Associations Cost Christians

Joshua 7:4-13. So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai. And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the Lord until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord God, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan! O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies. For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us round, and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt thou do unto thy great name? And the Lord said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff. Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you. Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for thus saith the Lord God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.

What’s truly amazing about this story is that the offender who caused the death of 36 men did not suffer in the battle.

I have seen it many times where the transgressor gets away without suffering whilst others nearby suffer instead. From the only sober Christian boy dying in a car crash whilst all the drunk non Christians survive to Christian women suffering greatly through their marriage to non believers…. there is a rule of association where God, almost non-sympathetically says, “Stop complaining and whining about your suffering; rather make the decisions that are right in my sight and you will see a change in your situation.”

Below are some very real instances of association that are causing Christians to suffer unnecessarily:

1. the workplace – If you work for a secular company and are not praying for the leadership and your superiors you are either going to be under continual affliction or you are drawing away from God without knowing it. Spiritually, you will not stay in the same place. You will either be impacting that company or it will be impacting you. Do not stay in a non Christian business if you are not praying for your company on a daily basis.

2. Family – if you are tolerating members of your family (under your house) living in an ungodly manner, your entire family will be under duress and affliction. By accepting their ungodly behavior in your home, you accept the devil’s influence and must be prepared to suffer the consequences. Earnestly pray for that family member and contest any behavior that is not acceptable. Fight in the natural and spiritual with all you have. (In this regard do not cast them out, which is to give the devil even more authority over them)Be Christ in every way, which includes strongly contesting in the spiritual and voicing strong opposition whenever appropriate. The pain of contention is far less than the suffering that comes by doing nothing.

3. If you are in a relationship with a non Christian person, be prepared to suffer regularly and painfully. Both partners in a physical relationship become open to spiritual impartation from one another. Any demonic authority from 3 generations up the bloodline of your partner will be allowed access into you life. Demonic possession outside of the marriage environment is routine. Prepared to see changes in your thought patterns and spiritual state. Women are especially affected as they move from under the spiritual covering of their father to that of their partner. Multiple relationships leads to multiple spirit ties and ultimately lead to demonic possession. Each of these demonic powers, will either openly or in a hidden manner, lead to torment and ruin our life unless they are dealt with through repentance and deliverance. (And any person engaged in pornography is developing similar bondages and spiritual yokes)

4. Yielding to ‘professional’ authority – There are many areas where Christians routinely yield to bad counsel and advice, under the supposed leading of the Lord. In this area I include nutrition, education, the use of technology etc, but count the greatest culprit to be that of pharmakeia or the medical fraternity which is subordinate to corporate interests, whose goal is to treat you for the rest of your life, rather than see your recovery. Modern medicine is one of the biggest killers of this age and too many Christians are quick to take whatever they are offered regardless of whether the product is appropriate, needed or safe. We live in an age of information and if we choose not to seek God’s solution for our health we can at least properly research our condition and find better options.

5. Spiritual engagement. This is willful opening up of ourselves to demonic authority and could be from visiting clairvoyants, to alternate healing practices that evoke spiritual powers and authorities, to carnal / ungodly Christians laying hands and praying for you, to being yoked with a Church that teaches false doctrine. Each instances give the devil authority into your life. Pray for discernment.

If you have succumbed to any such practices, stop crying out to God for relief but fast for 3 days on water and pray earnestly for God to lead you to repentance, the forgiveness of others, seeking forgiveness from others, the renouncing of sins and the breaking of spiritual ties, bondages, authorities & other influences. God has raised up various Christians and groups throughout the world who deal with spiritual healing and cleansing to bring breakthrough.Find them and be restored.

Alternatively suffer on gladly as many Christians choose, but please don’t blame the Lord and say it is His will.

Healing Knowledge

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In the future, when the Charismatic movement is superseded by a new move of God, we will look back and wonder how Spirit filled Christians tolerated such weak doctrine, such heresy, such indulgence and such a lack of knowledge as that which typifies the Charismatic movement.

It seems the focus of those that are considered leaders of this movement, is almost entirely centered around the very same things that tempted Adam and Eve and Jesus –  the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. How much more money can be extracted out of the people, how big a house can be bought, how many luxuries, assets and properties can be gathered without conviction?

Meanwhile, teachings are so weak, the congregation can barely get to the next week without backsliding.. again. Recent studies in the west show that the lifestyles of Christian families and increasingly mirroring those of non believers and no wonder. How often do leaders discuss spiritual matters; the consequence of sin and spiritual warfare? How often are people warned about associations and being yoked with non-believers?

What about even basic knowledge on matters that affect health and consequently the spiritual status of a person? Where are the Christian ministries exposing the consequences of GMO’s, poor diet and lack of exercise? Just about every Church has a large percentage of people that are suffering sickness and ill health and yet the church generally offer little sound knowledge on how to address these problems.

Our suffering is invariably as a result of what we are allowing or putting into our bodies. (Natural or spiritual) Below is a checklist for anyone suffering ill health or disease. In order of importance apply the below for any condition you currently have.

Spiritual assessment: Do you have any unresolved anger, bitterness, resentment, jealousy, hatred, fear? Deal with it before progressing. Fast 3 days on fresh juice (cut out social media/TV/etc) and prayer for revelation about the situation at hand. Once God gives conviction; repent, reconcile, forgive, renounce or whatever He convicts of and move on. This will impact every one of your personal relationships for the better, not just those who are offended by you or whom you are offended by. If there is anybody that you cannot prayer for in love, you have a problem that you need to address. Prayer for that person continually until you can forgive them and love them and then the hindrance in your life will have been dealt with.

Assess your food? What are you eating? How much of it are you eating. The body can quickly become overloaded or experience subtle symptoms of ‘overdoes’  by excessive amounts of the same food and drinks. Older people especially can suffer degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, arthritis because of the same food / liquids they consume through habit. The medical establishment hates prevention and would rather treat the symptoms as this is where the money is, which means their advice often has little impact. Some simple advice in this regard is: filter your water (get rid of fluoride and chlorine which are both highly toxic). Where possible rely on organic foodstuffs which do not have pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals and other toxic substances added in the growing/production process. Where possible avoid food / drink from large corporations which are purely profit driven. Eat fast food as a last resort and avoid soft drinks. Avoid microwave ovens and GMO foods. Reduce sugar and caffeine.  Increase fruit and vegetables. Avoid colorants and preservatives. Take vitamins and natural supplements as the soil in which most of our food is produced is greatly depleted and is not providing us with the nutrition our bodies require for healthy living.

What medication are you on? The west is so medicated that half the ailments people experience are those caused by the medication they are on. Check the ingredients for every medical you are on and study the side effects. Medication is a big killer and this is true even for correctly taken medication. Wean yourself from whatever medication is not absolutely necessary.

Are you breaking God’s rules for Godly living? One of the biggest dangers is being in sexual relationship outside of marriage. The devil gets all sorts of authority into our lives through such relationships and women especially are vulnerable as they are under the spiritual covering of the man. That means whatever spiritual /demonic authority in over your partner has direct access into your life. Spiritual ties develop and the consequences of this can last for up to 3 generations.

Exercise is paramount for a healthy life. Your body needs cardio exercise to pump cells full of oxygen on a regular basis. Cancer cells thrive on acidic and anaerobic conditions and love sugar. Exercise also invigorates all the body’s systems and gets them working optimally; preventing constipation, forcing toxins to be expelled through sweat, building muscle and strengthening bones and joints. Its a de-stressor which resets your worry clock. (and worry itself can cause all sorts of illness) Start off with a walk around the nearest park and build it up over time until you can run for 30-40 minutes at a time. Anyone can do this no matter the age. Alternatively get a bicycle, but ensure the body has a thorough work out at least twice a week.

Fasting is of paramount importance, not just for spiritual reasons, but also for physical. Jesus said we should fast and every Christian should fast at least 1 day a week. Give your body rest for 24 hrs once a week and you will be amazed at how the body starts to revive. The body has it own natural healing capacity but we pump too much food (digestion requires a lot of energy and effort) into it, too often, to ever allow the body a chance to do repair and maintenance work. A 7 day fast on fruit juice will change your life dramatically. For those overweight, eliminate breakfast (this meal was actually introduced to break-a-fast and is not necessary) I advise to rely on two meals a day, one at mid morning and a second at evening. If we start the day with breakfast the body converts the previous night’s meal into fat reserves instead of utilizing and drawing energy from that meal. The body must be disciplined into drawing off its fat reserves instead of prompting one to eat at set times throughout the day.

Be careful what you allow into your body through your natural senses. There is so much demonic and evil ‘entertainment’ out there and we often do not realize the authority we give the devil by what we watch and listen to. Get rid of the evil music and the fear inducing movies and focus on whatever is good, pure, wholesome and Godly.  Get rid of the gossip, the judgment, the criticizing of others. Fear and stress will subside and peace will begin to be restored.

If Christians can get these right, most health issues will right themselves. The rest require fervent prayer for revelation as to the cause. Too often people are praying for and commanding healing, but don’t know the cause requires a simple change in habit or behavior. Once God reveals the cause, the matter can be addressed and healing will following. Its just sometimes we are so far from God we can never hear a thing. Spend time in the word, prayer and fast and you will hear from God in due course.

 

 

 

Healing through Christ

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Have you ever dared to trust God for healing through Christ and not seen a breakthrough?
What were you praying for? Were you praying for healing or were you asking God what the cause of the sickness was?

If you are eating donuts everyday and asking God to help you lose weight or deal with your diabetes, you may end up being disappointed.

So often in life we are too focused on the natural manifestation or symptom of a problem to be able to get a breakthrough. The solution is to find out the cause of the problem and then address that. And this answer often comes through prayer, fasting and waiting on God.

We experience sickness and disease from one of 2 things:
– Spiritual breach
– Natural breach

A spiritual breach relates to those matters of the heart and are the most deceptive and hardest to address because the cause is so deeply hidden. Anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, jealousy and the like ultimately manifest in the Body with severe health implications. In making these choices the only people you harm is yourself and those that are closest to you. You cannot hold a grudge against another person and think your resultant bitterness will not seep into and affect any of your relationships with loved ones. My advise is never hold anything against any person no matter what their evil towards you was or is.

Forgive them and earnestly pray for them until you have no bitterness in your heart towards them. Only then are you delivered from the devil’s authority in the matter. Of course bloodline influences can also affect your life and it is beneficial to ask God for revelation of any sins of the forefathers. These things do carry through and affect future generations.

Other spiritual intrusions come through the occult, submitting to clairvoyants, demonic activity such as murder / abortion / other evil, lusts and perversions and physical traumas which allow the devil access. In all things seek of God the root cause. Pray and meditate – do not give up, even if you have to prayer a 1000 times. God will come through. If God reveals any sin as a contributing factor; repent, renounce and make right what is wrong. Then pray earnestly for the healing. Let faithful brethren lay hands and anoint you and prophecy healing over you.

Then there are natural intrusions, mostly through what we eat or the environment which is becoming fouler by the day. My advise in this regard is to do the following:
1. Fast regularly, which, besides the spiritual benefit, allows your body to detox itself.
2. Drink purified water and organic food where possible to avoid chemicals, pesticides, antibiotic and hormones which can build up in your system.
3.As we get older the body is less efficient at removing toxins so always consider if your diet is balanced. We form habits with age and tend to consume more of certain things than we should which can overload and imbalance our system.
4. Think carefully before taking medicines and vaccines which are some of the biggest killers in this age. We live in the age of information, so study the side effects of any substances your doctor recommends. Chances are he hasn’t. Pray first and give God a chance to convict you of a better way of treatment.
5. Bad eating is often a symptom of a spiritual breach. Seek of God to find what is causing you stress. Not just what the cause is, but why it is stressing you.

You have 2 choices when facing sickness. Prayer or worry. Both have a very different outcome, so whenever you think of the condition you have or face, make the right choice. Even if it is a 100 times a day.