
things that the Bible speaks explicitly about; fornication, homosexuality, pornography is
not referred to directly, but it comes under the issue of lusting in your heart; habitual
masturbation is not mentioned specifically in the Bible, so we should not place weight
on it as a problem beyond what the Bible does say, and the Bible doesn’t say much about
it all So one of the things I have noticed in praying
and ministering to people, is that when people are involved in habitual masturbation, usually
there are deep roots of rejection, and what they’re doing is trying to comfort themselves,
but it becomes addictive and connected with fantasy, and that’s where the problems lie
So I never try to bring anyone under the law in this area, but we talk to them about the
impact it has on them, and how to then get free
Sometimes you just need to break the soul tie the person’s got to them self, and they
often need to be set free of roots of rejection inside them, that are feeding and driving
this area, then be taught how to actually stay clean, stay pure Another particular one that is referred to
specifically, is the area of anal sex or sodomy That is specifically referred to as an abomination
to the Lord, and yet you’ll find that there’ll be some couples will practice sodomy in their
marriage You need to understand that God forbids this
practice It’s unclean, it’s a shameful practice associated
with homosexuals, and it’s not part – it’s got no place in a Christian marriage, none
whatsoever If any of you are aware, if it’s happening
in your life, or happening in your situation, or you come across it, a woman needs to be
free from any sense she needs to submit to her husband over this specific issue
The area of oral sex is not stated specifically in the Bible, so therefore we have to be careful
what we say about something the Bible doesn’t say anything about
The two general principles you use are one, that it’s natural and doesn’t violate natural
law and two, that it doesn’t violate the conscience of the person The area of prostitution isn’t referred to
in the Bible as being evil Sexual molesting or rape, fantasy, incest,
bestiality and adultery, all of these are referred to as creating major problems
Now here’s an interesting thing, that all of those sins carried a death penalty
Get that – capital punishment Capital punishment
Now we wrestle with capital punishment, even multiple murders, but capital punishment
Now I’ve looked at that, and thought about it, and I’ve come to the conclusion that since
the law of God doesn’t pass away, that wherever people are involved with that, they open the
way for spirits of death to come around them That means they become isolated, and disconnected,
and shut down or numbed out emotionally, through these kinds of experiences in various degrees So lets just carry on and then we’ll finish
the list, then we’ll take a break Rejection is another area
If you’re looking and dealing with a person’s life, you’ll find very often they have suffered
deep rejection In 2 Samuel 6, Verse 16, Michal, Saul’s daughter,
was deeply rejected by her father, and she becomes very bitter
In the day that should have been a day of celebration for her, she in fact was in great
grief, and really reactionary against her husband, because there was bitterness against
men in her heart, so bitterness comes out of being deeply rejected
You notice also that rejection – let me just make this clear – rejection is an experience
people have, where they’re not wanted, or they perceive they’re not wanted
Rejection is an emotional trauma or pain that people experience, so it’s an emotional trauma
Rejection is also a spirit that torments people, and rejection is also a belief, or a judgement
formed in the heart, that no one’s going to want me So when you’re dealing with rejection you
have to be aware of each of those aspects; is there a demonic spirit involved? Is there
a judgement, and a bitter expectancy, that I’ll be rejected? Is there some painful experience
I need to face, and forgive the people involved? Of course there’s a whole number of ways the
spirit of rejection will come around people When people have got rejection in their life,
usually there’s a deep mind set that they’re unacceptable, they fear rejection, and they
tend to reject themselves So where does it come? Very simply, rejection
in the womb, child’s unwanted, unwanted pregnancy, or perhaps there was an attempt at abortion
I’ve noticed this, when there’s been attempted abortion and the child survives, they will
not bond with their mother They actually won’t breastfeed, they won’t
bond with their mother, they’re called ‘problem’ children because, in their heart, they know
already this woman tried to murder me That’s why you get the lack of bonding The contemporary culture tends to pass off
a lie, this is not a person in the womb Now if a woman believes this is not a person,
the next step is to be able to get rid of it quite easily
The reality is, it is a person, and what we have found is that, in ministering to people
who’ve had an abortion, we have found one of the things that’s very crucial, is first
to acknowledge that this is actually I’ve tried to, or attempted to, or have successfully
destroyed a life, an eternal spirit being That’s the first thing to acknowledge
The second thing is to forgive the people that have been involved, including forgiving
yourself, usually the man involved and the people who were involved as well
The third thing is, we’ve found it really helpful to ask the person to listen to their
heart, and let God show them whether their child was a boy or a girl
Now at that point, it’s like I’ve watched a person move from being almost unemotional,
then suddenly when God showed them, this was a boy, it’s now no longer a thing
The revelation is there, this is a real person, and often they break and weep quite deeply
You can cast out spirits of murder and abortion and death and so on, so it’s a very, very
powerful area Many times we’ve found that people have been
deeply healed as they’ve seen the child in the Lord’s hands, and they’ve realised that
God has forgiven them, and they’re free now to move on
It’s a very, very powerful thing – so attempted abortion
A child is an unwanted female; in many places fathers expected the child to be a boy, and
it’s a girl, and the child feels rejected, and often strives to be – they become male-like
and competitive Early childhood experiences can lead to rejection,
a child who’s got some learning difficulties, a child who’s got some physical co-ordination
difficulties, can be very, very simple experiences they have
A family breaks up, that is a huge trauma for a child, and often that trauma leaves
a child feeling deeply rejected and to blame Family relational conflict or breakdown, emotional
coldness or hardness or blocks in the family, the child interprets it as being rejected;
unfavourable comparisons where one parent’s continually why aren’t you like your brother,
why aren’t you like your sister, why can’t you do this? The child feels rejected
They are not like their brother and sister, they are them, so many times parents can create
huge problems of rejection in a child by comparison Divorce or broken relationships; this creates
a problem A child interprets it through a child’s eyes,
and thinks they’re to blame, and feels rejected School experiences can create huge rejection,
as well as – another thing that creates deep rejection in people is the experiences of
broken relationship, where there was quite a deep intimacy, and then it breaks up
This is a huge issue that the person feels rejected, and often struggles with spirits
of rejection Another one, related to that which we’ll touch
on next, are when there’s controlling relationships When there’s controlling relationships, the
one who’s under control always carries a spirit of rejection, always
Why? Because their needs, their longings, their desires, their person-hood was rejected
by the controller, who just wanted to impose their will on them Okay, so there’s a whole range of things there
Number six, controlling relationships, we just referred to those
Whenever there are controlling relationships, one person is imposing their will on another
Now we’re not talking about Godly control, or management of a child, where you need to
restrain them for their own safety We’re talking now ungodly control where one
imposes their will, their wishes, their desires, and there’s no hearing, or there’s no connection
to the heart, or who the person is, and what they want to do
The person is dominated They can be dominated by verbal violence,
by physical violence, by sexual violence, by emotional violence, whatever it is, the
person’s dominated or controlled by the other person
There’s a deep root of rejection takes place, so control brings rejection and trauma, and
usually deep fear into the person’s life When you are working with people, do look
at the issue of trauma, particularly those associated with a controlling relationship,
so when a person is under a controlling relationship, they lose all confidence, they have no sense
of identity established, and demonic spirits come around and continually work against them:
spirits of hate, spirits of witchcraft, spirits of rejection A seventh area or gateway of demons is this,
it’s trauma and accidents, or sustained stress When a person goes through a trauma, if it’s
a physical trauma and you hit a person or they can be cut and bleed, but if it’s an
emotional trauma there’s a bleeding within, in the sense the soul is impacted and shattered
We’ll talk a bit more about dealing with that a little later – then what happens is, evil
spirits use trauma as a gateway in I was praying for a woman just a little while
ago, and she had pains right through her hand and her wrist, and she couldn’t move her hand
properly I said what’s happened? She said I was involved
in a motor vehicle accident I said what happened? She said well they did
the best they could, but I’m left numbed out, and I can’t move my hand properly, so what
I did was pray, and in Jesus’ name, I break the soul tie, or bonding in connection to
the trauma, and command the spirit of trauma and infirmity to go
The moment I did that, her hand freed up, and she started to feel again, and she started
to have full use of it So she was soul tied to the traumatic experience,
we broke that, and then commanded the spirit that was in her through that effect to go
out, and immediately she was set free, immediately she’s set free
So just be aware that if a person has a traumatic experience, one, that they are soul tied to
it; two, that they have often extremely painful memories and pictures around it, and three,
that there are spirits often have entered in to create a problem
Spirits of infirmity are the ones I’ve found most commonly associated with a traumatic
experience Another woman had had a car accident, she
had pains right through her body, and we broke the spirit of trauma off her life, cut the
soul tie to the experience, and she began to actually shake, as she started to remember
it Then the whole thing left her, and her back
was healed and she was completely free straight away Another area of demonic oppression or doorways
or gateways is ungodly beliefs Satan is the father of lies
When you believe a lie, whether you have good reason to or not, you’ll find that it’ll open
up and bring demonic spirits in Now ungodly beliefs are always, or almost
inevitably associated with, some painful experience, so a child growing up, well we’ve never got
enough money Perhaps the parents were going through financial
difficulty, and the child learns we’re poor, and there’s never enough for me
So a child who gets a belief in their heart, there’s not enough for me, it doesn’t matter
how much they have, you know what they’ll believe? There’s still not enough for me
They’re often then driven to work hard, they can’t find rest in their soul
Why? Because no matter how much they have, there’s not enough for me, is the message
that’s played in the heart So an ungodly belief, is a belief of the heart
that’s not true It’s actually a lie, but it operates and drives
the person’s life Ungodly beliefs, when we can identify them,
usually are attached to some painful experience We need to let Jesus come, and bring healing
to that experience, and we need to break or renounce the agreement with the lie, and start
to meditate and build the truth in our life Curses are another source of demonic spirits
coming in These are a consequence of breaking the laws
of God They can be word curses, or curses by authority
figures They could be self cursing where people speak
words, negative words over themselves Sometimes even there’s witchcraft cursing,
where particularly we’ve found people go into foreign lands, if they’re not aware of the
demonic realm, they can become subject to witchcraft cursing, and demonic spirits there
So again, if there is a curse, there’s always a reason for it, and we need to track the
reason, renounce it, cancel it, and release forgiveness, and believe God for freedom The last one I’ll just mention to you here,
is transference Spirits can transfer
There are a whole number of ways they can transfer
They can transfer through soul ties I’ve even known one person to get demonised
watching a movie – had a woman ring me up one night
I said: what’s the problem because it was quite late, said what’s the problem? She said:
something has happened to me I said what’s happened? She said: my husband
made me look at a pornographic movie I said what happened? She said: I suddenly
felt someone, something come into my eyes I said: how did it affect you? She said I
feel numbed out, and I feel like I’m a piece of meat
I said: watching this thing, you’ve opened yourself to a demonic spirit
I said: I think it’s a spirit of death, and so we broke the soul tie attaching her to
this experience, we commanded the spirit of death to come out, and immediately she felt
something leave her, just over the phone So certain movies, or things full of lust
and violence, can open the door for spirits Alcohol and drugs can do the same thing, touching
dead bodies I’ve known people to actually get demonised
by touching a dead body, hoarding occult objects, and sometimes there are some things associated
with culture as well So these are some of the doorways that demons
use It helps if you are aware of them
I’ve known some people group them into two groups, some people group them into four groups
There’s a whole lot of ways of looking at it, so some people deal with it as being either
– if you deal it with four – there’s a couple called – his name is Chester Kylstra I think
it is, and they categorise all of these doorways in four groups; one, generational; two, sin
patterns; three, trauma; and four, ungodly beliefs
They’ve found that’s a helpful way of just thinking about the whole area of grouping
these demonic doorways Demonic doorways are opened through generational,
through sin, through trauma, and through ungodly beliefs, so they deal with it like that Virkler runs a course called “Prayers That
Heal the Heart”, and they look at it – he handles it a little bit differently
He just looks at it straight from the heart condition, starting off with the generational
curses, then the soul ties, the bitter expectancies or judgements that form in the heart, inner
vows that form, sin patterns, and then the demonic spirits
Sargin and Jessie run a brilliant course on this, and it’s extremely helpful
If you were thinking about going through a course I’d recommend that course for you to
do, so that’s another way of doing it Other people deal with it just straight as
legal rights, and trauma, and deal with it in two things, what are all the legal rights,
and what are the trauma or painful experiences So the general agreement around almost everyone
who’s operating around the deliverance area, is that the area of legal rights, and painful
experiences, and the impacts they have in your heart, with reactions in the heart, these
seem to be the things that create the doorways for demons to come in Different deliverance ministers have different
ways of doing it There’s no one right way, there’s lots of
ways But if you can understand the basics, and
the principles, and have a plan of how you would approach it, then you can start to minister
reasonably successfully to people I do not think that we can set people free
without dealing with the heart My experience over years now, is whatever’s
in the heart will show up in the life You can cast out the demons, but if you don’t
shift the heart, what people believe and how they function in their heart, then they don’t
have lasting change So of all the materials that I have seen around,
probably the course by Mark Virkler, Prayers That Heal the Heart, would be the one that
I would recommend, as containing good insight and good process for the deliverance ministry Perhaps I’ll just finish with one last thing
and then we’ll get on and have a break How would you know what demons do, or how
do demons oppress people? Let’s just finish with that for this session
How do demons oppress people? In Luke 13, Verse 11, there was a woman who had a spirit
of infirmity 18 years and could not raise herself up, so here’s a woman, has a spirit,
and it’s affecting her body A spirit of infirmity for example, the word
infirmity means weakness or without strength – a spirit of infirmity, when it comes into
a body, you have aches and pains They just move around, or they’re located
in the back, the neck, the shoulders and whatever You can’t seem to get of them
Spirits of infirmity can create problems with deafness, spirits of infirmity can be the
cause of many sicknesses, spirits of infirmity can also create learning difficulties as well When demons come into people’s lives – I’ve
listed some of the things they do Number one, they hinder the person coming
to Christ They just create blocks around the thinking,
so the person doesn’t understand Two, they afflict and torment people, they
remind them, and bring them into torment and pain; three, they bring people into bondage,
particularly addictions; four, they bring drive into people’s lives, and compel them
to do things, so they feel like they can’t stop; six, they deceive, or create a deception
around a person’s mind They don’t realise what’s really happening;
seven, they accuse and speak condemning words, and number eight, they obstruct us
They create difficulties, for example when we try to do these seminars we often have
trouble with mechanical gear, issues and difficulties and problems
It’s always the week we do the seminar, so we’ve just got used to it all So when spirits come in they’ll affect a person’s
body with sicknesses, pains, unexpected pains When I went to Taiwan for example, every day
I had to have a new interpreter, because they would get sick
They just got sick day after day after day after day
The first three visits I made to Taiwan, I got sick every time, then afterwards I broke
through it, and I’ve never been sick since It was just witchcraft spirits trying to impart
this thing onto me, and I had to learn how to step up, and make sure I didn’t come under
it So demonic spirits can affect your body, they
can affect the soul by tormenting thoughts, emotions and desires
They can afflict a person’s will, so they become very passive, and they can create experiences
in people’s life that torment them So how are we going to find out? Well let’s
go look at the next session We’re going to talk about curses, and what
they are, and how to deal with them, then we’re going to look at some aspects of how
to minister to people Let’s have a break