BreakingIdolz added a topic in Biblical IssuesBiblical Spiritual WarfareWith the rise and popularity of paranormal T.V. shows, "ghost hunting" as a
hobby, and occultism, the enemy (Satan) has reached millions with misinformation
using the media, web, and unbelievers. Just stop into your local book store and
take a look at the new age section and see how many "ghost hunting", vampire,
spiritualist, etc, books you find. Even more so, do a search on the internet for
the paranormal and you will read countless THEORIES as to what "ghosts" are, why
they appear, how to contact the dead, "past life regression" , etc.
This activity has opened the door to demonic strongholds like never before. Can
we biblically sever the demonic strongholds in our lives? Below is a verse that
God used to show me His method of breaking the enemy's strongholds in my life.
13Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the LORD Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
14And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
15And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
16And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
17And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
18And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
19Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
20So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
God has revealed to us a biblically sound method using the book of Acts, chapter
19, verses 13-20 as a model. I call this method the ABC's of Biblical
• Accept/Act /Authority
ACCEPT/ACT/ AUTHORITY: In verses 13-16, the Jewish exorcists, and even the demon
ACCEPTED Jesus' AUTHORITY and ACTED on this knowledge. The Jewish exorcists
demonstrated this when they stated (Acted on) "I adjure you by Jesus". They
ACCEPTED the AUTHORITY of Jesus by using His Holy name to cast out the demonic.
The demon recognized and ACCEPTED Jesus' AUTHORITY in its statement "I recognize
Jesus". Notice that this was without Jesus being there. You must ACCEPT the
AUTHORITY of Jesus over the enemy and ACT on this AUTHORITY given to you by
Jesus Christ himself. Luke 10:19 states " 19Behold, I give unto you power to tread on
serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any
means hurt you." The "You" in that verse is literal. It means YOU!
Actions speak louder than words!
BELIEVE: In verse 14, the demon stated "I recognize Jesus, and I know about
Paul, but who are you?" It did not recognize the Jewish exorcists because they
are already dead. They were living out of the flesh, out of religion, out of the
law that can only lead to death. It is when we BELIEVE in, and walk right with Jesus that "It is no
longer I that live, but Jesus who lives in me!" Only when we BELIEVE will the
enemy then no longer see "us", but Jesus, whom they must obey, and who will send
them to the lake of fire! Also notice in verse 18, "those who BELIEVED kept
coming!" It is our belief that pulls us away from demonic strongholds and keeps
us coming back to Jesus. We must have a firm BELIEF that Jesus is the final
AUTHORITY! HE MUST BE OUR SAVIOR!
CONFESS: Verse 18 also states that they CONFESSED that they were wrong. They
CONFESSED that they sinned against what God had commanded them not to do. We are
to confess to God that we have sinned against him to expose the enemy, so that
he could be openly dealt with by God. It is here that when we ask for
forgiveness, our sin is thrown as far as the east is from the west! The
stronghold begins to crack.
DISCLOSE: Next, we are to DISCLOSE what that sin was to God. In verse 19, they
disclosed that the particular sin that they had taken into their lives was
"curious arts", or better known today as "witchcraft" and "high magic". The
particular sin is a tool/tactic of the enemy to draw you further and further
away from God. When we DISCLOSE our particular sin, we expose the tool/tactic of
the enemy, allowing us a chance to recognize the methods that the enemy uses to
rob us of the opportunity to produce fruit.
ELIMINATE/EXPEL: Verse 19 then states that "Many of them also which used curious
arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men:;" We must then
eliminate the tool, tactic, and source of the stronghold in our life if we are to completely
break free of its bondage. The enemy no
longer has a legal right to you. An important factor in this step is
accountability. In this verse they burned their magic books, ELIMINATING the
tool and tactic of the enemy. But they did it PUBLICLY! They held themselves
accountable to one another so that they will not fall back, and if they do, they
can encourage one another to get back on point. Align yourself with someone whom
you can be accountable with and to encourage you along the way!
Next, seeing that you have taken away the enemy's legal right to oppress you any
further, you might feel led by the spirit to EXPEL (Exorcise) the demonic that
may still be lingering from your life. You can use the following prayer or
"Father God, in the name of Jesus Christ, we bind and break all witchcraft,
curses, spells, and powers - and through the Blood of the Lamb - destroy the
works of every witch, warlock, wizard, sorcerer and all other powers of
Through the Blood of Jesus Christ we break all their powers - including the
influences of witchcraft, evil powers, spells, hexes, vexes, voodoo, hoodoo,
roots, potions or any such things - off every person who will read this book or
web site. For them also we invoke Psalm 80:18, "so we will not go back from
thee: quicken us and we will call upon thy name" so that those who read this
will understand, remember and apply consistently what they read.
Through the Blood of Jesus Christ we also bind up and destroy all their
spirit-guides, helps, and shields of these workers of evil, and leave them
without any strength - stripped of their evil power and influence.
In the name of Jesus Christ, and by the Blood of the Lamb, we now seal up their
powers within themselves, so that they cannot use them on anyone, and that their
works might be destroyed, in the hope that their souls might be saved for the
glory of God. AMEN."
By taking these steps 1 by 1 and applying them into your life, you begin what
the Apostle Paul calls "Reasonable Destruction" of the enemy's fortresses (2
Corinthians 3-5) by activating the weapons of warfare given to us by God
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BreakingIdolz added a topic in Introduce YourselfHello from CTHello all,
My name is Jason. I am a former "Charismatic" preacher who has recently put his heart in the right place. Not to throw all my dirty laundry out here in cyberland, but I will share a bit of my testimony so you get a feel of who I am. About 2 years ago, my daughter decided to take the dark road in her life. She was 15. I was on pastoral staff of a decent size church, caught up in all the hype of "tongues", "glory clouds", "slaying in the spirit", yada yada. I felt I had a great love for God and I prayed non stop for her to change her ways. I did all I could to restrict her from taking the path she began to walk and nothing seemed to work. No answered prayers, I couldn't even hear Gods voice.
Soon, she decided to run away. Although I found her, things rapidly fell apart. She soon became 16 emancipated herself, and has since disappeared. We have not seen one another in almost 2 1/2 years. I grew so angry with God. I screamed and cursed Him. I blamed Him for letting this happen. According to Charismatic doctrine (dogma), I demonstrated my relationship with God by the manifestation of tongues proving the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. I experienced God's presence in "glory clouds", I have prayed for people and they were slain in the spirit. How could I do all these things and "YOU abandon me" I thought to myself.
I decided I wanted NOTHING to do with God. I shut Him out all together. It worked for about a month, but then I began to feel an emptiness. It seemed so familiar to me. I developed an addiction to pornography, began to degrade my wife, let down my family. I was a mess.
I knew I had a problem. I began to search out everything to fill that void except "Christianity". I studied at 2 masjids even learning how to recite some Quran. But inside, it was not what I needed. So I left and went back to my Buddhist roots. I thought about becoming a a Buddhist again (I was once a monk), and studied in the temple, spent lots of time with monks and nuns, and yet the emptiness was still there. I jumped back and forth from religion to religion with no peace. Even friends began to notice this and called me out on it. They would joke and say "he is in his buddhist phase", or "he is in his Muslim phase". They were right, it was a phase. No true peace, no real value, and it even was taking a toll on my marriage. My wife would say how I am so different and not in a good way.
I began to drift back into Christianity. I bought the School of evangelism, School of the Supernatural, and Miracles signs and wonders by Todd Bentley (An idol of mine when I was in the Charismatic movement). I started to attend another "charismatic" church. I didn't really participate. I would just sit and watch the people. It was more of a show and drawing attention to themselves rather than focusing on God. People would speak in tongues so loud,, each one trying to out due one another. I realized "this was me!" I spent 6 years of my life being a cast member of the charismatic show! I went home and as I tore through Bentley's material, I felt disgusted. I began to see something I never realized before. Much of this material, and even what I was teaching as a pastor was extra biblical. There was no evidence in the bible to support the way we were actually having services or how we were applying these things. We had tongues without interpretation, people falling down as if they were having a seizure (Jesus healed those with seizures, not gave them one), etc. It dawned on me that "church" was nothing more than a feel good experience. A glorified pop/rock concert with new age ideas to make us "feel good" about our lives, and we were calling it "church" It had nothing to do with Jesus being Lord of our lives, no repentance, and made the pastor a star instead of making God famous!
Immediately, i withdrew from the "church" I was attending. I stripped away the hype from the "theology" I was taught and teaching, and realized I NEVER was TRULY born again. This was the familiar emptiness i was so familiar with. I knew in my heart God was real, but I was struggling because the god I "knew" was really an idol. He was a god I created in my mind to suit my desires.
About a month ago, I decided enough is enough. I repented of my sins (lust, greed, idol worship, hatred, etc.), I asked for forgiveness, and asked Jesus to just take over from here! I have messed my life up enough and only He can fix it. I asked Him to deliver me from my addiction (praise God He has), and I have taken preventative measures to ensure that temptation is minimal. I have and am continuously changing my personal theology to line up with God's Word from a fundamental perspective. I have embraced the Baptist church, and am now KJV only. My marriage has gotten so much stronger, my wife has said the change that she sees is huge. I say its because God is so much bigger than our issues and we are now finally seeing Him at the center of our lives instead of our problems! My relationship with my children is so much more healthy (although I still have not seen my daughter), and I am trusting God with my daughter!
On top of these blessings, God is calling me to "open air preach" once again, but this time with TRUTH!
Thank you for allowing me to share a bit of my testimony with you. I look forward to getting to know you all more.
In His grip,
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