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Control

Upcoming teaching

On Friday, Nov. 2nd we will continue learning how to deal with the demonic. We’ll teach on the spirit of control.

At some point or another, we all come to the realization that control and the desire to control are very much part of the human experience. It’s seated deeply in our carnal nature. Unfortunately, it doesn’t remain only a carnal issue. The spirit of control is key factor in making this one of the most difficult parts of life.

Some of the teaching will touch on:

  • What is control and what is perceived control?
  • The difference between controlling personalities, habits, culture and the demonic.
  • Getting free before you start helping others.

And more.

If you ended up at this blog post and you live in the Twin Cities area and would like to join us for this time of teaching and ministry, please comment on this blog or email me here.


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Demonic Entry Points

1. Sin and demons are lying at the door

Gen 4:6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”

Demons don’t have the authority to just get into our lives, minds and bodies. They are lying at the door of our lives. A door represents authority, security and independence. Think about going to bed without a front door on your house. You, your family and your possessions would be at the mercy of any wicked person who passes by. How many houses have you seen without a door?

Why do you think nations need border patrol and customs? What would you think of a nation that hasn’t taken the time to secure it’s borders, build a military force that will resist invaders, etc. How long do you think a nation like this will exist in freedom and prosperity? Not very long.

Likewise, in the invisible world, we represent a “temple”, which simply means a “God’s house”. This is you, your body, your soul, your mind, your property, your family. Demons covet and desire what you have. They are lying at the door. Notice sin here doesn’t just mean “missing the mark”. Sin is described as a personality. It has desires, it crouches at the door, etc. That’s because for most actions we call “sin”, there is a demon behind that sin.

Let me explain: if you lie one time, that’s a sin and it doesn’t mean you have a lying demon. But if you lie all the time, you’re living under the power of that sin and a demon has obviously succeeded in embedding itself into your mind and mouth. You need to both repent and have the demon cast out. You can’t repent of demons and cast out sin.

2. The job description of demons is to harass

Luke 22:31

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.

1 Pet. 5:8

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

3. Demonic Assignments

Mat. 12:22

Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see.

Mat. 12:28

But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29“Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house.

Mat 12:43

“When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. 44Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. 45Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first.

4. Deliverance – Creating Openings And Evicting Demons

5. Holiness – Remaining Free

1. Rejection at the womb and in the state of infancy 

  • Unwanted pregnancies
  • Words spoken over the baby while in the womb
  • Abandonment (adopted children)
  • Difficult birth
  • Lack of bonding (emotional dysfunction)
  • Violence at the home or surroundings
  • Witchcraft, Occult practices
  • Rejection of gender by either parent
  • Health condition or situation
  • Medical intervention

2. Childhood Entry Points 

  • Emotional Neglect
  • Family Turmoil
  • Verbal abuse
  • Extreme control
  • Accidents
  • Witnessing Violence
  • Sexual abuse by a family members or otherwise
  • Drugs and other substance abuse
  • Pornography
  • Violence
  • Inappropriate emotional (soul ties)
  • Disapproval
    • Parental
    • Peer
    • Teacher
  • Witchcraft, Occult practices
  • Legalistic Religion
  • False Religion
  • Rejection of gender by either parent
  • Divorce of the parents
  • Lack of male/female figure
    • Lack of protection
    • Lack of affection
  • Pride and Arrogance
    • Racism
    • Looking down on less fortunate
    • Looking down on more fortunate (bitterness against wealthy people)
  • Animal Cruelty
  • Criminal or Accidental Exposure To Death, Blood, Violence
  • Rape
  • Theft
  • Lying
  • Isolation
    • From other family
    • From peers
  • Health condition or situation
  • Medical intervention

3. Adulthood Entry Points

  • Jealousy
  • Envy
  • Greed (Materialism)
  • Competition
  • Gambling
  • Giving in to wrath and out of control behavior
  • Satanism
  • Occult
  • Witchcraft
  • False Religion
  • False Christian Prophesy
  • Fortunetelling
  • Demonic Music Styles
  • Sexual Encounters Before Marriage
  • Sexual Perversion
  • Sexual Molestation (either direction)
  • False Accusations
  • Homosexual Acts
  • Bestiality (Sexual acts with animals)
  • Abortion
  • Paedophilia
  • Intercourse with demons
  • Addiction to TV
  • National and cultural specific curses and practices


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Demonic entry points

Ever since God told Cain that sin lies at the door, there’s no secret to the fact that demons need an entry point. They can’t just “come in”.

“Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” (Gen. 4:6-7)

This is important to understand for several reasons:

  • Demons are limited in how they can enter into our lives.
  • Entry points are often times also the exit points. One time I was praying for someone who had committed a certain sin and the spirit exited the same way it had entered, through the mouth. This person began to yawn, while we kept commanding the spirit to leave. It was a spirit of pride that had come in through the speaking of prideful things. However, this is not a formula. Spirits can exit in many different ways. It doesn’t matter how it happens. Some spirits come out through yawning, others through tears, some through yelling or throwing up. It’s messy but who cares, if people get free?
  • Entry points are important to be aware of, so we don’t fall into the same trap later. Demonization is avoidable. Generally speaking, low level demons are evil but stupid. They are capable only of certain tricks and once you figure them out, you can stay out of trouble.


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Rational or revelational?

When it comes to deliverance, there’s not much the rational can help us in dealing with demons. There are, of course number of common sense things we can be aware of, but the rational can’t be allowed to dominate our approach.

For example:

  • Destructive Behavior – It’s completely irrational that demons would push people towards destructive behavior, but they do it all the time.
    • Here’s the description of destructive behavior in the Gospel of Mark: “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”Mark 9:22
    • Think about how much of the cultural fads are in essence a form of destructive behavior – drinking, drugs, immorality. All those are demonically inspired and proliferated in the culture. God is a God of Life and he does not want us to harm ourselves or others
  • Cruelty – before you think about animal cruelty (and yes, that’s demonic as well), think about how cruel people are to other people. Cruelty is spoken of in the Bible in many places: Deliver me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of evil and cruel men.Psalm 71:4
    • Cruelty is defined as: “rude, unfeeling; cruel, hard-hearted,” related to crudus “rough, raw, bloody”
    • Demons of cruelty can manifest through words and through emotional torment.
    • Cruelty is rooted in deep seated rejection. It’s not enough to cast these demons out, it’s important the person to be filled with God’s love.
    • Cruelty is a form a revenge. People who are hurt, feel like they are the victim of injustice and in a perverse way feel like justice has been done, when they are cruel to someone and see them suffer.
    • Promiscuity – promiscuity is not rational. There’s nothing rational about people going around and ending up in bed with tens and sometimes hundreds of people. It’s a bondage that makes people hate themselves at the end of the day, but if they are bound by a promiscuous demon, they are under its power and they feel like they are missing out on “life” if they are not sleeping with a new partner every three months.

     

    There’s nothing rational about these three patterns of thinking and lifestyle, just like there’s nothing rational about any demonic patterns in our lives. Psychology attempts to explain everything, as if everything can be explained. Science, after hundreds of years, only recently explained how the humming bird manages to fly when it shouldn’t.

    When approaching the issue of deliverance from demons, we must learn by revelation and we must practice by revelation. The Holy Spirit reveals to us what bondages are in place and the complex structures of demons operating in our lives. That’s what can lead us to freedom, not endless psychologizing of everything.