In the battle before Agincourt
300 excellent English archers had their first two fingers of the right
hand cut off by the French. At Agincourt the English bowmen lifted their
two fingers to the French and the V-sign was born. Every believer has two
fingers — authority and anointing so that we can cast out demons. The supremacy
of the English over the French was the result of having their two fingers
so they could use their bow and arrows to full effect. We must use our
authority in the name of Jesus by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Luke
11: 20 says, concerning our authority as the finger of God:
“but if I
cast out demons with the finger of God;
Matthew 12: 28 substitutes “the
Spirit of God” for the finger of God. I am not telling you to do V-signs
to the enemy, but using the illustration to stir up a zeal within your
spirit to go to war, and use God-given authority and anointing.
surely the Kingdom
of God as come upon you.”
The Kingdom of God is Within
you (Luke 17: 21). The sphere or habitat of where Jesus rules is within
your spirit, that safe place of retreat which has been regenerated when
you were born again. Notice that deliverance and Kingdom go together. All
miracles Jesus did are in the Old Testament, except exorcism. Casting out
demons are the distinctive mark in the New that the Kingdom has come. All
pastors, all elders, all church planters, all missionaries, all evangelists
should have the two fingers of authority and anointing to set the captives
The scope of deliverance
The beginning of Kingdom
lifestyle is the breaking of the power of the enemy over our lives. To
gain greater capacity for God, curses must be broken, strongholds pulled
down, spiritual warfare against principalities and powers pursued, soul-ties
broken, generational sins dealt with. The head of the home must overcome
strife in relationships. The preacher must inspire others to wage warfare
against the strong men of antichrist, jezebel and death followed by Hades.
Every believer has the daily battle against strongholds, those power grips
that swing the mind’s thinking toward the adversary’s agenda. All fears,
anxieties, rejections, tempers, regrets, must be overcome for Kingdom lifestyle.
Read 2 Corinthians 10
The stronghold does not easily
let go of your mind. It grips because a reason in your spiritual history
allows the enemy a place. Sin has a consequence. Play with sin and sin
will win by placing a stronghold over the mind. The other grounds can be
generational weaknesses or curses and victimization, intimidation or domination
by another person. In praying for the removal of strongholds we need to
handle the blood of Jesus as a separating force that cuts the sufferer
off from all kinds of torment. For example when disease or sickness is
to be healed in His glorious name you need to discern a tormenting fear
of that disease in the mind. Fear and rejection always produce a level
of torment. Tormentors are those who bring out information by torture.
The enemy stronghold can cause us to say death words, a negative cycle
of speech that gives further ground to the operation of evil spirits. This
area brings faith teaching and deliverance as partnering truths to set
the captive free. Many of God’s precious children are hindered from receiving
precise instruction from the head of the church because strongholds have
not been pulled down by spiritual weapons. Keep the stronghold, and His
grip on your life will become weaker. How many believers grow in grace
throughout their lives? How many after 20 or 30 years in the Kingdom fail
to produce fruit?
Check these strongholds:
||Job 6: 2,11; 10: 15,18
||Galatians 2:11 — 21
Matthew 16: 22,23
||2 Timothy 1: 7
||l Kings 19: 1—10
||1 Samuel 1: 15
||2 Kings 5: 20—27
||Daniel 4: 37
||Genesis 4: 1 — 10 (Notice
in verse 7 there was a demon crouching by the door-This was more sinister
than a sin problem.)
||1 Samuel 25: 13
Curses always look for a
reason to descend on us, and unconfessed sin and unguarded words provide
the ground. Here are twelve reasons or causes for the curse to do the enemy’s
(especially a refusal to take spiritual warfare seriously)
3. Flesh - Dependant
7.Disrespect for parents
|Judges 5: 23
Psalm 119: 21
Jeremiah 17: 5
Proverbs 18 21
Galatians 3: 1
Ephesians 6: 2,3
Malachi 3: 8 - 10
Proverbs 6: 32; Lev. 18:
Genesis 31: 25, 35:16: Zechariah
Exodus 20: 1 - 5 (false
gospel included: see Galatians 1:6—9)
|12. Self - imposed curses
||Isaiah 54: 17,18
How do I know a curse may
be active? Deuteronomy 28 22—65 lists the serious indicators of mental
or emotional breakdown, repeated or severe sickness, barrenness or miscarriage,
accident — prone, financial problems, divorce etc. The power of a curse
can separate even the Spirit — filled believer from the favour of God and
the blessings that are listed in Deuteronomy 28:
1 — 14. Notice there is
three times the Scripture devoted to the curses, because curses are far
BLESSING comes when we pass
from under the curse by deliverance and faith. Curses must be broken because
the evil spirit attaches itself to them. Faith in Galatians 3: 13, 14 is
also required. Curses of slander can be very successful, and divert the
accused from the path of God. Jezebelic control must be cut away for divine
favour to flow again. Here are some of the blessings that make rich and
add no sorrow to you:
b) More than enough
c) Victory. God does not
give up on you until he leads you in victory.
d) Healing.The word ‘oppressed’
is speaking of a torment spirit that impacts the disease in the body
||Luke l: 28,30;
Phil.4:15—19; 3John 2
2 Corinthians 2: 14
Acts 10: 38
f) Positive divine optimism.
Paul was up to his knees in excrement, in darkness in the Imperial prison,
but hope still spoke in his spirit.
||Deut. 28: 13; Proverbs 18:
Phil 1: 12
Romans 8: 35—39
||Psalm 30: 5; Jeremiah 31:
Hebrews 6: 7,8; John 15:
lJohn3: 1; Deut.23: 5
Deut.28: 1, 30:1—3; Psalm
Romans 12: 14; Luke 6: 28
How do we appropriate them?
Simply, by walking in the Spirit and refusing to walk in the flesh. The
revelation walk brings revolution Kingdom living. Why do God’s people love
conferences? Because after a few meetings God’s concentrated power lifts
away the curses. They will return if we fail to obey His Word.
The curse of fatherlessness
needs to be addressed today. Even when you have experienced parents without
the trauma of divorce, the lack of godly love can lead to many problems.
A disconnectedness is common among post World War two children. The emotional
scars of grief and pain bring a wounding in spirit where many cannot function
properly. Loneliness, lack of approval, depression, produces a sense of
exile, which for some ends in insanity. The fatherlessness has been exaggerated
by a matriarchal rule of cruelty and control. In the last 40 years of the
twentieth century this curse increased rapidly with the demasculizing of
men and the masculizing of women. The church is desperate for men and women
to break curses with the warrior anointing.
c) Soul -
Godly soul — ties in friendship
and family can become ungodly. The transference of depression or fear spreads
sometimes in close relationship either at home or work. Any sexual relationship
outside marriage will produce an ungodly soul — tie with a sense of emotional
longing or mystic union.
Proverbs 6 32 says:
adultery with a woman
In other words you become partly
the property of another, and part of your soul enters the other. God wants
to keep sex in marriage, so intimacy and union can be enjoyed. We possess
our souls in patience, bearing up in a heavy pressure situation. God looks
for maturity in all marriage. Divorce is admitting you cannot share your
real self with your mate at the expense of the old self. The church
was soul — tied in Acts 4: 32. Godly marriage is a godly soul — tie when
God initiates it and there follows the gluing together of two spirits,
two souls, and two bodies. Godly soul — ties and very precious but often
rare. David and Jonathan were knit together in a love covenant. (1 Samuel
he who does so destroys his own soul”
However, what can start out
godly often ends up confused because the enemy inroads have not been discerned.
I remember two Christian ladies who became very close, but when one was
embarking on a relationship with a man she felt could be her husband, her
friend flew into a controlling rage of temper, a spirit of fear was released,
and damage was done. The insidious relationship of ungodly soul — tie prevents
God’s purpose. The Cross of Christ is central to the will of God in our
big decisions and must cut the tenderest of ties, or the purpose will be
thwarted. Jezebel’s use of flattery, sentimentality and control savages
much church progress. The Living, active Word of God must divide
soul from spirit, or we will experience the draining and paralyzing work
of evil spirits attacking our desire to please God. Watch out for Jezebel
in women and Nimrod in men, that spirit that would unlawfully possess what
is not rightfully his. Kingdom lifestyle uses Psalm 118: 11,12 to cut away
those demons that infiltrate ungodly soul — ties.
Up to now, I’ve highlighted
the negative side to Kingdom lifestyle. The bad news forever precedes the
good! Even before eternity we get one final rebellion from Satan after
the thousand years of Christ reigning! The positive power of Kingdom life
is to love as Jesus was loved by the Father. The love of God is deep commitment,
true motive, and heart relationship. The question we need to ask is, “Can
I share my real self to benefit another at my expense?” If you answer in
the affirmative, the love of God IS IN YOU! This unselfish, sacrificial
love reaches out; when God so loved the world; when Jesus hung on the Cross
in the hardest labour imaginable, bearing away our sin; when millions of
believers act with compassion. We are delivered from the power of darkness
into the Kingdom of the Son of His love.
1. God calls the Christian
to love cold bloodedly.
Agape love is much more than
a feeling because it puts iron in the soul. There comes a season in a marriage
when all the romance has been forgotten. This winter season means God wants
you to love from your will, coldbloodedly. Are you a proactive or reactive
person? The proactive make choices upon deeply held values — ‘I determine’,
‘I will’, ‘I choose to’, according to ethics. The reactive person empowers
the circumstances to control their life, by saying, for example, ‘he made
me mad’, ‘she ruined my life’. The proactive Christian says ‘he or she
hurt me, but I choose to forgive from my heart.’ Loving is rejoicing in
the truth and SUBMITTING our wills to the authority of the Word of God.
A flea looks to a dog or
cat for life. Dependancy is vital for progression of life. A battery unilaterally
gives life — our supercharger is the Holy Spirit. Yet countless Christian
marriages and relationships are two fleas! Are you merely a puppet at the
end of a string reacting to what others say or do? The problems we face
are never out there for the proactive, but internal, i.e. our response
to the choices of others and the circumstances. Strong godly love comes
out of godly response to difficult circumstances. Read Romans 5: 3 — 5
and see the progress of the apostolic mind.
2. God calls the Christian
to love compassionately.
Jesus was moved in His will
with white — hot divine compassion. The product of hating sin and loving
the sinner equals compassion. Tough love confronts sin, and brings the
needed discipline of the Father. Avoid the sin issues and sentimentality
invades with it’s soul — based counterfeit. Fire relates to compassion:
we must be ignited in holy love. This possibility emerges out of the gripping
love of Christ that makes us see that He died for all and all died in Him.
These twin facts of Calvary; His unconditional love and our old man killed
off in His death comes from the focus and heart of His compassion. He loved
us enough to crucify that in us that was incapable of love, the sin — spirit
we inherited from Adam. Compassion flows from Calvary so we grow in grace
and godlikeness. Another Jesus cannot achieve it. The drop — out hippy
Jesus of the 1960’s has no backbone of righteousness. The prosperous yuppy
Jesus of the 1980’s has no heart of sacrificial compassion. Do we surrender
to the hard sayings of Luke 14? 26 — 33? Only compassion can live in those
3. God calls the Christian
to love communicatively.
We communicate God’s love
in many ways: —
a) More than words 1 John 3: 18
Look at Dorcas in Acts 9.
Her good deeds seemed to have qualified her for resurrection! Our love
for one another is the essential mark of conversion.
b) Allows freewill and is never controlling John 6: 67
He let them go if they wanted.
Beware leaders who control your will — they are leading you into a cult.
c) By giving quality time
The world does not know
us by our going to meetings, by dancing, or doing carpet time, by glorious
testimony or by tithing or preaching, but by our love for one another.
That means giving quality time. Fellowship is rare even in a charismatic
d) By touch
Never touch anyone without
being granted permission first. However, when agree, God’s anointed love
can flow through a hug, a handshake, the laying on of hands and a holy
e) By commitment
Read 2 Corinthians 8: 1
— 5 and see that the double commitment of “they gave themselves to the
Lord and then to us by the will of God” involves prayer agreement and a
listening to His will.
f) By believing in the person when no-one else does
Acts 9: 10 — 16 is a cameo
of great fellowship between two believers because the Lord orchestrated
it, beyond the caution of Ananias. If we fear man we cannot honour God.
4. God calls the Christian
to receive Father’s love consistently
Distortions concerning love
can halt any reception of the kind of love that always heals, refreshes
and brings the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Some say:
(a) Love doesn’t
last and cannot help me survive.
In some homes love
has been a forbidden word.
(b) Love always produces
(c) Poor relationships with
our parents, especially, father.
(d) Programmed to conditional
(e) Love means giving up
freedom and identity.
(1) I’m suspicious; what
do they want out of me?
(g) Love leads to guilt,
because I’ve failed so many times.
(h) Love dominates the real
you and suppresses your personality.
(i) Is love more than sex
or receiving gifts?
(j) I’m frightened of any
Here are many strongholds
and imaginations or reasonings that must be demolished by praise, the Word
of God, the blood of the Lamb, and the name of Jesus Christ. We must come
to a place of acknowledging our need to be loved by Father, and to see
that intimacy with Him will help us grow as real people. The fear of receiving
his eternal, warm, personal love must be bound in Jesus name! The spirits
of bondage must be broken. (See Romans 8: 15). Then we can ask the Holy
Spirit to love us with the Father’s undying love. We knew a tiny speck
of His love at the new birth, and perhaps again when He baptized us in
the Holy Spirit. We need to bask in Father’s love consistently to be used
in a loveless culture that is looking for the real thing. To be containers
of agape love we find we must maintain a walk of being delivered. Kingdom
lifestyle is where deliverance and love meet.
STYLES OF MINISTRY
In the current emphasis on
the presence of God and the hunger for glory, many of God’s famishing children
are seeing change and liberty. God can sweep through meetings with a tangible
sense of His holy presence. The Kingdom of God has COME UPON YOU. There
is still, however, the need for counseling and deliverance ministry privately.
Why? The ground that evil spirits work on; the uncrucified flesh must be
recognized and put to death. Today we need to be open to different styles
of ministry. Often believers will be advocates of one type of emphasis
— Toronto, or Word of faith
or Shepherding or Inner Wholeness or Ellel Ministries. Each have their
place in the economy of God. Each have areas of extreme or counterfeit
teaching. How leaders need to humble themselves and learn from one another.
Some leaders in these movements are godly and balanced. Others are not.
The job of the congregation is to weigh the prophetic word and discern
the spirit behind what is being said. Please pray for local church leaderships
— they are often confused with the recovery of truth from heresy that has
entered the body of Christ since the 1960’s.
Each individual member of
the body has the responsibility to be led of the Spirit into the green
pastures. Cry out for discernment. Desire kingdom lifestyle so the indwelling
Christ can manifest Himself through you, whatever the situation. After
all, success is simply BEING for JESUS. Without personal deliverance ministry
the LOVE of GOD cannot flow to others.
The policy of prevention
An unusual but increasingly
common policy of prevention to Kingdom lifestyle is the messenger from
Satan. For Paul it was a legalist intent on spoiling the gospel of grace.
He buffeted Paul like a slap on the face, or an uppercut to the stomach.
This thorn in the flesh was a crucifying element given by God. Paul pleaded
three times that ‘he’ might depart, but God answered that ‘My grace is
sufficient, because My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ To know our
frailty is to be the vessel that can contain the glory that follows grace.
Too often the gospel is laced with legalism. Our religious mind prevents
true Kingdom lifestyle. Grace becomes cheap when we refuse to link the
grace of God with obedience. Grace is not the license to do what I want
to do, but the LIBERTY TO DO what HE TELLS ME TO DO. The
enemy seeks to devour grace and glory by certain people who enter our lives
to do damage. For Samson it was the lack of a holy valuation in submitting
to the sensual Delilah. For Abel it was Cain. For David a jealous King
Saul! All through the Bible there are messengers of Satan, people directly
inspired by the evil one.
Recently a man told me of
how his wife changed dramatically in character by joining a satanic ring.
He had escapes from death, but God used it all to redeem his soul. He lost
his business, family, home, and car in a sequence of terrifying supernatural
evil. His wife had become the messenger of Satan. In the devastating destruction
is there instruction from the Word of God that can heal and redeem? Can
Kingdom lifestyle be a reality in our brokenness? One passage I’ve used
hundreds of times to provide a solid base to such distressed lives in 2
Corinthians 1: 3 — 6. Read it prayerfully and see this liberating secret:
OUR EXPERIENCES are NOT primarily FOR OURSELVES. 99%
of people just don’t know this great truth, but God is able to touch us
where we are afflicted, and give us comfort that, at a later date, we can
give to the distressed. Kingdom lifestyle can overcome the policy of prevention,
that has power to continue in our lives long after we are born again. Authority
must be exercised and anointing of the Holy Spirit experienced so that
the rulership of the Lord Jesus can emanate through His Sons and daughters.
When authority and anointing are released in the agape love of God, we
know the Kingdom of God has come. An army of prayer warriors are urgently
needed to intercede for the blessing of this supernatural reality..
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