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Rebellion Is Like Witchcraft To God

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Freedom from Demon Bondage

Demon bondage can be brought about when an individual is possessed, oppressed, or is in rebellion towards God (sins of the flesh). It takes God’s discernment to determine which of these is producing the bondage in an individual’s life.

The Bible makes it clear that there are demons, or evil spirits, in the world that interfere in people’s lives (Ephesians 6:11-19). Evil forces, or powers, influence and control the minds of individuals, bring sickness and cause undesirable behavior, inability to function normally, and even suicide. As a result of these forces, people can become a danger to themselves as well as others.

What Scripture Says

“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee” (Deuteronomy 18:10-13).

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).

“… there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way…. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out,t hey went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters” (Matthew 8:28b, 32).

“There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them with which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one” (Acts 5:16).

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21).

Indications of Demon Activity

The following areas may help you to recognize your need for being released from demonic oppression, possession or bondages of the flesh (sin):

  1. Compulsion to abuse animals or people;
  2. Sexual perversion and immorality (homosexuality, molestation,etc.);
  3. A compulsion to abuse your body (drugs, alcohol, gluttony, abuse or misuse of other substances, etc.);
  4. Seeking spiritual knowledge through Eastern religions and other counterfeit religious groups (TM, Yoga, humanism, etc.);
  5. Involvement in occult practices (fortune-telling, Satanism, etc.);
  6. Mental distress or oppression (anxiety, fear, anger, disorientation, etc.);
  7. Psychological disorders (split and multiple personalities, paranoia, etc.);
  8. Physical disorders may be demon caused (Matthew 9:32, 33);
  9. Lack of freedom or joy in the Lord (spiritual bondage);
  10. Inability or constant refusal to repent of sin, though you know you are sinning (rebellion).

See Bible passages under References/Homework and in a Bible dictionary and concordance for examples of the above. If you are having difficulty in discerning your problem, please seek help from a local pastor, elder or Christian counselors who will help you to discern your need and can counsel and pray with you.

 

 God’s Love at Work

by Margaret D. Mitchell

 

“Others have been with those who rebel against the light; they do not want to know its ways nor abide in its paths.”Job 24:13 (NASB)

Rebellion

Rebellion is a transgression against God and an opposition to any person. It is bitter. It is angry. It is stubborn. It is contention. It disputes. It defies God’s will. It disobeys. It is violent. It is corrupt. It is motivated by pride and is held in place in one’s heart by fear of lack.

Rebellion is the enemy’s counterfeit (bad) fruit to God’s Fruit of the Spirit known as patience (Gal 5:22).

1 Samuel 15:23 informs us…

“Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.”

Why is this?

Because rebellion is rooted in deception and does not trust God or wait on God or rely on God for His provision. Rebellion is a deception that serves the self.

Think: Fear over faith. Think: Pride. Think: Idol. Think: Israelites in the wilderness. Think: Agreement with the enemy, whose very nature is an all-about-me (not God) mentality.

Rebellion is a choice of withholding our hearts from God because we believe a lie that He has or will withhold His blessings from us. This lie of lack can remain in the will and memory of a Christian from as far back as their pre-salvation. It can reside in a secret cellar of the heart, locked away by fear of loss and anger, dividing the heart and mind and will, provoking the person to grip onto what they fear they will lose again (even to the extent of hoarding).

Rebellion is destructive to relationships and tasks because, by nature, it divides, which makes it counter to God’s unity and peace. It can affect large groups of people, even an entire generation. At its weakest, rebellion relents to temporary submission and obedience within a Christian’s heart. Therefore, it dis-empowers their love walk and hinders God’s blessings because it blocks God’s grace in their lives. It is a perpetual cycle of distrust in God, which produces more lack, a self-fulfilling process.

But there is a way out: God promises to restore us when we return to Him with our whole heart.

Restoration

Rebellion doesn’t just go away. Our souls need to be sanctified. And we must be intentional.

We must take the courage that Jesus died to give us and exercise our free will to step out in great faith and hand over to Christ the dark issues we hold onto, to let the light of His truth shine upon them, to invite Him to cleanse us at the root of the issue—the fearful place that we never fully submitted to Jesus when we got saved, the secret area of lack.

We must repent of choosing fear as an idol within our heart and repent of not trusting God to provide for us.

Ezekiel 11:18-21 assures us…

“When the people return to their homeland, they will remove every trace of their vile images and detestable idols. And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, so they will obey My decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be My people, and I will be their God. But as for those who long for vile images and detestable idols, I will repay them fully for their sins. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”

Wholeheartedness is the only way to win this battle. There are no shortcuts. Anything less and we will live our lives on earth in a constant struggle of soul and spirit and wear ourselves out trying to get ahead in our own strength. Go for God’s restoration of heart and don’t lose heart.

We must know that our worth is securely tied to Jesus, who is worthy and stands in the gap for our unworthiness. We must understand our identity (Sonship) and inheritance through Jesus, who is grace and truth and light.

 

Rebelling Against Authority is Rebelling Against God—Romans 13:2

“Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves” (Romans 13:2)

God has set up and arranged a divine order to life. He has established positions of authority in the world to protect and guard its citizens. He uses governments, judicial systems and other civil authorities to bring order and keep peace. These are put in place to protect us. Even a poorly run government is better than the chaos that would exist outside of its safeguard.

As such, when we rebel against those put in place to protect us we are rebelling against God’s institution. As believers we need to understand submission to authority. To live at peace with one another we need to obey those who rule over us. If we do right, we will live without fear of consequences. If we do wrong we will bring judgment on ourselves justly receiving the penalties for disobeying the law of our land.

For example, a police officer holds no fear if we are obeying the speed laws. We could drive past three officers in the course of an afternoon and not give it a second thought. But if we are speeding past them, then we will glance over our shoulder to see if we’ve been caught. There is a fear associated with willfully disobeying the law. Because breaking the laws put in place to protect us; brings judgment on ourselves.

Paul said in the previous chapter of Romans that we are to do what is right and live peaceably ( Romans 12:17-18 ). If we make our decisions based on what it good and right, then there is no fear of judgment or punishment. Because we will be submitting ourselves under the laws put in place to protect us. Living this way is much better than living in the shadow of fear. Paul went on to say in Romans 13, “it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience” ( Romans 13:5 ). If we do what is right then our conscience will be clear also.

Today is a great chance to thank God for giving us the freedom we have in America. Thank Him that our founding fathers created our government to protect and defend us and our rights to worship Him. Pray that this freedom will remain in the years to come. May you understand this truth and live in submission to offices that God has placed above you. May your life be free from fear all the days of your life, amen.

 

All Things Work Together for Good – Streams in the Desert – June 10

Times have changed, but life’s hard times haven’t

And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose, (Rom 8:28)

How wide is this assertion of the Apostle Paul! He does not say, “We know that some things,” or “most things,” or “joyous things,” but “ALL things.” From the minutest to the most momentous; from the humblest event in daily providence to the great crisis hours in grace.

And all things “work’—they are working; not all things have worked, or shall work; but it is a present operation.

At this very moment, when some voice may be saying, “Thy judgments are a great deep,” the angels above, who are watching the development of the great plan, are with folded wings exclaiming, “The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.” (Ps. 145:17)

And then all things “work together.” It is a beautiful blending. Many different colors, in themselves raw and unsightly, are required in order to weave the harmonious pattern.

Many separate tones and notes of music, even discords and dissonances, are required to make up the harmonious anthem.

Many separate wheels and joints are required to make the piece of machinery. Take a thread separately, or a note separately, or a wheel or a tooth of a wheel separately, and there may be neither use nor beauty discernible.

But complete the web, combine the notes, put together the separate parts of steel and iron, and you see how perfect and symmetrical is the result. Here is the lesson for faith: “What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter.”
—Macduff

In one thousand trials it is not five hundred of themthat work for the believer’s good, but nine hundred and ninety-nine of them, and one beside.
—George Mueller

“GOD MEANT IT UNTO GOOD” (Gen. 50:20).

“God meant it unto good”—O blest assurance,
Falling like sunshine all across life’s way,
Touching with Heaven’s gold earth’s darkest storm clouds,
Bringing fresh peace and comfort day by day.

’Twas not by chance the hands of faithless brethren
Sold Joseph captive to a foreign land;
Nor was it chance which, after years of suffering,
Brought him before the monarch’s throne to stand.

One Eye all-seeing saw the need of thousands,
And planned to meet it through that one lone soul;
And through the weary days of prison bondage
Was working towards the great and glorious goal.

As yet the end was hidden from the captive,
The iron entered even to his soul;
His eye could scan the present path of sorrow,
Not yet his gaze might rest upon the whole.

Faith failed not through those long, dark days of waiting,
His trust in God was recompensed at last,
The moment came when God led forth his servant
To succour many, all his sufferings past.

“It was not you but God, that sent me hither,”
Witnessed triumphant faith in after days;
“God meant it unto good,” no “second causes”
Mingled their discord with his song of praise.

“God means it unto good” for thee, beloved,
The God of Joseph is the same today;
His love permits afflictions strange and bitter,
His hand is guiding through the unknown way.