“You do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.”
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty I want to say these experiences are not things I've ever gone looking for. To say they fell into my lap, well that's not quite the right wording either. I would never advocate that a person should seek out the demonic, but I want to tell this story. I want others to know that they can be free and have a life they never knew was possible.
One that is full of love and power.
We sat at the kitchen table and pulled everything out of the box. “Hang on.” I said. Even as a freshman in high school I was thorough. I meticulously read through the directions before we got started. I told my friend to put her fingers close to the planchette, but not to touch it. I did the same. I religiously watched her hands during the night to make sure she never placed her fingers on it. We kept our fingers about a half inch above the pointer the entire night. A solemn atmosphere fell over us and we began asking questions.
It was getting late and things were really picking up. We were asking all these silly questions that only teenage girls could come up with. "Who will I marry?" "What year will I have my first baby?" The planchette was moving much faster now, like it was free.
Well, absolutely nothing. In fact it leaves out the most important topic regarding exorcism and how the scriptures teach us to banish demons: With The Holy Spirit.
In this chapter items of clothing that had been on Paul's body were given to the sick and demon possessed and they were healed and freed. But people were not set free because these material items were cleansed and then used in a ritual. They were healed because Paul was filled with the Holy Spirit, so much so that it even seeped into clothes. In the Old Testament Moses spent so much time talking to God that when he left His presence, Moses' face shown with God's glory. It's about knowing God through Christ and being filled with Him. That is where the real power lies. It's not about putting our hope in religious photos, symbols, crosses or objects used in rituals.
- Belief in Jesus Christ, and His death and resurrection.
- Water baptism by immersion where an individual's old life is buried with Jesus as he goes into the water and he is risen to new life with Christ as he comes out of the water.
- Baptism of the Holy Spirit, a filling of the Spirit of God.
Exorcism is not an involved ritual.
For the person casting out the demon it does include having a solid prayer life, seeking God for guidance and sometimes fasting beforehand, but the scriptures teach that it is not an elaborate ceremony.
I thought of people that I had prayed for since then, after coming to Christ, and those that I had seen God set free. I wasn't afraid to face "x" anymore.
I remembered the story of the centurion in Matthew 8. He had asked Jesus to pray for his paralyzed servant. When Jesus said he would come to his house the centurion told Jesus there was no need for Him to come. The centurion knew Jesus could heal his servant from wherever He was.
Many people live in terror and confusion because of demonic influence and possession. I understand how frightening that can be. What we focus on can be very important during times like these. I put together some peaceful thoughts that you welcome to print out and keep near you: Peace And Power Over Fear
There is no need for shame or condemnation, only hope and complete freedom.
I discussed this post on Renee Live Online Radio. I am on for the last hour of the show: Archived Show Thursday August 23rd 2012
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