Slave to a Demonic Spirit

Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, London has some interesting voices; they come from all walks of life, all driven to passionately share something that stirs them. One of the regulars is Leo Muhammad. Leo is the London version of Louis Farrakhan; in fact part of the same faith network. I hadn’t heard their doctrine, so adopted an open mind, hoping to discern what motivates their belief system. It wasn’t long before it became evident Leo is motivated by the hurts of the past. Clearly he was subject to some abuse or prejudice which has been internalised and now manifests in what can only be called a general hatred of white people.

After much preaching and condemnation of the evil ‘blue eyes’ (who must one day be judged by the black Muslim), the corruption of the Christian faith (Jesus was a black man) and the uncle Tom’s who were puppets of the white system (from Obama to every successful black sports person), I was allowed a question. “Why do you and all your followers look so miserable and angry if you are free and have the truth?” I asked. “Because we have all had a lot of bad experiences” was the answer. Therein lies the revelation as to what drives them to action…

At some point in their lives, the evil of others, probably white people, had caused a breech in their souls’. In the process they had taken offense and in doing so had yielded to and allowed a demonic spirit to take authority in their lives. When we yield and give authority to a demonic spirit through rejection, bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred, jealousy, anger, covetousness, lust or pride, our thoughts and actions are no longer ours alone.

Those that succumb have a breech, a brokenness, and are as one seeing everything through tinted glasses. What is seen is true to ourselves, but in reality we are blinded to the real truth. We misinterpret the words and actions of others, we become quick to judge and condemn. In truth, the devil is allowed to exert authority to steal, kill, and destroy. This includes our peace, our dreams, our relationships, our health, our God purposed destiny. Out of this arises contradiction and conflict in our reasoning, beliefs and actions. The fruit is there for all to see except ourselves. Cycles of failure, disappointment, broken relationships, sickness and other ills become entrenched, with the only permitted response being to blame or accuse others for our woes.

Jesus, having every right to do so, refused to take offense, even to his death on the cross, saying; “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Matthew 5:38-48 is as much about self-preservation of the soul as it is about being Christ-like:
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect

In Leo Muhammad’s world, black people are not successful because white people are racist and prejudice against them. And what all black people need is Leo to bring them into the promised land. Forget about all the many black people that have shed the shackles of such mental slavery, who have excelled or believed God for mighty things, trusting that they are unique and have a loving Father in heaven to guide them. Ignore all those who contributed to the betterment of humanity throughout history, even forget that Obama was voted as a president of a white nation… all white people oppress black people. Ignore that Muslims have enslaved black people for centuries before the white man. His enslaved reasoning absolves any black or Muslim person who has carried out any act of evil; they do this only because they were or are under the power of an evil white system.

This is a doctrine that perpetuates slavery, mediocrity, failure and defeat. It allows every disciple of the faith to have an excuse for not excelling or achieving in life. Ignore that black fathers disproportionately abandon their children and partners, that young black men disproportionately embrace gang culture and partake in crime and drugs or that ancestral worship & spiritualism of the forefather’s bears down heavily upon the children…. any such self evaluation towards recovery and restoration is rejected.

From this ideology, there simply is no way to recovery from any failure or bondage. And this is what these servants of the devil love; followers that are in perpetual defeat and in need of a saviour such as themselves. It is no surprise there is so much anger and hatred within these cults; it is essential to maintain control over others and is simply evidence of the devil in authority and at work. It is not just Leo Muhammad; it is evident in all the workers of iniquity of this age; people who enslave others through fear, prejudice, hatred and bitterness. When you hear any preacher blaming or accusing others for your woes, avoid them like the plague. They will keep you enslaved to your afflictions and Lord over you.

Let these opponents of truth and liberty be a personal revelation for each one of us. When we are in bondage because of the afflictions of the past, understand that the level of bondage is directly proportional to how much evil, from others, that we yielded to and internalised. And when God begins our recovery from bondage, defeat and failure He invariably begins and ends with us. What is the state of our heart, what were our responses, what were our utterances and our action during and after those events that led to our bondage. We may be responsible for 1% of the evil in the entire exchange, but God is 100% focused on what we need to renounce, repent of and forgive, before he can bring about any permanent recovery.

Are you cursed?

Are you cursed? Living a life in bondage with recurring cycles of defeat and failure?

God spoke the world into existence.

We are made in His image and as such we have the same capacity to speak things into existence; either blessing or curses. Our blessing or cursing is most powerfully established where we have legitimate right or authority to speak into a situation.

How can we be cursed?

If we;
– Cause offense to others through our words, actions or thoughts (1 Sam 25:31, Matt 5:28)

– Judge others (Luke 6:37, Gal 6:7,Matt 7:1-2)

– Harden our hearts & justify our wrongful actions.(Hos 5:15)

– Curse those that are in covenant with God through faith > those within the Body of Christ. (Gen 12:3, Num 22-23)

– Have ancestors who have engaged in activities that has led to judgement and curses. (Ex 20:5, Deut 5:9, Num 14:18,)

– Have a business, church, home, land or anything where offence has been caused in the past (2 Sam 21:1-9)

– Engage with spiritualists and the occult.(Lev 19:31, 20:6, Deut 18:9-12, Isa 19:3)

– Curse those in legitimate authority over us – Parents, teachers, employers, leaders of our country (Ex 21:17, Lev 20:9 -leads to spiritual death, Eccl 10:20)

– Having occultic and demonic artifacts in your home & business – statues,masks, fetishes. (Deut 7:26, Josh 7)

– Rejecting the word of God (Deut 11:28)

– Idols, dishonoring parents, theft, deception,perverting justice,etc (Deut 27)

– Exercise our will where a legitimate curse has already been proclaimed. ( Josh 6:26, 1 Kings 16:34)

– Do not help in the Lord’s fight against evil. One of the most harshest curses in the Bible is spoken in Judges 5:23.

– In Sexual Immorality- thought or action. (Gen 20:18)

If you are not experiencing any of the below promises it may be time to seek and ask God for revelation as to whether there is any legitimate curse over your life and destiny.

God’s promised blessings
1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
7 The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.
11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them

The path of restoration is:
1. Start a fast of 3 days. Seek God and ask Him to bring to mind any situation or curse that may be in place. (without fasting we are often unable to hear God when we are yoked in bondage)
2. Repent of any action, words, thoughts that may have allowed the curse to stick.
3. Renounce those things
4. Ask God to restore and verbally loosen those things that are upon your life. Just as they have been spoken and bound in place through words, so too can you loosen these bondage’s through your spoken words and your prophecies of liberty and freedom.
5. Resist the devil’s attempts to convince you that you are still bound and avoid situations where these curses can legitimately be re-established against you.

Spirit of Fear

2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Fear and faith are opposites, intangibles, that project into the future. They have no power until we receive them, submit to them and act upon them. We cannot submit to both at the same time, only one can exercise authority in us at any given time. When faced with any crises, trials or hardships, both God and the devil are going to attempt to draw us in a direction; through our thoughts or through others.

The devils modus operandi is fear; a spirit of fear that comes to tempt us and lead us to take a course of action that gives him more authority in our life. When we are facing a very important decision or dealing with an event, the Spirit of fear will come; and if we yield to it, we will be afflicted with torment and worry; and if we yield more fully it can affect our health, lead us to make damaging decisions, even unto death.

The alternate is acting in faith. When we yield to faith in God,
– we gain a sense of empowerment through God (an acceptance that when we are weak, He is strong, leading us and in control);
– we allow the presence of God to enter into our hearts through our yielding to His leading; and
– we have peace. Peace is always a by product of the presence of God’s love.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

The real and only battle we face is choosing which vision of the future we are going to yield and submit ourselves to. Will it be to that of the demon of fear or will it be to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Truth is, what we choose to yield to is decided long before we face a crisis or a decision. We will yield to that spirit which we yield to in our daily, routine lives.

The more time we spend with God, the more likely we are to hear and yield to the Holy Spirit. The more time we listen to the evil of this world, to the media, to the spirit of this age, the more likely we will to yield to them in a time of crisis.

And once we yield to the spirit of fear, it will pursue and oppress us all the days of our life without relent. There is no mercy; we either get used to the torment, submit ourselves to mind numbing medication or alcohol or we turn to God. When we fully submit to God;

Isaiah 14:3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,

But it takes faith to yield to God, and faith only comes from hearing the Word; either reading the written word or receiving a word of conviction from the Holy Spirit. Without this, it is impossible to act in faith, because it is contrary to the ways of this world in which we live.

If you find yourself in a place of affliction, trial and hardship, realize it is not the will of God. God’s plans is to bless us, give us abundant life… but we have to walk in faith and submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit to receive this.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Start each day reading the world of God; spend regular time in prayer and praise; cut out the evil of this world and you will start to hear from God. Slowly as a plant begins to grow after being watered, so your soul will become more open and receptive to the Lord as you water it with time in His presence. As you do, faith will begin to arise and you will start to think and make decisions of faith, which oppose the spirit of fear.

Be consistent, be persistent, fast and dedicate 1 day a week for a closer walk. You will be changed from within and fear will have no part of you life or your destiny.

Overcoming Trial

Galatians 5:25; If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Romans 8:1; There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

If you go into almost any Spirit filled church today and the speaker says “raise your hands if you need prayer”, the chances are a large majority of people will put their hands up. Many will have very pressing and serious needs that are not being met. Others will be discouraged, afflicted, financial oppressed, heartbroken, etc.

In many instances, the Body of Christ is worse off than those of this world.

The main reason for this is that Christians have forgotten they are in a spiritual battle. We are accused day and night before God because we are judged in this time, and not in that time to come. So every time we yield to the temptation of the flesh, we bring ourselves back under the law where we can come under legitimate attack and condemnation.

Galatians 5:16-24 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 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. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

What is the secret to walking in the Spirit? It is spending time with God in prayer and the Word. One thing is 100% certain and that is if a Christian is going through real hardship and damaging trial (not that which God allows to refine us to a higher level), we can be assure that their prayer life is not where it needs to be. If you are facing a such a trial now, you need to spend more time with God. How much is enough time? Are you praying an hour a day, 2hrs, 3hrs? Are you fasting? Have you taken leave from work and fasted and prayed unceasingly for a week or more for revelation or breakthrough?

Because if something is so afflicting and traumatic, it requires a supreme amount of intervention to get the breakthrough. You need to move something in the spiritual realm so the change can manifest in the natural. Every breakthrough has got to start with a spiritual victory. Natural efforts alone are doomed to failure. “shake heaven and the earth will move out of its place.”

Here are a few tips for breakthrough in prayer.

1. Always ask God to convict you what you are doing wrong? Sometimes bondages (those of our own or from our forefathers) are hard to discern because they are part of our character. In this regard a 3 day water / juice fast is very beneficial
2. Ask God what the cause of the trial is. Sometimes the symptom is far removed from the cause. Dealing with symptoms (such as sickness or loneliness) is a waste of time. Press in and pray until you start to receive conviction of the cause.
3. Getting revelation of sin / the cause of our distress must automatically lead to repentance and renouncing of related sin or behavior /actions/ thoughts.
4. Prevail in prayer and ask God to remove the effects of those past works, not only for yourself but for others that have been afflicted by this.
5. Ask God to establish a new way forward and give you the strength not to succumb to the same temptations again. (the devil will earnestly seek to re-establish his authority in this regard)
6. Stop complaining and talking about your troubles. It afflicts others and you are in fact prophesying and establishing the same affliction further into your future. Rather prophesy and declare the things you seek to happen and the changes you are trusting God for. After all, “God establishes the words of his servants”
7. Forgive others to the level you want God to forgive you. If you cannot pray blessing onto those that have harmed you, you are still in bondage and dare not expect anything from God. Prayer for those that have harmed you until you have the love of Christ for them. Only then have you really forgiven and being set free from your own bondage of un-forgiveness and bitterness. Anything else is delusion.

A prevailing issue for Christians is that we measure sin and determine who is more at fault in a matter. If you are suffering or afflicted, you need to deal with your own issues and not worry about the other person. If you are only 1% at fault, deal with that 1% and receive your breakthrough. Get yourself back in line with the Spirit and you will see breakthrough. If you get this right you will not need someone else to pray breakthrough into your life; you will be living in Spirit and establishing perpetual breakthrough.

The big questions are…..
Are you desperate enough and willing enough to sacrifice enough time and effort to hear directly from the Holy Spirit?
Are you humble enough to take stock of the state of your heart and make changes?
Will you persist no matter what you are feeling, thinking or being told by others?

Most of us aren’t and that’s why we need others to step in and pray for us. But is really is a very poor 2nd choice.

Spiritual Warfare

Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
We are strong in the Lord, when we are weak in the flesh. When we choose to not act in the flesh we allow the Holy Spirit to manifest through us in wisdom, knowledge, healing, miracles, prophecy, discernment, tongues and interpretation of tongues through us – 1 Corin 12:7-11. When we yield and allow the Holy Spirit the authority to manifest through us, He overcomes the works of the devil.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
The devil has no power of his own, but he tempts us to act in the flesh or yield our authority to him so that he can resist the efforts of the Holy Spirit through us. We are the only resistance to the Holy Spirit; either through our yielding of authority to the devil or succumbing to temptation and acting in the flesh. This the only battle we need to focus on for the Holy Spirit to be victorious. The following scriptures of warfare in Ephesians 6 advise us how to facilitate this:

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Anything we do out of our own strength is a waste of time. Flesh cannot fight and overcome in the spiritual realm and real victories only come when when we achieve spiritual breakthrough. When God has authority through us he stirs us up to act and move something in the spiritual realm first, after which the breakthrough will manifest in the natural. Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place….

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Our role in this battle is to withstand and resist the devil

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
To resist the devil we firstly need to be walking in truth. Truth comes through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth. In other words we need to be in fellowship with God through the Holy Spirit. When in fellowship we rightly hear His voice and are led of Him, walking in truth.

and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Righteousness means ‘being right with God’. If God is convicting us of sin or of action, we need to respond. If it is sin, we need to repent, renounce, turn from that which God convicts us of. If God is convicting us to act or say something we need to respond in faith. The Spirit of God may be bringing the spiritual victory but he does it through the Body of Christ. Often a simple act of obedience from us is all it takes to allow God to bring a breakthrough.

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
The motivation for our journey into battle is to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ; his dying for our sins so that we can have eternal life. We do not share the gospel so that we can build a ministry / get an income / gain authority / gain preeminence. To have any personal motivation makes us ineffective and a hindrance to the Spirit of God working effectively and powerfully through us. Assess carefully the motivation for any works for the Lord. Are we led of the Spirit or led of the flesh.

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Faith is the elixir of the Christian walk. But faith comes through spiritual maturity and spiritual maturity comes through the making of our testimony which comes through yielding to God, which is possible as we get to know Him (through prayer and the Word). So if you want the shield of faith to be in place, spend time with God in the Word and in prayer. Your will get to discern His voice which will allow you to be led on a journey of faith, which will establish a testimony, which will in turn allow you to act in faith in the future. In this way we overcome the works of the devil. Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony;

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the
Let us not grow weary in this battle ‘for the end of our faith is the hope of salvation’. We are shaping the eternal destiny of others as we resist the devil and we should always bear this in mind as we labor in love. 2 Timothy 2 :10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
The word of God is the written word, but Christ was also the Word made manifest. If God brings a word to remembrance or gives us a spoken word, we need to respond and act / speak it out in faith. We are made in the image of God and God spoke things into existence. We therefore can establish the will of God by speaking out the things he convicts us to say – be this in prayer, intercession, prophecy or proclamation. God establishes the words of his servants. Isaiah 44:26 That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers;

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Don’t pray in the flesh which is ineffective and without direction. If you are looking for breakthrough through prayer, hold no hardness in your heart towards anyone and forgive those that have harmed you. (If you have any bitterness in your heart towards any person, begin to intercede for them until you only have love for them. Once you have this, you are in a place to have powerful prayers). Thereafter draw close to God, shed all fear and anxiousness and pray as the Spirit leads, prevailing until the victory is established. James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Sometimes fasting is required to fully led of the Lord in the matter at hand.