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Raging from Within

Recently a reader; who shall remain nameless, sent me a request for help in what they called “their struggle to believe God”. The brokenness they felt every time they tried to trust His Biblical Truths seemed to become overwhelming… in fact they said that it felt like their heart was “raging from within”. I want to thank the “reader” for their honest transparency, because I do not believe they are alone in this struggle. The desire to know what steps to take toward freedom is a huge leap in the right direction! We all must learn and understand these spiritual principles, if we are to grow in faith as Christ’s disciples.

What most people do not understand is that they need to be free from Demonic Strongholds!

Immediately, you might draw back and feel shocked at this statement. You may even say, “I am not lead by the devil!” Let me first tell you that this issue is a spiritual battle and there is no way to be free from our past unless we admit that the past might still have a hold on our life. We will never be free from old ways except by faith in the wisdom of God and agreement with the Word of God. The Holy Spirit will watch over God’s Word and make it powerful and effective in judging the intents of our heart (Heb 4:12)… if we are willing to receive.

The value of spiritual weapons… (2 Cor. 10:3-6).

“The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for the pulling down of spiritual strongholds, arguments and human reasoning that war against the Truth and the knowledge of Christ.”

I want to define a stronghold for you… it is a house made of thoughts.

This house made of thoughts is built upon a foundation of lies and deceptions that rule us emotionally, because we have had experiences that overwhelm our ability to believe the Truth. We cannot identify with what we have no ability to believe. What happens is that we make “emotional Covenants”… agreement with Darkness. Covenant agreement is a powerful spiritual force that either works for us or against us. Repentance and forgiveness are the beginning of freedom and all it requires is confession of our sin, but freedom costs us our emotional safety net. Remind yourself that this safety is fear based and not safe at all… its actually a deception. We must surrender our behavior in order to be free (John 8:30-36). Sinful behaviors are connected to the “orphan heart” that wants to be loved and embraced. What happens is that we often confuse legitimate needs with illegitimate behavior (Rom. 1:18-25).

We must do several things to break free.

  • 1st Renounce the Emotional Covenants with Darkness… confess the sin and begin to destroy the yoke associated with the thinking and feeling that sin brings. Isaiah 10:27 says the anointing breaks yokes around our neck… claim that strength for yourself and destroy the yoke.
  • 2nd Ask the Holy Spirit to begin to reveal to you what it is that this sin feeds in your heart. You will be able to hear in your heart immediately when you ask… God will answer and you will know. I find it helps to write a simple paragraph to God asking Him to reveal where your heart was broken and why. You might even want to ask Him where He was in the midst of your pain. You may need to go back into your heart and examine trauma or painful experiences that have caused you to make bitter judgments toward others, your parents or God. Quickly forgive them and the burden will lift, guilt and shame will leave quickly. That is where the Covenant was given its attachment to your heart. That is the easy part.
  • 3rd You must exchange the lies for the Truth of God and begin to identify areas where you are being “fathered” by emotional pain rather than God. Your Father loves you and has always been available to you. His thoughts toward you are all good (Psalm 139:17-18)(Jeremiah 29:11).

You may find many broken places where lies are hiding in your life… expose them and make them come into obedience to the Word of God. Take authority over shame and tell yourself what God has said about you… lies will bow a knee to Truth as you stand firm in Christ!

Value Your Anointing!

“Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us – Eternal Life. These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” (1 Jn. 2:24-27)

Allowing the knowledge of God to abide in you, is more than just theology or Church Doctrine being understood. Our minds are incredible in so many ways. God has given us the capacity to process facts, but spiritual truth requires spiritual discernment… an anointing of the Holy Spirit. The anointing is an abiding Presence of the Holy Spirit that offers influence (Exousia or authority) and power (dunamis or dynamic impact). Those benefits go beyond the natural realities of our five senses. We have by way of the anointing, a supernatural ability to see, hear and move in the spiritual realm. The Apostle John is trying to help us understand the value of this anointing, as we process Eternal Life.

1st) We need to Experience Eternal Life…

The Anointing within us is designed to turn spiritual knowledge into fellowship with the Father and the Son. This is fellowship in the Glory of God at its best! When we are saved, we are transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of Light; whereby our lives are no longer held by the power of sin, but the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It is a process, recognizing the influence of our new abiding “Helper” (Holy Spirit); but it is also, an awesome and powerful freedom that allows Eternal Life to be released into all of our decisions. Its by the anointing that we know spiritual truth and have power to overcome the enemies of our soul (Isa. 10:27)(1 Jn. 2:20 & 27). If you desire to see deliverance and breakthrough in your life, then you must value the anointing! Even Jesus was aware of the impact the anointing carried upon His life and ministry. He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for He has anointed Me…” (Lk. 4:18).

2nd) We must Hold On to Eternal Life…

The Apostle John warns us that many are trying to deceive and lie about the truth of God. They are jealous or intimidated by the life they see in the Believer and aim to discredit the Child of God, because they walk in rebellion to a Biblical world view. There are so many hostile environments in our world, that it requires us to value the anointing above any other influence in life. We must have a fresh anointing abiding within us to build ourselves up and carry a bold testimony of God’s goodness and power in our lives. Without question, trouble is always knocking at our door and we cannot give in or make room for the enemy’s lies or perversions. We give no place to the Devil… by standing firm against his schemes (Eph. 6:11-13), his approaches (Jms. 4:7) and his accusations (Rev. 12:10-11). It is the anointing that destroys the demonic strongholds and offers freedom in the midst of spiritual battles (2 Cor 10:3-6)(Acts 10:38). We must value the anointing if we want to continue to receive the blessings of Eternal Life… in ourselves and for those within our reach.

3rd) We are called to Advance Eternal Life…

Believer’s are called to become Ambassadors for the Message of Eternal Life. We are like the mouthpiece of God, flesh and bone, but anointed with the Word of Hope. Our declaration is that God has set His love upon the world and lifted up His own Son in the place of the sinful. We cry out with trembling voices, “Be reconciled to God!” Because He made Him, who knew no sin; to become sin for us, so that we might become His righteousness, by the pure blood shed at the cross (2 Cor 5:19-21). We must value the anointing of the Holy Spirit, because it is not about the eloquence of our preaching or the depth of our experience. It’s all about the One who abides in us, speaks through us and empowers the message… so that it is “good news”. As Kingdom Agents we advance Eternal Life with the anointing, through the anointing and by the anointing. Jesus said, “All authority, and all power has been given unto Me, therefore go… preach, teach and disciple the nations of the Earth… and I will be with you!” (Mt. 28:18-20 -my paraphrase).

That is the anointing defined… “I will be with you – I will be upon you – I will abide in you and live through you!” Why would you have no need of a teacher? “For He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world.” (1 Jn. 4:4)

Inner Voices

Lion of Judah

Break forth into your freedom!

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue which rises against you in judgment - you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the Servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is from Me, says the LORD.”  (Isaiah 54:17)

Attempts to destroy you come as encounters aimed at your identity more than your eternity. As your life’s journey unfolds, it carries its real purpose in the perceptions you have in every experience. God’s Word reminds us that no weapon formed against you is to carry any real authority in your battle. The same verse speaks of “tongues that rise in judgment against us – we shall condemn”. 

Weapons – External Voices: 

Enemies arise to rob our future through their voice. It might be impossible to stop criticism and accusations, which wound and tear into our emotional life like daggers, but God has not left us defenseless. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, arguments and high things that exalt themselves above the knowledge of God. We bring every thought into captivity and make every voice bow its knee to Christ as Lord (2 Cor. 10:3-6).

Giving Up or Breaking Through:

It really is up to you. External voices which challenge the choices you make are connected to thoughts and can position you at the brink of giving up or breaking through. What must be understood about these voices is that there is a spirit behind their influence. Perhaps nothing can be done about the words themselves, but we can silence the effect upon us by releasing them to God and calling them into obedience.

Enemy Strongholds:

Satan’s goal is to turn external voices into internal voices through “demonic strongholds”. These demonic strongholds are simply houses of thought and perceptions ruled or governed by demons. Inner voices create internal dialogue that condemn and confuse our identity. We have limited knowledge as to whether the devil can read our minds, but we do know he can watch our activity and plant temptation and destructive experiences before us. Painful voices from yesterday’s experience often remain etched upon our minds and continually echo in our thoughts. These inner voices aim to destroy our identity and confidence in Christ, as well as undermine our faith in God’s Word.

An Established Heritage:

Take hold of your heritage as a Servant of God! You can silence the inner voices by drawing authority from the Word of God and your personal testimony as a believer (Rev. 12:11). Strength will arise and shut down the effectiveness of those demonic thought patterns within your mind. You are a re-created being with supernatural power in your spirit man. Destroying the residue of inner voices releases you from their control. Hear only the voice of God (1 Cor 2:9-16). Learn to live from the inside out. You can have a new beginning with a liberty to discover the person God created you to be! Celebrate hearing His voice as your new freedom begins to emerge!

  • One of my favorite praise songs…

No weapon formed against me shall prosper! All those who rise up against me shall fall! I will not fear what the devil may bring me… I am a Servant of God! Oh, I am a Servant of God!

Overcoming Rejection

Have you heard the phrase: “Hurt people… hurt people”? Well, its true and what we discover is that the hurt we have assumed would go away over time, arises at the most surprising moments.

Old wounds allow demonic strongholds! 

We get angry at those we love, we get frustrated by little things or we hear words that were in passing; but cut like a knife. Its because we were wounded and did nothing about it. So many of God’s people carry emotional and even spiritual brokenness that can be opened at any time the Devil would like to discredit us. These things must be released and forgiven, or forever they will become the stinky dirty laundry of a hypocritical Christian.

Rejection wounds us and creates a platform for shame, roots of bitterness and hypocrisy.

King Saul became fiercely angry at his loyal champion David, as the women of Israel would sing about how David had killed his ten thousands and Saul had killed thousands. Saul was overcome by the perceived rejection of not being admired as the only champion worthy of praise (1 Sam 18:7-11). Thrusting his spear across the room was an illogical and confused King’s attempt to kill what he believed created his pain; David. Yet long before the jealous heart, the loathing looks or the thrusted spear… was the awareness that God had departed from Saul and he felt rejected.

Have we been there? Have we not all been halted at the Cross of Calvary; finding our identity in our performance, our good looks, our position in life or the praise of man. There is still just One who stands worthy of our praise. And yet that same One, remains the most rejected of all.

 He is Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God! Rejected of men and forsaken by His own friends.

 He was rejected so that we could be accepted and He was crushed so that we could be healed (Isa 53:3-5). The punishment that was laid upon Him was ours indeed and He took it willingly that He might demonstrate Love’s highest achievement. Offered freely… as a gift to say,

 ”It is finished (Jn 19:30). No longer shall the shame of rejection or fear or sin rule the human race. If they will simply find their identity in Me, I will remove their stains and heal their hearts” (Jn 3:16-17).

Rooting Out Bitterness

There are many reasons bitterness takes root in a person’s life; from hurts of the past, to words spoken in the heat of the moment. But no matter how these feelings are set in the heart, the potential damage is enormous. We can miss the grace of God! Bitter roots release defilement in the heart and lead us to miss the grace of God (Heb 12:15). 

Bitterness opens the door to demonic strongholds by poisoning the perceptions of our heart.

 

The Apostle Paul tells us to get rid of these roots, as they work against our ability to be kind toward others and forgive them as part of the Christian lifestyle (Eph 4:30-5:2). His exhortation is that we should “walk in love” and “imitate God as dear children”; recognizing the incredible gift of love God has expressed to us through Jesus Christ, upon the cross.

Jesus said “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Lk 23:34)

We must reject self pity and determine to let go of our hurt toward people even when we could justify our emotional feelings. Notice how Jesus expresses His pain upon the cross… forgiveness! He is not holding on to any perceived unfair treatment; but contends for the Father’s forgiveness on the grounds of ignorance.

 Their ignorance becomes a platform to display the highest ethic held in the Christian Faith, that of sacrificial love.

The most effective way to root out bitterness is to become rooted in love (Eph 3:17-19). Love suffers long and is kind… it does not seek its own… thinks no evil… does not rejoice in iniquity… bears all things… and never fails… this is our spiritual root system (1 Cor 13:4-8). Love is by nature sacrificial and when our hearts are permeated by the love of God we are more than equipped… we are supernatural and free.

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