Sunday, May 7, 2017

Becoming Bapticostal – Understanding Deliverance

I have written before about my journey in becoming a spirit filled Baptist.  You can read more about that by clicking HERE.

I grew up mostly in the American Baptist church and I had a fabulous foundation in the Word of God and in the power of prayer.  But the Holy Spirit was largely a mystery to me – especially the ‘scary’ part of the Holy Spirit.  The weirdness of speaking in tongues, the interpretation of tongues, deliverance from demons and the more dramatic display of God’s character was never part of my upbringing.

However, when I was about 28, I experienced my first deliverance.  The sweetest woman could see that my heart and mind were all tied up in knots because my birth father had abandoned me at the age of eight.  She invited me to her home to pray with me.  I had no idea that what she was really going to do was to deliver me from the trauma and lies that surrounded a deeply painful time in my life.

I did not understand at the time that the enemy was playing havoc with my emotions because of some darkness and lies he had planted in the layers of my soul.  The devil used the trauma to cause me to question my identity and even more – he caused me to question the goodness of God.

As the Holy Spirit worked in my spirit and through my friend that day, He brought a picture to the front of my mind.  I was a confused little golden princess in the middle of a pig pen and I was covered with slop.  This is why my identity was never clear to me.  I didn’t understand who I was.  

My question to the Lord was this:  If I was a golden princess – why was I covered with ‘slop’ that other people threw on me?

As I continued in watching the vision, the slop began to fall from the little golden princess.  Underneath all of that mud – she was still golden.  Then the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and said, “The mud only sticks if you let it.”

I cried so hard.  I had been letting the opinion of other people influence my identity and who I was.  This was not the truth.  The truth was that I was a princess and my Father is the King.  It doesn’t matter what people say or what circumstances come my way – none of it changes the fact that I am a daughter of the King.

Now – because the lie was uprooted – the truth could make its way into my heart.  Having the truth rooted in my heart caused me to be DELIVERED from a spirit of self-pity.  I felt so much lighter and my spirit soared on the way home.  The darkness that had lodged itself between the layers of my soul was removed and I was free!

It was such an awesome experience and I felt so much better after being delivered that I just HAD to find out more about it.  I had been quite mistaken about what deliverance really was.  Because deliverance is not someone shaking on the floor and having demons come out of them.

Deliverance is being set free from the prisons in our own hearts and minds.

Don’t get me wrong, there is a spiritual warfare side to deliverance where we actually get delivered from demons – but demons don’t have to “manifest” in the natural in order to be delivered from them.

What I came to understand is that wherever I am in sin or in agreement with the devil, his demons have a right to torment me.  Every time I repent from my own sin or the sins of my ancestors, I take away a loophole that the enemy can use to negatively influence me through.  Every time I refuse to agree with his lies, I am delivered into the truth and the enemy has no grounds to torment me with his demonic records playing over and over in my mind.

Being delivered from our enemy is simply learning to untangle ourselves from the kingdom of darkness.  When we sanctify ourselves, by repenting of sins and uprooting lies in our hearts, the Kingdom of God grows a little more inside of us.

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  Colossians 1:13-14

Since understanding deliverance, I have been able to help many people be “DELIVERED” from the kingdom of darkness and into the Kingdom of God’s beloved Son.

May the Lord help us to not be afraid of deliverance!  In the hundreds and hundreds of people that I have prayed deliverance prayers with – I have never seen an outright manifestation of a demon.  This is because we have authority over them and command them not to manifest.

The Body of Christ doesn’t know it – but we are desperate for deliverance!  We are tolerating the enemy’s tormenting lies.  We are tolerating depression and self-pity and anxiety because we don’t understand how deliverance works.  We need to become better equipped to pull down strongholds.

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4

Deliverance is not scary… it’s necessary!

Let us continue to bridge the Baptist / Charismatic divide and ask the Lord to equip us for DELIVERANCE!

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